I am a poet and a opinionated writer.
NSV – Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) delegates to Canada in their Calgary, Ab. Audible speech posted online – New Sudan Vision website. The audio speech I listened to, from Gabriel Alaak Garang – one of the GOSS delegates in Calgary, AB. Canada – on August 15th, 2010. The Southern Sudanese plebs and leaders might have mastered elocution, but not the human effective leadership and management, which is dogged by prosperity and development in communal life.
The Southern Sudanese olden politicians may be scared of losing their seats for the young ones - coming to the field. If they have eyes to see - they must look into their governing system and start correcting it for the betterment of the nation to be - South Sudan.
If we need engineers like any other nation on earth - we will import them and give them all the money the needed to be paid for; until the GOSS Current political mafia hold the job right - by that I mean; you might have heard the Southern Sudanese outcry for public wealth, jobs, laws and institutions in the South being stolen, squandered or abused gravely.
So why do they have to copy North/Khartoum's ruined governing system and paste it in the convalescent South!?
Comrade, Gabriel Garang has great empathy on sensitive issues on the ground at home as well as to those exiled Sudanese diasporas. Garang has his literacy message – fearing Southern Sudanese in their studies abroad; on not getting necessary skills to take home for development. To paraphrase his thoughts and message to his audience. Garang said, you don’t need to be a politician to serve the Southern Sudanese or Sudanese. Something he had seen among young Sudanese scholars, but bothering according to his narration on education and skills. So the curious voice came out from the crowd, yelling; “what’s wrong with being politicians!?,” said the yelling voice from audience crowd. Mr. Garang had to answer: That's not the skill - this building was built - referring to the building he was addressing his audience in, during his delegation visit.
Well; if Garang's colleagues in Juba, don’t know how to play their political skills very well, then the rest will be inspired for better political play and capabilities.
Yes! To Mr. Garang, on his address: The case in the field of majors is viewed differently than anyone is single assumption on leadership and growth. Seriously; if the South Sudanese fellow politicians – either young or old on the ground - in Juba, refused to change himself/herself and the community he/she lives in as a political tool, nothing will prevent other dreamers to dream to change whoever has refused to change himself or his environment.
Anything in the governing system that goes wrong or allowed to go wrong in lieu of correction for fairness and justice, is known as corruption. The lust of office and greediness on wealth, by our politicians has killed our great politicians – making our young scholars thinks twice before their inspiration. There is nothing wrong with being a politician, but there is something wrong with those inactive-self made politicians, out of effectiveness. Who are holding onto the system of governance they cannot afford to change for the better, but ruin for worse (these are the ones I called – killed politicians).
Getting oneself a major or career should not be viewed as a landlocked issue, because we keep on changing careers in our fields of studies. According to San Jose State University – Northern California transfer information, it says, 80% change their majors’ at least one in their life time. And 80% of American workers get jobs in fields not related to their fields of majors, said SJSU information - is that not wonderful!!??.
Besides, government of the land must not be viewed as the main and only field of employment. Private companies must be considered and initiated for the sake of economy and jobs' employment growth.
"Scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating". ~ By Denis Waitley.
Though he was 60 years old when he left us - He is going to be 5 years old on July 30th, 2010 (5/6 days away) - under the world of the “Gone are they dead” Dr. John Garang de Mabior was admired as a hero of the Will of the Oppressed Sudanese under the current regime in Khartoum - under Omar El Bashir’s Government. Mabior have seen the storm of confusion, lust and flood of power greediness toward the course he pledges allegiance to; and he was never swerved, but kept his calm and coolness – self-confidence, just to liberate the enslaved, oppressed Sudanese from South to North, East to West of Sudan by the brutal Khartoum government.
People from all 4 corners of Sudan were/are inspired by his ability to lead and govern; patriotically with consistency to the oppressed Sudanese by the Regime in power. Those who wailed his death and dropped their tears – did it with the love of their own people and the Country - patriotism.
On July 31st, 2005 – I wrote the Poem below to Mourn his Death as Well as Celebrating his true Patriotic Service to SPLM/A.
