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June 1,2014 (JUBA)- The leader of South Sudanese opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), Lam Akol, has called to depoliticize the South Sudanese army and separate it from the ruling party , SPLM.

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South Sudan opposition leader Lam Akol (AFP)

“SPLM has never delinked itself from the SPLA, the national army of South Sudan. Its leaders continued to retain military ranks and some of them continued to have followers in the army. This helps to explain why a dispute in the SPLM could lead to the rift in the SPLA and engulf the country in this bloody conflict,” Akol told a public address on Saturday in Juba.

The during the interim period and after the independence, attempts to professionalise the former rebel guerrilla have failed due to the emergence of different insurgencies and the need to integrate those who signed peace agreements into the “national army” which remained strongly divided.

The opposition leader made the remarks at a public gathering where he expressed the position of his party on the current armed conflict and ways it could resolved, stressing on the need for a cessation of hostilities.

“Hunger is looming and threatens to extend to next year as we are about to miss the rainy season. Therefore, stopping this senseless war and the attainment of peace is the priority to which all of us should pay undivided attention,” Akol emphasised.

He further pointed out that there can be no winner in such conflict but more destruction and death among South Sudanese.

SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT

Akol further added that the conflict was precipitated by dismissal of some cabinet ministers last year by President Salva Kiir who believed they should have not been relieved of their duties because they had developed sense of entitlement.

“There was a sense of entitlement among some of the Ministers that have been in government since 2005. Their removal in 2013 was seen by them as a betrayal on the side of the President,” he said.

FEDERAL SYSTEM

Akol joined calls supporting a federal system for the new country, arguing that his party in the 2010 at an All Southern Sudanese Political Parties Conference circulated a paper on the preference of the system of governance in our country.

“We stated clearly that given the tribal nature of our society the best system of rule was a parliamentary system. And that given our diversity and the historical demand of our people, our country should adopt the federal system of governance,” he said.

“Therefore, we are for a federal parliamentary system akin to, but not exactly like, the system in Ethiopia, India, Germany, Canada, Australia, etc. Federalism, as we all know, must be tailored to the peculiarities of the country concerned,” he explained.

Recently in a meeting held in Juba over federalism, Equatorian politicians and intellectuals largely expressed their support for a federal state in South Sudan, joining the rebel leader Riek Machar who calls for the same system.

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  • 1 June 23:32, by Ito

    Thank you doctor. We all know that all citizens with the exception of Dinka are for federal system of governance and there is no way that their demand should be denied. Federal system is the best for south sudan and we must do whatever we can to make sure it is implemented. Wake up patriots and face the truth with guns or ballot.

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    • 2 June 03:44, by ngadodo

      DR: Lam Akol your right That was side which every S Sudanese citizen expecting for including Dr: Reik Macher but Questions is Mr: president Salva he like this ideas? But for my point of views is he not bcs he see military only his saver but how he going to do with Dinka larger tribe from North Brer gazelle joining Riek. I thinking that is end of Kiir era if his not chose Democratic road and peac

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      • 2 June 09:15, by Hardlinner

        guys don’t be so move. Dau Aturjang is after position. also which dinka man with sensible mind would join the worst animal like riek.i don’t like kiir system of gorvern but there is way in my reason mind would join the murder/savage/bloodsucker like riek. I would rather create my own rebellion against kiir than to join that filthy animal named riek.

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  • 2 June 09:27, by Hardlinner

    every south Sudanese is in favour federation. but cenrtaily not state federation. the best federation we must have is tribal ferederation. these kind of system will ultimately stamp out tribal domination. take case ngok dinka in upper nile n unity state. they are sitting on 80% of ss oil but do not benefit from it. these people should either have their own state of join dinka states.

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  • 2 June 09:43, by Hardlinner

    it time for dinka ngok to have federal state where they should enjoy their 80% of south sudan oil output. let nuer defend on their thar jath oil and rest of states including Juba depend on their own self made resources. ngok dinka area should not be put under unity and nile states dominated by nuer. shilluk should have their federal kingdom.

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  • 2 June 10:26, by philipdit wol

    Feredal System is already on ground that is why Governors are selecting according to their State, if that is the case you should not fight to get ferendal system.

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    • 4 June 04:49, by adamu

      Brother Philipdit, we might be having sort kind of federalism as you alluded to it. But the implementation is where we are having a problem. you can not tell us that we are practicing federalism when the resources of all the ten states is being controlled by the fed. government, and this is not happening in any federal established system in the world except in S.S.
      Please let us be real here.

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