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By Ngor Arol Garang

February 23, 2011 (ABYEI) – A key member of the South’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Wednesday refuted media reports that his party is hostile to other political parties in the region, saying they are equal partners in the government and political activities, which bind them together.

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Daniel Awet Akot (ST)

Radio Omdurman, quoted an anonymous southern political, on February 22, of accusing the SPLM of being hostile to other political leaders and their members, especially Members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) of Lam Akol and the United Democratic Party (UDP) of Tong Lual Ayat.

"We are not hostile to any political party and their Members anywhere in the region. We treat other political parties and their members as our equal partners either in the executive or legislative", said Daniel Awet Akot who is a deputy speaker of the Juba based South Sudan Legislative Assembly.

"In the parliament we are equal members of parliament and equal cabinet members in the council of ministers. There is no subordination and subjugation,” he said.

Awet is a member of the SPLM political bureau, the highest political organ in the party.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, Awet, challenged Radio Omdurman to mention the place in which the incident occurred.

"They even failed to mention the place where the reported incident took place and also refused to name the name of the political leader or member", said Awet. He described the report run by Radio Omdurman as false and malicious and that it is calculation and propaganda by enemies of peace to create chaos and disunity among political leaders in the South.

"This is truly a false report. It is a clear propaganda concocted by media in the north used by enemies of peace and unity of south Sudanese because they are not happy with our stability and the overwhelming votes cast by our citizens to separate from them during referendum. They never expected that our people would put behind their differences and voted for separation. They never thought of that at all", said Awet.

"It is clearly a false report because if it is not concocted report why does not even refer to the political leader it claimed to have complained of SPLM being hostile to other political parties or place where it occurred, asked Awet, before adding in description that relationships between SPLM and other political parties as "very good".

"Members from other political parties in the parliament now with us are getting equal treatment with our members. As a deputy speaker, I have never received any complaints from members of the political parties that they are getting different treatment. They are getting equal with our members and they are our co-operating partners. We have been working with them to successful conduct of the referendum as agreed in the all southern Sudan political conference held in Juba in 13-17 October, 2010", he explained.

The official said the SPLM, under South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, is enjoying massive support in the region, much to the disappointment of the northern political parties whom he said never wanted the south to unanimously vote for separation.

“No wonder the northern political parties including the National Congress Party did not expect the South to unanimously vote for separation. They thought they would use some of them to their advantage by making chaos. They had forgotten that leaders from all southern political parties in October spoke one voice to the support the successful conduct of the referendum", said Awet.

He said the journalist who runs the story in question did not even bother to contact the SPLM leadership in the north to clarify what the purported sources claimed.

The senior member of the southern ruling party said in line with natural justice and professional journalism, the reporter should have at least confirmed the story with the SPLM office in Khartoum before it was published.

“They should be factual instead of creating stories to show that the political situation in South Sudan is bad for the SPLM. How can the national radio attribute the story to anonymous sources"?

“This only shows that they want to support the chaos in the south at all costs. But to me this is a sign of desperation and they should just go back to the drawing board on how to improve relations with the south,” he said.

He said the story is “nothing but a blatant lie aimed at disorganizing the SPLM in the region ahead of this year’s preparation for declaration of the independence of south Sudan from the north".

While attempts to reach Lam Akol, the leader of the SPLM-DC failed, Tong Lual Ayat, the leader of the United Democratic Party, in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune denied experiencing hostile relationships with the SPLM and having had any interview with journalists from Radio Omdurman over the issue.

"At the moment, our relations with the SPLM do not suggest any political concern. We are running our political activities and there are no interruptions, at least at the moment. We also did not have any interview with journalists from Radio Omdurman. Neither me, nor any senior member from the party had an interview with them. I think it was an accidental mentioning. They need to clarify that", said Ayat.

South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly in favor of secession from the North in a referendum in January, several years after decades of devastating conflicts.

The vote was part of the 2005 signed by National Congress Party and the former rebels, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The deal allowed the South to conduct a referendum to decide the future of the region.

(ST)

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  • 24 February 2011 05:48, by Thonkiir

    I cannot even understand what General Awet Akot trying to say. Just talked like a lady this is not way of politicians spoke while he is just pretended to be in duty speaker position with negative mind what the hell is this?

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    • 24 February 2011 06:28, by Historical Boy!

      Daniel Awet Akot,

      Thanks for the clarification on disappointment of our northern brothers. They thought the unionists minority in the SPLM were useful to keep the ship in the direction of united Sudan.

      The strategy that was used by the majority separatists was beyong both the internal and external unionists.

      I am happy that the south voted for separation thought some caused internal killings resisting the call for self-determination in the past. History may not forget their arab minded mentality trying to kill separation.

