... Strange Concept of Development and Priority Disorder
By: deng mulwal
In cooperation with a specialized company, the Government of South Sudan has established a beer factory in Juba city, the capital of
South Sudan at a cost of 37 million dollars. Theoretically, the matter is not strange because the Naivasha Peace Agreement has excluded
South Sudan from the Islamic sharia laws, which ban production of alcohol.
The Government of South Sudan has ignored that fact that the point is not about opposing the laws in North Sudan or showing happiness because
South Sudan is enjoying a different system, but it is about the economic and political importance of the establishment of the beer factory. Under any circumstance, the beer cannot be considered as one of the essential commodities.
There is no doubt that the southern citizen is in need to food, health and education more than any other thing.
It is well known that South Sudan has faced during the last two years a reverse immigration of most of the citizens, who returned to the North of Sudan once again, after they discovered that
South Sudan is lacking the basic services, which they were enjoying in the north before their return to the South.
Apart from the beliefs and religions of the citizens in
South Sudan, the alcohol is not a priority for the southerners.
The strangest thing was the establishment of this factory in a time when the government of
South Sudan is still facing overspending problems.
I was hopeful that the government of
South Sudan would focus on handling the budget problems before thinking to take decisions just to annoy the north.
Instead of involving itself in a dispute with the north, the Government of South Sudan must focus on building the basic infrastructures that provide the southerners with the basic services.