June 19, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Southern Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has called on Gen. Dau Aturjong Nyuol to bury the differences created by the recent April elections, urging him to return to the party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).
Gen. Dau contested independently for gubernatorial position in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state after failing to secure the party’s nomination, but lost to the SPLM official candidate and incumbent governor, Gen. Paul Malong Awan. He has been to Khartoum since the time of declaration of the election results.
In a meeting he had on Thursday in Khartoum with General Dau and Sultan Abdalbagi Ayii Akol, among other political leaders from Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, Kiir called for forgiveness saying the South had a lot of issues to resolve as a people with one identity.
“We have a lot to resolve together with one identity as South Sudanese people in order to create conducive political ground for conduct of the referendum and other post referendum arrangements,” he told Dau.
Emphasizing on burying elections differences which generated into political bitterness, Kiir reiterated his call on General Dau to return to the party and said he would listen to his complaints once he returned to Juba.
“I would prefer [that] you come to Juba to once again meet and discuss with you some other issues and how to forge new understanding,” Kiir said, adding that elections are now over.
President Kiir also called on other political leaders to join him in the regional campaign for peace, love and reconciliation as alternative to creating and settling elections generated political differences.
President Kiir had earlier in his inaugural speech called for reconciliation and shift focus and gear to what lies ahead. “This is not to devalue the recent elections. Indeed, many Southern Sudanese voted for the first time in their lives in the elections. “
“However, it was just a step towards the ultimate dream of every Southerner embodied in self-determination,” Kiir said during his inaugural speech in Juba.
With a new mandate after elections, he unveiled his vision and vowed to remain true to the ideals that inspired the liberation struggle over two decades ago. “Though many of the liberation veterans have fallen, those who remain, like in a relay race, must finish the race and bequeath a free country to the future generations,” he said.
He also promised to unite the country; to nurture sustainable peace; to assure freedom so that every citizen may walk tall in his/her country; and to deliver an environment conducive for all the citizens to live dignified lives both now and in the future. “A government that is not capable of ensuring those basic needs to its people brings disrepute to itself and shall be a disgrace to the country and people. That I shall not allow [it] to happen under my watch”, he pointed out.
Gen. Dau was just among other several independent candidates who contested for gubernatorial positions and lost in their respective states. Another General, George Athor Deng, has rebelled against the government after losing the race to his main rival, Kuol Manyang Juuk, in Jonglei state.