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Exhibit nationalism, religious leaders urge SPLM leaders

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December 12, 2013 (JUBA) – The current political rift within the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) will only be resolved, if its leaders exhibit the spirit of nationalism, religious leaders from various denominations, said.

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Archbishop Paride Taban preaches at the swearing of ministers August 18, 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The religious leaders were speaking during an occasion held at their head offices, launching the strategic plan for reconciliation, to last till 2016.

“We do not doubt the capabilities of our leaders to embrace peaceful dialogue. But we pray they do it with sense of responsibility, nationalism, love and forging understanding”, remarked Archbishop Paride Taban, the retired Roman Catholic Bishop of Torit diocese.

We therefore called on them to exercise maximum patience [because] everything needs understanding”, added the cleric, also deputy chair for the country’s national healing, peace and reconciliation committee.

The ruling party, led by South Sudan president Salva Kiir faces a tough test from dissenting members, who insists the party leader should quit after he “unconstitutionally” dissolved its structures.

Last week, for instance, a group led by ex-vice president Riek Machar held a press conference in which they accused president Kiir of allegedly mishandling the party’s affairs, and calling for his exit.

Isaac Dhieu, the Episcopal Church of South Sudan bishop said the late SPLM founding leader, John Garang died at a “very difficult” time when people still needed leadership.

“John Garang was a charismatic leader. He turns political adversaries into friends. He listens to all the people, the same away our current president does it. President Kiir is humble, but it is not easy managing human being”, bishop Dhiew told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

As religious leaders we pray that they honour John Garang by reconciling within their ranks and continue to be a formidable political party, he stressed.

The two religious leaders neither disclosed if they plans to reconcile the two different camps within the ruling party nor showed signs that the current split could be an alternative to resolve the rift.

“They should always remember that in every movement or organisation, there would be people with divergent views, but the beauty of unity is to accept and come to a common ground”, said bishop Dhiew.

The man of God further wondered why the leaders of the party could not forgive one another and move on with party affairs.
“I think the SPLM should really forget the past; if they can reconcile with the oppressors and live in peace, why can’t they forgive each other and move forward?” he asked.

The urge to fight against poverty and not power struggles should be at the forefront of the ruling party activities, stressed the bishop.

“What do we have to fight in South Sudan? We have to fight poverty and how do we fight poverty? We will develop your country by persevering, working hard so that we lift ourselves out of poverty because the government cannot do it alone,” he remarked.

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  • 13 December 2013 06:14, by Rami Tot

    I do appreciate the church role but will not be respected by Kiir thieves and traitors the most corruptist ever on the globe shamles people who dominate the national institution by dinka language shyless community.

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    • 13 December 2013 06:16, by Rami Tot

      you church leaders convince Kiir to step down and stop useles thing he is doing.

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      • 13 December 2013 06:32, by Mokili Lorumba

        Rami Tot, let your food lover Nyagat Riak Machar form his own party; because he is well known to rebellion, we welcomed him into our ranks in 2002 now he had turned against those who welcomed him, let him go back to Khartoum or accept the way to hell soon, southerners are tired of Nyagat Riaks rebellion

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        • 13 December 2013 07:21, by Mi diit

          But will incompetent Kiir respect religious leaders and the church? He had sex with a teenage girl inside the Catholic church in Kator, which led him to abandon prayer services for nine months. Do you think the man is not crazy enough to do that. Will he listen to you. Does he respect the church and its people if he runs after girls in the church to have sex with like a nigga?

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          • 13 December 2013 09:29, by Naath

            Hopeless and confuse kiir and T deng will not be escape this time without touched with bullet,it will be my job to make sure both are dead for the first bullet. Hopeless Rommel and chol A are changing like weather,the coming war is not war of propaganda, it’s really war so make no mistake this time

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          • 13 December 2013 16:07, by Adodi Jotuwa

            If Dr. Defector Riak Machar Teny was able to design his own political vehicle, manufacture, and assign its plate number SSIM (1919913), although he had naturally no idea of constructing a highway of his own, how and why is it difficult for him today to do the same----form his own party. Why is it easy to form and crash it in Khartoum?

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        • 13 December 2013 07:31, by Rami Tot

          Mokili Lorumba
          Riek will not form a party coz no own the SPLM
          nobody will denied Dr Riek machar ’s right in south sudan do not disturb yourself insulting Dr Riek machar and he will come to power by your support too his best are those who can bring him to power but that is not the question, the question is corruption available with upper index

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          • 13 December 2013 07:46, by Monydit

            the question is not denied Dr Riek Machar from south sudan ,but let him form his own party to give him chance to contested with president Kiir in 2015 Election period .Dr Riek Machar left SPLM in 1991 which SPLM he went to Role now .shamme on Nyagat Supporter .you are supporting wrong Guy.you wait and see the president had return SS Yesday .am not sure when nyagat will hold that conference tomorom

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            • 13 December 2013 15:11, by Tiger

              Folks!
              My question is this.
              Who own the SPLM party to be telling other officials within the party to form their own party,Kiir doesn’t own the SPLM nor does the Dinka people own the party?

