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Pagan Amum reinstated as SPLM secretary-general


June 23, 2015 (JUBA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Tuesday endorsed reinstatement of Pagan Amum as secretary-general of the South Sudan’s ruling party, in implementation of Arusha agreement to end the 19-month-conflict.

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SPLM SG Pagan Amum shakes hands with a Chinese oil worker in Bentinu during a visit to the oil fileds in Unity state in 2008. The then governor of Unity state Taban Deng Gai accompanied him in his tour. (SPLM Photo)

On 21 January 2015 the three factions of the SPLM in government, SPLM in opposition and the former detainees signed the Agreement on the Reunification of the SPLM in Arusha, Tanzania and vowed to work together to secure reforms and national unity. Arusha roadmap accord, also, aims to support the IGAD-brokered process aiming to end the violent conflict that erupted on 15 December 2013.

A month later, the parties on 17 February agreed on the implementation mechanisms and called on South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, who is also the chairman of the SPLM-in government to revoke the decision that dismissed party leaders.

On Monday, the former secretary-general returned to Juba as his group said they are resolved to turn the page on the past events and look forward to achieve peace, reconciliation and national unity.

An emergency SPLM National Liberation Council (NLC) early on Tuesday reinstated Amum in accordance with the Arusha deal after President Kiir reportedly asked the lawmaking body of the SPLM to revoke his February 2013 decree on the dismissal of the party’s secretary general .

After being sworn in late on Tuesday, Amum told reporters that he will organize an apology rally to the south Sudanese affected by the war triggered by SPLM power struggle, as it is provided in the Arusha agreement.

“We shall apologize to the public and I hope we shall do our best to end the war,” he told reporters.

Amum’s swearing in ceremony at SPLM House in Juba was attended by President Kiir and facilitated by Lauren Khor Bandi, the presidential advisor on religious affairs.

Kenyan defence minister Raychelle Awour Omamo and a number of senior members of NLC as well as government cabinet ministers witnessed the ceremony.

Thousands of people were killed and millions uprooted from their homes when political debates on reforms within the ruling party turned violent.

SPLM officials say the return of Amum and the members of the former detainees group, will help end war.

“This is a good news for south Sudan, for SPLM members and the entire region as well as the international community,” Akol Paul Kordit, the SPLM political bureau spokesperson said after the morning meeting.

The leader of the SPLM-in opposition and former vice-president Riek Machar met last weekend with the Kenyan president to discuss the ongoing processes to reunify the SPLM and bring peace in the country. But nothing filtered from the encounter.

Also the leadership of rebel movement, which seems more interested in IGAD-led peace process, is holding consultations meeting in Nairobi on issues pertaining to the promotion of peace process.

The SPLM-IO says there is a need to address the root causes of the conflict and reach genuine reforms in order to achieve a meaningful peace agreement that will ensure no future return to similar differences and crisis in the country.


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  • 24 June 2015 04:31, by Akol Liai Mager

    That’s great! I hope that the Party’s senior leaders understood the needs for rapid reforms to pass a revolutionary phase into democracy phase. That Party must adapt conducting meetings as a way of running its affairs as well as running the country as a ruling party. Without meetings, it just means that a one man is making all decisions of the party as well as the nation.

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    • 24 June 2015 06:59, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      reinstate all the former detainees to their positions,bring in Riek as vice President, Taban and Chol Tong back to governorship. Then ask yourself a question, What was/is the war about? the answer is to keep Kiir in Power at any cost.

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      • 24 June 2015 09:19, by Lango2010

        Lotodo Awino
        i guest yes for riak to be reinstated to is position as deputy for the SPLM Party but not to the rank of Vice president at all. riak is the cause of all this death toll because of be sack as VP, Where do you put Comrade Wani Igga if you need riak to be VP? this time the Equatorians have to be alert, more rebellions on the way! you will prove me soon.

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        • 24 June 2015 09:26, by Lango2010

          Comrade Pagan and the colleagues from the G10 are welcome back, indeed the rebels are weaken by the decision, and this will make the rebel to abundant rebellion and joint in the dialogue, peace only come through negotiation not through war, it will only be a shame on them for killing innocent people because of losing their position in the government, non of them is concern with our welfare.

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        • 24 June 2015 11:32, by Ahmed Chol

          Didn’t you know removal of Pagan and dissolution of the whole government in July 2013 would burn the country?

          Listening to Museveni and your advisers was a mistake.

          South Sudan power station shouldn’t be built by Uganda. Letting them do it will be like the Oil pipeline though sudan again. Uganda is creating a way to hold S. Sudan hostage for the next 30 years. independence please!!!!!

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          • 24 June 2015 11:41, by Ahmed Chol

            Uganda can shut down power station built within its boundaries for the whole country when it doesn’t get its demands met. Power is like sugar. You missed it so bad when you use it for a while. Its absence frustrates because a lot of things can go wrong within a short amount of time.

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            • 24 June 2015 12:42, by Ahmed Chol

              Kiir and group,
              You all reason with your anuses! How did you forget Pagan? Isn’t he the one whom you gave the CPA file to negotiate and push for CPA implementation? Without him, there was a high chance of dishonoring CPA by Khartoum. There was non among you capable of doing such a job he did. His good deeds are more than bad ones. You need to keep him by all costs! With you in power, no hope!

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        • 24 June 2015 15:48, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          I am being sarcastic bro, this reinstatement is nothing but a slap in the face to good people like Wani and Ann Itto.

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    • 24 June 2015 09:11, by Ayuen deng

      SPLM unity and reinstating of Pagan Amum is big blow to SPLM in Opposition and it’s bright light word peace in South Sudan.

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    • 24 June 2015 10:38, by Mayom County Boy

      the reunification will bring back those who criticized the government as well as Pagan Amum was reinstated back to is position as SPLM secretary general .
      the second step will deal with Gatmachar Teny and Gatdeng Gai to be reinstate back to their position.
      as soon as, HE president Salva Kiir Mayardit did all this
      there must be an arrest for those who made war crimes against humanity in South S.

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  • 24 June 2015 06:54, by Son of Ngundeng

    Salva Kiir Dagas !!!!
    To bring back Pagan Amum !!

    Pagan will still do nothing because he and Paul Malong have a plan to overthrown Mayardit before 9/July
    you will mark my words.

    Son Of Ngundeng
    currently in front
    line Pathay Jonglei
    ...... State........

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  • 24 June 2015 09:48, by Angelo Achuil

    Good news he came but giving him the role in which he failed miserably for years may not be good news. Until our leaders TRULY stop corruption and remember why we voted for separation and those independence dividends delivered to ALL, they will never have rest.

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  • 24 June 2015 10:34, by paweetdit

    Reinstatement of comrade Pagun might be a surprise to everyone across the country, but let him assume the position for the sack of peace.But should bear in his mind that, sitting on that chair is not a will for every citizen in the Republic of South Sudan.
    The pending questions is, how do Pagun feel when taking the seat, while he plan to kill the dearest comrades across the nation?

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  • 24 June 2015 18:11, by Gabriel Ajak

    Welcome home Beny Amumdit u r always a man of peace.

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  • 24 June 2015 20:40, by lino

    The leadership of the SPLM/A made their mistakes by trying to eliminate the opponents within the SPLM/A itself and it failed.
    Now mistakes are recognized, and the leadership change is at high.
    By changing in leadership and vision, the organization can move ahead to the best.

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