Posts Tagged ‘liberation movement’


By PaanLuel Wel
This is a great article from Bol Makueng, the SPLM’s secretary for Information, Culture and Communication. Khartoum has indeed been effectively using rule-and-divide policy–inherited from the European colonial masters–to pit Southerners against themselves. “Dinka Domination” has been the staple in that pursuit—the Kokora in the post-Addis Ababa Southern Government is the best epitomization of the case.
It was the same case during the infancy of the SPLM/A when non-Dinkas/non-Nuers were reluctant to join the Movement on the perception that the new Movement was just but a continuation, an extension, of the power wrangling in Juba pitting Abel Alier, Joseph Lagu and Joseph Tombura against themselves, with President Jaafer Nimeri manipulating the show. Hon. Joseph Lagu, in his book, provided an all-too-real illustration of how Nimeri’s regime was using tribal-card as a tool to divide Southerners. Bol Makueng’s point that we should be wary of blaming everything and anything on “Dinka Domination” is a valid, well-articulated observation insofar as the slogan is a tool habitually deploy by Khartoum to divide and weaken South Sudanese:
“the only way to destroy the independence of South Sudan is to repeatedly beat the drum of Dinka domination and leveling SPLA/M as Dinka organizations.”
However cautious South Sudanese should feel about the slogan “Dinka Domination”, it should never be used as a rhetoric to dismiss or downplay genuine concerns that other communities might feel being orchestrated by some self-serving elements in the government who may happen to be ethnic Dinkas. The pervasiveness of corruption in the new country of South Sudan is indisputable. As long as that corruption manifests itself in the form of tribalism and nepotism, it would be pretentious to equate every cry of “Dinka Domination” to Khartoum’s attempt to divide and weaken South sudanese.
If the President happen to be a Dinka, and his kinsmen are implicated in corruption, and yet go scot-free, then it is likely that his reluctance to persecute them could be attributable to their tribal affiliations. If political appointments, job allocations and state contracts etc. are wholly or mostly enjoys by the people ethnically linked to the president, then it is tribal domination. What else would you called it? Wasn’t this the same crime Southerners raised up against Khartoum? It is debatable, however, if that is the true picture of South Sudan presently. 
The best way forward is to examine each case/allegation according to its merits before rushing to the conclusion that this is a case of “Dinka Domination” or before proclaiming/prophesying Khartoum’s hand in every allegation of bad governance and corruption case level against the government of South Sudan, currently headed by a Dinka. In fact, with or without the presence of malicious intent from Khartoum, South Sudanese citizens will always find something wanting about their government of the day and will accordingly press their reservations or grievances against the government.
It does not take a hidden hand of Khartoum nor a proverbial “Dinka Domination” of the government for the American people to register their utmost disgust with the US Congress…currently having approval rating below the freezing point of politics. 
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By Bol Makueng
The people of the present republic of South Sudan were united in the struggle for freedom. This came about as a result of foreigner invaders and slavers who came to the country and plunder resources including children and women who were taken into slavery. As a response, the peoples of South Sudan fought for ages to get rid of the enemy.
They managed to shake off colonization because the people were united. Yes, there are many tribes in South Sudan and each one of them contributed according to its size and capacity equally to the liberation war. If there were majority tribes, they died in large numbers as well as also occupying military and any other positions in the institutions of liberation movement in proportion to their sizes. In coining up their unity, the history goes back to the very nature of geographical neighborliness, common traditions and the sharing of natural assets of water sources (eg the Nile, rivers and Lakes), grazing areas, fishing spots, dances and intermarriages. It is worth adding that there used to be local conflicts where alliances were made between some tribes against others and vice versa. All these are normal developmental phases of any society which do lead to homogeneity of languages and cultures.
