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S. Sudan president sacks SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum

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February 12, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has issued an executive order dismissing Pagan Amum, the embattled secretary-general of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (R) and Pagan Amum attend a meeting at the national palace in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in (Photo credit:AU)

Tuesday’s order, which was read on the state-owned SSTV, felt short of mentioning why President Kiir, also the ruling party’s chairperson, sacked the powerful politician.

The president had earlier declared vacant the positions of the SPLM deputy chairperson, previously held by Riek Machar and that of the Secretary General.

Amum was dismissed at the same time as Machar for alleged corruption and other charges and now faces treason charges for alleged involvement in coup attempt.

According to article 16 (8) of the party’s 2008 constitution, the Secretary General shall be elected by the National Liberation Council to the position from amongst its members. The official can also be removed from the office by the same organ in accordance with Article 27 (2) upon recommendation by the chairperson but which must acquire a majority support of the members of the council prior to taking the decision.

“The Secretary General may be removed from office by decision of the National Liberation Council supported by two thirds (2/3) majority of its membership upon the recommendation of the Chairperson or on the request of at least one third (1/3) of the membership of the PB”, stipulates article 27 (2) of the same constitution.

It remains unknown which constitutional provision mandated the president to sack the party’s Secretary General.

Amum was last year suspended from his position as Secretary General and a committee formed to investigate his activities. The President also issued a decree that neither allowed the ex-Secretary General to address the media nor travel outside the country.

An outbreak of violence in the country’s capital, Juba in mid-December last year saw Amum and 10 other senior members of the party arrested and detained for alleged involvement in what government says was a failed coup attempt on the current regime.

But while seven of those initially held were released and sent to Kenya for safety reasons, Amum three of his detained colleagues now face treason charges. Also facing similar charges are the former vice-president Riek Machar, ex-environment minister Alfred Lado Gore and former Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai.

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  • 12 February 09:40, by Malakal county Simon

    Who cares Mr illegal president, we will reinstate him when we capture you alive, or dead!!!!

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    • 12 February 10:33, by Tong dut

      We are going to sacks the president from his position, no respect to the president now, election is the only solution to remove Kirr from his presidential position.

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    • 12 February 10:44, by Tutbol

      President Kiir, Pagan Amum, Riek Machar & everybody else that was sacked by Kiir including our Nyandeng de Mabior & her son don’t deserve to be backed up that they are working for the interests of the S Sudanese what-so-ever. **IF ANY ONE TELLS Sudanese, WHAT DID Nyandeng, Riek machar, Pagan Amum, Majak Agoot every other stooges, who were sacked & believed they deserved entitlement in S Sudan....

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      • 12 February 11:21, by Tutbol

        govt as Riek Machar’s told his VOA outfit, his usual channel to spew his usual unfalatable demands, under the corporate US & the UK, that Riek Machar & his Nuer Lou army are his tools to rule S Sudan. Just as both the N Sudan & many Nuers who turned against their own peoples against the cheap shots of our Nuers’ cousins against against the Dinka....

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    • 12 February 11:44, by Johndumo14

      Surely Dr Riek Machar will be brought to justice,no matter how long it takes,the Nuer and dinkas have suffered loses death and damage to properties from the actions of this man.Plse Nuer don`t support,your tribe,brother,sister or even your friends when they are involved in criminal activities.All the Nuer people are supporting Riek Machar blindly without knowing the backfire.Now no trust to Nuer!!

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    • 12 February 11:53, by Johndumo14

      MOST OF THE PEOPLE WRITING NEGATIVE THINGS IN THIS WEB SIDE ABOUT SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT OR WRITE WRONG ABOUT SALVA KIIR LEADERSHIP ARE FROM NUER.
      BUT IT IS NOT A SURPRISE TO ALL OF US IN SOUTH SUDAN,HOW MANY TRIBES IS SOUTH SUDAN? WE KNEW THE NUER TRIBE SINCE DAY ONE.
      FROM 1991 TO 2014 ,WE EVEN KNOWS THEM BETTER!IN THE FUTUR THEY WILL NOT BE TRUSTED IN TOP POSITION EVEN IN THE S.SUDAN MILITARY!

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      • 12 February 14:01, by jubaone

        JohnDumo14,
        Just as anybody praising Kiir is a jenge. Is that your twisted logic? Only a few jenges have been able to objectively criticize Kiir, the rest of them like LGG do not. So we settle for one thing, everyone must go home and all jenges should begin to consider that. Only good Kokora can be the solution and nothing else by ballot or bullet. We have reached a turning Point in our history.

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    • 12 February 13:38, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Serious wounded lion is making noise, how are come you keep dismissing people while you are almost dead. Let me leave the dead people burring their dead people who have died.

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    • 12 February 16:47, by Johndumo14

      Why is it taking so long for Collection of dead bodies in Bor?How do expect people to return to bor town when dead bodies are stil in houses or on farms or on streets?By the way who are these death people civilians or the rebels who called themselves the white army? And have you the people concern counted them and how many death bodies? You have to take video and photos so you can show to Dr Riek

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  • 12 February 09:43, by jijury

    Gogrial idiot is using jungle laws to sack SPLM members what a confused illegal president. why are you removing people when you yourself will not lead south Sudan in next few months?

