Press "Enter" to skip to content

Jok Madut: If I were the head of state, I would not sleep


If I were the head of state, or in some other position of influence in South Sudan, I would not last for so long in such a position while seeing Jieng Kids sleeping on empty stomachs every night on the streets in Wau, Aweil, Tonj, Rumbek, Malakal, even as massive state contracts are given suitcase businessmen from their areas; or women sitting with babies suckling at their empty breasts on the doorsteps of some ministers’ houses in Juba. I would not sleep well while having seen much of Equatoria emptied into Northern Uganda, Eastern Upper Nile into Ethiopia, Dedinga children, Jie kids, being educated every single day to turn away from their country and choose to be citizens of their tribes, instead of citizens of South Sudan. How can anyone say he or she is a leader overseeing a country where one citizen harms another with impunity and the state has no say in that?

I would not sleep knowing that the country that was born of war, built upon bones of martyrs, watered everyday by the blood of human sacrifice, is now a country that looks like a mirror reflection of the country it protested and broke away from. It is now a country where some of its liberators, the men and women in uniform, can’t even afford a bar of soap to wash that uniform with. It is now a country of the rule of man by law, where security agents can arrest and detain citizens without judicial oversight, a country of neat laws that no one is interested in enforcing or respecting, where oil production has become a curse to the people who live on top of the oil fields. I would not rest a day knowing that all our newborns are not registered so that the state acknowledges their existence and do everything possible for them to survive.

S.Sudan NEWS PORTAL:  Intent on Safari

How could anyone rest knowing that every public official appointee does not know how to coordinate with the next appointee so that public institutions can operate in concert with one another? I would not carry on without asking my aides how come they all own houses that are bigger than the structures of the ministries that employ them?

S.Sudan NEWS PORTAL:  Nile Safaris Ltd

This is not to say that I would know exactly what to do about all these challenges, nor to declare anyone incompetent. But I would not be found pretending there is no problem. This is to say that it is one thing to have a problem, but it is entirely another to acknowledge or not that you have a problem, for accepting you have a problem is half of the solution to that problem. Go figure

Originally posted on Jok Madut Facebook page

The post Jok Madut: If I were the head of state, I would not sleep appeared first on Hot in Juba.

Original full article available on the website → Hot in Juba

Credits : Hot in Juba ( → Author : South Sudan PRESS REVIEW

S.Sudan NEWS PORTAL:  GBV survivors get helpline 662

Publishing and Aggregation by : South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
Permission : Central Press Syndicate South Sudan
Facebook : South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

We respect the intellectual property rights of our news sources and expect our users to do the same. We may provide links to external news sources from time to time, but any trademarks, logos, photographs and videos remain their copyrighted works. If you feel our website violates fair use or infringes on your copyright, inform us immediately for redress.
The Central Press Syndicate of South Sudan publishes articles related to South Sudan from press wires, verified social media sources and Google news, thereby centralizing South Sudanese news from all over the web, in an easy to read format.


Read related stories with similar tags below:

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply