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الحركة الشعبية لتحرير السودان التغيير الديمقراطي

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Democratic Change


    الرئيس:                                                                                                Chairman:

6 June 2012




Dear Compatriots

Today marks the third year of the birth of SPLM-DC. In the three years of its existence, your great party has made stupendous achievements in articulating the aspirations of our people. We have mentioned most of these in the previous two years. This anniversary is special in that it is the first in an independent South Sudan and therefore has a special taste. 

On the party level, the membership continued to increase in all the States and the Diaspora. Of course, a lot of propaganda has been made about the defection of a few from our ranks. But this was the opposite of the overall picture; we were gaining members in hundreds against the loss of a handful. The party continued to pursue the training of its cadres and a number of programmes  took place in this area. Notably, with the support of the International Republican Institute (IRI) we organized a workshop in April this year that brought together party leaders in the States to discuss our basic documents (The Constitution and the Programme of Action).

Other workshops brought the women together and more are underway. We thank the IRI and all organizations that extended their hands to us in this endeavour. The party, in the person of the Chairman, delivered public lectures in Juba in October and November on the issues of national dialogue. This was part of our commitment to enriching and deepening dialogue on such vital national matters so as to arrive at a national consensus on the course our country should traverse.  

Dear Citizens

Since June 2011 your party has played a great role in sensitizing our people to the demands of an independent state. We marked the declaration of independence on 9 July 2011 with posters and a press statement to express our happiness with our long-awaited independence. However, the posters were torn down and our Deputy Chairman, Thomson Teny, and our senior member who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the SSLA by then, Hon Onyoti Adigo, were beaten up by the security organs under the orders of the SPLM, and the Leader of the Opposition lost two of his teeth under this unjustified cruel treatment.

Despite all this we did not tire of continuing to work hard to bring our people together. On the 28th September 2011, our Chairman met the President of the Republic and Chairman of the SPLM in Nairobi. The two leaders agreed to bury the hatchet and work together as Government and the Opposition in order to build the new nation together. At no time is consensus needed more than at the birth of a nation. Agreement was reached on a programme that the SPLM and SPLM-DC should discuss and agree upon and then afterwards involve the rest of the political parties. Our Chairman was in Juba for two months to see this process through. Unhappily, the programme was scuttled by the SPLM leadership and no discussions took place.

In their opposition to it, some SPLM leaders were describing the process as “lending a new lease of life to SPLM-DC”!! It seems that these leaders have not learnt the lessons of doing away with the resolutions of the All Southern Sudan Political Parties Conference of October 2010 and the damage that brought to the cohesion of South Sudan political landscape. Needless to say, the SPLM-DC is very much alive and does not need a lifeline from any other party or person. 

Your party has also left no stone unturned to advise the Government, outside and inside Parliament, on the adverse effects its policies are exacting on the citizens of South Sudan, who are poor by any measure you use. Unfortunately, these well-intentioned advices went unheeded.  The government lacked coherent policies on the various aspects of life. Today, under the voodoo economics of the SPLM government the common man is reeling under difficult living conditions; the food prices are rocketing, fuel prices are hiking, the South Sudan pound is plummeting, to say nothing about the lack of basic services.

Even before the first birthday of our hard-won country, South Sudan is already under the censorship of the United Nations’ Security Council, thanks to the SPLM’s foreign policies. The same period also saw the enactment of the Political Parties Act 2012. It is a bad law in that, rather than help organize the work of political parties, as any similar law is meant to do, it is drafted to exclude many a party.

In fact, it is meant to introduce a one-party state through imposing impossible conditions for the registration of the political parties other than the SPLM. This is wishful thinking; our people have developed well tested means of resisting dictatorships.

Dear Members of the party,

Anniversaries are not occasions only to congratulate ourselves on the achievements we have scored in the course of the year. They are also moments to reflect on where we went wrong and the way forward. As we enter our fourth year, there are a number of challenges facing us. First, as our country enters into hard economic and political difficulties as a result of obvious mistakes, some of those in authority have been look for scapegoats for their failures.

