July 2015: When Expectations Turn to Unexpected (Reec)

“Great expectations make frustrated men, when you stretch your arm to reach higher things, you drop what little you had under the armpit, to want plenty is being confused and to have plenty is more than being confused” Hama Tuma, an Ethiopian Author in Looking for Rain God and Other Short Stories”

One would have been called a professional liar if they would have predicted at the beginning of the implementation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), that nothing was going to come out of it except freeing ourselves from Arab regressive rules. It was in fact a new beginning that began at the beginning of an end. When Juba government was established in 2005, every citizen of the then Southern Sudan felt relieved of the fear from Antonov bombardments, bush and refugee life. Most of us instead expected that we were going to receive everything on a silver plate, from our own government. The civil population left their trade of farming in an anticipation that their needs were going to be catered for by government, however, they were proved wrong as only well connected and lucky few elites got chances to taste the national cake.

By 2008, nothing came from the government as was expected, there was no change in the living standards in most households. Most young men flooded towns in the country in search of jobs, despite some of them having no education to get them the required qualifications. Everyone, including the uneducated, wanted to do the job of director general by all means. Some people used to think that they were going to get jobs the way war of freedom was conducted, however, that never happened. The new twist became the system of who you knew, not what you knew that worked, that was betrayal of the comrades.

South Sudan is a gifted country with natural wealth. Agriculture leads the rest as there is large fertile land, but because people wanted to do white collar jobs, there was a chasm. People do not believe that agriculture can be the engine for growth in this country. Majority seemed to have surrendered to poverty. The frustration of getting jobs is dominating many minds. Foreigners, especially Ugandans, Kenyans and Congolese have taken the opportunity of selling charcoals, water, roast meat along the streets of Juba, while their South Sudanese counterparts who can do that job are only blaming them for taking the opportunity yet they (South Sudanese ) are not ready to do it. In many developed countries, the work of the government is to build roads, provide strong education, water, electricity, develop agriculture, provide strong healthcare system and many others which make the country beneficiary to the citizens. While putting food on the table of an individual is the sole work of an individual. The frustration as a result of the unexpected poverty has made fellow South Sudanese citizens to suffer from dependency syndrome and have surrendered themselves to poverty.

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