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E. Equatoria SPLM Governorship Election Results must not be overturned by the Political Bureau

By Isaiah Abraham

January 13, 2010 — SPLM contest for the post of Governorship in the state has been won convincingly by Comrade Louis Lobong Lojore against the incumbent Brig. Aloysius Ejotuk Emor in a contest widely believed to be transparent and fair. Comrade Louis not only beat Comrade Aloysius hand down (21 votes for Louis and 4 votes for Aloysius) but his overwhelming victory sends a strong message to Juba that people voice is a voice of God and if they determine, time or money can’t stop their march. The ball is now with the SPLM Bureau to clear Comrade Louis Lololomoe Aribokinyang without any delay or manipulation!

Comrade Louis has what it takes to lead that troubled state; he had secured the support of the majority across the state from Magwi, Pari, Budi, Ikotos, Torit and Kapoeta Counties.. Comrade Ejotuk never lived up to the job and people of Eastern Equatoria have spoken more than once against him, let no one in Juba interfere with that process, please! Look, the outgoing governor isn’t a unifier but an exploiter whose domineering political style pitch those he considers outsiders in the party against his ‘inner’ team. The state has its failed strategic plans, something the incoming governor would address immediately as he assumes the office in May. There are still infrastructural problems despite immense resources in the state in the form of gold (Kapoeta), oil (Kapoeta-Lonyangchor), uranium and precious stones in Murangapi, timber and tea (Torit-Apatalanga/Katire), international borders (Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia), fertile agricultural lands of Loger (Chaggari/Ikotos), Makajik (Pari), Nakachot (Chukudum) and water resources through Kedipo. A wise leader in that state could have tapped on any of these among other resources for the benefits of the people of the state and the Southern Sudan.

The outgoing governor moreover had done literally zero to define his roles and that of the legislature. He has been an absolute voice everywhere, something that had paralyzed the function of the arms of government here. Time to correct things is now in the state through this election and Hon. Lobong is ready for the challenge. The 27 member body at the Political Bureau must not buy a lie that Hon. Lobong will not do the job. Mr. Lobong is matured, an intellectual and a gifted man. He has proven it by his awesome track records. What is it that Ejotuk has done to give him an edge against Comrade Louis? In the liberation struggle, Comrade Louis tested Arab fire, unlike Ejotuk who never fired a single bullet in his bush life. Comrade Louis like many other comrades risked his life while serving the liberation Moment here in Juba along with Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka. Our dear late leader Dr. Garang had a principle of going by what you can contribute. He was with an eagle eye of detecting who will do what. Had he lived, Mr. Lobong would have been in that seat long enough by now, to seek reelection for a second term. Unfortunately, a king that doesn’t know ‘Joseph’ took over and wasted no time to splash contempt on anything associated or dear to his predecessor.

But for starters, Comrade Louis for his big credit, has done his best at critical moments of the liberation struggle to win back the Greater Kapoeta (Toposa, Buya and Didinga), after many frosty years of hostility between the people there and the SPLA. I don’t think this could be easily erased by anyone. He stayed with his people at trying times and worked hard to serve others than himself; those that are not even Toposa by origin. He is a servant leader, always with the interest of others in his heart, against his own. He secured scholarship to more dozen students for higher learning across East Africa and initiate as many developmental projects in the counties of Budi and Kapoeta than any other leader before him. How much more will he do once in the office of the governor of the state, if given an executive opportunity? So more! He is a nationalist above small politics of ‘us’ and ‘they’. Imagine, there are many Dinkas Bor people in his backyard (Kapoeta) that are permanently settling in Kapoeta town, Narus, Nadapal and Kamotho (New Site). He resisted voices by some among his community that suggest the eviction of the so-called IDPs. Of course as we all know, these people are a refuse (rightfully so) due to their conduct and way of living among other communities. They feel superior (looking down to other cultures and practices), unattached and distinct. They do exactly what Arabs were doing by taking daughters of other people but refuse to give their own to others.

