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Lam Akol says considering to form new alliance n South Sudan

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April 1, 2020 (JUBA) - Lam Akol, the leader of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) said considering the formation of a new political alliance in South Sudan.

Lam Akol (Photo Reutrers)

The announcement comes after the patent failure of his alliance with the South Sudan Opposition Alliance forces (SSOA) who worked to exclude the NDM from the position of the vice-president and four ministerial portfolios.

In the second part of his long interview with the Juba based Al Maugif of 27 March, Akol even did not rule out the involvement of President Kiir and his party from his exclusion from the government.

"The President is the Chairman of SPLM-IG. I, therefore, don’t think that he is kept out of the picture," he said.

Also, for the first time, he admitted the failure of his alliance with the SSOA.

"We say that the alliance failed but we do not regret it, because there were gains we made together before SSOA relocated to Juba," he said.

Further, the political leader said he was considering to forge a new political alliance with new political groups to achieve democratic reforms in the country.
(...) We feel that there are national forces eager to move in the direction of change," he said.

"We will look for these people and talk to them in order to create a broad front that will push towards the implementation of the peace agreement and the transition to democracy," he further stressed.

Akol declined to disclose further details about his future alliance but said the actors with whom he plans to form an alliance are politically active in Juba and together they can form a political force able to positively impact to "achieve change and reform".

SPLM-IO MEMBER

Akol who distanced himself from President Kiir even before the independence of South Sudan was recently accused by the information minister of being a member of the SPLM-IO because he called to appoint three state governors from the Machar-led group.

During a recent meeting of a committee on the division of the Parties’ quotas in the States, Michael Makuei said that had conceded from 32 states to 10 states and therefore the other parties must concede to them this time around.

"My response was that the minister confuses between two things that have nothing in common at all: the subject of concessions and the application of a simple calculation in the distribution of party shares regarding the states. As for the concessions, this is the basis of any negotiations in the world," said the NDM leader.

"When I pointed this out, Michael Makuei accused me of being a well-known member of SPLM/A-IO. I told him that not everyone who was not in his orbit is necessarily with SPLM/A-IO. We have well known public independent positions," he added.

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  • 1 April 12:01, by South South

    Lam Akol is crying again. Yes, you have been excluded from being vice president or get any position as a minister in our government. Go to the hell. Why are you looking around to form new coalition, go ahead and form your new party with your shilluk tribe, wicked.

  • 1 April 12:58, by Mayendit

    South _South
    Dr.Lam Akol has been like that since he was teaching at the University in Khartoum. He was been registered in three Parties until he left to SPLA and SPLM. He is getting Old but he is still making a trouble things so he is the man of interest and he switched side frequently.

    • 1 April 13:29, by South South

      Mayendit,

      Lam Akol has been playing this card of forming parties then abandoned them, then formed another one, then abandoned it. He has been successfully by do that to create jobs for his shilluk tribe. well, right now he hit the wall and he got zero position to his shilluk. By the way,Mayendit, the guy is very old right now. If you meet with him you can believe what you will see, elderly.

      • 1 April 17:50, by Midit Mitot

        my colleagues,

        Lam Akol was the cause of this mess since 1991, is a power greedy let him hang out.

        • 2 April 09:14, by james john luka

          Midit Mitot

          I can see you are coming to your senses by acknowledge those power hungry politicians and trouble makers in which your boss is not an exception. Be bless!!!

          • 2 April 11:03, by Malakal county Simon

            James John,

            Even Nyamnyam this days of so called Corona-virus, have the guts to steps on Dr Machar toes leave alone him being a Nuer!! We shall see and hopefully soon....

            • 2 April 12:42, by james john luka

              Conty Boy

              I am a South Sudanese, but if you choose to name me Nyamnyam, I will happily tell you that you are the real nyamnyam as you nuer mean it, because you are food lovers, you fight only for food and nothing else. Rebellion after rebellion just to get free food by looting. Nyagat adicts!!!



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