By Jacob J Akol
For those who want Kiir to throw in the towel and walk away from it all as soon as possible, it is clear that he is not about to do so - and that would be irresponsible anyway.
My hope was that both himself and Riek should have taken the opportunity given to them by the Compromise Peace Agreement, use the Interim Period of the TGoNU for cleaning up the mess that has occurred in their leadership and established a path, through a fully revised unity and peoples' oriented constitution, for independent and democratic elections by the end of the period. That, they could not do, of course, with each of them intending to be a candidate in the next elections.
The obvious end to that internal struggle was the predictable J1's dog fight in July last year in Juba and the exit of Dr Riek Machar to continue leading an armed rebellion, albeit from remote South Africa.
Such an armed struggle may go on for the whole of this year, next year, next two years; and, with emerging rebel leaders, for quite a long time without replacing Kiir or his later nominee by force. The losers for such a prolonged conflict are of course the ordinary South Sudanese.
So, what is left for us to do? The chances of persuading Kiir to step down peacefully and give way to new leadership voluntarily after the Interim Period remains with the people he respects and who are not wanting the presidency for themselves: These will include the likes of Abel Alier, Joseph Lagu, Paride Taban. These leaders also have a lot of respect among traditional leaders as their outreach is extensive and well grounded.