By Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey
ON 31 OCTOBER 2018:
(a) South Sudan paradoxically, mourns and regrets the past five years, and celebrates “the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS),” which was signed on 12 September 2018, by President Salva Kiir Mayadit (SPLM), Dr. Riek Machar Teny (SPLM IO) and Gabriel Changson (SSOA), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is, hopefully, expected to end the political anarchy, chaos, violence and the devastating “senseless war,” so-called, that held the country hostage from 2013-2018.
(b) Mourns and regrets “the senseless war,” so-called, which unfortunately broke out on 15 December 2013, within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s (SPLM) leadership, ranks, and files. This devastating war, is estimated to have killed 400,000 South Sudanese, displaced 2 million internally, forced out of the country 2 million more into exile, seeking political asylum as refugees in the neighboring East African countries, and exposed 7 million more to severe starvation and untimely death resulting from related diseases. Children, women and the elderly became the main victims.
(c) Nevertheless, in the expression to the national commitment to national-unity and transformation, peace and security, accountability, apologeticness, harmony, reconciliation, and shared forgiveness South Sudan celebrates. South Sudan commits and celebrates these basic principles in peace-making which are, fortunately, embodied in the R-ARCSS. South Sudan celebrates along with 99 percent of its resilient citizens, collectively wishing their leaders: Salva Kiir Mayardit, Dr. Riek Machar Teny and others, to declare their political commitment and loyalty to the country and the people.
(d) South Sudan celebrates to declare its full commitment to the implementation, letter, and spirit, the R-ARCSS.
(e) Finally, South Sudan celebrates, without prejudices, to thank and appreciate the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for its fair and transparent approach to resolve the arms conflict; to thank the Troika (the US, UK, and Norway) for their tireless efforts to support the humanitarian plight, peace mediation and funding; to thank the African Union (AU); the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). And finally, appreciate the personal efforts exerted Presidents Museveni, Al Bashir, Kenyatta, Ramophosa and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, of Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia respectively.
NB: On my personal level, I congratulate President Salva Kiir Mayardit, First Vice President-designate Riek Machar Teny, Hon. Gabriel Changson and the rest of the politicians, heads of the political parties: to please reconcile and forgive one another and expect the citizens, people of South Sudan to forgive in return. Best regards!
Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey is a Former Government Minister in Sudan and South Sudan. He is currently a Member of Parliament in South Sudan and the Chief Administrative Officer at The Nile Explorer – The Mirror of Africa.