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Co-Chair of National Dialogue blames the ruling party for failing the country

Nov 04, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Hon. Angelo Beda, the Co-Chair of the controversial National Dialogue blames the political party, the SPLM, for failing the country.

Angela Beda, Co-Chair of the National Dialogue speaking during the first day of the two weeks conference(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
Angela Beda, Co-Chair of the National Dialogue speaking during the first day of the two weeks conference(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

The co-chair of the National Dialogue steering committee says that the people at the grassroots blame the ruling party for infringing on the rights of South Sudanese. 

 “Prominent among the issues we found went wrong, is that the people at the grassroots blamed the crises in the country on the failure of leadership, particularly under the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM),” Beda said during the opening of the National Dialogue conference.

According to Beda, all parties were all part of the SPLM before it broke into numerous parties there is today and therefore they should share the blame.

“The SPLM demonstrably failed to build a new political system in South Sudan, so by the end of the six years Interim Period, the reverse was true, there was one system, two separate countries,” Beda said. 

“The SPLM simply took the poorer version of the Sudanese state and ran with it. Notably, the SPLM built an authoritarian system in the country, which is becoming more and more tyrannical, although without the substance and authority of a functioning state.” He added

He said that the SPLM and its leadership, per the provisions of the CPA, was charged with the responsibility to build a new political system in South Sudan that was to contrast the then existing system in the Sudan that was perceived to be undemocratic, unjust, oppressive and based on parochial distorted Arab and Islamic identity.

He blamed SPLM for failing to build a new political system in South Sudan.

Beda also alleged that the current administration is responsible for infringing into the freedom of South Sudan Nationals.

“As we speak, citizens’ civil liberties are violated daily. Freedom of speech, assembly, freedom of the press, and even freedom to associate politically have largely been curtailed by the state. People were arrested arbitrarily and detained, forced disappearance, as well as intimidation of journalists and political opposition leaders, are common occurrences in South Sudan,” Beda added.

The Co-Chairman said that the political conflict can be explained in part by the fact that the governing instruments of the SPLM were undemocratic, lacked political tolerance, and dogmatically followed a strict political hierarchy established during the war.

He thanked the attendees for gracing and participating in the National Dialogue and invited them all to the closing ceremony slated for 15th November 2020.

The National dialogue conference started on Monday and is expected to run for two weeks where delegates are expected to deliberate on some issues affecting the grassroots communities

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