Veteran S. Sudanese journalist quits opposition over reforms

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September 20, 2016 (JUBA) - A former South Sudan newspaper editor who quit
journalism for politics, has tendered in his resignation and terminated his
membership from the armed opposition movement he joined after a peace deal
was signed in 2015.
[image: JPEG - 16.4 kb]*South Sudanese journalist and editor, Nhial Bol ,
reads a copy of the Juba Monitor, with a heading referring to the killing
of journalist Peter Moi of The New Nation newspaper, on August 21, 2015
(Photo AFP/Samir Bol)*

Nhial Bol Akeen, former chief editor of the now defunct *The Citizen*
newspaper told *Sudan Tribune* Tuesday that he wrote to the SPLM-IO
leadership under First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, informing him he
wanted to go into private life.

“I just want to inform you that I have decided to leave politics. I have
resigned from SPLM-IO. I have written to the First Vice President, General
Taban Deng Gai of my decision”, Akeen said Tuesday.

The veteran journalist said he joined the movement hoping to see reforms in
the party.

"When I decided to join the SPLM-IO, I was hoping there would be reforms.
But the way I am looking at the things, nothing is going to change. So I
decide to leave and retire to my private life because the kind of politics
I am seeing is like a detention cell. There are not going to be reforms.
You know that the country is now being run without the constitution. So how
will work on reform if there is no constitution? Until the constitutional
review committee has not completed its work. It is a difficult situation.
South Sudan now is a country without constitution”, he explained.

Akeen’s abrupt resignation, analysts say, affects hope for reforms in South

According to the outspoken scribe, influential politicians are "trying to
establish control over financial resources - first and foremost and the
defense industry instead of using the agreement to address the root cause
of the conflict by embarking on reforms.

Akeen said he was afraid whether South Sudan’s new first vice president
would champion reforms in accordance with the stipulations of the peace
agreement signed in August last year.


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