South Sudan

Analysts Blame S.Sudan’s Political Elite for Putting Power Over Peace

A discussion on exploring alternatives for peace and development in South Sudan which was organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on Tuesday

The lack of will to restore peace and stability among the political elite over consolidation of power has further aggravated the existing conflict within South Sudan, prostate analysts have observed.

They say the current President Salva Kiir has lost internal legitimacy and power has been usurped by a small circle of army officers who benefit from the current instability.

During a discussion organized by German political foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on Monday, Dr. Daniel Komaketch the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Gulu University said the problem has been exacerbated by misguided priorities shortly after the country seceded from Sudan.

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The discussion aimed at exploring alternatives for peace and development for South Sudan.

“When South Sudan gained independence from Sudan, the government opted for state formation and infrastructure instead of nation building. Currently South Sudan can be called a state but it isn’t a nation due to tribal segregation and lack of a national ideology to unite people,” he said.

“Salva Kiir is a mere mouthpiece of other influential Army Generals. The interests of the elite lie in power as opposed to the populace which is interested in peace and stability.”

Participants in the discussion, majority nationals of South Sudan cast the blame on the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement which they claim gave the army an upper hand on governance of the country.

Others opined that the lack of functional institutions mandated to facilitate the process of accountability has made it difficult to end the civil strife since government officials benefit from the instability. They also want the UN military intervention to broaden its mandate beyond mere protection of citizens.

South Sudan has been in political turmoil since 2013 resultant from power contestation between two factions led by Kiir and Riek Marchar. A total of 1.7 million people have since been internally displaced and an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people dead.

A recent report (Sentry Report) made glaring revelations on how government officials in the Juba Administration were drawing millions of profits from the ongoing conflict through corruption schemes.

Dr. Komakech however noted; “The current conflict cannot be entirely blamed on corruption. It does not necessarily explain the cause of the war. We should address the broader political economy that has caused vulnerability.”


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