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Mabior warns of National Dialogue being a tool to impose Status Quo

Nov 06, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Two days after the national dialogue accused the SPLM of being responsible of the current crisis in South Sudan, the SPLM-IO chairperson of National Committee for Information and Public Relations, Mabior Garang De Mabior, countered the accusations saying that The National Dialogue Steering Committee is not sincere but just another tool for power struggle. 

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)

In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia, Mabior Garang said that the National Dialogue is another power struggle just like the one experienced in 2013.

“The National Dialogue Steering Committee is not sincere, it is another power struggle. The struggle for power which we saw in the SPLM in 2013, has been reborn in the so-called National Dialogue,” he said.

He accused the leaders of the National dialogue of being mischievous for blaming SPLM yet they were part of it.

“It is mischief for the National Dialogue Steering Committee to blame the failure of the first Republic of South Sudan on President Salva Kiir and the SPLM leadership. It was these same individuals who hijacked the movement and were the ones advising the leadership to found the state on a tribal basis,” Mabior said.

Mabior stressed that the national dialogue agenda remains the same, which is maintaining the intolerable status quo, created by their forefathers – the traditional elite.

He suggested that an inclusive dialogue should have started at PoC sites in the country.

“If the National Dialogue was a sincere undertaking, it would have started in the Displaced Peoples’ camps and in the Refugee Camps, not in air conditioned halls in Juba,” he added.

The SPLM-IO chairperson of the National Committee added that the real national dialogue is not an event; it is a continuous process, which will never end. 

 “The national conversation in South Sudan is currently characterized by tribal bigotry and aggressive misogyny, we need to change this. We need to reach a critical mass of correct thinking and banish magical thinking from our land.

He dismissed the national dialogue calling it a national monologue.

“The future of our country lies in a people driven constitution making process where we can all agree as Junubeen on the nationality question, the nature of the state and other important aspects of what constitutes a modern nation.

“It is only such an inclusive process which can give us a second Republic of South Sudan that reflects our historical and contemporary realities. A second Republic for the welfare and prosperity of our peoples.”

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