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SPLM senior leaders holding a press conference to discuss the actions of party chairman and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, on 6 December 2013 in Juba (ST)

December 8, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s governing party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), in a surprised abrupt notice on Sunday announced it postponed the long awaited meeting of the National Liberation Council (NLC) just less than 24 hours before the Monday schedule.

On Friday, 6 December, the SPLM first-deputy chairman, Riek Machar, backed by dozens of members of the highest party’s executive organ, the Political Bureau (PB), as well as members of the NLC in a press conference accused the South Sudan’s president and SPLM chairman, Salva Kiir Mayardit, of dictatorial tendencies that paralyse the activities of the party.

The group further called on the party leader to first convene a meeting of the PB before the NLC convenes in order to set the agenda for the latter. They warned that they would mobilise at least 1/3 of the PB membership to call for the meeting in accordance with the constitution if Kiir would not heed to their request. They also plan to conduct a public rally on Saturday, 14 December.

Among the leaders that held the press conference against Kiir’s actions included Robecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amum, Deng Alor, Alfred Lado, Chol Tong, Taban Deng, John Luk, Adwok Nyaba, Majak Agot, Oyai Deng, Madut Biar, Gier Chuang, Luka Monoja, Cirino Hiteng, Ezekiel Lol, as well as members of the national parliament.

But for the third time in less than two months, the SPLM made surprising announcement saying that the NLC meeting was postponed "until further notice."

The announcement made a few hours after the arrival of president Salva Kiir from France blamed the postponement on the burial of the South African former president, Nelson Mandela, on Sunday, 15 December.

"The SPLM secretariat has postponed the National Liberation Council meeting until further notice due to urgent trip by the party chairman to South Africa for the burial of late Nelson Mandela", reads in full the short statement on the state-owned SSTV.

The ruling party failed to convene meetings of its organs such as the PB, NLC and NC since March which would have resolved the internal differences.

Hours before the third postponement on Sunday, the second deputy chairman, James Wani Igga, also the vice-president of the country, held a counter-press conference where he denied all the charges labelled against his chairman, Salva Kiir.

Igga who was also backed by dozens of government ministers and senior members of the party said the group that voiced concerns about Kiir’s style of leadership was composed of “some disgruntled elements", saying their allegations were not true.

He vowed that the scheduled meeting of the NLC will be convened as planned from Monday-Wednesday, 9-11 December, with or without the group led by Machar.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal, a senior member of the party secretariat however revealed that the meeting was postponed due to failure to meet the required number of the NLC members, falling short of the quorum.

He further explained that majority of the NLC members have boycotted and refused to sign up for the Monday meeting until a clear agenda was first set by the "bypassed" PB.

He denied that the postponement was due to the burial of the late South Africa’s former president, saying the NLC would close its meeting on Wednesday four days before the Sunday burial ceremony.

"Did you believe this story? Mandela died on 5 December and yet our deputy chairman [Igga] on 8 December confirmed that the NLC meeting would take place tomorrow [Monday]", he said, adding that it was the new internal less membership situation that abruptly reversed the plan.

The party constitution stipulates that the quorum for the meetings of the NLC shall be convened by a simple majority of its membership (50% + 1)

The ruling party has entered into a leadership crisis since March this year with two major groups of the leadership accusing and counter-accusing each other over the situation.

The party secretariats from all the ten states of the country in summarised report said SPLM had lost vision and direction.

The former vice-president, Riek Machar, also the first-deputy chairman of the party echoed the outcome of the assessment as well as criticised president Salva Kiir, also chairman of the party, on challenges of corruption, tribalism, poor international relations, insecurity and economy.

Machar and his other colleagues intended to remove Kiir from the party chairmanship in May 2013 party National Convention (NC) as well as from the presidency by 2015 scheduled elections.

As a result, Machar lost his government job on 23 July as Kiir also dissolved the whole cabinet.

(ST)

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  • 9 December 2013 06:01, by Wicdail

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Always looking for scapegoat. Why they don’t mentioned the later date if they are serious about SPLM crises.

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    • 9 December 2013 06:24, by Malakal county Simon

      Poor Wani Igga who announced that NLC meeting will take place on the 9/12/13, should resign from that use-less vice post due humiliation after humiliation by his unwanted boss.

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      • 9 December 2013 06:35, by Malakal county Simon

        Kiir tactic is to buy times and to frustrate his opponents, for the hope that they might give-up on SPLM and form they own. Good luck, with that cheap tactic.

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      • 9 December 2013 06:46, by Wicdail

        Malakal County Simon,
        Those who point figures on Dr. Rick, blaming him of doing nothing to correct Kirr’s madness must learn something from Wani Igga humiliation. How many orders from VP have now urinated so far by Kirr and his Dinka thugs from GBG? Is it impossible to progress when your boss is fool. That’s for sure.

