South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has been told by former spokesman of vice-president Taban Deng Gai, Agel Machar, to reject what he calls a National Congress Party’s “mentality and doctrine.”
“While it is in the best interest of SPLM or any other political organization to admit new members including former NCP cadres, it’s my contention that we should not allow ourselves to be tempted into adoption of systems & doctrines that we bitterly fought against for decades,” Machar wrote in a Facebook post.
The former Taban media official argued that most of the NCP policies are based on criminality, calling Kiir to visit Khartoum’s notorious Kober Prison where Omar al Bashir, the head of the NCP, now disbanded, is being detained for crimes such as corruption and killing.
“The NCP with all its tools/arms of control and governance was largely a CRIMINAL enterprise, period, and with all due respect. All transactions (Economy, Security, Foreign relations, politics etc) were based on pure criminality. If I’m wrong, please pay a short visit to Cooper Maximum Prison in Khartoum like I just did few hours ago,” he said.
“Note that the NCP/NIF wasn’t the first military junta to unconstitutionally take over power nor was it the first to be removed by a popular uprising, but, evidently, it’s the first to have its entire leadership treated like outright criminals, both domestically and internationally.
“Remember that Gen Ibrahim Abboud overthrew Abdullah Khalil in 1958; no one went to Cooper maximum prison. Gen Abboud was then brought down by popular uprising (October revolution) in 1964; no one went to Cooper. Col Jaffar Nimiery again overthrew the government of Ismail Azhari (President) and Sadiq Al Mahdi (Prime Minister) in May 1969; no one went to Cooper Maximum prison. Gen Nimeiry was too brought down by another popular uprising in 1985 and replaced by Al dhahab; no one went to Cooper. Bashir’s NIF then overthrew the Mahdi regime in 1989; again no one went to Cooper
“But when the NIF/NCP was brought down by yet another popular uprising in 2019, the entire leadership, including those who defected from the NCP long time ago are all currently languishing in Cooper maximum prison facing very serious charges. Some could end up in international criminal court systems.
“This is NOT a system to copy in my humble opinion.”