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Lam Akol denounces rebellion, calls for multiparty democracy in S. Sudan


By Julius N. Uma

November 6, 2011 (JUBA) — Lam Akol, an opposition leader in South Sudan has strongly condemned the armed rebellions fighting against the government of the newly independent country, advocating for a multiparty democracy.

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Lam Akol (AP)

In his first public appearance since his return from Nairobi last month the leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - Democratic Change (SPLM_DC), said that the opposition and government should stop considering each other as enemies. The time was ripe, he said, for the two to engage in a dialogue to foster national unity.

“Government should not see the opposition parties as enemies nor should the opposition look at government as a system they can hardly work with. Instead, these two systems of multiparty democracy must co-exist if national dialogue is to be achieved,” he said during a public lecture in Juba, the South Sudan capital on Saturday.

The lecture, which based on the theme, ’Issues of national dialogue,’ mainly focused on experiences from African countries that achieved independence in the post-colonial era. He also discussed why South Sudan needed dialogue at this critical moment and underlined issues to be discussed at national levels.

The SPLM-DC leader, who received a standing ovation on arrival, also criticised South Sudan’s rampant corruption, which he said had eroded the country. He urged president Salva Kiir to devise stringent measures to ensure that those implicated are prosecuted by law.

He specifically applauded Kiir’s five-point anti-corruption policy, but said that the mandate to fight corruption and all forms of graft should not only be left to the audit chamber and anti-corruption commission, but also include the country’s justice ministry.

Reacting to the auditor general’s recent report presented before the National Assembly, Akol said the financial shortfalls in the accounts were mainly due to government reluctance to institute a proper tax monitoring system.

"A country cannot achieve any meaningful development, unless the government puts in place strong physical and monetary measures to manage the economy," said SPLM-DC leader amid applause.

According to Akol, the newly independent South Sudan can only achieve meaningful dialogue if issues encompassing good governance, national unity, economic diversity and food security through agriculture are properly addressed by the system in power.

For instance while nearly 80% of the southerners depend on agriculture as the backbone of rural economies, only 4% of the country’s agricultural land is reportedly being used, leaving over a million people food insecure.

The SPLM-DC leader also urged the government to adopt a sound agro-based policy aimed at tapping agricultural potentials in the country. He also called for a massive reduction in government expenditure at the national level.

“For South Sudan to succeed, it needs to adopt a proper strategic plan that addresses the agricultural sector to give a relative competitive edge over other countries in regional markets,” he said.

The SPLM-DC broke away from South Sudan’s ruling party - former rebels the SPLM. Since then the two have had a rocky relationship with the SPLM-DC being accused of by senior SPLM figures of supporting militia groups in South Sudan.

This has always been denied by the SPLM-DC, who threatened to take the SPLM’s secretary general Pagan Amum to court over the issue.

In elections in 2010, SPLM-DC became the largest party in South Sudan’s parliament despite claiming that the vote was not free and fair.


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  • 7 November 2011 07:44, by Nuerone Mafitabu

    Which multiparty?
    You are a man we can not trust, double face jalaba, rebel agenst your own people for money.we can not agree with you.

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    • 7 November 2011 09:56, by Kur William

      Thank Lam Akol for your message,nobody on earth is trust you have to make sure.

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    • 7 November 2011 10:41, by SSLA supporter

      Of course, you have to condemn the rebellions so as to be covered by Kiir’s so-called general pardon. Your ridicules SPLM-DC, which is just a version of the SPLM syndicate will be soon reabsorbed into SPLM corrupt regime and that will mark the end of your nonsense opposition within. Think twice!! SSLA/M will be unshaken by your empty condemnation..

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      • 8 November 2011 06:04, by harry


        Dr. Lam Akol wants to re-invent himself again in South Sudan politics. He can say anything to please the public because he is running in 2015. I’m not surprise to hear him coming around and try to call for multiparty system in the nation. He can fool people like Salva Kiir by giving him this kind of political rhetoric which is not new to many of us except Kiir and his clique. Thanks


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      • 8 November 2011 06:46, by mathem jech amer

        SSLA Supporter

        Don’t worry guys, he is just resting and he will join you soon to eat walwal with you in Bentiu & Nuba Mountains Jungles.

