DECLARATION OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL POSITION – South Australia

THE SLPM IN OPPOSITION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA: THE WAY FORWARD TO ACHIEVE DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE, LIBERTY AND EQUALITY IN SOUTH SUDAN.

South Sudan Australian chapters(Photo: SPLM-Ausi|Nyamilepedia)

Adelaide, South Australia’s SPLM chapters declares loyalty to SPLM in opposition(Photo: SPLM-Ausi|Nyamilepedia)

April 30, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — We the members of the SLPM Chapter in South Australia would like to inform the general public that we changed our alliance to the SPLM in Opposition under the leadership of Cde. Dr. Riek Machar Teny. We are here by declaring that we do not support the present dictatorial government in South Sudan led by Salva Kiir.

We the executive members of SPLM Chapter in South Australia strongly condemns the ongoing political crisis that has resulted to mass atrocities ,massacres and violations of other human rights in the country.

We wish to have effective and inclusive government of national unity that have a total commitment to protect the lives of all tribes of South Sudan equally.

The present government has opposed to all attempts to bring democracy to the SPLM and the government therefore, it does not represent the views of all the people of South Sudan as inspired to be.

The government that has massacred, persecuted its own people, arrested political opponents and brought division to the tribes of South Sudan is no longer legitimate to lead the nation as their government.

We would like to remind ourselves that the current government that has promoted tribalism and division that has brought resulted to the death of over 10,000 people and the displaced of over a million people to the neighboring countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia. It is clear as crystal that our country is occupied by the foreign troops from Uganda and the Sudanese rebel from Darfur and Blue Nile to attack it own people with cluster bombs and helicopters as proved by the UN reports.

We the South Sudanese community in South Australia strongly believe that Kiir’s government will not  protect and provide for the safety of all its citizens. He[Kiir] no longer deserves to be in power, and should resign or be removed by its citizens and international pressure and negotiate to allow an interim government of national unity that will forge lasting peace and stability in all parts of South Sudan.

We are hereby asking other states in Australia, nationwide, to follow us and to join the SPLM in opposition to show our support for the opposition in South Sudan that is determined to bring democracy, unity, set of healing and reconciliation and the rule of law to our country, which the present government has failed to do.

We, the South Sudanese in South Australia, in particular would like to extend our call and our solidarity to our brothers and sisters in South Sudan and other countries who are trying to end the tyranny of Kiir and his corrupt government.

Despite South Sudan’s oil wealth and financial support from the International communities , Kiir’s government has failed to provide basic health, education, security and jobs for our people since independence.

Multi-billions of South Sudanese pound, from the oil revenue ,has been stolen since independent without legal investigation into the crimes or any charge to the alleged individuals.

We all know that the Kiir government has failed to expose and correct its own corruption and exploitation of the South Sudanese people. This revenue should have been used for developmental opportunities to improve the lives of all citizens, provide services to South Sudanese people but instead it has disappeared into the bank accounts of some corrupt SPLM and other government officials .

We want to end this corruption and exploitation of the South Sudanese people by supporting the SPLM in opposition and the creation of a new government of national unity and the removal of the Government of Kiir and his supporters who have bought only conflict, corruption and tragedy to our people.

Importantly, to really end this conflict, Kiir and his government must step down and a new government of national unity must be formed with all tribes and groups represented democratically and fairly under the rule of law, and free from corruption and with judicial independence . National reconciliation can only be achieved if these conditions occur as the present government has shown it is not able or fit to rule our precious country of South Sudan in the interests of all its citizens, not just the chosen few such as Kiir and his supporters.

The way forward for South Sudan is to form a government of national unity with western help (eg UN & US) and an interim administration led by the UN to build strong governance structures that will promote and protect the rule of law, democracy and accountability. The new nation of South Sudan was never able to establish these governance structures and it is now paying the price for the lack of democracy and human rights violation that led to this conflict after the government became dictatorial and corrupt under Kiir and then turned against its own people with its attack on innocent Nuer civilians on 15th December in Juba, the introduction of Ugandan troops to attack its own people, and its arrest of political opponents and suppression of press freedom.

We must learn the lesson from the lack of democratic structures and accountability provided in our present constitution and judicial system and build a more democratic and just future society with government and judicial structures to support this. South Africa after apartheid and in negotiations for majority rule made sure all the structures for democracy and the rule of law and protection of human rights abuses were included in their Constitution and governance structures and they have had peace since the ANC won government there.

South Sudan needs to adopt the same development of democratic governance that was achieved in post-apartheid South Africa that was led by late Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders that established democracy, the rule of law and national unity in their country. This is a model that the New South Sudan should follow to achieve a lasting peace under a new government of national unity after the present conflict ends and Kiir’s government is removed. This process of nation building under an interim government of national unity needs to be fully supported by the religious leaders, civil society organizations, UN and the International Community.

This will help our country to achieve successful nation that will allows freedom, peace, unity, and stability, accountability and transparency that was the source of the great sacrifice paid by our great freedom fighters during the long struggle for our independent.

SPLM in Opposition: South Australia

  • Stephen GatkekChan :Vice-President : SPLM Chapter South Australia.
  • John Chuol Muon :Secretary General : SPLM Chapter South Australia.

Adelaide, South Australia

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