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Probe Lam Akol over rebel links, S. Sudan MPs tell gov’t


By Julius N. Uma

October 4, 2011 (JUBA) - A group of South Sudan lawmakers have condemned the return to Juba of opposition leader Lam Akol, after months of self-imposed exile and accusations that he is involved with rebel groups in the newly independent country.

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Lam Akol (file/AFP)

Many MPs in South Sudan’s National Assembly - also known as August House - saw his return as an opportunity for reconciliation and rebuilding of the new county, which became independent in July. Others, however, accused the chairman of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) of betraying South Sudan.

As recently as August the South Sudan government has accused the SPLM-DC of having its own militia and supporting other rebel groups. The SPLM-DC have always denied this and Akol has even threatened to go to court over the issue.

In a heated debate in the presence of the speaker of the house, Wani Igga, lawmakers queried the circumstances under which the opposition leader returned to South Sudan, citing his alleged links with dissident forces fighting the southern government.

Peter Bashir Gbandi, the chairman of the specialised committee for information and culture at the National Assembly asked why the August House was not briefed earlier about Akol’s return.

Another member of the assembly from Upper Nile state, who talked to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity said he was shocked to the learn that the southern government had so easily reconciled itself with someone it has so recently accused of allegedly masterminding rebellions in various parts of the country.

“I only came to learn about Lam Akol’s meeting with the president through the press only to learn days later that he was now in Juba. This is ridiculous. Lam Akol and his activities need proper investigations,” the MP said.

The SPLM-DC is a break-away faction of South Sudan’s ruling - and former rebel group - the SPLM. This is the second time Akol has broken from the movement. In 1991 he was one of the high profile leaders who split from the SPLM over political differences, most notably wanting a higher emphasis on self determination for South Sudan and the lack of democratisation within the party.

Akol rejoined the SPLM before the 2005 peace deal that granted South Sudan the referendum on independence which led to its secession. In the 1991 it was differences with the late John Garang that provoked the split but in 2009 when he split again it was Garang’s deputy, Salva Kiir, who led the SPLM and was the president of the South Sudan.

Thursday’s surprise meeting was intended to mend the wounds, which can be dated back to general elections in April 2010 in which Kiir won 93% of the presidential votes, comfortably beating Akol who stood against him.

Akol accused the electoral commission of gross malpractices in favor of the incumbent.

Since then, Akol has been accused by the southern leadership of having very close links with the rebel group headed by a former general in the of the South Sudan army (SPLA) renegade Gen. George Deng Athor. Athor took up arms against the southern government after his bid to become the governor of Jonglei state, in the same general elections.

On several occasions, however, the SPLM-DC leader has repeatedly denied all these wave of allegations; often pointing fingers at those he calls his “political enemies”,many of whom have not forgiven him for the 1991 split.

But Onyoti Adigo, the opposition leader in the National Assembly accused some lawmakers of undermining the powers of the president, whom he said could have given the SPLM-DC leader green light to return home.

“The government has three organs, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. Now, if Dr. Lam met the president in Nairobi and the two agreed on certain modalities, then who are these MPs to question the president’s directive” Adigo told Sudan Tribune by phone.

The opposition leader, who was part of the team that organised Akol’s return said the SPLM must have known as it would have been discussed at the weekly meeting of the council of ministers.

The process of reconciliation and nation building, Adigo emphasised, should take into account the views of all stakeholders, including the opposition.

“Democracy and good governance should not only be preached, but also seen to be practiced in reality. If SPLM is truly committed to these values, then its members should also consider the views of others as well,” Adigo, a member of the SPLM-DC, said.

Akol has promised to fully cooperate with the government in order to build peace and help the nation develop.

However Akol dismissed as "rubbish" speculation that his surprise meeting last week with the country’s president Salva Kiir was a prelude to his return to the mainstream Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).


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  • 5 October 2011 07:32, by Anyangaliec

    Yes, he should be probe in order to know exactly whether he has played a part or not.

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  • 5 October 2011 07:33, by Akol Liai Mager

    The only great move that Lam Akol could make if he really wants to serve the interest of the Southern Sudanese is to quit politics altogether. Someone like Lam Akol who joined and defected seven times from political parties and movements should sit at home and take some rest. Lam must retire voluntarily, or be forced to do so.

