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S. Sudanese minister quits transitional government over peace violations


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Lam Akol, chairman of South Sudan’s main opposition party (AFP/Samir Bol Photo)

August 1, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Leader of the South Sudan’s National Alliance parties and chairman of the Democratic Party (DC), Lam Akol Ajawin, said he has resigned from all his party and government positions to protest government’s lack of commitment to the peace agreement.

Akol said the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) is “dead” and will, from now on, join with the “like-minded” to “broaden” an opposition “outside Juba” to tackle the ongoing situation in the country.

“This is to inform the public that I have on the 28th of July tendered my resignation to the National Alliance as Minister of Agriculture and Food Security in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TgoNU) and also as their representative in the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC),” said Ajawin in a press statement he issued on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

He was nominated to the positions by the alliance of 17 political parties in the country.

“These positions were necessitated by the implementation of the Agreement for Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan signed in August 2015. There is no more a peace agreement to implement in Juba. President Salva Kiir has dealt it a final blow with his actions since the first week of jolly culminating in the military attack on the first vice president, dislodging him from Juba and invoking his absence to fill his position with a person of his choice in the name of SPLM-IO. One cannot with a clear conscience serve under such a regime,” he said.

He said he could no longer work with the party of president Kiir in the unity government, charging that President Kiir and his acolytes did not hide their rejections of peace agreement.

“He has been putting obstacle after obstacle on the way of its implementation and violating it with impunity. He cited creation of 28 states, refusing to implement security arrangements, stalling reconstitution of the transitional legislative assembly, preventing the ceasefire and transitional security arrangement monitoring mechanism from carrying out its duty to observe and report on ceasefire violation,” he added.

The opposition leader accused President Salva Kiir of abrogating the August 2015 peace deal, adding that appointing Taban Deng Gai to replace Riek Machar, leader of the armed oppositon faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), was meant to destroy the peace accord.

“The violent events that took place in Juba in the first week of July were pre-meditated and well planned. The SPLM-IO’s small force was provoked into an uneven confrontation,” he said.

“While Kiir’s forces hunt for Dr. Riek Machar to get him “dead or alive” they should be reminded that that will not be the end of the story. The genie is out of the bottle and the last laugh will not be theirs. The people of South Sudan will not stand more of a callous, totalitarian and ethno-centric regime that seems to thrive on the suffering of its people,” he added, with the statement he signed as “former” chairman of the DC party.

It is not clear whether or not the leader of the country’s largest non-armed opposition party will forge an opposition alliance with the Machar against President Kiir.


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  • 1 August 2016 20:25, by dinkdong

    Riek is Lam’s former ally. It is obvious he might join him to fight Kiir’s gov’t.

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    • 1 August 2016 20:42, by jubaone

      Thank you Dr. Lam Akol,

      You have a clear conscience and you have political sanity. Now let the monkeys and devils go ahead. You should now work hard to have Kiir and his men indicted to the ICC, that there is travel ban, no donor money, no international support, they must be isolated and any of them MUST be arrested once they get out of Juba for committing serious human rights (rape, kiling, etc.

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  • 1 August 2016 21:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Stupid, let them go to exile one.
    I do agree with Taban Deng Gai for statement that you go to stay in Kampala, Addis abba, Nairobi or Khartoum telling to all IO members alliances with Riek Machar, should join him in abroad or in the bush.
    government should issue arrest on Lam Akol once he land in Juba in next century.

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    • 1 August 2016 21:52, by Native Boy

      How dare you wrongly advise the govt to arrest Dr. Lam on his arrival to S. Sudan?
      What crime has he committed apart from expressing his dissatisfaction about the behavior of the entire govt on the ARCISS?
      Don’t you know the ARCISS is the only hope to the marginalized people of S. Sudan?
      Don’t you know why people were all quite about everything?
      Do you know the ARCISS addresses everybody?

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      • 1 August 2016 22:02, by Native Boy

        Do you even know the ARCISS is not about your Riak whom you naturally hate nor even about you god kiir?
        If you have nothing to write, why don’t you just remain calm learn from how others gives in there opinion? Don’t just write for the sake.
        What is wrong with Dr. Lam when actually he exercised one of the freedom of expressions which are provided in the Transitional Constitution of RSS?

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    • 1 August 2016 23:48, by Twin cities

      Be mature and moral in your statements. I had never sided with Lam Akol in most of his political views, but to day the man had taken a step that should be acknowledged. As, matters are getting a little bit gloomy in South Sudan, the noble thing to do is to step aside and work for the rights of the citizens who are voiceless. I salute Mr. Lam for his courage to set an example.

