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SANU party declares its referendum vote for separation


August 20, 2010 (JUBA) – The Sudan African National Union (SANU) party has declared its official position to mobilize its supporters to vote for separation of the South from the North in the upcoming referendum.

In a press release sent to Sudan Tribune, the Chairman of SANU, Dr. Toby Maduot Parek, explained that his party came to the decision after evaluating the attitude of the dominant National Congress Party (NCP) in the implementation of the 2005 North-South peace deal.

SANU accused the NCP of failing to implement the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement and pursuing "a strategy to marginalize the people of underdeveloped regions of the Sudan", and dividing the national political forces.

Founded in exile in Uganda in 1963 by late Fr. Saturino Lahoru, Dr. Maduot said SANU was a political party fighting for the right of all the marginalized people of Sudan including Darfur, Eastern Sudan, Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile.

Dr. Maduot was two weeks ago quoted to have voiced his position to maintain the unity of the country.

He however said given the current circumstances, his party has decided to vote for separation of the South.

Below is the press release:

Statement by Dr. Toby Maduot Parek Machar
Chairman, Sudan African National Union (SANU)

On the position of SANU in relation to the following issues:
- The coming referenda for self determination of the people of Southern Sudan scheduled on 9th, January 2011
- Non-implementation of some important provisions of CPA by NCP. e.g. Abyei ruling, Nuba Mountain and South Blue Nile protocols.
- Peace in Darfur.

We are issuing this statement to all the Sudanese people, civil society organizations, political forces and NCP in particular on the above mentioned three major issues of the day.

1. Introduction:

SANU, party was founded in exile by our heroes, late Fr. Saturino Lahoru, Late William Deng Nhial, Joseph Oduho and others in 1963 in Uganda-Kampala and later founded inside Sudan in 1964 immediately after the fall of dictator Ibrahim Aboud. That time, founders of SANU shared the same vision and objective with then great leaders of Africa like Jomo Kenyatta of KANU- Kenya and Julius Nyerere of TANU-Tanganyika. Like those great parties, SANU was formed to fight for the rights of the marginalized in areas of Sudan such as Southern Sudan, Nuba Mountains, South Blue Nile, Darfur and Eastern Sudan.

At this juncture, we would like also to honor the legacy of great Sudanese such as late William Deng Nhial, late Philip Abbas Gaboush and Ahmed Ibrahim Dereg Who led SANU, All Union of Nuba Mountains and SUNI of Darfur respectively to form the New Forces Congress.

2. Position of SANU on Referendum:

SANU is committed to the consolidation of CPA and push for full implementation of provisions of CPA. At this turn, SANU presses the two signatories to CPA and the National Referendum Commission to hold the referendum as scheduled on January 9th, 2011.

SANU leadership and its rank and file have resolved to vote for the separation of the southern Sudan in coming referendum, because of lack of seriousness in implementing CPA in full by the National Congress (NCP) and its continued strategy to marginalize the people of underdeveloped regions of the Sudan. This is seen by all Southern political forces including SANU as insincerity on the part of National Congress party (NCP) and a dangerous recipe that will return our country to war.

3. The following are some violations of the CPA by the NCP, to mention a few:

(a) Delay to complete the demarcation of North-South borders.

(b) Delay in drawing up Abyei and South Kordufan borders.

(c) Failure to start registration of voters in referenda

(d) Failure to start referenda campaign.

(e) Failure to start voter’s education.

(f) Widespread escalation of militia activity in Abyei in brutal defiance of police authority in that area. This is also seen in the southern Sudan and is an indication that NCP is not one they should choose to live with when given the option in the coming referenda.

(g) National Congress failed to disarm militias of its own creation, such as the Janjaweed elements in southern Darfur and which are now cited as a threat to Western Bahr El Ghazal State by the Governor, Brigadier Rizik Zakaria Hasan last week in Wau town.

(h) It is also very disappointing that the NCP is vigorously working to divide parties like SANU, SPLM, Umma, DUP…etc. This policy of divide and rule with the use of government resources is contrary to multi- party cooperation or coalition in a real democratic system.

(i) In regards to Darfur crisis, we feel that NCP has not made use of CPA model in resolving Darfur conflict which it should have followed in bringing long awaited peace in Darfur. We note the rising calls for self determination in that region of Sudan, which proves that unity cannot be sustained under the current system dominated by the NCP.

Once again we wish you all the success in making the referenda peaceful, orderly, transparent, fair and free event in Sudan.

Dr. Toby Maduot Parek,
Sudan African National Union (SANU)


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  • 21 August 2010 03:27, by Achiek Alier Jr

    That is good, remember all Southerners are the main enemy of the North.

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    • 21 August 2010 03:51, by DOOR


      You can’t term our northern brothers as enemies. Time for enemity has gone and we should bridge the gap of brotherhood.
      When there is a disagreement we must settle it as brothers but not enemies any longer.

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      • 21 August 2010 08:47, by Peter Nhiany

        Brother Achiek, and Door,

        It was time to fight for interest by the NCP, and Southerners were fighting for their freedom.

