“Examine, discover root causes of instability” in South Sudan, Cleric Tells Politicians

President Salva Kiir (left) and Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar (right).

Members of South Sudan’s ruling political party have been urged to identify and deal with the “root causes” of instability in the East-Central African nation, acknowledge their wrongdoing before South Sudanese, and engage in rebuilding the nine-year-old nation.

In an interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Jackson Yugosub said, “There is a need to revitalize the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM); I need the ruling party itself to examine and discover the root causes, the main contributors to this instability.”

Fr. Jackson who was speaking on the sidelines of a public lecture at the Catholic University of South Sudan (CUSS) over the weekend explained, “After having understood the root causes of conflicts, it means that the SPLM leadership should sit down to say we have wronged our people, destroyed South Sudan and it is time for us to rebuild this country and unite the people again.”

“The people around this country are now desperate about what is happening and a lot of ethnic conflicts happening here and there,” Fr. Jackson who is the Rector of Saint Lawrence Minor Seminary of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese told ACI Africa November 7.

He added, “The people dying in this country are not foreigners; they are South Sudanese and therefore there is a need for us to work hard and be peacemakers.”


SPLM has been the ruling party in South Sudan since 9 July 2011, the country’s Independence Day. The branch in Sudan became Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North.

President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar formed a coalition government on February 22 after the intervention of regional and international entities.

In the November 7 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Jackson reminded South Sudan’s political leaders about the need for peace saying, “When there is peace, there would be reconciliation, love, and unity among the people of South Sudan.”

The South Sudanese Cleric identified divisions among various ethnic groups in the country as “disturbing people a lot from being united.” 

“Ethnicity is one of the things that affects us so much but we are struggling to make sure that it is being eradicated and that all South Sudanese live together,” Fr. Jackson told ACI Africa.

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He underscored the need for “South Sudanese to look at themselves as sisters and brothers, as daughters of one father and one mother, not in terms of tribes; they should know that God has given us this land free of charge as a blessing.” 

The member of the Clergy of Juba Archdiocese further said, “The ruling political party needs to be revitalized to be in love with the people of South Sudan, to experience peace and being together in peace and harmony.”

“South Sudan is for all of us and we should use the resources that we have equally and equitably to reach all people in this land,” he further said, and added, “Peace is what South Sudanese are longing for; we have suffered enough.”