An open letter to President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit

First of all we, the signatories of this open letter, would like to congratulate you and your government for having taken decisive steps to address Cairo Massacre of December 30, 2005, during which many innocent refugees were killed in cold blood.

Discussion Board 

(Note: This open letter is also posted on the Gurtong’s Discussion Board by the authors; so you may discuss it there. Ed)
Juba, South Sudan

CC: Foreign Minister of Sudan, Dr. Lam Akol
SSLA (South Sudan Legislative Assembly)
Members/supporters/sympathizers of SPLM

January 18, 2006

RE: A case against Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, the Foreign Minister of Sudan

Your decision to close down Egyptian consulate in Juba and timely relocation of Egyptian nationals for their own safety, is highly commendable. Equally important, we also congratulate you on signing the Juba Declaration which brought together SPLM/A and SSDF, on January 8, 2006.

Honourable President Salva, we are writing you this open letter to express our grievances on performances of our Foreign Minister Dr. Lam Akol, who is also a member of SPLM, a Movement we cherish very much.

Although we appreciate the minister for his immense contribution for liberation struggle, we now have grave concerns on his performance, first as a respected member of SPLM and second as our foreign minister:

I Our Foreign Minister track record, 1986-2006

Having thoroughly examined Dr. Lam Akol’s record and loyalty to Sudanese people in general, SPLM and marginalized peoples in particular, including Southerners, we have come to conclusion that the man leads a very interesting personality that shouldn’t be ignored, but explored so that we can learn from it to help shape future undertakings in our country or beyond:

A: Dr. Lam Akol Vs. SPLM/A, 1986—1991

As soon as Dr. Lam Akol joined the Movement in July 1986, he readily proved to be intelligent, enthusiastic, yet controversial figure. The latter characteristic was more or less conspicuous of all. For example, within few months he was comfortable enough to critically oppose Movement’s internal, foreign, and war strategies and policies. His defining behaviour, however, put him at odds with many members of the movement, including Dr. John Garang de Mabior and current SPLA Chief of Staff, Lt. General Oyai Deng Ajak. Had it not been for timely intervention of our late leader Dr. John Garang, people of the New Sudan would have lost one of their finest hereos in the hand of Dr. Lam Akol. And that hero is Lt.General Oyai Deng Ajak, who captured from the enemy more than ten towns in the course of liberation struggle.

Despite of all controversies he generated, people were able to forgive him each time, for the Movement needed accomplished individuals like him (Dr. Lam).

Nevertheless, when he found out that his ideas were going nowhere in the SPLM/A hierarchy, he convinced the would-be members of Nasir Faction to break away from people’s Movement, the SPLM/A. It was later revealed that he wanted to fight for people of South Sudan only, in exclusion of other marginalized masses (including Abyei) of the Sudan, who fought side by side with people of South Sudan’s three regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria, and Upper Nile as they stood on January 1, 1956: a stance which dangerously contradicted SPLM/A objectives at the time.

It’s worth mentioning that among other objectives, the SPLM Manifesto of July 31, 1983, states, “---the principal objective of SPLM/A is not separation for the South. The South is an integral and inseparable part of the Sudan….”

Whether or not the South is an “integral” and “inseparable” part of the Sudan is something that needs to be explore further, which falls beyond the scope of this paper. Our purpose for quoting this historical document is to highlight< 
 
 

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