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What will happen to SPLM after the Formation of the Cabinets?

Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) might collapse after the formation of the new Cabinets or the Chairman might be impeached by the political bureau and Liberation Council unless otherwise President will use other tactics to overcome opposition within the party.

By Peter Gai Manyuon

July 29, 2013 (SSNA) -- Since the originality of the Sudan People Liberation Movement in 1983 to date, there has been no transparency and Democracy within the party in giving the powers from one person to another, things have been always very hard and harder in the leadership that lead to its disintegrations to many parties during the liberation struggle, some of the members were looking for self-determination that have given us the Independence as  Nation on the 9th July 2011 where we are ruling our Country with a very unique Decrees that do not exist in other nations worldwide, other were fighting for the whole Sudan which most of the South Sudanese disputed in the year 2011 and that was practically shown by voting for the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan, which eventually we have gained without any inferences and now people are fighting over the leadership which is fantastic according to me, because when we oppose each other there will be development , transparency .

The Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) might collapse after the formation of the Cabinets Ministers and the position of the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. The former Cabinets of the South Sudan comprises of many people from the Political bureau and if they will not be in position of getting other positions in the currently new Cabinets that might be form any time from now, thing might g wrong I guess.

When I look logically, projecting on many things that might happen any time from now, and I would like to advice my President Salva Kiir Mayardit through my writings that, he need to be tactful this time around in the formation of his new Government because, it will either results in to two things, either a failure or success in his leadership as an individual. I know from the time President Kiir issue out his Decrees that remove the Vice President of the South Sudan Dr Machar and the whole cabinets ,that if the President is not calculating he might lost the hope from the Citizen of South Sudan and that might affect his candidature in 2015 unless otherwise , he thing twice.

My fear as the person is that, since most of the Members of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) especially from political bureau and liberation Council not agreeing with the Chairman at this particular period of time, things might turn upside down within the party. These all guys are very calculative in term of lobby and advocacy in this Country. Viewing at someone like Secretary General of the Party Comrade Pagan Amum and Dr Machar who is the first Vice Chairperson of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) and now they are having different ideological differences with the Chair who is the President , thing might full a part in this Country I tell you.

I know now they will give too much pressure to the President in order for him to accept the convention to take place in South Sudan, and if not they might convene their members from the political bureau and pushed for vote of no confident to remove the board members of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) and come up with new one, and that might not be a surprise to South Sudanese later round, that is my own observation and analysis as the citizen of this nation.

More so am viewing the people who will not get positions in these current new Cabinets might join Dr Machar and Comrade Amum, because obviously they will move as one and fight for their luck, since the Ministries will be only nineteen (19) in number and more so, new people from different political parties will get share according to the recent agreement between different political parties and President alone, that might make if very critical issue for the President this time. The problem is not about removing the whole Cabinets, the problem is about the support within political bureau because they will be the one to determined who to lead the party at the end of the day.

Key advices to those who are trying to celebrate the game of the politicians in South Sudan

What came to the citizen notice is that, some people have taken the removal of the Vice President Dr Machar and Comrade Pagan Amum plus the whole cabinets as something related to regions or what might be the case, and if you view it, it is for only politicians, and citizen should not come up vaguely and begin celebrating for some things they don’t know.

What make it worse is that, most of the people from Bharegazal especially from Western Bharegazal including their Governor, and Jonglei respectively celebrate the removal of the Vice President and the whole cabinets that, indicates that, South Sudan is rule base on the tribal ideological perceptions not being Nationalistic. I hope everyone will agree with me in way or the other, and I ended up by concluding that, some people need a serious transformation and modeling because some citizen are going beyond the obvious. Some citizen within the Country ask, whether the removal of the Cabinets was tribal to celebrated like what happen in Bharegazal accept lakes state did not celebrated.

The way that was done by the western Bharegazel citizen is not legitimate because, changing of the government is normal that does not need celebrations, I think the Governor of that particular place was very confused, he need to revised his intelligentsia properly.

