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Eastern Equatoria: 37 NCP members defect to SPLM


January 2, 2011 (TORIT) - A total of 37 members from the National Congress Party (NCP) in Eastern Equatoria State on Friday defected to the south-ruling party Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), alleging that the Khartoum-based party has “no vision” for southerners.

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Louis Lobong Lojore, the Eastern Equatoria state SPLM Chairperson addresses the 37 defectors from the Khartoum-based National Congress Party - NCP (Photo: Ijjo Bosco Modi)

Abdullah Keri Wani, the former NCP spokesperson for the state described Sudan’s ruling party as a “failed” political party with no mandate to serve the interest of the people of Southern Sudan.

He cited intrigue, lack of clear vision and absence of political will as some of the major challenges facing the party’s wing in Eastern Equatoria. The party’s office in the state has also been closed.

While receiving the defectors, Louis Lobong Lojore, the SPLM state chairperson hailed the decision, saying such a move came at the right moment as southerners prepare for a self determination referendum in the semi-autonomous region.

Lojore, who is also the Eastern Equatoria State Governor, however, urged the former NCP members to join the SPLM’s ongoing initiative of sensitizing and mobilizing state citizens ahead of the referendum due in January 9.

The referendum is a key perquisite of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which brought to an end over two decades of a bloody civil war fought between the Christian dominated south and the north, which is governed by Islamic Shari’a Law.

The implementation of Shari’a Law in 1983 was one of the triggers of the second north-south civil war. Other causes include the south’s oil wealth, use of Nile water, identity, political representation and economic marginalization.

According to the UN two million people died in the conflict, mainly from disease, and four million were forced to flee their homes to other areas of Sudan and neighboring countries.

Most observers say that the south will chose to separate from the north and form a new country.


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  • 3 January 2011 06:28, by omoni Atari

    Welcome back home lostmen,
    And my advise to you is that do not spy or do conspiracy to our government,we need you strip out all NCP wicked policies and join our party/SPLM. And we still going to supervise and monitor your movement and work for six months in order to be trusted in our community.

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    • 3 January 2011 09:18, by Ezekiel Dau

      Thanks and welcome back this is your home brothers and sisters but dont go back with 37 SPLM members to NCP,my advise to governer is to supervise them will they may bring confusion to our people.
      take care oooooooooo

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      • 3 January 2011 09:34, by Peter Mading

        This could have been a good move if it happened earlier far from the referendum date or exercise. There is nothing to say apart from "Welcome you to the SPLM and not back to the SPLM because you were not for the SPLM"

        Remember that you the 37 defectors and those behind you to defect; you are seen as seeking for protection and not for political purposes. When did you realise that NCP lack the vision? You also lacks the vision. How long had you been supporting NCP and undermining the SPLM? It is quite a long time and for many years. Please come and join the SPLM and keep quite. You have very little contribution to Southern Sudanese struggle. Now you are for the SPLM and tomorrow you will be for something else. After all freedom is what we want.


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    • 3 January 2011 11:14, by Jurdit Mayen

      It is time now for Southerners who are in NCP to defect.If u wait until the anouncement of the results,then is a waste of time and u will not be accepted in any party with in Southern Sudan.I preciate those who have defected before the anouncements of the results.U are highly welcome to your mother party SPLM.

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    • 4 January 2011 02:55, by Young Nation

      Men are literally born to protect their countries!

      The Bible clearly advocates for the forgiveness of one’s enemy. It is because of this biblical principle that the SPLM-SPLA, togather with the people of South Sudan, who had endured several decades of brutality from the enemies of the South with tremendous assistance from these South Sudanese recent political defectees, are humbly forgiving these Eastern Equatoria NCP members. The former NCP members are highly welcome home to see and therefore enjoy what SPLM-SPLA and the masses in South had been fighting for.

      My message to these brothers, if any of them are ladies is that: men are born to defend their countries in case of any external aggression. Most of you if not all of you have failed to perform this crucial responsibility. The philosophy of MEN ShOULD FIGHT FOR THE DEFEND OF THEIR MOTHERLAND is deeply rooted in my blood to the extent were I sometimes blame myself for not participating in our national liberation although my reason for not doing so is justified. The justified reason I mean is- I was born in 1983, the very year North-South war resumed. I became years nine old in 1992 when we left for Kenya as refugees immediately after the enemy forces stormed and took Kapoeta Town in June 1992. We left for Australia fews years later. The point I’m trying to reflect here is that, my age prevented me from taking part in the liberation of our dear motherland and this create deep frustration in me most of the time. This does not mean that I’m a warsome person. But what has occured in the Sudan since 1955 wnats each and every pysical stable young Southern Sudanese to fight and defend South Sudan from the North. But thank God those who were elders than myself did their best to depend our nation. Shame to those who had opportunities to particiate physically but failed to for whatever reasons including those who had joint the enemies of the South.

      Young Nation is a Student of BA (International Relations) at The University of Queensland, Australia.

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  • 3 January 2011 09:31, by Rev John Khamis Kamunde

    That is a great and wise move my dear fellow Southeners.
    I am delighted and very happy that most of the sons and dauthers of South Sudan have realized to Unite under one shadow.

    The Bible says in St John’Gospel chapter 3:16 that God so loved the world so much that He sends His only son,so that whoever believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
    God did not sended for us his many sons,but SON, ONLY ONE SON!!!.

    So my dear people of God,our political situations in Sudan may sound so complecated for those who are not believing in Jesus Christ.
    Many political parties could be there as opositions to the ruling party,I don’t have problem with this.

    But to be very frunk,at this crucial time,I would suggest that all the southern Sudanese different parties could first unite under one major party of course the SPLM!!!
    So that we could first cross the RED-SEA and Jordan river to the promise land with one leader of course Silva-Kirr as our present Joshua.

    After crossing there,then you can reverse to your different political opositions parties while you have made the history.

    For those states which still have the NCP offices in the South,please this is a warsting of time please close all this offices down and join your brothers and sisters for one goal.

    Some of you will misunderstood me and says Iam interfearing into polital discussion as pastor,but before you think about this let me tell you that,the same people whom I am preaching to,is the same people who are in the government.

    Remember in the bible the man of God Daniel,Joseph,all the Kings,Cornolius,the Jurges and many others:They were all politicians.
    We can’t keep quite in the church while the peole of God are politicaly suffering.

    Remember to be united,with one hope of course to vote for SELF-DETERMINATION!!!

    Rev John Khamis Kamunde.

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    • 3 January 2011 13:19, by Justice

      Well come home brothers and sisters. I hope those Southerns who are still with NCP realize the same facts. You can’t be enemy and also be friend to your own enemy,it is totally against the conventional wisdom. You guys should have realized this facts long time ago that NCP has no vision whatsoever for its southern members. All it has been doing is using Southerns as tools to fight against your own brothers and sisters in Southern Sudan. Remember the commmon saying that "Use an iron to sharpern an iron" that was solely the objective of NCP for its southern memembers. Anyway, I appreciate the rational decission that you guys have taken to come to back home. I hope likewise those southerns in NCP who are wise enough to make the same rational decession will follow the same move. However those who are ingoring the calling to come home will not blame any one if the fall into merrcy of thier own ingornaces. I ehnance every southern in NCP or in Northern Sudan to come back home before the seperation took effect.
      SPLM Oyeee!
      Our indepedence Oyeee!
      Southern Sudanese Stand Strong and United Oyeee!

      Mwalimu Kuol

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