In pain, with the loss of a man, of no equivalent
His intelligence, His freedom-giving wisdom,
Sweet and the only one sweet song of the oppressed.
The man of the land, our stand to lean on
Sweet, were the days - we live and stand with you for sure.
As nation we lost you, like a caring father, you were.
When the Sea waves, rise high above the Sea level.
Your smartness kept us secured - holding nose above waters,
Your healthy decisions, your golden mind, your deep rooted legs
Your courageous heart - being our first weapon, our shield of 22 years
Now that you have died, how do I mourn, with dry eyes with no tears to shed?
The eyes, which have been shedding tears for a century now.
When the wild fires of Cush burned, you stood the ground,
You rescued your comrades; you hid the seeds of nations.
You resist the stigma, driven by the food-hired geese,
You restored our integrity, you made the struggle true.
You set us free, you paid the full price
We remain to take positions - the struggle continues.
Now that you kissed the earth
Not in vein, have you gone for
Never taken for granted, the service
That cut your life short, in your graveyard
Rest in peace, with our spirits and memories
You still live, in the minds and hearts of millions
John Garang de Mabior, Born on June 23, 1945,
Died in air crash, July 30, 2005.
If Christ - who is God himself has a Father and a Mother; then who would claim he is from nowhere. All knows every nation starts as a family, and every family has an ancestor, if not ancestry home or origin. “Others think they inherited Sudan from their ancestors, but the current Sudan is according to British” said Omar El Bashir – Sudanese president. Hold on! - “According to British??” He (Bashir) doesn’t need someone to disapprove his statement, but his own names can do this alone. Omar, nor Bashir is none English name nor did he inherit it from British. What makes El Bashir think this way is madness. Every Sudanese might think Bashir get his names from his Arabian-ancestors. Omar El Bashir created this statement, not out of the blue, but out of his own confusion. Meaning he wanted to defense against the South and North borders demarcation and ancestry claim of the black ethnic communities; being natives of Sudan before Arab traders arrived.
Knowing that South Sudan is capable to challenge the government in Khartoum, capable of breaking away from olden and rigid Sudan, capable to fight in defense of the great South and even capable of supporting other oppressed regions inside Sudan, to become capable to rule as well as capable to defense themselves, then they twisted the term “incapable to rule - South”. Under Khartoum regime – is Sudan capable? If you say, no! = yes! If you say, Yes! = no! Sudan under El Bashir’s rule is not capable yet, to govern the Country, Sudan could have not rank #3 failed State, on the FFP failed States’ index, after Somalia appeared #1 and Chad as #2 – on the FFP(Fund For Peace) 2010 failed States data-list, out of 177 world Countries, where Norway rank #177. Before you pass No 7 – (#7), are Iraq and Afghanistan on the 2010 failed States index - according to American think Tanks.
If the current Sudan did not fake integrity, if it’s capable as claimed. Sudan would have not gone to war to itself, for more than two decades and still created another war in Darfur, which almost spill to neighboring Countries. So, the government that claims being capable, is not capable yet. And now the government in Juba cannot wait for the Iranian built dynamites to burn the oppressed alive in Sudan. Secession of the South is the answer, after the January 9th, 2011 Referendum. Right after September 11th, 2001. The American former president – George W. Bush said, “If America blinks, the world goes to sleep” During this Referendum preparation – if the South or the government in Juba blinks, then the whole Sudan forget about their freedom and resources, and go to sleep. Though the South of the Country (South Sudan) has few resources to use, the must utilize them to make separation attractive.
Why do the South separate again? Because the government in Khartoum which was supposes to be the government of all the ethnic communities in Sudan, is government to few. The gov’t that was to build schools is building militias training camps, just to delete some villages on the Country’s map; the gov’t that’s to build trust has broken records of mistrust. The gov’t that was to build peace and love is building hatred among ethnic communities. Sudan government is buying war tanks and war-heads to destroy the nation then to build colleges to educate the population. For those who are still calling for unity, you should know this: Awai Piok said, “Unity can never be built oninjustice and corruption”. You cannot force your belief and your law (sharia law)to be applied to all – who don’t believe your belief, while exploiting national resources which you do not want to share. Those geese, those traitors who are and have been selling the South at thrown away prices, must stop selling the South cheaper and start to cooperate, before their doom haunt them down.
