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S. Sudan parliament suspends investigations into Lam Akol’s activities

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By Julius N. Uma

September 5, 2011 (JUBA) — A motion, seeking an investigation into Lam Akol’s alleged links with rebels in South Sudan’s Upper Nile, was on Wednesday indefinitely suspended by the country’s national assembly.

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South Sudan opposition leader Lam Akol (AFP)

Agnes Nyoka Peter, a member of the assembly has moved the motion, which was supported by about 45 lawmakers. Sudan Tribune accessed a copy of the document signed by these MPs.

In her presentation before the assembly, Nyoka claimed she had substantial evidence that allegedly links the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) leader to various rebel groups in and outside the county, adding that an August report released by the UN Secretary General (UNSG) also questions the SPLM-DC’s activities in the country.

It is not, however clear why the August House suspended the motion, a day after scores of the assembly members had requested for a probe into the leading opposition leader’s return and his earlier activities.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune shortly after the parliamentary session, Onyoti Nyikwec Adigo, the SPLM-DC’s leader in the assembly lauded the assembly’s decision, describing it as a political victory and a step in the right direction.

"I always knew this motion seeking to investigate Dr. Lam Akol over these allegations was a wrong move. The SPLM-DC’s leader’s return was something that must have been discussed before the council of minister and the president’s powers cannot be ignored," he said.

Adigo also dismissed his counterpart’s motion, saying any evidence that links the SPLM-DC to rebel activities is simply “baseless holds no ground.”

Akol, leader of the break-away faction of South Sudan’s ruling party made a surprise return on Sunday, three days after talks with President Salva Kiir in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting, sources revealed, was meant bury the political hatchet between the two leaders who bitterly contested for South Sudan’s presidency in April 2010. However, although President Kiir won with about 93 percent, his rival 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 former SPLA (army) renegade Gen. George Deng Athor. Athor picked up arms against the southern government after losing elections in his bid to become Governor of South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

On several occasions, however, the SPLM-DC leader has repeatedly denied all these wave of allegations; often pointing fingers at those he calls "political enemies".

Following the accusations made by SPLM-DC former secretary general and two other figures, Akol said people who have evidence on the implication of his party with the rebel groups can just bring it to the court.

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  • 6 October 2011 10:08, by john c malow

    yeah, its good move for the S,Sudan parliament to suspend the investigation of Dr Lam because its time for the whole south sudanese to build the new nation. so let us have the spirit of amnesty as it said by the president kiir during celebration of new nation for the southerners who took armies against the gov,t of RSS.

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    • 7 October 2011 14:51

      Good move Mr president good move parliament toward suspension of investigation of our brother Dr Lam Akol on allegations to have links with RMG activities in the South. I want to assure the South Sudanese people on this critical move made by our citizens, the Nation which was attained throught referendum on 9th January 2011 whick marked the end of 21 years civil war has already gone.

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  • 6 October 2011 10:14

    i think Kiir was behided this moved to suspennded the motion to go forward as require, how many times mr Akol can be forgiven without fair trail so that he himsels can stand up and answers some questions why he uses to kill his own people for self interest? iam sick of this leaders tomorrow Akol will open another ways around. Kiir please you need to d some homework and think crtitical like leader

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    • 6 October 2011 16:46, by wol one

      YES DEAR S.SUDANESE THERE IS NOTHING FOR KIIR TO THINK CRITICALLY FOR LAM AKOL AS THE PARLIAMENT HAS MADE THAT DISCUSION THEREFORE,THEY SHOULD TEACH LAM THE LESSON HE WILL NEVER FORGET FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE TO HIS OWN PEOPLE LOST LIFE FOR NOTHING.

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      • 7 October 2011 07:26, by Kon Ajith Deng

        Beleive me i think no body in the the Republic of South Sudan should teach Dr.Lam Akol the lessons,let us have respect the decion of President, i think nothing above the president,done be misleaded by the individuals about militias in Upper Nile,there are chollo land defence force,created by chollo community to stop Dinka Padang from grabbing land of chollo ,they are not created by Dr Lam Akol.

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  • 6 October 2011 10:44, by Deng D

    Why parliament suspended investigation of Lam Akol?I think investigation is one to clear Lam Akol from Accusations of his link with rebel activities.Lam Akol was accused by SPLM and his party secretary General Zandra Bona

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    • 6 October 2011 14:21, by Peter Nhiany

      Brother Deng, I agree with you. Dr. Akol should be investigated to defend all the allegations leveled against him to be associated with the rebels. It is an that will leave South Sudan satisfy that he we not indeed involved in any rebel activities. Suspension is just not promotion of injustic in South Sudan.

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    • 6 October 2011 17:58, by P.M.B, Parek

      Lam was not accuse by splm, he was accuse by the people of upper Nile state including his party members and south Sudanese at large.

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  • 6 October 2011 10:53, by Beek

    I think investigation shouid continue to establish whether Lam is innocent or not.

