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FDs decline to sign Kampala agreement for SPLM reunification

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May 26, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese Former Political Detainees (FDs), a faction of the ruling SPLM party, declined to sign a new agreement for the SPLM reunification negotiated in Kampala in a meeting brokered by the Uganda President Yoweri Museveni.

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S. Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and SPLM SG Pagan Amum during the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, August 17, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

A document seen by Sudan Tribune called for the formation of a committee from the SPLM-In-Government of President Salva Kiir, SPLM-in-Opposition led by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai and the FDs led by Former Secretary General Pagan Amum.

"A working committee will be formed and tasked to work out a roadmap for the implementation of the Arusha Agreement, and to end the war and plan for peace," partly reads the document signed by Ugandan President Museveni, acting SPLM Secretary General Jemma Nunu Kumba, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the SPLM-IO official loyal to Taban Deng Gai.

The 12-page Arusha agreement signed by SPLM-Salva Kiir, SPLM-Riek Machar and SPLM-Pagan Amum, on 21 January 2015 lays out key steps towards the reunification of the historical party.

Pagan Amum, who attended the meeting alongside Kosciusko Manibe and Magak Agoot as members of FDs, did not sign. An FD official described the agreement as a "fake" deal.

The SPLM-IO loyal to former first Vice President Riek Machar wasn’t represented. The group considers that an agreement excluding Machar means the continuation of the war.

In line with the Arusha Agreement, the three groups committed themselves to
to comply with the provisions of the cessation of hostilities agreement and to make a "public apology to the people of South Sudan for what has happened since December 15, 2013."

SPLM factions, including the SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar, agreed in Arusha, Tanzania in January 2015 to reunite but the process halted since.

It was not immediately clear what the new agreement aim to achieve and how any "working committee " that does not represent the armed SPLM IO would help to end the conflict.

(ST)

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  • 27 May 01:23, by Mr Point

    Not surprised that the FDs won’t sign a fake agreement to reunite the SPLM. They were imprisoned by Kiir when he accused them in one of his fake coups.

    Kiirs fake coups are set up to give him more power - for what?
    Does Kiir mean to give South Sudan peace and prosperity, hospitals, roads, and schools? Or does Kiir want power to buy more arms to make more wars on his enemies?

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    • 27 May 11:43, by jubaone

      It’s clear, the SPLM can’t reunify and will serve no purpose at all. The Kiirminal should just go ahead doing his things unilaterally. FD, IO-Riak etc..should just rename their organizations like that of Lam Akol, Bakosoro and Thomas Cirilo. Here, Kiirminal will have no political base to argue for reunification. The more Pagan Amun et al insist on this bogus SPLM, the more..

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      • 27 May 11:50, by jubaone

        ..the more the Kiirminal becomes convince of reuniting the ranks of this decrepit organization. Riak must as a matter of political expediency restructure his organization. He will politically make Taban worthless and Kiirminal foolish. M7 and the rest will no longer have reasons to waste time and resources on bogus reunification talks.

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  • 27 May 02:34, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What SPLM/FD has done is a noble task well done. It is a patriotic stand for all the problems of South Sudan as a nation state. this negotiations aim was to undermine the Arusha agreement and overall it was meant to cater for economic interests of Uganda and political interests of Salva Kiir plus Jieng Council of Elders who have steered the country to catastrophe.

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  • 27 May 02:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Genuine peace in South Sudan can only be successful if and when all the people of the country participate to discuss on how the country should be governed on equal terms. Riek Machar by the virtue of his birth must be included on this because he is one of the sons of the land like anybody else including Salva Kiir.

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  • 27 May 09:51, by lino

    The way forward is very clear, but it looks the leadership of the country has lost vision and direction!!!

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  • 27 May 10:19, by Sunday Junup

    Pagan Amum,

    Always you wanted to join Kiir but they don’t want you my dear. That agreement were hold in Uganda to lure you and your group to destroy agreement you and other opposition signed last month

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  • 27 May 10:39, by Dengda

    Kiir, Taban and Wani government is just drowning person who don’t how to swim. ACRSS, Arusha agreement, National prayer, National dialogue and recently Kampala SPLM reunification all end in futile and vain. I hope Kiir should try his resignation and what whether it will work or not. Wasting of resources, better sit and implement these two agreement, ACRSS and inclusive ND not pseudo one.

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  • 27 May 12:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

    G-3 or FDS with your Dr. Riak

    you are blocking peace to prevails in our country, because of your interest only, plse open door of peace, we are yearning for peace, and I do agree with JUBAONE that, both FDS. DR. RIAK Should creat their own part out of SPLM

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    • 27 May 13:12, by Eastern

      Garang Akeen....,

      Calm down. Kiir, Malong, et al, said that its better to wage war than accept the ARCISS which had clearly clipped Kiir’s wings. Now don’t cry for peace ypu didn’t want. Soon the public universities are closing down and you know what that means: university students, the worl over, are agents of regime change. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!!!!

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      • 27 May 13:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Eastern

        ARCISS was already imleplemented, except fews things are left out,
        And upto you to continueing killing people because of Dr. Riak or to accept peace.
        Take it or leave it.

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        • 27 May 19:58, by Eastern

          ARCISS was already imleplemented....just hear yourself!

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        • 28 May 07:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Garang Akeen(a kin)

          PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT all SOUTH SUDANESE ARE YOUR LUAK COW BOYS. YOUR IMPLEMENTATION OF ARCISS IS NOTHING BUT FAT LIES. NOTHING IS GOING ON ON THE GROUND APART FROM PROVIDING JOBS TO CORRUPT TABAN DENG AND GATKOUTH. THE ARMY IS STILL DINKA IN NATURE SECURITY DINKA AND POLICE DINKA WITH OTHERS WHO ARE DINKA INSTRUMENTS OF BRUTALITY IN THE COUNTRY.

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  • 27 May 18:01, by lino

    Junubeen have no vision at all!!! SPLM/A is meant to serve the benefits and interests of United Sudanese people, but when Southerners have chosen to break the country, they should have renamed the party to SSPLM if they wanted to keep the name.
    What the benefit of keeping the name without even applying what that name meant?!! Justice, Equality,and Freedom.

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  • 28 May 07:35, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Garang Akeen(a kin)

    PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NOT ALL SOUTH SUDANESE ARE YOUR LUAK COW BOYS. YOUR IMPLEMENTATION OF ARCISS IS NOTHING BUT FAT LIES. NOTHING IS GOING ON ON THE GROUND APART FROM PROVIDING JOBS TO CORRUPT TABAN DENG AND GATKOUTH. THE ARMY IS STILL DINKA IN NATURE SECURITY DINKA AND POLICE DINKA WITH OTHERS WHO ARE DINKA INSTRUMENTS OF BRUTALITY IN THE COUNTRY.

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