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SPLM could loose 2015 election, Unity State party official

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

October 13, 2012 (BENTIU) - South Sudan’s ruling party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - could loose elections in 2015 if corruption and nepotism are not addressed and funding is not improved, warns a senior party official in Unity State.

Franco Duoth Diu, the Chairman of the SPLM in Leer County said the party was starved of the money needed to campaign and motivate young people and the general public.

Some SPLM members in Unity State accuse SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum of failing to raise funds for 10 state branches of the party, which has governed South Sudan since a 2005 peace deal.

Diu, who served as Commissioner of Leer County from 2009-2010, added that it was a shame that some counties within Unity State there are no SPLM offices as this hindered attempts to explain the party’s vision.

In his interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday in Bentiu town he accused some SPLM officials of being corrupt and of failing to deliver the objectives of the party and provide services to communities.

Diu said that if the party’s financial situation did not improve the SPLM could struggle in elections scheduled for 2015. The coming elections will be the first since South Sudan seceded from Sudan as part the landmark 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the SPLM and Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party.

Elections in 2010, held as part of the CPA, saw the SPLM consolidate its base in South Sudan ahead of the referendum in January 2011 that paved the way for independence six months later.

However, Diu warned that the SPLM could lose the next elections if it does not address internal issues such as nepotism, favouristism and unequal political participation among its members in terms of appointments to official government positions.

“If the headquarters [in the capital Juba] is not taking care and we will not get a success of 2015, people are just only using propaganda, that SPLM is very active they can be surprise by just only small party to come up abruptly or accidentally without the knowledge of the SPLM, because the SPLM itself now are not active in the ground”.

The Chairman of the SPLM in Leer County said there were no political activities at state, county, payam [district], buma [sub-district] and village levels.

Diu warned the SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum, to keep his eyes on all corners of South Sudan’s ten states, so that former rebel movement does not loose popularity.

Since South Sudan’s independence on 9 July 2011 Amum has headed Juba’s delegation to post-partition negotiations with Sudan and before independence served in the southern cabinet as Minister for Peace and CPA Implementation, while simultaneously holding the position of SPLM Secretary General.

Sudan Tribune was unable to Amum on his phones on Saturday.

While not referring to Amum’s specific case, Diu said that South Sudan was in confusion when it came to distribution of positions with many officials having multiple roles at different levels of the government and ruling party.

“The SPLM is concentrating positions to just only few people", he said "they are not even dispersing all these positions to all cadres of [the] SPLM". This meant that some members of the party were being neglected, he said.

"You will find one person is a member of parliament, you will find him a chairman of something, you will find he is the Minister. Why is he/she given all these positions while the rest of people have nothing?”.

Diu accused the Unity State and central government of not rewarding the tireless work of SPLM members at lower levels. Now that South Sudan was independent there was no more need for people to work for free as volunteers as they had during the two-decade civil war, he said.

Leer County’s SPLM Chairman warned that because of lack of salaries some SPLM chairpersons in Unity State had been forced to join or rejoin the army (SPLA) in order to earn enough money to make a living.

South Sudan has had to implement severe austerity measures this year after it stopped oil production as part of a transit fee dispute with Sudan. A deal to resume production and eight other issues was reached last month under African Union mediation but it will take months before oil exports resume.

Revenue from oil amounted to 98% of the government’s income before the shutdown.

When the austerity measures were first announced it was promised that the salaries of civil servants, police and armed forces would not be cut.

However, in recent weeks cuts to the armed forces have resulted in violent protests by police in Lakes State and in Unity State a 25% cut in civil servant salaries has been introduced to the anger of many.

South Sudan is still building viable institutions - distinct from the SPLM - after decades of civil war and underinvestment.

The nascent nation, under its transitional constitution, is also in the process of separating the SPLM, which was the political wing of the SPLA rebels during the war, from the army that now constitutes the national military.

Some citizens of the world’s youngest nation accuse SPLM members of self-interest and corruption.

Earlier this year President Salva Kiir wrote to 75 anonymous top officials asking them to return $4 billion of missing oil revenue during the six-year interim period (2005-2011) of the peace deal, when revenues South Sudanese oil was split 50:50 with Khartoum.

In the letter, Kiir said that the SPLM had forgotten what they had fought for during the civil war, encouraging the officials to return the money to a bank specifically set up in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the 2010 election Kiir won over 90% of the vote in the presidential race and the SPLM won 160 of 170 seats in the National Legislative Assembly.

However, the SPLM Chairman of Unity State Dr. Joseph Nguen Monytuel told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that lack of funding was not the SPLM’s biggest issue.

Competition between the executive and the SPLM’s state liberation council, which is made up of senior party members was causing chaos, he said, describing a parallel ideology between himself and Governor Taban Deng Gai
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“Having the governor at the parallel line and the state chairperson at the another line it has created all these problems and this very disastrous dealing of SPLM at the state level,” the state chairperson said.

Monytuel accused Governor Gai of disrespecting and ignoring the SPLM at state and county levels level, adding that he had taken a step back from the "chaos" so as not to create conflict within the party.

In terms of finances, the chairman said that state level mechanisms were sufficient to collect enough funds for SPLM activities and that the Juba headquarters did not need to send them extra money.

However, he said that the state executive - the Governor, his ministers and advisers - have not engaged with the SPLM secretariat in the state and created "their own ways of doing things, the current secretariat is not even reporting to me as the chairman of the party.”

Monytuel dismissed suggestions that the national government should to fund the party.

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  • 15 October 2012 06:52, by Kenyan the cushite

    this is not bad news as that is how democracy works. but the army will still be there and all goverment institutions so whats the problem. when people are challenged they produce better results so i hope opposition turns up the heat/ but no militias please. kenyan banks and institutions is training our brothers in SS and we are happy for them. SSese are smart people.very tall :)Down with corrupti

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    • 15 October 2012 07:36, by Don P

      He speaks the truth in 2015 the SPLM could be voted out.