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        • 9 November 2011 04:56, by SSLA supporter

          Mathem Jech Amer

          No, keep him with in your zoo called Juba to abuse alcohol with you in your zoo and eat atheda with mulha charmotha or kymot,find him Ethiopian or Kenyan whore too! we don’t need him mate!!

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    • 7 November 2011 10:52, by SSLA supporter

      but will even increase in determination to clean RoSS and its people from your SPLA/M mafia and its contaminations, for the genuine peace, liberty and prosperity to prevail in RoSS. I used to have a lot of respect for you but now I am being taken by surprise to see another version of you.
      Please join those of Peter Gaddiet, Bol Gatkouth etc enjoy your bribes but keep your mouth shut for God sake!

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    • 7 November 2011 10:58, by Joseph Makuer

      Mr. Lam Akol

      If you really mean what you’re saying, then go for it comrade.. It’s time to call for unity among us.

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    • 7 November 2011 22:48, by akot

      Dr Lam Akol yin aca leec apei you are talking about corruption but somebody who eat the money and depend the country is better than the person who kill the people, you are supposed to thank SPLM/A that the open the door for you enter in South Sudan. you simplified yourself that all people ignore you in South Sudan, even those who are not well-educated like me.

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  • 7 November 2011 07:54, by BM Bol

    There are at least over 20 parties in South Sudan. Some are runs by one or two people and others by family individuals. This is what complicates multiparty systems. Those who found themselves opposite side or the losing end must also educate their followers that it’s ok to lost elections and not picking up the guns. You must flourish your ideas and then sell them to the public so they can decide i

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  • 7 November 2011 08:03, by Madina Tonj

    Riek Machar Teny is better than you Dr. Lam Akol. Dr. Riek understand fully that, when you did mistake then you must not repeat again. Dr. Riek Machar has been struggle since he back from Khartoum unlikely to Dr. Lam Akol who have been confusing himself going back and forth even he was trying to change SPLM which was been fighting to liberate his family instead of changing NCP. Oyai,Amum are ok.

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    • 7 November 2011 08:17, by twins


      What mistake are you talking about bro. Contradicting Garang’s idealogy of Unity has never been a mistake. Infact, it’s what majority of South Sudanese enjoy right now if not all of them. What else do you call a mistake made by Riek if I may ask? WELL, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT RIEK MADE NO MISTAKE!!

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      • 7 November 2011 08:30, by Madina Tonj


        Let us not defending the criminal people who murdering thousand of innocents citizens. This kind of Idocy have no room in South Sudan. Riek Machar had brought only shame and I don’t know you guys poorly claiming someone surrendering to Khartoum and his Khartoum peace did failed.

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        • 7 November 2011 08:51, by twins

          Let’s sort things differently. The killing of Bor is not by Riek’s force, but malitia men from Nuer. If you blam Riek because his tribe men did that, yes I would agree with you. Any SPLA comander knows the truth although not all will tell it like it is. The problem is b/n Riek and his leader Garang. Nyandeng can tell you the truth.

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          • 7 November 2011 12:22, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            What are you trying to denail here? can a innoncent plead guilty and apologies if he is not behind the crimes?
            please Riek machar is a criminal and the evident is his apology. and if you lies to say Bor Dinkas were not murdered by riek than how come nobody apologies for what is going on now in south? think befor you deffend the case that you can loose.

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            • 7 November 2011 19:54, by twins

              Dinka Dominated Spla
              Riek apologize as nuer not as a leader becuase there is no Nasir defaction force kill any civilian at Bor. One thing you should know though, Riek’s wisdom of getting self_determination will always be there regardless of some Dinka spoiling his history.

