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South Sudan’s VP supports term limits on presidency: report


By Philip Thon Aleu

February 11, 2011 (KAMPALA) – The second most powerful man in the soon-to-be independent state of South Sudan, Vice-President Riek Machar, is opposed to open-ended terms in power, he has told a Ugandan newspaper.

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Southern Sudanese regional vice president Riek Machar (Getty Images)

“Overstaying in power beyond two terms prevents new ideas,” Riek Machar said in an exclusive interview on Tuesday with New Vision, one of Uganda’s leading dailies.

Machar said that setting a maximum of two terms in office would “improve governance and democratic systems.”

South Sudan voted overwhelming for secession from North Sudan in a referendum stipulated under the 2005 peace deal that ended nearly half a century of intermittent civil war between the two sides.

The most recent North-South war, which killed over two million people, broke out in Bor town, Jonglei state, on May 16, 1983, under the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), then led by its late leader John Garang.

The SPLM have pledged to organize elections and form a broad-based government after the south is officially independent on July 2011 in order to assuage concerns of possible political instability in the region.

South Sudan has a taskforce currently reviewing its interim constitution in order enact necessary legislation, including length of interim period and presidential term limits.

South Sudan underwent general elections in April last year re-electing incumbent, President Salva Kiir, by a large margin ahead of his main competitor, Lam Akol, the leader of a splinter party; the SPLM-Democratic Change.


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  • 12 February 2011 05:37, by Maruon Ayiei

    I appreciated your answer about the term limit. There is nothing more busive than having an open ended term. We have seen in other countries how the end result of an open ended term limit were. I can guarantee if we do not have a term limit in south sudan, there will be more bloodshed. Two term if somebody managed to win them and that be it. Mr. VP, that was a good guesture and I thank you for that.

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    • 12 February 2011 06:41, by wang

      I agree with you Mr.Vice-president for that term limits you had mentiond, but our outcomes problems shall have nothing do with the office term. Tribalism, like what is going on now, where every minister from the government has Dinka last names, are the bigger challenging.

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    • 13 February 2011 02:00, by Mr Point

      In Russia they have term limits for the President.

      When the President finishes his term then a man from a different tribe becomes President.

      But the old President becomes the Prime Minister and continues to be the real power in the country, controlling the new President.

      In new South Sudan vision there would be no such tribal considerations. Would there?

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  • 12 February 2011 07:26, by Mach Achiek

    Term limit is the right idea, we don’t need to opposed Riek base on his poor records during the struggle. His past records will be use to challenge his credential, but if he made a point; we have to acknowledge it.

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    • 12 February 2011 09:01, by Peter Mading

      Sudantribune should make an oppinion poll on this idea initiated by Dr. Riek Machar. If South Sudan will be Democratic Country we do not need leaders to be in power for more than expected. We need leaders who are innovative and tolerance for the progress of our New Nation.

      Time is coming now where Citizens of South Sudan will choose leaders of their own. Yes politicians pull up your socks and prepare for the game.

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  • 12 February 2011 09:40, by Nuer

    If this means in practice Machar, fine, we should be patriots in the true sense of the word, that is people who love and are loyal to their, country, and who show it by an honest desire to promote the common good instead of their personal interests; an open mind, politically mature enough to listen to the views of others and to sincerely appreciate what is good in those views and a firm decision to seek ways and means to apply those views to the situation at hand. Only the Spirit of wisdom can help to bring this about,the spirit of wisdom and insight, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and fear of God, you deserve everything, despite the fact, individual that are against this brighter ideas.

    Republic of South Sudan Oyee
    GoSS leadership Oyee
    Splm/A Oyee

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  • 12 February 2011 14:54, by Nhomlawda

    South Sudanese

    If Kiir was a good leader on service delivery to the poor and a disciplined commander on war against corruption; I would have opposed term limit.
    But the president is reluctant to fight corruption and his ministers are looting resources of the poor people.
    Let the term limit be initiated. However, it will intensify tribal division since our politics is tribal based not ideologically based.
    Democracy is good in a well educated society but not largely illiterate society like South Sudan where people like George Athor and Gatwech Chan (Tanganya)can misuse people if they failed nomination or elections.
    South Sudan need people’s service oriented dictator so that services are delivered to people without politiking influence. Under a people’s service oriented dictator leadership, tribal divisions are always minimized and therefore, patriotism develops fast.
    When a good dictator rule a country, services can easily be delivered to people without hinderance e.g. in Egypt and Kenya during Moi time and even in Uganda. But if a tribal democracy is promoted among illiterate societies, you end up with situation like in Kenya in December 2007 election and current political standoff in Ivory Coast.
    Konwledgeable and patriotic dictators are good; e.g. without John Garang leadership style which was called dictatorship, we would had destroyed ourselves in the bush as Neimeri stated during inception of SPLA. Good dictators can speed up economic growth e.g. Kenya during Moi era and Rwanda under Paul Kagame.
    South Sudanese need to weigh the consequences of democracy at this time and select the best governance system that suite our needs.
    Rushing into unknown waters will not always work to the best intended.

