SPLM Rejects Acting Secretary Appointment

Lakes State Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has rejected the appointment of Mabor Ater Dhuol as Acting Secretary. Eight county secretariat heads rejected the appointment terming it as unlawful according to the party constitution.

By Gabriel Mayom

RUMBEK, 03 October 2012 [Gurtong] – Mabor was appointed last month by SPLM state chairman Daniel Awet Akot to replace late state secretary Samuel Mathiang Keer who died while in Australia in May 2011.

The state SPLM officials had locked the secretariat to prevent the new appointee from taking office.

A member who spoke to Gurtong on condition of anonymity said that the SPLM state chairman has no powers to appoint the acting secretary without consultation with all 51 members of the State Liberation Council (SLC).

On Monday, assistant secretaries and county heads arrived in Rumbek to protest the appointment and urged the SPLM state chairman to reverse his decision.

Mabor Kau Akec, a member of the SLC in Lakes State said he appreciated the appointment made by party state chairperson.

He said that the SPLM party constitution gave powers to the state chairperson in article 33 sub articles 7 of SLC functions and duties.

Speaking on phone from Juba, Chairperson Daniel Awet Akot said the appointment is final and cannot be reversed by anyone.

In a related story, the Lakes State Legislative Assembly voted to restore one of its members, who had lost his seat after being charged with adultery and child abduction.

The Lakes state lawmakers unanimously agreed that Zacharia Puoric Matuong, should resume his duties as MP for Malek constituency in Rumbek Central County.

The decision to reinstate Matuong was made after consultation with the ruling SPLM party.

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