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Loss of vision in SPLM caused civil war, says Dinka elder


September 20, 2017 (JUBA) - A Dinka elder has linked the South Sudanese conflict to the “loss of vision without substitute”, stressing that the movement was founded on socialist principles with the view to liberating the masses from the yolk of repression, but ended up repeating the same things it had rejected.

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President Salva Kiir greets First Vice President Riek Machar before to start a meeting at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 3 June 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

“Historically, the SPLM [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] was founded on socialist principles of liberation and revolution, an ideological pattern on which Africa conceived and achieved freedom and independence,” wrote Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, a prominent member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders.

“But SPLM leaders seem to have lost the socialist ideology without substitute, now they are fighting themselves as individuals, not government and opposition because they lack ideology,” it added.

According to the official, lack ideology lured the South Sudanese communities into the “meaningless, useless and senseless” civil war.

“It [civil war] must be stopped”, he further stressed.

Akuey, also head of the legislative committee for human rights and constitutional affairs at South Sudan’s Council of States, reiterated the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan can be addressed through reconciliation of the ruling party leadership.

The war, according to the official, broke out as a result of differences among SPLM leaders, which could not be resolved in December 2013.

On Monday, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attributed the civil war in South Sudan to “lack of ideology”.

Museveni, according to the New Vision, blamed South Sudanese politicians for pushing forward identity politics while forgetting the interests of the people and that he was working hard to unite the different factions of the country’s ruling party.

“Identity is important but it should not be promoted at the expense of the common interests of the people. Even Uganda was a failed state but was rescued by a student movement that taught people to forget about identity politics,” he said.

South Sudan’s civil war is a conflict between government troops and the armed opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup d’état. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.


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  • 21 September 2017 00:09, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Elders according to Sudanese cultures are the wiser creatures n gifted with devine knowledge beyond reasonable doubt, but naming a 👶 child has been always the case in the south Sudanese context! If the "Jieng councils of elders"been given
    A different named,let’s say the" concern south Sudanese elders groups,or any other naming, the problem of those interested group could have been solved long

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  • 21 September 2017 00:20, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    ? time ago,and they could have come up with a tengable results for amicable resolution; when I went through these 📃 list of these jieng councils of elders,these is the whole of United of state, United Kingdom combined head of cansellors wit fresh ideas,fresh minds "But"the naming itself has always been the problematic,I do not know how the naming bye 👋 pass them

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  • 21 September 2017 02:14, by lino

    Where is John Aken?! Response to uncle Aldo please. Did I mention lost of vision and direction yesterday?
    When vision is lost, any leader can run around and cook something. When Kiir was faced in the media conference,he used Bashir’s boys who are advising him to get rid of SPLM leaders so a fack coup was brought up.

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    • 21 September 2017 07:11, by South South


      I totally disagree with Aldo and you. SPLA/M vision never been endorsed by Equatorians, Shilliuk and Furtit in Wau. These people have been fighting SPLA since 1983. When Riek started fighting SPLA in 1991, did SPLA lost vision at that time? Riek is a dog and he will die in his parking lot in South Africa. If you live like a dog, you will die like a dog.

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  • 21 September 2017 04:51, by Freedom Fighter

    The so-called Dinka elder is wrong, and here is why;

    1. Did Dr. Riek Machar, White Army, Furtit Lions, Shuluk Militia, and Equatorians Militia ever believe in Dr. Garang’s vision

    2. If the answer is yes, then where in the world some one with vision would hunt for civilians, destroying infrastructure, and lobby for foreign invasion of their country.

    These trouble makers have always been there

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  • 21 September 2017 05:05, by dinkdong

    The counsel of evils are acknowledging the truths at last.

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    • 21 September 2017 05:10, by dinkdong


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      • 21 September 2017 05:27, by Malakal county Simon

        Dinka elder lack ideology lured the South Sudanese communities into the “meaningless, useless and senseless” civil war.

        In this case, at least everyone is coming to their sense slowly......

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  • 21 September 2017 06:23, by Tilo

    First of all JCE are the very ones who mess up the country. They are working for the betterment of Dinka only and advising country president. JCE Stay away from country affairs and peace can prevail.
    Dinka is not the only tribe in SS therefore dinka should learn to stay in harmony n respect other communities also otherwise

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  • 21 September 2017 10:00, by Dinka Fighter

    Aldo is completely confused on what he can do to help South Sudan. All these people fighting aren’t splm members. They’re community youths$politicians mobilized to fight Dinka government period.

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