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SPLM reunification best option to end S. Sudan war: official


July 4, 2017 (JUBA) – The reunification was South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) remains the best option for ending the conflict in the young nation, Daniel Awet Akot, an advisor to the president said Monday.

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Southern Sudan Police and Security Minister Daniel Awet Akot (L) gestures while talking to Ugandan Interior Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in Juba in south Sudan Monday 3 July 2006.

The ruling party official told Sudan Tribune said he was optimistic the upcoming reunification meeting scheduled to take place in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, paves way for reaching a consensus aimed at ending the ongoing conflict.

Akot said the reunification meeting scheduled to take place week will bring together four different factions to discuss the way forward.

“The reunification is important because the conflict started with the SPLM leadership and people are urging for it and saying that peace can only come to the country if the SPLM leaders resolve their differences. They even say when SPLM splits, communities split and country gets into serious political and security matters. This is what we should not encourage,” the presidential advisor told Sudan Tribune.

“We need to avoid it by making SPLM united until when time comes for peaceful secession and gradual transformation takes place in the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army]”, he added.

According to the official, the faction of the armed opposition under the leadership of the former First-Vice President, Riek Machar will participate in the forthcoming meeting scheduled for 12 July, 2017.

The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has invited South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar to attend a meeting aimed at the reunification of the different SPLM factions.

In May this year, three factions of South Sudan’s ruling party agreed in Kampala to set aside their differences and work out a roadmap to reunify the historical party.

The meeting was, however, boycotted by the Machar-led armed opposition faction.

“Your representatives are hereby invited to attend so that mediation process is all inclusive. Eventually, you could come in person after we harmonize in the region,” partly reads Museveni’s 26 June letter obtained by Sudan Tribune.

“I have met the different representative of SPLM factions. During the last meeting, it was agreed that all SPLM factions be represented in the subsequent meetings," it added.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between Kiir and his then-Vice President, Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. The fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over three million people fleeing their home


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  • 5 July 2017 07:18, by Eastern

    “Your representatives are hereby invited to attend so that mediation process is all inclusive. Eventually, you could come in person after we harmonize in the region,” partly reads Museveni’s 26 June letter obtained by Sudan Tribune.

    “I have met the different representative of SPLM factions. During the last meeting, it was agreed that all SPLM factions be represented in the subsequent meetings,"

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    • 5 July 2017 07:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Reunionification of SPLM is not a solution?
      The only solution is election to change leadership or to restate the leadership.

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      • 5 July 2017 10:32, by Majesty

        SPLM started this war, where else would you end it? If you can’t go to root cause of the problem, can you really solve it? You need peace before election not other way round.
        Similar peace process which was going on in Tanzania in 2014/5 was on tract of bringing genuine peace. Then you had useless African union hijacking it. Yeah current Kiir/Tabang peace is going nowhere.

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        • 5 July 2017 11:13, by Mr Point

          The war started when Kiir stopped following the constitution of the country and the party.
          Kiir staged a fake coup to attack his rivals in the SPLM. He was supposed to bring peace and development.
          Kiir created tribal war and refugee camps to make him and his family rich.

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      • 5 July 2017 15:41, by quiz

        Ayui, who will do election? Do u want Bargazel to do election a lone so to confuse the world? SPLM reunification and election are not the solutions. Just remove Taban Deng group, people go back to 2015 peace agreement deal, you will see peace in 1 month period. are U seeing mess wc happening in ur sin city now ? conflict wc is happening Btn Dinka Aweil and Warrap is being created by Taban Deng.

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    • 5 July 2017 13:54, by Philosopherking

      That’s why the peace agreement needs to be revitalised to create a conducive environment for justice and accountability, national dialogue and then elections. Reunification of SPLM only means we are back to square one; where intra party elections and the fear of defeat /change of leadership inspired the incumbent to cook up a coup. Thise who expressed interest in leading the party and those oppose

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      • 5 July 2017 13:56, by Philosopherking

        to how the party and the country was being managed were accused of plotting a coup so that they are annihilated or exiled. Till date, even innocent civilians are still being falsely accused, targeted and killed for perceived support for the opposition or actual opposition to totalitarianism, lawlessness and corruption. To move this country towards a democracy, we need a strong opposition, not the

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        • 5 July 2017 14:00, by Philosopherking

          ....not the reinvention of a failed monster! This being said, the whole reunification and national dialogue agenda are not aimed at solving the root causes of the conflict, but to reinstill Kiir as the leader of the already non existent SPLM and make him the sole candidate for the next elections. So no, to this nonsense!!!

