Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ensuring Efficiency and Transparency in Information Dissemination

The government of South Sudan, with no doubt, needs to make sure that there are structured ways and methods that should act as institutional guide to information delivery. Government officials, who talk anyhow without any proper institutional guide regarding what to say and how to say it, risk exposing the government to unintended ridicules.

Now, as the government and SPLM-in-Opposition get ready to form ‘The Transitional Government of National Unity’ (TGoNU), it’s absolutely crucial that a different, promising way of operationalizing national realities be initiated. Mind-sets need to change and old ways need to be reformed. Issues need to be researched before any decision is made. All ministries should have research departments in order to make sure that ministers and departmental officials make decisions that are grounded in verified and verifiable facts. The integrity of the government lies in the efficiency of the coordination with which government agencies operate.

We’ve had many cases where different ministers contradict themselves. That should not happen. Ministers and all government officials need to be very well coordinated in order to avoid internal contradictions. Any official who speaks on behalf of the government needs to consult relevant authorities before going to the media, or before giving public addresses with potential policy consequences. Any haphazardly conveyed messages reflect negatively on the government.

To ensure efficiency and control, public addresses by government officials should always be written and passed through advisers for critiques before delivery. Officials risk saying things they are not supposed to say if they don’t write down their public speeches. A good example of an official, who sometimes writes down his public addresses, is Dr. Elias Lomoro. Besides, officials should not publicly say what they’ve not discussed with their advisers.

In weekly cabinet meetings, different ministers should inform each other about their operations and what information they’d want the public to know. Potential public perceptions and how the cabinet plans to deal with any proposed ideas should be discussed in the cabinet meetings. This makes sure that all ministries are on the same page when it comes to any information the government needs to send out.

If the minister of information, the minister of foreign affairs, and the presidential spokesperson, say completely different things when they are supposed to be working for the same government, then something is wrong internally. It would be highly advisable for the government to correct this short-coming.

Efficient coordination helps the president track the exact information coming from the government and the ones concocted by outsiders. It becomes really difficult to know the real government policy position if officials say whatever they want when they want. In this case the president would find it impossible to tract what’s said by his officials and what they’ve not said. The only officials who should speak on behalf of the government should the designated officials. The government can deny anything uttered by authorities that are not authorized if such unauthorized statements tarnish the government.

Efficient coordination ensures that the government’s integrity and national integrity are protected internally and externally. Many things have gone wrong because some officials have not done their jobs with the required diligence. Assumptions are made without the due research and verification required by governmental operations.

It’s my hope that, as we get ready to have the TGoNU instituted and guns go silent (I hope), our leaders will find it necessary that researching of facts and verification of claims is an unequivocally needed standard operating procedure. With no doubt, facts need to be verified first by the concerned officials before being made public. Any official, who assumes he/she knows everything, should be subjected to scrutiny.

Once the government ensures transparency and efficiency in information dissemination, it then becomes easy to embark on service delivery to our people. Efficiency makes it easy for government to monitor performance and progress.

Kuir ë Garang,

ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

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.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.