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South Sudan’s president holds surprise meeting with Lam Akol


September 29, 2011 (NAIROBI) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Thursday met with the leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), Lam Akol, and announced that the latter had decided to return to the fold.

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SPLM-DC’s leader Lam Akol (L) and South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (R) hold a surprise meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. 29 September 2011. Source (http://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/)

Akol was a prominent member of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in South Sudan after he rejoined the party in 2003 after 12 years during which he joined a breakaway faction that attempted to overthrow the late SPLM’s leader John Garang in 1991 and aligned with north Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party.

He split again from the SPLM in 2009 to form the SPLM-DC and later stood as a candidate against Kiir in South Sudan’s presidential elections of April 2010.

On 9 November 2009, Kiir slapped a ban on the SPLM-DC and the southern ruling party claimed that Akol’s splinter group was an armed movement causing unrest in the then semi-autonomous region.

South Sudan gained independence in July this year in line with the outcome of a referendum stipulated under the 2005’s peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil wars between the north and the south.

In a statement following the meeting, which took place in Kiir’s residence in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the president said that Akol “decided to join the new nation building journey on the ticket of his party SPLM/DC, and he will soon come to Juba. “We welcome his decision,” he added.

For his part, Akol said that his meeting with Kiir had addressed some political issues and that he was now ready to return home after a long period of absence. He added that his decision to take a leave of absence was due to personal reasons as well as other reasons related to the political climate that was prevalent back then.

Akol further urged the people to push together as South Sudanese and be united for a common objective of building the new state in a democratic, political, religious and cultural diversity”

In separate statements to the Nairobi-based Sudan Radio Service (SRS), Akol also opined that federalism is the best political system of governance for South Sudan.

Speaking about the advantages of a federal system, Akol said “Right now ninety percent of the budget of South Sudan is consumed in Juba, and only ten percent goes to the states – ten states get ten percent of the budget, one central government gets 90 percent. This is a skewed way of running our affairs. So federalism has many advantages, it is tested in many countries that have used it, it has kept the fabric of national unity, contrary to people who think that federalism tends to divide people. It makes you feel that you are respected in your own country and you are doing your part of national duty.”

Akol also said that retrieving the amounts of money stolen by corrupt officials in South Sudan is not enough, urging the government to make an example of them through prosecution.

“The call for the money to be returned , although yes it is good to get the money back but the person who took the money should be held accountable so that he does not do it again. So anybody who takes money outside must be held accountable for what he or she did.”


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  • 30 September 2011 09:12, by Anyangaliec

    Dear all,

    I applauds president Kiir for his courageous act to meet Dr lam in Kenya Capital Nairobi. Now is the time to fully reconciled, and now is time to unite our ranks together and immediately embarks on the course of wagging a justify war against our collectives weakness so that we could soon become who we apired to be! Thank you Mr president, keep rolling, don’t let up, you will win it.

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    • 30 September 2011 11:58, by John

      hope this will be the first and last for Lam to leave the South Sudan.

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    • 30 September 2011 12:29, by Abel leek Aret

      My President i am assuring you that,people like Dr.Lam Akol are great Enamy of peace to our Country South Sudan.
      meeting you in Nairobi is very wrong,he should meet you at State house in Juba.Dr.Lam will end up his political Debate.Ashamed on him

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    • 30 September 2011 13:51, by DUTDIT

      Preisdent Kiir is right to make peace with Lam bur all Southerners has loss hope on Lam becuase he betrayed his people several that led to his dismissal. We advice our President to not to be pull be politicians with hidden agenda to make peace with such people like Lam.

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    • 30 September 2011 16:43

      Dear President kiir,

      You have decided to Meet Lam Akol and it’s not the right time to meethim. Lam should first go for the trial of over the loss of lifes for South sudanese in greater upper nile state. very careful Mr.President and the people of South Sudan about Lam Akol, he is not stable and alway at the winning side. After separation of south sudan. Lam fall to secure his support from Khart

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    • 30 September 2011 17:51, by Abyei Soil

      What good things shall we be in position to welcome Dr. Lam since he choose to satisfy his needs personally without South. President Kiir should be careful in trading with this man.

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    • 1 October 2011 01:40, by George

      Now, naath will agree that Lam Akol has brought Nation bulding after he come at the last minute when the fruits in Khartoum drained away.

      This is similar when naath says that Riek Machar brought self-indepence aftter joining the peace with Dr Garang at the last minute. Good luck with your ups and downs but we all know who is Lam Akol in the South Sudan. Thanks

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  • 30 September 2011 09:41

    Dear Akol Wellcome back to South Sudan, the land you belong to but stop playing your dirty game you always plays.

    Now you should asked yourself what goods things and bad things you have done to your people of South Sudan since you joined the movement which has brought us the new nation.

