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S. Sudan opposition alliance in court over President Kiir’s decree on new states


October 16, 2015 (JUBA) - An alliance of South Sudan opposition parties are in court seeking an order to halt President Salva Kiir’s unilateral move to expand states from 10 to 28.

opposition Leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), Lam Akol (AFP)

“The national alliance this morning petitioned the Supreme Court seeking stay of execution and invalidation of the Presidential Establishment Order Number 36 for creation of twenty-eight states,” said Lam Akol, the alliance chairperson.

“It is a violation of the [peace] agreement, lacks legal basis, usurps powers of the Legislature and contravenes the provisions of the peace agreement,” he added.

The South Sudan leader announced the decree through the state-owned SSTV on 2 October.

The decision sparked condemnation locally and international. The leader of armed opposition and former vice president, Riek Machar described the move as violation of the peace agreement brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The move taken by the national alliance is one of many voices opposing the order. Members of Parliament representing the Shilluk Kingdom described it as “doctorial.”

“The presidential order provides that this order shall not be amended save by another from the president. These provisions amount to dictatorship and violation of the constitution and the [peace] agreement,” said Onyoti Adigo, the leader of minority in the natonal assembly, who hails from the Shilluk Kingdom in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

The outspoken lawmaker said the president’s redrawing of the borders, contrary to colonial borders of 1956, is “problematic politically, administratively and socially to the people of the Shilluk kingdom and even to the people of the present Upper Nile state.”

“For example, all the Shilluk land on the Eastern part of the Nile are merged with the newly created Eastern Nile state without mentioning their counties of Fashoda, Manyo, Makal and Panyikang to be part of the new state,” stressed the vocal legislator.

Adigo further warned that the Shilluk could take Kiir to court if his new directive stood.


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  • 15 October 2015 23:10, by Bentiu Sudan

    Chollo Leaders,

    I am 100% supporting you on this idiotic decision made by foolish president of South Sudan, but which court are Chollo community is going to use to sue Kiir? Actually, which supreme court are you talking about?

    • 15 October 2015 23:14, by Panda Odhie


      • 16 October 2015 05:20, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Lam Akol is confusing his supporters here. First Lam has been & is always after the interest of his tribe. Let him not mix the case of who owns malakal btn Dinka & Shilluk with the presidential order. This country if rampant, nasty interferences don’t cease such conflicting plans, then no one will enjoy staying in S. Sudan.

      • 16 October 2015 11:38, by Mr Point

        The Supreme court have no freedom to compromise. They must find Kiir’s decree unconstitutional - because it is a clear break of Article 162 by a President whose term expired last June.

        If the Supreme Court allow Kiir’s unconstitutional decree to stand it will increase Kiir’s diplomatic isolation. South Sudan’s former supporters (Troika, EU etc) will turn their backs on South Sudan.

    • 16 October 2015 02:45, by denng

      Normally i don’t agree with any ex militia but but Kiir must not be allowed to constantly disregard the law. If he has got no shame, then he must be reminded that the seat of a president has value.

    • 16 October 2015 05:32, by Force 1

      Hey; you don’t like your State; well it’s up-to; you who cares? This is like saying that you don’t like your shirt! Well; who cares if you don’t like your clothes!

    • 16 October 2015 15:36, by Ayuen deng

      Nothing here on earth that is good for South Sudan that Lam Akol will support even with his own Kingdom is made A state
      in Upper Nile. Oh God ! what will Salva Kiir do to please Lam and none peace lover in South Sudan.

  • 16 October 2015 05:44, by Augustino

    Lam Akol and Riek Machar had been demanding for Federal government and now they complain because the current situation doesn’t suit them. Must implement it successfully because greater Equatoria are happy with. Let them go heal for with their complain. South Sudanese Community Support for this is high

    • 16 October 2015 07:06, by Akook

      Lam Akol must be masturbating in the daylight. Who told him there is rule of law in this country?

      Can u imagine another old mind from Warrap state Chan Reec Madut can say even a damn single word in the face of Salva Kiir? Unless you must be joking Mr Lam.

  • 16 October 2015 07:03, by Gabriel Ajak

    Hay, alliance again between Riek & Lam, let them go they will end up in exile. But I don’t blame them because they r the only people who can see among their tribes then others, so they have right to kill or lead them to the river line no one could talk.

  • 16 October 2015 07:53, by American Missile.

    He is wasting time, no court will rule against the will of people of South Sudan.

    • 16 October 2015 11:41, by Mr Point

      Tha last time the people of South Sudan expressed their will was before Kiir revealed massive corruption by his government, before he committed genocide, before he broke his signed word on the constitution and the internationally witnessed peace agreement.

