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SPLM’s Amum distances himself from dismissal of six members in Aweil


May 11, 2013 (JUBA) - The secretary-general of the South Sudan ruling party (SPLM), Pagan Amum, has distanced himself from the controversial dismissal of six members of his party in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, saying he did not want to get involved in "political allegations lacking substantial evidence".

Pagan Amum (Getty)

The members’ expulsion from parliament followed allegations they were collaborating with members from other political parties and were engaged in activities in the house against the SPLM.

"We did not dismiss you. It is the SPLM in Aweil which dismissed you", Amum told representatives of the six expelled members on Friday. His deputy, Anne Ito, says she also regrets signing a recommendation letter of dismissal she received from the state after dispatching a fact-finding committee last April to investigate the allegations.

Ito says the committee claimed to have met with both sides to hear their version of events and that she believed the report to be credible at the time.

She did not say whether the decision would be cancelled or upheld.

The state recommended the dismissal of the members on the basis that it was approved by the national secretariat which Ito represented in the letter dated 2 July 2012.

Based on the committee’s findings, the national secretariat endorsed the state branch’s decision to expel the members, finding it to be a valid and lawful.

"The general secretariat therefore endorses the decision of the SPLM state chairperson and directs the state secretariat to proceed with implementation of the decision of the state chairman", the letter said.

However, one of the expelled members, Kuac Wek Wol, denied meeting the investigating team and described the decision as "unilateral action to intimidate members".

Politicians in the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal have been at odds with governor Paul Malong Awan over his management of state affairs.

Those critical of his administration’s performance say Awan is widely viewed as someone who does not tolerate criticism, however constructive.

According to a 2011 report by the National Bureau of Statistics, Northern Bahr el Ghazal is South Sudan’s poorest state, with residents repeatedly calling for political action to improve people’s quality of life in the region.


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  • 12 May 2013 07:50, by Malou Manyiel

    If SPLM is not confused, how can these people be dismissed without knowledge of the top leadership of the party? Well, in every party, there is a party code of conduct which guide and regulate all members of the party to behave and if they don’t, then they can indeed be expelled. But the state has no that power of its own to expelled without knowledge of the party leadership.

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    • 12 May 2013 08:18, by Gat Gan Kiir

      My friend, Aweil government is far more better than Upper Nile State where the more moron Governor order a removal of the SPLM Secretary General and expelling him from his own residential State. In addition to that the (dead lion) Deputy Speaker who was vote out with in the SPLM caucus by 23 out of 26 suspended the Chairpersons and appointed the new, he also suspend three elected MPs.

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      • 12 May 2013 09:48, by bianaathling

        The removal was made in the central Government of yours and i believe u are pretending u were not aware about it how?although state might have power to dismiss some of it’s members they should first consult or inform the central Gov,t about any unacceptable situation of its members.To remind you your Splm is almost to collapse before convention but don’t pretend this.

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        • 12 May 2013 10:09, by Mohammed Ali 2

          Pagan is just playing games.Itto said the the general secreteriat has approved the decision!Who is the general secreteriat? It is Pagan! He simple wants instigate a conflict in Bahr El Gazal so they fight among themselves...divide and rule!

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          • 12 May 2013 13:02, by South South

            Mohammed Ali 2,
            You still writing here ? What a lair!!!! So you are still celebrating the killing of MR. Helliu of SPLM/N. Fake Arabs are lairs and that is the way they have been ruling Sudan. Lair, Lair and lair. MR. Helliu is still killing fake Arabs in North Kordafen and he is still controlling areas he captured from fake Arabs.

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    • 12 May 2013 10:11, by Mapuor

      Hahahah SPLM is not confused,its the bigot Pagan Amok who is confused,how can SPLM activists be dismissed without the approval of the secretary general?Hoooo he is lying.He is the one who instructed Malong to go ahead when he was consulted more than ten times,he even signed the dismissal letter poo.

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      • 12 May 2013 21:57, by panom lualbil

        Plz let me advice you not to talk nasty about honorable ppl like PAGAN AMUM. I believe in ur name, you’re from where Im in which others are treated with respects unless extremist like REIK MACHAR whom arabs spoiled. But PAGAN AMUM plize(not bigot amok) is an hero from spla, no matter what?

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    • 12 May 2013 13:59, by Mike Mike

      Then what will be the last decision now your office as secretary general of the SPLM on this issue?.That’s am saying there is lack of cooperation work spirit from our SPLM rules since subordinates doesn’t be in consultation with their head offices on the daily conduct of businesses of our State of S.S.That is not good to behave like that at work places.It is really a great shameless on Anna Ito.

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  • 12 May 2013 15:57, by Willy Maliir

    What is the reasons behind this frequent Presidential decree?

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    • 13 May 2013 10:38, by Salammabaad

      Mr. Willy
      no presidential decree here,
      they are talking about the past,
      No names of Salva Kiir or Presidential decree has been stated.
      Hahahahahahahahahhaaha,come on South Sudanese!!!!!!!!!

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