      Now we are an independent country and thanks to those who engineered this final destiny.

      The coming period is very complicated. It is a scientific path, not literally a political path of propaganda. We need serious and knowledgeable leaders to guide it.

      You know if I were the closest and most trusted advisor to His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, I would have advised him to step down. Why? Because I would not want him to be embarrassed by the upcoming situation he will have difficulty to understand and then mess up his good contribution.

      Since the death of John Garang in 2005, Salva Kiir began to unite the people of South Sudan starting with the forces of General Paulino Matip, which Garang failed to do.

      Then Salva Kiir successfully brought the people of South Sudan to referendum. He would have a good history if he stops here.

      Of course there are some negative aspects of the six years of his leadership. But the beginning and the end of it can dominate the overview of it.

      But if he continues, then some other negative situations may arise and be attributed to his leadership. The upcoming period is very complicated.

      Please, his good advisors, can you advise him to step down and hand over to his deputy, Dr. Riek Machar.

      Nelson Mandella did it when he governed South Africa after removing the apartheid. His good advisors advised him not continue for another term because the challenges which were coming up would have overshadowed his leadership and people would begin to criticise him and forget about his past contributions to the liberation of South Africa from Apartheid.

      He listened to them in order to save his good history and not spoil it.

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      • 24 February 2011 13:34, by Covert

        Koang and others, where will you run next, since Khartoum will no longer have room for traitors; you people will never have any respect in history, no matter where you go.

        The facts are very painful; you explain to us in details any credibility you have in the freedom of south Sudan. The Dinkas don’t need judge it but let other do.

        Go to any country in Africa and ask anybody today south Sudan will be a free nation soon because of whom? And you will get the undisputed answer.

        Everybody knows who spill the blood in honor for South Sudan and who did it in a shame.

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        • 24 February 2011 16:09, by King Tut

          Convert,have you,yourself ever chased Nuer to Khartoum as you internet Dinka guys always brags? If you are referring to the Khartoum Peace Agreement [the peace within initiative],that was a strategic move,the fruit of it being the one you enjoyed now.The Self-determination which was very much the subject agreed upon in the CPA later become ingrained in the CPA.And is what have fully fulfilled our dreams.

          Dinka have never chased Nuer to Khartoum,try it,Convert.

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      • 24 February 2011 14:31, by LL Reuben

        Hysteria Boy!

        Pick someone else if you want to replace Kiir, but NOT with a traitor like Riek. Perhaps, Pagan Amum , wani Igga or GatHoth Mai could be a best choice for the next president of our new country.

        Riek will unite the South with North like when enacted the most of Naath territories to his master Bashir in the 90s, or do you want that shameful history to repeat itself.

        If you were a separatist like you claimed then we don’t choose the modern day traitor, (Riek), we pick true heroes like the names I have mentioned to you above.

        The ICC is waiting for the likes of Riek, Athor, Gatwech Chan, and so we don’t have time to be ruled by criminals. Criminals rule only those who are 6 feet under the ground (the dead) like the one who were killed in Pangak, Athor was their leader.

        If you want to wind up six feet under then keep endorsing Riek, otherwise the word is out. You have already seen it or you have already heard it. The choice is absolutely yours.

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    • 24 February 2011 06:37, by Koang

      Dinka Dominated SPLA, Dinka Bor, some of you may, and shall never become civilise, or modernise, become social with others tribes because of stupidity you have, small events/things stuck in you damn brain for so long that you wi’l never learn any thing, you think of one thing with out wise analyse. When you be a good citizens who needs to encourage peace throught Cooperation with other tribes.
      Remmeber you alone with out Dr. Riek Machar would never became independent today. You too know us very well

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    • 24 February 2011 14:22, by kun boy

      dear commarade,
      it politics it not

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  • 24 February 2011 05:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

    There is no wonder, this ill of pro nassir gangster accusation will never leave south a lone if we keep this nyagateen in the south.
    You can just see them today in juba but their head is in Khartoum those opposition memeber of south sudan parliement are not really opposition., they are groups of selves working for bashir.
    And by the way who care of them being tread hostility?
    event their leader riek machar is less important because of his weak selve heard.
    shame on them
    This lost Dinka so called lual will die miser follow food lover will backfire you lual

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    • 24 February 2011 06:39, by naath

      Dominate_Dinka,

      Would you mind to have something better to do instead of focusing in Riek Machar every single day? Please, stop bragging about Riek at all times!! If You got problem with Riek, go to Juba, and tell him in his face. and if you are in Juba, Walk to his office today if and only if you got guts to do that...Otherwise, stop these negative campaign adds you are using daily. It is time for us as a people to be united and fight the Poverty, illiteracy, and health. Nation building or reconstruction of a nation needs every one ideas. But on your part, you are not contributing the positive idea possible to all Southerners. You should be happy since our nation will become independent in July....what else do you want?

