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Senior SPLM official resigns, accuses South Sudan president of “failure”


June 3, 2014 (JUBA) – A senior official in the South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), has resigned from the party, accusing South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, of "failure" and a "lack of vision" in governing the country.

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Peter Adwok Nyaba (The Niles/Pascal Ladu)

Peter Adwok Nyaba, who was a member of the highest legislative organ of the party, the National Liberation Council (NLC), declared his resignation in a 1 June letter seen by Sudan Tribune, addressed to the party’s chairman Kiir.

Nyaba said the ruling party had abandoned the ideology that propelled it to popularity both in the country and abroad and resorted to conspiracies against able colleagues soon after the demise of its former founder, John Garang de Mabior, who established the movement in May 1983.

The senior party politician, who is currently confined to Juba and denied movement abroad, said president Kiir’s sustained negative attitude over the years has subsequently resulted to the current crisis the country is embroiled.

“Mr Chairman, you will recall that between August 2005 and October 2007, backbiting, double-crossing, double-talking and outright conspiracies against specific comrades in the leadership characterized the SPLM internal condition. This culminated in the attempts during the SPLM 2nd National Convention 2008 to remove Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and Pagan Amum Okiech from their positions as SPLM first deputy Chairman and SPLM Secretary General respectively", partly reads Adwok’s letter.

"The reasons for that attempt to remove the two leaders from the SPLM hierarchy were not sufficiently explained,” adds the long letter.

He further went on to accuse the party chairman of reducing the democratic reforms in the party into a struggle for power in which he sought military confrontation.

“It is inconceivable that you reduced to a struggle for power the disputes over democratic reforms in the SPLM. Political and ideological differences in a political party are inevitable. However, they are resolved not through military confrontation but through democratic dialogue and debates aimed at uniting the ranks and file,” he stressed.

Nyaba further accused the president of violating the constitution by mobilising, recruiting and training a private army hailing from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states and massacred thousands of civilians from Machar’s ethnic Nuer community in Juba.

“This was blatant violation of the constitution. You cannot possess a private army besides the SPLA of which you are Commander in Chief,” he said.

He said the ruling party and the government should come out clearly and acknowledge the crime in which innocent civilians were massacred by the regime because of an alleged coup attempt.

“The SPLM leadership and the Government of South Sudan have not to date acknowledged the massacre of ethnic Nuers in Juba. The SPLM government has not told the people of South Sudan the truth about what transpired on December 15, 2013 apart from the coup attempt attributed to Dr. Riek Machar,” he added, further stressing that “The people of South Sudan want to know the linkage between the coup attempt, which occurred in Tiger Battalion, and the massacring of the ethnic Nuers in the residential suburbs of Juba.”

He further pointed out that among the issues that propelled his resignation was “South Sudan’s current context of ubiquitous ethicized conflicts, insecurity in the rural and urban domains driven by land grabbing with impunity, corruption, disappearances and assassination of political dissidents, stagnation and lack of development, and now the civil strife.”


Nyaba, who was briefly detained in December last year for an alleged coup attempt “with no evidence“ said the national security service has since refused to return his passports to enable him travel for specialised medical attention.

“They told [me] clearly that I have to remain in Juba to ‘feel the heat’, whatever it means,” he revealed.

He accused the government of exhibiting its inhumane attitude when they could not let him even to travel and visit his wife who was in critical condition in a Kenyan hospital.

“I am denied my passport and therefore could not be by the side of my wife, when she underwent a five hours operation in Nairobi Hospital,” he lamented.

He said because of the situation the country is in due to the lack of responsible leadership in Juba, he had to resign.

“Given these facts, and in view of the fact that the SPLM under your leadership is prosecuting a civil war, I do not want, by virtue of being a member of the SPLM, to be privy to the some of the horrendous crimes being committed against the people of South Sudan," wrote the ex-minister for higher education.

“I, also, do not want to be privy to the transformation of the SPLM into a totalitarian machine, and an oppressive regime that is destroying South Sudan. I am therefore in all dignity and honour submitting my resignation from the SPLM as of June 1st, 2014,” he concluded.

Nyaba, a university professor who holds a PhD in Geology, was seriously wounded on his leg when he led a battle to capture Jekou, the first town to be captured by the SPLM/A in 1986 at the Ethiopian border with South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

In 1991, however, he defected together with Machar, accusing late John Garang of dictatorship, but later abandoned Machar in mid 1990s and returned to the SPLM/A Torit faction under the late Garang.

He was appointed minister for higher education, but was sacked in the July 2013 cabinet reshuffle.


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  • 5 June 2014 09:43, by Ajongtar

    Moburuk ya Nyaba, Lecture them, I thank god that Brig: Malak Ayuen had admited that in SSTV that they the Dinka are the one really who killed the Nuer in Uniform, but the inocent Nuer that are killed in cross fire was by mistake.
    To make it wors Malak side lined his statement by quetioning on whether if the Nuers are kille by Dinka, where they killed by Dinka Bor???? Asked Brig: Malak Ayuen Ajok.

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    • 5 June 2014 09:48, by Adodi Jotuwa

      To get a sense of this articles read the second last paragraph Quote "In 1991, however, he defected together with Machar, accusing late John Garang of dictatorship, but later abandoned Machar in mid 1990s and returned to the SPLM/A Torit faction under the late Garang." Unquote. This is why I keep telling you that we have South Sudanese PhD holders whose life depends heavily on shifting allegiance.

