SPLM, NCP at loggerheads over Abyei’s new Administration

Media Monitoring Report, 4 April 2008
(Khartoum Monitor)

The Secretary General of the Abyei government, Malunj Tong turned down a proposal by the Chairman of the National Congress Party in Abyei Zacharia Atim to the effect that Misseriya tribe be involved in the new administration of Abyei which was formed by the SPLM under the leadership of Edward Lino, Atim told Khartoum Monitor in an exclusive statement. They rejected the NCP proposal
and expressed adherence to the experts report. Abyei belongs to Dinka Ngok, he added.

He went on to say that, the new government would provide basic services to residents of Abyei who have been without services for more than three years. The government will check and revise the bloated pay roll of government employees. He downplayed worries of the residents over the existence of the Sudan Armed Forces 31st brigade, which violated the protocol of security arrangements by not withdrawing to the North.

He added that the issue of co-existence would be settled by the upcoming co-existence conference due within a few days. He disclosed that Saturday and Sunday are adopted as the two public holidays. The census, which is due on 15th of April, and breaches of security in peripheral areas of
Abyei are the two major challenges facing the new administration.

Meanwhile, NCP’s chairperson in Abyei, Zacharia Atim said the NCP rejects the new administration, which was installed by the SPLM. That is a violation of the CPA. It is provocative, he said. He called for the participation of the NCP, particularly the Misseriya tribe in the new administration. He emphasized that Abyei belongs to greater Kordofan in Northern Sudan. The NCP and the SPLM reached a deadlock over Abyei and the problem was exacerbated by the appointment of Edward Lino as the Governor of Abyei.

He called on Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of GoSS to reverse the appointment of Edward Lino, Zacharia accused the SPLM of performing inhuman acts against citizens.


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