To be honest … it thought this was fake news until a credible reporter from South Sudan verified this one. I saw it on a Facebook post and couldn’t believe this was real. I read it last night and it was just to much to be true.
I read a Facebook post from “Hot in Juba” called: “Minister Peter Mayen disrupts football game in Aweil, shoots in the air”. That sounds like a far fetched thing right?
The Minister showed up at the match clearly in anger, as he expected his wife to be nursing their three month baby. However, she was one of the members of the team and playing in the South Sudan’s Woman League. The wife of the Minister is an player on the Aweil Women Football Club. Who happened to have a match and the Minister suddenly stopped the match in his anger.
Here is some of the information from “Hot in Juba”:
“The national minister of Humanitarian Affairs Peter Mayen Majongdit this afternoon disrupted a football match at Aweil Freedom Square as he demanded why his wife was allowed to play in the match.His wife, Aluel Garang, popularly known as Aluel Messi is part of Aweil Women’s Football Club which is taking part in the recently launched South Sudan Women’s National League” (…) “He was told to wait but he was so impatient and had to fire his pistol in the air disrupting the game. The game was later stopped to allow the minister to go home with his wife” (Hot In Juba, 17.04.2021).
This here shows how the minister lacks understanding and understand the role of parenting. The baby is also his and for the moment of the match. He could have taken care of the baby until she returned from the match. She’s a player on the team and was apparently playing. Just as his allowed to go to the office and do his job. The wife should have the ability to play, if that is something she can and will do. She will still nursing the baby when she’s not on the field.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs should be a bit humble and actually be human. The Human in humanitarian is lost on this fella. A man who is also supposed to lead Disaster Management created a disaster at that football field. He could have managed and carried this out differently. The minister could have been a man and taken care of his kid. It isn’t only her baby… it is their baby and joint responsibility. However, that wasn’t the case.
The Minister in his day-job is too “To oversee all humanitarian assistance to the needy, respond to disasters and reduce the risk to hazards”. Clearly he created hazardous action on that field yesterday and wasn’t reducing it. Secondly, the mission of his day-job is: “To save lives, restore dignity and sustain hope for development”. This man didn’t restore dignity of his family or his wife. Instead he has shamed her publicly and mocked family values to the general public. He couldn’t even bare the idea that his wife was playing football. That is how little he see in his wife. How is this man going to bring any hope, when he cannot even shelter and keep his wife safe?
This Minister cannot even ensure the wife safety or her team-mates. He cannot even reduce the hazard on that football field. How can he run the Ministry? Which is mandated to do this for the ones in need. That seems like a task, which is to big for this man. When he has to settle the score and finding only solution with using guns. Instead of talking and being a man. He didn’t take care of baby, but instead blamed her. That is the sort of gentlemen he is. Self-serving individual who cannot dually care of his own family. That is disgrace of a man. He should grow a pair and also respect his wife. However, that is to much to ask for the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs… Peace.
In South Sudan the prolonged civil war is continuing and with the fresh dialogue between the parties didn’t help. Some had hope that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Government (SPLM-IG) or the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He has been ruling and with an iron fist. While the main opposition leader and rebel Dr. Riek Machar are running the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army – In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO). There is also a coalition of other rebels and opposition, who is the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) of 8 political parties/militias, some of them are run by big men like Dr. Lam Akol (National Democratic Movement – NDM) and Gen. Thomas C. Swaka (National Salvation Front – NAS).
Therefore, the knowledge of delegations from SSOA, TGoNU and SPLM/A-IO in the IGAD High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) that has failed as even the house-arrested Machar couldn’t mend the fences or the idea of peaceful progress. That means the army and militias will continue to fight until they got supremacy.
Some people had hope as Ethiopian Government hosted this 32nd Extra-Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa and the shared arrangement to work on the “Revised Bridging Proposal” for all the stakeholders in the conflict as IGAD prepared for the dialogue this week. Still, that did not make it easier. They have the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) &Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM). All of these are interfering and monitoring the Republic. This combined with all the NGOs and Bilateral Organizations who support as well. Therefore, the international community is involved in the process. They are bookkeeping and securing needed services in the midst of the civil war, even footing the bills for it all. So the TGoNU can continue their fighting against their opposition.
This combined with various agreements that has not been kept, cease fire violations and such. These War-Lords really has no plan of quitting. They are preoccupied with the continued conflict and the looting of the Republic. There major resources being squandered away, not only seen by the Sentry in their reports, but the Kenyan bloggers are looking into the money laundering and estates owned by the War-Lords from South Sudan. Clearly, they are preoccupied with earning money on the toils and tears created by the conflict. That is why they are afraid of their future if the conflict ends. The guns are speaking their language. Even as the people are still lingering in refugee camps abroad and the Republic has no solution. The leadership isn’t hungry for peace, it is hungry to overcome its advisory.
At this point as the years lingers and the leaders continue to eat of the poverty, the famine and civil-wars, even as the state is bankrupt, creating higher bank-notes and the international community is footing the bills for development and needed supplies in refugee camps. This is clearly not the intention. But that is the sad reality as the innocent are dying and is afraid. The own leadership are holding this on. They are violating agreements or stifling it. If they are not getting their way, they are picking up guns or sending tanks to their yards. That is what happen in 2016, when the 2015 Agreement was starting to be established. However, that only lasted months before the new fresh conflict we are seeing today. Since then, there has been more deflections and more creations of new outfits who wants both Machar and Kiir to step down. However, none of them seems to fit the bill.
The state of affairs is sad. The people deserve peace, but War-Lords are busy finding ways to outsmart the enemies. Instead of dialogue and building real bridges, they are instead blowing them up hoping no-one finds out.
The people of South Sudan deserves better, but the leadership is busy killing each other and trying only to use ammunition to do so. They are not interested in talking. They know the trigger and is ready to aim. Peace.