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S. Sudan’s Kiir sacks long-serving youth leader, names successor


January 5, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president has issued an order removing a more than two decade youth leader, sparking questions on motives behind the move.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Paul Banks/UNMIS)

President Kiir, according to the order broadcast by the state owned SSBC television on Wednesday in his capacity as the chairman of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in government, removed Akol Paul Kordit from the post which he held over two decades as the head of the young wing in the party.

He replaced him, according to another order, with Emmanuel Lubari Joseph as a provisional Chairperson of the SPLM Youth League.

The order Entitled as the SPLM Chairmanship Decree No.2 2017, did not say whether the new youth leader would assume the youth membership at the political bureau, the highest executive organ, according to the hierarchical structure of the party or he would wait until a new national convention is convened and fresh elections are held.

It is also unclear whether the former chairperson would continue to remain the youth at the political bureau.

Observers believe the new person would assume all the rights including taking the membership at the political bureau as it was the basis on which Kordit uses to participate at the decision making discussions in the party leadership as the representative of the youth.


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  • 6 January 08:40, by Joyuma John

    Time for Red army Mayardit now, this position of SPLM youth leader must goes to red army member. If you like to know , ask me why is supposed to be so?

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    • 6 January 13:51, by Midit Mitot

      I like the move, Akol Paul Kordit is tribal youth leader, let him go for-good. Mr folk, I told you during political rally at Juba University in 2009 that, what goes around come around, how is it now? When you had appointed as a leader, make sure that you are for all, go in peace ayaaaah othiek.

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      • 8 January 03:02, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Bravo Comrade Emmanual L. Joseph for your victory! Go ahead with the same spirit. My msg to you is about inculcating transparent & democratic leadership.

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  • 6 January 11:15, by Fair Man

    Joyuma John
    Salva Kiir puts Emmanuel Lubari Joseph, thinking that Lubari will appeal to his fellow Equatorian Youth to drop fighting. That is rubbish. We made him Chairperson of Student Union in 2010 but he failed to bring any development to University. The appointment is SPLM affairs. South Sudan is not SPLM and thinking that all South Sudanese youth are SPLM is serious stupidity and ignorance.

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    • 6 January 14:02, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Are you suggesting that we should perhaps call the SPLM as Stupid People Lacking Manners or what?

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    • 6 January 14:13, by Redeemer

      Fair Man
      When you preoccupy yourself with negative imaginary you disturb your peace not anyone else, there are many equatorians in influential positions that can appeal to the people not just Youth leader, you are destroying your capacity thinking for nothing

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    • 6 January 15:52, by Eastern

      Fair man,

      That’s what Kiir the tribal leader thinks. Hapless individuals cannot convince the Equatorian youths who are at large baying for Kiir’s blood!

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      • 6 January 16:07, by Future1

        I am sometimes fall confuse when people like you comment giving tribal issues as chance for argument. The Dinka you always complain brought this freedom you are enjoying as quoted below. http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/asia-and-africa/middle-eastern-history/dinka. stop blaming but teach us the way forward. Stop war initiate nonviolence means. we shall all help you.

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        • 6 January 22:37, by Eastern


          I am glad that you at that confused. Dinkas brought no freedom to anybody and they are not the guardians of anybody!........

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          • 7 January 11:41, by Future1

            I am not dinka as you assume. Accept who is a equartorian.You cannot wipe out historical records. This liberation doesn’t credit dinka to do whatever they want for country. Here, I am not completely not out of words like you. Again, nobody is perfect in South Sudan as before. Equartorians men are now rapping women maiming children and looting people along highways. Same Stupidity!

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        • 7 January 07:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          No wonder it is a Dinka encyclopedia!! What would you expect from Francis Deng and Jok Madut likes. They are learnt but not educated. They do not know the concept of nation state. In them is Dinkaism only while they want to live with others who do not believe in their vice.

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  • 6 January 18:50, by Fair Man

    Absolutely Jubaone, these guys are crazy and they did not know who SPLM Members are. Example, in villages, where 90% of people, they blocked other from exercising their rights and thought all are SPLM. But elections, of 2010 which they rigged proved them wrong. The name you suggested is the right one. The party does vision for welfare of people but destructive plans and plots all way from 2005...

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  • 6 January 19:28, by Fair Man

    Future 1
    You are made the Dinkarization of liberation contributions of all South Sudanese people. Fighting was made successful after we in Equatoria provided you space to operate, until referendum. Look, up to now, you Dinka are not comfortable to stay in their lands because madness of retaliatory attacks. A soldier, Rumbek citzen, taken from Juba for mission, escapes to Juba. Stupidly afraid?

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    • 7 January 05:05, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Bad decision, P. Kiir is making mistake after mistake with his P. Kiir executive power. He should think and give people time to choose their leaders. As a loyal general, I’m getting frustrating with all these messes P. Kiir had brought to the country. In my opinion, either one of these guys is not worth given to the position because they don’t know what they are doing or leaders without objectives

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  • 7 January 09:14, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    President Kiir makes mistakes, with your backing. Chest-beating, we liberated this country..that where you...? are the reasons why people are fighting you to change the bad system of ignorance and arrogancy. Had SPLA been a professional army, 2013 crisis would have been avoid, by telling political actors to choose path of peace or get arrested (Machar and Kiir), in vain afte

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    • 7 January 13:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Fair Man, I got all my ranks from fighting Arab soldiers not rebels in South Sudan. P. Kiir knows it and many other generals in South Sudan. To tell you the truth, I grew up and got my ranks in Equatoria areas fighting Arabs. Also, I never support P. Kiir’s decisions including removing great leaders from their posts. I don’t like the idea a brother from a brother in the South Sudan.

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  • 8 January 10:12, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    Yes, you having grown up in Equatoria region, means we in Equatoria are peaceful. We let our sons to join SPLA and we contributed food to the forces but when peace came, you forgot all contributions and decided to harrass people and insulted our peacefulness with your men grabbing lands and sending cows to destroy crops, corrupting national resources. These are unpatriotic.

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    • 8 January 10:16, by Fair Man

      Dinka- Defender General (your true name)
      By your media name, one is adduced to conclude that you a tribalist and one of the most dangerous Generals, who mastermind tribal Dinka supremacy over other tribes. Dinka have been the trouble makers and they failed to accept corrections called for. Shame on you. Pay for your arrogancy now. The next is the entire 63 tribes surrounding you. A matter of time.

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