June 4, 2016, A shocking revelation coming from border town of Nimule has it that majority of the custom officials at the border town of Nimule can’t read or write. They are alleged to operate without standard guidelines, and in most cases base their assessment on clients’ conducts. Those who are persuasive or show some degree of confidence when talking to the staffs are served quickly and are sometimes exempted from mandatory dues. That’s why some travellers, especially Ugandans are reportedly addressing the custom officials as “beng” in Dinka, meaning “boss”, in order to get some favour.
Last week a smart South Sudanese citizen returning from USA with three used personal computers, presented a catalogue when he was asked to produce receipts for his personal belongings and he was cleared without any further questioning since the custom staff attending to him apparently didn’t know the difference between catalogue and receipt, a clear indication that he was not recruited on merits but on tribal ground like his colleagues.
It is not prudent to leave country’s custom and border security in the hand of illiterate tribesmen when there are thousands of young, energetic and highly skilled youths, craving to contribute to their beloved nation. For South Sudan’s economy to move forward, sectoral and institutional reforms are necessary. We need regulatory and policy reforms that can facilitate growth. Keeping illiterate tribesmen on the wrong jobs derails the nation from its development path.
South Sudan is at the brink of becoming a 5th world country, more especially under her new colonial master, Uganda.
A blind man cannot lead a blind but our Semi-Illiterate accidental president doesn’t believe so. He is convinced that his mentor, President Museveni of Uganda who has brought his country’s Economy and Politics to a catastrophic stall can steer our young nation to prosperity, something which revolutionary analysts believe, is beyond probability but rather a pure calculus.
A Revolutionary Columnist