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    • 5 July 2017 14:18, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! services power looting more (SPLM). this will not bring anything in to this country.

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  • 5 July 2017 07:20, by Eastern

    The tone of Museveni’s letter to Dr. Machar sounds feindish.

    Now that SPLM has 4 factions, which factions exactly signed the ARCISS? If Dr. Machar makes that mistake of sending REPRESENTATIVES, he would have sent out RAVENS as Noah did when the floods receded as written in the Bible; Dr. Machar will have dug his own hole and sent himself into oblivion!!!!

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  • 5 July 2017 07:33, by Newsudan

    Museveni is very cunning,advice your boss Gatmachar better not to be lured and butcher rather than South Africa house arrest.

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    • 5 July 2017 07:45, by jubaone

      The SPLM was John Garang´s brain child and after him, the SPLM/A is dead and useless. Each of these faction should just find a new Party and Name. The SPLM/A has outlived it´s purpose. SS is a sovereign state and no longer an appendage of Khartoum, unless of course these jienges still want to cling to their jellaba masters. Lam has already shown the way, Riak must follow.

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      • 5 July 2017 08:09, by Eastern


        The issue here is SPLM/A has held South Sudanese hostage. Folks in this monstrous party came out of the bush bulging with a false sense of entitlement - you either give it or they have it. This resulted to masive land grabbing, corruption, etc.

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    • 5 July 2017 08:12, by Eastern


      There’s no house arrest to talk of here. The matrix for revitalisation of the ARCISS has been approved and its implementation will get funding. This will overshadow Kiir’s national dialogue. Kiir’s national dialogue will be overtaken by events as donors will see no need for funding a dead wood project. Dr. Machar was smarter in no giving audiance to the meek emissaries from Juba!

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    • 5 July 2017 08:13, by Eastern


      Dr. Machar is ahead of the curve....

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      • 5 July 2017 10:54, by Majesty

        The other way round is true. Riek Machar is selfish man and will continue on that path of disgrace. His greedy moved of Aug 1991 landed him in Khartoum as Bashir wife. SPLM trouble started when him and many other traitors were allowed to rejoin. Riek current or next move will not be any better. It was by slim chance (coward Kiir) he survived last year. He will not next time.

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        • 5 July 2017 12:11, by Eastern


          Try HARDER next time!

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  • 5 July 2017 08:42, by Lenin Bull

    Don’t waste our times and resources talking about reunification of this sinful gang-club of criminals called SPLM. They have no real vision for a peaceful united developing democratic nation-state. They hated and quarreled among themselves and then transformed that into a tribal war all over the country where innocent women, children elderly, disabled persons all got wiped away in the process.

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  • 5 July 2017 08:49, by Lenin Bull

    The current SPLM from 2005 - 2017 is different from the SPLM of 1983- 2005. The current SPLM is composed of looters and criminals that have no clear vision for the country and its people at all. It is a movement for looting the resources especially oil proceeds/petrodollars and that is why this SPLM madness to be readmitted back into it.

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  • 5 July 2017 08:54, by Lenin Bull

    Me, my wife, and children we are done with SPLM for good and will not vote for it in next elections and any elections. I’m satisfied with my little contribution during the hard trying days of our great liberation struggle and now we are free though criminal politicians like Riek, Lam akol Adwok Nyaba, Pagan, etc are disturbing and distracting the young nation.

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  • 5 July 2017 08:59, by Lenin Bull

    Other political parties should not give chance for these SPLM criminals to regroup in order to perpetuate their criminal enterprises. The country needs urgent peace and periodic elections but not civil wars, military coups, tribal killings of innocent civilians in order to be readmitted into SPLM and the status quo continues. I HATE THE SPLM.

