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September 27, 2013 (WAU) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has said his governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - the former rebel movement which came to power in 2005 after over two decades fighting the Sudanese government - will rule the country for the next century.

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A girl holds a South Sudan flag during the announcement of the preliminary results of self determination referendum in Sudan, January 30, 2011 (Reuters)

Kiir was reacting to infighting between SPLM members who are vying for a finite number of government and party positions. The president, who is the chairman of the SPLM, told party members to bide their time, reassuring them that no other political party was competent enough to win the support of the people and defeat the SPLM at ballot box.

“Why do you envy each other while you are members of the same party? What is the problem? Can you not work together to resolve issues peacefully among yourselves. Why are you in a hurry? Where are you going? If it is because of time that you want to serve then wait. Your time will come. There will be an opportunity for all of you. SPLM will rule this country for [a] hundred years. There are no competent political parties with which you can compete. The SPLM is the only party that is capable to serve according to the interest of our people”, Kiir told SPLM members in Wau, capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal state during his recent tour of the region.

The president was reacting to an allegation raised by governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal, Rizik Zachariah Hassan, in which he accused deputy speaker of South Sudan’s parliament, Mark Nyipuoc, of trying to remove Hassan from his position.

Nyipuoc, who is the chairperson of the Western Bahr el Ghazal branch of the SPLM, served as the governor of the state before Hassan was chosen as the SPLM’s candidate for the 2010 elections.

"The problem is that Mark [Nyipuoc] does not want me as the governor. I if go today, he will be happy and he will be visiting me in my house as [a] friend. His problem is power. He does not want me completely to serve this state as a governor”, governor Hassan told the meeting presided by President Salva Kiir.

Governor Hassan’s accusation against his predecessor necessitated the dissolution of the SPLM branch office in the state and subsequent selection of the new team apparently to avoid division within the party in the area.

President Kiir called on the SPLM leaders and members to work together as to promote peace and unity so as to put the interest of the nation above everything else

“You must work as comrades and team members from now. There is no need for this division. I want you to forget the past and open new page and work together as team and colleagues”, Kiir told the two leaders.

The SPLM came to power in South Sudan as a result of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended two-decade civil war with the Sudanese government in Khartoum.

In 2010 Salva Kiir retained control of the presidency, with almost 93% of votes in the autonomous region’s elections. As a party, the SPLM won 160 of the 170 seats in South Sudan’s national legislative assembly.

However, since 2011 when South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to secede from Sudan, the SPLM has faced growing pressure to address corruption, insecurity and to provide basic services.

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  • 29 September 2013 06:23, by Tutbol

    Yes, pres. Kiir is right, SPLM can rule S Sudan for even more than one hundreds years if our officials were to the ideals of our Nilotics plains egalitarianism & honesty, but as we have seen; our people we are not an island, out of the world’s other islands. Hence the legalised & the lwayerised corruption we have imported from the US would be part of our peoples’ lives if our govt doesn’t...

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    • 29 September 2013 06:45, by Tutbol

      ...instil into our peoples’ honesty & egalitarianism in their works & ethics. And yes, one party majority rule as we have seen in the US seems to be the most corrupted system than even alqada or its al shabab. Our govt should always look upto countries like Australia, Newzealand, Canada, the Nordic nations and even German shared governance; it passes laws than our juus comandeered US congress...

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      • 29 September 2013 20:26, by Tutbol

        ...that is privately owned by the corporations and moneyed corporate gulf states plus their ever show of brinkmanships debt sealings to the world, that they spring up at every cylic season.

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    • 29 September 2013 07:06, by Tutbol

      ...instil into our peoples’ honesty & egalitarianism in their works & ethics. And yes, one party majority rule as we have seen in the US seems to be the most corrupted system than even alqada or its al shabab. Our govt should always look upto countries like Australia, Newzealand, Canada, the Nordic nations and even German shared governance; it passes laws than our juus comandeered US congress...

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    • 29 September 2013 10:52, by Naath

      Tribalist this is foolisness of Barhelgazelian people,kiir think managing Government is easy, now the hopeless not moving any where,100 year is it dictatorship rule or democracy system,well if itis dictatorship is not exist any more in this world,if itis rule of law you still face your oppostion and if you felt short than you not gonna maked,so kiir will with shame

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      • 29 September 2013 14:38, by william

        @Naath, your master that you are a mouth piece to was denied by nationalist. Hence your service are growing thinner and thinner, shortly you will be disappearing from this forum like midit. Shut up stupid militia son of backstabber. How come that the defector son of bitch called a liberator hopeless?

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        • 29 September 2013 19:59, by jijury

          Incompetent Salva Kiir who left the party’s vision and created his own rules to govern the country now have a nerve to tell people that the party will rule the country for 100 years. What a pity! Well, SPLM can rule the country for a few years if it has a charismatic leader who understand how the world works. But that wouldn’t be for hundred years.

