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Rebels downplay Salva Kiir’s formation of SPLM committee


March 6, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-In-Opposition) has questioned the legality of a joint committee formed by president Salva Kiir and comprising members of the ruling party’s politburo, including those that rebelled against the leader.

The head of the rebel delegation, General Taban Deng Gai, signs a ceasefire agreement, ending more than five weeks of fighting in South Sudan following negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 23 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

The preparatory committee is tasked with making the necessary arrangements for an upcoming meeting expected to bring together rival groups within the leadership of the SPLM.

The committee is a mixture of government loyalists, rebels, former detainees and third bloc officials. Daniel Awet Akot, Paul Mayom, Akol Paul, Jemma Nunu, Deng Alor, John Luk Jok, Kosti Manibe and Taban Deng Gai will serve on the eight-member committee.

The team will be primarily responsible for preparing the agenda for the next meeting of the SPLM political committee, which was proposed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, by mediators from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

It is not clear what issues the committee will discuss, but multiple sources and officials with direct knowledge of the arrangement have told Sudan Tribune that the focus of the meeting would be on internal reconciliation among the party’s leaders.

However, the spokesperson for the former vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, questioned Kiir’s authority to form a joint committee including senior rebel leaders.

“First of all, the proposal for internal reconciliation between the two SPLMs, as a new mechanism to try and resolve the ongoing violent conflict, was not initiated by Salva Kiir. Further, he is not the leader of some of those groups he has appointed to his committee, and therefore the formation of such a joint committee is unnecessary and procedurally illegal,” spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said in statements to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

He said the forum proposal was initiated by members of the IGAD mediating team, which he said the two parties had to simply study, and if acceptable, they would develop their respective positions or listen to the mediators if they have a draft.

“Kiir knows very well that, for instance, comrade Taban Deng Gai is our chief negotiator, whom he has no authority over. He also dismissed him (Gai) from memberships of both the Political Bureau and SPLM party, as well as charged him of alleged treason,” said Dak, adding that the opposition’s leadership had been surprised when they heard about the committee in the media.

He said the president, who also chairs the party, was the very person who resisted numerous calls to hold a political bureau meeting in 2013, which he claims would have resolved the political differences that have “consequently culminated in the ongoing violence”.

According to Dak, the first task of Kiir’s committee should be to reverse presidential decrees dismissing individual party officials.

He added that should there be a need for specialised committees to tackle the reconciliation process, then each side should be responsible for appointing its respective members.


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  • 7 March 2014 08:28, by omoni jr.

    The direct source from closet to the president said that, salva kiir was too drunk yesterday in extent that he did issused the wrong decree as usual for the formation of SPLM committee,including even his enemies. what a failed and alcoholic leader we have in 21 century!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 7 March 2014 08:43, by Mi diit

      Mrs. Akiir is a confused alcoholic. Maybe he tried to bribe Taban Deng with a committee membership. What a confused leader.

    • 7 March 2014 08:46, by Kiir

      President Kiir have dismissed Dr. Riek, Taba, John Luk, Pagan and Alfred from SPLM membership. How come Mr. President you include them to spam affairs while they are not members of SPLM? Please remove their names from that committees.

    • 7 March 2014 08:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      You coward motherfucker omoni de otorio, should know that your dumb Gadat Dak is not rebels spokesperson, he is Riek mouthpiece, you Nuer & Riek will be surprise of what Taban will do to Riek because you are not smart creature, Nuer- Uganda -Congolese no idea why Riek is not in the country ? Wait your days are numbered, UPDF has help you otherwise Dinkas in millions would killed have kill U,

      • 7 March 2014 09:07, by omoni jr.

        You are still dumb and you will die as a dumb Dinka.
        FYI, am not from Nuer tribe, am from the area the Dinka called it paradise ,Equatoria. UPDF did not help Nuer,you talk the opposite dumbass,without Ugandan and especially your husband you both share together,you and salva kiir, you would have not even talk shit here,but they still coming anyway, is not over yet.

