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December 7, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has downplayed the significance of an ultimatum issued by senior members of his governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir arrives in Khartoum on September 3, 2013 (File photo AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

Senior party leaders, including former deputy Riek Machar, this week threatened to take action unless Kiir address the widening internal crisis facing the party.

Kiir is presently in Paris participating in an African summit organised by French president Francois Hollande to discuss peace and security issues on the continent.

A senior government official revealed to Sudan Tribune that the president had confided in him that those calling on him to reverse dissolution of the SPLM structures were tactically avoiding the realities of then convention.

“They are just trying to avoid realities of the convention which has been called. Let them come and say whatever they have. And as you may agree with me, all they are saying are insignificant”, the official who did not want to be identified quoted president Kiir as saying.

He said the president, who is due to return to South Sudan on Sunday, had made the comments in telephone conversations from Paris.

The source also denied that Kiir had dissolved the SPLM structures, asserting that the legitimacy of the institutions had expired after the five-year term lapsed last May.

“The structures dissolved themselves after the period had elapsed. This was what the chairman said and as the chairperson of the party, he decided to call the extraordinary convention. The invitations are already out and public announcements on all media houses have been made, copy of which is this”, the official, a long-time ally of president, said.

Copies of the invitations obtained by Sudan Tribune bear the president’s name and are addressed to SPLM members, foreign diplomats in the country and other independent bodies asking for their attendance at a function slated to take place from 9 to 11 December.

The purpose of the meeting is “to adopt SPLM basic documents, the drafts of which have already been discussed by SPLM leadership in each of the 10 states and Abyei”, the statement said.

According to the statement, Kiir believes convening an extraordinary convention as an important step towards collective efforts to transform the SPLM and realise better future outcomes.

However, senior leaders have slammed Kiir’s leadership style as being characterised by corruption and deviation from the party’s vision, saying it had encouraged regional and ethnic divisions.

They have rejected the planned 9 December meeting of the National Liberation Council (NLC), stressing that a meeting of the party’s highest executive organ, the Political Bureau (PB), must take place first in order to set an agenda for the planned convening of the NLC.

PUBLIC REACTION

Marial Achol, a native of Yirol East in Lakes state, expressed that the crisis generated by the internal power struggle between officials would have a negative impact on nation-building.

“Frankly speaking, the current political differences within the leadership of the SPLM will have negative effects on nation building, especially promotion of peace and harmony. This division does not end here in Juba, it goes to the states where it [is] made worse”, Achol told Sudan Tribune.

Duku Moses, a native of Central Equatoria from Kajo Keji county, said he hoped the extraordinary convention would address issues of common interest in accordance with international norms and best practices.

“I would like our leadership to see things in the context of the cause of the liberation struggle. I would like them to set good examples. The extraordinary convention should revise the current draft documents in a manner that reflect international standards”, he said.

Moses, himself a member of the ruling SPLM in the area, pointed out show of hands worked well in a society where there are high levels of illiteracy and the educated minority hold positions of power.

He was referring to article 1 (5) of the SPLM 2008 constitution which allows a show of hands as part of the voting process, but which may be challenged by at least one-third of members of the convention.

Moses said this traditional form of voting should stand and has called for the provision allowing for a secret ballot when demanded by at least one-third of party third of the members to be amended.

Aguer Arrik, a native of Upper Nile state living in Juba, claimed that nobody can remove the SPLM chairperson from his position except when he decides to resign with the approval of the national convention.

“Nobody can remove the SPLM chairman from his position. Those warning him with ultimatum are just disgruntled politicians seeking just a public attention so that they are appointed; otherwise I don’t see them different from president Salva Kiir. What will they do differently that they did not do while serving in senior positions for eight years? All they are saying are just nonsense. For your information, those calling for [the] resignation of our chairman do not have [a] support base”, an official told Sudan Tribune on Saturday in Juba.

However, Simon Mawien Dut, a native of Warrap state, challenged that stance, citing article 1.1 (2) of the SPLM 2008 constitution, which states that the chairperson may be removed by the national convention in an extraordinary session convened at the request of at least two thirds of members for constitutional violations or gross misconduct.