All South Sudanese are all equal no matter what might be the circumstance , removal of cabinets cannot be celebrated if people really have sense of being South Sudanese , if we are South Sudan Nationals , we should have love of each other so that, we stay in peaceful co-existence in the society .

South Sudan as the Nation consists of many tribes about sixty four plus and different cultures, if we adopt the way things were done in Western Bharegazal things might not move. Why do I come with this? I want our Citizen not to get involve in some issues that might cause tension in the country, all those Ministers who were removed are our Children’s , brothers and leaders, you never know, you might see some of them leading this Country in the nearer future, because no one is permanent my dear follow citizen in Jesus Christ.

Conclusively; I hereby concluding by the quotation from Dr Martin Luther King Junior, which he said, “every man must decide whether he will work in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of the destructive selfishness “digest and fine out the meaning in the intellectual way of reasoning. I don’t know whether President Kiir is working in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of the destructive selfishness?

The author is the Independent Journalist who writes for Juba Monitor Newspaper as the Columnist, you can contact through; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Why all eyes are on South Sudan?

By: Justin Ambago Ramba

July 28, 2013 (SSNA) -- It was long feared that an independent South Sudan would become ungovernable, that’s why all eyes were quick to converge on the country the moment it came face to face with its first ever post-independence political fall off amongst its ruling elites.

Aware of this, the politicians and the laity alike did well to handle this historical incidence with much maturity and sense of national responsibility while they intellectualize their ways through the multitude of man-made political hurdle.

We can give ourselves credit here, for the way we all behaved in the face of our first ever test as an independent country. There could still have been a better way of tackling the political question that emanated from the ruling SPLM’s internal power struggle, they say. Well, Kiir saw otherwise.

Just to remind ourselves, it’s time we clearly understand that South Sudan is no longer the world’s darling child that it used to be two years ago. And it has long run out of favors it used to get particularly so in the eyes of the western countries.

At the same time the world is also keenly noting the new trend in which our leadership in Juba is no more focused on the national question of peace, security, prosperity and freedom for all. The promise that the leadership gave on the eve of the country’s independence way back on the 9th, January 2011, are more or less becoming things of the past.

So what exactly went wrong? Unfortunately many things have changed over the last two years, and believe you me, the love of power for the sake of it, have slowly taken over.

Whatever sleepless nights our politicians in Juba are currently experiencing, is no longer about services to the public. Nor are they about guaranteeing their subjects security. Their nights have been taken over by the uncertainties of the new political game of ‘power struggle’ between the comrades.

The struggle in the corridors of power in Juba is now solely about how to maintain a comfortable milking position within this system where leaders milk directly into their mouths. And while the country awaits a new government, the new trend of seeking self-interest before the national interest has in fact taken root so deep so that nobody ever sees anything else.

Many more elected governors will continue to be sacked by the president whenever he sees it fit. And we are told that he need not give anyone any reasons for his actions. This is democracy the Kiir’s way. Should anyone disagree, then they are likely to be labeled as unpatriotic instigators.

One other issue of concern is the tendency by the incumbent president to selectively apply articles of the constitution only to suit his personal interests. A good example is the firing of elected governors and not going the extra mile to organize by-elections as stipulated in the constitution. This one undoubtedly has become his favorite.

In the recent political somersault the president has not only proven himself as an individual with tremendously unlimited powers, but he too made it bluntly clear that he is indeed above the law. This leaves the majority of the SPLM politicians with only few options to observe. To others it simply means: “you better know who butters your bread”. This is the ‘politics of the belly’.

Things don’t stop there. Everyone one is now eyeing every other’s chair. And it undoubtedly goes to explain the current queue at the state house where power hungry politicians are willingly doing everything in exchange for a seat in the new cabinet.

What does it say to the outside observers, when power hungry politicians, mostly veteran SPLM former comrades are being played one against the other? 

Funny though no less than four of them were all promised the one single position of vice president at one point in the current power game. Why doesn’t the president show any respect for these gentlemen who are community elders in their own rights?

