“The First Vice President has suggested for the change of the country’s name from South Sudan to the People’s Republic of Sudan. On 23 January 2011, members of a steering committee on post-independence governing body announced that upon independence the land would be named the Republic of South Sudan “out of familiarity and convenience”” (…) “However Dr. Riek Machar now argues that, “South” is not a name but rather a direction” (…) “Dr. Riek personally suggested that, the People’s Republic of Sudan would match the originality of the Sudan in relation to its history with the people. “So we will debate it what is it that we want to call ourselves. I hope you will accept my People’s Republic of Sudan”, Dr. Riek stated” (Emmanuel Woja – ‘Dr. Riek suggest for change of “South Sudan” name’ 11.12.2021, Eye Radio).
The FVP Dr. Riek Machar of South Sudan has now uttered the need for revising the name of the Republic of South Sudan. That there is a need to change it, because the “South” is only a direction and not really a name-sake for the child born in the year of 2011.
This is as useful the general public and the citizens, as the proposed move capital from Juba to Ramciel. Which have been announced in the past, but never happened. While the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the mechanisms there needs to be moving forward.
We already know about the insecurity issues in some states. There is a lack of funds for basic commodities and natural disasters causing harm to thousands of civilians. It has been reports of both floods and droughts in various of areas, this will further escalate into famine and starvation, which is hurting the citizens directly. This is where the state and it’s agencies should ensure help and direction to the ones in need. However, most likely will be UN Organizations and NGOs covering it for them.
That’s why the FVP have the time and ability to think about the name-change. I am sure the general public would be more familiar with the Republic being called the Revitalized Republic of Sudan. Since, everything is with hard R in front of it. The government is the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) and all other institutions are filled with the hard R. So, it would make sense to use the HARD R in the name of the Republic too.
The People’s Republic just sound like a generic state name and the Republic of South Sudan has a flair. Unless, they might change it to Revitalized Republic of Sudan (RRS). Why haven’t the FVP been busy by changing his own party name first?
The SPLM/A-(IO) isn’t a friendly acronym and neither is the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement – In Opposition. He should maybe rename it or decree it to become something else. As his not in opposition now, but part of the R-TGoNU. The FVP isn’t in opposition anymore and the name is lying.
FVP Machar needs guidance, maybe he should use his office to something useful. As the R-TGoNU isn’t able to pay it’s dues to Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). So the membership as a state is jeopardy for now. This is just what the government of South Sudan does.. the EAC have previously said the same too. So, the FVP should be focused on the daily chores and not changing names.
Unless, he wants to change the name of the SPLM/A-(IO) because that could have been a nice thing. However, don’t depend on it. He rather waste time on this… just like the ones spend time on Ramciel and not the trouble, which needs to be resolved. Peace.