“I am not talking out of mind. I am saying what I know”, said Dut, who was speaking at a group discussion at the Juba University club on Saturday.

Peter Adwok Nyaba, a senior member of the SPLM, warned division in the leadership could plunge the country into instability.

“It is now apparent that the SPLM must be saved from itself or will plunge the country into the abyss … What was not resolved in 1991 and 2004 respectively has sprouted out back in 2013 with devastating effect”, Nyaba said.

The official criticised categorising members of the same institutions into supporters of individual leaders, rather than seeing them as comrades working together to achieve a common goal.

“There shouldn’t be anything like somebody’s person in a political organisation which has a constitution and internal regulations which define and guide the relations between the members and the party organs”, Nyaba said.

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  • 8 December 2013 04:35, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    The whole gathering was a joke, I thought they were going to asked for more. but they felt short for being the worst thieves of our nation. just trash the whole shit as a cry of the starving owl.

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    • 8 December 2013 05:14, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Come on dogs. You know it, the frustrating meeting had fail to agree on any agenda, NYADANG GARANG CAME UNDER DIFFICULT PRESSURE WITHIN BOR COMMUNITY FOR STANDING NEXT TO A PERSON WHO MURDERED INNONCENT PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE GARANG IS THEIR SON, BTW, RIEK AND PAGAN HAVE DIFFERENT IDEOLOGY, SO THEY WILL NEVER LIVES TOGETHER, THE MEETING HAS SHAWS LUCK OF AGENDA, WE SEE,

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      • 8 December 2013 05:23, by Mi diit

        Incompetent Kiir is a confused leader who plays well into downfall soon. I pity Wani Igga who works with a confused leader. Look, Kiir confirmed again that he dissolved the structures, Wani said not yet, Kiir again calls the NLC meeting which he already dissolved. What is happening? Confusion I guess. Kiir is killing the SPLM party.

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      • 8 December 2013 06:09, by Bentiu son

        What kind of agenda are you talking about Gogrial theif DD Shit? The agenda is very clear either your thievery uncle rescind n refrain from continuous violations of SPLM as well as Country Constitution or impeachment against him will take place.DD shit,Who is better Salva Kiir who murdered her husband Dr John Garang in collaboration with his notorious friend Yoweri Museveni or false

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        • 8 December 2013 06:17, by Bentiu son

          accusation labelled against Dr Machar as the result of 1991 Nasir Declaration which in turn brought Independence South Sudan you are looting its resources now.Waw!naive in politics, no permanent friend neither permanent enemy.Politically your main rivalry is your friend but that is not the case in your uncle brutal government characterized by Regionalism,ethnic discrimination,corruptions,nepotism

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          • 8 December 2013 06:35, by Bentiu son

            rampant insecurity,lack of fundamental basic services( Schools,roads,Healths,sanitation,good drinking water,infrastructures)n bourgeoisie behavior whereby riches become richest in expense of others.Madama Nyadeng Mabior won’t listen to those Bor opportunists like Makuei Lueth n Kuol Manyang who betrayed her n her son Mabior Garang to killer Salva Kiir who conspired to kill Mabior last year.

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      • 8 December 2013 07:05, by zulu

        Common askut sakit Midit.
        we all know Riek has women, some white ones in the US who continue to receive million dollars monthly. We know, Riek received arms from Iran via Sudan to make a coup. We know he tried from inside, with Athor. We know Nyandeng including Bishop some catholic bishop who asked M7 for assistance to take out Kiir. Deng Alor misses the opportunity to garnish cash from ss.

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        • 8 December 2013 11:46, by Mi diit

          Little liar Zulu, give it another try. Incompetent Kiir is like a SERIOUSLY wounded he-goat with broken horns. He can talk tough like Muamer Gaddafi and Saddam Husein, but he will soon feel like a fish thrown out of water. The man is wounded beyond recovery only that he and his thugs have no capacity to analyze the situation around them. Ahahaaaaaaaa..........

