~ Biar D’Chol Biar ~
When Uber and Lyft were first launched in American cities, the exuberantly college students began to take the rideshares; continuously puked in the cars they were riding in; ran away, not aware that they were being tracked and charged for the messes they left behind. What was the motives behind messing the cars they were driven in? No one really knew! These high-spirited college students get drunk to max on weekends, do unimaginable things that bedeviled one. Could this be the reason public figures in the United States of America these days are having tough times (with #me too moment) when one’s past records are made public, or stories of raped surfaced? I believe so! But, what’s very interesting is, these college kids had no clue that Uber/lyft had already figured ways to compensate drivers with damages caused to their cars and time lost by charging credit card used in the system. A great advantage of modern technology in the 21st century. Thus, embraced it, or you’ll be choked if technology isn’t your passion, whether in business, politics or any other thing. This medium of communication inadvertently changed way things were done in the past. A giant mean of reaching masses of people within a matter of a second and solved a problem as we’ve seen it’s used to dispose long time dictators, the Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, and Omar Hussein Al Bashir in February 2019.
For instance, a year ago when I started this part-time gig ( a job many South Sudanese nowadays do after war of 2013 made things worse in the nation, in which many are carrying lots of problems on their shoulders, in assisting displaced relatives in neighboring countries), I gave a ride to a group of young college kids on a Saturday, at a busy morning hours when they return home from the clubs. On the way to their home, I heard two girls, mumbling at the third row of the car. And all of a sudden, one of the girls barfed. I, then, inquired of what happened, but one girl responded, “ Nothing, just a hiccup.” I kept quiet and continued to drive. But the filthy as pigsty smell terrified me. When I came to a stop sign, they all opened the doors; got out as soon as quickly, and ran away. Flummoxed with this behavior, I, then, parked the car; grabbed my cell phone on a mounted windshield, opened the doors, and captured everything; tapped the Uber app, and sent the messes of pictures to the company. And since the car was messy, I left home for the night. In the morning when I woke up, the money had been deposited into my account. Uber made sure that I was compensated for time lost, and money for the clean up. Thus, I took a car for a clean up in the morning. And depending on the damages caused, the charges range in the amount of $150-$300. When these kids realized that they’re being charged with such an enormous amount of money, they no longer regurgitate in the cars. With their own solution, they sometimes come prepared with plastic bags, or asked a driver to pull over when one isn’t feeling well. So, Uber and lyft have absolutely solved the problem though not entirely. This awesomely ameliorated the pains drivers where going through every night with this hustling side job.
Gen. Kiir Mayardit had been the president of the Republic of South Sudanese since August 2005 to present. Ever since, he verbally talked and sympathized corrupted officials in his administration, but never done anything to quell it, nor had he done any research to end corruption. As president, billions of dollars—both from international donors and country’s oil money— disappeared on his watch into the pockets of a few elites, but no one has ever been indicted of corruption in South Sudan. Corruption, therefore, become an usual business of the day within the country. Interestingly, on his recent tour to Bahr El Ghazal region, however, it has been alleged to have said that, “the minister of road and transportation had lied to him of the constructed tarmac road.” (Not really sure of the accuracy of the story, but will take it at the moment.) And indeed, not a single paved road is visible in South Sudan other than Juba-Nimule road constructed by USAID; no better schools or a single modernized hospital in the country. Since the establishment of government in Juba until now, billions of dollars have been continuously churned to foreign countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan, either within the country, or from South Sudanese in Diaspora, and; the economy of these nations animatedly thrived well. As a result, the nation’s economy woefully dipped on her nose, because no money circulated within the country, but remittance to different countries by citizens and foreign workers. Besides, rebellion had become a “lucrative business” to the army generals, in which the powerful generals rebelled against his government, but later on returned broke to the same government they rebelled against, and rewarded with positions and hotels accommodation in Juba. A bad precedent! This led to continuation of rebellion as it’s the only way to “get rich quicker” and live a luxurious life in the nation. Unfortunately, President Kiir still have no solutions in place, in solving this nagging issues that continued to sink the nation. President Kiir, however, continued to treat it like a “mosquito bites.” But when masses got mad at him, he doesn’t know why, especially the young and educated ones. Interestingly, he continued to lash out at South Sudanese in diaspora, (the scapegoat of all South Sudanese when they’ve their own problems back home as an instigators of war) for their continuous criticism to him and his failed administration.
