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February 17, 2013 (BOR) - Top political figures in South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM - have again accused the country’s largest opposition party - the SPLM-DC - of supporting insecurity in collaboration with neighbouring Sudan, from which South Sudan seceded in 2011.

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Politicians at a meeting of parties in Bor on Saturday, 15 February 2013 (ST)

The chairperson of Jonglei state’s land commission, Lual Deng, a member of the SPLM, described the SPLM-DC as an enemy of South Sudan, citing incidents from 2010 when rebel fighters caught by the government claimed they were sent by the opposition party.

SPLM-DC, which split from the SPLM in 2009 ahead of elections the following year, is regularly forced to dismiss such charges.

The allegations resurfaced at a meeting of political parties on Saturday to discuss good governance in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, which was also attended by the United Democratic Party (UDF) and South Sudan National Congress Party (SS-NCP), which was established after the two countries split in two.

Both nations accuse the other of backing rebels in their territory.

Deng accused the SPLM-DC of being “an enemy of South Sudan”, pointing to allegations that rebel fighters caught in 2010 in Pigi county of Jonglei and Paloc county of Upper Nile state were backed by the opposition. This has always been denied by the SPLM-DC, which is led by Lam Akol, a former Sudanese foreign minister.

In the eyes of many South Sudanese, Akol has never shaken his association with Khartoum after he was part of a group that split from SPLM in 1991 at the height of the two-decade civil war.

Akol and Riek Machar, who is now South Sudan’s vice-president and deputy chairman of the SPLM, re-joined the movement ahead of a 2005 peace deal paving the way for secession.

Speaking at the event on Saturday, Deng told the meeting that the SPLM-DC would not win any more seats in government until they shed their association with Akol.

The commissioner of Bor county told the meeting that Akol was using print and broadcast media in Khartoum to preach unfavourable messages about South Sudan.

Tut Chot, who chairs the SPLM-DC in Jonglei state, described opposition parties as a “mirror to the government”.

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The SPLM-DC chairperson in Jonglei, Tut Chot Rial, talking at the meeting, 15 February 2013 (ST)

Both the UDF and SS-NCP representatives at the meeting accused the SPLM government of fraudulently winning the 2010 general elections.

GOOD GOVERNANCE

The meeting, which was called to discuss good governance, resolved that this could be achieved by building strong state institutions which were able to offer better services.

In a seven-page document explaining the political position of SPLM-led government, Jonglei’s minister for local government, Diing Akol Diing, said that realising good governance consisted of three elements: choosing leaders through free and fair elections; equal participation of citizens in both politics and civic life and application of the rule of law to all citizens equally.

“Democracy is the means for the people to choose their leaders and to hold their leaders accountable for the policies [and] of the conduct in the offices”, Ding told those at the meeting, citing South Sudan’s transitional constitution as an example of this.

“In democracy, people are sovereign; they are the highest form of political authority. Power flows from the people to the leaders of the government who holds power temporarily.

“Political parties are vital in democracy, as the constitution in article 36 (1) permitted formation of multi-parties in South Sudan”, he continued.

The deputy governor, Hussein Maar, told the gathering that political parties should segregate citizens on religious, tribal or other grounds.

He said the oldest democracy in the world, referring to ancient Greece, used to have slaves and discriminate against women and other groups, but “today it is people who controls their leaders, not [the] other way around”.

The SPLM continues to dominate politics in South Sudan, with opposition parties holding only a handful of seats in the national and state parliaments.

(ST)

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  • 18 February 2013 05:59, by Jalaby

    SPLAM-DC is also causing insecurity situation in the south?! By the way, how many rebels the south has now? too many right? then where is the problem? does the problem exist within the south government itself or the rebels?! Only clever people can answer that question, naive people are not required to provide any answer!!

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    • 18 February 2013 20:39, by SPLM- DC Hardliner

      never use my party to coverup your failures

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  • 18 February 2013 06:30, by kamal

    The question is who vote for SPLADC in twenty fifteen since the start disturbliers the citizen south Sudan

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    • 18 February 2013 08:52, by julia

      SPLM-DC is not the problem but the rampant corruption in s.sudan.some people don,t to see their bro,s progressing,they feel jeolus.

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    • 18 February 2013 08:53, by julia

      SPLM-DC is not the problem but the rampant corruption in s.sudan.some people don,t want to see their bro,s progressing,they feel jeolus.

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  • 18 February 2013 09:33, by ksimon

    The problem is not for SPLM/DC, but it’s only SPLM party that control the governance also abused the nation of south Sudan.

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  • 18 February 2013 13:08, by Peter Malith

    SPLMDC is not the really problem.It`s the ruling party since the SPLM party took over the government south Sudan many people are dying everyday and night but the party has no says or even comment. it is a failure party.
    No road to the state to state,Counties to Counties,Payam to Payam and Boma to Boma.
    Health facilities are very poor and Education Facilities so poorest in the Country.

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  • 19 February 2013 10:46, by Costa

    What about the ongoing cattle raiding and the internal violence that is destroying the country. Should we keep pointing fingers to who causes insecurity or control the situation. The ruling party is simply giving DC a big name by accepting that it is capable of causing a security threat. The SPLA is appearing weaker and weaker in all aspects of its governing system.

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