        Freedom of land, religion, education, resources, and participation and recognition all sectors local, and federal goverment. I would say that we are almost to achieve the right to freedom that we fought for, and we should not use the term enemies event if we felt like we were foes to one another.

        It is time for the Southerners to step up and demonstrates to the world, and Northerners what we fought for; not longer, some Northerners will defect to the South soon, and I think we shall have no problem welcoming if they will be okay to follow our government rules.

        We are democratic people, and will establish a democratic new nation, "South Sudan." where peace, love, and unity will always exist. Northerners will not be potentially our enemies, but our neighbours with different government policies.

        I understand each every person has a right to say what they think is the best description of their enemies, but we South Sudanese may need to adapt a new strategy to approach that term, "enemy." Our freedom is here, and no one can stop us from achieving it; that is our objective whether NCP is our enemy or not.

        Thank you both.

        Peter Nhiany.

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    • 21 August 2010 04:02, by Jamus

      Bravo Uncle Toby Maduot,

      It is very good that you you have listened to concerns of Southerners by yourself.You changed your previous extreme position of unity with the North spontaneously,unlike Lam who like going against the wishes of their constituents and betraying their kinsmen.We wellcame you back and,remember,SANU is the real party of African Nationalists of Sudan,and you contends that,you borrowed some of your ideas from some of nationalist leaders like Jomo Kenyatta and Julius Nyerere.That shows that, SANU,should really reflects the wishes of marginalised Africans.


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      • 21 August 2010 04:32, by Mzalendo Mwema

        To Uncle Toby,

        You are very excogitative leader if you have changed your previous position on UNITY which has never been made attractive.
        Those who are talking about this coaxed UNITY are after their own interests.Not the interests of margainalised people.

        Where is unity when millions are dying in darfur?

        where is unity when NCP supplies Southern militias with weapons?

        Where is unity when Misseria are settling in Abyei areas with the aim of taking away their land

        Where is unity when all the protocols are not implemented?

        Millions of Sudanese people are in need of food now and NCP is airlifting food in Pakistan.What does that mean?

        A normal person can answer those questions mentioned above before talking of UNITY of the country led by Omar ,Dr.Lam Akol,Bona Malual and Professor De Chan.

        We need PEACE not WAR and South separation/INDEPENDENT is the only answers to that.

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      • 21 August 2010 08:35, by Peter Nhiany

        Dear Jamus,
        It was very shcoking to me when I read Dr. Maduot’s comment in his first talk. It is a lot relieving reading his position letter on the referendum, and issues pertaining to CPA that have not been respected, and implemented by NCP. What else should one say. I’m so thankful that he realized what the challenges are and that they hinderminded call for unity. May God give the people of South Sudan their rights peacefully.

        Peter Nhiany.

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  • 21 August 2010 06:44, by Dinka Boy

    All opposition parties in the South were NIF/NCP regime during the war. Only SPLM/A has provide the South freedom in a plate to all of us-Southerners.SPLM/A

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    • 21 August 2010 09:01, by Peter Nhiany

      Dear brother Dinka Boy,

      You are right SPLA/M is the only party which brought peace to the table for all Sudan’s political parties. It was NCP interest that CPA was signed in Kenyan capital. SPLA/M led by later hero Dr. Garang and other generals who sacrificed their lives for this country did not only fight for the freedom of the Southerners, but also to give other Northerners who were not given an opportunity of freedom to be free.

      I agree with you on your point that some parties were with NIF/NCP during the struggle. That is right because they thought NCP will defeat SPLA/M. Today is the day need to stand tall on our feet and tell the world that yes we are the native of this land, and that we need our rights to be respected.

      Seperation is the key, and let’s not challenge those who did not participate in the struggle for this peace on the "gold plate." as termed by the Chairman of GoSS, and president of South Sudan Salvar Kiir Mayardit. Peace is what we fought for so that our brothers and sisters who were lost will be found. We do not want to give them negative impression when they are returning to us. Let’s embrace everyone coming with an open arms.

      Thank you.


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  • 21 August 2010 07:06, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Thanks SANU, Africans should always stand together aganist the common enemy. It is Mbeki who ran behind bashir, but we all know that SA is always in favor of Southern people in Sudan.

    My request is that we need your help to send specail deplomatic to monitor the outcomes of referrendum, to ensure that the elction is carry out peacefully and fair for all Sudanese across Sudan. My message to SA, Ugnada, Botswana, Kenya, and few African nations to stand up for the people of South Sudan victory.

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    • 21 August 2010 08:30, by Peter Nhiany

      I just want to say thank you to Dr. Maduot, the chairman of Sudan African National Union (SANU) for making his voice heard regarding issues pertaining to CPA, and referenda precedures. We the people of South Sudan are peace loving people, but our abilities, and capabilities to remain committed to our strength in those areas I mentioned have been weakened by the notorous Government of National Congress Party by buying our people, and use them against their brothers.