After he was served raw deals thrice by his own party (SPLM), one under the ‘thin skin’ and a big mouthing old man called Elijah Malok, and twice under the current President of the Southern Sudan, Comrade Louis never thought of abandoning the cause of his people for any short term gains. Now he has trounced his opponents democratically, not just once but twice, what justification will the Bureau give to his supporters in the event they overturn the result against his favor? People have already started to celebrate Mr. Lololomoe victory and the Highest Body of the party must not fail the people of this state. Eastern Equatoria is 100% an SPLM zone and this is an encouraging thing. The eyes of the people here are on the SPLM Bureau to complete the process so quickly and satisfactorily. Comrade Ejotuk has been rejected and any attempt to impose him on the state will have dire consequences on the political status of the party. This is the right of the people of this state and leadership in Juba should heal the wound of the past mistake; when losers were left to complete the term reserve for the winners. There was nothing like leaving the Chairperson of the party outside the executive seat when the SPLM Chairperson wasn’t separated at the top. Long live the struggle of the people of Southern Sudan, long live Greater Equatoria, SPLM Oyee! Matha Daan!

Isaiah Abraham writes from Juba; he can be reached at Isaiah_abraham@yahoo.co.uk



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  • 14 January 2010 07:32, by Gatwech

    Professor Isaiah,

    The common worry among the people of South Sudan in general and SPLM members in particular is that the members of Political Bureau will be given priority by their colleagues even if they are defeated on the ground in their respective state. This is a mockery to democracy.

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    • 14 January 2010 11:15, by Time1

      Gatwech when will you understand that the nomination process is not an election?

      SPLM as a party has its own rules and ocnstitution of the party which governs its activities, in the SPLM party candidates are required to submit their name to the party board were then one candidate will be picked based on merits, every party has their style and rules, NCP has its own party rules, PNP has its own, Umma party and others have their own party constitution, you cannot expect them all to be the same, the only rules which is the same for all of them is the ELECTION RULES, not the PARTY RULES. You make alot of noise but you lack knowledge in political organization.

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      • 14 January 2010 11:19, by Time1

        and by the way that lair Ibraham or his NCP name Ibrahim, he is not a professor, he is only an internet professor which we all are.

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        • 14 January 2010 13:25, by Gatwech

          Time1,

          You are simply confused and don’t even know what you want to achieve in nominations. Call it elections or nominations, yet the goal you want to achieve is one; and that is to make the party win the elections. Isn’t that?

          And how do you make the SPLM win the elections if the nomination process is wrong, bias and selects only unpopular candidates leaving popular ones? Do you know or understand its implications?

          Well, the following can happen.

          1/ The SPLM unpopular candidates who have no grass root support will fail the elections. Voters will be forced by this situation to vote for good candidates from other political parties (not SPLM). Remember that even in USA, Republican voters sometimes choose to vote for democratic party leaders if they don’t like the personalities from their party.

          2/ This bias and dictatorial nomination process will also force many popular leaders to contest as independent candidates. This will also make the SPLM lose countless seates at all levels.

          3/ SPLM will definitely be a minority party after the upcoming elections if they follow their discriminatory policies.

          It is unwise and dictatorial for the same party members to be divided into loyal and non-loyal, and dismiss the choices of the people at the grass root level. Such nominations are not done by some handpicked individuals in democratic societies but by exposing the contestants to primaries elections and the party selects the one that won majority votes. This strange party selection using silly criteria is only done by the SPLM that heads towards destruction and failure.

          My friend, it is you who don’t know what strategy the party should use to capture the votes of the majority. If they nominate unpopular candidates, they receive very small percentages of votes.

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          • 14 January 2010 13:30, by Gatwech

            And if the SPLM as the ruling party in the South believes in rigging the elections as the only confidence they have to win the elections despite their unpopular selections, then let them not forget that the NCP is always the chief architect in rigging elections. The NCP will NOT allow the SPLM to rig it and will announce the results against the SPLM. What goes around comes around!

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            • 15 January 2010 00:53, by Time1

              Gatwech

              How much is omer bashir paying you for all this loud noises HAHAHA, it seems you have been given promises of benefits if Omer bashir wins?

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    • 14 January 2010 11:33, by ukech

      Dear Isaiah,

      Reports we the sons and daughters of Eastern Equatoria are receiving from reliable sources in Torit and Juba is that the nomination process for all the various constituencies is marred with bias and fraud. The Electoral College Chaired by one Felix Okanyi, a confidant of Louis, is dominated by an ethnic based alliance led by Louis himself.

      There is a mounting protest against these results and SPLM PB needs to listen and take action against this blatant abuse of office and rules by the group whom Louis have enlisted to pass him and his faction over as an SPLM candidates for Eastern Equatoria. SPLM Women League members have made the first move by protesting to the PB and I am sure many protests are coming.

