By Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey
Yes; this is what foreigners, who have worked with South Sudanese, since 2005, say about us.
The African neighbors, who are engaged with us in the ongoing peace process (IGAD countries), seem to reveal the same weakness. And nearly 90% of South Sudanese, inside and outside the country, have completely lost hopes and confidence in all the South Sudanese politicians who wish to stop the war. So far, the involvement of these politicians in the High-Level Revitalization Forum, HLRF to revivify the August 2015 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, ARCSS, is not expected to bear or deliver peace. The violations of the 22-24 December 2017 agreement on cessation of hostilities poses clear evidence that the warring parties are not for a peace deal, but a continuation of the war.
The politically analytic professionals, who have lived the tracks and trends of the political leaders of the ruling SPLM in the ministerial cabinets, from 2005 to 2013, know that those leaders, lack necessary capabilities and competencies, in terms of public administrative management, deleverage of essential services, loyalty to the country, protection, and promotion of liberties, freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. Their in-capabilities and in competencies caused and rendered the country into the international list of politically, economically and socially failed states.
The failure of the Republic of South Sudan has affected every field of political life in the country. Crosschecking with the warring parties, so-called, one finds that leaders are less careful to acknowledge the destruction incurred on property and human, from 2013 to date. The destruction of the infrastructure, the death of over fifty thousand citizens in the war, disability of hundreds of thousands wounded in the war, four million citizens which are internally displaced, two million more citizens that have fled the country for their lives to neighboring countries of Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and above all, six million or more are dying for the lack of food and related deadly diseases. What grains of hopes are expected in such circumstances? Of course none, but possible hopelessness.
However, those citizens who tried to follow media daily, have mixed hopes. Some think that peace will be achieved through the ongoing Revitalization process of ARCSS. Many more concludes or have concluded that parties in the conflict are not any nearer to one another, let alone reaching an agreement on ARCSS or security arrangement.
Then what is the problem with these warring parties? Many South Sudanese and humanitarian carers are asking this question. The answer to this question, in opinion, could be apparently driven from the world recapped quotation, ” South Sudanese Politicians Lack Political will,” that could their people and their country. They lack the political will. They feel inferior to face their people and they believe that the “regime change” could be effected by foreigners. Such a behavior is definitely outside “peace negotiation in good faith.” This means that the revitalization of ARCSS will fail.