      It gives me more pride when our loving, and courageous leaders like Dr. Maduot stands up, and make and effort to raising bar on very important agendas of our country. NCP is not an animal anyone would like in his ranch. We had learned enough while leaving with Khartoum until we picked up arms to initiat struggle for our freedom, freedom of our land, and freedom for our future generation. Seperation is the only choice people of South Sudan have on the table now because NCP does not make unity attractive. Event if unity is made attractive, NCP is a wild dog which can trick you and than later turn his mouth on you, and bit you on the leg. We South Sudanese are not ready to get bit on the leg for the second time. NCP’s behavior is toxic, and would not deal with its game anymore.

      It is time for us the South Sudanese to push through with what we think will help us live in peace; and option for seperation is the only ideal choice for us. Whether or not NCP comply with the referenda guidelines, we are breaking away from NCP. If NCP delay referendum scheduled time, we have the right to unilaterally declare our independ should NCP become partisan.

      Again, I thank Dr. Maduot for standing up and make his voice heard by pointing out the most important keys issues NCP should had addressed early on before Referendum arrived. Things that should had been done 2-3 years ago are impossible to be done in less than 4 months. This is a big indication that NCP is not interested in the rights of the South Sudanese. If NCP is undersestimating us, it is making a great mistake in its political game. May the people of South Sudan achieve their independent with out interference. May God bless the people of the South Sudan. May referendum be conducted on time, peacefully, and fairly.

      Peter Nhiany.

      Student at Granite State college.

      University system of New Hampshire.


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  • 21 August 2010 09:02, by Paul Lokuji Micah daudi

    Thanks Dr Modut,

    When the clear message to the public in South Sudan is send straight from a respected person like you then its clear now for all decide otherwise if leaders don’t tell exactly their people what to do than its a fallen nation,thanks that’s its now clear you have done your part,Southern Sudanese now its our role to make sure we don’t stay third class citizen’s in our own country where the Northerners dominate every thing,vote for separation in Jan 2011.

    Thanks to Modut,long live South Sudan

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    • 21 August 2010 10:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Wel come back yaba. Thank you for seeing sense.

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    • 21 August 2010 11:42, by Aduol Liet

      To:Uncle Dr, Toby Maduot Parek.

      This is time for all Southern Sudanese people to thanks you for your acknowledgement the achievement of Sudanese unity can not attain under the leadership of NCP and Omar al Bashir. The Southerners Sudanese intellectual have been quoting you that,you were been pressuring the Churches people not to campaigning for Southern Sudan separation but unity yes, according to the article that, I had read recent week and I was unhappy to see my uncle have had not seen what the Sudan government was doing fortunately, I am so glad to hear that you notice something by yourself which is good. Now we want you and your friends to work together even if you don’t like someone from the SPLM/ GOSS that is okay Southern Sudan is not belonging to one person, please do what will benefit your people Southerners Sudanese period.

      After the signing peace agreement between North-South, many Sudanese were having feeling that, there will be unity of the Sudanese people but there was alarming before the end of the year 2005,when we lost the great leader Dr, John Garang and the SPLM told Sudanese people that, although we don’t really know how this happen we will continues to carryout his vision for Sudanese people however, the NCP with his leader Omar thoughts of returning people back to those Old Ideas which have cause us division among us in the past that thing has made a lot of doubt ability in most of Sudanese people who have been suffering for long time perhaps, they looking to see the Sudan government opening themselves to attract people for whatever matter is, but it did not happen that way so you can not wast your time to beg unity when the government itself is the most cause problems.

      When you own a Dog at your home just to make some observation at night, the Dog can not barking without anything a cross to his power eyes and this is a true thing. Well, we are not actually having eyes of Dog in any way, but many Southern Sudanese including some of the Northern Sudanese saw the Bashir government has no signs of unity and have said, many times this Sudan government has dividing Sudanese people for sure and that is the factor which you mentions some of your main point base on your observation and your experience.

      To make it short, I’m impress to hear and read your few statement that you are backing separation now please keep it. At first we thought Unity would be achieve through by making things sincerely, honestly,respectful, accountability, democratic way and leaving all these differences a part and started the new chapter of achieving democracy system in Sudan nation unfortunately, we saw the Janjaweed have been arms against Darfurian civilians, we have also saw the implementation process have been oppose by the CNP while they signed it in Kenya. We saw the general election was so fruad and we have saw also the Sudan government they are supporting division in Southern Sudan leaving 2,700 dies in the last year rather than united all regions and I hope the list can go on like that, but I want to thank you for coming back to support this separation because we have no other choice to endur united Sudan if the NCP have back the Old Ideas that caused us and left these 3 million lives plus 4,000 of Darfurian then, there is no choice for us but separation is the answer therefore, every single person in Southern Sudan particular must put his effort to fight for Southern Sudan nation and that is the message.

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  • 21 August 2010 15:46, by makuei

    Is this the same man who broke the hearts of Southerners days ago when he shamelessly aired his nonsense on Miraya in support of Unity? No way, your words keep echoing painfully through my ears. You are being cursed by all Southerners for betraying their desire and it’s better you were never a citizen of the South. No forgiveness. I would tell you on your face it I met you. And stop contradicting yourself because this does not show you are a leader.

    Makuei Majok

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