I believe - it’s going to go into pieces, before it goes back into whole – I am talking of Sudan. The mistreated must break Sudan into parts, for a better repair. Not a bad wish, but a better way to get, a nose to breathe.
I did not write this to entertain, but to share my heart of hearts with you.
Despite the huddle on the bridge, we will cross.
Those who have cared for people’s movement – Sudan People liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) - for more than several decades, have no one to care for them today. The disable, the orphans and vulnerable civilians inside Southern, Sudan are just left to cry alone. There are more than five States of Southern Sudan; where communities or some tribes are more aggressive and violent toward other communities – Jonglei State tops the list (my own understanding). Because there are more than two hostile communities in the State, which are uncontrollable currently – still to avoid grudges and revenge; government must stop them.
Communized crimes of cattle rustling, childabduction and savage attack are very well known and who do them, and who the victims are, but the government in Juba has done nothing to control, protect and even to punish the perpetrators when caught. The enormous contribution done by Southern civilians to support SPLM/SPLA – could have not gone unappreciated. The movement which later becomes now, the government in Juba was nourished by these same civilians – when South was on the move: They generously and tirelessly contributed their grains, livestock, their sons and daughters, even their traditional shelters; in a fight against Khartoum. SPLA could have not stood the ground without them. Why now the government in Juba doesn’t invest in them!?
Communal fight, cattle raiding and children abduction have ruined villages of Southern Sudan for the last five years, in absence of the South – North war. These kinds of devilish acts have gone unnoticed for so long. The fighting is taking lives away and the cattle raiding are making civilians poorer, as well as taking cattle drivers’ lives. The government of Southern Sudan has no measures in place to protect our civilian population.
The government of the region must protect the natives of the land – from civilians to organized armed forces of the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) with no exception, or negligence against stern treason.
The disarment of civilians or cattle keepers in the South by the GOSS, is not wise enough, in a Country where the government has no records of more than 7o% of the populations. If it’s easy to disarm them, why not easy too, to protect them. The way it was done and still running is lacking governance, discipline and respect. Only rules and laws can do this better than assumed. The region is not stable yet, therefore leave them with their guns – GOSS must have some plans to put rules or laws in place, on weapons usage and storage. The SPLA forces making the disbarment have looted civilians properties, wealth and resources, and even went into fight at some points with some villagers.
Coming to communal crimes – not all communities exercise this behavior, though disarment first started in the most peaceful communities, who are now victims of the daily raids with no government to rescue them, nor their cattle. So why was it (disarment) done, then!? Just to victimize, starve, kill and make our poor innocent civilians poorer. When Southern Sudan Head of Mission – Zacharia GatKuoth, in Washington DC was asked by an exiled, concern Southern Sudanese, during his February, 2010 visit, to San Francisco Bay, California. Question: “What plans does the government in Juba have in place to protect civilians against crimes and communal fight in Southern Sudan,” he said, it’s not work of the government or SPLA to protect civilians against such activities. It did not make sense to me at all. If it’s so! What is the aim or purpose of government?
I advise – if GOSS cannot protect civilians against criminals - roaming in the region, then arm them, so they could protect themselves from external attacks.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Martin Luther King.
Khartoum must stop its non peaceful - emergency tactic scheme – it cannot do it.
Why now? And why at the eleventh hour!? "The [SPLM] in the new government shall take the Energy Ministry so they can be sure they aregetting their share of the petrol," said, Omar Hassan El Bashir – Sudanese indicted president for more than several crimes against humanity in Darfur regions of his own Country. The ministry which could have been given to Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM), 5 years ago, to last for the whole six years of interim period, is now said to be given to the South’s ruling party of SPLM for the 6 months left to Referendum – 2011 January, 9th - in lieu of 6 years of interim period according to the CPA. The ministry must be considered by SPLM as a second hand cloth from the NCP to their poor SPLM party! Hmmm!!