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    • 1 August 2016 23:52, by Twin cities


      Make no mistake, b stepping on the sidelines doesn’t represents defeat. It’s a noble, mature and moral decision that one has to take. No doubt there are lots in this forum who are emotionally put in to action and forget to use common sense.
      South Sudan needs a collective approach for it to be a nation. Cut down cow dung mentality and think like a human being who is suppose to flourish.

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    • 2 August 2016 11:39, by jubaone

      Ayuiu Lam,

      Only fools and idiots will agree that what is happening now in South Sudan is fine and the jienges see that differently. They have the "herd mentality", often flocking together without thoughts, have no guilty conscience just because; killing, rape, cynicism, disorder are part of their lives. This is a fight between the devils and saints. Either they´re defeated or they defeat.

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  • 1 August 2016 22:02, by Eastern

    With the genie out of the bottle, let’s see what Kiir and cohorts in Juba will offer those they have prevented from leaving the country. Peace and security will remain elusive with Kiir at the helm. I have repeated this numerous time!

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  • 1 August 2016 22:59, by Eastern

    Mr Festus "Impotent" the chairperson of JMEC has failed in his position to reign in Kiir. It’s time for the African solution to give way to UN Trusteeship.mmorons will begin asking why not Syria, Libya, etc. It’s South Sudan that real South Sudanese are concerned about not the other countries cited.,.,

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  • 1 August 2016 23:12, by DHARCHEP

    Lam Akol, there is nothing to assure from you whether you resign or quit your position. First of all, who need you? Second, you talk about peace in South Sudan, but you don’t know that you are amongst those of the people who derailed the peace in South Sudan. I know you resign because you are old enough to necessitate your objectives since you rebel for a very long time.

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  • 1 August 2016 23:25, by DHARCHEP

    Lam Akol, first of all, you are a sycophant leader. In other word, you are a leader who support somebody for the seek of profit. You don’t have any objectives to carry. You and your friend Fucken Riek Machar, will die for leadership,but no one from you will call you as president in South Sudan. All of you will die as rebels, and your title will remain as the "leader of the rebels.


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  • 1 August 2016 23:39, by Edward Marshall

    This is how the real great leaders of the countries should act.Dr Lam Akol you are the great man for peace in the south sudan.For the guns that they are turning it on their own poor people,next time it shall be turn against them.For the land that they are grabbing now,next time they shall live it to the owner and the money and the looting that they are doing next time they will live it to the coun

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  • 2 August 2016 01:18, by Gabriel KK

    Mr President will surely regret his actions of being a man of people in his grave.

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  • 2 August 2016 04:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government should block flighing out on IO ministers because the same routes of 2013 is repeating they go and the propagate the situation in Juba.
    Those ministers who are grivancy to incite situation should face arrest immediately.
    I’m sure government would do it.

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  • 2 August 2016 04:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mabior Garang should be arrest I had eared his statement on Juba violence on 8th July when Riek Machar and his bodyguards were trying to kill president Kiir Mayardit.

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  • 2 August 2016 04:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The broken of August 2015 peace agreement was destroyed by Dr. Lam and Riek Machar.
    But still government convincing them to come for implementation of hopful peace, Lam is advising Riek Machar not to come Juba.

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    • 2 August 2016 05:30, by Whortti Bor Manza

      Ayuiu Makuc,
      Go to school to learn English before you embark on writing on this site. Your rudimentary and incomprehensible writings clearly demonstrate the arrogance of Dinkas on insisting on something they don’t even know nor understand.

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      • 2 August 2016 06:36, by Akook

        Don’t worry about Ayuiu Makuaac Lam guys. He is a known crazy guy from Rumbek. He doesn’t understand where his interest is! All intellectual youth members from Rumbek are keeping their lips tied knowing very well that their REK cousins are destroying behind the curtain of Dinkanism as a whole. Ayuiu is a lost fellow who innocently throw himself in places he doesn’t understand anything...

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        • 2 August 2016 06:39, by Akook

          Salva Kiir is closed to leave if those types of Ayuiu have remain his supporters. Ignore him the guy is sick mentally unfit for meaningful debates. Don’t waste your times respond to whatever he writes on this site. I know him well ..

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      • 2 August 2016 11:46, by jubaone


        By the way, jienge scoundrels like Ayuiu Makuach are like commissioners in their areas, perhaps the most educated in their area. Now you can imagine what the rest illiterates look, think and act like!!!Thats why we Equatorians should fight to Keep them where they belong- in their luaks and look after cows. It is useless educating them. Even educated jienges are no different from the rest

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  • 2 August 2016 12:26, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Whorrti, Akook and Jubaone
    president Kiir, is not close to leave power,
    your talks is like Dog bark.

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  • 2 August 2016 12:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Why some ministers from IO group are going to Addis abba?

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