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December 10, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has warned of further inevitable split of his faction of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), saying there are those “behaving like dogs” who want to take over leadership from him in Juba.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

President Kiir made the remarks while planning for the upcoming extraordinary convention of the SPLM scheduled for Saturday, 12 December, even after accepting to reconcile and reunite the party in compliance with the Arusha intra-party peace deal. The deal, which is yet to be implemented, involved the three rival factions of the SPLM, namely SPLM-in-government, SPLM-in-opposition and SPLM of former detainees.

The president who has armed himself with sweeping powers, both at the party level and in the government to appoint and dismiss officials at will, accused unnamed officials in his party and government of causing further divisions and creating factions using “dirty tactics” to cause havoc and to tarnish the image of others.

“There are people who have refused to learn, they don’t listen and they have also refused to leave the SPLM. They behave like dogs that even if you beat them, they go and come back and look at you with the same eyes and attitudes. This is the problem we have been facing in SPLM [since] inception,” president Kiir reportedly told a group of party officials seeking his permission to approve a list of invited participants at the extraordinary convention scheduled to be held over the weekend at Nyakuron Culture Center in Juba.

“And so, we have a problem at the moment that threatens the survival of the SPLM itself,” he said.

He accused some officials of stoking division while at the same time positioning themselves to eventually succeed him.

The former rebel commander, turned politician and became president, claimed there were groups in the party which were openly and secretly manoeuvring to secure influential positions in the SPLM.

It was not clear which group he was particularly accusing of allegedly wanting to succeed him since there have been speculations that there are groups comprising members of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) and military officers as well as junior party officials rallying and pushing Paul Malong Awan, army’s chief of general staff, to enter the race and succeed president Kiir.

Officials close to the ongoing politics in the party said the plan by JCE and army chief Malong to succeed president Kiir was in a bid to thwart ambition of the incumbent vice-president, James Wani Igga, or defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, foreign affairs minister, Nhial Deng Nhial, and several other prominent figures who are said to be eyeing the possibility of succeeding the president.

It is speculated that there are currently three different factions, competing and strategizing on how to insert their influence in the party.

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  • 10 December 2015 22:55, by lino

    These factions are the ones ruin your leadership, and they know you are ill and dying so they should prepare themselves.

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    • 11 December 2015 07:46, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Poverty and primitivities is what we south Sudanese are suffering from,if president Kiir want to be like Nelson Madella he can delegate the power to any one he have trust in provided that person have a good leadership talent.Not only to a dinka tribes

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      • 11 December 2015 20:12, by Mr Point

        It is clear that Kiir sees all forms of political discussion as some kind of crime.

        He does not understand democracy. He wants to be dictator for life. His leadership has been bad for South sudan. The man is a murderer.

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  • 11 December 2015 00:26, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well done tactics Jieng council of elders, military leaders, and other groups. I support Malong Awan 100% on this splitting because President Kiir has failed to control power hungry leaders, corruptions, insecurity in the country, and no objections how to use the resources. I believe Malong Awan will protect and control these wild power hungry leaders.

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    • 11 December 2015 00:34, by Developer

      Dinka will fight with Dinka now, another’s christmass massacre bad for S.Sudan.

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      • 11 December 2015 01:23, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Do not celebrate this news Developed. Dinkas are not going to fight one another. We will solve this issue politically. Do not get me wrong, president Kiir is a great person. However, he has a problem control these wild greedy and power hungry people. Therefore, support me to be a president because I will fight corruptions, insecurity

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        • 11 December 2015 01:45, by lino

          It looks very surprised these days when Kiir started calling them dogs before convention ya Dinka Defender!!!

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          • 11 December 2015 02:54, by Developer

            It’s aganist work athnic to call your cabinates like dog, it means very Hugh fire is burning in the house.

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            • 11 December 2015 12:48, by Mike Mike

              He was out of control because the way other people behave in the Party look like they have owned the party to be their private company instead of being for the people. Of course that is not how the president can talks toward his people but he was really forced to say all those bad insults due to the poor attitudes instigated by others whom are now in the center of the government.