In 2005 when the South – North joined government was formed. The South asked Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP), to share the main important ministries in the Country; among them were ministries of finance and mineral resources or energy or oil and petroleum. The NCP had threatened the SPLM and quoted “peace or back to war” just to silent SPLM demand, until SPLM withdrawn their demand under fire, like Yasir Arman, SPLM’s presidential candidate - Sudanese presidency - 2010 April, 11th. Is there justice shown here!? This post has been given up already; nearly five years ago by South Sudan government in Juba.
“The Sudanese president Omer Hassan El-Bashir has warned that a state in the south could ignite a series of problems as it happened in similar situations worldwide” www. Sudantribune.com - Referring to the Eritrean and Ethiopian border tension, and Indian and Pakistani Kashmir’s hot issues. Khartoum should have feared, not what is going to happen to itself, but what has already happened and is still happening to neglected Sudanese communities inside Sudan, by the Sudanese government. Making the Sudanese masses poorer in the name of building military apparatus, to crash the Country’s innocent populations who have called for the justice denied, to be played among Sudanese citizens.
“Life is not about one sweet song”,the ministry of energy awarded to the South in the Sudanese next unity government, to stay as part of the larger Country is not yet the cure. Why now!? Why, at the eleventh hour!? This is a wrong lullaby, which cannot put a 9 month old baby to sleep. This could have even been done before, in the recent past to insure the unity of the Sudanese people. Did they? They didn’t, because Khartoum does not care, think twice and beyond their borders. A government that works really hard to destroy than to build is never a people’s government, let Khartoum hears this. The unity government is too late to be reformed. Non emergency scheme could have save lives in Sudan, long time ago, but care was not taken. El Bashir’s government fear the South being given their right to vote for secession, is not only fearing the South breaking away from the Sudanese beautiful map, but more than five other Sudanese regions; which would choose to follow the South Sudanese government - for them not being funs of the kleptocratic government in Khartoum, which has used rampant rules to clamp down the Country, like a pastoralist’s cattle leather left in the sun, nailed down to dry.
I have seen a lot of people are warning South, Sudan now, from becoming independent, and I believe they were not born today. Where were they? When the Great South, fought non-stop for equality, against Sudan government, while no one intervene to save some lives. I don’t think unity is better than some lives thrown to wolves, for decades of civil war.
CPA Interim period extension to another four years in addition to the existing six years – making CPA interim period to 10 years; is a crime itself, as initiated by Egyptian and proposed by Eritrean and South African governments – according Sudan tribune - June 5th, news article.
The NCP top officer who said last May, “South Sudanese are not qualified to rule the village, leave alone the State” must tell his government to stop hiring gangs to destabilize the Juba government. This is not 1900’s. It’s even far more rational for the South to rule, or misrule herself than to be ruled by the savage and merciless kleptocrats and murderers, who are squandering time and the nation’s wealth for the unknown few - through their violent greed.
If the world community could not get up to endorse South, Sudan government as an independent nation after the expected more than 90% - vote for secession, then the community is not better than someone who get up to wash his hands, with the shedding blood; instead of condemnation.
“I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment.” Malcom X.
"It is far better to be free to govern, or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else" ~Kwame Nkrumah.
The exit is now, and the exit is here
Cut Sudan map into two – South and North.
You will see two ugly maps, than the old one we know
But an ugly map, is better than an ugly government
We will take it; we will get use to it
To the closest exit – comes 2011
On the Referendum day – cut South and North.
Southern Sudan must go as a nation.
The reasons of our separation are many
And so urgent to be ignored, Northern Sudan
Have thrown Southern Sudan to wolves
Several times before, and as now, our grievances on ice
The North wants the South to stay, but where in the World
Would you refuse someone – go lodging,
When you cannot afford
To provide beddings.
