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SPLM factions authorise Ugandan president to conduct wider consultations


June 17, 2017 (JUBA)- Three factions of the historical Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have concluded a second consultations-meeting in Uganda after tasking the Ugandan president with conducting wider consultation with other armed and non-opposition forces in and outside the country.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (L) listens to SPLM-IO Chairman Riek Machar in a meeting held in Masindi town, on January 25, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

Daniel Awet Akot, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs and a leading member of the (SPLM) faction led by President Salva Kiir told Sudan Tribune that the outcome of the second round of takes on the SPLM reunification was positive.

"The second round of the consultations meeting ended well yesterday. The discussions were candid and the meeting unanimously agreed and mandated President Yoweri Museveni who has been facilitating the talks to carry out enough consultation with the other groups," said Akot

He further said "President Museveni and his technical team are authorised to consult with Riek Machar and his group as well as other members with links to SPLM like the former Western Equatoria Governor Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro and Gen. Thomas Cirilo".

Earlier this week, Machar declined an invitation to attend the second consultations meeting, pointing that they received the invitation a short time before the meeting.

The SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar considers that the efforts to end the South Sudanese conflict should focus the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement instead of the reunification process or the national dialogue which can come later once the hostilities are stopped and the power sharing protocol is implemented.

The group further demands that its leader who is confined in South Africa be allowed to lead his group personally for the peace talks, but Juba rejects such a demand.

President Museveni, according to the presidential aide, will personally write to Riek Machar and other SPLM associated groups about the need to have their representatives at the next meeting.

Akot further said that Bakosoro and Gen Cirilo will be contacted by President Museveni so that they participate in the next round of consultations meeting which will be convened on July 13, 2017

Between 25 and 26 May 2017, Museveni hosted a meeting aimed at the reunification of the different factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). It was attended by the faction of President Salva Kiir, the Former Political Detainees (FDs) and the SPLM-IO of the FVP Taban Deng Gai.

However, the FDs faction of the SPLM declined to sign a deal reached in the meeting and called for an inclusive process.


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  • 18 June 2017 06:10, by Malakal county Simon

    What a delusional situation!!!! Can an enemy mediate a successful negotiation????

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  • 18 June 2017 06:40, by Newsudan

    G10 are looters who are enjoying looted money in hotels in abroad,we don’t trust any more,nor do we trust Io or IG,what we need is community based dialogue, Nuers vs Dinka Chollo vs Dinka n the rest

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    • 18 June 2017 07:15, by Malakal county Simon

      Stop the senseless war or the unnecessary killings first, if you want a genuine dialogues between Dinka greedy tribe and the rest of the tribes....

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      • 18 June 2017 08:32, by Wills

        Dinka is your hero Mr little Simon. You need to denounce tribalism or I rules you forever my dear...

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        • 18 June 2017 08:51, by anyanya1

          If dinkas are real hero let them stand alone against other tribes, and we see hw it works, for your information this country in future won’t be ss, any tribe with their own country, was it sound good?

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          • 18 June 2017 19:00, by Garang Akeen Tong


            We manage to overcome SAF with you togather, we are second Isreal.
            Read Issiha 18

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        • 18 June 2017 18:49, by Garang Akeen Tong


          Tell the deafs in between.

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  • 18 June 2017 07:33, by Eastern

    I like the situation laid bare before Museveni. The schism within the SPLM was largely created by Museveni’s interferance in the affairs of South Sudan. Let Museveni now face the real independent thinking South Sudanese in the persons of Machar, Lam Akol, Peter Adwok, Thomas Cirilo, Joseph Bakasoro, etc....SPLM is in pieces!!

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  • 18 June 2017 08:31, by Newsudan

    G10,Riek io or any other armed wanted to negotiated for positions
    Community based dialogue can worked better, you can remembered Wunlit 1999 Nuer Dinka peace initiative before Riek joined three years later. we can learned from passed, that is why IGAD led peace didn’t worked.becos only politicians were accomadated

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    • 18 June 2017 09:00, by Eastern


      Wunlit 1999 was a tribal affairs; I attended that conference. I was then working in Kapoeta. The current problem facing SPLM which has become a national issue cannot be managed the way Wunlit peace conference was done. The bitterness against SPLA within Equatoria requires different approach if the country is to become truely pacified. SPLA vented ita anger on Eqs b’se of Kokora!!

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      • 18 June 2017 09:24, by Newsudan

        armed opposition groups in Equatorial are not united to speak with one voice, that is why some resort to road killing of innocent civilians in pretext of being Dinka,becos tribal hatred always spoiled SS progress,

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        • 18 June 2017 10:03, by Eastern

          Just continue with attempts of divide and rule; the country’s meagre coffer will run dry and rebelion to Kiir’s misrule will continue ad nauseam.......

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          • 18 June 2017 15:50, by jubaone

            Riak should just stop this nonsense and declare a completely new armed and political movement. This will give both M7 and the kiirminal no reason for any reunification. His closest aides must quickly suggest a name. We have now a country called SS. Sudan for us ended on 9 July 2011. Why some still cling on SPLA /SPLM, is real hangover. Grow up 👆.

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  • 18 June 2017 08:41, by anyanya1

    I think this junks want the big 🐠 fish DR. RIAK and all the opposition leaders be eliminated, this stink Gay call M7 is the first enemy of south Sudan no opposition leader to trust this useless stink dog.

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  • 18 June 2017 22:13, by garrak1520

    Guns must be silent first; priority must be those people roaming the country (IDPs) and the remaining abroad in camps. What is reunification? nonsense. The goal of Uganda is to keep his products flowing in South Sudan, Kiir is giving him the opportunity, South Sudanese need to understand it. It looks like you all lost common sense.

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    • 19 June 2017 06:37, by Eastern


      Well observed and stated....

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