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South Sudan president relieves Lam Akol after resigning


January 29, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has issued an order removed Lam Akol Ajawin from the ministry of agriculture, several months after his resignation from the position.

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

Akol, an influential opposition leader, resigned his position august 2016 from the unity government formed in line with the 2015 peace agreement which the government and armed and non-armed opposition signed to end the over three years destructive war.

He described the agreement as “dead” following renewed rounds of fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar, in the capital Juba in July 2016.

“Since the agreement is dead and there is no free political space in Juba, the only sensible way to oppose this regime so as to restore genuine peace to our war-torn country is to organize outside Juba,” Akol told journalists in the capital of neighboring Ethiopia, Addis Ababa,

Akol was one of two ministers in the unity government that was neither part of Kiir’s SPLM nor Machar’s opposition, known as the SPLM-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO). He was representing the alliance of non-armed opposition parties in unity government. When he left, the group was expected to convene a meeting at which they would deliberate on who should be the replacement.

His deputy, who hails from the alliance, has been acting and the new order from the president effecting removal of Akol from the position did not elevate him to full ministerial capacity and did not appoint a new official, continuing to create an administrative vacuum at the ministry.

South Sudan was plunged into civil war in December 2013, when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup to overthrow him, resulting in the eruption of war in which tens of thousands were killed and more than 2 million displaced in the civil war, with sporadic outbreaks of fighting even after a peace agreement was brokered in August 2015. Machar returned to the capital to re-take up the post of First Vice-President in April.

Last July, the rival forces clashed in Juba, resulting in the loss of more than 270 lives and tens of thousands of residents fleeing to neighbouring Uganda. Machar fled the capital with his forces as a result and Kiir issued a 48-hour ultimatum for him to return. When Machar failed to show, Kiir swore in Taban Deng Gai, as the new First Vice-President until Machar returned. The appointment was rejected by Machar as illegal.

Upon his resignation, Akol said he would to align with like-minded compatriots” in order to build a national coalition, saying the South Sudanese would no longer tolerate a “callous, totalitarian and ethnocentric regime that seems to thrive on the suffering of its own people,”

He later formed a national democratic movement which pledged to work with other remove the government under the leadership of President Salva Kiir from power.


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  • 30 January 2017 06:05, by Eastern

    Kiir is simply running berserk!

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  • 30 January 2017 07:55, by Dengda

    I will consider as best decree of relieving, though Lam would surprise why it decree took long time to take effect since he officially resigned his both position of chairmanship in the party and executive role in Government. Kiir is like someone who doesn’t how to swim and was threw into river Nile (Kiir or meaning role of presidency) Resigned in dignity and reserves what left for you.

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    • 30 January 2017 13:17, by Sadam Kuikoy

      This is an overdue decree that could have been issued long time ago but, Kirr and Taban wanted him to engage I.O forces in Sudan border but they miserably failed when the mighty SPLA I.O neutralized and killed Lam’s top military commanders.LOL

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  • 30 January 2017 08:12, by Awet Awet

    Kirr make me to laugh ,how can you remove somebody and he have already resign? what a premitive president i never see one day in the world,kiir were running up and down to get support from east africa countries and he give publice funds to them ,kiir must go

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  • 30 January 2017 15:10, by Eastern

    The tribal enclave Kiir created are overwhelming their citizens to remain afloat. Morons.....


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    • 30 January 2017 20:11, by Paul Ongee

      UN Secretary-General,
      Thank you for the effort you’re making to ensure that the IO-Riek’s senseless war of positions has to come to an end but note that there are some South Sudanese PhD holders obsessed with holding high positions since 1991. Riek Machar and Lam Akol, all of them often failed to see the difference between college degrees and educated persons.

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      • 30 January 2017 20:12, by Paul Ongee

        Their reasoning, argument and and concern are always about positions. They joined the popular movement of 1983-2005 only for positions. They formed their own factions in 1991 after breaking away from the SPLM/A in the 1990s, ended up in Khartoum, signed bogus peace agreement of KPA-1997, failed get it implemented in their presence and returned for forgiveness and reinstatement into positions.

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        • 30 January 2017 20:12, by Paul Ongee

          SPLM/A has been inclusive since 1983. Every marginalized South Sudanese and Sudanese joined the movement to liberate themselves from the oppressive regime of Islamic-based Khartoum government. If they feel that Khartoum was more inclusive than Juba, they should have remained there in Khartoum than constantly shifting allegiance, returning to SPLM/A for forgiveness and reinstatement into positions.

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          • 30 January 2017 20:13, by Paul Ongee

            They often complain and make noises since 1991 without suffering together in the bush with their fellow marginalized comrades. They want positions first and stay in expensive and luxurious hotels available in the regional capitals, and keep shuttling between them. They don’t have what it takes to become visionary leaders but they force themselves to be included in the Hall of Fame like Dr Garang.

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            • 30 January 2017 20:14, by Paul Ongee

              This senseless war of positions has, of course, driven a wedge between South Sudanese ethnic groups and innocent armless civilians are the one paying massive price since December 2013. And a way forward is only the National Dialogue initiated by the President H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit to make South Sudanese great again, united for a purpose and reconciled for peace-building and development.

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              • 30 January 2017 20:15, by Paul Ongee

                And a way forward is only the National Dialogue initiated by the President H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit to make South Sudanese great again, united for a purpose and reconciled for peace-building and development, not an unimaginable speedy destruction witnessed in 2013 and 2014 in Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and other places across the country. Hopefully, 2017 will be a year of peace and development.

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                • 31 January 2017 06:59, by jubaone

                  Paul Ongee,
                  You have posted similar articles elsewhere and are completely out of context, just copy and paste. This is real lazy thinking an indication of degenerated mind. Kindly refrain from such nonsensicals as this really undermines your intellect.

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