    • 7 March 2014 08:51, by Paul Chadrack

      it was confusing how can the rebel who are now fighting the kiir’s bhar el ghazel group in the so call south sudan government accepted kiir’s order by including them in a committee?,even in his three person committee all bhar el ghazels and the planners of 15 Dec 2013 nuer Massacre in juba,can they be trusted by south sudanese any more? leave alone the rebel.kiir stepdown now then we talk of peace

    • 7 March 2014 09:47, by Tutbol

      Omoni Jr,
      S Sudanese want reconcile & move on, without Riek Machar. Riek Machar & his foot soldiers such as yourself can remain with him in the bush languishing to bring their imaginary democracy to S Sudan & to S Sudanese, which no S Sudanese with brains think, Riek Machar still has some goods to offer S Sudanese any more. Even Lam Akol had proved himself to be more of a political animal....

      • 7 March 2014 09:57, by Tutbol

        than Riek Machar. However, he played ruthless sometimes back, he seems to be playing his political card very well these days, and S Sudanese love that. Who hasn’t made mistakes in his/her life? But a mistake that went as far as killing your own peoples, not even once, but twice is far beyond mistakes & it deserves severe punishment....

        • 7 March 2014 10:03, by Tutbol

          The Nuer community should just take back their leadership from the likes of Riek Machar & join their S Sudanese brothers/sisters in the process of looking for our new leaders who will best serve our peoples & country’s interests.

    • 7 March 2014 12:52, by mathem jech amer

      By the way, though Taban was a former malitia man, he has played a crucial role during Panthou fighting,he needs to br credit. It was not his intention to rebel but Riek who wants to kill Nuer young people illegally brainwashed him,now if rebels stopped killing non Nuers,other will join them including me because Kiir can’t manage this country affairs effectively.Taban can replace Riek in rebel sid

  • 7 March 2014 08:50, by Tom D

    Absolutell right!!. Kiir has no legality and authority of forming a jonit committee from the members of the party’s politburo including those have rebelled against him. It’s very unfortunate for president to talk about politburo’s meeting in which he (Kiir)has turndown eight (8) requst from party Secretary General which is the root cause of this senseless war. What a hell president!!!

    • 7 March 2014 09:34, by Letigolight

      Can’t anyone in Kiir’s office pull for him the decree he issued on Feb 8, 2014 removing Riak, Taban and Gore from the SPLM, when did Taban whom he removed from the SPLM again become a member and by which procedure? WHich administrative powers does Kiir have to appoint Taban to an SPLM committee? Is Kiir telling the South Sudanese that his decrees are ineffective? wow! Drankos FI MAKTAB MUNASIF!

  • 7 March 2014 08:59, by laatmachol apac

    President Salva Kiir want prevalence of Peace in South Sudan instead of senseless war by idiotic Nuer but not all Nuer community but those colonies by poor thinking former Bashir food lover.there is no liberation of country by one tribe,if you want success why do you kill your loyalist within the army.even if the UN is backing up you people,you will not success shame on your poor planning.

    • 7 March 2014 11:09, by Thokidine

      Maac, u must be joking & out of ur mind. If one tribe cannot fight the whole country, why did u invited a foreign troops to fight for u instead of u who are hanging in money place fight back & defend the country when the mighty nuer repulse 11 severe attack & were advancing to Juba. had it not been Uganda, would u still shit here in Juba? I don’t think so, u either be dead, flew the country or

      • 7 March 2014 11:14, by Thokidine

        be become a Nuer wife if u repent ur worse hatred against ur Nuer Father. If it wasn’t that Kiir is too drunk to notice what he is signing, would he really have approved the selection of Taban whom he has dismissed from the party. at least he would have reinstated him in the Party and select him later for the position.

  • 7 March 2014 18:51, by lakoda

    Thank you very Much freedom fighters. This dump president let him formed his Dinka committee. Shame on you

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