Futuyo questions culture of recycling state officials

Futuyo questions culture of recycling state officials
Alfred Futuyo, Western Equatoria State Governor (photo credit: Kitab Unango/The City Review)

The governor of Western Equatoria State, Gen. Alfred Futuyo, has lashed out at the country’s top leadership over what he termed as hypocrisy, saying some officials are sacked because of misdeeds while no one takes responsibility at the top.

“If I am wrong, let them sack me or take me to prison immediately. If a big man also does something wrong, let him be removed too. Why are only the small [ones]  being affected?  What about the big ones? They should also be removed. Let it start with seniority. Isn’t it so?” said Gen. Futuyo.

Gen. Futuyo also said if an official is sacked because of malpractice, he or she should not be reappointed to the government. He discouraged the culture of reintegrating leaders with questionable integrity, saying such people can no longer offer anything meaningful for nation-building.

‘Responsibility for all’

He made the statement during his presentation at the governors’ forum on Tuesday in Juba.

“Every day if someone does something wrong, they are removed today and tomorrow brought back tomorrow. So the person has to do something wrong again, ” he said.

In a relation to development, the governor also questioned the existence of three army Commanders-in-Chief (CIC) in South Sudan in conformity with the revitalised peace agreement.

According to Gen. Futuyo, the protracted insecurity and sub-national violence which claimed more than 200 lives and displaced thousands of others in his state, were due to lack of implementation of the security arrangement that has kept three-arm Commanders-in-Chief in the country.

“There are three Commanders-in-Chief in South Sudan, President Kiir for SSPDF, Dr Machar for SPLA-IO, and Abdalbagi for SSOA. Where on earth will you find this?” Gen. Futuyo questioned. 

He continued: “Let’s unify our forces so that we stabilise the country. If we can’t organise ourselves, [then] we will not organise the country.”   

Chapter 2.4.1 provides that all the heads of opposition armed groups shall continue as Commanders-in-Chief of their forces until the end of the Pre-Transitional period or the end of the unification process.

What the deal says

According to Chapter 2.2.1, the reunification process was supposed to be completed within a period that should not have exceeded eight months from the time of signing of the agreement in September 2018.

Parties have so far extended the Pre-Transitional period three times in a bid to complete the processes of unification under joint army command but failed due to disagreement on the ratio of contributing forces among armed rivals.

Besides, the government has on several occasions equated the delay to the impact of the arms embargo as well as financial and logistical constraints on implementing Chapter Two of the security arrangement protocols.  

Recently, President Salva Kiir told the UN Security Council delegation in Juba that the reunification process has been delayed by the failure of the first deputy to organise the ranks of his armed forces.

“H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit said he requested his First Deputy Dr Riek Machar Teny to align the ranks of his soldiers according to the size of his force and up to now he has not gotten the feedback, but he is waiting to discuss the subject matter in the next Presidency meeting on the progress in order to establish a unified command.” a statement by the office of the President said on Thursday last week.