Pres. Kiir Should Downsize Foreign Interference in Our Affairs
First of all, it is very important and it dignifies every South Sudanese when independent day’s approaches like what we enjoyed on Monday of this week. The Independence Day was very cheerful as everyone participated with patriotism and indeed with no doubt, all South Sudanese are fully patriotic. The country came to exist one year down the line which is not enough time for the new nation to establish everything fully.
The juvenile Republic of South Sudan is actually having many tasks to do ahead; people of South Sudan gained independence with very high expectations from all citizens whereby, everyone expects something better and tangible from our whole-heartedly supported government.
However, our country is not only facing a single problem but immense of challenges that are currently facing leadership of our new country. To start with, the country is very young in everything being educational, technological, social and economical and all these need effort to establish them for citizens to enjoy and be free in this country. Actually who is going to do all these? The answer ended up to be our government.
One funny thing in South Sudan is when you find young graduates desperately walking along the roads of Juba and in every state looking for jobs but nowhere to be seen. By the way, it is of a great surprise for a young nation of one year Independence to find good number of youths unemployed; this is not because the country is lacking the opportunities, but it’s because our opportunities have been interfered with by the foreigners.
Still, the country always comes up when there are great economic analysis to do their work. I actually felt astonished when I visit ministry of finance to realize that there are foreigners employed to be cleaners and some are key runners in the offices and for sure, drivers are not countable. These foreigners came with respective companies which the government of South Sudan recognizes with all its foreigners who came with them. At this point, I would feel shame if I am wrong to say that a company is a separate entity which is lawfully separate from the owner and it can find it own workers in which ever country it goes to. I don’t know whether this is viable legality in our country.
We should take some examples from our neighboring countries, being Kenya, Uganda or whatever country you may mention after these but it is obvious that most of South Sudanese lived in abroad but it is crystal clear that it would be too much difficult to find non citizens driving car of public authority unless private ones, leave alone sweeping or cleaning opportunities. I always mention in every article I write, that employing citizens is another way of promoting strong economy and standard of livelihood and it is a source of government’s resources.
The government of South Sudan has to focus on employment opportunities of the citizens which increase the incomes of the citizens and this is the first stage of economic development of the people because employment acts as possible source of government revenue as well as citizenry welfare is met in terms of economic productivities.
Surely, all these energetic youths need to unleash their potential to the final pragmatic and these vivacious citizens are the true source of answer to this confused socio-economic development of our country.
As the country is hit by austerity, which further led to dismay and it aggravates terrible living conditions of the average citizens of South Sudan. I know, missing monies would have done something at this situation but President Kiir is still waiting for those who may bring the cash back since he (President) is standing alone in front of citizens against few but most that are against the return of the monies.
Who is going to blame President Kiir this time again? I think none will do because he is like a mediator between poor Majority and rich Minority but he doesn’t want to be bias to either side, if he does, then the case is not balance. Then what will our dear President do? He is unlucky President because he came up in tough time. Nevertheless, he will be always remembered for having achieved glorious independence we gained and South Sudan is now a sovereign country where everybody is to be a first class citizen.
Congratulation to you President and God bless you! We are expecting something so successful like the work you had already achieved. Just a notch name of being Joshua is not enough but a title beyond the one of Joshua is ready for you but are you going to win this title?
At this stage, South Sudan is like a new born baby without a father! Fighting corruption is not an easy job but it spread a great courage to all mere citizens that an evil called corruption will one day come to an end. I would apologize because mentioning the word corruption is a problem in our country; because Mafia is going to do it work against those who say it, Mr. President, oh! It seems that they shake their heads when you say it, “corruption”!
Let’s leave the case of corruption but to come back to the point, our country is infested with unwanted people. You find most crimes of theft, forgery and all kinds of dishonesty come from foreigners who just came without aim to this new nation. I find one funny thing from one of neighboring countries to South Sudan, when a thief is caught and arrested by a police or people concerned get him/her killed, they claim that their citizens who are traders are being harassed and killed in South Sudan.
For them, the term thieves to be traders, But when I looked into the history of reality, I do find them killing any thief being caught red-handed in their own countries. I fail to understand what they mean? This is the living example to our government and mainly honourable ministers who endeavored in employing foreigners. But why not your fellow citizens who are accountable?
I thought that it would be a very good lesson when a Uganda man who is a driver stole one bag full of government monies in Yei and he in turn told those who employed him through phone call that thank you government of South Sudan for he got enough monies for his business. I hope this lesson is not good to be repeating itself, since we have a solution and indeed it can be solved easily.
I asked one of my friends who is a worker in the ministry of Finance the reason to why foreigners are working in the ministries but his answer was nothing less than “these are workers from the companies’’, I would fall short to mention the name of the company but Finance ministry knows the name very well. Oh! I would like to take one sweeping company to Kenya or Uganda, if they would accept it. The government of South Sudan should help me and donate or funds my company so that I can establish cleaning company to be cleaning ministries of Kenya or Uganda in case if I would find a chance in one of the countries either.
Have you seen my dear South Sudanese? Who should we ask now? Should we ask President again? I think the answer is big No. But when one continues asking the same question; however he/she will end up being embarrassed. So, let me keep quiet, since I am a one of desperate graduates along the street and I cannot manage any kind of embarrassment.
By Chieryako Akueng, UGANDA – SSN:, 01/08/2012