South Sudan has failed to live up to its expectation and is being managed by a band of misfits and uninformed relics.
The country has since been led by ex rebel who believe that they deserve royal treatments for their service.
On July 9 2011, South Sudanese, with a hail of roaring chants, celebrated their independence from Khartoum. Six years after a peace deal which ended a 23 years long war, south Sudan gained autonomy and everyone had high hope for the new African sate. But the country has regressed and set a course toward a brooding tempest.
In an ill-conceived strategy, in Jan 2012, South Sudan cut off oil production; it was a pyrrhic victory. In an attempt to starve the parasite, Khartoum, South Sudan committed an economic suicide.
Oil revenues account for 98 percent of South Sudan’s budget and cutting production has denied the country of desperately needed revenue for development. As one of the world’s least developed countries, South Sudan has no infrastructure and has one of the highest maternal mortality and illiteracy. The country’s officials, however, seems to not be concerned by the potential destruction of their economy.
Corruption is a grave concern for the new state. While there has been food shortage, officials stole over 4 billion dollars, selfishly signed major land deals with foreign investors, and failed to demobilize thousands of soldiers. In addition, the government, like many failed African countries, has focused its wealth on developing the Capital city while leaving the rest of the region marginalizes.
The South Sudanese government’s behavior has already threatened foreign investments. With the government being led by former rebels who lack the philosophical and political knowledge of nation building, it’s going to be difficult to place high expectation on South Sudan’s development.