Eng. Akol Santo Arech is 100% free from malpractices : a rebuttal to the baseless open letter of non existing Concerned Youth

Akol Santo Arech |Photo: ©File

Opinion |By Deng Rialdit Akook

Dec 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–A group of desperate and hunger traumatized youth who claimed to be representing ten states and three administrative areas wrote an incendiary open letter to the president calling for the relieve of Deng Wal, Akol Santo Arech and Goc Akot. In their joint open letter, The unknown thirteen representatives of ten states and three administrative under their non existing “Concerned Youth”, accused the kind and displined bodyguard of the President of turning himself into a millionaire, using the name of the President to exploit the business people, receiving 3 millions dollars from Benjamin Bol Mel, conducting the expensive wedding and so many others.

First and foremost, The great youth of South Sudan are not aware of the existence of ” Concerned Youth of Ten States and Three administrative areas”. The only legitimate body that represents the youth at the state level is the State Youth Union. The thirteen individuals who signed the concocted open letter on behalf of the non existing Concerned Youth, are either fake or dead longtime ago in the tenth century. The thirteen names which appeared in that open letter are all fake and were just coined by the desperate lobbyists of various positions in the presidency.

Coming to the false allegations labelled against the kind and humble young man Eng. Akol Santo Arech by the imaginary Concerned Youth of ten states and three administrative areas. To begin with the allegation of receiving three millions dollars from Benjamin Bol Mel. Eng. Akol Arech is neither a businessman nor related to Bol Mel either by blood or by friendship. Where on the earth can a businessman give such huge amount of money to an ordinary citizen?.

Akol Santo Arech is a mere citizen who can’t even reach the level of interacting with a renowned businessman like Bol Mel, leave alone giving him money. This false accusation is groundless and can’t convince the deaf man leave alone our reasonable intellectuals in the social media. If Benjamin Bol Mel is having huge amount of money which he distributes to individuals, then he would have distributed them to influential constitutional holders in the country not to ordinary citizen like Akol Santo Arech

The fake self proclaimed representatives of ten states and three administrative areas claimed in their open letter that Eng. Akol Santo fraudly collects huge amount of money from politicians and business people who are seeking appointment with the president. This is a visible lie. The appointments or meetings in the office of President are usually handled by the office manager or executive director. Akol Santo as a bodyguard has nothing to do with appointments or meetings. His sole duty is to guard and protect the president.

The hunger traumatized representatives of ten states and three administrative areas alleged that Eng. Akol Santo has conducted what they wrongly described as “very expensive wedding” with over one hundred V8, three Jeeps and two anti bullet proof vehicles. To prove that this proclaimed representatives are potential liars, no such expensive wedding has been conducted in South Sudan since its creation by God. It is true Akol Santo has got married but his wedding was not expensive as claimed by unknown keyboard warriors.

The marriage ceremony of Eng. Akol Santo was conducted in conformity with the social norms and fabrics of South Sudanese marriage system. How can a bodyguard manage to conduct his wedding with such number of luxurious vehicles. The price of new model V8 is 120,000 United States Dollars which is equivalent to 30 years’ salary for Eng Akol Santo. The few vehicles when were used for transport during his wedding were hired by the friends and relatives.

The allegation of turning himself into a millionaire is as fake as those who wrote the open letter. Turning one’s self into a millionaire is neither claimed nor easy. A bodyguard who receives less then fifty dollars a month can’t be a millionaire. Eng. Akol Santo is poor like any other ordinary citizen in the country.

If becoming a millionaire is easy, then the desperate individuals who penned the open letter would have been millionaires.

The unknown thirteen representatives of Concern Youth accused Akol Santo of snapping photos with luxurious buildings and vehicles behind him. Taking photos in front of luxurious vehicles and buildings doesn’t meant that those buildings and cars belong to him ( Akol Santo).

Those luxurious vehicles and buildings which you see behind Eng. Akol in most of the photos are hotels or commerical centres and are owned by the business people. Taking photos in front of other people’s buildings is not a crime and many people have been doing it including the designers of the infamous open letter. Therefore, Akol is not a first South Sudanese to take photos in front of other people’s luxurious cars and buildings.

In conclusion, all the allegations levelled against Eng. Akol Santo Arech in the open letter entitled ” A joint open letter from concerned youth of ten states and three administrative areas to President Salva Kiir Mayardit” are also baseless.

Those allegations were manufactured by the enemies of progress with a clear intention of tarnishing the image of a humble potential young man Eng. Akol Santo. The authors of the open letter are desperate lobbyists who are trying by all means to find way into the presidency through deforming the hard-working staff like Eng. Akol Santo Arech. Therefore, I am urging the South Sudanese around the world to disregard whatever was written against Eng. Akol Santo and throw it into dustbin.

The writer is a Senior Activist and he can be reached via email: damosipdeng@gmail.com or number: 0914606064

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Opinion | On the Sacking of Minister of Finance : Mabior

Salvatore Garang Mabior former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning | Photo:File

Opinion | By Mabior Garang

Sept 18, 2020 (Thessherald)–This is what I meant by “being set up to fail”. It is not only the Minister of Finance who faces this mischief, it is any Minister. It is a tactic used by the presidency to confuse the public and it is working brilliantly.

Half of the country is happy and congratulating the President for his wisdom, while the other half is sulking and hurling insults. If we had a basic understanding of how our government was designed to work, we might see the deception.

The government is supposed to be implementing – apart from the Agreement – South Sudan Vision 2040, based on the Millennium Development Goals.
It is the government’s road map for development and each Ministry has a Development Master Plan. No Minister comes with his/her own project proposals and budgets from their private homes. Rather, the civil servants in the Ministries are the custodians of the institutional memory of their respective Ministries.

In addition to the above, the Central Bank has no reserves and there is no legal legislative body in the country. This means that Ministries have no budgets. The civil servants have not been paid salaries in months. This failure has nothing to do with individual Ministers, it is systemic. They are set up to fail and are then used as scapegoats.

It is a gimmick intended to draw attention away from the real problem. The regime will buy time with this sacking. The congratulatory messages have started pouring in, not to mention the ones for the incoming Minister. It will be a while before attention is brought back to the failure and the cycle will continue.

If the Minister of Finance was serious about his job, he should not have accepted the position. Without the implementation of Chapter IV., Resource, Economic and Financial Management, he was being “set up to fail”. It is the reason I resigned when I realized that the security Arrangements would not be implemented. I was “being
set up to fail”.

I would have been sacked and the current insecurity in the country would have been blamed on me. The intellectual mercenaries of the intolerable status quo would have been deployed to make noise on all social media platforms.

The Agreement is the only solution to the problems of state failure in our country. The eight (8) chapters of the Agreement deal with radical reforms which – if implemented – will ensure our nascent Republic has the necessary foundations to build a state.

If the Minister of Finance is responsible for the economic meltdown and the reason our national coffers are empty, why is he not prosecuted? The sacking of this and that Minister will not solve the problem; the solution is the full implementation of the Agreement.

The politicians have implemented part of Chapter I., Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-
TGONU). The mandate of this government is clearly spelled out in Chapter 1.1.1., basically to implement the Agreement.

The implementation of Chapter II., Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements, will create the conducive environment for our civil population to access the means of production. It is only through production, may our civil population be able to evolve a viable economy.

The sacking of Ministers has been tried since 2013 and it has not worked, it is time to try new things. I encourage all our citizens to read Chapter IV of the Agreement which deals with how to salvage our economy.

The author is a senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO and former Deputy Interior Minister in the R-TGONU.