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Controversial SPLM secretary takes oath in Lakes state, senior members boycott


February 5, 2013 (RUMBEK) - The Lakes state branch of South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM - has controversially appointed Mabor Ater Dhuol as the new acting party secretary on Tuesday, as senior figures boycotted the swearing in ceremony in Rumbek.

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Mabor Ater Dhuol, SPLM’s acting secretary in Lakes state, September 2012 (ST)

County secretaries, members of the SPLM State Liberation Council and SPLM assistant secretaries all refused to attend, but the Lakes state chairperson insisted Ater take the position as he was backed by the SPLM Youth League and SPLM Women’s League.

SPLM members in Lakes state say that Ater’s appointment is not allowed under the party’s own constitution, which states that the SPLM State Liberation Council must vote to approve a new state secretary.

The division over Ater’s selection erupted in September 2012 when his appointment was announced by Lakes state’s SPLM chairperson, Daniel Awet Akot.

Akot is a member of SPLM’s powerful political bureau and is also the deputy speaker of the national parliament in Juba. In 2010 he failed to win selection to run as the SPLM’s candidate for governor of Lakes state, despite being the incumbent.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one of the senior officials who boycotted the ceremony told Sudan Tribune said that divisions within the SPLM in Lakes state were being increased by Akot imposing Ater as the acting secretary of the state.

He said that the county secretaries, chairpersons and members of the liberation council did not attend “because we objected [to] this appointment and therefore we cannot attend.”

In a briefing to the SPLM members who did attend the ceremony, Ater urged the SPLM secretariat and supporters of the party to work together for the unity of state and to combat insecurity.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, sacked the elected governor of Lakes states, Chol Tong Mayay, last month following a series of clashes between cattle herding groups resulting in the death of 25 people.

Mayay was replaced by SPLM hardliner Major General Matur Chut Dhuol who is currently acting as caretaker governor. He has told politicians that he will close down the state parliament if MPs continue to conduct discussions on sensitive issues such as politics and warned those arrested in connection with the recent spate of violence that they will be kept in isolation at a secret prison, with access granted only to a government-appointed attorney.

Ater appealed for both the youth and women’s leagues to increase awareness and support for the military caretaker governor to improve security and to convince young men to accept new reform measures.

Dhuol initiated a gun registration campaign on 30 January, with Kiir also calling for a comprehensive disarmament campaign in the state.

Akot said: “I need unity among party members. I need youth entirely to support [the] security reform measure so that [a] peaceful stage in Lakes state is quickly restored. [And I need] all women’s league and youth league [members] to work together for the better dream of Lakes state.”


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  • 6 February 2013 05:26, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I congretulated SPLM veterian politicain Awet Akot, backed by youth league and women league for their well done. Awet Akot and Mabor Ater Dhuol are wild animal (lion) if am wrong all asisstant secretaries will not be there all in their post.

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  • 6 February 2013 06:44, by Mabor Malou

    Who is going to work with Mabor Ater Dhuol if all the SPLM county chairpersons and secretaries are not welcoming him?The Youth and women leagues are only supportive wings but administratively, Mabor has to have strong links with county chairpersons and secretaries. Belief me the Oyee party is sick. Let the founders assess themselves and identify the mistakes.

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    • 6 February 2013 07:28, by Agaar Eye

      Let them be there for this short time 2015 is coming they will come and beg our votes, But rememeber no more SPLM/Oyee, we where all SPLM members for seek of attaining our independent Arabs and now we are going to attain another independent from SPLM.

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  • 6 February 2013 07:17, by New Government

    Dear secretary.
    SPLM party activity has stop due to capable person to handle SPLM office in Lakes.please if you want SPLM to progress well all they counties secretaries must be dismiss as they only sit in Rumbek and leave their counties, more special in wulu the office has been close down since 2009 no activity.they like Malou Moses because leave them to sit idol in Rumbek town.

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  • 6 February 2013 07:21, by Bol Pur

    Dear readers I wonder whether the reporter who wrote this article was in the ceremony or got story through hearsay? The story is not consistent, like criticism article not reporting and it is like reflecting negativity on both Awet and Mabor. Anyway, congratulations Secretary Mabor Ater for taking oath finally. I am always concerned about bias reporting that killing our state politically.

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  • 6 February 2013 07:26, by Bol Pur

    As I understand this reporter is not within the state, why don’t you just go to the ground and report facts and avoid unethical reporting. Sudan tribune website should check this reporter and talk to him because he is not a journalist at all. My point is, you cannot report lies and propaganda due to your political support. A trained journalist must be ethical and report facts and not hearsays.

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    • 6 February 2013 07:38, by Agaar Eye

      Bol you are right brother, but no to leadership of Mabor Ater.

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      • 6 February 2013 07:58, by New Government

        Agaar eye.
        waste your time he is final sword in wait until you become chair like Awet then remove him full stop.
        such a person like you should be taken to the university of understanding.

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        • 6 February 2013 13:19, by Agaar Eye

          New self Goverment, You will never come to any government, But you will remain suppoting your idiots. Are you happay because you will be appointed as private sectarary your best job.

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  • 6 February 2013 09:56, by Makunon

    What wrong in the minds of those SPLM Secretaries and Chairpersons. "Acting" mean temporarily until full appointment is made and that is what Hon Awet did as chairperson of the party. Now it is after that election can be organize for any person to win position. Those are not really SPLM members who fought to liberated South Sudan otherwise, Mabor should change all of them. To hell.

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    • 6 February 2013 10:19, by Dukdal

      Forks, if you keep following this the bush ideology, South Sudan shall never prosper. This appointment is unconstitutional. The article 38 which Awet quoted yesterday when his shameless decree was read by one Machar doesn’t include any veto leave alone the recommendation he should have made to Council. SPLM will be dead if we don’t step up and go against this dictatorship being imposed right top.

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      • 6 February 2013 14:13, by Makunon

        What do you mean by "bush ideology" compatriot went to the bush to liberate southerners from the hand of colonels masters and it was not a joke, life and properties were lost. Now everybody including you raised from the corner of their hide and want to talk even about prosperity in which for centuries no one think about it.Awet can’t kill SPLM he fought for or kill people of S.Sudan he liberated.

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  • 6 February 2013 15:13, by Moral Agent

    God did not put us on this rich land to be poor, it is bad leadership that makes us poor, poor economy & lack of infrastructures, majority of the masses possessed 100% ignorance towards their own life,where in lake state we going to find someone who doesn’t have,bad leadership,tribalism. mediocrity,mis-performance a mismanaged government!the sitaution in lake state need "jesus"

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  • 8 February 2013 06:46, by Peter Nhiany

    This is why there will be no peace and democracy in our beloved nation, the Republic of South Sudan. unilateral decision making will not help to take us forward in forging democratic process. voices of those who objected the appointment of This gentleman should be heard. Consulting with those senior officials who boycotted the swearing in of Mr.Dhuol would make sense in term of unified voices.

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