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Kiir appoints new SPLM deputy secretary general


October 29, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has issued an executive order appointing Jemma Nunu Kumba as the new deputy secretary general of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

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Jemma Nunu Kumba at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, November 12, 2013 (NBI photo)

Kumba, the state-owned SSTV reported, will assemble and recommend to the party chairperson the appointment of a new team of party officials to various positions at the national secretariats, recently dissolved by the National Liberation Council.

The president, in a separate order, dissolved national secretariats, implying that all the various positions at these secretariats were vacant until new appointments are made.

The order did not, however, specify whether the secretary general’s position would be filled with appointment by the president or remain vacant till a national convention was held.

Kumba, the South Sudanese national minister for water, electricity and dams, replaces Anne Itto, who was until now the deputy secretary general of ruling party.

Analysts, however, say Itto’s removal could be a political ploy to get rid of former secretary general Pagan Amum Okiech, who was reinstated in June in compliance with the implementation of the Arusha reunification agreement of the three factions of the ruling party, allegedly for signing the peace agreement with the armed opposition led by the country’s ex-vice president, Riek Machar.


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  • 29 October 2015 23:21, by Akol Liai Mager

    The decree that a significance South Sudanese people are waiting to hear is the one that will make Ms Rebecca Joshua Okuachi Chairperson of the SPLM Party, Ms Awut Deng Achuil Vice Chairperson and Ms Juma Nunu Secretary General. That will make South Sudan peaceful, a better place to live and will lay a strong foundation for the will be successful war against Corruption and tribalism.

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    • 30 October 2015 02:35, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Usual habits of relieved South Sudanese officials is to talk bad & see govt weaknesses thereafter, that were not visible be4 being dismissed. I hope Itto & many others relieved won’t join IO and/or G10.

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    • 30 October 2015 06:36, by Gatkuoth

      May be Rebbecca Joshua but minus Awut and Nunu...these last two women are corrupt, liars and vissionless.

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  • 30 October 2015 00:23, by lino

    Mess up after mess up equal destruction. It is time to leave alone SPLM as National Liberation Movement and form your own Political Parties.

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  • 30 October 2015 01:18, by Mr Point

    Kiir continues to pick apartment all the agreements he ever signed to preserve the state constitution, SPLM and the peace agreement.

    His aim is to increase the power of the Presidency and to be unaccountable. He will fail.

    His acts will increase division and tribalism and lead to a failed state.

    KIir’s liver cancer will take him soon.

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    • 30 October 2015 05:46, by J P Puok

      Akol don’t you know the trio you just mentioned are all a bunch of concubines of the president! Rebecca was long time grabbed from Dr Lam and never returned! Jemma Nunu had a certificate of the same and the chief Awut ah my friend leave it to the almighty to judge wallai el azim! our problem is no longer SPLM issue but think of a good secretary and a chairman of your JCE which is messing us up

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