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Senior SPLM official joins main opposition party


November 30, 2013 (JUBA) - A senior official from South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) chapter in the United States has crossed over to country’s main opposition party, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

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A supporter of South Sudan’s Salva Kiir during the 2010 election campaign (getty)

Achor Dhel Jal, until recently an associate representative of the SPLM in the mid-west of the country, reportedly joined the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), alleging he was inspired by the the latter’s vision and its “unwavering fight against corruption, nepotism and tribalism” in the country.

Gatluak Pal Chuol, who identified himself as the Secretary General for the opposition party office in the US said Jal officially registered on 20 November, to become a member of the SPLM-DC.

His defection, political analyst say, underscores the difficult period the SPLM is currently experiencing both at home and in the diaspora.

Early this year, the SPLM chapter in the US voted out is chairperson, Mangok Mangok Mayen, after they accused him of allegedly involvement in corruption, nepotism and failure to run the office.

Jal, a Juba university alumni, rose to this position in February 2008, after previously serving as the SPLM youth secretary general while in Cairo, Egypt, in 1996, before leaving for the US.

Neither the SPLM secretariat in the capital, Juba nor its external relations office has released any statement in relation the latest defection of its senior party member in the diaspora.

Independent observers and critics of the regime, however, say it was Jal’s right, under the party’s constitution, to join or leave any political party, but wondered whether his new party was any different from the ruling party, which he previously served.

“So my friend Achor [Jal] has not gone anywhere. He just acted like someone who put on a cloth of the same texture and claimed to have bought the best quality cloth,” said Moses Aguer Deng.

SPLM and SPLM-DC are only difference in names by the same leaders with the same ideologies, specially the style of leadership, he added.

Tough Elections

Deng, a student at Bahr el Ghazal University currently in Juba, said the next elections would be tough, pointing out that electorates would only vote for candidates they have scrutinised properly.

“The 2015 elections will not be taken for granted. It will be a tough competition. People will vote for personalities, especially what they are known to have done to their constituents and the country,” he said, citing the 2010 elections, during which he claimed some people were voted for simply because they were from the SPLM.


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  • 3 December 2013 07:45, by Monydit

    Nuer Alway they are like that in and out Looking after Food .they are only Food Lover .Ithink his Jointing SPLM DC He hear that the SPLM.DC are well Pay that why he is Running to SPLM DC not bez he Dislike splm no Just only food follower .shamme on Nuer Food Lover .ysday their pple are give AGood Ranks n nuer themselves are pple now complaining that why Bapiny is given High Rank and Bapiny is thei

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    • 3 December 2013 07:55, by Peter Mading

      This is a nature of the opportunist- They ran up and down looking for chances and where to dive their mouth. The party is not a problem but problem lies with the personalities-Look at the x-teristics of SPLM-DC in the first place and Dr. Lam Akol: How many parties where formed by Lam? Where they successful? Lam was recently repatriated from his self-imposed exile. You think is a right man? Shame O

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      • 3 December 2013 11:20, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        There is no ground for threat in SPLM party b’se those who defect are power-greedy.
        There’s a saying that if a single grass is removed from the grass-thatched house, then it does not cause leakage to the house.
        What do people do when a person is dead? He’s welcome to go to practice in peace.

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    • 3 December 2013 08:49, by Msudi

      @Monydit (old man),
      FYI, Achor Dhel Jal who defacted from SPLM to SPLM DC is not Nuer. He is your own Dinka your own tribe man

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    • 3 December 2013 08:53, by Kiir

      Monydit you are right to say Nuer are food lovers. Unqualified President Kiir had diverted all the public funds to his account since 2005. Do you think he uses that money as toilet papers? Does why huge money stolen from his Office by his body Guards and relative. Do u think those who stolen the money in his office are Nuer? I Think you know that they are Dinka from his own.

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      • 3 December 2013 08:56, by Kiir

        Why they stolen the money if they are not food lovers and why Kiir does no want to allow his Dinka to uses the same toilet papers?

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    • 3 December 2013 09:02, by Morthon Akol

      hahahahahaah. uncle Monydit, this man so call Achor Achor Dhel is not A Nuer he is A Dinka from Awiel

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      • 3 December 2013 10:07, by dengdanger


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    • 3 December 2013 09:10, by Gat-khir

      How do you feel now? Achor happened to be from your community. Other community in South Sudan will tell who area the shameless greediest people on this planet earth.

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    • 3 December 2013 09:25, by Nyesi Ta

      He is a Jur, from the Luo group, a bunch of tribes forming the shadowy pseudo association. He is a Luo who felt cheated after serving the splm whole heartedly. He served as a volunteer at the splm secretariat for many months with d aim to secure a job, but failed. Good luck Achor, I am not quiting, but would like to see how we will end the widespread tribalism, corruption, and nepotism in the splm

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    • 3 December 2013 10:22, by moto


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    • 3 December 2013 10:22, by Naath

      Monydit & Peter mading,Naath got no name like that Achor ok this is rubbish.Hopeless and confuse tribal Gogrial primitive kiir is already gone,he did’t know how to manage the entire nation,his achievemt are tribalism,violating the country laws,party regulation,appointing wrong people to the right job shame on your uncle guys good luck

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    • 3 December 2013 10:30, by moto


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  • 3 December 2013 09:00, by Gat-khir

    there is no such a name (Achor Dhel) in Nuer. I was in Rumbek last week for official visit. I went to local restaurant to have lunch and a waiter served me with my order. Before i could start eating, two young men came and sat on the other side of the table. without a word, they started eating my food and i left it for them. what a shameless people!!!!!!

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  • 3 December 2013 09:18, by Gat-khir

    Achor is right to leave and join any political party. But other idiots such as monydit and the likes are seeing as looking for green pasture. They are the ones whose aim is to get food. They do not care about the messes going on in SPLM provided that they are getting their lion-share from the loots.

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    • 3 December 2013 09:35, by Ming Dhal

      Short off! Short off! God knows who wanted to united South Sudanese people between Nuer and Dinka and he will judge accordingly idiots.

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  • 3 December 2013 09:51, by Monydit

    To this Guys ,Iknow guys what Iwas talking about it ,Achor Dhel Jal ,he is not Agar in Rumbek is from Nuer Leer only Mother is from Rumbek so if he had forget about his father place then its okay ,but he can still Remained Nuer Food Lover .to all my dear Friends ,Achor is from Nuer Leer with Dr Riek Machar so he is follow his uncle foot Step in 1991 Defection [Nassir ]

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  • 3 December 2013 10:28, by Ajongtar

    Dr. Riak left to US to mobilise and find for him the right ideals from abroad.
    I bilieve thst is the result of Dr. Riack Machers visit abroad.
    We are waiting for his arrival and wait for the next step he is upto!!!

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