In South Sudan today, Central Upper Nile where the three nationalities (Dinka, Nuer & Shilluk) concur around Malakal and Sobat Mouth, represents a good example of community homogeneity, though amorphous. The people here speak three languages of the area. One is impressed when these people can just switch conversation from one language to another in a very smooth flowing manner. Such integration happens only when the people are peaceful, stable and open to one another. The credit of this goes back to our uneducated leaders of the past whose cultures were not contaminated by the divide and rule policy of the colonizing oppressors.
These days, the unity of the people of South Sudan is under an enormous test and there is a feeling that three nationalities (the Dinka, Nuer & Bari) can either make it or break it. When Southern Sudan was divided up (kokora) in 1983, it was done so with the help of its sons and daughters. The slogan was “DINKA DOMINATION”. Some other communities were comfortable that pointing hand at Dinka would absolve them from any blame or judgmental argument against their mistakes. The bigger picture, according to them, was Dinka domination. Digging deep into the Dinka domination, militia groups were formed to just target the Dinka in most cases and with SPLA/M becoming synonymous with being a Dinka.
 Leveling the liberation movement as a Dinka organization dissuaded most people from joining the liberation war (1983 – 2005) with exception of those committed patriots who ignored the attitude and negative sentiments from their tribesmen.  
“Dinka domination” was an invention from Khartoum and preached in the South. The implementers (militias) and victims of this pogrom became involved in self destruction along tribal lines. And as we have all witnessed, tribalism is destructive. It keeps us from getting to the best solutions for our children, our country and ourselves. Worse, it forces us to become champions of the very things we most despise and don’t like: hatred; division; corruption; nepotism; endless conflicts and self destruction.
Now that we are staggering with building the new nation of South Sudan, the Khartoum system is not leaving South Sudan alone. After all, the NCP has sworn not to leave the young republic at peace. The NCP is reviving the anti Dinka sentiments again as a policy of creating rival political parties to SPLM and militia military wings of those political parties. And going by the saying that history repeats itself, there are already some wrangling voices and hand pointing at the “Dinka”. This large liberator party called SPLM that brought freedom to people of South Sudan, won elections and appointing various people to positions in the government in the states and at national level, is largely ignored. There is no listening ear and mind to the fact that there is no tribe that is a president or minister, but there is an individual who could be one and this does not mean the whole tribe.
Moreover, the SPLM is the only political party in the Republic of South Sudan where every tribe/nationality has a presence. Now, do South Sudanese still believe that “SPLM” is synonymous with “Dinka” as preached by the enemy NCP? Associating SPLM with Dinka is even making the Dinka the only liberators of South Sudan, which is not true. South Sudan was liberated by every nationality except the individual traitors who could be found in all communities.
A member from the NCP was quoted as saying this: “the only way to destroy the independence of South Sudan is to repeatedly beat the drum of Dinka domination and leveling SPLA/M as Dinka organizations. By doing so, the South Sudanese will soon be at each others’ throat. There will be intertribal competition to access SPLM leadership positions. Alternatively, SPLM will break up and with new political parties emerging. When this happens, the non Dinka will unite against the Dinka and the outcome will be a deadly violent conflict. We will then choose an appropriate time to support the side we want.
The lessons the South Sudanese have learned throughout the struggle are important for us to be optimistic about building a free, united and prosperous nation of South Sudan. The colonizer tried many time to divide the people of South Sudan and the whole Sudan on different grounds and it did not succeed. The NCP will again fail to divide and erase the independence of South Sudan. South Sudanese political parties will be divided along programme lines and not on tribal agendas.
In addition, the general populace from political leaders, students, intellectuals and business people should provide healthy education and guidance to ordinary people whose minds should not be poisoned by the teachings from myopic and narrow minded individuals who see South Sudan through the lenses of tribalism.