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      • 8 December 2013 07:06, by Naath

        Confused and hopeless kiir is gone for good.The Gogrial tribal leader will not recover from the knock he deserves, kiir is playing bush mentality that will not help him at all, but foolishness is a problem, Barhelgazelian are the foolish people on earth which is really shame for them to play dirty game that end up on their site, we all know that kiir is the weakest leader in South history

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      • 8 December 2013 13:06, by Mapuor

        Dinka dominated SPLA
        Hahahah Nyandeng is uncivilized woman.in politics you must have principles.Just see the way innocent Dinka Bor paid dearly for Nyandeng husband’s sake and now see how madam Nyandeng behaves,lamentations,if we knew this lady ahead of time we would have asked Garang to look for principled woman.Nyandeng enough is enough,no more blood shed.You are a wishful thinker,

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    • 8 December 2013 05:15, by jijury

      Inept Kiir and his pals will pay the price for acting contrary to the laws. These leaders are on the right side of the history and failure to collaborate with them will lead this country into disaster. If David Yau Yau’s rebellion can clutch world’s attention what made Kiir believe that these senior leaders cannot bring him down especially once he had violated the country’s constitution?

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      • 8 December 2013 05:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        With military, you will all be confined to areas like Nhialdiu and Naser, then you will be left rot until you surrender. Bor is the price in all this mess. 1991 is playing the trick here on both side of the spectrum. who wins Bor will win the game.

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    • 8 December 2013 13:08, by Mapuor

      Hahahah Nyandeng is uncivilized woman.in politics you must have principles.Just see the way innocent Dinka Bor paid dearly for Nyandeng husband’s sake and now see how madam Nyandeng behaves,lamentations,if we knew this lady ahead of time we would have asked Garang to look for principled woman.Nyandeng enough is enough,no more blood shed.You are a wishful thinker,

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    • 8 December 2013 17:34, by Ram Mi Raan

      These are disgruntled Dinks thugs who are supporting nonsense from kiir,he should think of his education background before react negatively like an orphan or abandoned child,Nyandeng is far better than Kiir in term of education and eloquence. if he goes beyond this ultimatum even his graveyard will not be peaceful.

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  • 8 December 2013 04:52, by Bentiu son

    The rolling ball is on Kiir side,either to comply with SPLM constitution or impeachment will take place,No room for corruption n contiguous violation of constitutions and Human rights anymore.Concerning thief appeased with stolen money Arrik who say those senior SPLM members have no supporters within ten states is pure lie n baseless claim.Naive,why ur godfather Kiir fear to call PB/NLC meeting?

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    • 8 December 2013 05:11, by Bentiu son

      bought Traitor named Arrik, who blindly support Salva Kiir who killed your Ngok son Gen George Athor Deng Dut plus our national hero Dr John Garang in collaboration with his notorious friend Yoweri Museven.Oafish, for ur info,those senior SPLM members have got 100% in Greater Upper Nile region, 95% in greter Equatoria Region n 80% in BEG include Warap State where Salva Kiir hails.

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  • 8 December 2013 04:59, by dude

    Kiir is feeling the heat and it will only get warmer.

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    • 8 December 2013 05:12, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Come on dogs. You know it, the frustrating meeting had fail to agree on any agenda, NYADANG GARANG CAME UNDER DIFFICULT PRESSURE WITHIN BOR COMMUNITY FOR STANDING NEXT TO A PERSON WHO MURDERED INNONCENT PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE GARANG IS THEIR SON, BTW, RIEK AND PAGAN HAVE DIFFERENT IDEOLOGY, SO THEY WILL NEVER LIVES TOGETHER, THE MEETING HAS SHAWS LUCK OF AGENDA, WE SEE,

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      • 8 December 2013 05:30, by jijury

        Orphan Dinka Dominated SPLA/M, Nyandeng knows Salva has abandoned her husband’s vision for the country. Kiir wanted to create a history which will on focus on Salva and his Bahr El Gazal misguide followers like yourself. therefore, Nyandeng ought to act quickly and join Machar and his groups to sustain her husband’s legacy.

