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Unrest in Lakes state over appointment of new SPLM official


February 2, 2013 (RUMBEK) – South Sudan ruling party (SPLM) officials in Lakes state are divided, following the controversial appointment of Mabor Ater Dhuol, as acting secretary.

Daniel Awet Akot, the SPLM chairperson for Lakes state, appointed Dhuol in September last year, in a move the party’s state liberation council rejected, describing it as “unlawful”.

The council, accuse Akot, who is also the deputy speaker of South Sudan National Assembly, of making the decision without consulting other party members.

Last Friday, however, a ceremony organised by the SPLM chairperson to swear in the acting secretary for the party failed, after party members objected, saying they do not recognise his appointment.

Sudan Tribune could not get a comment from the deputy speaker over the matter.

Meanwhile, the party’s liberation council in Lakes state have petitioned South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, also chairperson of the SPLM, over the controversial appointment, by Akot, of the new state secretary.

In the letter, a copy of which Sudan Tribune obtained, the 51-member council openly accused their chairperson of allegedly managing party affairs "single handedly" without consulting others.

The 25 January petition, for instance, claims Akot chased away the duly recognised acting party secretary, Malou Moses Majok, and instead “imposed” Dhuol during an experience-sharing meeting the SPLM national secretariat conducted with the Norwegian Labour Party on 7 January.

“With these few accounts, we humbly bring this to your attention in the spirit of patriotism and comradeship and we pray and hope that our heroic party [SPLM] shall remain united and prosperous under your able leadership,” partly reads the petition, also copied to the country’s Vice President Riek Machar, among other senior party officials.


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  • 3 February 2013 08:31, by master

    all of them is thieves
    llet him take his part in the cake

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    • 3 February 2013 13:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      you don’t know English grammer you mixed thievies with ’IS" these are not going togather. Ok! And i think the only word you know in English is thief in all of your comments.

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  • 3 February 2013 08:58, by Mapuor

    Both thugs who are struggling to get or maintain the post of State SPLM secretary are not SPLM members.Mabor Ater just passed through SPLA liberated areas from Wau army garrison to Akot airstrip where he flew to Nairobi and then to Australia.He is a primitive with marks on his forehead which are signs of uncivilized person.Moses Malou is a Khartoumer who only came to SPLA liberated areas latel

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    • 3 February 2013 09:01, by Mapuor

      Awet Akot insistence that Mabor Ater should be SPLM secretary is completely wrong and its a recipe to SPLM breakdown in the State.Awet should not think that the state is his own farm where he can do anything he likes.

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      • 3 February 2013 15:47, by Takpiny

        Please get me right, you are one of my commentators I respect on this website because you always stick with truth whether in the Lakes State or in the National affairs, but this will not quiet me not to protested against your today comment,
        Linking forehead mark with someone’s characteristics or stereotyping every one with forehead marks as uncivilized person, that will be abused of

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        • 3 February 2013 15:49, by Takpiny

          …… our culture and mind that I am not forehead mark.
          You have already described Mabor Ater as a primitive, that is enough to disqualify him to be the Lakes State SPLM secretary despite the forehead marks

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    • 4 February 2013 06:10, by Al-mezan

      Chai ! Chai! Mapuor, you are among the most respected commentator on this forum, plse, withdraw the statement "with marks on his forbead which are signs of uncivilized " If I am not mistaken, the statement may include all prestigious teachers of Rumbek Sec. sch. who are known all over the South for their brilliance in English language, Maths, and science. U may be their product.

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  • 3 February 2013 09:32, by Alier42

    Thanks, that is a good move,a family decision should be repudiated by the subject when it comes to political affairs.

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    • 3 February 2013 10:48, by Kurnyel

      Wet Akot the once who killed hungery SPLA soldier for eating an egg. in fact there is something people of South Sudan need to know about SPLM trained leaders of Lakes State. I called them SPLM trains leaders because they comes from nowhere in background. E.G Akot Thuo????. Plze marks my word, lakes State will soon be worse than before because I doubt these Kiir trains leaders plus innocents peop

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      • 3 February 2013 13:13, by mudfish

        yaa kurnyel
        Kiir fut fire in Lake State unqualified Awet Akot.

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        • 3 February 2013 13:19, by mudfish

          i mean Kiir fut fire in Lake State plus unqualified Awet Akot.

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  • 3 February 2013 13:06, by mudfish

    Normal human being thinks 50% or not more than 70% right,but subnormal (forehead marked)think 5% right.i am doubt of Kiir regime and his primitive followers,desperate and lack of patriotism government.

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  • 3 February 2013 13:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The mother of chickens has been eaten by pitrot, where chicken are now remain? Other Members within 51 council are now surounded to right channel and they will suround one by one.

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  • 4 February 2013 08:52, by Turism

    if people claim of unlawful threat that is continously in south sudan, iam sorry that you have nowhere to hide, what bring division naw as pple are talking of appointment of Akot as to be in the council of the state than saying he is not capable to hold the position.

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  • 4 February 2013 08:57, by Turism

    What is the work of the new appointed governor that such controversial is continously going on in the state, let him is two eyes to adress this issue, Daniel Awet is from the lakes state but in the national govt what brought him in such issues?

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  • 4 February 2013 09:29, by makuei

    As one of the SPLM members present during the arrival of the State SPLM Chairperson & the Secretary on Friday, I can testify that there was neither any attempted swearing-in nor unrest as alleged in this news article.
    A certain anti-SPLM group, disguising as SPLM members, have as usual called their journalist, paid him as usual and instructed him to write these lies.
    Raphael Makuei

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    • 5 February 2013 09:07, by marial abraham

      truly my brother makuei , we need just to be fair in delivering messages and this where our people can be corrected however there are some of our friends who criticized person negatively without understanding the situation or the article. the ideas is not that to insult the person but to advice your brother/ uncle/sister from doing it.

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  • 4 February 2013 09:46, by New Government

    That is sabotage in the government SPLM has right to bring somebody and remove. she/he is not the only person in lakes to stay any position for hundred years.let us accept change as it said if you don’t change will change you.

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  • 4 February 2013 16:39, by Yic Aye Luel

    If foolishness is not with those SPLM councilors of Lakes state why do the object what a big man like Awet Akot Thuou did? without these big people like Awet and Salva Kiir those of Malou Moses Majok would have not eat to grow their stomachs like those of pregnant women. all those secretaries of SPLM in Lakes state are illiterates. their little education has turned into illness at the moment.

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  • 4 February 2013 16:53, by Yic Aye Luel

    Chol Tong will not achieve his wrong planning that is why he is dismissed. he will not get any political post in South Sudan in exacting, he is a failure he failed to protect the lives of the people of Lakes state. I know those fools they are planning to get Mangui (Chol) as their Chairperson and that will not be succeeded.

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