Machar takes the oath of office.

By Deng Vanang

The long awaited government is finally here after months of an intense impatience and anxious
wait.
Its absence was as worrying as its current birth fraught with foreseeable difficulties.
These difficulties are both numerous and enormous given the chilling experience of repeatedly
failed initiatives to make peace.
Which is regardless of all citizens and political groups having unanimously agreed on giving
peace a chance that is yet to be inclusive.
Inclusivity shall only come to fruition when the new government reaches out in a deal with
SSOMA’s non-signatory groups.
That is, after the latter’s popular demand for root causes to be discussed is met for a durable
and lasting peace.
Formation of government without proper security arrangements, as clearly entailed in the R-
ARCSS, is another pain in the neck to likely cause several rebel soldiers allied to former rebel
factions including SPLM/A-IO to pull out and wage war against the new government in Juba.
The swearing in of Cabinet not subject to the approval of yet to be cobbled National
Transitional Legislative Assembly, is a clear infringement on the interim constitution {2011}
right from the onset of what is highly lauded a fresh start.
Infighting in the government not to be wished away too when pro-Kiir Undersecretaries shall
likely take charge of or obstruct responsibilities meant for Cabinet Ministers allied to former
opposition groups.
Still haunting the new government is usual mismanagement of resources, such as national tax
revenues and oil proceeds which directly slip into private accounts of select few, leaving the
chronically starved citizenry yawning in an abject poverty.
The business as usual will equally be to the chagrin of Western donors not to release much
needed funds for humanitarian needs and reconstruction of the war-ravaged nation.
Compounding the resources mismanagement is the new pandemic called coronavirus, which if
not curbed immediately from its global lightning race, shall impact negatively on oil sale
returns, the back bone of the country’s nascent economy.

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