Sunday, November 6, 2016

MOSES WETANGULA: Only Parliament Can Authorize Troops' Withdrawal from South Sudan

Following the dismissal of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) commander, Lt. Gen. Johnson Ondieki, the Kenyan government reacted angrily by swiftly calling for the withdrawal of the Kenyan forces from the mission in South Sudan 'with immediate effect.' The Kenyan government, in a strongly-worded polemic, also called for disengagement from the South Sudanese peace process. 

 “I say now that we will discontinue our contribution of troops to the proposed regional protection force....we will no longer contribute to a mission that has failed to meet its mandate and which has now resorted to scapegoating Kenyans," Kenyatta has said.

While Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, supported the withdrawal of the Kenyan troops from UNMISS, Moses Wetangula, one of the principal leaders of CORD, told a press conference in Bungoma, where he's also the senator, that it's only the Kenyan parliament that can authorize the withdrawal of the troops from UNMISS. 




''I want to tell you, Uhuru, that before those troops went to South Sudan the matter went through Parliament. If you want them out of there return it to Parliament and see what MPs have to say," Wetangula said. 

Wetangula said that Kenya has a strong interest in bringing peace to South Sudan and that the failure of one Kenyan isn't a ground for all the troops, who are doing a valuable job as they've always done, to be withdrawn from a life-saving mission. Wetangula accused Uhuru of acting out of pride and emotion.

"This is not a matter to decide on your own based on personal emotions and pride. Kenyans are not aggrieved by a general being sacked by the UN but are proud to see the 6,000 minus one troop bringing peace to South Sudan," he added.

The senator lauded the contribution of the Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) adding that Kenyan troops are contributing toward the security of the region and the international community. 

Given the fact that Kenya has a well-developed bureaucratic, democratic and political system, it's not clear why Uhuru's government acted in such a unilateral manner without any consultation required by democratic governance. 

Kenya isn't only the region's economic and tech powerhouse, it also houses many of the region's humanitarian headquarters given its relative stability and the strength of its institutions. Uhuru's action can tarnish the nation's status regionally and internationally. 

Uhuru's emotional reaction also resulted in the deportation of South Sudanese rebel leader's [Riek Machar] spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, to South Sudan. Gatdet had lauded the dismissal of General Ondieki by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. Kenya didn't like Gatdet's reaction.  Given the fact that Gatdet is considered an 'enemy' by Juba and could face persecution in there,  Kenya has been criticized for having 'violated' Gatdet's human rights. 

Edited by The Philosophical Refugee 

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.