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  • 5 July 2017 09:06, by Lenin Bull

    Allow them to reunite and you will witness mess up again and tribal killings, and military confrontation during next elections, or next SPLM conventions or in succession talks when Salva Kiir will decide to retire( There will be fighting folks). SPLM is a burden to our young country.The red army intellectuals should start to think twice to carry the young independent South Sudan to the next stage.

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    • 5 July 2017 10:26, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      I may differ with you on other matters on and about SS, but here I like your comments on the SPLM.

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  • 5 July 2017 09:15, by Kush Natives

    SPLM is completely confused, whether it’s DC, IG, and IO in the IG clothes. Why is the reunification of the SPLM realized now? What went wrong in the first place? Why didn’t SPLM realized that it’s division within will dragged this country down its knee? The only viable alternative option is to hold an election in 2018. Other than that NO.

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    • 5 July 2017 09:23, by Kush Natives

      The peaceful solution in South Sudan’s conflict is far behind imagination. I thought that South Sudanese politicians should put the SPLM solution behind their back yard and start looking forward to find an another machensm of putting the suffering innocent into an END. Because whoever suffering now is SPLM, it’s an innocent civil populations in the country side.

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      • 5 July 2017 09:25, by Kush Natives

        Correction. Whoever is suffering now is not SPLM.

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      • 5 July 2017 15:04, by lino

        Ya Kush, elections need money, organization,and people to cast their ballets!!! Now, SS is lacking all. Stop the war first and foremost and then we will be shouting elections.
        The collapsed August, 2015 Agreement was the leading gateway but the government in Juba chooses otherwise!!! Let wait 2018 Nissan tomorrow.

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        • 5 July 2017 20:04, by Kush Natives

          RoSS is stacked uh, stop this, do that, blah blah blah. Ma pi bia kamu kide yajama. If you folks are refusing dialogue and election, because of no money uh. We can vote by phone, if no transportation because of gas.

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  • 5 July 2017 09:23, by Lenin Bull

    The SPLM has reached menopause age. It is barren. It has become a witch. Looking forward to a peaceful revolutionary day when a new vibrant political party will emerge lead by a young intellectual lad from any tribe or region with a new vision/Emmanuel Macron style avec la vision de moralization de la vie politique pour notre pay Le Soudan du Sud.

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  • 5 July 2017 09:35, by Lenin Bull

    Riek arming the Nuer, Pagan Amum arming the Shilluk Agwelek rebels, Lam and Adwok NDM/A rebels, Yau Yau with Cobra snakes in Boma ready to bite anyone anytime anywhere, Chirilo with his Kokora Bari Salvation thing, President Salva Kiir with his Gogrial monopolized SPLM brand in Juba, etc. The list is endless. These are the miserable elements to be reunited folks of my motherland. JESUS CHRIST

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  • 5 July 2017 09:36, by Lenin Bull

    son of Mary where are you?

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  • 5 July 2017 10:12, by Newsudan

    the tide turned against separatists now: Dr Garang was 100% unionist. the vision of Newsudan was the best. Still will be final solution, for crises in South,Darfur, Nuba,Funj n Beja.South Sudan independent ( golden calf) celebration, has now turned into confusion, killing, uncertainty, tribal war, leaderless,camps of refugees, idps,famine.even 1991 crisis was must far better off than now.fake inde

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    • 5 July 2017 10:24, by Eastern


      Look at who faked the independence of South Sudan. Is it not that inept man who is steeped in tribalism, alcohol and women? Pursuing the fallacy of New Sudan agenda by SPLM-North is already causing problems. I like those folks though as they are not prone to defections like the weaklings we have here.

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      • 5 July 2017 10:46, by Newsudan

        The duo Dr Riek n Kiir approach Dr Garang 2002,that Newsudan project can’t work.but why is it now South Sudan independent didn’t change any situation instead tribal war, famine, idps,camps of refugees etc.

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        • 5 July 2017 11:57, by Eastern


          Good question. The one who has made the independence of South Sudan look fake to folks like you is Kiir; Kiir thought he single-handedly manage South Sudan aided by a few former NCP convert without Machar, Lam, Peter Adwok and all well intending South Sudanese. Kiir forgot that he is a low calibre military man who has been leading a rebel outfit without civil leadership skills....

