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Opposition parties form coalition in Unity state, accuse SPLM of neglect


November 30, 2011 (BENTIU) - Four South Sudanese political parties have formed a coalition in Unity state to address the dominance of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

South Sudan opposition political parties meeting atthe USDF office in Unity state 29, November 2011 (ST)

The agreement was reached after a three day meeting, bringing together the Democratic Forum, United Democratic Salvation Front Mainstream, United Sudan African Party and the African National Congress.

The Democratic Forum’s Boutros Both Dak was appointed as the spokesman for the four-party coalition. He said that the group "strongly condemn the way SPLM rule the state that does not include us in decision making within the state policy."

Dak said the government was the cause of many of the states problems accusing the SPLM of ignoring other political parties in issues such as the state’s new constitution.

He described this as "a great mistake" and said that the opposition parties were "disappointed" by the SPLA’s failure to involve them.

Dak added that the aim of the coalition was to help citizens establish peace and development working together with the SPLM. The SPLM are the political arm of the former rebel group that have governed South Sudan since a 2005 peace deal with Khartoum.

In elections last year the SPLM won the lion’s share of votes and remains the dominant force in South Sudanese politics.

The coalition spokesperson asked the SPLM to work with the other political parties in the new republic of South Sudan. He said that the SPLM would succeed in building the nation if it worked with other political parties.

Dak strongly condemned groups that had taken up arms against the South Sudanese government. He added that only through peaceful means could policy issues with the SPLM be addressed.

However, the SPLM’s acting chairman in Unity State, Samuel Lony Geng, denied that the SPLM is not inclusive towards other political parties.

Samuel Lony Geng acting chairperson of SPLM in Unity State talking with Sudan Tribune (ST)

“I don’t think these allegation[s] are true, because as party SPLM, if these allegation were during the war and then I will say they are true, but after the CPA was signed the SPLM has been working very hard to democratise the nation."

The SPLM, he said, was trying to encourage multiparty democracy and participation at all levels of lawmaking. The 2010 elections were blighted by allegations of vote rigging in favour of the SPLM. Some political parties complained that their members were harassed and unable to campaign.

The SPLM chairman Salva Kiir, won the race for the presidency by over 90%.

Geng said that the SPLM do invited all parties to be represented, sometimes giving them airtime on state radio to address their issues. The allegations were baseless, he said.


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  • 1 December 2011 07:11, by Brother Billy

    I am really so tired of Unity always, why did these unity guys name their state in a name that does not match with their attitudes or feelings? SSLA started in Unity and again those damn opposition parties want to disturb in unity State! cattle raider took herds of cattle in Twic County, Warrap and those were from Unity State! Where were those other parties during Bonggo & Kubur Bou battles?

    • 1 December 2011 08:36, by Chier Akueny

      Look at this SPLM Acting Chairperson! He is fat like a pig, actually they are eating oil money alone, they don’t even see rough roads, lack of food for civilians(Food Insecurity) across South Sudan. If you find somebody who a fool and with big stomach, then that one must be an SPLM member, Sorry, this world is not fear completely. The name SPLM should be changed. Shame on them!

      • 1 December 2011 08:47, by Chier Akueny

        Actually, SPLM will not fool people for the next five years. How can a country become worse when we separated from oppressors of Khartoum with bulk oil revenue, but due to poor management and soaring corruption make us become poor more than we were under Arabs of Khartoum. What kind of mismanagement for sure. This time, opposition leaders are the King and we must see as citizens. SPLM has failed.

        • 1 December 2011 10:32, by Morthon Akol

          my friend, SPLM will be in power wither you like or not. so let me tell you one thing is that Anger makes your mouth work faster than your mind.so it’s up to you if you see Khartoum (NCP) can give you good service then SPLM than you can go back to Khartoum.

          • 2 December 2011 01:41, by SSLA/M Supporter


            Chuer is right, people are sickened and tired by SPLM looting of RoSS resources and monopoly of it’s politics, people had enough of SPLM negligence of RoSS and its people! Nobody is going back to Khartoum but southerners are determined than ever before to fight SPLM corrupted regime to liberate RoSS whether you like it or not we declare war against SPLA/M.

