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South Sudan’s ruling SPLM dissolves entire party structures


October 16, 2015 (JUBA) – In an unexpected move, South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has dissolved all its leadership structures, declaring all positions vacant with the only exception of the office of president Salva Kiir, the party chairman. The move occurred on Friday in an extraordinary lengthy meeting of the party leadership chaired by Kiir.

President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

Martin Majut Yaak, who served as secretary for syndicated and popular mobilization till today, broke the new development to reporters after the meeting, revealing that all the structures of the SPLM were now declared empty and an appointment will be made by the chairman in 30 days.

“As I talk to you (reporters) now, I am a former secretary for syndicated and popular mobilization,” said Majut, speaking to reporters in J1 – the presidential palace where the meeting was held in Juba.

“After thirty days, the chairman (President Salva Kiir) will appoint people to the position of secretary general, deputy chairman and others,” said Majut.

He could not however explain the circumstances that led to the dissolution of the party’s political bureau and the national liberation council.

The sudden decision is expected to have great impact on the inter-SPLM party dialogue which sought to maintain the leadership prior to December 2013 crisis in the young country.

The dissolution of the SPLM structures was a factor that led to the current crisis when president Kiir in November 2013 decided to suspend the structures of the party with the exception of his seat. The decision faced stiff resistance from members of the leadership who argued the president had no power to dissolve the structures as well as save his seat.

This latest move amidst implementation of the peace agreement indicated that the opposition leader, Riek Machar, and incumbent vice president, James Wani Igga, are no longer the deputies to Kiir. Pagan Amum, who was also recently reinstated to the position of secretary general has again lost the post.

SPLM had ruled South Sudan since 2005 since a peace agreement was signed with Sudan. President Kiir became chairman after John Garang, the founding leader of the SPLM in 1983, died in a Ugandan helicopter crash in July 2015 – twenty days after he was sworn in as Sudan First Vice President and President of the government of Southern Sudan.

The SPLM won an outright majority in Southern Sudan parliament in 2010 elections – a position it maintained after independence from Sudan in 2011. However, an internal power struggle triggered a civil war in December 2013 between President Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed, two million displaced and four million others left at the verge of starvation.

The SPLM split into that led by President Kiir, armed SPLM in opposition headed by Machar and former detainees led by Pagam Amum. An agreement in Arusha in January 2015 merged the three versions. But Friday’s decision appeared to have broken the spine of reunification.

Observers said the decision is likely to jeopardize the peace agreement aimed at ending the war that was signed in August and reunify the party.

It is seen as a strategy to throw out from the party leadership unwanted officials and bring in some faces seen to be more loyal to the country’s leadership.


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  • 16 October 2015 21:43, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Riek is politically demised.He lost it all.2018 general elections will not be vetted by Mr.Riek Machar who lost his post twice.No party ticket which means he is politically gone dead.
    pagan to go to his home area where his father was recently buried.
    James Wani to rub his hands in gleefully mood anticipating to come back soon for the deputy chair person.

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    • 16 October 2015 22:16, by Mr Point

      So Kiir has thrown away the Peace Agreeement, the Constitution, Legitimacy and the whole SPLM.

      Does he now have absolute power and can’t be removed?

      What are the factors that would stop him becoming dictator for life and taking away all hope of development and democracy for South Sudan?

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    • 17 October 2015 00:56, by chuol

      Salva Kiir Elawiir by Nyasi T

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      • 17 October 2015 05:43, by Mi diit

        Salva Kiir is a mad man for sure. Violation after violation. Now he has shot himself in the foot again by creating enemies from within.

        Those he has fired and will NEVER be reappointed into this cursed party will now join Riek, Pagan, Lam, Alfred, etc.

        Wonders never end in South Sudan.

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    • 17 October 2015 06:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The move became like in 2013. Indeed president Kiir explored the good move that to ensure the right and patriotic people for both SPLM party and racism on the country and its people as whole.

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  • 16 October 2015 23:01, by dinkdong

    So now what?

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  • 16 October 2015 23:55, by Developer

    Salvatore Kiir needs mentally rehabilitation.