      Now Kiir can not be trusted and is not legitimate.

  • 16 October 2015 07:54, by hamil

    You don’t wake up one morning and create states this should actually have been a gradual process with clealy defined State boarders before their names could even be given. idealy the creation of these states should be a process that should take a period of 5 years or more. But stupid, visionless, and backward people have a way of doing things it is just one tribe rejoicing but the rest are not.

  • 16 October 2015 08:02, by KEAT BAYAk

    Dear all,
    As concern citizens, can you really commences wisely without mocking any person statement. I think even the dead knows things are not moving as expected. But what can we do to correct this?
    Writing in abusive way won’t help at all.

  • 16 October 2015 08:15, by KEAT BAYAk

    The only disease that is killing this country is lack of telling the truth. Once you tell the truth, you will be the victim of the circumstances. Because some people are rich now as the result of this crisis, theywant to continue get their riches.

    There is no problem having 28 or 100 States in South Sudan if consultation is conducted.

  • 16 October 2015 08:21, by KEAT BAYAk

    People were not consulted and they were not even told their boarder with the next community.90 people died in Tonj as the result of land dispute. Again people are on the process of peace implementation. I think it is not the right time to create more states otherwise this idea is to confused the communities and clashes amongst themselves continued.South Sudan have been crying for federalism.

    • 16 October 2015 08:36, by KEAT BAYAk

      South Sudanese were crying for meaningful federalism and not federalism with more problems. Federalism with consultation. I’m sure if people of Tonj South and Tonj East community leaders were consulted and talk about who own that piece of land,they will know how to handle without bloodshed.Otherwise God is seeing the suffering of the innocent citizen of South Sudan and no doubt, peace will come.

  • 16 October 2015 08:23, by Eastern

    All peace loving South Sudanese should join Dr Lam Akol in pursuing this noble course to its logical conclusion. Where are the Civil Societies hiding when Kiir is messing with the country? Please stay the implementation of the president’s order 36!

    • 16 October 2015 11:08, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Nothing my friend! We don’t support rebels. Lam Akol and Riak Machar are fighting for the next leadership, and they’ve contributed to the failure of our country since the time of struggle for independence under late Dr. John Garang up to now under Salva Kiir. They’re known of their opposition, it’s a normal way of their living. No worry about it.

      • 16 October 2015 11:11, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Mr. Salva kiir must watch up! This is a smart game. Riak in the bush and Lam Akol in Juba.

  • 16 October 2015 09:52, by Akuma

    Our Personal Head Damage (Phd) of Riek and Lam always make me amazed. Lam should join his long friend Riek & Olony in the jungle than disturbing South Sudanese people who are celebrating this federalism. If Lam don’t want his State, then he should go to exile as he did during independent because he never vote for it. Go back to Egypt Lam

    • 16 October 2015 11:17, by Frak Cho

      Anything done by the Son and daughters of South Sudan, Lam Akol and Riek Machar say, it’s against Constitution but anything done by the US, UK, IGAD etc, is a blessing so long it suit their interests. Riek declared 21 states and appointed governors but Lam Akol didn’t say a word.Why???

  • 16 October 2015 14:27, by Padiet Deng Alony

    shilluk should differentiate between land given to Dinka Padang and the presidential order creating 28 states. is mixed up here the issue of malakal and 28 states. this is pure shilluk petition not opposition party alliance. if there is issue of land, president made it clear that there is a committee to solve any land dispute among the communities. Malakal belong to Dinka Padang period ask British

  • 16 October 2015 14:34, by Padiet Deng Alony

    the issue of shilluk claiming land in Dinka land at Eastern part of the Nile was already ruled out by British Colony that shilluk all in the western nile and Dinka in Eastern Nile their border is the middle of the nile river. the documents are in British archives now. why only shilluk of panyikang are found in east nile while shilluk of manyo only found in west nile.

    • 16 October 2015 21:29, by Son of Upper Nile

      Liar Padiet. Which British say Malakal & Chollo areas on the eastern bank are dinka land. Who do you want to cheat among South Sudanese & the world since you are known as land grabbers in Equatoria, Wau & now Malakal. Ask sons & grandsons of British & American missionaries in Doleib why their ancestors spoke Chollo language. Why Jieng who studied in Dolieb Hill & Atar schools speak fluent Chollo

  • 17 October 2015 13:30, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Son of Upper Nile

    Now there is nothing called upper nile for your information

    lets not blind fool our selves history is clear
    when France was the colony to shilluk kingdom in 1898 fashoda western nile their era was only there till france made an agreement with british in eastern bank in which there were no any shilluk present only Dinka was only found at eastern bank.

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