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NDM dismisses report about Lam Akol’s withdrawal from peace agreement


August 5, 2020 (JUBA) - The National Democratic Movement (NDM) denied that its leader Lam Akol travelled to Khartoum with the intention to withdraw from the revitalized peace agreement of September 2018.

Lam Akol, chairman of South Sudan's National Democratic Movement (NDM) (AFP/Samir Bol Photo)Some reports said that Lam Akol left Juba to Khartoum on July 24 as he has no intention of returning to Juba again.

"Lam Akol did not go out of Juba secretly, to make his travel the subject of malicious speculation and rumours. Rather, he departed with the knowledge of the relevant government authorities in Juba," reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

After the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in September 2018, Lam Akol used to travel between Juba and Khartoum where he owns a house.

The statement stressed that freedom of movement is at the heart of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is part of South Sudan’s Constitution.

The NDM further pointed out to the presence of the Vice Chairman, the Secretary-General and the leadership of the entire party in Juba, saying that "we know that those who promote these rumours are enemies of peace and the National Democratic Movement".

The Movement which is part of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), but until now the party has been excluded from the positions accorded to the alliance under the power-sharing deal.

Akol accused the SPLM-IG of President Salva Kiir of instigating the NDM’s exclusion. But the SSOA leaders dismissed the accusations saying that the NDM will be given the position of the deputy chairman of the Council of States, the upper chamber of the transitional parliament.


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  • 6 August 2020 09:38, by South South

    Lam Akol, an old man looks like shit. Khartoum is not that Khartoum of Bashir. He can go there but he will come back to Juba like other time in the past. Lam Akol is enjoying what he has been looking for, humilation. I’m happy to see him in that sitaution.

  • 6 August 2020 10:51, by james john luka

    Let him go, there is no future for democracy in this country. it only belong to gangs with strong arms, so let go and build his muscles to come back and wrestles out what he is looking for. Wishing him good luck!!!!!

  • 6 August 2020 10:53, by james john luka

    Let him go, there is no future for democracy in this country. It only belong to gangs with strong arms, so let him go and build his muscles to come back and wrestles out what he is looking for. Wishing him good luck!!!!!

  • 6 August 2020 19:00, by Mayendit

    Dr. Lam Akol Ajwain
    He is the long time disease of South Sudan and the Riek Machar Teny. South Sudan nation will not be peaceful coexistence if those bad guys are still fueling conflicts. Yes, he is preparing to withdraw from the peace agreement and go back like he for 35 years. Can’t fitting because he have been known for created many parties and left them and another like that.

  • 6 August 2020 19:09, by Mayendit

    Here some steps needed by Juba’s government. All oppositions from South Sudan that goes to Khartoum in order to reorganize their activities against government in South Sudan must be banned period. Same thing applies to North Sudanese opposition and the reason why doing so is to stop unnecessary rebellion on both aisle South Sudan and North Sudan. Second, all members of Lam Akol must be put under a

  • 6 August 2020 19:18, by Mayendit

    Continue on recommendation of Lam Akol.
    All his members who are left in Juba must be put under arrest until their Chairman has returned from Khartoum. I am getting tired about Lam Akol and Riek Machar Teny as well as Johnson Olony Thabo and Thomas Cirillo. President Kiir Mayardit is become a big problem in South Sudan because of his weaknesses. He allowed all these bad guys to dancing back and fo

    • 6 August 2020 21:28, by injuba

      Kiir isn’t the problem because of his "weakness". He represents the problems of greedy backward semi-educated and semi-civilised herdsmen being in charge. People that in no other country would be anything than herdsmen.

      • 6 August 2020 23:22, by South South


        Herdsmen are the best leaders in the world. Can you imigine if "NYAM NYAM" who eat monekys and rats become a leader of any country, what will happen? Can we follow "NYAM NYAM" and eat monkeys and rats like him or can we follow herdsmen and eat beef like civilzed people on the face of earth.

        • 7 August 2020 09:46, by Crazy Doctor

          Lam Akol should not be blame because he always think of his time is going without be a president while he is a PHD holder

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