South Sudanese news editor mocks SPLM’s Secretary General over “suggestive comments”

Addis Ababa, December 29, 2015 (SSNA) — A South Sudanese News Editor has strongly criticized the Acting Secretary General of ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party in the government Jemma Nunu Kumba over “suggestive comments,” saying the speech was a mere act of a political flatterer.

The criticism happened after Jemma and the leader of the rebel advance team Taban Deng Gai met at the SPLM’s house on Tuesday.

Duop Chak Wuol, the editor-in-chief of the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), criticized the speech of the Secretary General of the SPLM-IG, saying Jemma used a suggestive language by trying to make President Salva Kiir looks strong and presented the armed opposition to the public as a weak rebellious bloc ready to submit to kiir.

Duop called Jemma “a complete political sycophant,” on his Facebook wall and urges people to spread the words.

“SPLM’s Acting Secretary General in the government, Jemma Nunu Kumba, is a complete political sycophant; GO TELL HER THAT!” he wrote.

Duop declined to make further comment when contacted by the SSNA.

Taban and Jemma held a news conference after the meeting to assure the people of South Sudan that the SPLM’s factions are committed to the implementation of the IGAD-PLus’s compromise peace agreement.

In the conference, which was broadcasted live on the South Sudan Television (SSTV), Jemma Nunu suggestively talked about how the armed opposition report officially to the SPLM-in government after being absent for two years.

“…the team leader of advance team of the IO that has visited the SPLM house to report officially after being away for two years,” Jemma declared.

“As you heard on the 6th of December 2013, this is the very venue where the opposition was declared. Today we are happy that at the same venue the team has come back to say what was declared on the 6th of December has come to an end and that they are serious about the unity of the party so that the country could be united again to move the people of this country into a better future,” she said.

In her speech, Jemma also suggests that Kiir has already shown his commitment to peace because he signed both the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement and the SPLM’s reunification pact also known as the Arusha agreement.

Many South Sudanese have also condemned Jemma’s speech with some suggesting that the Secretary General of SPLM-IG was talking using “Kiir’s mouth.”

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