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        • 13 December 2013 10:13, by Nguntap

          Mookili,
          Dr. Riek is not gonna form another party. Dr Riek defection from SPLM/A was because your uncle Dr Garang vision was for new Sudan instead to liberate SS... and now Dr. Riek vision set you ass free. Dr Riek is not a man of yes when given food you must understand very well u Dinka. Dr Riek had started since when he held VP posit calling for Imbecile Kiir strict to the vision and direction..

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          • 13 December 2013 10:20, by Nguntap

            Cont...vision and direction of SPLM as a party, and Dr. Riek was calling on Kiir to combat rampant corruption, stop tribalism, insecurity, and strengthen international relation, deliver services to people of SS w/c your Uncle Little bird Kiir called it criticism against his government accusing Dr Riek. Dr.Riek would not be convene by food Kiir gave him as you thinks by becoming a VP of RSS..

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            • 13 December 2013 10:32, by Nguntap

              Somebody like u and food lover Dinka and Nuer would not understand Dr Riek vision b/c they want to loot money with Kiir together. Let me tell u, those(Nuer) who were siding with Dr.Garang during Dr. Riek defection are all food lover given that they are still siding with corrupt Kiir just for sake of food!! Dr Garang had tribalised that movement plus his poor vision for new Sudan made Dr. Riek defe

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              • 13 December 2013 10:39, by Nguntap

                ction! Don’t get me wrong! Let me answer yr question before u throw it - Dr. Riek defection was not food motivated for those Dinka who thinks that! His Defection was respond to atrocities Dr Garang committed when he tribalised the movement sending Commander to kill Nuer and when he(Riek) argue and disagree with Dr Garang to put the movement mission to liberate South Sudanese w/c lead to independen

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      • 13 December 2013 07:33, by EES Kingmaker

        Rami Tot
        You seem not to be getting the Church mission well:prophetic and reconciliation mission. It isn’t within its mandate to tell others who to lead & why. Get their concerns correctly. It is not also for the Church to judge the leaders on both sides of the divide. All the Church wants is for both factions to compromise and reconcile their differences for the sake of this land and its people.

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    • 13 December 2013 12:03, by Tong dut

      Kirr is aman who will be removed by fire, He have dominate all S P L M and other tribes in south sudan. we are dinkas,rulling cattles.

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      • 13 December 2013 14:39, by EES Kingmaker

        Tong Dut
        This is a helpless campaign. When that fire bursts, you will never escape its consequences. You can’t even fire a single shot but just talk. All you say is a wishful thinking. Is peace bad or war good when peace is most needed? Why being used as a a political stooge? Whoever wants to live by sword will die by sword. Do you know that that fire will consume that who triggers it?

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  • 13 December 2013 06:23, by dude

    The pastor should not be scared to point out Kiir’s wrongful acts. The pastor should tell the truth to the people about Kiir. Kiir does not know any thing. Even a small monkey is better than Kiir. Kiir must be gone if our people want to develop this nation. People have to speak about what kiir is doing. Kiir forgot because he got a lot of money now.

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    • 13 December 2013 07:47, by Chol A.

      Dude, Rami and other nyagat guys the way Dr R splitter and his group looking for power does not let Kiir give up power. Church groups were rights to express their views about behaviours in the party and I believe dr splitter is now dog without tail. He is now being exclude from the splm party if you don’t know that and he can either go to exile soon or go jail just wait at less he change attitude.

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    • 13 December 2013 07:49, by EES Kingmaker

      Dude
      All what we want is peace and stability. Sweeping blames mayn’t help us move iota. Dr Riek and President Kiir are comrades-in-struggle. What made them quarrel is leadership and egoism that engulfed the SPLM badly. Removing Kiir and installing Riek is not a solution to party deepening crises. Whovever thinks along that line, is a disservice to this nation. Smooth transition helps us much.

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  • 13 December 2013 08:02, by Rami Tot

    Riek will not form a party coz no one own the SPLM
    nobody will denied Dr Riek machar ’s right in south sudan do not disturb yourself insulting Dr Riek machar and he will come to power by your support too his best are those who can bring him to power but that is not the question, the question is corruption available with upper index

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  • 13 December 2013 08:12, by Rami Tot

    Chol A. your voice sound as you hv surrendered
    good you hv recognised the right of other Splm group but get to know your incompetent leader is worthy qualify to threat even can not give up coz some people attitude, it is not up to his neck he will surrender by any mean pushing him out of that chair by your witness we see it together otherwise Kiir will form a new party that is his interest now.

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