      • 1 December 2011 08:54, by onlysonmabi

        Chier or chieth if your are among those stupid man from that state is better to have respect how can you attack your ground mother SPLM,if you people don’t get your need you better take armes and fight like Athor,but let me tell you one thing one of you could not able to get one AKM 47 think over that.

        • 2 December 2011 01:58, by SSLA/M Supporter


          Who is chieth and stupid more than you mule! What is that your shit called SPLA/M? Isn’t the shit we created in Bilpam 1978 before that baldhead called John Garang made his bloody coup against Samuel Gai Tut 1983? Isn’t that shit called SPLA we destroyed in many occasions! Fuck that! the SPLA/M shit is our grandmother! If they share our stolen money with you then...

          • 2 December 2011 02:04, by SSLA/M Supporter

            then take your money but make sure you keep mouth shut before we abuse you until you quit this political forum because we have no respect for a bunch of looters like your shit called SPLA!

      • 1 December 2011 09:01, by Majak Mawien

        Accusation does not means seeking for inclusion an party has its own vision and mission. why don’t you preach that and experience accuse to leberal party? why you thrown bitter words to SPLM Party/leaders. what SPLM has done is seen in every corner of S.Sudan. and you’ what have you done? you always talked of what you shall do.

        SPLM is a little red hen. it should be respected.

    • 1 December 2011 09:22, by Bol Ringdit

      You right my friend, the opposition parties are the same as the rebels group who have no agenda to rebel except tribalism objectives base on self-interest. They have the same goal which is straggling for power and positions. There will never be peace in South Sudan until the rate of illiteracy decrease and most people understand what is mean freedom and democracy. God bless our country!

      • 1 December 2011 10:19, by Chier Akueny

        Bol, Majak, and Mbi, look at you! That is how you fail to understand the right things, because you emensely overwhelmed by corrupt pigs in Juba and so, you get something. How can a country deteriorate after separation sirs, And I wonder when they are talking of nonsenses, when people are dying like mushroom in the villages, no roads, health care centres and more harrasment. Shame on you.

        • 1 December 2011 10:28, by Chier Akueny

          ... Actually these are kinds of people who forget and fail to see a baby crawling when they are eating their food. Now when are we going to start better work for beter South Sudanese people. We claim and we don’t do, you see and do think that this country is going to make some change? Unless God gives us Jesus Christ, to come and arrange something for us. SPLA who fought are our children, mind you

    • 1 December 2011 10:37, by J P Puok

      come on guys ! some of us seem to be stupid enough even to shot themselves in their dirty foot I am sorry to say this.
      look some one come out @ say TIRED OF UNITY STATE... Don’t you even fear God getting tired of the bread basket of your filthy stomach! Billy or the like our patience are running thin on your awkward comments @ soon we will respond if at all we are burden to u instead of solving!

      • 1 December 2011 10:44, by J P Puok

        continue: it as the national calamity ! what does opposition collision hurt you for the seek of the Almighty ! After all our constitution entailed these as freedom and right so long they don’t enfringed other pple’s rights and freedom?
        see guys if one is incapable to contribute positively in this difficult national building let him shut up and watch from far bye !

    • 1 December 2011 16:09, by mon-mandhal

      This coalition of op parties in unity-state will mark the end of splm in the state ,if the extra care is not taken.It is beynod no doubt that they are internal rebels inmplementing khartuom and SSLA agandas

      Mony-mandhal is for welfar of this country..

    • 1 December 2011 19:42, by simon yel

      What the damn is happening in Unity State ? If the political parties are complaining of not bringing them in state decision making, they should first stop financing the rebel groups in the state.I hope we should change the state name to Disunity state because the citizens are always opposing themselves in any decision making . so please citizens of unity be stable like other states .

  • 1 December 2011 20:32, by Mading

    Mr. Geng, these are not either allegations or baseless but true feelings from concerned citizens from different political parties. One thing I hate about you our politicians is that you don’t even admit a single mistake but you assume to know everything. Why don’t you give them their share for they also assisted us fire out the last bullet against the Arabs (Vote of separation)

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