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      • 29 September 2013 14:46, by william

        Literally, let me tell all stupid animals what the president means about SPLM must rule 100 years. He does not means that he himself will be leading it but its offspring across the nation. Since riak part SSIM failed and SPLM-DC also in falling path whom do you think to rule?? all defectors are denied at day light sorry for supporting dead traitors.

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  • 29 September 2013 08:53, by Runrach

    That was an idiotic political hatred comments which came as a results of his incompetent mismanagement of National interests as well as failing to combats endemic corruption in his leadership. On the other hand, there are many out there who are capable to lead our country to prosperity than you do Mr. Corrupt idiot.

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  • 29 September 2013 09:08, by Runrach

    100 years? Oops! That’s sounded as ghost wishes. SPLM has lost its legacy under your leadership sir. If you don’t know former Ugandan dictatorship Idda Amin is more worthy than you Mr. President. Anyway, let wait 2015 general elections to see how you gonna win the elections. Choosing to rig elections will be gravely.

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    • 29 September 2013 09:48, by viper

      The type of wine that is being drunk in Wau is very strong and it is called (Duma). He was just given one cup to drink and that confused him to the extent of saying such a foolish statement. How can the SPLM rule for 100 years when the vision is already lost? Unless u leave the leadership Kiir, SPLM will not win the 2015 elections leave alone 100 years. Duma has done good thing to the wise South Sudanese

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    • 29 September 2013 14:59, by william

      @ Runrach can you tell me whom do think that can rule our country democratically?? Hoping you are not siding with interest nor a mouthpiece of defectors. Which party is more eligible than SPLM to rule according to your ranking of south Sudan political parties? To me I see some of you guys are abusing the president charity rather than appreciate.

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      • 30 September 2013 21:07, by luakhok

        unless they change way splm running the country now cause even civilian they not happy about the way our country being run they make everything expensive the poor people couldnt afford anything and country is new born thing should be fair then we can attract lots people to invest in our country then there be lots of jobs for everyone.

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    • 29 September 2013 15:21, by Peacocktail

      President Gen. Kiir may be right there because no competent party to peacefully competitive with SPLM. The Lam Akol party of DC( Destabilization and Change) is puppet of NCP security organs and South Sudanese do not trust mondukuru associated element. Lam is by gone with pocket party, the rest are rubbish and sound like community based organisation with no clear agenda of seeking power.SPLM rules

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  • 29 September 2013 10:26, by Jalaby

    What? rule south Sudan for 100 years? you idiot less than 100 years there would be nothing called South Sudan because South Sudan will be rejoined the mother land Sudan again much earlier than 100 years! what an idiot leader?!
    I know you hate to hear what I said but unfortunately it’s the bitter and ugly fact, you’ve to accept it and live with it!

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    • 29 September 2013 11:58, by viper

      Why don, t you mind your own bussiness of mass killings in Khartoum jallaby? What do u want in our affairs since we are just using words unlike u who are now bussy shutting civillians with live bullets? Take care of your internal affairs and leave us alone.

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    • 30 September 2013 00:54, by zulu

      Jalaby, Ya Nuer
      What will make us unite once again with North? Keep dreaming. I know North is depending heavily on the South economically. Look at the currency rate for instance.
      The corruption that has dogged the Sudan since its inception will eventually destroy it

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  • 29 September 2013 12:29, by Lang

    This man is an idiot. These incompetent people running the country do not even care about serving the citizens of the nation, they’re so worried about themselves.
    If this mentality of only thinking about themselves keeps up, it’s only a matter of time before the country goes back to war.

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  • 29 September 2013 13:10, by Ambago

    What is this new dictator saying? How did he come up with this crude conclusion that his directionless, tribalistic and visionless SPLM can rule the RSS for 100 years? The USSR was governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party from 1922 and less than 100 years; in 1991 it ended in a total disgraceful disintegration. Learn from history!

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    • 29 September 2013 15:32, by Peacocktail

      Ambago and Naath,
      I now know that Africans lacks skills in reading articles thus state clearly’’SPLM for 100 Years"here president Kiir did not stated that he will rule South Sudan under SPLM for 100years but others who are power hungry like Machar an Pagan who wanted to be President sooner.He was reassuring them to be patience and enjoy their freedom & being competitive with other pocket parties

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  • 29 September 2013 19:23, by Mapuor

    Kiir’s remarks are 100% correct.SPLM is the only organized political party in the country.Parties that were raised on NCP nursery beds are extremely weak and are tribal based parties.Those who talk of war will end up being eaten up by vultures and SPLM is invincible as it was during the long and demanding war.Converted spies are known and are being monitored.

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