Friday, May 1, 2015

President's Speech and the Alleged Case of Plagiarism

There is no doubt that the president of South Sudan has demonstrated in every possible way that he's failed. However, we need to remember that no leader in the world can function by himself without the support of experts. This is where President Kiir needs help.


However, the president has to be willing to make use of experts to make decisions, or even in speech writing. There has to be a team of experts, who  should discuss president's decisions before they are made public. Besides, the president needs to practice his speeches before he reads them.

What South Sudanese leadership needs to understand is that leadership decisions all over the world, except in dictatorial nations, are made after extensive consultations with those who have relevant expertise.

It's apparent that the speech writers of the recent commencement address by the president in the University of Juba was a case of plagiarism. If the president had a capable team of experts and writers, such a mistake could have been avoid. The incident not only insults the office of the president, it insults the entire South Sudan citizenry.

The president therefore needs to make sure speech writers are professionals. Those who plagiarized the speech need to either be fired or disciplined.

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TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.