By PaanLuel Wël

Dear Esteemed Readers,

Besides the well-known problems felling the newly independent nation of South Sudan–inter-ethnic strifes, mega-corruption, mismanagement etc. and the never-ending precarious military and economic stand-0ff with the north–fire has just surfaced to rival them all.

The beautiful presidential office constructed and inaugurated just last year was smoldered by fire on February 09, 2012. That embarrassing incident was blamed squarely on “an electrical fault.”

A fire broke out at the official residence of South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Thursday and burnt down a building he uses as an office. The incident, which started at about 7:00pm local time was reportedly attributed to an electrical fault said to have emanated from an electrical pole next to the house. No casualties were involved [Sudan Tribune].

The new Office of the President of @RepSouthSudan in Juba

Then on February 17, 2012, merely eight days after the presidential office went up in flame, the SPLM General Headquarters that house SG Pagan Amum’s office was consumed in a similar inferno. Fortunately no one was hurt, but faulty electrical wiring was blame for the fire.

 A devastating fire broke out on Friday at the headquarters of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Juba, a week after a similar incident at the official residence of the country’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit. No one was hurt in the blaze although SPLM officials say many files and documents were lost in the fire that erupted at the premises of the national secretariat at around 1pm. The party’s northern secretariat, located in Thongpiny area, Munuki payam (district) is the official workplace of Pagan Amum, the SPLM secretary general and other senior party officials. The cause of fire remains unknown although senior officials have speculated that it was down to an electric fault [Sudan Tribune].

What remained of South Sudan ruling party head offices after a fire Friday afternoon.

Such incidences of fire outbreaks are not uncommon in Juba. The Chinese-owned Beijing Hotel in Juba, for example, has been repeatedly gutted down by fire, one in 2009 in which about 60 rooms were blazed down and again last year in December.

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The Beijing hotel in Juba on fire in 2009 (ST file photo)

Common and well-documented as accidental fire outbreaks might be, what is puzzling though in this latest cases are the timing and the official buildings affected. The timing is suspicious because these inferno came on the heel of a scathing press release statement from the ex-minister of finance, Mr. Arthur Akuien Chol. In that statement, February 10, 2012, the disgraced former minister not just denied the allegation of corruption against him, he implicated the VP Dr. Machar, SG Pagan Amum and the “Above” (which, undoubtedly, is a coded word for President Kiir) in the corruption dealings that appeared to have cost South Sudan over $60 million between 2005-2007 when Mr. Chol was the finance minister.

That the office of SPLM SG Pagan and the presidential office are being consumed by fire is raising eyebrows in many quarters across South sudan particularly because some “confidential documents are feared to have been lost as a result of the impromptu fire outbreak.” That, to most wary South Sudanese citizens, sounds like a conspiratorial sabotage to destroy files and computers that might contain incriminating information concerning the aforementioned corruption case which is, reportedly, under investigation.

Of course, that could just be a conspiracy talk, with no substantiation to it. What is indisputable, however, is the faultiness of the electrical engineers contracted by the government of South Sudan. Because of corruption–kickbacks accruable from such contracts, greedy government officials prefer to deal with “fake” supposedly foreigner engineers from neighboring countries as they are easy to control and intimidate-able. Therefore, much of the budgeted funds ended up being stolen and the amateur engineers would wire up faulty electrical wires on jut third of the allocated funds, fully aware that he would never be held accountable by anyone for fear of exposure.

As these three concerned South Sudanese citizens explain below, the danger pose to South Sudan by corruption in government contracts outweigh even the one mega-corruption case involving ex-minister Mr. Chol:

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Dear all,
Last year I was in the same SPLM offices in the hall when the air-condition almost started a fire. There was an electrical spark and the wires connecting to the air-condition started to burn. Everybody panicked and fled the hall except me because I saw it necessary to turn off the switch and the thing died down. Another time the air-condition in the hall of the offices of the Economic affairs secretary was always sparking and there were naked wires you could see. It is only God who saves us in the South Sudan sometimes. So to me it is not a surprise when fires from electrical faults combined with heat can turn deadly. There were many people who witnessed the sparks in the SPLM offices and they can tell their sides also even though they may not know why and how it happens.
The workmanship of electrical connections in Juba is appalling. The Ugandan amateurs do the worse work and the things can burn any time. When I moved into a house in Juba I had to redo all the wiring in the roof. As soon as I turned a switch the thin wires went into smoke but likely the house was mostly concrete and it did not burn. I brought in a South Sudanese electrical technician (John Deng) and together we changed the wiring which was badly made by these Ugandan contractors. The wiring must have a rating -which means how much current it can stand. Connecting thin poor wire to an air-condition consuming 3 or 4 KWs of Electricity  can be deadly as it will overheat and melt the wires insulators  and connecting the two materials  together so that short circuit can start to burn things.

But it is the norm in Juba where those of us South Sudanese who have the technical knowledge are ignored and not being empowered to work for the government of south Sudan and people prefer Ugandan thieves to do the jobs and without regard to standards and safety.
Well what surprise me is that an investigation committee is formed all the time to come up with reason of the fires.  The reasons  are well known as I stated here and these committees are e just a waste of resources since the root cause of wrong contractors and poor installations are not  being considered at all. Also the committee are made of the same biased people who cannot put an independent view like I say here because they are the very people responsible for bringing the wrong people to do the work in the first place.

