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DENG VANANG: Why Machar must look out for Odinga and Vshangaria before joining government


FV President Dr. Riek Machar is surely coming to Juba soon to roost. But not to mainly attend to petty issues of individual mistakes arising from pure and simple greed. For he is too tall to stoop so low so as to resolve such scrap of issues, like putting readily made food of a mere spoon on the table of a few trouble makers whose vocation is dinning and winning in and around Juba.

And neither is he rushing back with cosmetic solutions to current political menace only for civil war more devastating than it is currently to unravel all over again. Nor is he returning home on anybody’s terms other than those enshrined in the signed August’s Compromise Peace Agreement. Surely he is coming back well-armed with bag full of real and ever last solutions to the on-going madness for every man and woman, old and young in this beloved country.

These are none other than more attainable hopes and promises as concretized in durable and sustainable peace, roads and communications networks, health and education facilities, affordable and sufficient food, clean drinking water and electricity supplies for all across the height and breadth of South Sudan.

And above all, before plunging back home head over heels, he must compare notes with likes of Raila Amolo Odinga and Morgan Vshangaria. Goes back to his hotel’s room and lies on the back in bed while he sips his favorite tea as well as peers up into sky in reflection of the hell – Juba – to which he is returning.

Machar shall be doing this because experience, as the popular quote goes, is the best teacher to be his complementary guide. For alike many of his peers in Africa who passed through fire and brimstone and yet survived unscathed, nothing of that nature this time he shall take for granted.

For he must know joining this government is one remaining last lap among a few more to reach the finishing line, being the transformative leadership that has eluded him for the last three decades. That is the fate he must avoid which so far has befallen some of his peers.

In this regard for Machar, as a matter of responsibility to this nation hungry for reforms and eagerly awaiting him, he must know why previously popular Odinga and Vshangaria failed to exploit and maintain political momentum that swept them into forced coalition governments with archrivals they defeated in the rigged Presidential polls.

Moreover, why their previously immense popularity in their respective countries plummeted and now struggling to keep up with ever fast moving pace. And as for South Sudan, elections may be far off, but either failures or successes to be brought to his attention and which eventually hand victory to the victor and loss to the vanquished respectively in the elections usually start immediately before and after coalition government’s formation. And Common problem many observers diagnosed, quite obvious, both Odinga and Vshangaria shared is complacency.

Another mistake so usual opposition normally does is after cruising through into the government from nearly nothing, the former has always some delusion of having won. Without taking into consideration such a win is over a battle and not war.

That the coalition government is not a whole loaf of bread but half and neither an end in itself but a means through which to prepare for a more wholesome government at the slated elections following the post-transitional period.

That such coalition of a kind is always loaded with unnecessary political intrigues and wrangles far from the one each coalition partner can own in order to achieve its set out politico-economic blue print it may mean well for the populace.

While the incumbent in government on the other hand, doesn’t only intend to remain largely in control of security apparatus and electoral institutions, more so works around the clock to tighten grips on them as an option to secure post-transition against the opposition partner. The next part – two shall be the detailed accounts as to why either Odinga or Vashangaria didn’t make it in their quest for desired democratic change and transformative leadership in Kenya and Zimbabwe respectively.

Deng Vanang is the journalist and author, to be reached at: dvanang@gmail.com

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Deng Vanang: Deng Vanang is the journalist and author, to be reached at: dvanang@gmail.com