IGAD’s Power Sharing Structure in South Sudan Questionable

Published on 29th May 2018

IGAD’s recent proposal to end the crisis in South Sudan leaves a lot to be desired. It harps on power sharing and gives President Salva Kiir's government 55% of the slots, SPLM-IO 25%  and other political parties 20% (former detainees 5%, political parties under the unity government 5% and South Sudan opposition alliance 10%). The document advocates for 3 vice presidents,42 ministries, 15 deputy ministers and a transitional parliament composed of 440.

IGAD’s proposal risks handing over the country to warlords – a booming business in the region and economically disenfranchising the country further. The country is in economic tatters. Many employees have gone without salaries for months. The common citizen who is already disadvantaged will be forced to shoulder the upkeep of this bloated bureaucracy. The IGAD proposal does not give a clue on the checks and balances to rein in the bloated bureaucracy following the history of looting among leaders in the country. The role of the judiciary and civil society in the power structures is absent.

South Sudan did not did not fight for decades to reap socio-political and economic marktiming. Interventions ought to consider the long run.The onus is however on the country's leaders to put their selfish egos aside and give this nation – and the generations to come, a breath of life. 

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