The government should come up with a Standards organisations with ability to persecute and fine.  Many commissions from the technical side of things have been missing from the list of commissions in Juba as the  Government  tends to shy away from technology things.

Eng Charles B. Kisanga
Juba/South Sudan
M. Sc in Communications Systems and B. Eng Hons in Electrical and Electronics  Engineering-Herriot Watt University.

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Dear all

They say, it takes two to tango. While we may blame the Ugandans and Kenyans for providing substatndard services, we must also be ready to blame ourselves to a certain extend for letting us be taken for a ride by these people. First, our education system has neglected vocational training and the establishment of technical colleges that would have provided us with middle level cadres to do what the Ugandans are doing.

We have decided to open up ten universities in the ten states, and not considered opening a single politechnic. The private sector too inherited the madness and have been calling every tukul a private university, and we are happy to go along with that.  The few who raise a voice of reason are dubbed as elitists. You do not need a degree to make electrical installations or do plumbing. This sorry attitude has created a vacuum for the Ugandans and others to fill.

Secondly, as someone has already mentoned elsewhere, we prefer to be politicians whatever our profession. And with politicians required at the payam, county, state and national levels, politics has now become a booming business in South Sudan, for it does not need much effort to be one. Hence, even the few artisans we have, do not have the time to dirty their hands and sweat for a living. Third, some of those who decide to compete with the Ugandans sometime price themselves out of the market, for they want to get rich very quickly.

Now when you want to build a budget house, you have no alternative but to turn to the Ugandans who are ready to work flat out and get the job done, even if in a shoddy fashion. But, when it is government contract, there is no excuse but to go for the best. Howver, due to lack of transparency and the fact that whoever  is giving out the tender also wants a cut, it usually goes to some untested contractor. It is so easy to make a background check of any would-be Ugandan or Kenyan contracting firm since we do have offices in these countries.

But do we ever do that? I doubt it. Hence, let us not malign  Ugandan contractors. The fault is entirely ours, and, as smart business people, they are only cashing on our naivity and greed.

Charles Bakheit

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Cde. Kisanga,

I agree with your analysis 100%. The concept in RSS is to go for the quickest and cheapest product without taking into account any safety precautions or viability/durability of whatever it is. This is one of the reasons that RSS is a big market for the cheapest Chinese third grade products. (Mind you the Chinese do have first and second grade products which are better and safer).
Just to mention one out of the bunch,  anyone who knows our East African brothers, will confirm that since 2005 to this day, they consider RSS as their  Gold rush destination where even an unqualified construction worker can come and claim he/she is an Engineer and can still make it big because there is no assigned system to check him/her. And guess what; these are the people who are building our nascent RSS using the mentioned third grade products from China! Anyone who want build anywhere today in RSS will tell you he/she will prefer the Wee-wees (East Africans) than the South Sudanese workers because they are easy to deal with and much cheaper. But nobody is taking the time to check the quality/safety of their work as compared to their South Sudanese counterparts.

I am not sure if the idea of outsourcing every single project  to contractors is doing RSS any good because that is where the issue of kick-backs, cuts and percent of shares etc comes in. Hence it observed that the chunk of funds allocated for a specific project always disappear in the process rendering the intended project to operate on minimal funds.
I think in this regard our Ministries of Housing, Construction and Roads need to quickly come up with standard safety rules and regulations to govern how contractors operate and hold them to task in the courts if they recklessly screw-up else we will never have long lasting and stable constructions in RSS.

Cde. Mazinda

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Dear All,
Please find attached a statement from the last SPLMN Leadership meeting.
Thanks
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

The Tenth Plenary session of the
Leadership of Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement
Important Resolutions on Humanitarian, Political and Organisational Issues and Military Situation
 