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        • 8 December 2013 07:23, by dinkdong

          Machar might go and play the same game to Nyandeng after winning the presidency

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          • 8 December 2013 20:11, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            That monkey called Ricky, will only convinced greedy woman like Nyandeng, But the entire Bor land is not part of her loitering. we are still recovering from losses caused by her husband’s headstrong and mishaps. disregard her participation among theme ugly men as a pure leisure time pastime.

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    • 8 December 2013 12:57, by Mapuor

      Kiir is a strong person who can not be threatened by Garang handpicked gangs who never fought even a single battle during the war,Who is Oyai?Hand picked,Who is Giir hand picked who was a radio operator at Canal working with the company,he has not completed secondary school,who is Majak Agot hand picked and a senior two leaver at Malek.How did they come up?They were Garang skivvies.

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      • 8 December 2013 14:45, by Tiger

        @Mapuor.
        Say it again? Oh is it really that you thieves have already forgotten Oyai Deng,listen here! If it wasn’t Oyai Deng,SPLA would been destroyed by the SAF but he was a hero by then and he is now.now tell me how many town did your pussy ass president Mangothdit captured during the war?

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        • 8 December 2013 16:15, by Toney Toney Matot

          Tiger,
          you are so stupid and idiot. the truths csn not be deny because Oyai have not ran away to joined traitors but the forces he was commanding were they from Shiluk and Nuer? the appreciation should go to Bhar Elghazal people who stood firm for the seek of peoples of South Sudan. Those idiots who held the yesterday’s conference are the corrupt politician who stolen 60 Millions USD.

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          • 8 December 2013 16:23, by Toney Toney Matot

            con. if you support such people then you are one of them. Please stay away from these groups. They are confused because of power greediness. South Sudan president will come from any State but not among this bunch of traitors. Forward ever and back ward Never.

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            • 8 December 2013 19:02, by Tiger

              @Toney Toney Matot.
              hey buddy just balance the level of stupidy and see which side is heavy on between me and you,I wasn’t talking about tribal such as the way you have mentioned Oyai being from Shilluk and didn’t had no army on his tribe by that time,now you see how stupid you become,you people think S.Sudan was liberated by only you Bahr El Ghazal people but you’re dead wrong my friend...

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              • 8 December 2013 19:15, by Tiger

                CONT..you don’t win a war just because you out number the enemies but
                success comes through good tactic and strategy and I doubt you people lack of such thing because our late hero and brave son from Uppernile Dr.John said that clearly" Bahr El Ghazal are foolish majority"that mean your big in number mean nothing to the one who have a balls like Oyai Deng because he was giving orders to foolish "U

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                • 8 December 2013 20:12, by Tiger

                  Cont..
                  You talk about corruption but Kiir is the most corrupted leader in this world,because he knows what happened to the 4 bn,leave a lone 60 millions that you’re accusing these fellas.

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                  • 8 December 2013 21:45, by Toney Toney Matot

                    Tiger
                    to tell truth does not qualified me to be tribal minded but i was reacting to your idiotic comments of why those patriotic officers like Oyai Deng Ajak were dismissed and left redundant by the leadership and yet we always make noise of corruption being practiced by our government of south Sudan.do you think,it is president KIIr alone who is corrupt?

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                    • 8 December 2013 21:52, by Toney Toney Matot

                      con.is you my friend who is tribal minded.am not supporting Kiir because of being from Bhar Elghazal but he has no alternative among those stooges you are blindly supporting.

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                    • 8 December 2013 22:09, by Tiger

                      @Toney Toney Matot.
                      Listen buddy.
                      I was responding to Mapuor’s comment but you people are always quick to react when somebody speak up their minds against what they see being done by our president and your president,you took Kiir as regional president rather then the whole S.Sudan president.did Kiir deploy Internet bodyguards or some?

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                      • 8 December 2013 22:24, by Tiger

                        @Toney Toney Matot.
                        Go and find the likes of yours so you can exchange tribalistic comments,I’m a veteran of war,I have defended S.Sudan during the war time and I will continue to man up even now if I dislike the internal and external policies which are being misplayed by our president and your regional president and our vision less president,Kiir is playing Omer’s game.