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  • 6 October 2011 11:21, by Takpiny

    Dr lam Akol might be associated with the rebel but to investigated him in the parliament is not a good idea as that can interrupt agreement between president Kiir and Dr lam, which was resulting of his return to juba .

    Also is clear that Dr Lam is an opposition leader, how can the parliament question or investigate somebody not even a parliament member? If parliament need cases to i

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    • 6 October 2011 13:30, by Takpiny

      Dr Lam is an opposition leader, how can the parliament question or investigate him when he is not even a parliament member? If the MPS need cases to investigate, they should investigate the cases of those corrupted officials in the government who transferred the public funds into their own accounts in neighbouring countries, that a job of parliament suppose to do.

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    • 6 October 2011 14:18, by Peter Nhiany

      Tapiny, his agreement between him and President Kiir? What about his agreement with the people of South Sudan and those whom his militia infliction took their lives? I do not think it is good to put it in that term. The President would be a president without South Sudanese. South democracy should not be build by letting criminals get away with crime. That is not the South we want.

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      • 6 October 2011 23:45, by Takpiny

        Peter Nhiany, get me right i am not Lam akol defender i know Lam akol has blood of innocent people of his hands whether directely or indierctely but my point is the parliament has nothing do with lam problem.

        Lam problem is a security problem which need the government and security agencies to keep an eye on him until they catch him in action or evidence confirm his link with rebel.

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        • 7 October 2011 07:29, by Peter Nhiany

          Brother Takpiny, I would first of all like to apologize for misspelling your name in my respond to your comment. However, I got your point; the parliment is government itself. I meant that the president would not have special agreement with someone who deliberately attempted to destablize our freed nation and took lives away. I did not quote you as Akol’s defender. He should be investigated. Thank

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  • 6 October 2011 11:51, by Peter Nhiany

    This is pathetic; what kind of nonsense is this? Does the president has a gut to bring back those who lost their lives as the result of Akol vicious infliction of killing innocent people? People, you got to be kidding? This is a real political hoax, and an outlaw. Why would an August House turned down the power of 45 lawmakers? Is this the democracy Salvar Kiir is talking about? Come one people???

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    • 6 October 2011 12:59, by Wengedi

      Dear reades.
      remember also that Lam is responding to the public amnesty open for all the defacted rebels if he has h’ll stop it, otherwise we would have consider all the necessary liabilities to claim the lifes lost.
      Owe to the current cabinate, they are the cause of all other then mass defaction in the country,sometimes one can ask " is it? c.p.a !what a CPA!!!!! God is thereeeeee.

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    • 6 October 2011 13:23, by Ayueldit

      my freind your thinking is out dated. unlike Abdul Bagi Ayei, Peter Gadet, Tang Giny and Yauyau, Lam have place in the history of this nation and he is a great politician too. little we have knew as south sudanese about him is the negative part of his politic and who knows may be the man have changed. let accept bad and good and in the prosses we ’ll be able to understand the diffrences of G & b

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  • 6 October 2011 12:14, by Peter Nhiany

    Mr. Adigo is praising nothing, but covering up of potential criminal act. Those of Gen. Athor and Dr. Akol should be first investigated or force to resign from politics before God. President Kiir is so soft on his orders that is why the 13 money looters are still not justify for public money embezzlement. Justice is not being served and that is not cool. Criminals should not be eased on.

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    • 6 October 2011 13:16

      @ Peter Nhiany.

      "My dear try and try to reason it out again".you have no right by all mean to force someone to resign his political career or public life,unless may be’ you had individual problem with Akol,in which people can not help you in one way or other.

      Alier42.

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      • 7 October 2011 00:56, by Son of S Sudan

        Do not help the rebels to find the ways.we got them.those are the people who take life for our loveone.Peter Nhiany you right.The lawmakers of s sudan have no artical for Dr Akol to resign.they know the laws.the made them but no laws for rebers that why you see many of them in our country.no one care for life but leadeship with no roots.Dr Akol you are lucky in your generation don’t cross the road

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        • 7 October 2011 20:09

          @ son of s sudan

          "you really had a factastic names, but your respone and the way you had sam up your words, gave me low opinion on how i can reply to your arguement ,so next time ,you need to satisfy the readers.but you must know that,no one can intimidate the other one ,if there is democracy at all ,and to force someone to resign his political life is an intimidation simply.

          Alier42

          Ali

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          • 8 October 2011 05:45, by Peter Nhiany

            Democracy does not allow criminals to exercise politics freely. You should know that this is test of democracy in South Sudan. This will give other people who want to do evil to our country take the same path those of Athor Deng and Dr. Akol took hoping that they will not be investigated and corrected. pressuring a leader to resign with no threat that will cause detriment to him is not intimidatio

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      • 7 October 2011 07:39, by Peter Nhiany

        @Alier42, I quite disagree with you in this context. The people whom the leader lead have right to prostest for the resignation of the said leader.If the leader has done no good to the people and country itself, what good he be allowed to continue to serve? If Akol is deemed to be a threat to our national security as he did, he would have no place in runing his political career in the south.