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    • 15 October 2012 07:43, by Dinkawarrior

      Duoth Diu!
      absolutely you right! The truth most be tell, this SPLM of Kiir’s family controlled and his backwarded Vice President Riek who don’t want to works with him is the worst kind of leadership I have ever seen!! Kiir’s family advisors need to get their asses away from the President and let National Advisors took over! And the Backwarded Vice President Dr. Riek must stop of being an agent of

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      • 15 October 2012 07:51, by Dinkawarrior

        Destruction to our country! So many camplains of have raised several times that Dr. Riek is working secretely with some generals in the field and he hiding behind the scence. Yes, Dr. Riek you can’t hide from us. We are watching 24-7, it’s true that Kiir family members have on this kind of messed but we need the right ways. 2015 is very closed and everybody get tied of Kiir family’s destruction!

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  • 15 October 2012 06:53, by George Bol

    No, SPLM will win 2015 election. Also,the confusion is in Unity state because militia leaders are working contrarily with the SPLM.Only few who dislike SPLM will not succeed. They did it in 2010 but the fail. SPLM has a big weight in other states. Thanks

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    • 15 October 2012 09:37, by Deng Bornyang

      @ George Bol, I know you don’t see things the way they are. This is an actual fact, but because it might not be only you who have the same analytical problem, the SPLM will incur the cost coming the next elections. You know some idiots like you attached the acronym SPLM to DINKA, but mind you it is not at all.
      Whoever, speaks against SPLM led gov’t doesn’t means he or she is against DIKNA.

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    • 15 October 2012 18:01, by Ruach

      Bol:Ruayi ke lielu!Amokic!Guac thaar!

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      • 16 October 2012 02:51, by panom lualbil

        There are really leaders like Late DR JOHN amongst NUERS but I dont know why those wereNOT such as DR RIEK, NYUON BANY, GAI TUT and so on? BY MR DIU saying ’SHAME’ becos some counties in UNITY STATE are not SPLM, I believe MR DIU in his heart, is the TRUTHWORTHY leader. But those who are NO splm are SLAVES agents of Khartoum. Anyway, Mr Salva will continues if 2015’s election fail.

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    • 16 October 2012 07:41, by siddaw

      @George B.
      What a big lost that ur corrupted uncle (Kiir) is going to lose an election. Where re u going to go? Prepare ur routes my friend. The Bar el Ghazal govt is underway to go. We’re tire of this ruling. Unless he will rigg an election which he’d always been dreaming.
      For me. I can not cast my vote for Dr. Riek or Salva. They are the mastermind of our problems which we’re wallowed in.

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  • 15 October 2012 07:04, by Madina Tonj

    The name for SPLM is so well known in the worldwide unfortunately, the most Top leaders are not doing what the citizens need in the new nation. Yes, there is a nepotism in South Sudan’s government for example, Warrap’s capital was been transfer illegal by 3 Cdrs from the side of president Salva Kiir Mayardit and when contact president himself then, he support the Gogrialan decision

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  • 15 October 2012 07:04, by Madina Tonj

    The name for SPLM is so well known in the worldwide unfortunately, the most Top leaders are not doing what the citizens need in the new nation. Yes, there is a nepotism in South Sudan’s government for example, Warrap’s capital was been transfer illegal by 3 Cdrs from the side of president Salva Kiir Mayardit and when contact president himself then, he support the Gogrialan decision

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  • 15 October 2012 07:19, by pabaak

    He’s right, SPLM has neglected everything concerning the party because they thinks they have secured support from S.Sudanese people but they are wrong, Diu has echoed what potentially could happen if not serious transformation taken place in SPLM, I remembered few months ago when I became disappointed about the affairs of the party, when I walk in looking to register as member, the good answer

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    • 15 October 2012 07:25, by pabaak

      was ’the computer is broken’, I did the same at the State capital and the answer was the same, so this early warning could wake the party if they have interest to serve people, otherwise they couldn’t surprise when unknown opposition party come to surface come 2015 general election

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      • 15 October 2012 07:56, by Madina Tonj

        Pabaak
        I wouldn’t be surprise if the SPLM loss election in 2015.
        I think South Sudanese people will find good politican not Lam Akol Ajawin and not someone supporting rebels or militia groups, but those politicians who knows how to run the Affairs in good manner I will support them. There has been too many confusion speeches made recently on and unusual process of peace agreement in Addis Ababa

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  • 15 October 2012 07:55, by Jalaby

    What? you mean lose and not "loose" I guess.
    I believe the probability of SPLM losing the election in 2015 is "0%" and winning it is "100%" because they will forge (fake) it no single doubt about it!
    Please stop the nonsense and say something meaningful, please don’t waste our time!

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  • 15 October 2012 10:11, by Peter Malith

    That is a great change if the communities in south Sudan knew the challenges and weakness of the SPLM Party in south Sudan in over there the 10 states.

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  • 15 October 2012 14:51, by Takinom

    base on ethnics grouping.

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  • 16 October 2012 07:24, by Samuel Malual

    Whether with fund or without, SPLM will still loose the election because they are incompetent to govern South Sudan.

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  • 16 October 2012 10:42, by Maguen

    Why talk of only nepotism,favoritism and unequal political participation.Why leave out insecurity which is a major set back of SPLM.SPLM members are rivaling against themselves causing insecurity.Elections are even a more serious source of insec.One loses election,think of rebel activities.Where is the South heading?I was a member of SPLM during the war until SPLM entered Juba in 2005.But now aaaa

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