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        • 9 December 2013 06:53, by Malakal county Simon

          Wicdail:
          You right bro. And The only way to stop Kiir from dragging South Sudan into full dictatorial country, is to send him to jail for the following crimes he committed below.
          Ongoing Murle genocide:
          Wau peaceful protest:
          Isaiah Abraham Assassination:

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          • 9 December 2013 10:58, by moto

            I DON,T BELIEVE ON THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES MEMBERS OF NLC,THEY ARE ALL LOOTERS AND GREEDY.IF THE WANT SUPPORT,LET THEM RETURN THE STOLEN MONEY .SPECIALLY PAGAN AMUM,DENG ALOR KUOL,AND MANY OTHERS.

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    • 9 December 2013 07:54, by Chol A.

      @Midiit n Wicidil I have told you yesterday that let’s wait today conference! have you seen what happen? Dr R splitter with his groups are going to be excluded from NLC next meeting. You wait guys dr r splitter can either declear war against Kiir or run to exil soon. He is now hopeless and powerless Ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa nyagatism heartbokers.

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      • 9 December 2013 08:37, by Naath

        Chol A.Hopeless kiir and Poor Igga have different statement,have look. He denied that the postponement was due to the burial of the late South Africa’s former president, saying the NLC would close its meeting on Wednesday four days before the Sunday burial ceremony.

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      • 9 December 2013 11:38, by wang

        Chol A.
        Go through this article against before commending... the meeting was postpone because, almost the entirety NLC members have refused to attend the unclear agenda and also seeing Kiir as is not a leader at the SPLM party anymore...Kiir has gone for goods....

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  • 9 December 2013 06:39, by michael coma

    Until further notice,hahahahahahahh.No more justice in our country.

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    • 9 December 2013 07:41, by Ming Dhal

      disgruntled elements. Thank Igga for that descriptive word.

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  • 9 December 2013 07:55, by Xeno

    There you go wene Mayardit, let those thieves cry and never succumb to their visionless mission. That thieves like Deng Alor will never show theirs faces on national TV but instead are shamelessly there......what a group of witches

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    • 9 December 2013 10:52, by Bentiu son

      Salva Kiir boys,stop lying thugs,your dieing horse President Kiir is digging his own grave unnoticed.Look Kiir’s fear of facing his opponent democratically, He had stabbacked his poor VP James Wani Igga who announced that NLC will take place whatsoever it will takes.Waw!I were you Wani,I would have resign peaceful because you have no value in Kiir painful government.Remember ur s about Abyei twice

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  • 9 December 2013 10:33, by Mapuor

    South Sudan suffered so much in the hands of Nyagats,war was prolonged by Nyagaat,tribalism was imposed by Nyagaats on people who never had any problem with them like Bhar ElGazal and Equatoria.Innocent people were murdered for being members of what Nyagaat call ruling tribe,ruling tingooth,do you thing that tribes rule by just having one person on a position.What a barbaric idea?!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 9 December 2013 11:02, by Bentiu son

      Mapuor Gogrial thievery boy,the word Nyagat doesn’t hurt anybody because we know it meaning simply as businessman or woman.Gogrial thug,what is wrong for being a business person. Non, right? Well carry your own cross of being gluttonous,savage,rude n barbaric Community within greater BEG region.You greediness led you to dominate everything even toilets in RSS without feeling shames.

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      • 9 December 2013 11:09, by Bentiu son

        Look your illiterate chief Salva Kiir n his illiterate wife- big thief Mary Ayendit who speak through helps of translation like her husband Whose written speech wrote to him by others in every occasion.Waw!ya foolish Awan Chan Nyal or Twic Mayardit’s family,you have got long way to go stooges.

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        • 9 December 2013 11:35, by Mapuor

          Bentiu son
          My friend do not call our charismatic leader illiterate.Kiir speaks and writes English,Arabic and Dinka.How come that a person who writes in three languages is illiterate?Literacy is to know how to write in a given language,numeracy is about knowing numbers and calculation.Haha All Nuer Generals are illiterate and have tarnished our image abroad.Who commission illiterates?Nyagaats

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  • 9 December 2013 11:36, by siddaw

    Don’t be surprise guys. Kiir was drunk and just got up to announce it..............

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  • 9 December 2013 12:20, by Gat-khir

    It is very disappointing for VP to be humiliated every time. Wani Igga has become a house boy of Kiir. If i were him, i would have already resigned

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    • 9 December 2013 13:55, by Bentiu son

      Gat-Khir,don’t you know VP Wani Igga is womanizer,yes man, comedian n puppy dog who is remotely control by dictator Salva n his Gogrial thivery engineering like those of Mayel Wol,Mary Ayendit,Rec Chan Madut,Cornelius Koryom,Ayii Ayuel Ayii n one eyed man the new Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny nickname himself Dinka Dominated SPLA/M. The puppy had been humiliated several times but he doesn’t knw

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  • 10 December 2013 00:00, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Thieves from Bor County are about panic for their messing-up South Sudan.

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