      Louis leadership quality is now is question since he won the SPLM Chairmanship in Eastern Equatoria. SPLM membership complain of poor leadership, collapse of the party organs and structures under Louis watch etc. His is not educated enough and has a poor team player and a tribalist as heart.

      As some one from Jongelei, I strongly advise you to refrain from pontificating on what ever is going on in EES. Leave us alone to protest against the day light fraud which Louis, your former intelligence commander in Kapoeta and your friend in arms sales, has done.

      Ukech

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      • 14 January 2010 12:37, by Lokorai

        Mr. Ukech,

        Is Isaiah from Jonglei not from your state? Just curious!

        Back to business: How could an incumbent be cheated? We will not accept your crying baby excuses that have no merits. Felix is a professional and even so one person can’t overruled an exercise done at a day break.

        If you are from East Equatoria, as you name might suggest and surely live in Torit during those events (Saturday, Sunday and Monday), you won’t utter garbage here. Who doesn’t know Ojetuk was defeated fairely?

        Balangaa: apee eyong gidamii, apakuth dinkait akim abon athachit/eruor moyi toparash!!!

        Lokorai

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  • 14 January 2010 10:43, by Peace Lover

    Mr.Abraham,Isaiah

    First of all, I greet you by the name of the father, the and the holy spirit, AMEN.

    The truths is truth and thank for been faithful.

    Second, I comments last time when the Speaker H.H James Wani Igga told the press or explaining the process of the election that the Political Bureau in Juba will be responsible for selecting the candidates based on their membership with SPLM. My comments was on the E.Equatoria, I lived here in Torit, even the dump student here like Mr.Lobong, he understand people and their feeling. I am from Lotuko, but for me the right person in the right place. Even though Ejotuk from my own tribes, he contributes nothing for state except corruptions and preahing divisions among the people of E.Equatoria in general. It is time for us to live as one nation under the rules of God and the state.

    WE ARE THE EASTERNERS(Equatoria), the war started here and ended here. The FREEDOM will start here in TORIT. Lets the others take an examples from US, the FREEDOM FIGHTERS and FREEDOM MAKERS.

    Peace Maker & Peace Lover 2010.

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    • 14 January 2010 11:16, by Time1

      Nomination is different from Elections for those who are confused

      SPLM as a party has its own rules and ocnstitution of the party which governs its activities, in the SPLM party candidates are required to submit their name to the party board were then one candidate will be picked based on merits, every party has their style and rules, NCP has its own party rules, PNP has its own, Umma party and others have their own party constitution, you cannot expect them all to be the same, the only rules which is the same for all of them is the ELECTION RULES, not the PARTY RULES. You make alot of noise but you lack knowledge in political organization.

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      • 14 January 2010 13:22, by Gatwech

        Time1,

        You are simply confused and don’t even know what you want to achieve in nominations. Call it elections or nominations, yet the goal you want to achieve is one; and that is to make the party win the elections. Isn’t that?

        And how do you make the SPLM win the elections if the nomination process is wrong, bias and selects only unpopular candidates leaving popular ones? Do you know or understand its implications?

        Well, the following can happen.

        1/ The SPLM unpopular candidates who have no grass root support will fail the elections. Voters will be forced by this situation to vote for good candidates from other political parties (not SPLM). Remember that even in USA, Republican voters sometimes choose to vote for democratic party leaders if they don’t like the personalities from their party.

        2/ This bias and dictatorial nomination process will also force many popular leaders to contest as independent candidates. This will also make the SPLM lose countless seates at all levels.

        3/ SPLM will definitely be a minority party after the upcoming elections if they follow their discriminatory policies.

        It is unwise and dictatorial for the same party members to be divided into loyal and non-loyal, and dismiss the choices of the people at the grass root level. This is only done by a party that heads towards destruction and failure.

        My friend, it is you who don’t know what strategy the party should use to capture the votes of the majority. If they nominate unpopular candidates, they receive very small percentages of votes.

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        • 14 January 2010 13:37, by Gatwech

          And if the SPLM as the ruling party in the South believes in rigging the elections as the only confidence they have to win the elections despite their unpopular selections, then let them not forget that the NCP is always the chief architect in rigging elections. The NCP will NOT allow the SPLM to rig it and will announce the results against the SPLM. What goes around comes around!