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  • 17 October 2015 00:02, by Mr Point

    Only four years ago Kiir had the support of all of South Sudan and most of the world.

    Now his power base is much smaller. He relies on a narrow tribal clique for political support. Few external countries support him. He dare not travel to USA.

    The country had so much promise four years ago.

    He has thrown it all away.

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  • 17 October 2015 00:27, by lino

    Southerners must distance themselves from this movement because it’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and NOT Party.
    Please go and form whatever Junubieen Parties or Organizations/ Food Committees and so on.
    SPLM is a movement that belong to African Sudanese and not Junubieen alone.

    You have messed up with this Historical Movement ya thick headed people!!!

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  • 17 October 2015 00:30, by Uncle J

    Smart decision,
    Kiir was still making mistakes reinstating people that were critics of his ruling pre-2013.
    Has it changed anything reinstating Pagan into his position? No it did not change anything as Pagan was addressing media in a fake manner that he is a change man and he will work with Salva Kiir again.Also it is insane way of doing things like get reinstated and go on self imposed exile.

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  • 17 October 2015 02:43, by Positive Thinker

    To those who are supporting the dictator should always days of dictator are numbered.To those who have chosen the fast of tribalism should know that they are not digging grave for for themselves but for all nation. Kiir has reduced himself to the lowest. I am ashamed to be my president.
    My advice to people who think that SPLM is Kiir and KIir is SPLM are deceiving themselves. R.I.P SPLM

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  • 17 October 2015 06:21, by Uncle J

    Possitive Thinker,
    All nonsense u saying. Please change your name to either a Dickhead Thinker or a Pighead Thinker any of the two will do.

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    • 17 October 2015 09:16, by Son of Upper Nile

      Uncle J, what I want is that you nominate Daniel Awet & Kuol Manyang as 1st & 2nd D/ Chairman respectively. Makuey Lueth & Awut Deng as SG & D/SG & declare the death of SPLM historic party under visionary & national leader Dr. John Garang & announce formation of AJDP (All Jieng Dictatorial Party)

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      • 17 October 2015 15:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

        I agree with you Son of Upper Nile about appointing Daniel Wut and Kuol Mangang on higher positions. However, I would put Kuol in charge of corruption deportation. Also I would like to see newbie faces in the government if we want to run legitimate government.

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      • 18 October 2015 00:49, by Uncle J

        Son of Lower Nile,
        Leave alone the 1st vice president, people like Awet Akot Thuou deserves to be president because South Sudan needs full dictators in order to save lives of innocent

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  • 17 October 2015 07:16, by Positive Thinker

    Uncle J what nonsense do you think I have said? You hate truth tellers and I am not surprise because that is the nature a heartless fool like you.

    Sorry I am not a class of tribalist gangs gluttonous fool following a poor empty headed dictator.

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    • 17 October 2015 09:35, by Uncle J

      What makes you speak nonsense about SPLM if you are not on any side? In South Sudan we don’t have a dictator yet and I don’t agree with bunch of bloody idiots that labelled Kiir a dictator when he is such a slow peaceful leader than anyother leader in the world.

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  • 17 October 2015 09:54, by American Missile.

    I agree with another decision of dissolving SPLM Party structures so that the party can be restructure for peaceful democracy.

    Mr.President, now you are on the right track of putting the country into ORDER or putting SPLM HOUSE IN ORDER. Continue with this spirit of looking at thing broadly not for an individually groups.

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  • 17 October 2015 11:04, by Akuma

    Congratulation Mr. President for taking wise decision by reshaping SPLM party. There will be no more rooms for other SPLMs like SPLM in-Opposition, SPLM in-Government, SPLM-FD, SPLM in Dead, and many more SPLMs. We will recognize only one SPLM whom you chair.

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  • 17 October 2015 15:41, by Konan

    Does this apply to SPLM/N?

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  • 17 October 2015 17:36, by lino

    Southerners don’t deserve to call themselves SPLMers any more since they called themselves South Sudanese.
    SPLM is the movement for Sudanese People and shouldn’t be a party.

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