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SPLM-DC no. 2 quits over disputes with Lam Akol


March 7, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s largest opposition party lost its third Secretary General in less than three years, when Sisto Olur Erista resigned on Thursday, claiming that Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) has lost its direction and was being run from a distance.

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South Sudan opposition leader Lam Akol (AFP)

Erista, who was one of the SPLM-DC’s founding members in 2009, admitted, in his resignation letter, that the party was fraught with internal divisions and was not living up to the purpose for which it was established; to challenge South Sudan’s governing party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - from which it broke away.

The SPLM-DC’s leader, Lam Akol Ajawin at the time cited SPLM corruption and the southern governments failure to manage its affairs, including mitigating tribal tensions and conflict, which he claimed were being sponsored by some individuals in the Juba government.

However since South Sudan’s independence in 2011, Akol has faced increasing internal criticism, with SPLM-DC members accusing him of lacking of transparency, and promoting individuals within the leadership based on tribal connections, prompting several of the party’s founding members to defect.

Charles Barnaba Kisanga, the SPLM-DC’s first Secretary General tendered his resignation from the party in 2011 and rejoined the SPLM. He was later followed by his replacement, Sandara Bona Malual, who, like Kisanga, cited differences within the party as her reason for quitting.

They both accused Akol of intolerance and not being receptive to different views and ideas over how the party should be run, as well as citing allegations of corruption and the allegation that Akol supports a militia in Upper Nile state, a charge frequently raised by the SPLM but denied SPLM-DC.

Explaining his resignation, Erista accused Akol of running the party with a "tribal mindset" without accepting different views from senior members of the party.

"In your capacity as chairman of the party you believe that your decisions and yours alone on issues related to the party are absolute", Arista said in a resignation letter dated March 7, 2013, giving the example of Akol’s reaction to his appointment to the National Constitutional Review Commission and the Minority Leader in the National Legislative Assembly.

"Your reaction to my appointment as member of the constitutional and minority leader in the national assembly in denouncing it in the media without even going through the party organ such as the National Executive Committee to decide whether the party should participate in the Commission or not affirms [the] existence of tribalism. It was not the case when Justice Yoannes Yor Akol Ajawin was appointed in the same opposition. This is dictatorship with [an] element of tribalism", he wrote.

Yoannes is a step-brother of Lam Akol. They have the same father but different mothers.

Erista did not state which political party he intends to join after leaving the SPLM-DC, although he said he would join a party whose leader is based in South Sudan.

"Your choice of running the party from a distance is by itself a source of insecurity in the party, because members have no knowledge about your plans, and especially while you continue to reside in another country", Erista said in his letter to Akol.

The leader of SPLM-DC in the South Sudanese parliament, Onyoti Adigo, said the party was still preparing an official response to the allegations raised in Erista’s resignation letter.

"It is true he has resigned and the party is still preparing to respond the allegations he made. We will let you know soon", Adigo told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Despite a reconciliation with South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir in September 2011, and his brief return to Juba Akol chose to base himself in the Sudanese capital Khartoum rather than Juba, as allegations have continued to resurface.

Members of Akol’s party in the past have faced arbitrary arrest and harassment by South Sudan’s security organs which accuse them of links with armed militias, but the SPLM-DC reject these accusations.


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  • 8 March 2013 07:15, by zulu

    Lam is a renegade and recluse. He no more has a political career. He is done with the Equatorians and the Dinka. His followers are quite few lousy bunch of young men who are disenfrenchised. From dividing the army and political wing through the bribe of Ali Alhaj 1991 to tabling NCP agenda for Unity to formation of DC, this clown is done

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    • 8 March 2013 08:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Where is Jalaby nowdays to make his comment on this article, or this Jalaby is Lam Akol himself?Sorry Lam for all your dirty plan to Kill your own brothers and sisters in south Suadn.Come home and repended to your brothes in the govt of South Sudan,than creating tribalism in Upper Nile state to be your SPLM-DC members,and congrasulation to Olur for his regnation from your useless party.
      OKUCU PA

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      • 8 March 2013 10:18, by Panda Odhie

        Hurray Erista you are the real patriotic,Lam will NEVER do anything rather to make sabotage to SS DEVELOPMENT,Lam always beyind all incidents in SS since 1991 upto date.What i heard about him has come to reality today,i now completed withdrawing the small genuine that i kept for him.Lam being a DR DOES NOT Qfy you to be the final DMKER,CRAZY DR SHAME ON YOU.

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    • 8 March 2013 15:03, by Wani

      Disagree with the man but don’t discredit his political achievements. Doctor Lam was the biggest thing that happened to SPLM/A. That why Garang embraced him and elevated him to a high ranking position. Doctor Lam is the first south Sudanese to make Arabs (Ali Alhaj) sign for a right of self-determination for our people. That very agreement is what let to our independence.

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  • 8 March 2013 07:18, by Mi diit

    Where is Lam Akol nowadays? Running the party from Khartoum? What is the difference now between the SPLM and SPLM-DC in terms of visions, missions, objectives, programs, etc. I thought Lam Akol should now join the independent South Sudan and live in Juba.

