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Amum calls for removal of President Kiir from power “within weeks”

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September 2, 2016 (JUBA) – Former Secretary General of the ruling party in South Sudan, Pagan Amum, has called for removal of President Salva Kiir from the presidency “within weeks”, describing him as a warmongering and violent corrupt leader who has led the country to endless civil wars.

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The SPLM’s former secretary-general, Pagan Amum, talks to reporters following his release outside the court in Juba on 25 April 2014 (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Atem Simon)

Amum, who was the top officer in charge of the ruling party’s secretariat, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), chaired by President Kiir, but who was imprisoned and dismissed in 2013 when crisis erupted in the country, has been taking refuge in the United States after his release in 2014.

He and dozens others were accused of attempting a coup against the President, but which they dismissed as false, saying it was an attempt by the President to silent voices for democratic change and reforms within the party.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday, Amum said the visiting members of the United Nations Security Council to Juba should see how President Kiir has ruined the country and should therefore instead help in making sure his leadership comes to an end.

“The Security Council of the United Nations arrives in South Sudan today for talks with Salva Kiir and his administration. The meeting comes fresh on the heels of still more massacres and killings in Yei town and obstructions to UNMISS forces, as well as media disclosures of another half billion dollars of Kiir government kickbacks, double billings and outright theft, much of it involving the President himself. It is plain for all, including the Security Council, to see that the Kiir regime has reached the end of its life,” Amum wrote.

“As the Council will see in Juba and the rest of South Sudan, this regime is destroying the country. In Juba J1 palace, they will find a motley group that has lost vision and moral compass, and now looks only for cover and redemption,” he said.

Amum said the topic of the visiting UN delegation should be on how to dissolve President Kiir’s regime.

“The principal topic for discussion by the "government" of the day, the UN, the African Union and IGAD Plus should be the immediate steps to dissolve the Kiir regime within weeks and transfer power to a South Sudanese government of technocrats, with protection and stability provided by United Nations, working with IGAD and other African nations,” he said.

He also called for deployment of regional Protection Forces to Juba and to be accompanied by a political process that “includes all South Sudanese stakeholders; political parties, technocrats, civil society, labour unions, professional associations, youth and women groups, as well as representatives of the various tribal militia groups and others.”

If the current “tribalist kleptocracy is allowed to continue”, he said, the country will disintegrate.

“The people of South Sudan will continue to suffer irredeemable harm and loss of resources. Worst of all, the period of our eventual recovery will be measured not in years, but in decades if not centuries,” he warned.

He mocked the claims by President Kiir and his officials that they were a sovereign state, saying they are not for the welfare of the nation and its people.

“Sovereignty grants no rights to an undisciplined and greedy band who make only the barest pretense of operating for the benefit of South Sudan taken as a whole. The people of South Sudan indeed have sovereign rights, which they ultimately will exercise in a free and fair election, choosing their leaders in an atmosphere far removed from that which prevails now in Kiir’s South Sudan.”

Amum called upon the Security Council to bring the agony of the people of South Sudan to a full stop, adding it should begin negotiations for an immediate change in the country.

“Already, many have fought and died for her independence and for the dignity of her people. The current fratricidal bloodshed and conflict must end, and the work for a better life must begin,” he said.

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  • 3 September 08:27, by Eastern

    The walls of J1 still bearing bullet marks, the UN PoCs housing traumatised South Sudanese within their nation’s capital, roads connecting Juba to its environs blocked by agrieved citizens fighting Kiir, etc. The UN Security Council will witness another scene of poverty and suffering in Wau. I wish travel to Aweil was on their itinerary; they would have seen the impact of the war in the backyard..

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    • 3 September 18:39, by Force 1

      When are you guys going to take the power from president over the internet? I can’t to see it happened!

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  • 3 September 08:31, by Eastern

    Of Paul Malong. With all supply routes from the Sudan and Equatoria cut, UN WFP is doing food airdrops to stave off the looming famine. Most young men from these parts of South Sudan are fighting Kiir’s war of attrition in the southern parts of the country. It’s a sad scene that the members of the UNSC will witness on this visit to the country "starting from scratch".

