Under the forthcoming federal government in South Sudan, our communities will face challenges.

In the struggle for prestige and power between officials and non-officials, peace may risk being lost. We must prioritise peaceful relations and a community approach to the future of government.

The capital is full of lobbyists fighting for leadership, and power hunters outweigh peacemakers.

Ministerial positions must be distributed equitably, allowing each of the 64 tribes to feel as if they have a role in the government of their country, regardless of their numbers or political affiliations.

I argue that ten states of equal ratio are necessary to allow tribes to rise beyond tribal boundaries, though this may incite conflicts. Citizens of South Sudan must contribute to national affairs. Governments come and go, but people remain.

In Kenya, there is a saying: “The forest has changed, but the monkeys are the same.” As we analyse the two parties, we must consider how the new South Sudanese government will serve the community. What changes will it bring about?

Let’s treat our neighbours with kindness, embrace peaceful relations, and make preparations for our shared role in our nation’s political future.

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