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  • 12 February 2011 16:03, by Dinkanuer

    Philip Thon Ariik!

    "The second most powerful man"

    Thon Aleu, you’re most stupid perseon on the world.

    How would you descript such a human right Abuser in that way?
    Is it because of his greediness for the leadership?

    The Tribalism leader Riek Machar can’t and willn’t predict the future of our nation.

    ***The Nasir declaration failed and ended with Massacre of civilainas in Bor where 100,000 of people lost their lives.

    ***The Naath Movement(Nuer) Destructed the vision of the SPLA/M but with the help of God, they again control of the situation.
    ***The failed SSLM/SSIM/A has no where to be found but left people wandering around where to go?

    ***The failure person like Riek Machar will lead the nation into no where?

    For those who are still using Ngundeng ideologies, please be inform! Ngundeng had shameful things to be said about him. First,

    He was not a Prophet but a profit to his royalist in Nuer.
    He had many names according to his activities in many parts of South Sudan.
    He was a Cannibal animal according to Nuer man who doesn’t need to be mentioned
    His first name was Ngundeng-meaning that he was send by God.
    After he gone wild and ran away.
    His name changed to be Gatluakmanguel in Nuer dialect.
    He ate many Nuer men and women in Nuer Land
    Dinka. His name was Manyang e Juet.
    He ate many children, animal claviers and cows’s bulls in Dinka Land.
    Equatorian with different languages including English and Arabic
    His name was Tiger

    The Nuer man who refused to be target by Ngundeng’s salves pointed out that. Ngundeng had no father or mother but the Devil who came out in the River Nile in a form of fish, when the Nuer boys want for fishing. They fish for so many hours and they caught nothing, when the boys get tied and ready to go back home. One of them told other guys that there was a fish ate his hook lastly, the boy convinced other friends to tried one more time! Shortly after he putted on snail body on the hook, he had thrown it into Nile River. Immediately, Ngundeng was caught. The boy was attempting to pull the Fish Ngundeng out in the river but it was difficult for him to do so, then he called his associates to pull Ngundeng on the shore. They brought it out and they were smile some of them were told to go and collect firewood in order for the young men to roast their fish.
    Unfortunately! The Fish Ngundeng changed into big snake! And the boys ran away from it, the boys thought that they were dreaming and they came back for the second times. The Snake Ngundeng light it body and become bright as well as electricity light. They ran home and they spread the news to the community, when the Nuer elders came to the place where Ngundeng was pulled. It was still there as snake with it light. People gather together around it and started asking question how did this happen? The Snake Ngundeng changed into human being and told people not to run away. All of them were shocking and scary to death except Human Ngundeng who perform such witchcraft. things "Come down, come down now!" The Human Ngundeng said. Who are you? The Nuer elders asked him. I am Nyajok_ which mean woman devil! The Human Ngundeng answer! She knew her own physical appearance as she is a hermaphrodite. (A person with both the organs of a man and a woman) Wow! Brothers and sisters of Nuer I am sorry for your Profit. Nyajok Ngundeng was not a Prohet? It was your profit to cheat people for his power but It was not a Prophet? It was a Satan?

    Cie liel du dem e mac!

    By Dinkanuer!

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    • 12 February 2011 16:14, by Ito

      I congratulate his excellency Dr. Riek Machar for such an intelligent thinking. Yes, there should not be an open-ended term limit. You stand twice and that is it. We were fighting to install a democratic system in the sudan and here we are with south sudan on our hands, let us do what we died for.

      These proposals have to be done amicably to allow the movement of democratic process.

      May God bless all

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    • 13 February 2011 00:52, by South Elite Eye (see)

      Dear readers,
      Mr Machar was wrong in early 90s but on the issue of term limit he is precisely correct. All those of Khartoum agreement were wrong but his thought on term limit is a brilliant idea.

      After five decades of struggle and hardship we need nothing short of democracy and all its dividends. It is ironical for my brother to state that we need to start our rail system powered by steam engine rather then the diesel engine of our age in the name of Kenya or Egypt who have had horrible dictators. I mean democracy is our ultimate goal, not any carnation of authoritarian government.

