Pagan Amum Shall not be Left Alone to Carry the Cross of Separation of South Sudan
By James Okuk
Some few months back I wrote a brief article in a logical form titled “Pagan Amum has been Left Alone to Carry His Own Cross.” In that article I intended to send a message to H.E. Pagan to distance himself from the Executive Branch of Sudan Government so that he could be believed in his statement that “Sudan is a Corrupt and a Failed State.” I said in that article that the right place and time to issue such kind of statement is when he is out of the direct decision-making position in the government of that “Failed and Corrupt State.” My message went through and now our dear honorable brother is in the right political place and time to practice his freedom of expression about the contradictions in the current Al-Bashir’s NCP regime of the Sudan.
Some days back, in the El-Haraam Centre for Strategic Studies (Cairo), Hon. Pagan Amum, the Secretary-General of the SPLM told the audience that 90% of Southerners at this particular moment have become separatists. He explained that the core reason for this turn is that the NCP and Jellaba intelligentsia have failed to make unity of the Sudan an attractive model because of their continuous arrogance against the implementation of secular system of democratic governance in the Sudan.
So far, and even after almost four years, since the signing of the CPA in Nairobi-Kenya, nothing much has changed in the system of governance in the Sudan. The NCP and the traditional political parties of Northern Sudan still hold to their Islamic fundamentalism/fanaticism and Arabic Chauvinism in many sectors of public institutions in Khartoum despite the agreed separation of religion and race from the state according to Machakos Protocol of the CPA.
In addition, the SPLM SG has realized that the pillars of the ideology of the New Sudan are not taking their roots in the national institutions because of the orchestrated serial sabotage by the rude NCP cadres in the public decision-making position in Khartoum.
This continuous negation to the letter and the spirit of the CPA is a sure sign that change is never going to come to the old Sudan and so it would be better if the Sudan disintegrate into pieces rather than it continuing as a unified unit with so many contradictions that are never good for peace-building. Unlike the likes of Yassir Arman, Hon. Pagan Amum has recently got convinced that Obama’s Phenomenon of Change is never going to occur in the Sudan even if the SPLM start to campaign for it earlier before Hon. Abel Alier could give the competitors the green light to start the marathon for July 2009 elections campaigns and public rallies.
The SPLM SG concluded from Cairo that if the current status quo of injustice, oppression and manipulation by the NCP arrogant cadres continues, then it will be better for him to divorce from efforts of making-unity attractive and then join his separatist brothers of Southern Sudan who are determined to make South Sudan an independent country; whether unity was made attractive or not or whether a black man from the South was made the President over the brown human beings in the North.
Welcome back to the camp of separatists of South Sudan dear strayed beloved brother, Hon. Pagan Amum. In fact, the patriotic Southerners have been missing you for long because of your obsession in the delusive New Sudan Ideology, which was buried in Machakos and Naivasha and rested in peace with late Dr. John Garang in his heroic Mausoleum in Juba three years ago as a result of the untimely evil crash of the Ugandan Presidential Chopper that he happened to aboard with his bodyguards.
Dear Hon. Pagan Amum: Your dear brothers from the South still recall your dignified history of separation when you voluntarily left the faculty of law of University of Khartoum and went to the bush in 1982 in the name of the underground movement for rejuvenating the freedom fire that was ushered in by South Sudan Liberation Movement (SSLM) of General Joseph Lago who signed the dishonoured Addis Ababa Agreement with one party Socialist Government of Jafaar Mohammed Nimeiri in 1972. Your underground leftist liberation organization that was active among the students in Malakal was known, especially in the attack you launched on Buma Mountain in July 1983 with your colleagues, Lokurnyang Lado and Nyachugak Nyachiluk. By then, you were a die-hard separatist because New Sudan Indoctrination didn’t have a place in your head. We are so glade now that you are coming back to your roots!
Dear Leader Pagan Amum: What you said in Cairo is very patriotic for South Sudan interest of Independence. Starting from now, you should never abandon this torch or extinguish its fire from burning until we are done with our tough journey of the cross of separation of South Sudan from the fanatically Islamized and racially Arabized Northern Sudan. With the current agenda of separation in your tongue, the patriotic Southerners shall be Eveready to stand with you in shouldering the struggle cross in our journey to independence, freedom, dignity and common prosperity in the long-awaited new-born “Unfailed and Uncorrupt State of South Sudan.”
From now onwards, the patriotic Southerners are going to be slaughtering fattened lambs as a celebration for the return of their prodigal son to the camp of South Sudan separatists. Your skills, efforts and resources are more needed than ever for accomplishing the journey to the freedom of our beloved motherland. Your capacities should no longer be wasted in futile attempts to unify the marginalized peoples in the peripheries of the states of the fifteen states of Northern Sudan. Let these marginalized Northerners take care of their interests without utilizing Southerners for effecting a regime change in Khartoum whose fruits remains unreliable for the South.
Dear Patriotic Southerners: Let us focus on how we should strategize intelligently and prudently for our independence right from 2011. Who knows, may be we will be in a strong position after our independence to assist the marginalized communities in the North to re-gain their dignity as well. From then (even if our generation will not be there) the next generation will think of re-integrating and re-unifying the Sudan on the basis of equals from the different disintegrated parts. So let us not tremble if the Sudan breaks into pieces in near future as a result of its failure to stay unified in peace.
Dear Freedom Gallants of the South: Let us not worry about the fear and hitches in the nerves of many cunning Jellaba and their intelligentsia when they hear a prominent Southerner talking about the inevitability of the independence of South Sudan in 2011. Let us not be distracted by their smear campaigns against the administration of the SPLM in the South. After all, who does not know that many of the mothers and fathers of Jellaba were very poor peope before their sons improved their conditions out of corrupted public money. Who is not aware of the hidden corruption in the public institutions in Khartoum? Where did so many NCP cadres get the fund for building high mansions abroad and in Khartoum and running private businesses internally and externally under the cover of others’ names? Who is not aware of the tactics of ‘Money Washing’ from many of politicians and businessmen of the riverine Northern Sudan (Awlad el Bahr)? How did many bread-beggars and poor Jalyiyeen Arabs of Hosh Banaga get rich and luxurious so quickly in the current Sudan?