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Please if you have no business and you have run bankrupt of good political ideas you better keep your bad mouths shut and never meddle into internal affairs of other political parties in South Sudan. How many times the SPLM-DC and its top leader Dr. Lam Akol came public to deny the allegations of links and support to those who want to overthrow SPLM regime by barrels of guns. Dr. Lam Akol even went further courageously urging the accusers to open a legal case and come up with concrete evidence in front of a judge rather than wasting time with media propaganda whose lies are only short-lived. Be reminded that it is not the first time that Dr. Riek Machar utters in public his grudges against Dr. Lam Akol and the SPLM-DC. He has been singing this songs even in funeral places for a while now.
It is known that Dr. Riek refused to give an appointment requested by Dr. Lam Akol to meet him in September - October 2011 when Dr. Lam came to Juba. As if he is the law, Dr. Riek said to the Minority Leader in South Sudan Legislative Assembly three months back that he and other anti-Lam in SPLM will not allow the SPLM-DC to get registered in South Sudan. He was running up and down to pressure the SPLM-DC's MPs to denounce Dr. Lam Akol and start working as his satellite agents under the cover of SPLM-DC, but good and intelligent enough, the SPLM-DC's MPs defied the tactics and told him that they will rather accept to be dismissed in the parliament than sell Dr. Lam Akol in favor of the failed and dirtied Dr. Riek Machar. From then it seems to have become a nightmare to Dr. Riek as he has been seen talking irrelevantly and unconsciously about illegal de-registration of SPLM-DC and banning of its leader to come to South Sudan.
Not to forget, VP. Dr. Riek Machar, was the first one to announce happily and officially without any single shame the assassination of Gen. George Athor. Thus, Dr. Riek might have been wishing to announce the same fate to Dr. Lam Akol if he got the chance.
However, Dr. Lam Akol has always been ahead of time and ahead of Dr. Riek's limited political capacity of politicking. Even when Pres. Salva Kiir steps down, he shall rather prefer Dr. Lam Akol to pass the elections and take the presidential power in order to put South Sudan back on the right track. Pres. Salva Kiir knows that Dr. Riek has never helped but been working against him by not advising him well in many critical occasions. If Dr. Lam was the VP, Pres. Salva Kiir would have gone down into history records as one of the good leaders and founding fathers of South Sudan. Alas!
I think Dr. Riek must be regretting why he missed cowardly to be part of the change needed within the SPLM and outside it when the SPLM-DC got formed in 2009. He was afraid to run in 2010 elections against Pres. Salva Kiir Mayardit, perhaps, because he has realized that democracy his higher than his (Dr. Riek's) despotic and tribally magical mentality. Now it is too late for him and nothing but home is going to be the best place for him soon. By then we will know who really has a militia, Dr. Lam or Dr. Riek?
By the way who is paying for the cost of the overdue and unnecessary elongating trips and tours of Dr. Riek Machar and his aides in USA while the poor people of new country are suffering from austerity measures at home? If he was sent to deliver the President's Speech in the UN General Assembly why he did not come back immediately after that. In the last few weeks many patients have died in hospitals in South Sudan due to doctors strikes and many schools are without teachers because of low salaries while Dr. Riek is wasting thousands of dollars overseas. What a shameless vicious Vice President!
I think it is time for the Parliament to amend the constitution and remove that post of Vice President in order to reduce the presidency cost and pay for the basic services to the poor masses rather than to the rich Dr. Riek and his aides. Dr. Black Problem Must Go!
Dr. James Okuk,
Department of Political Science, University of Juba.
Republic of South Sudan - Office of the Vice President
For immediate Release
October 09, 2012
Dr. Machar's statement does not banned SPLM-DC, but DC must clear accusations before tregistrations
On October 6, 2012, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan advised SPLM-DC to clear the accusations or the party will have difficulties during the parties’ registrations.
Few days after the Vice President’s speech in Omaha, Nebraska, some people on the worldwide Internet interpreted the statement of the Vice President’s wrongly and out of context.
Guys, if someone listen to Dr. comment on U-tupe, you may realize Dr. Riek singled out SPLM-DC because there is an oppositinal army that consider Dr. Lam as their commander in chief. A political party can not have separate army other than the national army. Having separate army is the only sole reason VP assert SPLM-DC should be banned in the South. I hope this comment will help some of you who take the comment negatively.
If one read the actual statement word-by word or listened to the message on (youtube), (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-i6hGg3_gU&feature=em-share_video_user) the above message does not reflects what the Vice President meant. Off course, the interpretation may depend on the individual; but many will conclude the Vice President statement as democratically stated and encouraging.
Per haps the accusation floated around for a long while, however, there hasn’t been any official statement from the party’s top leaders to repudiate the accusation. The Vice President’s Saturday statement reminded the parties members of what the law demands.
In stead for the SPLM-DC members to feel offended, this could be an opportunity to come out democratically and repudiate the accusation that has been floating in the air for so long. Regarding the party qualification for registration, the Vice President referred to all parties to conform to the law during the registration.
“ The SPLM-DC off course will fail the registration if it does not clear these accusations. However, this will only happen if substantial evidence that proves the accusation is found.” Vice President said. Read the whole excerpt from the Vice President’s speech.
“Lam Akol is not being threatened. The SPLM-DC has members in the Parliament it also has members in the state assembly in the Upper Nile.
No body is threatening Lam. But Lam is being accused that he is supporting arms rebellions. And by law, if you raise arms against state, you’re committing treason.
Party politic is opened. Any body can create a party as they wished. I had a discussion with the SPLM-DC members and I told them; you correct the situation of Lam. If he is still the leader of the SPLM-DC, these things we hear that he is supporting the arm rebellion, is not going to make him register. Because the law says, no party will have an army.
You must conform to that law. You cannot fight and also at the same time have a registered party. Chose one. If you thing that your issues cannot be handle by talking in political parties’ forum, and you think you will fight, and you think you will get support, this is different.
For those who are in contact with Lam, it’s important he clears himself on the question of supporting the arms rebellions. The party SPLM-DC is still in Parliament it works-but when the registrations come, every party will be asked who is your leader? We know he is the leader of the SPLM-DC and if he is being accused, and with evidences that he is supporting the arms rebellions, then the SPLM-DC will fail to qualify for the registration.”
Based on the above statement, one can concludes the Vice President statement does not banned the SPLM-DC from registration. For those who prefer to discuss issues democratically, this is an opportunity for the SPLM-DC to come out to repudiate and clear the party from these accusations.
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