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      • 24 February 2011 07:02, by Historical Boy!

        Naath,

        These guys like Nhomlawda and Dinka Dominated SPLA do not know what they are talking about. The SPLA forces are composed of 60% of Nuer, and yet he talks of dominating something he doesn’t even know about its composition. Why are these guys worried by the mention of the name Riek Machar?

        Well, reliable sources say that even some of their senior uncles have nightmares at night and jump off beds dreaming about Riek Machar slapping their faces.

        They are traumatized actually and this is manifested by their reaction to seeing the name Riek Machar who is Vice President and doing good work for the government. Yet, they feel nervous at the mention and reading of his name. What they don’t understand is that they are even advertizing Riek Machar to the whole world who think differently to such negative attitudes. People say, well, this man Riek Machar must have been a gifted leader who attracts jealousy from some members of Dinka tribe who are simply jealous about his gifted mind.

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      • 24 February 2011 11:45, by Bravo Nuer

        A Dinka nature is always like cow calf which is always running backwards to a deserting camp.
        neither have i ever seen nor heard of an immoral animal like Dinka.
        is it because their brain nerves are damaged?
        A Dinka is the same even if he is a PHD holder; he is like a cowboy and those of likes dancing (Maker-thot).
        Maker-thot is a dancing which a Dinka dances and defecates the same time. Damn! What a shame for mature people to defecate in their fathers in - law ’s houses at daylight.
        This is what diminishing the detective senses of conscience, civilisation, and wisdom from such a cursed people.
        What does equate Riek Machar and Athor?
        When Riek defected, he defected against Garang and his Bor minority who were ruling the movement in an oligachical shape.
        Riek went and punished the same people of Garang (Dinka Bor) who always like ruling and fear ping and boom at once. The dogs like barking and don’t bite.
        He did not punish any Dinka community other than those wrong creatures 13012 the name they used to smuggle movement assets outside to their walls.
        Athor defected against Kuol Manyang and Gier Chuang not against any one from Fangak people in particular or Nuer intellectuals in general.
        So he should punish only Bor south people of Kuol Manyang and Atar people of paweny if he were not mad and if he were a rational person like Nuer. Hence; because he is a Dinka, Dinkas so often think through their stomachs and implement decisions by their anus.
        to conclude it boldly and heroically Riek Machar has broken the horns and teeth of Dinka Bor he has even tamed them from their cruel, arrogant and shameless behaviour the remaining is Dinka Bahr el Ghazal which shall be treated soon.
        Athor is your dog and Riek Machar is conqueror shut up.
        Who hates Nuer his anus will be fucked with gun.
        Who envies Nuer, dog will open penis to him and he shall be a dog ‘s wife.
        Ngundeng is a national prophet!

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        • 25 February 2011 02:16, by ebonyebony

          Ha ha you made me laugh with this (Maker-thot) business are you serious? I mean is it true?

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  • 24 February 2011 06:43, by Lorolokin

    We will not allow SPLA-DC to play dirty politics in Southern Sudan,We are tired of Lame Akol. let Akol go to his uncle El-basher to khartoum.there is no room for him in the Nation of Southern Sudan.

    Long Live Southern Suadn.
    May God bless Southern Sudan.
    May God bless Our Leaders.
    In Christ Jesus Name I prayed.

    Kinkak.

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    • 24 February 2011 06:58, by naath

      Lorokin,

      Please bear in mind that, multiple party is the best way to ensure that one party will not dominate everything. It is not about Dr. Lam. What matter is about all Southerners who are residing in the country. Dictatorship must "eradicated" out from our minds. We are in 21st where no one is willing to be rule by oppressive ruler.

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    • 25 February 2011 03:50, by Gäär

      liel cieth. daar jangni!

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  • 24 February 2011 07:12, by Historical Boy!

    Advice to H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,

    First congratulations for successfully uniting the people of South Sudan since 2005 and leading them to referendum successfully, despite some ups and downs on the way.

    The strategy that was used by the majority separatists to turn the ship around to independence through self-determinnationn while in the process killing the so-called new sudan vision of keeping sudan united was beyong the little minds of both the internal and external unionists.

    I am happy that the south voted for separation thought some caused internal killings resisting the call for self-determination in the past. History may not forget their arab minded mentality trying to kill separation.

    Now we are an independent country and thanks to those who engineered this final destiny.

