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July 25, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued an executive order preventing Pagan Amum Okiech, the secretary-general of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) from travelling outside the country during an investigation into his conduct, according to a report broadcast on state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Thursday.

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Kiir quoted article 25 (K) of the 2008 constitution, read together with article 23 (2) of the 2006 basic rules and regulations guiding the functions and conduct of the former rebel movement turned ruling party, as the basis for the order.

Under the conditions of the order, Amum is barred from holding press conferences or making statements to the media.

The president has also directed him to strictly observe the basic rules and regulations of the party throughout the period of the investigation.

However, Kiir, who is also the chairperson of the governing party, did not say what he intends to do should Amum challenge the decision under constitutional provisions which permits freedom of expression.

The South Sudanese president on 23 July issued an order in his capacity as leader of the SPLM suspending the secretary general of the ruling party and formed a committee to probe charges against him.

COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS

The five-member committee, headed by the leader of the national legislative assembly speaker, James Wani Igga, has been tasked with investigating allegations Amum mismanaged the affairs of the SPLM, both administratively and politically. Amum is also accused of insubordination for using the public media to discredit the party and its leadership.

According to the terms of reference obtained by Sudan Tribune, the committee will investigate comments made by Amum allegedly inciting tribal sentiments in the country after he criticised a presidential order that lifted the immunity of cabinet affairs minister Deng Alor Kuol and finance and economic planning minister Kosti Manibe Ngai, both of whom were implicated in a questionable $8 million transfer for the purchase of fire safety equipment without the president’s knowledge or authorisation.

The secretary-general will also answer allegations of deliberately creating divisions aimed at undermining party unity, showing disrespect to the leadership and impeding the proper functioning of party structures.

Amum has not yet reacted to his suspension, although a brief, thinly-veiled comment published on his Facebook page on Tuesday read simply: “dictatorship in the making”.

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  • 26 July 2013 05:35, by dinkdong

    Let them put each other behind bars. Non of them deserve a praise. They are all thieves

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    • 26 July 2013 06:02, by Mi diit

      Incompetent Kiir will lose the game. Dr. Machar and Amum and Nyandeng have successfully pushed him to mere dictatorship. He doesn’t know how to play it within a democratic atmosphere. The man is exposed and is done. Soon it will backfire on him.

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      • 26 July 2013 06:25, by Chol A.

        @Mi diit let’s wait in see who will win this game. Kiir’s decision is now clear to who ever try to play game in name of SS people he came very clear now most public like his ideas of resolving whole cabinets at less negative minded like you can disagree with this idea.

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        • 26 July 2013 07:00, by Mi diit

          Chol A,
          Ahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, please read the embarrassing thing your incompetent president has done. He has shamed the whole nation by quoting wrong decrees. So VP Dr. Machar and ministers are not removed. Ahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa.....

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          • 26 July 2013 07:19, by George Bol

            Midiit,
            Bang bang! whether incorrect or correct, we have accomplish the mission,period!

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          • 26 July 2013 08:47, by Chol A.

            @Midiit it doesn’t matter although he wrongly quot it your uncle has gone.

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      • 26 July 2013 14:22, by Wilson Wol

        To so called Mi Madiit
        Words should be used as tools of communication and not substitute for action and its always good for the young man to accountable, Accountability is not only in monetary terms but speeches.
        I am a man of few words,Let us Respect H.E the president i know you are a close relative of former H.E v.p but good method should be used and note! that there is no smooth entrance State

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      • 26 July 2013 20:29, by Mabor

        @ So called Mi diit,
        What a fuccck do u always talk niggi abusing our belove preso,
        Do u know that KIIR MAYADIT will lead for the next 30 years, he derseve to lead forever if so. he suffered more than any creature in this claim nation by some traitors and puppets.
        Note, That, we r 100% prefer to win any elections wether through democracy, dictatorial, autocracy, totalitarian, authoritarian etc.

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    • 26 July 2013 09:23, by Gatkuoth

      A chairman of a political party has no power to arrest members of the party. Kiir should not miss use power to advance his dictatorship ambition.

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      • 26 July 2013 12:04, by Dumodit

        Mr. Pagan Amum was dirty the president leadership and SPLM party. A cool war against president Kiir to lost 2015 election head of state.
        Now is not yet Convince of allegation. He sneered at president posted his comment of "dictatorship" on Facebook.
        legitimacy, he has to lost his post of secretary general of the party SPLM/Peace implementer.