We have paid enough to be considered part of the entire Sudan
But that did not pay back for decades; it’s time for us to pay ourselves
Pay the nation, pay yourself, for committed millions of lives- lost
Vote for independent South – Sudan, referendum for secession.
When twenty eleven – zero one – zero nine, comes.
Independent South – Independent State
This is not a runaway trick – from our patriotic comrades
In the Nuba mountains, the Blue Nile, the Fur and all those
The poetry rules did not allow me, to mention. Soon, we will return for all
Who’s the map of Southern Sudan could not accommodate
To reunite the Nation, But now we have emergency to run.
To fly our yellow-star flag
Proudly - up high on the Buma Hills
Flying gently on the River Nile shores
With foundation deep down in Juba
Flying freely in space, in Bor-Town,
While waving, independently
In the Greater Bhar-El Ghazel Regions.
Claiming the Nuba Mountains, the Blue Nile ……
Our exiles, for the last two civil wars have not returned
We need to bring them Home.
We do one now, two later
United - Independent South 1st
Think Referendum, on the South Wing.
To the closest exit
Comes, twenty eleven.
On the North-South relations he said, the SPLM/A would not allow itself to be dragged into war, but should it be forced to - he added; that this time, God would know that we are fighting a justified war and we would defeat anybody that would fight us, said, South Sudan President and Sudanese 1st vice president (Unity Government) – May 16th, 2010 – Martyrs’ Memorial Day.
~ Salva Kiir Mayar-dit
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
~Leon J. Suenes.
Some of us have seen it
Coming like season of the year
Though we saw it, as it’s
Change isn’t driver of its own
Think change, drive it yourself
You can drive it in or out
Depending on your will
Born not long time ago
But been here a while
To act human, even better
Have gone far and wide the world
You have gone this far
While you want to go that farther
Did you come this far, for granted?
It’s not a bill, nor defective
But effective communication
Great apprehension, between and among
Common brothers for a common goal
Are a must of a life deal, with the aim
Of climbing hills, to flatten mountains
And look well behind snowy skies.
By Gabriel Makuei Tor
Still after more than 20 years of living in the bush and fighting without a pay-check, no one cares about people’s lives, nor is there anyone who cares about rules (laws) of the land. It’s senseless to erase your good steps. It’s so sad to hear that those same people who have gone through such situation could open fire against their comrades, for something as lost or rigged votes.
“We are really having a problem; everyone is very materialistic, more money, more …., so we think less about others”, said David Kuel
And for sure why do you want to kill these poor troops and civilians for something (power) that could be negotiated peacefully. This is a brotherly issue – still, it has taken some lives worth living. Some other geese far away from home said, it was a good thing to do, because SPLM has rigged the votes. Why would you agree to be paid to kill or die, when you can be paid through a peaceful solution?
Instead of GOSS to keep an eye on poor criminals, then this take that place – George Athor – the fellow who is accused to might have ordered the attack on SPLA barrack last Friday, in Southern Sudan. GOSS - to have an eye on their uncontrollable senior officials who are killing, in lieu of serving their poor people, who have been savaged by war for years.
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb", said, Nelson Mandela. Are we going downhill here, or do we need to climb some morehills?
The South Sudan Government or Sudan people liberation movement/Army must discipline these perpetrators and hold the ones behind them accountable.
Kissing off with broken hearts.
By Gabriel Makuei Tor
Fire-works, will be put in place
To celebrate the pending victory
I am not another beggar
But just another nation
You refuse to listen for decades
It’s time for you to feel
For the deafening ears u turns
Referendum is the answer
I will raise my Flag, for real
For the world to see, and recognize
I will make the change
You refuse to follow
“Those who refuse to listen
Will be made to feel”
Building the Country partially
While killing other parts!!
An enemy, is always an enemy
A manner less brother, will‘ve time to tame
Khartoum! u deserve to be another border
I am departing for a new Country, South Sudan
You exploit, when you were to build
You kill, when you were supposed to serve
We meet at the border, you refused to demarcate
By Gabriel M. Tor