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  • 5 October 2011 07:37, by Diu J.Kuek

    Thank to Mr President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir over this political achievement to reached an agreement with his brother Dr Lam Akol opposition party Leader.
    Mr President this is a good moved in your political history.welcome to Dr Lam Akol returned to the Country we need the democratic Nation with political Parties system the democratic is fundamental principle.

    Diu J.Kuek

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    • 6 October 2011 02:14, by Cuei Rooi

      Akol return to Juba should have been discuses with all the government three branches known as executive,legislature and judiciary.No one branch should take things in account and do it with out involve the others.this is what is known as checks and balance.mr odigo for your information Mps are the legislative body that make laws the governing system.they deserved to know what the president is doin

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  • 5 October 2011 08:00

    Forgive him for the last time,and mr LAM this time we don’t want any rebellion in our new country.

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  • 5 October 2011 08:17, by gotutu

    dear lawmakers
    president kiir has taken agood decision to let Dr lam Akol come to juba .
    it is good to have opposition within the country not in exile.
    lam akol will change his mind since south sudan has become a country of its own.

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  • 5 October 2011 08:22

    All Dear Readers

    the national Assembly in Juba Have right to Make Vote
    to Lam Akol whether they Vote him out because Lam is full with Confusion Among south Sudan people.so agree with the national Assembly of not Accept Lam with his Party.
    SPLM DC .in all world you cannt get the party with the same in one country that mean Lam Akol Dnt know whats he is doing.
    thanks Sudan tribune

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  • 5 October 2011 08:49, by Paulino Mayik

    Dear Reader
    I would like to thank the President of the Republic of South Sudan for reconciliation with the leader of SPLM-DC, Dr. Lam Akol, and above all this is for the good of South Sudan as a country and its people because we want to live in peace. Those who are oppose to this intiative from the president have to take the matter to the court of law and let them present their case.

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    • 6 October 2011 01:42

      I think some one need to remind our so called makers that our country is on its way to prove to the whole world that we’re capable of governing ourself democratically, in other word, invite our opposition and lets rectify our differences. lawmakers remind your selves that northerns still and will be our enemies for ever.lets not waste presidence’s effort.

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  • 5 October 2011 08:57

    There is no boundarie or limit given to president in consitutions so he right to do what decide by his own without consulting the cabinet.

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    • 5 October 2011 10:49, by Jury Luiny Qut.

      It is welcomed development for the new Republic that Lam Akol has been acceppted to come back and has willingly acceppted back to come to the country and the people he fought tirelessly for. Mr. Lam , Welcome home. Start working hard to change the way the people are being led but don’t work hard to change the system and the people holding the system in place because that is what many call defactio

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  • 5 October 2011 09:52, by Edward Ladu Terso

    Dear Readers,

    This is a real test for democracy in our new nation. Let us look at this issue with sober mind rather than approaching it with prejudice. There are a number of factors to consider. 1. Whether democracy without constructive opposition is good. 2. Whether the President’s efforts for reconciliation is a bad move. Let the dialogue flow naturally

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    • 5 October 2011 17:27, by japiny

      Give Lam Akol the VIP treatment as an opposition party leader.Both Kiir and Lam are comrades and should work together to bring peace in the nascent country of south sudan.You can have a difference of opinion which is normal in politics,but when it comes to taking innocent lifes that is abnormal.

      let us be assured that Lam will changed just like Riak Machar.

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  • 5 October 2011 10:18, by Lo Isu

    Let those who suffer from inferiority complex in as far politics is concerned continue barking.

    If Peter Gadet who officially declared a rebellion against GOSS can return over night and get absorbed into the system, how about Lam who heads the largest opposition political party in the RSS.

    This noise made by the MPS only help show their helplessness. Let these MPS engage themselves in business.

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  • 5 October 2011 10:45, by bidal

    dear lawmakers,you can not denay your brother 4 life.he is a human being and he dont know what he is doing to his peaple. he can be forgiven and welcomed back for the nation building to give us chance to takle ayei and border democation isues. put in mind CPA is our profit to gain back those used against us.

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  • 5 October 2011 11:55, by William Deng

    coming of Dr. Lam Akol to joined the Government is a good sign for our Democracy, for that reason we should facus on building our Country together, this will be the only solution and joining one hand. secondly let us forgive each other.I give thank to our President for the initiative and courageous decission to talk with those who oppose the system in Juba, may Almighty help.