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        • 11 December 2015 10:30, by Son of Ngundeng

          Dinka already lost the controooooooooool!!!!
          Government of Jieng Council of looters is putting their Sultan kiir in to fire and speaking like a kid of 2years old.

          No peace !!!
          We are coming.

          Son of Prophet
          New location front line.

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  • 11 December 2015 00:49, by Developer

    not well trains dog can bite its own.

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  • 11 December 2015 02:28, by Developer

    Wrong government with wrong polices or illiterate government with rotten constitutions.

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  • 11 December 2015 02:53, by Mr Equal

    well, president Kiir start telling the truth when it is his time to go. But the truth is that you will leave the chair you sitting on now or later.So the best way is to say Iam leaving the office and then wait for your trial.

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  • 11 December 2015 04:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The President Salva Kiir Mayardit, dedicated the word of behavior like a dogs to three groups from the same SPLM in government, SPLM in opposition and SPLM former detainees.
    Thanks you Mr president.
    Of course they are in the same image.

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  • 11 December 2015 04:56, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    " They behave like Dogs", ever tough like this.Got the message you rebels? Some of the SPLM leaders are like dogs; some exactly fit in such description.

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  • 11 December 2015 05:45, by doot

    This is what SPLM has been facing since the EST. This is a strong messages to "free riders".

    In 1983,people were randomly allowed to join the SPLM without any perquisite OR requirement.

    Now in 2015,these things must changed, and that president must be somehow right in expressing his view.

    SPLM is a party or political club and that all members should be abide by the same rules and principles.

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  • 11 December 2015 07:36, by hamil

    Salva Kiir should not blame anybody but him, the likes of Michael Makuei and the jieng Council of Elders for the split in the SPLM party should it happen. The SPLM was a tight unit under Dr. John Garang It united South Sudanese in one Spirit but what remains of the SPLM now is the name. The values, the vision and objectives are all gone with the founder. RIP Dr. John Garang De Mabior

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  • 11 December 2015 07:38, by Eastern

    I am happy to hear of the demise of this bloody monstrous party......

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  • 11 December 2015 09:14, by Dengda

    Mr President
    what go around come around, you were the one who put black ant on hear, to safe and have peace of mind you can do away with Paul Malong, JCE and other seniors like you did to former detainees and former VP. or Peaceful step down and appointed Wani take over as successor, before things turn ugly on you. I am Dinka but for peace and propersity, i am not encouraging other Dinka to takeov

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    • 11 December 2015 10:21, by Eastern

      Dengda, you sound a voice of reason; the fly that never listens follows the corpse to the grave, says the old adage

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  • 11 December 2015 10:49, by Kerem

    SPLM is a party runned by greedy South Sudanese. Their aim is food, money and fame but they forget that all of these are gotten through the people they are killing. God will wipe out SPLM party one day

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  • 11 December 2015 14:08, by Hardlinner

    does kiir thinks he will stay on power forever?. look kiir, you failed to curve corruption. you also failed to modernize the army which led to too many rebellion in the country. since you don’t listen to people on security matters as well controlling corruption, you shouldn’t be surprise if you are ask to step aside.

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  • 11 December 2015 15:15, by Mapuor

    We need president Kiir to rule for life for he is the only politician who has South Sudan at heart. He fought in two wars of liberation and that proves that he is a true liberator. President Kiir Oyeeee.SPLM Oyeeee.South Sudan Oyeee

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    • 11 December 2015 17:39, by lino

      What about those dogs who are barking in his in Cr of ya Mapour?!!

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    • 12 December 2015 03:42, by Khent

      Mapuor

      Oh shut up, you sniveling little rat. No one should ’rule for life’. George Washington was President for precisely 8 years and he was no less a ’liberator’ than Salva Kiir. Your idea of a ’liberator’ is one that ’liberates’ us from our safety, the lives of tens of thousands of our people, tens of billions of dollars...

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      • 12 December 2015 03:54, by Khent

        ..’liberated’ us from the integrity of our struggle and for ’liberating’ us from the lives of journalists that dared criticise this ’government’ of corrupt, mass murdering crimnals. Yes, Salva Kiir is a ’true liberator’. Salva Kiir is a ’liberator’ the same way that North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. All praise be to the dear leader. LOL!

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