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    • 26 July 2013 10:16, by Mayom County Boy

      NO go No move ,where can Pangan Amum will heading to ,president gave us a big tast now ! no way for joining Yau Yau ,no way for jioning Dr Lam Makol,security block the road of Mr Pagan Amum ,no body can deny that.more are flowing again .HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH.TIME AS COME FOR THOSE WHO KNOW THEMSELVES ALONE,Kiir kill them one by one antill you score the game

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      • 26 July 2013 13:20, by Bentiu son

        Traitor aka Mayom County Boy,I really doubt u r from Bul Nuer,the clan of Paulino Matip Nhial Nyak,Peter Gatdet Yak Majiek n Dr.Nguen Monytuil Wicjang.You maybe Dinkanuer lost boy whose has been brainwashed n blindfolded by Dinkas theivery dads as good boy among the Nuer.Please refrain n avoid betrayal n teacherous acts against your own tribe if u r from Bul Nuer of Mayom in Unity State- Bentiu

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  • 26 July 2013 05:37, by Chol A.

    Pagan need to clear himself before going abroad because he my thinking of exile. The man is too coward as he is only good at talking talking and greedy like nothing on leadership!.

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    • 26 July 2013 06:44, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Please, Nyandeng the wife of Doctor Garang, the mother of south sudan will never joint Riek pout to support him, just leave her alone, even the dismissal of mr pout Nyuon was revealed to her and she is more happy than ever, so late that threat of yours be a symbol of humiliation and last kicking of the dying horse, joint us for nation building, that all I can asked you for Mr midit

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      • 26 July 2013 08:29, by Joseph Canada

        Dinka Dominated, this is why i said you just write without the fundamental of your writing. Nyandeng and Riek’s kids used to go to the same school in Nairobi as well as Wiliam Nyuon’s kids. I schooled with them. What will make them not to agree given that Kiir have Isolated the late’s wife in the party policies?

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  • 26 July 2013 05:42, by NyamNyam

    Take your time Amum and wait untill that baseless investigation is done.Politic is taking worse turn in this country.Ordinary citizen like myself will always judge Amum commends on party vission and direction right.SPLM was founded upon the ideal that human suffering based on marginalisation characterised by souring poverty of the people of Sudan be brought to an end.What do we see today?

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  • 26 July 2013 05:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The banning travelling of Pagan is also big arrest and this turmoil will led Amum down from dignity.

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    • 26 July 2013 06:32, by julia

      i Ngoth malang! Would be a witness when Nyigat Vulture Riek machar seek for hot seat in sudan! Akuma a nok bieen taau yin nhom naa bieen taag ca chood bai ku biee chiee yin thaar ba wel Ngieji.
      pagan had bee so rough in SPLM! He thougt people re so fool! But don,t know that kiir kuethpiny is in koc-koj strategy.

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  • 26 July 2013 06:04, by Marco Bul

    Look here guys.Pagan Amum was not implicated basically coz of corruption.The man strutted to de media N called for tribal tensions coz their sons are fired for transfering $8m to foreign accounts.What do u expect?Let him produce de evidents,may b he’s in Z ministry!!

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  • 26 July 2013 06:17, by Marco Bul

    @Mi Diit.Now Z you have include Nyandeng,may Chol Tong N many more,will u insist on wiping out the whole Dinka to clear ways for ur dream president? Will u still talk of only Nuer superiority N call Jieng Nuer’s slaves? Dinka have NEVER called their fellow countrymen slaves!They also have NEVER issued threats in order to b APPEASED!! Your contempt,yes,your CONTEMPT against others will always impac

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    • 26 July 2013 06:50, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Bul, you so great, one tribe can never bring any president by themselves and I thank you for that, my goal is accomplished, and it is a time for peace and unity, now the criminal nyagat pout Nyuon is gone, the heaven is very close, I’m thankful to myself for tearless advocated to get rid of the shameless man, one grass can never make house lick in the rainy season, so why bothered us ,

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  • 26 July 2013 07:30, by Nuok Thon.

    Haaaaaa, haaaaaaaaa

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  • 26 July 2013 10:06, by barbayo

    Pagan his thinking put him in to fir,Secratary General of the party behave like Student in University corn,

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  • 26 July 2013 10:28, by Chol Deng

    Pagan was possessed by the spirit of curiosity that always kill cats.

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  • 26 July 2013 13:43, by W. Kerachdit

    Amum and Taban were best friend to Mr President after along time friendship turn now to enemies, what apolitical.

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  • 26 July 2013 15:08, by Native Boy

    Even, Amum won’t make any political figure if he was to come by political merits. I would say he was just an oppoturnist who found favor from late CIC Dr. Jn de Mabior who sent him abroad for some study that quilifie him senior negociator in the CPA since the other SPLM officials were busywith other tasks so he became the onl person in the SPLM to do that job. But why did he jump over the presiden

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  • 26 July 2013 20:22, by Mabor

    By;Whitten,
    Bravo, Mr.Prezo, for banning this traitor called Amum to hold press and moving abroad.
    He is publicly know for inciting, instigating and ochestrating violence even he can mean to make rebelious if not confine.
    BIG UP COMRADE.SALVA, WE R BEHIND U WITH ALL OUR CAPACITY AND STRENGTH.

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  • 26 July 2013 21:10, by Kim Deng

    The King of the Jungle should never be intimidated by coward Mr. Slava in any way.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23470960

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