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    • 12 February 10:36, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Mi diit,
      I like the way you bark in the internet war because you simply land your fingers on the computer keyboard without reasoning. The "coming weeks" will continue to be the "coming weeks". Following the failed coup attempt, you remember when mobile phones have become key players of attacking Juba? "Remain only three hours" to enter Juba kept "remaining three hours until today".

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      • 12 February 10:37, by Adodi Jotuwa

        When few soldiers from Nuer tribes defected, hoping to get free food, money, alawa (sweets) and free accommodation Khartoum used to provide for competitive killing of their own brothers in the RSS, rebel sources claim that thousand of government forces defected. Is this insanity or exaggeration? Khartoum has again instructed Gordon Kong forces to move close to the border to attack SPLA position.

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        • 12 February 10:37, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Regional intelligent sources have confirmed that that’s why Ethiopian PM says the war is likely to become a proxy one again as usual. We have southerners whose survival is hanging on free money provided by Khartoum. If today Khartoum reneges on providing free money, food and accommodation, they quickly change side, move to their brothers in the South, hoping amnesty is waiting for them.

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          • 12 February 10:38, by Adodi Jotuwa

            In Juba they keep making similar unreasonable demands for money that "I have 2, 4, 5, 13, 22, or 35 wives and I need money to support them." They don’t neither want work in any government institutions nor retire from this notorious militia activities if free money finishes. The word "democracy" has become a scapegoat" to blame Juba only not Khartoum.

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            • 12 February 10:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

              For how long will some of those Nuer avoid living a family life, only militia life to get free money for survival or loot Banks during confusion time as it happened in Bor and Bentiu. Why do they fail to settle down with their 2, 3, 4, 12 or 35 wives and teach their children how to live in a peaceful society, instead of living in a militia, defection or world since 1970s without retiring?

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              • 12 February 10:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

                What family values do they teach their children? Nothing. You are "Khaiit" militia (militia leader)and your sons will follow suit. The Nuer in Ethiopia are better off than the Nuer in South Sudan who follow Dr. Fool Riek Machar for his own interest. Ethiopia is stable politically because it doesn’t’ have the likes of Dr. Fool Riek Machar there in its Government who keeps changing sides.

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                • 12 February 10:40, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  When free money is not given they resort to using the word “corruption” while Dr. Fool Machar is one of the richest South Sudanese within a short period of time. Did he win a lottery? No. Corruption. He claims in the media that “Juba government, excluding himself as part of the government, is “tribal and corrupt, not democratic” something like that.

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                  • 12 February 10:41, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    How can you have 8 Directors in your VP Office and only two people can write reports for you? Fool. If Hilde Johnson were to be designated to do interview for workers in Dr. Fool Riek Machar’s Office, she would definitely change her name and most of Riek’s followers will roll back to Khartoum’s sponsored militia life. Even Khartoum knows that but still comfortably uses them against their brs.

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                    • 12 February 10:41, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Look at the title of Chuol Lam that he’s "Chief of Staff" in the Office of the ex-SPLM SG Pagan Amum. We don’t have that title either in the former VP Office or President of the Republic/RSS but existent in the Office of the ex-SPLM Party SG. The title is used to nominally match the White House’s Chief of Staff in the US Presidency. Does the Office of the ex-SPLM SG match WH’s Admin. structurally?

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  • 12 February 09:53, by tootke’bai-ngo

    NONSENSE! KIIR HAS ALREADY LOST HIS LEGIT TO SACK ANY ONE FROM A PARTY OR GOVERNMENT, THE MAN IS REALLY AN IDIOT, HYPOCRITE & OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REALITIES OF THE CURRENT AFFAIRS IN THE COUNTRY. PLEASE! QUIT ALL THOSE NONSENSES DECREES, WE ARE TIRE OF IT AND YOU AS WELL SIR.

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    • 12 February 14:28, by wacjak

      Then Kill yourself idiot. There is no way you are going to defeat the democratic president you yourself included elected. Unless you were a snake in green grass, you chose to side with devils then, probably you chose him in the ballots. Now, you turn against him and think that he will just go like that. Never, upon your dead body. Those who don’t like his style of leadership should leave S.S

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  • 12 February 10:54, by garang kerubino

    Dear President,
    thank you very much for the job well done, that is what all South Sudanese want from you, too much keeping quiet will not help us in this situation, let them go and form their own party. Riak supporters using mobile internet in the unknown bush and threaten to kill the president will not help you. your criminal rebel leader is now on run. Are you not aware? where will he get power

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  • 12 February 16:16, by Gatluak

    Only Salva Kiir and his stupid supporters still believes that there was a coup in Juba. But wise south Sudanese knew very well that there was not coup attempt. Stupid Kiir always repeated himself saying the same. What is the difference when he said SG & Deputy post felt vacant and making another degree. Stupid president.

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  • 13 February 06:16, by Black Africa

    Salva Kiir you are a dog, I am not Reik Machar supporter. You have created tribalism in South Sudan.We don’t need you and you know that very well. Why not to resign . We are tired of your bullshits

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