By Gatluakz Khot,
Oct 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Undoubtedly, I am made to direct my efforts to write in reaction to the futile development of SPLM Juba, having dissolved the structures this evening of 16th October, 2015 and its being another astonishment of the fortnight.
A clear move I see as a matter of systematically excluding from the leadership the SPLM officials; be it on the side of Dr. Riek, Pagan and those that are not loyalists on the side of Kiir.
It is indeed one of the Chairman’s prerogative functions to dissolve and declare all the positions vacant. However, the intention which would primarily count for his exception remains vague. The development could be anticipated to be in the interest of the delayed SPLM National Convention where by the formation of congresses in various states antecedes the necessary procedure.
In view of such unmet expectation, the development squarely serves not only to break the spine of Arusha reunification, but also to imperil the recently inked accord by the two warring parties. It supplements the unconstitutional Establishment Order of expanding from the constitutionally existing 10 to the imaginary 28 states.
Subsequently, in the published news on Sudan Tribune; paragraph four quoting Martin Majut’s statement caught my eyes and attracted my reaction on a coherent account that the appointment of the Secretary General, Deputy and others after the stated thirty days will hold no substantial basis, much as the party remains torn apart and that the preceding National Convention has not taken place.
Having a flashback, the party Chairman verbally decided to dissolve all the SPLM structures on the 15th November, 2013 with an exception of himself and the Secretariat which he said would continue to function till he reappoints a new Secretariat. The only differences I observe from the 2013 and the 2015 declarations that I can provide a case against are that: the former was verbal, the Chairman and the Secretariat were exceptional and the latter is put in black and white and only the Chairman remains exceptional.
Notwithstanding his verbal decision, it was later on reported that the Chairman denied having dissolved the structures of the party after the publication of his statements and his speech recorded by a number of media houses as well as confirmed by a number of eyewitnesses present at the occasion.
Recalling the 15th September, 2015 observation by the President on the fate of the party, he observed that the peace accord whereby power would be shared by three party factions meant the division in the party was inevitable. That out and out entails the circumstance under which the Chairman dissolved the structure, despite the fact that the reunification which reinstated both the Secretary General and Deputy Chairman counts.
The decision was wholly based on the true sense that SPLM Juba will not recall its loyalists in spite of the will be peaceful and democratic South Sudan. And it absolutely makes the entire situation to move from worse to the worst.
Allowing the return of peace to take its course and honoring the Arusha reunification till the system returns to normalcy would be the only remedial to all these happening uncertainties.
Ultimately, it takes both nationalism and patriotism to see to it that peace is accorded to the innocent citizens whose lives are jeopardized by the nature of the 22 months conflict.
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