SPLM-N Triumphs in Confronting a Dictatorial, One-Party State:
In the period between May 2011 and February 2012, the leadership of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) held ten meetings despite the state of war in two key states. The latest leadership meeting was held in February 2012. The full text of the resolutions will be announced shortly.
The Tenth Leadership Plenary Session deliberated on the Humanitarian, political, organization and the military situation.
The meeting of the leadership salutes and pays tribute to the thousands of Sudanese civilians whose resolve has not faltered while still facing the government daily aerial bombardment, and the deliberate destruction of their lives and displacement.
We, salute the hundreds of SPLA-N leaders whose will is unbroken, nor has their resistance weakened in face of arbitrary detention, torture, summary trials, abuse and defamation. We bow our heads to the martyrs of resistance both fighters and civilians who sacrificed their lives for the principles and values in which they believed; and above all, to the victims of genocide and war crimes.
We pledge, that we will work for achieving a new society based on upholding the dignity of the individual; and that recognizes the right of others to be ‘others’, and to build a Sudan for all Sudanese, regardless of their cultural, social, gender and political affiliation. A society that will pride itself with its justice, amity and peace – a new Sudan.
The meetings opened-up by reviewing the humanitarian and political situation, and have concluded the following:
After the secession of the South, the leadership of National Congress Party (NCP) decided to issue a death sentence on the SPLM-N, aiming to uproot and obliterate it. They began a political campaign and propaganda onslaught steeped in racism and fascism, utilizing the entire resources of the state: military, security and financial to uproot the SPLM-N and smash it, assisted in this by the silence and connivance from some quarters.
Now, after eight months, and as the dust of political and military battles has settled, and after the NCP have boasted of smashing the SPLM-N’s leadership from mosque pulpits and at Eid’s prayers, and on national media, the SPLM-N has emerged stronger and more battle-hardened opponent despite the high costs that have been paid by its cadres. The NCP fevered campaign have been confronted and repelled and its banners cut down. A battle that was lost politically and militarily. The SPLM-N’s battle for survival, imposed upon it by the NCP, is over. And, the SPLM-N remains to lead and to win.
Here we turn to thank and congratulate SPLM-N and SPLA members; and our friends at home and abroad, and to all the resistance fighters- men and women- who made this possible.
Before the secession of the South the SPLM had initiated a process of disengagement from the predecessor party, by forming an autonomous organization with transitional structures. Several Committees were established- including a committee to draft a Vision and a Manifesto- taking into account the reality of the division of the country into two states and the SPLM into two organizations. We then immediately engaged in the preparations for an inaugural convention. This was not long before the declaration of the Republic of South Sudan. Shortly thereafter, the NCP launched its assault in the Two-Areas followed by a ban on the activities of the SPLM-N and hundreds of its cadres detained, and there are still more than two-hundred cadres incarcerated; and the movement’s assets and the possessions of its cadres were seized and confiscated, and despicable war crimes were committed against its members.
The NCP employed several rules to pressure SPLM-N cadres to do its bidding, and established front organizations to incorporate them. But only a handful of the faint-hearted were enticed. The overwhelming majority of our cadres sided with its official leadership. The state of war also created difficulties for the leadership in carrying out its role. Those events tested our metal, individually and collectively. Some party structures, as well as the military and political institutions survived, but others were stranded and lost. The current political climate has engendered three party entities working in three different ecologies. These are: areas under NCP controlled area, the liberated areas and the SPLM-N membership in the Diaspora. The leadership of the SPLM-N expended every effort to unify all these entities; added to this the complex dual reality of the leadership and cadre engagement in civilianand military struggles. All this necessitates a leadership that would organically combine the dual political and military roles until the time of holding the Inaugural Convention to elect a new leadership.
The prevailing political /military confrontation with the NCP regime have resulted in a real test for the commitment, valor, loyalty, patience and perseverance of members and cadre of the movement This is a fact which will be taken into account as we proceed with the re-organization and assigning new responsibilities in all fronts.
The meeting deliberations began with the assessment of the humanitarian situation and the decisive shift within the international community in agreeing a plan for large scale humanitarian operation and the need to move forward shortly with its implementation. The SPLM-N leadership contacted a number of leading officials in neighboring countries and the special envoys of the president of the United States, the EU and the United Nations from the meeting venue and expressed its readiness to provide immediate access for any humanitarian effort to save hundreds of thousand of displaced citizens in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Concern of the international community with this issue had been galvanized following a successful campaign led by the leadership of the SPLM-N spanning several continents, organizations. There were also solidarity campaigns by Sudanese men and women, and other friends of the Sudanese people and the SPLM-N; and human rights advocacy groups; and US Congressmen and EU Parliamentarians; and senior leaders in neighboring countries in the African continent.
The SPLM-N is filled with gratitude, and offers thanks to all who contributed to this effort, and welcomes the solidarity of all.
In response to new emerging requirements on the ground, the meeting decided to assign the task of the re-organization and oversight of the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association to the SPLM-N Deputy Chairman, Abdel-Aziz Adam Elhilo.
Civilian Administration:
The meeting resolved the separation of the Civilian Administration from Military Command in the liberated areas. The SPLM-N Chairman and the SPLM-N Leadership Council will oversee the reorganization and the restructuring of the civilian administration in the liberated areas.
The Organizational Situation:
The meeting also resolved to dissolve all interim organizational structures, except the elected National Liberation Council, and responsibilities assigned to the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and the Secretary General.
The Leadership Council will comprise of the following officials:
Malik Agar Eyre, Chairman.
Abdel-Aziz Elhilo, Deputy Chairman.
Yasir Arman, Secretary General.
Jagoda Mukwar Murada, Member.
Ahmed Al-Umdda Baday, Member.
Izzat KuKu Angelo, Member.
Joseph Tikah Ali, Member.
Simon Kalu Koumi, Member.
Yasir Jafaar Ibrahim, Member.
(A Woman Official), Member.
Kuja Tutu Angolu, Member.
Gamar Abdallah Abdel-Rahman, Member.
Seven additional members will be named, in due course, to afford the Leadership Council geographical, gender and cultural balance, as well as the necessary expertise. This will be presented to the first meeting of the Leadership Council.
Political and Organizational Work in Areas Controlled by the Government:
A review of the functioning of leadership in the different states and in the national capital will be undertaken in consultation with the leadership in the regions and the capital, Khartoum.
The National Liberation Council:
Until the date of holding the Inaugural Convention, the National Liberation Council will assume the functions of the legislative organ of the SPLM-N after its restructuring, taking into account the political, technical and normal reasons that may prevent some members from resuming their duties.  A committee of the following named persons has been charged with compiling the list of members of the National Liberation Council and to prepare for its inaugural meeting. They are:
Mamoun Ahmed Al-Amin
Dr. Ahmed Saeed
Walid Hamid
Mohammed Abaker
Zain Al-Abdin Adroub
 