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          • 14 January 2010 18:55, by ojok s. ojok

            This is great news for eastern equatia and general equatoria as well; Ojetuk or tuk is a stooge. He has done nothing in torit only exploit hatred among the people of torit. We only want development and change not segregation. Ojetuk should be tried in court for the murder he committed against the people of this beautiful town.

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        • 15 January 2010 00:50, by Time1

          Gatwech

          If the SPLM candidate that has been nominated for elections is unpopular as you say then it will show during the general elections, only the voters can decide who is popular and who is not through the ballot box not through nonsense on the internet.

          The candidates you claim are unpopular will stand elections with candidates from other parties, the voters will decide who they want, so you have to understand the difference between nomination and elections before you jump into discussions.

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    • 14 January 2010 19:22, by ojok s. ojok

      Isaiah, is Kiir educated? Please don’t talk shit about other people we know why we elect him to represent us even if he is dump.

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      • 14 January 2010 20:36, by Wende Yongaptheeth

        Isaiah Abraham is an old ardent, well seasoned, sworn and stauchest tribalist who love driving wedges of division among ethnic groups in South Sudan.

        Yesterday he was pitting Nuers, Dinkas, Mundari, Shilluk and Balanda aganist themselves and today, he is attempting to pit the Lotuko and Taposa against themselves.

        In his writting above, you can sip through and find what is the driving motive for this man and you may not come out with anything rather then his tribalism, ethnic hatred and be vividly shown by his description of citizens of South Sudan who reside in Kapoeta and Eastern Equatoria as he described them as
        " these people are a refuse (rightfully so) due to their conduct and way of living among other communities. They feel superior (looking down to other cultures and practices), unattached and distinct. They do exactly what Arabs were doing by taking daughters of other people but refuse to give their own to others".

        I lived in Kapoeta in 2008 all I know on the ground contradicts the statement of this staunchest tribalist, ethnic divider and hate monger called Isaiah Abraham.

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        • 14 January 2010 20:43, by Wende Yongaptheeth

          To all readers on this website, Eastern Equatoria selection process is still, this man called Isaiah Abraham is rumor mongering, ill propheting, ill wishing pre-empting the process in the hope that if Louis Lobong does win and Ejotuk Emor wins, then the Topasa and Lotuko will head towards ethnic tension and possible war.

          His peace of information is not a breaking news, its a personal opinion and even appeared under that topic on this website. Leave Eastern Equatoria state alone and goddamned Isaiah Abraham to hell.

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          • 15 January 2010 10:26, by Ochem-ari

            Wende,

            Do you think the EES is only for Toposa and Lotuko, I want tell you and the rest that, we in the EES need a change and a change must come. It is not the problem of Toposa and Otuho along but is the problem of whole people in EES.

            Thank you Isaiah Abraham keep on

            Ochem - Ari

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      • 14 January 2010 22:51, by R. TOOL

        No need be angry ... debate is good ..

        So you don’t care if the dude is dump ... You just insulted the man you just voted for. Respect yourseft so other can respect you .. free advise .. You can do better than that body.

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  • 14 January 2010 22:50, by anthony lupa simon

    Mr. Isaiah, your voice and message is very clear to the world but who is there in the SPLM to listen to them? The SPLM political Bureau is now in a closed door nominating candidates for the ten states of south Sudan as a rescue force to those members that cannot make it on their own in their respective states. I am personally surprised to see that up to this stage still there are lists of names of candidates from the SPLM party for the chairmanship of the states that will stand for governorship as if they did not do anything about it in the previous convention. Why did they waste time, money and energy in the previous party convention if they know that they are not going to abide by its outcome? Why are they creating new conditions for people aspiring for the party’s leadership when they were not there in the convention or for the new members before joining the party until when some members found themselves well on the party’s chairmanship? Or the SPLM members did not know from the beginning that what they were doing last year was the primary elections at the grassroots level to prepare a candidate for this election. It is a very big shame that they allow themselves controlled by selfishness instead of just allowing democracy to reign.

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    • 15 January 2010 01:01, by Time1

      If the SPLM candidate that has been nominated for elections is unpopular as you say then it will show during the general elections, only the voters can decide who is popular and who is not through the ballot box not through nonsense on the internet.

      The candidates you claim are unpopular will stand elections with candidates from other parties, the voters will decide who they want, so you have to understand the difference between nomination and elections before you jump into discussions.

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