Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Democracking SPLM leadership: SPLM elects Salva Kiir

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement convention just had to elect Gen. Salva Kiir. Period! Salva Kiir was at the helm of SPLM leadership not because of ambitious reasons but because tragic circumstances that caused the demise of late Dr. John Garang dictated it so. The aspirations of the the marginalised people in South Sudan, Darfur, Abyei, name it, Sudan have to be realised and so Joshua and the promise, Salva Kiir, SPLM and a cause, the New Sudan.

But in the democratisation process of the SPLM convention, some ambitions had wished to challenge the position of the leaderships. Won't name names but their intentions were a public secret and a clear threat and negative role of democratisation on leadership wherever.

There seems a moment in building a nation when leadership should prevail over democratisation because leadership is not always about popularity, but like Napoleon Bonaparte would say, a leader is a dealer in hope. And here is the class act. A leader is best when people barely know he exists; Not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worst when they despise him. But a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say "We did it our selves" - Sun Tzu

The challenge for the New Sudan is beyond personal egos even as the Sudanese Armed Forces wreck havoc in the contested Abyei region and the Darfur. Something must be done differently.

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