The National Liberation Council will incorporate new members, should the need arise, in order to achieve the necessary balance and effectiveness in its work.
The Executive Bureau:
The Meeting resolved to establish an Executive Bureau to manage the day-to-day political and organizational duties of the movement under the chairmanship of the Secretary General. The full make-up of the Bureau will be announced in the coming period.
Women will be represented by a ratio of twenty-five per cent (25%), at a minimum in all the organs of the SPLM-N.
The external representation of the SPLM-N will be extended from the current level of eleven (11) offices in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
The Executive Bureau along with the Secretariat of External Relations shall oversee the elections of all SPLM-N chapters in all the countries of the diaspora.
The Chairman of the SPLM-N will oversee the deliberations of the Vision and Programmer Committee, and the process of the adoption of the new manifesto through the relevant institutions of the SPLM-N.
The full list of resolutions of the meeting regarding other important issues, including transparency, accountability and discipline relating to institutional practice, resources and the duties and responsibilities of members, will be promulgated in due course. Similarly, other resolutions of interest to the general public concerning the military situation, and the restructuring of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army as a revolutionary and a national liberation army will be made public.
Yasir Arman
Secretary General
Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement

Dear All,
Please find attached a Press Statement about a major SPLA victory in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains State.
Thanks
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

SUDAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT

Office of Spokesperson
January 15, 2012
In the dawn of January 15, 2012, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains State ably inflicted another major defeat against the joined Special Forces and Republic’s Guard of the National Congress Party (NCP). These were the same forces that fled Al Buram and Al Tess on January 10, 2012. They sustained heavy losses in lives and military equipments and are fully repelled from the strategic villageof Al Lehimir which is about 15 km South of Kadugli City. The SPLA captured large amounts of equipments and ammunitions which are being assessed. 
After the liberation of the Al lehimir village, we [the SPLM] ascertain that the SPLA will continue its advances toward emancipation of Kadugli City and bring the war criminal, Ahmed Harun, to International Court in Hague. 
A Salutation to Officers and Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on their successive victories and devotion to the removal of NCP mobs to establish a nation of freedom, justice and equality.
Arnu Ngtullu Lodi
The Spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army
(Translation by Organization for Advancement of Young Nuba)