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Dinka elder calls for widening SPLM reunification to governance matters


President Salva Kiir Kiir with members of the Dinka (JIENG) Council of Elders in March 2015 (Photo Moses Lomayat)
June 20, 2017 (JUBA) – A leading member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders Tuesday said the reunification initiative being facilitated by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, should not only be honoured by the three factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) but also needs to be expanded to governance matters.

“This peace initiative being mediated and sponsored personally by President Museveni must be honoured by the three SPLM factions. Many people feel that the initiative should not be limited to the outcome of the ongoing reconciliation to Arusha’s reunification of SPLMs 2014 agreement per se, but the SPLM should widen, transmit and expand on democratic reforms for the coming constitutional, making of the whole nation,” wrote Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey.

President Museveni, he added, should open up a wider door to route through a peaceful resolution of the conflict, based on universal liberties, freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, and not rule by law.

“Such comprehensive democratic reforms will relieve the SPLM from being a government movement or a government party, a system of authoritarian governance the SPLM has possessed from 1983 to date. There are many alternatives to pursue towards sustainable peace by breaking up, at this stage, the present political stalemate,” he added.

Akuey who leads a parliamentary committee for human rights, legal and constitutional affairs at the Council of States in South Sudans’ parliament, explained in an opinion article released to the public on Tuesday, that the expansion of the SPLM reforms should include, an inclusive national federal constitution, liberal and free democracy and the rule of law.

The opinion article also mentioned the inclusivity of political and economic institutions and the modern creative destruction for immediate industrialisation, thus avoiding extractive political and economic institutions that promote dictatorship or an authoritarian system of government.

Such a political arrangement is best suitable for the unification of a country and its people.

"By this, the SPLM factions will come out with peace, unity and national construction for the whole country. Thus the partisan competition will open up, embracing the norms and principles of change of government through the elections," added Akuey.


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  • 21 June 2017 04:00, by Newsudan

    SPLM IG,SPLM IO,SPLM FDs,all these groups are looters,where do 4 billions US$ go in the first place,SPLM Garang was one we trust,oh lord,we are left with looters no roads,hospitals, schools, idps camps, camps of refugees.writing on the wall ya our politicians

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  • 21 June 2017 06:33, by Eastern

    The old man has spoken some sense today; belligerance is unsustainable.

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    • 21 June 2017 06:43, by jubaone

      Is this not the very jienge oldie who vehemently differed with Garang’s SPLM and was NCP hardliner who wad appointed Dep. Parliament speaker in Khartoum? Is this not the jienge oldie who kept silent when the Muraheleen and Mesiriya enslaved jienges of Aweil and some sold in slave markets of El daien, Babanusa and El obeid? OMG!

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  • 21 June 2017 06:51, by Tilo

    Jiang Council of Elders,
    Please stay away from country political affairs, peace will prevail in the country, Your in first place who manipulated president which has led the country in to disaster today.
    You need to acknowledge that you have fail the country and admit your bad did and give peace a chance. Learn to work for the country not a community

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    • 21 June 2017 09:11, by Redeemer

      Aldo was with NCP as you said as a politician, he did not head any arm group against SPLA of Dr. Garang to the last day of CPA. unlike Dr. Lam, Dr. Riek of SSLA and Martin Kenyi of Equatoria Defend Force who formed their tribal militia to defend Khartoum did they not sing s new song by 2005? shame on you

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      • 21 June 2017 12:58, by jubaone

        He needn’t form an armed group, but a Bashir bed-fellow he sold SS to Jellaba. He was equally as bad as those who fought the SPLA. Now to talk the good man, that is stupid. Keep this jienge flattering to yourselves. He’s just a " muarass"

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  • 21 June 2017 09:39, by quiz

    I Think dead people are not seeing, why don,t theY call these Jiengle elder group to hell. These selves claiming politicians elders group are the one boiling suffering in the country and confusing the world. I believes they missed some human development stage that why they have despair in the old-aging stage. Go, don,t mishap the country affairs bs Kiir is Dinka & u are Dinka.

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  • 21 June 2017 09:44, by Mopedi

    This Dinka elder has uttered senseless word, anyway Dinka government can give credit to M7 because he is the architect of the doom government, reunification of the SPLA is not a priority and will never be in any plan in the near future because the acronym SPLA has changed it meaning and definition to Stupid People Loose Ability

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    • 21 June 2017 09:56, by Mopedi

      Who does not know that Kiir is applying rule of law instead of rule by law, today decrees, tomorrow decrees, the common say in today’s politics is "something going around come around" meaning whatever kiir and his cohorts are doing to others will be done to them in future. S.Sudan will never be the same again. The JCE,M7 and Kiir will leave behind non-regrettable and unforgivable episode to their

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      • 21 June 2017 10:08, by Mopedi

        con..upcoming generation,South Sudanese love themselves regardless of tribes, region and religions as proved during the two decades of struggle and the subsequent overwhelming referendum of 2011. my message to to kiir and JCE peace means peace with no other different definition. but not the case in our country, Kiir without shame deceive the world that peace is in SS, while fighting is ongoing,

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        • 21 June 2017 10:20, by Mopedi

          con.. dozens are at critical starvation stage with no hope of availability of food soon. peace means peace President, peace means no hunger everyone,it means basic service delivery presence at grass roots my people. Let’s be honest,use our logic to bring lasting peace in SS not as dinka, nuer or equatoria, not even as SPLA-IGs,IOs and FDs but as South Sudanese

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          • 21 June 2017 10:29, by Mopedi

            This National Dialogue initiated by Kiir will not bring peace and will not succeed, because it’s designed to direct blames to certain group(s) of South Sudanese. yet the ND itself has shallow approaches and strategies, and wrongly timed.

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