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South Sudan’s SPLM reunification body suggests reinstating sacked leadership members


February 21, 2019 (JUBA) - The steering committee of SPLM reunification has recommended reinstating the members of the Political Bureau (PB) and National Liberation Council (NLC) dismissed in December 2013.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir waits for the arrival of his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, in Juba on 23 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

In line with Arusha agreement, President Salva Kiir who is also the SPLM Chairman formed a committee to work out a mechanism for the reunification of the SPLM on 30 January 2019.

The committee, which is composed of representatives of Kiir faction, SPLM-IO Taban Deng and the SPLM-FDs, held a three-day meeting to discuss the measures to be undertaken in this respect.

The three factions recommend that President Kiir operationalizes "his previous order for reinstatement of members of PB and NCL who were dismissed from the party membership and leadership positions to their previous position in the Party," reads a two-page report on the SPLM reunification’s modalities agreed by the three parties seen by Sudan Tribune.

The recommendations also provide that the reunified Political Bureau fills all the vacant seats in the PB and the National Liberation Council from their respective groups within 30 days.

Furthermore, they call on the SPLM leader to convene a meeting of the reunified PB as it stood in December 2013, to deliberate on the allocation of the 16 additional seats in line with the provisions of the Arusha Agreement.

The meeting agreed that the reunified PB shall restructure the SPLM-National Secretariat as per the Arusha Agreement.

On 15 November 2013, President Kiir dissolved the SPLM structures include the highest executive organ, the PB and the NLC.

The decision had been taken as Kiir and Machar who had been sacked from his position as vice-president in July 2013 were engaged in an open struggle over political and institutional reforms.


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  • 22 February 2019 10:40, by Midit Mitot

    Such a reunification without true IO (opposition) led by Dr Machar is a waste of energy, is a good move anyway but not now and don,t rash" let give a chance to revitalized peace.

    • 22 February 2019 11:26, by Malakal county Simon

      I sincerely failed to understand how does so called SPLM unification becomes more important then the implementation of revitalise peace??

      • 22 February 2019 11:34, by Malakal county Simon

        The citizens of South Sudan have made it very clear that they want smooth implementation of the revitalise peace and anything else, should come after the peace has fully implemented.... Is government unwanted Salva Kiir derailing the revitalise peace??

        • 22 February 2019 12:19, by jubaone

          1.SPLM reunification only confuses more. The provisions of R-ARCISS 2018 on number of 5 VPs will have to be reviewed. Igga, Taban, FDs will now have 1 VP.
          2. You can’t have a SPLM when you have restructured its armed wing to SSDinka Forces. Just stupid. SPLM should baptize itself to SSPLM.
          3. SPLM is predominantly a jienge-nyagat party. Equatorians keep off and choose NAS.

          • 22 February 2019 13:24, by South South

            No harm to anyone in South Sudan for SPLM reunification. Gone those days where people cry for the member of their tribes to be ministers. SPLM is open to any South Sudanese to join. Dinka, Nuer, Azande or even Karo people are welcome to join.

            • 22 February 2019 14:45, by Malakal county Simon

              South South/

              Be a independent thinker for a once and don’t be a Salva Kiir puppet always.... Here is about why should so called SPLM UNIFICATION be abruptly being implemented before the most needed revitalise peace is not done yet?? Is not about who can joins the S PLM when they want it but revitalise peace must be implement first in order to silence the gun.. Does your pin-head got the point now

              • 22 February 2019 18:04, by South South

                Malakal county Simon ,

                Your a little head is dancing around with stupid thinking. tell me how reunification of SPLM will harm peace.

            • 22 February 2019 20:00, by Pakuai

              South South,
              Reunification of the SPLM ranks is a no-brainer chap and here are the facts why l say this. Before the current mess in early 2013, Mr. Pagan Amuom, Risk Machar, Rebecca Nyandeng and others who wanted to run against Salva Kiir were asked to form another party to avoid infighting in the same party. They refused and wanted to fight for to leadership in the same SPLM mother party nevertheless. And everybody in have seen what fighting for top leadership in the same brought us to, to this day chap. Every goon in the current government or in sham so-called oppositions knew the emotionality attached to SPLM/A by all South Sudanese people and anyone who was to stuck his/her neck out against the SPLM party was not going to be elected, trust me chap>>>

              • 22 February 2019 20:21, by Pakuai

                Again, after the fools spilled South Sudanese blood. Mr. Riek Machar even when and formed his armed rebellion "South Sudan resistant movement, SSRM). His foreign advisors him to drop that name and take SPLM in opposition (SPLM-IO) and go to Adis Ababa to negotiate with Mr. Salva Kiir. Mr. Riek Machar foreign advisors did this save their dirty faces. Moreover, Riek Machar went and campaign for his mates, so-called former detainees (FDs) to be to join him in Adis Ababa. His foreign advisors pressured Mr. Salva Kiir to release them to Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta. The Tanzanian, Chama cha Mapinduzi, (CCM). Went and reconciled the losers for the SPLM/A reunification. Mr. Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and Pagan Amuom faction agreed in principle that they reunite the SPLM/A party>>>