    William Pur T

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  • 5 October 2011 12:08, by Anya-Nya

    There is no democracy without opposition, nevertheless, SPLM-DC won in the presidential election 2010 2% of the votes, meaning it does not represent the interests of South Sudan, therefore not the largest opposition party. Dr. Lam Akol has a long unrefuted record of betrayal and that is the besic reason of his political failure. We need opposition parties, but not Dr. Lam Akol’s SPLM-DC.
    K.K Akob

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  • 5 October 2011 12:11, by wol one

    Hi!those who belief in Lam are like those who belief in satan,have you forgot what Lam has done to the people in s.Sudan during his fusty thinking.Bravo. to MPS actually you cann’t leave the fox who usually eat your hen.iam sorry to those who welcome Lam Akol.therefore, if Laws could judge, Lam should be teach the lesson he will never forget.

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    • 5 October 2011 15:07, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Well if you people think that Dr lam Akol should be forgiven. than why are you crying for corruptions? forgiving Dr Lam for terribles crimes he committed is another wake up called for those corruption official within SPLA/M to be forgiven as simple as that.

      But we need to stand on behave of the dead people who has been killed by Dr lam Akol political greedy.

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      • 5 October 2011 20:28, by Wani

        Dr. Lam has the right to move from party to another and certainly he has the right to wanting to be a president of RSS.
        Lam is the cleanest politician in South Sudan at the current moment, and one of the few with good vision for South Sudan.


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    • 5 October 2011 15:34, by Abyei Soil

      Absolutely, Lawmakers are right coz there is a need to sort out everything with Dr. Lam Akol. He is a wound maker if people don’t care of his activities, there is possibilities of another political chaos in the South. Believe me. Thanks Sudan Tribune for these regards.

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  • 5 October 2011 17:05, by whatsayyou

    Dear MPS.

    Is not bad for Dr.Lam Akol to come home, but his return does not means forgiveness, any single charge will make him to face justice.Akol has right to come to south sudan because it is his country and Akol is still denying the rebellion which is known by each and every south sudanese, this isue can not be discuss in the parlament but let the charges be represent before justics.

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    • 5 October 2011 20:28, by Jiji

      This is how what so called SPLM is unorganised party, how can MPs of the SPLM party can go against thier Chairman choice? and at top of all President of the Republic?

      Then those MPs are even against the President power.

      Why are those MPs not talking of the corruption (13 most corrupted Ministers) which is happening in the Country instead of talking against Dr.Lam Akol returning?

      Shame on them.

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    • 5 October 2011 21:28

      What’s wrong with him coming to South Sudan where is party and his people are. Law makers have right to question Kiir becuase he can decide something and give it to the house to prove or disprove.

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  • 6 October 2011 07:27, by Antigraft

    You small brained politicians. Don’t you understand that Akol’s link with dissidents were just SPLM/A propaganda Machinery to block Akol’s popularity and derail him from becoming the president of this country? You hippocrites up to now you do not understand that Lam is a citizen of this country? Country men and Women let’s watch out lies will never last and that is why you see Akol easily came hom

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    • 6 October 2011 08:40


      Dr Lam, have no congruence at all, let him go to hell

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  • 6 October 2011 07:49

    i don’t know when this man would reverse his greedy and work for the interest of his people instead of his interest.
    Mr Akol you are a disaster characters, please make a change for your will if you want to rule.
    i have no objection for you to be trail over the allegations of being double agent of NCP of Khartoum. good luck mr Akol people are been watching your roaming around here and there.

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  • 6 October 2011 11:54

    the very bad term to use here is "RECONCILIATION". Reconicle with whom? Did Lam Akol as a person, SPLM-DC as a party, wage war on anyone? when was that war fought and where? the fact that they based their headquarter in Khartoum during CPA time does not qualify for them to be militias,yet they are a fully registered official party in parliament.time and resources should not be wasted on SPLM’s fab

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  • 6 October 2011 12:02

    time and money should NOT be wasted on SPLM/A’s fabricated lies to tarnish Lam Akol’s image and his party.there is nothing you will get by investigating total lies of philip Aguer, Malak Ayuen and his team of propagandists.they are just misleading our country.they should be investigated for lying to the public that SPLM-DC has militias.this is the truth, not Lam Akol to be investigate...

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