    I am not against you particularly nor Shilluk community but I am your visions. you always sided Arabs.

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  • 30 September 2011 09:42, by Dr. James Okuk

    This is indeed good news to South Sudan Republic. It is time to join hands for the building of the new nation. There is nothing laudable in human world than reconciliation and creating better hope for the people.

    We need genuine multiparty democracy for South Sudan, right from now and to the future. Congratulations to H.E. Salva Kiir and Dr. Lam Akol for coming together. God bless them all!!!

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  • 30 September 2011 09:55, by Rising of the Sun

    Welcome home Lam.
    I don’t support SPLM-DC, but it is unfair to exclude citizens with different opinions from participating in national affairs. I hope Kiir keeps to his words and ensure that Dr Lam and his supporters are not harassed unnecessarily and be allowed to practice their political activities freely and fairly. Indeed federalism is the way to go for South Sudan. Kiir has failed South Sudan

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  • 30 September 2011 09:59, by John_Gum

    Dear President
    Good job,just bring this hungry peoples back to south-sudan

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  • 30 September 2011 10:09

    Kiir need to bring Lam Akol to build our nation because he think twice before deciding.

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    • 1 October 2011 00:00

      Mr. President,

      Your Meeting with Lam Akol is just like to invite Wild Dog into the Community!!!!!

      Welcoming Lam Akol is nothing then fooling SOutherners, Let him fomed jis own Rebels Groups in SOuth Sudan or In NOrth Sudan,.
      Lam AKol need to be tried in Constitutional COurt in Juba to know that SOuth Sudanese are not to be manipulated on Money.

      Bashir Governement is dying in Khartuom

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  • 30 September 2011 10:41

    Lam should come back and join his fellow comoretes

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    • 30 September 2011 11:33

      Well done job President Kiir, Lam Akol is lost son.

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    • 30 September 2011 12:02

      Ashame on black cowboy president, to welcome back the judas Iscariot? Dr Lam! my dear president ! Kiir! Watchout from this two greedy doctors, machar and Akol! I know the more they are together, they are notorious and atracities, their politic are divided and rule ! After a couple of months you will hear a bad news from your colleage special , Dr lam and Dr Akol, they against the systematic

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      • 1 October 2011 14:08, by lo_bura_

        Dear all readers,
        This is really good of both mr president and Dr Lam for having met to sort out their differences and provide solutions to them amicably.I would like us imitate that as our culture in sloving our problems for the betterment of the nation.It should not sound or seem funny to people that it’s impossible for the two to come together once again.Thanks alot and keep it up

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    • 30 September 2011 14:02, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      Sudan tribune i know you will not eddit this comment but i have to tell you because you are the very people who are going to read it anyway.

      no body is against the peace but peace with nyagateen is like allowed evil to rule in the kingdom. i am a general in the SPLA/M and i am against making peace with those who don’t have direction at all.

      shame on kiir for that peace.

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      • 1 October 2011 03:56

        Thanks Mr.Kiir for meeting with Dr.Akol.Dr.Akol he is one of the S.P.L.A/M Founder and he is a great herroe that is known to the people of South Sudan and no one happy for his being a way.To the unknown named person spla/m dominated,please stop bad comment on the website,you are not a General in the spla and you will never be.We need peace to be in our newest Nation.
        may God bless S.Sudan

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  • 30 September 2011 11:12

    Thanks a lot mr president,in politic there is no perminant enemies as well as perminant friends. you need to create a level field for the political parties to play their politics with out intimidations from your security agents, who could not be blamed for their actions, because they do not know what the politic is about,if you blame someone who does what he/she do not know,which mean you don,t ha

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  • 30 September 2011 11:18

    Welcome Dr Lam Akol Ajawin for full participation in national building of RSS together with the rest of country mates,comrades and friends. It is good move President Kiir Mayardit to bring home our dear counrty men and women who felt discontented and disagreed with Juba base government. Yes, Akol please do not refeated other breakaway within our government stay with people in RSS constantly.

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  • 30 September 2011 11:18

    Dear Lam Akol, This is now the second time you met the president and you said exactly what you said last time (you come to Juba and settle there)But you are known of doing what you have not say and dishonored what you have said. All the opposition parties and their leaders are in Juba or any where they choose within the Country but since the formation of so-called SPLM-DC you re not in the country

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  • 30 September 2011 11:27, by Stephen John

    This is the time for South Sudan Nation Building, and this is one of the most important step toward the right direction

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  • 30 September 2011 11:32

    Welcome back Akol,peoepl are desperately in need your brililiant ideas ,opinions and thoughts.you are also equally important to us .

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    • 1 October 2011 00:01

      Brother Alier42
      thanks so much for your comment, that’s what we as the poeple of the south sudan needed to hear and do as you stated. well said

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    • 1 October 2011 00:44

      South Sudan should be Multi-Party without Lam Akol who is traitor.

