SPLM-DC Members Declare Defection In Jonglei

About 180 Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) in Jonglei State have defected from their main opposition party with initiative to join the United Democratic Salvation Front -Mainstream (UDSF-M)

By Jacob Achiek Jok

BOR, 24 July 2013 [Gurtong] – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change that was established in June 2009 before Sudanese general election was formed in Khartoum and recommended by the Sudan government.

In 2010 Sudan general election, SPLM-DC chairperson Dr. Lam Akol contested for the post of presidency with member of ruling political party, Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) candidate Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit where SPLM-DC lost the during the election that was conducted before independence of South Sudan.

During the formation of SPLM-DC in Khartoum, the government of South Sudan that was ruled by SPLM was not happy with formation of the party because of the name SPLM-DC.

Speaking to the media in Bor, the chairperson of SPLM-DC, Tut Chot Rial has said that the national chairperson of SPLM-DC, Dr. Lam Akol has taken the party as his personal party excluding others party chairperson such as the states chairpersons of SPLM-DC.

Chairperson Chot said since independence of the republic of South Sudan, Dr. Lam failed to come to Juba, the capital city of South Sudan as the chairperson of SPLM-DC party.

Mr. Tut revealed to the media in his press statement that Lam uses his bodyguards as security agents to protect state chairpersons, adding that Dr. Lam told them that there is no freedom of expression in the party.

He said that since their registration as party members there is no SPLM-DC office established in Jonglei state.

Chot said they were joining in as members of the opposition party with a thought that chairperson of the party Lam Akol will be a nationalist in the party and make changes in the country.

He said that they have not resigned from the SPLM-DC for the sake of going back to their home but for the sake of joining other democratic political parties that will promote democracy in South Sudan.

He said that there are also other members from Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Lakes and Unity states of which their members from Lakes state had conducted press conference in Juba on 23rd July regarding the same issue.

Meanwhile, SPLM-DC secretary general, Deng Bior Deng said that there is no problem as people in the country are working for the democracy in the country.

He also said that only three chairpersons of the SPLM-DC have resigned and not all the party members.
 

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