The much publicized meeting the president had  with the representatives of the various South Sudanese political parties, is in the real sense of it, no more than a last minute move meant exclusively to mislead the international community into believing that president Kiir is doing all that he can to be both consultative and inclusive. This is the essence of the show.

On the one hand the bravado shown by Dr. Elia Lomuro of the SSDF, who took upon himself the task of speaking to the media on behalf of the 17 or so political parties, was to its best a set piece. He was doing more or less what Dr. Barnaba Benjamin did before him when the latter continued to volunteer as the president’s mouth peace even when out of the government.

Dr. Marial Benjamin, who was sure of making it back into the cabinet, was seen and heard explaining the constitutionality of the president’s move in sacking the entire cabinet, long after the government was dissolved.  

Who can now doubt that his voluntary work has not only rewarded him with the lucrative portfolio of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, but he has also become the first minister to be appointed in this extraordinary cabinet.

With Dr. Marial Barnaba now back in government, only a thick headed individual will fail to figure out what the new era is set to look like. They have long said that, “The content of a letter is known from its address”.  Didn’t they?

No one should have any problem with what Dr. Barnaba Benjamin can and cannot do in the new cabinet of South Sudan. And since we are being constantly  reminded  that president Kiir will  officially remain to be the most power individual in the country until 9th January 2015, when the country will go for its first ever general elections, it will be better to leave everything  for that day.

However during his remaining tenure in office, we the citizens of South Sudan expect him to abide by the letter and the spirit of each and every article in the country’s constitution.

Many of us have their reservations about this transitional constitution right about how it was conceived to how it was finally adopted into law. But since it has become the country’s law we will not tolerate anyone abusing it, even if they were the one who wrote it word by word.

Do we need to remind ourselves that it is the Lakes State and The Jonglei State which need the president’s immediate attention even if he is finding difficult to quickly form his new government.  

The situation in the former may seem to be flattering down, after the initial escalation by the overdue military governor.

In Jonglei unfortunately the situation has further deteriorated to warrant an international involvement, now in the form of humanitarian assistances, but could at any time open the door for wider foreign interventions of the all-out type.

Talking about removing elected governors, maybe Jonglei is the right place for such a drill. However any intervention here must be well balanced and never prejudiced, for otherwise a further heavy handedly policy may drag the new country to join the list of the country’s that condone genocides.

The author would also like to remind fellow South Sudanese that while governments come and go, our destiny as one people is likely to remain together for a long time to come. It’s for this reason that those who join the new cabinet should remember that it’s not for the prestige of the job, but rather for the welfare of this fast sinking country.

As for brothers and sisters who are now on each another’s necks because of power, it's my hope that they sober up to see that they have nearly been ten years in service.   Be it the president himself or any of his colleagues who have served alongside him since 2005, it may be time they consider stepping down when they can still leave the throne peacefully and dignified.

Your graphs of performance are beginning to go down, and if anything, you are already running out of creativity and ideas. It could be time to quit.

Dr. Justin Ambago Ramba can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region face wholesale destruction

Civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region face wholesale destruction," The Washington Post, July 28, 2013 (Sunday)
["Obama, Darfur, and Genocide"]

By Eric Reeves

July 26, 2013 (SSNA) -- After years of obscurity and little reliable international reporting, the vast human catastrophe in Sudan’s Darfur region is once again in the news. It was regularly making headlines before 2008, when genocide in Darfur was already five years old and had claimed hundreds of thousands of civilian lives from the main African tribal groups, but a lack of sustained mainstream attention has meant that violence has surged effectively under the radar.

Few could have predicted that this remote and obscure region in western Sudan would galvanize American civil society. Then again, how could the loss of attention have been so rapid? …. [full text on-line:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/civilians-in-sudans-darfur-region-face-wholesale-destruction/2013/07/26/04953b82-ed63-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html

Eric Reeves is a professor at Smith College and has written extensively on Sudan.

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