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  • 5 July 2017 12:06, by Lenin Bull

    Newsudan lunatic, South Sudan is free and independent forever. What we have here is a teething menace and it will be over soon. Remain with your fake Arabs, terrorists,islamic bigots, and political criminals in Khartoum. Don’t remind us of Sudan. The current South Sudan far more better than the current confused terrorist led Sudan. What we lack in South Sudan are true leaders, but it is being

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  • 5 July 2017 12:12, by Lenin Bull

    Newsudan bastard, if you came to this forum to remind us of your One United Sudan utopianism, then I must remind further that the current proud South Sudanese people are not regretting their choice of independent South Sudan.In fact within less than 5 years, more positive steps taking off till Arab satanic strategists nudget Rieks to thwart them with this mess.

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  • 5 July 2017 12:18, by Lenin Bull

    Newsudan, wait a bit. South Sudanese people are going to correct this leadership deficiency soon when Riek, Lam, Pagan , and Kiir will be gone, and the country back on track. Sudan will torn like a piece of cloth into 4 independent republics soon. Worry about your own fate not ours ya non comportis mentis moron called Newsudan.

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    • 5 July 2017 12:47, by Newsudan

      Lenin Bull
      Then Hell will be far off better than South Sudan until Newsudan is achieved, a Newsudan for all regardless of tribe,race,religion, geographical location, Dr Garang wasn’t shortsighted to favour south Sudan alone,

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  • 5 July 2017 13:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    If not elections
    Which way do you thinks that can bring to the country?
    I thinks Reunionification of SPLM can not solve the problem of South Sudan.

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    • 5 July 2017 15:39, by Majesty

      Root cause of war in S. Sudan started earlier but particularly in 2012 at SPLM National liberation (also in SPLM Polical Bureau) when Salva Kiir refused the process of secret vote. Secret vote is choosing candidate of your choice like in 2010 Referendum without revealing it to anyone. This is how people vote world wide.

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      • 5 July 2017 15:51, by Majesty

        ...Kiir wants to know who (would) vote for him, Riek, Pagan, others, it’s not democracy. Another disagreeing point, Kiir maintained to hand pick a least 10% which of course, will give him strategic advantage to win. The purpose of this vote was to select SPLM (Party)leader who will then run as President. Riek, Pagan, others are not innocent either.

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        • 5 July 2017 16:19, by Majesty

          ... To solve this, you’d need to go back and let them do exactly what they were supposed to do in the first place (in 2012). Cutting it and creating two army in one country, diving up states among armed rebels and gov’t, ....was not meant to bring peace.

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  • 5 July 2017 13:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    One more thing, the uselessness war in the country is not activating by SPLM, they are multiple parties who are destroying South Sudan.

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  • 5 July 2017 13:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    SPLM, can be reunited but it is impossible to solve the problem in the country unless there is a change of 🆔 in leadership.

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  • 5 July 2017 13:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I’m looking ? way to exile my dream became true about the the country issues.

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  • 5 July 2017 15:34, by quiz

    Daniel Awet, you R tribal man since 1970s, you hate Nuer very well and you contributed a lots in the killing of innocents Nuer in Juba during 2013 crisis. Me personally hate SPLM party for good bs they are the ones who killing & looting S.sudaness always. I agree Journalist Nhial Bol who said" SPLM kills when they separate & loots when they unite". These greed party(SPLM) politicians fail country

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  • 5 July 2017 19:54, by Adok son

    Hey yaa those of Awet Akot! Better to be silent instead of talking negatively while you are the ones caused the crisis through SPLM affairs, now the world has got acknowledge about South Sudan problems, they will end the suffering of the people one day to allow Dr Machar to organizes his independent state South Sudan as he had called for her since 1991.So let Machar Teny Take the position of >>>

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  • 5 July 2017 20:05, by Adok son

    presidency and looks how our state to be led by the owner of self determination.
    This country will not be the same again unless you allow Machar to full and put his own strategies which he has been calling for up to date.
    My message to the world is only to allow Machar Teny to come freely without detains him in exile, then instead let the world film Mr Salva Kiir to exile if there will be problem

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