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    • 6 October 2011 15:52, by Akuma

      You people in the August House should make politic a white blanket rather than cover up a criminal. There is no different between Dr Lam’s movement and gang rebels here in South Sudan. Investigate him if found innocent then he should be considered in South as a leader of political party otherwise not if left uninvestigated. Reporter should know that this moth is October not September and there is

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    • 6 October 2011 17:18, by Jiji

      Who has a power to force some one to resign from politics? Under what article in the consitution?
      I think some people ’re politics learners in this site, writing what they don’t know.
      President Kiir knows Akol better than any one esle in South Sudan, that why he knows what he is doing, this guy Akol is the founder of Self determination of South Sudan which you ’re enjoying now.
      Long live 1991 guys

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      • 7 October 2011 01:36, by Son of S Sudan

        No friendship my dear in politice.country is not for one man.not for politicians but for people created in that land you/me and everyone don.t learn politice wrongly.we are not politicians on this side but we are trying to keeps the the long teeths cat away not to enter in the house we have women and kids inside.the rebels fight for foods not thier right.they born here the live in what next.money

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      • 7 October 2011 12:26, by Peter Nhiany

        Mr. Jiji, such a mentality where people do not see a real problem and stick to bad side of issues is what lead people to nowhere. You may think that no one can force some one to resign from politics, but the people whom politicians lead can force them to resign whatever post of government they hold that is why a president can be impeached for not being fit.U Should know this if you are in politics

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  • 6 October 2011 14:10, by epuol

    This time is the first chance to all south sudanese citizents to come togather and welcome every citizen who does not understand why s.sudan peoples are uniting for.

    We need to welcome all in peace,But those who will break away from our this newly independents state, I think no need of president to welcome them back again.

    Let them come all even Athor, But will be the last chance.

    Thank for lis

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  • 6 October 2011 15:10, by lokorai

    Yeah, the House has liven up to its duty of being people House; I like the way parliamentarians debate, Lam problem is real issue.

    Lam is a bad politician, he is going to cause more problems to our people; whether inside this country or outside.

    I suggest that the cow boy appoints him as a minister to keep him quiet, he’s a real enemy of the people of South Sudan, and Hon. Nyoka is true

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    • 7 October 2011 12:36, by Peter Nhiany

      Brother lokorai, it could be possible for the President to appoint him as whatever minister, but that will mean keeping the hyena amongst the goats. It is not feasible to keep a hyena with goats and won’t snatch a goat. The President already had special agreement with him, I guess that is why the August House went silence on launching an investigation. lion is in the house brother. The cares less.

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  • 6 October 2011 15:59, by Papa Maury Clark

    A distinguishing characteristic of democracy is the ability to disagree without violence. President Salva Kiir’s interaction with Dr, Lam Akol in Nairobi led to Dr. Akol’s return to Juba. Hopefully, the rebellious General George Deng Athor will see this and react by laying down arms in Upper Nile.

    Papa Maury Clark
    America

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  • 6 October 2011 17:55, by BOTH NGUOT

    congratulation to his excellency general Salva Kiir Mayardit for keeping his spirit of nationalism by uniting south Sudanese under one umbrella. we wish with that move you have taken, south Sudanese will be united under your wide leadership. don’t even think for those self-fish people who want to enjoy wealth of south Sudan with in the absent their brother who fought with them during liberation

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    • 7 October 2011 14:58, by To D

      Congertulation Mr president for the good move to provok investigation of your brother who fought with you for the total liberation of South Sudan.

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  • 6 October 2011 19:12, by Nationalist

    For the ROSS to be a great nation in Africa, we must forgive and forget. If Dr. Lam Akol is back to rebuild his country, I think we should let him. An opposition leader with his education is badly needed to sraighten up our so called corrupt government officials.

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  • 6 October 2011 19:19, by mafitabu

    We dont wants war any more.our president go ahead as
    a man, not like Dr LAM.
    TAKE CARE.

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  • 6 October 2011 21:46, by Elijha B. Elkan

    To Parliament,your decision not investigate and prosecute shows weakness on part of the government. Akol have done egregious crime against humanity in the South. Serious crimes betrayal, attempting to over throw the government of South Sudan. Akol belong in prison, he is not a politician. Akol should be under surveillance at all times. No one in their right mind trusted Akol.
    Elijah

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  • 7 October 2011 00:27, by voices of lost boys

    Geess too many cooks in here who have no Idea, we in the southern we do need everyone to come back home,if you are not the sinners throw the first stone, if you can’t foregive.

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  • 9 October 2011 07:20

    When a country’s President declares a General Amnesty for ALL those who held arms against the government, it is meant to cover ALL the True and Perceived rebels.

    To think of investigating those who respond to the President’s Amnesty is in fact a talk to investigate the President of th Republic himself. But can you do that in RSS?!

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