Since August 2005, after taking the office as the First Vice President (FVP) at the demise of long time SPLM/A chairman and First Vice President of Sudan, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Gen. Kiir Mayardit, then, surrounded himself with goody-goody, who don’t do professionally jobs, but in looting sphere of public resources to feed their “lazy and idle” army of tribesmen that play dominoes and chase, daily from sunrise to sunset, at government rented home in large numbers in Juba. These elites in his administration have their own interest of get “rich quicker”; bought V8 vehicles with no deductible monthly on their paychecks; driven on a dirt roads. Ever since, they abused the government public money as if South Sudan is their private properties. They’ve had also become reckless oppressors to their own country men and women, forgetting that this was the reason they took up arms for. However, the illiterates in the villages, promised of better South Sudan during the north-south civil war struggle (who contributed immensely with their own cattle, sorghums and much more to feed the army) continued to ask, why SPLM/A isn’t building roads, schools and hospitals as she promised? Little did they know that the hotels accommodation, and V8 vehicles that gush dusts on their faces at the potholes roads, are, in fact, what consumed nation’s money. It’s true that millions of dollars come in monthly or yearly, but without budgeting and accountability, nothing will ever be accomplished in South Sudan. The nation’s money are being flushed into toilets through extravagant traveling abroad with no business government goals. These individuals have not had professional jobs in the past, but get the jobs through lobbying to president or president’s inner circle of friends. Sadly, they aren’t working for him to make him a better leader, and leave a good legacy in his honor, but siphoned money and stored them offshores to buy mansion in foreign lands as we’ve seen in “profiteers documentary and sentry points.” These elitists sucked “juicy stuffs” out of the nation by staying in the hotels, paid for by government with her own money; traveled extravagantly to foreign countries and stayed in luxurious hotels were they basked in the sun at the beaches. The elites surrounded themselves with army of tribesmen as their bodyguards to be in government payrolls. And what do these elitists and army of tribesmen do? Nothing! They give jobs to nephews, cousins, nieces just to be on payrolls, but not to do professionally job for the betterment of themselves, and the nation, South Sudan.
As the government and opposition are ready to implement the R-ARCSS, President Kiir Mayardit this time, if in fact, he still remained in power which I believe he will (a norm of African leaders staying in power until they die and son took over), should begin to employ people with working experiences of more than 10 years plus on the job, with one company, but not bunch of the job lobbyists, or unstable folks who stayed in the hotels with no a single family home built, and commute to work every morning. And how will he do it? Well, to employ someone as a minister, say: road and transportation, there’s to be mechanism to bet people based on work recommendations that, Mr. X or Z works with us for this period of time and is capable of delivering services required with a proof of a company they work for. Otherwise we can’t continue to say, no solutions to corruption in South Sudan when no one isn’t doing anything to end it en mass. President Kiir Mayardit walled up at J1 for years; traveled on designated roads that fooled him that tarmac roads are built in South Sudan when, in fact, they’re not. A leader always trusts his people, never afraids to mingle with them; travels constantly, either noticeably or secretly to have a first look of nation progresses. But, assuming things are being done without seeing with one’s own eyes isn’t a leadership and I’m very sure he’s shocked with what he have seen lately on his tour to Bahr El Ghazal region. Thus, solution to corruption isn’t about decreeing individuals, and recycle the very the same people to different positions. It’s about sticking to a goal with a dream of what one wants to leave behind for the next generation! President Kiir, therefore, needs to know that, there are many educated South Sudanese world wide; capable of doing professional jobs at various levels if they’re called to serve their nation. And these are individuals that would come up with ways to end corruption in the nation. It’s better to spend a lot of money on something to fix the problem(s) rather than going through the same cycle every year. President Kiir, also, should prioritize visitations to the areas occasionally, and see what’s being done and what’s not being done. I, instinctively believe that Kiir can fix things in South Sudan and leave a good legacy if he employed good hard working people, whose interests are betterment of South Sudan, where everyone will live happily with stable security. He could do that just like Uber and Lyft CEOS with their working men and women fixed what drivers were experiencing with riders. But, continued to leapfrog backward by employing kin and kith with no dream of moving South Sudan into modernity; folded hands and assumed things are going to be alright will not solve South Sudan’s problems.