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      • 5 June 2014 09:59, by Adodi Jotuwa

        This means that Dr. Peter Adwok is happier about the death of hundreds Shilluk killed in Malakal and other nearby locality by the rebels because they refused to join the rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar more than few Nuer allegedly killed in Juba. Now Dr. Fool Peter Adwok has joined the rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar. The same fools were/are on the same boat. Good luck.

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    • 5 June 2014 10:02, by Ayom Ayom

      God is great, people of South Sudan will one day come together as one people and one nation. Such situation happened before during civil but at last they all come back united with the message of peace, reconciliation and development. It is a matter of time all differences will be resolve amicably

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    • 5 June 2014 12:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      No more talks on the resignations of Aduok Nyaba and former United Nations diplomat, Francis Narzario, these are already rebels, government considered them into the ranks of Riek Machar groups. No problem on the government through their resignations.

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    • 5 June 2014 12:17, by Tong dut

      What is wrong with this mad kirr? every one are runing away from Dinka ruling party, why?
      How do you look at it,That man most resign soon.either he like it or not. Death to him

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    • 5 June 2014 12:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      No effect on the government, the resignations of Ex-minister Aduok Nyaba and Ex-ambassador to united nation Francis Narzario, these people are already rebels groups which government considered them into the ranks of Riek Machar and government will treat them as a rebels.

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  • 5 June 2014 09:55, by Mapuor

    We knew Peter Aduok from day one that he was a traitor. When he was made minister of higher education, he rush to shut down all private universities after discovering that freedom fighters were the majority in those universities. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

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    • 5 June 2014 11:17, by Malou Manyiel

      Mapuor, I may disagree with you on the shutdown of illegal private universities by Dr. Adowk Nyaba. Dr. Adowk should be credited for what he did when he was a minister for higher education. What we want is the quality education, not quantity. If we have had 5 universities of a good quality in South Sudan, we won’t have complaint of lack of education in the country.

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      • 5 June 2014 17:09, by Mapuor

        Malou Manyiel
        What?quality what?hahahah you have never visited public universities my dear,there is no quality education in public universities,lectures are given in local Arabic dotted with misplaced English words that are mispronounced.Private universities’ lecturers were fluent in English and professional.

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  • 5 June 2014 09:57, by Jalaby

    Not any more, that days are gone now!!!!

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  • 5 June 2014 09:57, by wang

    Adodi Jotuwa
    This is 21st century revolution, not 1991….your tribalism govt will be removed by all costs….marks our words….

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    • 5 June 2014 10:10, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Hahhahahahahahaaaa, it’s already verbally removed since 1991 Nasir rebellion. Never waste your time that Dr. Fool Riek Machar will be the next President when H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit retires or voted out of Office. I like this political crisis because it exposes the true political colors of position seekers in this new country, South Sudan more than issues between Khartoum and RSS.

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    • 5 June 2014 10:12, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Hahhahahahahahaaaa, it’s already verbally removed since 1991 Nasir rebellion. Never waste your time that Dr. Fool Riek Machar will be the next President when H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit retires or voted out of Office. I like this political crisis because it exposes the true political colors of position seekers in this new country, South Sudan more than issues between Khartoum and RSS.

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    • 6 June 2014 09:13, by Bungachier 50

      Adwok Nyaba is a political prostitute and his resignation has no effects on the Government of Comrade Salva Kiir and the People of South Sudan. They are miscalculating their chances, Hoping to lead in the alleged "Interim Government". Try your luck!

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  • 5 June 2014 10:08, by Gabriel Ajak

    Mr Nyaba, u are a South Sudanese citizen and u must to have a party, u resign from SPLM in Juba yes, therefore, after u resign which party have u joint?

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    • 5 June 2014 10:50, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Gabriel Ajak,
      That question is too difficult to be answered by Dr. Fool Peter Adwok whose political future is bleak. Birds of the same feathers flock together. If his colleague Dr. Fool Riek cannot form/join a different party, how do u expect him to do thing differently? Dr. Fool Riek Machar tried in 1991 and can never again form another movement/party other than imposing himself on SPLM/A

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  • 5 June 2014 12:24, by Jubawe

    Adodi Jotuwa
    What’s good about President Kirr that you die support him apart from your tribe Dinka, the farmer minister resign because Kirr failed to bring services to the people of South Sudan, Lack of below
    1- no hospital
    2- no school
    3- no road to your Dinka village
    4- no freedom of speech
    5- no salary
    6- no university
    7- lack parliament debate
    8- lack international relationship

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  • 5 June 2014 12:31, by Jubawe

    Adodi Jotuwa
    The problem with Dinka behaviors, they don’t of consequence until they crash like Equatorian though them learn and soon going to happen, when we start Uganda will never support you, Kirr still have time to take the right decision before thing get worst. He failed to lead the country with his allay ministers they should do the right thing resign or call for fair election before worst

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    • 6 June 2014 05:55, by Majoknok

      Dinka’s will come together when it come to a point of self defend from anti Dinka group such as Nures,Equatorians and the rest of other tribes in South Sudan.We shall see who will survive to live and rule South Sudan.The only way to dream of being a top leader of this nation is either to behave yourself like those of Wani Iga or else you know where to go and whom to follow.

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