By Alier Mac Deng
Following the decision by Emmanuel Parish Leadership to invite the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to the victims’ backyard, some followers and a segment of our community were aggrieved and decried the detachment of the leadership to the plight of the victims and thus,vehemently protested through any peaceable means.
In its reactive statement,perched on top of the statement was a full photo of Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth clutching a walking cane/baton, fully and immaculately attired in his religious vest, seated on chair likely in the church with the caption “Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth : The Spiritual leader of Our Time.”
The church did not report what the Bishop said and whether it was a right thing to invite Dr. Riek Machar. There is nothing convincing in that statement than a mere photo of the Bishop Garang Anyieth; it’s woefully lacking substance. You see how church leaders mess everything up in the church and run to Bishop Garang Anyieth to rescue them from their own messes in which he was not part of. Lucky leadership, the church has been rescued without holding its leadership responsible; do not go and mess things up again people might not listen to Bishop Garang for the sake of listening. Church leaders and politicians are exploiting Bishop Garang Anyieth charisma, influence and leniency and the perception or reality that he is the gateway to Bor.
Our primary interest as new Jonglei people should be camaraderie, coherence and unity in purpose in this church and other public places because what happens in such places has deep consequences in the communities and further, a cause of division rather than fostering of co-existence.This basis should supersede Emmanuel Parish Church leadership interests and presumably its political leaning. Emmanuel Parish leadership should be aware that the implementation of peace agreement was not meant exclusively for new Jonglei State and therefore, it should guard against and refrain from what tears the fabric of our society than what rips and incinerates the whole agreement.