    The coming period is very complicated. It is a scientific path, not literally a political path of propaganda. We need serious and knowledgeable leaders to guide it.

    You know if I were the closest and most trusted advisor to His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, I would have advised him to step down. Why? Because I would not want him to be embarrassed by the upcoming situation he will have difficulty to understand and then mess up his good contribution.

    Since the death of John Garang in 2005, Salva Kiir began to unite the people of South Sudan starting with the forces of General Paulino Matip, which Garang failed to do.

    Then Salva Kiir successfully brought the people of South Sudan to referendum. He would have a good history if he stops here.

    Of course there are some negative aspects of the six years of his leadership. But the beginning and the end of it can dominate the overview of it.

    But if he continues, then some other negative situations may arise and be attributed to his leadership. The upcoming period is very complicated.

    Please, his good advisors, can you advise him to step down and hand over to his deputy, Dr. Riek Machar.

    Nelson Mandella did it when he governed South Africa after removing the apartheid. His good advisors advised him not continue for another term because the challenges which were coming up would have overshadowed his leadership and people would begin to criticise him and forget about his past contributions to the liberation of South Africa from Apartheid.

    He listened to them in order to save his good history and not spoil it.

    Salva Kiir would say, well I have united the people of South Sudan from 2005 and took them to referendum successfully. That would be great history which began well in 2005 and can end well in 2011.

    Let him leave the toughest part of internal wrangles over governance with political parties and final war with the North to his deputy, Riek Machar.

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    • 24 February 2011 09:57, by Nhomlawda

      Koang and Historical Boy,
      We the great Monyjang are not blind followers of any leader. We respect and give our leaders good time to enjoy ruling us. We tell them in their faces when they are wrong and advise them to go the right way as desire by the majority of their subjects. John Garang was a wise leader with clear vision we all believe in. We followed him and his vision from the start of SPLM/A in 1983 till to the completion of liberation of South Sudan in 2005. Salva Kiir works tirelessly for John Garang and SPLM/A without a dream of replacing him one day. This is a great honor to have such a humble and hardworking leader in time of need. It is only the great Monyjang who can tell Salva Kiir to give up power to anyone patriotic and anointed by the great Monyjang to rule South Sudan but not traitors telling us what to do. Salva Kiir deserves to rule South Sudan until all Nuer and other brainless traitors could not remember the name of great and the most disgraced traitors quack Drs. Riek Machar and Lam Akol.
      We the great Monyjang are not against anybody or community in South Sudan but we carry a big stick to discipline anyone threatening peace and Dinkanization process of South Sudan. For those who do not know Dinkanization project. It is a national project based on the principles of peaceful coexistence, love of one another, patriotism, small diversity of cultures, hard work, ready to sacrifice for freedom of motherland should aggressor attack, and use of intelligent senses to judge better responses in any situation other than emotional senses that make people to chose wrong path and responses such as in case of 1991 Riek Machar and Lam Akol coup and their eventual surrender unconditionally to the enemy leaving the great leader and his team to bring joy to all South Sudanese including the disgraced weak-hearted traitors who had surrendered earlier in the course of liberation).
      May God bless the Great Monyjang, his land (South Sudan) and others He had entrusted to his dominion.

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      • 24 February 2011 12:36, by Koang

        Nhomlawda.
        what do know?
        talking to u is like talking to drunkard on street.......keeep running your big mouth......... Idiot!

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      • 24 February 2011 13:29, by LL Reuben

        Nhomlawda Ranchol,

        Keep on teaching our Naath brothers, they don’t get it but they’ll eventually will after all.

        Thanks

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      • 24 February 2011 15:24, by Historical Boy!

        Mony-jang?

        That is an insulting word in Nuer. To ’mony’ in Nuer languages means to touch in a way a man touches a lady and ’jang’ means slave.

        In short, mony-jang or monyjang means touch the slave in Nuer language.

        Sorry, may be the Dinka have refined it to mean a different word in Dinka language.

        Well, you want to establish a kingdom in the South and rule forever? Good luck. You said that Garang was going to rule forever, but ooops, it didn’t happen.

        So, please, remember that every thing cannot be possible as you dream it.

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      • 24 February 2011 17:51, by AdierCien

        Tell them the naath brothers, they will anyway come to understand with time since they have disabilities in understanding things.

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    • 24 February 2011 14:46, by Sudani Logik

      Wasn’t it u Mr Eto who said "just because a few NISS members raped a girl does not mean its a government policy"

      The same argument could be applied to the link you provided propagating against the SPLM/A. If you could reason with objectiveness rather than being subjective all the time, this may help calm your unneccessary anger towards southerners and their leaders, especially Pagan Amum.

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