Election integrity

Much as we hate war, we entirely agree with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in advocating for a joint military action to defeat South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar if he rejects the ceasefire offer, made by the Government and neighboring states.

We realize that war must be the last option after all other forms of dialogue have failed.

This is precisely the case in Sudan. What started off as a policy disagreement, degenerated into a political crisis which has now become an ethnic war affecting millions of people who had no say in the events that gave rise to the crisis.

Estimates indicate that more than 1,000 people, mainly innocent cvilllians have died. Their bodies, as seen on television, are still lying uncollected in streets while others are being buried in mass graves.

This suffering is gratuitous and totally unnecessary, because it represents political failure, a failure to accommodate competing ideas.

The people of Sudan most certainly deserve better. They deserve peace, tranquility and an opportunity to consolidate their democracy and to engender self development in the economic, social and political fields.

Democracy may not be an exact science, but it represents a measure of community cohesion and consensus. It provides a community an opportunity to give itself a leadership and therefore a direction and vision for the future.

That is why we are opposed to extreme measures such as nullification of Parliamentary seats which seek to replicate and assume the will of the electorate long after the elections have passed and the dynamic has changed. The Sudanese voted the current Government into power, warts and all. It is therefore not fair, that the people must against be made to choose, this time, on the basis of clan- a factor that never arose at the time elections took place.

All political ideas are social constructs that are dependent on equally artificial rules of obligations expectations and paradigms which can only work if all parties adhere to them in the belief that by doing so a common good will be achieved.

That is why when such constructs fail and anarchy is allowed to prevail even such institutions as a state will fail and join the growing list of failed states.

There are many such states in Africa and many others in the developing world where the essence of power and its collectivity still eludes the leadership.

It is this greed and single mindedness that glorifies the death and carnage that can be seen in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The citizens in these countries are just as human as we are and yet they must now endure torment and suffering imposed by a political leadership that has given up and surrendered power to sectarian interests. We must as a country avoid any form of sectarianism which will arise and will be accentuated by internal political failures.

May this newyear bring us a new sense of reason and accommodation.