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Acting SPLM secretary-general visits Lakes state as inter-clan clashes intensify


March 14, 2014 (RUMBEK) – South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) acting secretary general made a surprise visit Thursday to the Lakes state capital, Rumbek amid rising cases of inter-clan clashes in the region.

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Anne Itto, the deputy chairperson of the SPLM party (ST/File)

Anne Itto, as part of her visit, held separate meetings with only two senior state officials, including the caretaker Governor, Maj. Gen Matur Chut Dhuol.

At the close-door meeting, Itto reportedly urged the caretaker governor to cooperate with party members in the state and encouraged community mobilization in support of President Salva Kiir.

She also held another meeting with the SPLM state secretary, Mabor Ater Dhuol at the party secretariat.

“She [Itto] urged the SPLM secretariat to insert moral to the community especially youth to support the incumbent president,” a source told Sudan Tribune.

“The Lakes state SPLM secretary, Mabor Ater Dhuol had presented a series of violations committed by Lakes state caretaker governor to SPLM Acting secretary general,” added the source, who questioned if the violations were within the SPLM manifesto.

Ater reportedly complained that the governor, on several occasion, bypassed the ruling party structures while making decision, which he said was against the SPLM regulations.

Itto, who spent about five hours in Rumbek, urged party members in the state to work towards harmony and cooperation at all levels of the south-ruling party structures.

“I need harmony and cooperation with the executive, you should cooperate to mobilize Lakes state communities to support President Kiir at this hardship of rebellion,” the acting SPLM secretary general told a briefing shortly after the meetings.

A campaign is already underway by Lakes state authorities to isolate the caretaker governor whose underhand approach of ruling has been widely opposed by youth and activists in the state.

Traditional chiefs, students and activists have called on president Kiir to remove Dhuol, but public demands have so far been overlooked. Under South Sudan’s constitution, an election should be held within 90 days, in the event that the president removes a governor from office.

However, in the three states where governors were removed last year this has yet to occur.


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  • 14 March 2014 09:59, by Bentiu son

    The eyes/man/woman name Anna Ito, Wani Igga n big gossiper Elias Lomor should distance themselves from two Nilotic tribal conflict Nuer v Dinka as Equatorians usually claim.You say to being neutral whenever a war for freedom or tribal war in nature arises in the country but in reality you are the ones fueling our differences widen for you to get chance of employment,money,fake ranks ’nyamnyam’

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    • 14 March 2014 10:09, by Bentiu son

      Time is near to cut your natter mouths short.Lake State should fight for their own rights since Salva Kiir had under looked their demand for removal of dictator Matur Chut whose all bros are from Nuer tribe.Salva Kiir had a bad intention towards Lake State n NBG State since his term in Office simply because the two States failed to supported him during his rebellion in 2004 in against Dr Mabior

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      • 14 March 2014 10:39, by Wicdail

        I wouldn’t generalize this for sake of our good citizens and allies of Equatorians. But Anna Ito and her likes should think twice in this current situation. What authority does she has to restore the reputation of this dumb (kirr) in Lake State, when he Kirr is the one killing Lake’s citizens by imposing his primitive friend Muchut?

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        • 14 March 2014 14:00, by Bentiu son

          Bravo Wicdail,sorry mine above targeting those three opportunists of Greater Equatorian siblings comedian/ submissiver James Wani Igga,yeswoman Anna Ito,gossiper Dr Elias lomoro n dictator Lowuis Lobong Jore whose nattering around n inciting this feudal tribal war between Dinkas n Nuer tribe while they cowardly claim to be neutral when it comes into physical confrontations.What a cowardice policy?

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      • 14 March 2014 13:49, by Projector

        Bentiue son of Bitch!!! Just leave Equatorians alone. Your idiot leaders are the one struggling for power, they been looting together after seeing they were kicked out that we are for democracy or SPLA/M in-Opposition. This time you will see and experience the situation. Who are the one now running out of South Sudan? You fool and net. I know in your culture there is no sorry or Forgiveness.

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      • 15 March 2014 02:04, by Hardlinner

        Rebelled to fight who?. Put in your mind, if we rebelled our first target would be riek forces. We hate riek more than kiir. We will put our home in order without any need for violent. Keep your nuer rebellion to yourself. No will join your nuer rebellion period.

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  • 14 March 2014 14:32, by Realist

    Well, what I see here is that Nuer are finding themselves in difficult situation. They wanted greater Upper Nile communities to support them, but they were rejected. They turned to Equatorians, but also rejected. Not to mention Greater BG. What is left for them is to curse everyone else who is not Nuer. I think it is time for Nuer to sit down and think carefully about their reputation.

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