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              • 7 November 2011 23:25, by SSLA supporter


                Riek Machar apologized to Malak Ayuen and his Bor Globe in his capacity as individual who is desperate to maintain his pathetic position as a poster vice president in the corrupt government of Kiir and not as a Nuer man simply because Nuer are proud people that don’t know how to sell themselves cheaply to gain positions. Please don’t associate that puppet with our proud tribe.

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              • 8 November 2011 02:53, by Jimmy A. Makur

                To Twins,

                The defaction of Riek Machar (P.H.D) from SPLA/M and commited unforgetable crimes by massacred innocent Dinka Bor civilians. And all wars against MonyJang was a dark side of our history which a sound minded Southerners shouldn’t be proud of.

                Let us accept the truth and we ’ll progress well. It is hardly to forget, but we can forgive one other inorder to defeat our common enemy

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                • 8 November 2011 06:59, by twins

                  Let’s be neutral when judging some other people. I understand though that some Donka, especially Bor wouldn’t judge fairly since they are the victims. And that’s ok becuase not everybody can be liked by everybody in the socity.

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          • 8 November 2011 03:08, by Jimmy A. Makur

            To DR Lam Akol,

            Thank for your wisedom this time, atleast the word multiparty democracy is far better than comaparing S. Sudan with Somalia during Referendum periods.

            We can solve our political differences in Juba not Khartoum! The government should not see oppositions as enemies to borrow Akol words.

            I hope S. Sudan will developed more than S. Africa if we work togather.

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        • 7 November 2011 14:32, by south boy

          please, this man Riek is very importance than garang and kiir that you all believe,without Riek machar these CPA could not came to the agreement, garang learn from Riek if you don’t know let me tell you,you are always out of point, if the issues is because of going to jalaba, garang was with jalaba even kiir of yours.

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      • 7 November 2011 08:31, by Nuerone Mafitabu

        The subject is not RIEK.
        Our problem is Dr LAM AKOL the confused man for leadership.
        Our brother RIEK is with us,he is not like that snake LAM who no body hates him for double face.

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      • 7 November 2011 08:34, by majustin Thon

        brother you got it wrong pliz, the killing of the innocent civilians in Bor Town did by Raik was it not a mistake to you??

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      • 7 November 2011 16:45, by Sala Gai

        Dear all Southern Sudanese

        Time has come for truth not to lie to public, we fight because of offender language of Arab in the north - Sudan, after we have get our independence some element decide to take guns due to the position hunting like what happen some year back, and these will never take us out of good leadership.

        In matter of position cool down never take guns
        Come down andcalm your righ

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        • 8 November 2011 16:45, by simon yel

          Dr Lam we welcomed you all to south your political exile even if did not threat come and fail with your supporters with no vision like to benefit south Sudan

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    • 7 November 2011 16:07, by Joseph Makuer

      No one better than the other.... They are both our leaders

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  • 7 November 2011 08:26, by Brother Billy

    Mr Lam Akol,
    You are ever flexible between north and the South for political issues, whom do you thing will listen to the man who changes the color according to the environment forgetting his State of being a south Sudanese citizen, we are not ready to be united once again with Arabs.

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  • 7 November 2011 09:16, by tiger

    Dear bros. some of you have correctly commented to the best of intellectuals, the real terms and best suit for Lam is "camouflage" he is a self centred man who don;t likes someone prosperity rule.
    let’s wait for a while and you will be surperise of his return to bush again.

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    • 7 November 2011 10:30, by Nuerone Mafitabu

      that is right, that Lam Akol is a man soon will return to bush, since he was born in the bush and will die in the bush.
      God great animal to stay in the bush for hiding.If a
      doctor will be hiding in the bush,he will never rule any southern, I vow.

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      • 8 November 2011 19:09, by Wani

        South Sudan needs a thinker and good leader like Dr. Lam Akol. It is sad to see the fruits of his hard work being wasted by others while he is being ridiculed by people who at no time can be put in one sentence with him.

