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Former South Sudanese political detainees want 25% power sharing


August 29, 2014 (JUBA) – The former South Sudanese political detainees have unveiled a new negotiation paper, demanding that 25% of positions in the proposed transitional government of national unity should comprise of its members.

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Former South Sudanese political detainees hold a press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 February 2014 (Photo: IGAD)

In the document, also obtained by Sudan Tribune, the group insisted president Salva Kiir should lead the interim administration and proposed creation of a prime minister’s position with two deputies.

The transitional government, the proposal says, should maintain the position of a vice-president.

South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) under president Kiir, the ex-detainees suggested, be allocated 28% share in the transitional government while its opposition faction ((SPLM-IO) led by rebel leader, Riek Machar be given 27% as other parties take 20%.

Each group, the document says, shall allocate 25-30% seats to women.

According to the former political detainees, those who would take the positions of the president, prime minister and vice president should not contest the upcoming elections.

“The persons who will assume the positions of president, prime minister and vice president shall not be eligible to run for office in the next election”, the proposal reads in part, which also recommends the replacement of caretaker governors who replaced elected ones in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes, Unity and Jonglei states.


John Majak, a native of Northern Bahr el Ghazal commended the group, describing their proposal as “reasonable”, further saying the political tendency of “winner-loser” negotiations “encouraged victimization, sabotage and exclusion of opponents and competent persons from contributing to the national development agenda”.

The politics of inclusion, he told Sudan Tribune, was key to national development and reconciliation, while the practice of political exclusion “posed serious threat to peace and stability, explaining negotiations are about give and take than take all activity”.

Majak commended all the rival factions for accepting dialogue as a means to resolving the conflict, saying negotiation was on the way through political differences are resolved world over.

“I know my experience in managing community dispute and peace and conflict resolution as trained person. Negotiations are always associated with tension. They are so tensed and divisive because there are parties usually wanting to maintain or get away with so many powers, and apply to capture state resources and use it to exclude opponents,” he explained.

Majak further observed that the current constitutional requirement for appointing public officers in consultation with the Council of States remained “an ineffective way of getting competent people,” hence weakening state institutions.

The system, he said, is applied to compensate party loyalists, and antagonize political opponents, leading to “brain drain, marginalization and feeling of exclusion.”

We need practical interventions to mitigate the manifestation of negative political culture and attitude fuelling rancour, acrimony, sabotage of state agenda, and political autocracy, he noted.


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  • 30 August 2014 08:01, by Madina Tonj

    The detainees must chose one party to go with. South Sudan is mess up by those desperately for leadership and I don’t think our people like these too many grouping in to hundred parties in one country that is lacking every thing. The detainees must chose to go back to their original SPLM Party or joins others parties if they like but I am real getting tired all these politicians in South Sudan.

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    • 30 August 2014 08:14, by Gatkuoth

      The proposal makes a lot of sense.

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    • 30 August 2014 11:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Former detainees are parts of the rebels, they were togather held a joint meeting on December 6th 2014 during president was on leave in Paris France. No percent to them, they are rebels.

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    • 30 August 2014 16:58, by daniell

      The outcome was aimed for two rivalries not the political detainees.Now it is simple,if they want to serve honestly then they need to be reinstated to their positions.

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  • 30 August 2014 08:15, by Marco Bul

    The rebels will bark now.They will say that the gov’t will be composed of SPLM/IO and SPLM/Juba.
    Wait and see

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  • 30 August 2014 09:30, by Chol A.

    The so call political detainees are arrogant, greedy and selfish against the will of South Sudanese people. But you will all die in exile because we have seen your true colour in this crisis.

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  • 30 August 2014 10:06, by lino

    South Sudanese must be very careful and wise. We must learn the lessons of why United Sudan failed? It was for the same reasons when one Ethnic Group "Arab" started to think that they were the one who liberated the whole country from Anglo-Egyption Rule and thus they should be in charge while leaving everyone else out of the Umbrella.
    Let us not commet the same mistakes again.

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  • 30 August 2014 10:46, by Daniel Deng Monyde

    What gives them the right to think that they should be given positions in the government, as if South Sudan cannot exist without them. They were sacked because they had been in the government for long and failed to perform and many were corrupt. Whom do they think they are? They cannot impose themselves. The head of the government should decide who should be part of an effective team to work with

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  • 30 August 2014 12:56, by Marco A. Wek

    All the poor or poor minded supporters of this rebellion still don’t get, their lives are being lost just for those few educated to got positions. They know their supporters are stupid and will not understand even when they say clearly all the need and fighting for is for them to get positions but will those fools get if those thieves get those positions? Answer is ZERO.

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    • 30 August 2014 14:46, by Gat Gan Kiir

      "Groups of night robbers who have looted the country can’t pretend to be angels of The Lord" Gen. Alfred Lado Gore known as Buom Gore the name he had given to him by Nuer elders upon their arrival to Unity State.

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  • 30 August 2014 19:56, by American Missile.

    What these Group are proposing is not Helpful and bringing Peace.my question is: Now they are asking 25% power-sharing, and what about other Political parties, what will they ask?

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  • 31 August 2014 07:15, by Positive Thinker

    Who has right in South Sudan to be power? It is all of us. But the tendency now is that we tend to reward those who choose the path of violence.
    If there was corruption why the corrupt official were removed and not thrown in jail where they belong? My question, is president Kiir corrupt or not? If he is corrupt let him step down and go to jail.

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