The first target is always the Opposition, especially SPLM-DC.  We have seen and heard on the media how some people are made to tarnish the good name of our party and its leadership on matters that are not of national concern. Therefore, we need to remain firm in our party and on what it stands for; let us not waver or falter. Secondly, soon and pursuant to the signing of the Political Parties Act, the Political Parties Affairs Council (PPAC) will be formed by the government. This will mean that we will have to re-register as a party within 90 days. All the States are here directed to start registering the required number of members as “founders”.  Each State has to register more than 500 such members, so that we comply with the law. Third, our party organs in the States and the Diaspora need to be strengthened. All members of the party must be involved in the running of its affairs and strive to pay membership fees.

Fourth, as the Opposition party we must continue to highlight and sponsor the needs of our people and stand with them under the current difficulties facing them. Fifth, we should continue to preach togetherness and consensus-building. A house divided cannot stand.  Our differences with the government are over policies, but they are our brothers, not enemies. In the same spirit we shall continue to advise them in good faith on the correct policies to follow in order to serve and save our people.
In closing, we hope that the new year will be better than the one gone. Together, let us continue to build this great party. Forward with the people, together we shall win.

 Thank you.

 Dr Lam Akol

Chairman, SPLM-DC.

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Juba, South Sudan, 1st May 2012
1.      In St Teresa Catholic Church Cathedral in Juba on 29th April 2012 during the celebration of its Jubilee which was also broadcast live by Bakhita FM Radio, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, used the holy pulpit to make an allegation that the SPLM-DC is responsible for an armed attack on  SPLA positions across the river from Malakal town in Upper Nile State on 27th April 2012. This is a very unfortunate development coming as it does at a time when all of us are busy supporting our gallant National Armed Forces of the Republic of South Sudan.
2.       We look at it that such a regrettable statement is pouring cold water on the understanding reached by the President of the Republic and the Chairman of our party last September on how to deal with the challenges facing the newly born state. The essence of that agreement was that the SPLM as the ruling party and the SPLM-DC as the Opposition shall work together co-operatively on the issues of nation-building, such as forging national unity, foreign policy, stamping out insecurity in the country, etc. Nevertheless, if the President of the Republic cannot proceed with his commitment with the leadership of SPLM-DC, he could do so in ways we all know in dissolving agreements rather than level such a serious libelous accusation against our party in a prayer place.
3.      The SPLM-DC leadership has been re-iterating since its birth in June 2009 that the party has been committed to constitutional and legal obligations in the country, and has never linked itself to any military group. We have been used to hearing such allegations and the motive behind them all is to de-register our party. If some people have personal grudges against some individuals in our party, let them be informed that the party is above individuals and should not be taken responsible for personal matters. The party has its institutions and can only take responsibility for matters decided by them. We repeat for the umpteenth time that we have no armed formations and condemn and denounce the use of arms for political ends.
4.      SPLM-DC would like to remind the public of the 19th April 2012 “PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND SECURITY SITUATION BETWEEN THE REPUBLICS OF SOUTH SUDAN AND THE SUDAN” where the party stated its unwavering support to South Sudan Armed Forces in their national duty to defend the territorial integrity of the country. The leadership of the party did not stop there but also took a lead in mobilizing the people of South Sudan to stand united behind the President of the Republic in order to face the aggression of the Government of the Sudan. Further, the leadership of SPLM-DC has requested and is waiting for an appointment with the President of the Republic so that it could hand him a cheque of contribution of the members of the party for the material support of the gallant Armed Forces of the Republic of South Sudan.
5.      The SPLM-DC would like to urge all South Sudan political parties and other stakeholders to stay united at this difficult time the country is undergoing through. It is not the moment for politics of division and dividing. The challenges facing the new country are enormous to the extent that they are impossible to handle single-handedly with exclusive one-party approach. In particular, the SPLM-DC would like to call upon all those who have taken up arms against the government of the new republic, for one reason or another, to resort to dialogue and avoid destruction of dear lives and properties of South Sudanese.
6.      It is our conviction that there is no greatest good than peace and reconciliation. Hence, we call upon regional as well as international community to continue pressuring the two ruling parties in the Republics of South Sudan and the Sudan to resolve their current conflicts by way of dialogue without creating unnecessary complications internally or externally. This is the time to close our ranks to defend our country, not to accuse each other and get divided. United we stand but divided we fall.
          Sisto Olur Erisa,
         Acting Secretary-General of SPLM-DC,
         Juba, South Sudan.