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  • 8 March 2013 07:24, by zulu

    Lam is a renegade and recluse. He no more has a political career. He is done with the Equatorians and the Dinka. His followers are quite few lousy bunch of young men who are disenfrenchised. From dividing the army and political wing through the bribe of Ali Alhaj 1991 to tabling NCP agenda for Unity to formation of DC, this clown is done

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  • 8 March 2013 07:29, by George Bol

    No different between SPLM-DC and SSIM of riek machar. Let then go to hell with their nyagatism.

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    • 8 March 2013 14:02, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Georg Bol SSIM is the agoal that u eat and drink now aday, if you have hatred for SSIM just joint SPLA_N don’t disturbe our people.

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  • 8 March 2013 07:40, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Congratulation Erista, you made a right decision. Being a leader is not a easy task, you cann’t be presidennt and live abroad. That make you looks like a mother who abandoned her small children and took off with another man for her own self. Thank you once again, then join any party of your choice. Fake Akol looks S.Sudanese on the outside but he is Arab on the inside.

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    • 8 March 2013 12:41, by Dinkawarrior

      Dr. Visionless Lam Akol is recently discovered that he was not the Founder of the SPLM-DC but the Power Grasped. The broke away member of the DC who doesn’t need to be mentioned clearly explained that Deng Bior Deng from Kongor in Twic East County was the real Founder. The Broker told the small crowds in the closed doors meeting that Lam was used by NCP to drive their ideas rather then ours.

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      • 8 March 2013 13:20, by Dinkawarrior

        OUR agenda was about to "Strengthening the Main SPLM to servicing the South Sudanese people but not to destruct them" he said. I personally asked the Broker to explains the differences between theirs DC and our Main SPLM? HE denied by saying that he no longer a member. Why are you killing your own people? I asked him. No, we’re not but Lam who was controlled by moneys had the Military based in >

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        • 8 March 2013 13:44, by Dinkawarrior

          His home tribe and he took the Party as his owned property. Is there any connection between DC and Yauyau? I asked. Yes, there is a linkage among the Rebels and DC those including the so called SSDF. Which is a big threatening to South Sudanese people. This Party is now being run by the top leaders of Juba and you ignore it but will be surprise late! I was shockingly yawning by the News!!:$:$:$:$:

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          • 8 March 2013 14:02, by Dinkawarrior

            Before you left the Party, who is founding the DC? The NCP through the 1991 account created to SSDF in behave the South Sudanese and some of the Worlds Donors. Be said.
            My message to you guys is to be careful!! We fighting with so many enemies. Let’s always keep our country in Prayers.

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            • 8 March 2013 14:09, by Dinkawarrior

              I mean Some of the Arab Worlds Donors!

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        • 8 March 2013 19:07, by Riek Met

          mrs.dinka warrior.
          who ar u people? what strengthen u pople give to SPLA/M TO STRONG rather than consume the publice money? sorry u call u self warrior of dinka tribe what do u mean dud? iam not chollo by tribe but u dinka u ar opposed DC by saying DCcould not to be aparty in south sudan.

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  • 8 March 2013 15:55, by Junubda

    People should know what was the SPLM DC about since it has been formed it is only one tribe party they just want to benefit as a Tribe look what happen during election Shulluk didn’t voted for SPLM even the SPLM members who are nor serving they didn’t get any vote kiir just appointed them,the aim was that how they can got into power by any meant. They did agreed not to vote for Pagan and Oyai

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  • 8 March 2013 16:03, by Junubda

    if you can see now in Upper Nile they are the majority in the parliament because DC was only accepted Party in Shulluk kingdom the question is why Lam Akol only want shilluk not other tribe in South Sudan? people who understand this game are shilluk neighbors,there is a joke but become true actually, saying keni e beer adol what make sense to those who are neighbor with them,

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  • 8 March 2013 16:50, by Panthou

    Dr. Tribalism, where is your dead end naked minded Ph.D driving you to? I appreciate, Erista for his smart n reasonable resignation! What you do (or)say can be used against your vision in third world. You’re teaching everyone in your party for the change, now they’re showing you the really! Not ur fake change. Where’s Dechan? By the way?

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  • 8 March 2013 19:09, by James Maker Akok

    People, I don’t against Lam Akol for him to be SPLM-DC chairman but I have doubting why he running his party while he living in another country, is better for him to be in South Sudan for South Sudan people to know him what he talking by talking to South Sudan people by face to face.
    We need Lam Akol to go to South Sudan and Running party as SPLM-DC South Sudan.

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  • 8 March 2013 19:19, by Tambura

    They said if two people pass you and said you have no head touch it….

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  • 8 March 2013 23:52, by Kim Deng

    The only difference between the two Drs.(Dr. Riek & Dr. Lam)is: Dr. Riek (laughing machine) is from Mighty Nuer Warriors who have been protecting him since 1984 while Dr. Lam is from minority tribe of Shilluk who cannot protect him (Lam) in South Sudan.

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