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  • 8 December 2013 05:12, by NO PEACE

    KIIR will not came back to south sudan please!MACHAR OYEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    • 8 December 2013 05:28, by Tutbol

      President Kiir must be very careful to play it save with the devils like France. Doesn’t he understand why our neighbours like Congo, C.A.R & several other french colonies often replace their leaders by coups? In our Nilotic plains we don’t hate any one & we don’t servile to anyone either. The geo-politcal intrigue bull-craps the evil countries like France, the UK & US often want to sell to the...

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      • 8 December 2013 05:46, by jijury

        What a idiot Kiir is, he went to Paris to avoid the press conference to attend security meeting on Africa’s continent organized by France president who is this France’s president to Africans? These dumb leaders are letting the continent being govern by outsiders rather than insiders!! How on earth can France that has destroyed west Africa train these incompetent leaders to secure their countries?

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        • 8 December 2013 11:02, by Chol A.

          @JiJury or jejaro militia never know what is good and bad all what they did it to loot and violent. You have right to say why Kiir go to France because you don’t politics and president can not categorise the country it would build relation with so going France it will of Kiir it an inventation to all African leaders to attend as it organise by France!. I know training fool it not easy task.

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      • 8 December 2013 05:47, by Tutbol

        ...Africans won’t be bought by everyone, they better stick to sell their bullshits to their West African nations who worship anything the devils throw to them. In our nilotic plains though, countries like France, the UK & the US are considered as friends & Friends advice is always welcome, *but friends who come to you with spears to advice you on how to manage your family are enemies*

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  • 8 December 2013 13:00, by Mapuor

    Kiir is a strong person who can not be threatened by Garang handpicked gangs who never fought even a single battle during the war,Who is Oyai?Hand picked,Who is Giir hand picked who was a radio operator at Canal working with the company,he has not completed secondary school,who is Majak Agot hand picked and a senior two leaver at Malek.How did they come up?They were Garang skivvies.

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  • 8 December 2013 14:18, by Bona K

    Bentiu son, Midiit, and the like kinds of Riek Machar supporters: are the disease of enjoying peace in South Sudan. Even your mothers knows and understanding that Kiir Mayar is doing good things for his citizens excerpt the greedy one for leadership as Macar and his like kind are the one who lobbies the spirits of good leadership for Kiir Mayar. Is Gogrial a matter or your disunite amongst you guy

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    • 8 December 2013 14:27, by Bona K

      s is the matter? I hart you folks thinking Gogrial is that and this while you are the failures on your side. How many times its been clarified to those of Nuer people that Riek cannot be a president and will not be a president? Any one from Nuer can be but not Riek with his kind greediness and mental diseases of peace and country achievements. Please get live and leave the name of Gogrial alone.

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  • 8 December 2013 17:07, by Kim Deng

    “It is now apparent that the SPLM must be saved from itself or will plunge the country into the abyss … What was not resolved in 1991 and 2004 respectively has sprouted out back in 2013 with devastating effect”, Nyaba said.

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  • 8 December 2013 17:14, by Kim Deng

    3rd stage, King Salva, a man who derived his right to power not from the choice of people, but from his illegitimate and favorable constitution after imposed it on south Sudanese. Power is not lay in the hand of elected officials by citizens, but King Salva Kiir himself. He (King Salva) supervised a team he appointed to draft what he calls Transitional-Constitution on his favor, and sealed the...

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  • 8 December 2013 17:15, by Kim Deng

    document, deleted any democratic mechanism that may pose a threat to his throne. After the end of what they call interim period in six years, King Salva again appointed a permanent members who are tasked with writing permanent National Constitution (Law of the land). The participation of other political parties and civil society was rejected; perhaps they may propose the term limit, which means...

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  • 8 December 2013 17:16, by Kim Deng

    the Constitution of South Sudan was not inclusive and not done by consensus. This one-sided Constitution is less democratic than that in the North. Power of law (Constitution) and command, was fully concentrated in the inner circle of throne. The struggle of the orders and/or the minimization of King Salva’s power became a nightmare to the mass in the region.

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