        You have to remember that the first southern Sudanese politician to make Jalaba sign the right of our people to self-determination is the very Dr. Lam that you hate.

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  • 7 November 2011 16:03, by Gai Tut

    A sound minded Southerner can’t come to conclude that Riek, Kiir and Garang are of comparison... Nuer led by Riek stabbed the Nation at the back, Kiir’s govt is the safe haven for the most corrupted officials... Garang’s ideology has liberated the South Sudanese. Give credits to those who deserve them

    Gai Tut

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    • 8 November 2011 07:51, by choldit

      Gai, you need to read the Slogans for those movements then you will find the truth and give the credit to who deserved it. Who stands for "Self-determination for South Sudan" and who standed for "United New Sudan" btn Dr. Riek Machar and Dr. Garang de Mabior? over look of this simple reality amounted to naivity. Thnks bro.

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  • 7 November 2011 17:30, by BM Bol

    Not that I condone corruption in South Sudan, but it’s very easy to talk about democracy & corruption especially when you’re the other guy. The problem is that people happen to the other guy. He’s the less clean person when it comes to showing tolerance toward democracy and corruption. Most of you may remember what Charles Charles Kisanga & Sandra Bona said when they left the SPLMDC.

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  • 7 November 2011 18:30, by Sonofthesoil

    I really feel sick reading some of the comments on this website. Guys, please go to school and get to writing constructive sentences. This is shameful!!!

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    • 8 November 2011 00:56, by John Costa

      You are right, I have the same feeling when I read the comments. I feel like I want to throw out.I am not a good writer, but I just don’t understand some individuals when they comment.

      Sometimes I feel some of them are mentally sick. They have bad manner. I don’t mean everyone here, only the one who lack etiquette of writing.

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    • 8 November 2011 16:45, by Ayuen deng

      who will listen to you.ihave been shouting this all the time.

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  • 8 November 2011 03:24, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Dear all, Mr. Julius N. Uma is pushing his own agenda. Everything you read did not come from Akol, but from Mr. Julius N. Uma. Lam Akol can’t articulate or write the article like this, but Mr. Uma. I have listen to Akol speeches videos when work for Khartoum government, the man does not know how government functions. With all due respect to Mr. Akol, he will be a good chief in the village.

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  • 8 November 2011 05:14, by Bow de Bow

    Absolutely nonsences, Dr. Lam is not condeming rampant corruption but is using political ideologies to win people’s heart. He had been in the government for almost three years in Khartoum on the SPLm’s ticket and does not make any change. His party, SPLM-DC is not a political party just a copy and past principle.

    The intention of Dr. Lam is to persuade his colleagues, Nuers to under Dr. Riek

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  • 8 November 2011 09:31, by Epuol

    Dear South Sudanese, when talking of killing people by Dr Riek Machar,how many people were killed by Dr.Jonh Garang in entire South and among Nuer tribe in particular burning down their villages but no claim made for his wrong deeds we are in the time of forgiveness and development.please let come together in unity and live in peace.If not Dinka will be in exile for ever.

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  • 8 November 2011 16:58, by Ayuen deng

    Dr Lam has a chance to be forgiven because there are no more support from Kartuom.

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    • 8 November 2011 19:18, by Wani


      How many Ex NCP are in the new cabinet and in very sensitive positions? Those are the real people that work with Jalaba not DR. Lam Akol.
      If you read history books, read about the history of SPLA/M from people that were in the movement not like (Arop Madut Arop) and you will find out that SPLA/M would have not been what it is today if not for the hard work DR. Lam exerted. Dr. Garang knew

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      • 9 November 2011 20:42, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Wani, Lam Akol lost credibility with people in South Sudan long time ago. Akol does not know how to communicate affective in any language anyone can understand. Listen to his news conferences regarding Darfur when he was in Khartoum. He blame people of Darfur who were being slaughtered by Khartoum government. He never once condemn Khartoum for mess killing in Darfur. He should not be trusted.

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