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  • 3 September 09:39, by Mr Point

    What are the marks of Kiir’s presidency of the sovereign state?

    600% inflation.

    Widespread hunger and dependence on WFP

    The number of IDPs and refugees from Kiir’s violence

    The suppression of journalism

    Unpaid civil servants

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  • 3 September 09:58, by chuol

    Great speech comrade Pagan Amum! Whisky Kiir caused this endless war to cling in to power for years in order to ransack the nation.
    He is the top of corruption, top killer, top rapist, top unknown gunman in South Sudan....etc.

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    • 3 September 18:43, by Force 1

      Great speech in Colorado USA by Pagan Amum is not enough; if he wants power from Kiir then let him come to South Sudan; everything else is a load of garbage.

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  • 3 September 10:46, by Kerem

    Let the dog bark in exile. I do not know who will have the guts to remove the voted president. If it was not for their endless quest for power, Kiir by could have been remove through peaceful means because even Dinka are not happy in the way he manages this country. Pagan looted the country under blind Kiir who could not see and now he has turned against him

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    • 3 September 13:29, by Mr Point

      In Gabon and in Kenya African Presidents do not stand down when they are voted down. How would the JCE and King Paul Malong let Kiir be removed by peaceful means? They would go to war.

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    • 3 September 17:50, by jubaone

      Kerem,

      If you as a jienge is not happy with Kiir, then join the opposition forces to change the status quo. You want the Equatorians and Nuer to do the dirty job then you jump onto the last train to then say "we liberated you" just as you’ve deceived the whole world about the liberation of South Sudan during the 21 years. Bullshit

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      • 3 September 18:48, by Force 1

        What opposition forces are you trying to be proud of? Jubaone; you just called them opposition force but after they are kicked in rear; all of a sudden you cry and called them civilians! From being opposition force to civilians; how pathetic?

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  • 3 September 11:01, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Readers
    Pagan is unpopular person, even in his own village leave aside Buma, Payam and County in FASHODA state ,Hhahahah Dogs don’t need Pagan to step his feet to the soil of South Sudan ,he will be attack immediately by the Dogs cats and rates leaving in S-Sudan He looted Billions & billions of Dollars when he was active in the government of S-Sudan ,we don’t wanted thieves any more let

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  • 3 September 11:02, by Alfredo christiani

    them stay in abroad to save their lives or otherwise they will face death on sport .no Joke this time enough is enough

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  • 3 September 11:09, by maumau

    That is correct call Hon. Pagan, Salva Kiir is responsible for the two wars of December 2013 and current one of 2016. He faked the war against Dr Machar to suppress opposition and those who are against his incompetence. He does not know anything to be a president in 21st century. Kiir must be removed for South Sudan to see light and produce agriculture food, build infrastructure and put law in use

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  • 3 September 11:19, by Redeemer

    Mr. Pagan
    Know that the devil you know is better than the Angel you don’t know. Telling the world just the world to takeover power shows how useless you are. It is better for a SSudanese to takeover the power to implement the interest of his people than those who will come and implement their own agenda. You are restless because you know how free it is to loot

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    • 3 September 12:21, by Akook

      Pagan Amum, that I know, the patriot who fear no evil is speaking.
      The real man who went to prison in Khartoum telling Arabs in the face we must succeed. Unlike coward Kiir who keep coiling his tail between his legs always and only expert in mass civilians killing and suffering all over the country

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      • 3 September 18:38, by Force 1

        Akook;

        Why are patriots in exile instead to be at home in South Sudan and in control like president Kiir?

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  • 3 September 13:08, by Kerem

    There are two things opposition should avoid in order for them to remove Kiir
    1. Nuer should avoid the term "mighty Nuer" as if it is a tribal fight and not political. The whole Equatoria is helping them but they don’t recognize that
    2. The war is not against Dinka but against the regime/government

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  • 3 September 18:59, by allan

    Yeah after u bring back all the money u steal from government b4 u don’t need to talk me man u are the worst guy even

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