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Juba authorities accused of arresting unity campaigner

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November 20, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Northern Sudan ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has accused the Southern Sudan authorities of arresting one of its senior officials leading a campaign in favor of Sudan’s unity in greater Upper Nile states.

Zuhair Hamid Suleiman is the deputy secretary of the NCP Youth committee and chairman of the youth subcommittee at the higher committee for the support of unity established by President Omer Al-Bashir on 7 November.

He was arrested Saturday at Juba airport and taken to unknown destination, said Abdel Mutti Mohamed Kheir, an official at the NCP Youth Secretariat, today in a statement released in Khartoum. He further said that Zuhair is supervising the NCP campaign in the greater Upper Nil states.

The detainee was heading to Bor from Juba, the NCP official added.

The NCP and SPLM trade accusations of intimidation and pressures on southerners to participate in the registration process which started on 15 November and expected to end within ten two weeks.

The higher committee for the support of unity is chaired by President Bashir while Salva Kiir and Ali Osman Taha are appointed as vice-chairmen.

Kiir repeatedly pledged to facilitate the conduct of a free referendum campaign. Different SPLM officials, who promote separation of southern Sudan, also said committed to not prevent unity supporters from campaigning as they are keen to obtain a credible vote in favor of a new state in the semi-autonomous region.

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  • 21 November 2010 04:17, by Covert

    This is what happens when you know you don’t swim and at the same time you blindly jumped into the dip water anyway.

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    • 21 November 2010 05:14, by Young Nation

      The political battle line between North and South of Sudan is already drawn. Call for South Sudan separation and go to jail or cemetry under the NCP’s government officials within the NCP control territory. OR advocate for Sudan’s unity and face disastrous consequences not from the SPLM or GOSS authorities but from the fanatic South Sudanese Nationalists.

      However, the clear different is that, it is the NCP that threaten separatists in the North; while ordinary South Sudanese adopt the same policy in the South against South or Northern Sudanese Unionists in the GOSS control South Sudan.

      Young Nation is a Student of International Relations at The University Of Queensland, Australia.

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  • 21 November 2010 05:24, by Andrew Ater REECH

    when the SPLM acts in response to what had happen:

    those thugs in North want southerners to be tolerance by suggesting that "an eye for an eye will make whole north and south Sudan goes Blind"

    what can we do with this bunch of northern criminal party (NCP)?

    southerners are just only follow the utilitarianism principle which is deeply rooted in the bibilical time of "lextalonis" of "an eye for an eye" sourtherners action is within the legal framwork approach, they only act when they saw northern criminal party acts are inconsistant with the rule of law.

    the act that allegedly lebelled against the SPLM could be a response of the following:

    Top officials of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) said after visiting voter registration centres for the January 9 ballot that southerners living in the north were being pushed to choose unity in the referendum.

    They said that "citizens’ committees" from Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) were collecting the phone numbers of southerners who had signed up for the vote at the centres in the capital’s suburbs.

    The SPLM’s Atem Garang told a news conference in Khartoum that the southerners were being told: "You must vote for unity when you come and vote next time."

    "It is intimidation. It is against the law," Garang said.http://www.borglobe.com/11.html?m7%3Apost=splm-accuses-n-sudan-of-intimidation-ahead-of-referendum

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  • 21 November 2010 06:48, by Murle Intellectual

    This trouble maker should be skinned alive. Yes for separation, No for unity. Go to hell with your damned unity AND NO MORE JALAABA IN JUBA

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  • 21 November 2010 20:57, by makuei

    Simply put, this so-called Unity Campaigner is at a wrong place and he won’t blame anyone for his demise.

    Raphael Makuei

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