Jonglei Governor, Kuol Manyang
Juuk, should immediately resign from his office!!!
By: Daniel Abushery Daniel
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people
think you are fool than to open it and remove all doubt," said by
Solving problems or conflicts is the most difficult task a
human being can deal with, due to varieties of methods and techniques, but the
most common procedure is, to identify or diagnose the symptoms before offering
In one of my articles- a year ago- which
was titled: “SPLA soldiers and the possibility of PTSD?" Many readers
had expressed their agreement with the argument I put forth in that
article - including some top military personnel about what seemed like an
epidemic and how to combat it. But due to the economic some
serious considerations faced by the new-born nation, the government of
South Sudan (GOSS) simply couldn't afford to build a military type
hospital and/or remedy the predicament.
Make no mistake about it; the dire
health situation is not only among the ordinary SPLA soldiers, but worst
of all, their generals. Therefore, we shouldn't be caught by
surprise, when some of them are acting unconventionally, because we all
have all witnessed those many incidents in which some precious innocent
civilian lives were lost at the hands of some of those sick generals in many
locations in our homeland.
Never the less, the situation has been all
but increasingly and disturbingly on the rise almost on a daily basis.
It's well documented that during last year's elections that Unity state
Governor, Brig. Gen. Taban Deng Gai insulted and slapped an aid simply because
he alerted the governor that his opponent, Mrs. Angelina Teny was ahead in the
polls by a huge margin. Of course, nothing was done to the Mr. Gai. Ironically,
in the same state - Unity- during the presidential elections campaign, and
in a public rally which was supposed to be addressed by then
candidate, Lt. Gen. Salva Kirr Mayardit, the state deputy governor slapped the
state SPLM secretary general and minister of health, Dr. Joseph Minytueil
Wijang, over a simple disagreement. Yet, there was no action taken to protect
the integrity of the government and insure civility and respect in the
Unfortunately, the scenario is an on-going one, and as
usual, nobody has been questioned or required to quit their government
position, for engaging in such uncivil and unjust behavior
particularly by people in a position of power. Such conduct is alied
“abuse of power" and the perpetrators should no long hold any public
offices leave alone a governor and deputy governor, respectively.
Just this week, the most despicable, bizarre,
disgusted, and abomination act was committed by one of the most
well-known governor in South Sudan, Mr. Kuol
Manyang Juuk of Jonglei State.
He took the law into his own hands when he maliciously attacked
and slapped one of his drivers in the face!!
According to some eye witnesses on the scene- whose
names will remain anonymous- governor Juuk was talking with another person
in the council hall over some electricity issues. The governor's
driver happened to be around when the governor was having that conversation.
Then, the victim made a comment: “the electricity technicians have not shown up
for duty for the past three days, in protest for their unpaid wages for three
months, “he alerted the governor.
Well, you can only imagine what happened next. In a blink
of an eye, governor Kuol didn’t control his emotion. Instead of thanking
the driver for his courage to inform him as to why the electricity was
out, he instantly slapped the victim, who immediately left the scene
in a total chock and disbelieve of the governor's out bust.
That uncivilized conduct is truly
unfortunate, especially, when its comes from a high-ranking
government official. And As a criminologist, I believe that
the law of the land is there to protect the citizens' rights from
such unlawful and awful abuse. Therefore, Mr. Kuol Manyang Juuk's
criminal conduct shouldn't go unpunished, otherwise, our government, and indeed
our party, would very well be sending a wrong message to all those in
position of power that it's alright to mistreat the most venerable in our
Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk should spend some time
in jail, for the crime he committed against an innocent government worker, who
was just trying to inform him about the electricity situation, which he
should have known in the first place, if he were to be doing his job as
well as he should have.
It doesn't matter if one is the president, minister,
governor, or otherwise, nobody is above the law, and governor Kuol is not
Governor Kuol demonstrated poor and unprofessional
behavior by failing to control his emotions, which is the cornerstone of good
leadership. He should be ashamed of himself.
Further more, I must confess that at some point in time, am
personally was a big fan and supporter of the governor. I particularly admired
his braveness and dauntlessness stands during our liberation struggle and
above. However, there isn't any justification what so ever
for what the governor had done to that innocent citizen.
My advice to governor Kuol is: if you want to
restore the trust and the confidence of the public, you must immediately resign
from the governorship of the great state of Jonglei, and seek the
treatment for anger management. Although that might necessarily erase the
incident, but it may reduce the severity of you uncivil and unacceptable
behavior. Junub el Sudan is above all.
The author is concern citizen of south Sudan,
living in Arizona State (USA), and can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]