Exclusive: Pagan Amum Denies Writing Controversial Article

Nairobi, May 26, 2014 (SSNA) — The Former Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum Okech has denied having authored a controversial article/document which was published in many  South Sudanese blogs last week. 

In an exclusive interview with the South Sudan News Agency, Amum said he did not write any article and that he is stunned to learn this morning [Monday] that a fake article with his name as the author has been published in media outlets.

“I didn’t write the article, it was not written by anyone from the SPLM’s senior leaders, and the leadership of the SPLM doesn’t endorse or recognize such a letter or an article”, Amum told the South Sudan News Agency by phone on Monday.

Amum also said he is not going to issue a public statement, at least for now, asserting that the people of South Sudan know him better.

“You know, I am not going to issue an official statement at this time, South Sudanese know me, and I want them to know that I am not the author”, he continued.

“The people of the Republic of South Sudan should ask the blogs that published that [bogus] article with my name on it”, Amum added.

Late last week, an article titled: “Pagan Amum: SPLM Former Political Detainees are decided, not undecided”, has outraged so many South Sudanese with some people calling for the Former SPLM Secretary General to come clean on the matter.

In the piece, the writer claims that all senior leaders of the SPLM who opposed Kiir’s leadership style didn’t choose Former South Sudanese Vice president Dr. Machar as their leader. The author also added that the killing of Nuer in Juba should not be used as a ploy for war.

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