                • 22 February 2019 20:34, by Pakuai

                  And when Mr. Riek Machar and Mr. Pagan Amuom factions went back to Nairobi, Kenya. They went and changed their mind and disowned the reunification of the mother SPLM/A party. Mr. Riek Machar even conducted a huge rally in a five star ’safari park hotel’ along Nairobi-Thika highway and issued and ultimatum for Mr. Salva Kiir to resign and called for South Sudanese people to rise up and removed Mr. Salva Kiir and his government from power. I didn’t know whether Mr. Riek Machar and his allies were calling for Mr. Salva Kiir to resign and be replaced by him or somebody else>>>>

                  • 22 February 2019 20:55, by Pakuai

                    Still, gat Machar faction, SPLM-IO and Mr. Pagan Amuom so-called former detainees (FDs), went back to Adis Ababa for negotiations and sat as different parties against Mr. Salva Kiir faction. The US, the UK, Norway and then so-called IGAD-plus handed Mr. Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and Pagan Amuom factions their drafted peace agreement, the so-called ARCISS to sign it by force. The so-called ARCISS was not negotiated by and damned faction of Mr. Salva Kiir, Riek Machar or Pagan Amuom. The whole piece of trash was nothing to do with South Sudan and South Sudanese people genuine people. But the hand over of South Sudan to foreign powers, trusteeship of South Sudan by foreign powers in other words>>>>

                    • 22 February 2019 21:12, by Pakuai

                      Mr. Riek Machar and Pagan Amuom signed the so-called ARCISS sham document. I don’t know if the traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges read the damned document or they deliberately signed out South Sudan knowingly for their own selfish end to be South Sudan’s leaders at all costs? Mr. Salva Kiir faction rightly refused to sign the damned ARCISS document in the hotels, bars and brothels of Adis Ababa but came and signed the damned document one week later in South Sudan and in front of South Sudanese people with loads of reservations. So Mr. South South, anyone who again calls for SPLM reunification is playing with South Sudanese people intelligence>>>

                      • 22 February 2019 21:27, by Pakuai

                        And deserves to be hanged or rots in jails. Didn’t Mr. Salva Kiir and faction called for Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol and other bunch of foreign puppets/stooges, traitors, thieves and losers to to haul their treasonous are*ses back to South Sudan for *national dialogue, right here inside South Sudan and front of South Sudanese people?’ but the thieves, traitors and foreign puppets/stooges aim is bring their evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their UN, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers and even some of their creeps even here in our region into our country>>>>

                        • 22 February 2019 21:46, by Pakuai

                          Mr. South South brother, you said the other a few days ago that our problems are problems internal and external. Mister, if our problems are really internal, then why are they kept in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, ethiopia, ethiopia, ethiopia, ethiopia and now, it all went to North Sudan, the same we fought to death to have nothing to do with them again. Didn’t we vote with a sounding overwhelming 98% vote to be independence people? Didn’t Mr. Omar Hassan El Bashir called our might SPLA "insects in 2012, after we captured our Panthou/Heglig"? Mr. South South, the evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states and some of their creepy allies in between covet our country and our people to death>>>

                          • 22 February 2019 22:04, by Pakuai

                            Mr. South South,
                            Just watch, the criminals from the US, the US, gulf Arab states financiers and their evil juus (so-called israelis) and their allies want to experiment their so-called "homosexulism in Kenya’ and hope to use Kenya as their springboard to spread their homosexualism to rest of Africa if the their Kenya fools fall for these vermin cheap and dirty intrigues. Mr. South South, don’t trust Kenyans, by the way, these fools would fall for these cheap and dirty intrigues pretty easily if they are shown money by their Europeans, US or evil juus (so-called israelis) masters>>>

                            • 22 February 2019 22:18, by Pakuai

                              Homosexuality is allowed in South Africa and remember, the Bantus welcomed the evil white people into their country. And the Losers easily forgot "apartheid history with their own people" Their former outh Africa trash, Mr. Thabo Mbeki is even brought here to Sudan to come and convince South Sudanese, Nuba Mountains, and Southern Blue Nile to live side by side with cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Arabs, Bantus, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) and their evil white people and their evil juus (so-called israelis) the evils want to bring them and resettled them into our country>>>

                              • 22 February 2019 22:33, by Pakuai

                                Mr. South South, when you tell most our South Sudanese losers to listen to facts from South Sudanese people who have study the evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs and their Arabs states cheap and dirty intrigues, they will just look at miserably or even accused you to one of corrupt individuals misusing South Sudan’s resources. But to be honest with you Mr. South South, these fools calling for their evil Europeans, Americans and their allies would be first ones to throw tantrums like little babies later after their villages are permanently occupied like North Sudan, Gambella region>>>

                                • 22 February 2019 22:51, by Pakuai

                                  Nanyuki and Laikipia, some parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa or Namibia. But not a single Dinkas/Monyjiengs village is going to be occupied by these vermin, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.

    • 24 February 2019 21:46, by garrak1520

      Rather than reunification, set straight the priority: People of South Sudan, the country. Fund the peace, stop spending $$ where not appropriate like Kiir’s tour of S.Sudan. Why reunification of SPLM members residing in Kampala, Nairobi, Addis, Denver, Sydney. Those members have helped themselves from South Sudan revenues. Stop the nonsense and be more caring.

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