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Juba accuses opposition leader of mass mobilisation over security bill

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October 20, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has accused the opposition leader of conducting a mass mobilisation against the signing of the country’s controversial security bill into law.

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DC leader Lam Akol responds to questions at a news conference in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on 3 October 2014 (ST)

Minister for information and broadcasting Michael Makuei Lueth has accused Lam Akol, the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), has been holding secret meetings and making press statements mobilising youth and women against the government.

Speaking at a gathering organised by the South Sudan Youth Organisation Alliance at Nyakuron Cultural Centre on Saturday, Lueth claimed Akol was now mobilising youth, civil societies and women to reject the signing of the security bill into law by president Salva Kiir.

“This is an act of incitement and these destructive activities must stop,” said Lueth

Lueth, who is also the government’s spokesperson, has accused the mediation team from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the troika countries of failing to maintain a neutral position in peace talks, saying there had been tendency to push for the participation of certain individuals seen to be supportive of a particular agenda.

He claimed that IGAD mediators and the troika countries were too close to Akol, saying the relationship with the SPLM-DC leader is now stronger than that of the government.

However, the opposition movement has denied the claims, saying the participation of its leader in peace talks was in line with the multi-stakeholder round table discussions, which both the government and rebel faction had accepted in June.

“President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar approved the IGAD communiqué, which [is] the basis of [the] participation of the other political parties,” parliamentary minority leader Onyoti Adigo said on Monday.

“This is why the IGAD still need his (Akol) participation at the peace talks, because he was officially nominated and mandated by the political parties’ leadership,” he added.

Adigo also denied allegations that Akol is working against the government.

“His opinion on the security bill is just like any other citizen who has reservations on the content of the bill,” he said.

Opponents of the bill argued that the bill, which grants security agents sweeping powers to search, seize, arrest and detain suspects without a warrant, does not confirm to South Sudan’s transitional constitution.

“This has generated a lot of concerns and from the general public and people have asked the president not to sign this bill into law,” he said.

“We agree with these views and as the opposition party, based on the desire of the people, we say this bill should be revised to conform to the constitution,” he added.

SPLM-DC MPs walked out in protest when the bill was tabled in parliament earlier this month after the speaker refused to adjourn the session.

Adigo said at the time that the sitting should have been adjourned for at least 72 hours, as stipulated in the parliamentary code of business conduct, to give MPs more time to read additional amendments made to the bill.

About 20 MPs representing Eastern, Central and Western Equatoria states also questioned the parliamentary proceedings and before leaving the House.

International human rights groups have also been critical of the bill, describing it as oppressive and calling for it to be overhauled to comply with international and domestic laws.

In a statement released ahead of the parliamentary vote, the US said it was “deeply concerned” by elements contained in the bill that could potentially restrict civil society space and hinder the formation and operation of NGOs.

(ST)

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  • 21 October 2014 10:51, by Marco Bul

    Michael Makuëi Luæth is responsible for all the crisis in this country.The dude is really crude and rude.
    He is fond of accusing differing voices without fully understanding why majority object.He thought he is complicating other pple’s lives.
    Learn from John Luk Jok,yaa dïn!!

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    • 21 October 2014 15:51, by Morthon Akol

      those who are try to object this Law are criminals. they do like country to stay in a mass so that they can lot the country. otherwise there is no any reason to object this Law.

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  • 21 October 2014 15:47, by Morthon Akol

    South Sudan is a Independent country, it has right to set up his own Laws without and permission from what you call it human right and any country like united states. so SPLM-DC should find another way to address this case.

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    • 21 October 2014 16:17, by jubaone

      Morthon Akol,

      You bindly support this bill cos it represents jieng tools of repression. It was poorly formulated, anti-human rights, violated the bill of rights and outright stupid. That is jienge law and has already been rejected by other Southerners. But of course, you could apply it in Lakes and Warrap states, they need it.

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      • 21 October 2014 17:30, by Rezingving monynok

        stupid Jubaone
        what do you need bitch , hung yourself if you do want it ,I know you to remain in militia ism that is n`t it ?

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