      WHy we held discussion on NAtion Building with uselesee man. HE is just a fool in the Kitchen of NIF regime likely to leave Form in a mess.

      He had been busy forming Rebels Groups in Upper Nile and aligned his Comrade with Gatdet to fight Mighty SPLA............

      Massive resignation is triggered by Foolish Decissipon Dev

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  • 30 September 2011 11:38, by John

    Lam Akol, you re welcome back to Juba, the only thing you are not honest, you keep on changing you mind as it was the case all along. This time you need to come and show us what you have and convince the public to understand you, coz you have been wrongly perceived by the people of South Sudan as some one who have sell his own people to Arab.

    come and transform your party from tribe to nation.

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  • 30 September 2011 12:27, by rapcity

    well done Dr Lam Akon the leader of spla-Dc ,you are its atime

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  • 30 September 2011 12:33

    Well done Boss.
    Turn your neck back and bring back those who were not happy during the war.Peopl like Akol and join your hands together to build the new nation.

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  • 30 September 2011 13:39, by Mack Awer

    This is a positive move for both leaders to come together to forge a new way forward for our nation. This indicates that President Salva Kiir is for multiparty system in this country.
    I urge other disgruntled opposition leaders outside to take courage like DC leader and come home for common good.

    Mack Awer

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  • 30 September 2011 13:53

    Bravo Pres. Kiir! we love you for uniting all south sudanese.u will have my vote if you continue uniting and bringing all political parties together.

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  • 30 September 2011 13:58, by Wen Tek

    Dear Mr.President,
    You have now shown political maturity by crossing the redline to meet Dr.Akol.You have clearly understood the maxim that states "no permanent friends and no permanent enemies in politics" I believe Mr.President your real enemies are those who don’t point out loopholes in your administration but praise you as well as advise you to alienate your fellow compatriots.

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  • 30 September 2011 14:48, by lokeji

    You are most welcome at home Dr Lam Akol. your contribution is highly needed in this second phase of our liberation.
    Mr president thumb-up for this great move but avoid your usual mentality of using southern political parties for your own purpose, once they are of no use then you dust them out. please implement agreements that you always sign to prove that your are really trustworthy leader.

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  • 30 September 2011 21:39, by Beek

    peace is important if one needs development, therefore this move by Mr P is positive, and South Sudan is ours and belong to all of us and dont forget your own national anthem. thus I dont think there is need to criticize peace.

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    • 1 October 2011 02:55, by Genuine Leader

      Bravo mr president Mayardit.
      you are only person to decide political spirit and oplitical future in this nation by joinign hands with others foe and friends political parties in south sudan.

      we need multiparty system.
      for Dr Akol’ please don’t support militias groups again please.

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  • 1 October 2011 11:17

    I appreciate President Kiir for his courageous work what we need as citizen of this new born country is unity so that pave way forward for the development of our nation. But what I know so far Mr. Lam is not stable though he will come to Juba as he said it is alternative in my view. I can recall his story he likes division. And that is why there is misunderstanding in his party,

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  • 1 October 2011 15:58, by Abraham

    This can’t be serious. I should not owned home in another Country and a leader of the nation that needed badly assurance from their big figure that’s absolutely absurd.In truly speaking these peoples included Lam are not really patriot to South progress despite their un-safety complaining about NCP.Sitting there comfortable in his luxurious in Kenya while so many peoples in his country cannot eat.

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  • 1 October 2011 23:06, by Elijha B. Elkan

    The surprised meeting with the president was justified. However, Lam Akol should not be trusted. First, Mr. Akol does have the qualities of a leader. He is a confused man, and his credentials as politician are undesirable. Mr. Akol have absolutely nothing to contribute to the rebuilding of South Sudan. He is looking for a job, that’s all in my humble opinion.


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  • 1 October 2011 23:43

    how many times does Lam needs to be welcomed back in the party or movement? don’t you feel tire? ok peace is good and welcome back.
    Thank you Kiirdit you are known of that.
    you are peacemaker which is so laudable!

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  • 2 October 2011 17:49, by Charles

    President Kiir is a visionary leader who don’t dwell or get tighten in the heart by one matter since he is the head if the state dealing with national issues before him.Coming together with those being perceived as foes is also part of his job description leave alone Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin who is among the founders of SPLM/A ,a former member of PMHC.These heavy weight figures are our leaders.

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  • 3 October 2011 00:05, by Young-G

    Welcome back Dr,Lam Makal its a very well done for you to come home and enjoy the new nation with brothers & sisters.An also thanks to president Kiir for his honesty Almighty God will give you wisdom for letting everyone feel free.Mr,president,this is a way of democracy forgive and forget are the ways to avoid any situation that people of South Sudan been going throw for the last 21 Years of civil

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