15 Oct 2019

 

Lack Of Capacity Still Haunts South Sudan

"Even now, in the clamour for more states, I doubt we are ready yet to listen to a few home truths. Lets keep running; but we will listen when we hit the wall."

What perhaps we still don't appreciate is the general lack of experienced capacity to run South Sudan itself, leave alone decentralisation of administration into Districts and States.

A very long time ago now, South Sudan, "the youngest country in the world", was the darling of the world. Experienced countries in the art of government and knowledge of how much of Africa blew it over 60 years of independence, knew that South Sudan would need international support to build the needed capacity for a viable government.

Millions of dollars were poured into the country by rich "friends of South Sudan", led by the Troika: USA, UK and Norway. Along with the World Bank and IMF, they were determined to build proper administrative capacity in every ministry, including sound management of resources.

We resented them and basically accused them of setting up "spies" in the ministries and trying to rob us. They stepped back and left us alone to rob and kill ourselves.

Even now, in the clamour for more states, I doubt we are ready yet to listen to a few home truths. Lets keep running; but we will listen when we hit the wall.

 

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