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S. Sudanese presidency downplay alleged rift in ruling party leadership


December 12 ,2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese presidency has downplayed reports suggesting there could be another division within the leadership of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), stressing the need for re-unification.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

The spokesperson for the presidency, Ateny Wek Ateny said President Salva Kiir, in his capacity as the leader of the party met and chaired preparatory meetings of the SPLM Extra-ordinary Convention, but never uttered derogatory words.

“The president did have a meeting with members of the Political Bureau thrice, but he never made such statement”, Ateny told Sudan Tribune Friday evening.

He was reacting to reports quoting senior officials who met and held series of meetings with the president seeking his permission to approve the number of participants, authorize and direct allocation of financial and logistical resources as well as assets to facilitate the convening of the much anticipated ruling party leadership meeting.

Ateny said the president remains committed to the full implementation of the Arusha reunification of the ruling SPLM.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit is on top of those SPLM leaders who are yearning to see the Arusha Intra-Party Agreement being implemented in letter and spirit", said Ateny.

"The president owing to his resilient and steadfast leadership, made every sacrifice to return this country to normalcy. And so, he cannot liken his comrades with dogs, if they had chosen to come back to the country for the sake of the unity of the country and that of the ruling SPLM”, he stressed.

However, a senior party official separately told Sudan Tribune that the president had indeed uttered those words in an attempt to emphasize a point about political challenges facing the leadership and not that he wanted to utter derogatory statements.

"The president uttered these remarks not with bad intention. He wanted to emphasize a point and it is unfortunate that the words have been interpreted to mean something which he did not intend by some circles", said official, who preferred anonymity.

A close ally of Kiir, the official insisted he knew the context in which the former spoke.

“I know President Salva Kiir personally very well. We were in Kurmuk and I was in his headquarters. We were also in Rumbek and I was one of the senior commanders under his command. I have been with him since 1985. I know him very well so whatever he says, whether it is due to emotions or intended to say, I can tell without hesitation”, he said


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  • 13 December 2015 00:37, by Mr Point

    Did he mean dogs when he said "dogs"?

    Like Kiir, when I say "dogs" I mean my distinguished colleagues whose advice and opinions I respect.

    What do you dogs have to say ?

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    • 13 December 2015 01:08, by what the hell

      Their is only one dogs and that is Nuer so why are you surprised

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    • 14 December 2015 08:28, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Teny,there are wrong advisory to the president but they are leading him for his down fall.and very traditinal leadership is ongoing in the govt of south Sudan which need some reform.

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  • 13 December 2015 04:12, by Uncle J

    How come president Kiir was sweating like Chinese bull when president Bashir referred to people of South Sudan as "insects" at that time of Higlik war? I believed president Kiir is secretly a dictator in his heart, calling people bad names like prophet of dooms and dogs are very wrong terms unless president Kiir is on his path to become a full dictator like Idi Amin

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    • 13 December 2015 05:55, by Joseph Canada

      Secretly dictator at heart? so you just found out? Man I can’t blame you coz you have never known and seen how democracy feels like. If you did, then you would know whats right and wrong in that Country. The man who is leading the country is even worse that Charles Taylor and Idi Amin Combine.
      God keep you a life Brother.

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      • 13 December 2015 13:30, by Uncle J

        Joseph Canada,
        Bro I was borned in the west grew up in the west now I vote for democracy so don’t tell me what it is.

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  • 13 December 2015 07:11, by Eastern

    SPLM is known for operating in denial; time will tell........

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  • 13 December 2015 09:03, by Eastern

    .....The good thing is, oil has hit $37 a barrel in the World market. Let’s see how this clumsy tribalistic government is going to sustain itself. It has refused to leave by the peace accord it signed recently.

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  • 13 December 2015 09:03, by Eastern

    .....The good thing is, oil has hit $37 a barrel in the World market. Let’s see how this clumsy tribalistic government is going to sustain itself. It has refused to leave by the peace accord it signed recently.

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    • 13 December 2015 18:34, by Sir King

      Salva Kiir meant dogs and so, dogs mean dogs; so what does DRUM OF TRUTH meant to say? Stupid leadership of South Sudan under Kiir Ayuiei!

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