      Mr Dinkanuer must show some respect to Naath people because Majier Gai, Kerubino Kuanyin and Lam Akol were not and are not Naath people but just after their greedy demands and not our mutual goal of a free south Sudan.

      To economize my words democracy is tangible event in Early stone age if all people had a role to play.


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  • 12 February 2011 17:39, by Chol Ajak

    Well said Mr VP.

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  • 12 February 2011 18:35, by Tambura

    Thats what I said somedays ago, setting maximum term in office will prevent dictatorship and will end tribalism and corruption, we have to set term even in governorship, governor cannot be elected more then twice in state. I respect you a lot sir we so grateful you are our leader sir. As I am planing to be the next president of south Sudan I will need your support in nearest future.

    The next President of south Sudan

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  • 12 February 2011 19:16, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Ya Mr. Vice-President this is the right time now to talk about term limit which contradict 1992 Nasir faction.

    we need not to hear the term "Kaamda koni Jaang dhieli malesh" as i use to heard it when i was in Nasir/Kuic in 1992.

    let turn it to "Kaamda Koni Jaang te Malesh" that sound good now.

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    • 13 February 2011 07:26, by naath

      Bro, Machar, was only looking for the Self-determination of Southerners Sudanese, not the -ill Ideology of New Sudan, which did not work at all!!

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      • 13 February 2011 11:13, by Marco A. Wek

        Yes the New Sudan idea worked and that is why we have our independent today Mr. Naath. Do you think if South Sudanese were fighting the Northern Sudanese as separatist movement, we would have had the support the SPLM/SPLA got?

        Did brother Riek Machar get international support when he formed South Sudan Independent Movement? Was he not eventually reduced to joining the very North Sudan he wanted independent from?

        Late Dr. Garang said again and again, we know what we want and as a smart man, he played his political game smartly and he therefor brought us to where we are today. To defeat jalaba, you need to be a highly calculating individual, a man who thinks before he jumps unlike the ones who jump before thinking and therefor costs him dearly when he falls.

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  • 12 February 2011 22:55, by Garang

    Great utterances Mr.Vice President and thumb up to uncle Joseph Lagu. Let the Technical Constitutional Review Committee make sure that each term is four years only instead of the current five years brought about by the CPA.All civil society organizations in the South have to embark on intensifying civic education on democracy, good governance and unity in diversity.Students and school children, the pillars of the young nation to be born in Africa are to be taught and brought up in a manner that they look at themselves as one nation irrespective of their ethnic differences.

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  • 12 February 2011 23:55, by naath

    Ladies And gentlemen,

    The term limits that has been embraced by Dr. Machar, is the only way forward to ensure that our nation prevail democratically. However, we do not want dictatorship like the rest of the African countries. We have seen enough amongst many African leaders during their regimes. Those should be the examples we should learn from. On the other hand, tribal politics will never take us anywhere!! brothers, We are in 21st Century where we should think globally instead of thinking locally!! Enough is enough!!


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    • 13 February 2011 16:20, by Baring

      Dear Readers

      No body in this world will be worring for life. yes there is a mistake been done during the movement by everybody, but we have to forgive and move on. Dr. Machar is really pointed important issue if we did not set the term limit from the beginig it will be difficlt to be change in future when the power hungery person come to the power.This is a good idea.

      Dear Southerners we have to build the nation base on principle not whom do you know. God bless you in your good ideas

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  • 13 February 2011 07:12, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Two terms, but how many years? Please don’t tell me 10 years max.

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  • 13 February 2011 07:56, by Southern_Stocker

    Hi every Body in here

    Im just wondering in south Sudan why when it comes to political position it always ends up all about Dinka and Nuer.
    Is it coz Politicians get easy money?

    I wish to hear one day Dinka and Nuer are competing to be the to business men in South sudan.

    What I know when ever I hear about Chol oung ...I just think of some one greedy who wants to eat alone by justifying stupidly...(Normally Dinkas have one or many step mothers).

    If those who resort to Dinka and Nuer factor always dont come out from their endless funnel (Not Tunnel)they will keep narrowing and narowing every day. Dont forget that there are alot of smart people out there from other groups in Sudan.. I hope your loud voice wont be revieling secrets and victimise you for mistaken deeds.

    Endless leadership is Killing...Limit it and you will enjoy the fruits from different brains.

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  • 13 February 2011 08:07, by Southern_Stocker

    No more

    My way but our way... other wise no ways

    Mind that every body who astill think tribal based politics does waor in a place like south sudan... ...

    Let who ever is qualified to handle the front seat.

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