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SPLM in Unity State, welcome belated support from Juba


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

May 23, 2012 (BENTIU) - The caucus of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), in Unity State met on Wednesday to welcome SPLM teams coming from the capital Juba, who were visiting to deliver food items for the military. However, some members said the ruling party had taken too long to act to support soldiers stationed on the tense border with Sudan.

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Norah Zangabeyo SPLM secretary for social welfare and services addressing SPLM caucus meeting in Unity State, South Sudan, 23 May 2012

South Sudan has launched campaigns to to assist the army (SPLA), which has been engaged in a border conflict with Sudan, over the contested oil-producing region of Heglig.

Deputy governor, Michael Chiengjiek Geay, welcomed the visit of delegation from Juba, but said the SPLM in Juba had been slow to respond to the insecurity happening in Unity, North Bahr-El-Gazal, Western Bhar-El-Gazal and Upper Nile states in order to boost the moral in the militarily.

He urged women across South Sudan to work hard to support SPLA forces. Geay added that women in Unity State have done a lot in caring for their sons who were wounded during the recent fighting by donating sleeping sheets and cooking food at the hospital.

He also calls for forgiveness among SPLM members to go ahead with the vision of free nation.

Engineer Riek Degoal Juer a member of parliament criticised the decision of SPLM’s leadership to not recognise the representative elected by the SPLM caucus in Unity. Failing to do so hampered democracy in South Sudan, he said.


Norah Zangabeyo, SPLM secretary for social welfare and services, team leader of SPLM delegation from Juba, said that despite winning the elections in 2010 the former rebel group had a lot to do to provide for society’s needs.

South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July last year, is one of the poorest countries in the world, with next to no infrastructure and very low development indicators.

This has been exacerbated by the loss of revenue from oil export since the start of the year over a transit fee dispute with Khartoum. The SPLA says that over 80 bombs have been dropped on Unity State by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). Khartoum denies this, despite it being reported by the UN, journalists and officials.

Zangabeyo said that what had happened in Unity State was very "paining" and concerning for the rest of South Sudan to witness, "we take it seriously in our hearts as the leaders from the national government to share the burdens together as people from one nation.”

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Zangabeyo said that unity among SPLM members was needed to pave ways for preparation of next election in 2015.

She urged SPLM members in the oil-rich state to be more mature whenever delivering information to the world about South Sudan. “South Sudan must be clean in the international community by practicing good governance, democratic, peace and stability”.

Unity State has suffered from the presence of rebel groups, which Juba claims are militia backed by Khartoum to destabilise the young nation. Sudan denies this.

“We need to tell the world that we promote democratic [values] within the new nation, rather than we develop hatred agendas in our hearts that could bring failure government in South Sudan."

She called on SPLM members to follow the country’s laws. South Sudan should not put itself in a position like that of Sudan, where its president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s western Darfur region.

“It is unfair for the country[’s] president to violate laws, we don’t want cases like these happening, we want democratic and promote freedom for every creature living in the republic of South Sudan in general”, she explains.


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  • 24 May 2012 07:33, by Dinkawarrior

    In order to protect our brothers and sisters of Abyei from (Mosquito-borne diseases) we either need Mosquito-net or mosquito-repellent. It’s a fool insect who doesn’t hear anything from anybody, we need to act now to lifeguard those innocents people. If they don’t listen to the UN who they can listen to? Leave alone the Money-mouth Mbeki who works for his own interst. Action is needed!!!!!!

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    • 24 May 2012 07:39, by Dinkawarrior

      We are campaign for lives protection, unity and stop corruption! This is not a time for election!

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      • 24 May 2012 08:06, by Kurnyel

        SPLM is the dead party in the entire Africa. A party with is link to terrorist groups.

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        • 24 May 2012 08:13, by wang

          Whether you dislike SPLM or Love it. The SPLM will rule the South till Jesus come back on earth

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          • 24 May 2012 08:18, by Kurnyel

            Wang yah Jesus is coming back look busy, is your SPLM busy enough to rule you?

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            • 24 May 2012 08:29, by wang

              Yeah SPLM is only party that will free all the Dark-skins Sudanese whether you are Muslim or Christian in the whole Sudan that including you from terrorist groups leads by National criminal Party

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          • 24 May 2012 14:32, by Grace Amani

            What things is this SPLA of yours doing so that they us untill the coming of christ? Do they know what is christ? if they Know christ Why are they neglecting citizens rights.
            Stop taking of SPLA untill they improved themselves.

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      • 24 May 2012 10:13, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        Hey Politicians! This is not time of campaign. Elections are still far, why panic? The problem at hand right now is how to provide adequate support to our wounded heros and what how to protect civilians from all types of abuses? Stop being self centered.

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    • 24 May 2012 08:18, by Abraham Ayom

      Hi it look like is dominated by Women/ladies?

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    • 24 May 2012 08:31, by Abraham Ayom

      Other opposition parties Operating illegally in the Republic of South Sudan should do the same as to what SPLM did, otherwise any party doesn’t fulfill the interest for the people of south Sudan should be closed down immediately

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      • 24 May 2012 08:37, by Kurnyel

        Big yes Ibrahaim Ayuba you know how much billions of dollars your leaders hide in western World? Pagan, Machar Kiir and Mathok Gang, Oyai, Ping and Nyandeng plus the rest you people will be poor forever because of your leaders although you are not naturally poor

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        • 24 May 2012 21:14, by panom lualbil

          Do you know how much you owed bashir for overleft foods that you get pay ?

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      • 24 May 2012 08:47, by Dinkawarrior

        I know your Sick Treasonist but SPLA/M is the Mother of our nation. All human being can make a mistake and correct it, you’r stil gonna come back to South Sudan. No matter of how you hate SPLA, George Athor is not gonna come back anymore. You better harry up now before we close the windows. Shame on you for being anti-your people!

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    • 24 May 2012 10:21, by SEE ME

      Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

      Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

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  • 24 May 2012 09:59, by pabaak

    the deputy Governor say SPLM in Juba has been slow to response to the crisis in Unity Sate, that’s true, SPLM party has little impact to contribute at moment because every decisions is done by executive, that’s bad for the country run by almost one party, no strong opposition that compete with ruling party,only oppositions parties are para-militia backed by the Arabs in Khartoum, which can’t work

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    • 24 May 2012 10:08, by pabaak

      every things is not working now in party, even if you go to request for the membership, the only answer you found there is ,we are not working,or the computer is broken. which is something you can’t imagine to expect these answers from this big party we proud to be the leading in Africa. something urgently need to be done to fixed the party system, or else will just be too much proud of ourselves

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      • 24 May 2012 10:10, by pabaak

        without knowing that we are heading to the wrong directions.

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        • 24 May 2012 10:59, by Dinkawarrior

          Another name for Kurnyel is SEE ME!

          Whoever against South Sudan will be a loser like Malowi President!

          George Athor is not gonna come forever, you better harry up before we close the windows. God will punish Kurnyel for being anti-his own people. Shame on you!!

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