Anter trashes Governor Chagor’s ‘eviction’ order

Anter trashes Governor Chagor’s ‘eviction’ order
Anter Kuol, the former member of Jonglei Legislative Assembly. [Photo: courtesy]

A former member of the Jonglei Legislative Assembly and a member of the South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) under the South Sudan Opposition Alliance rejected the move by the area governor, Denay Chagor, to dismiss him from the party.  

Anter Kuol was a member of parliament, representing Duk County in the Jonglei Legislative Assembly under SSUM.

In an order seen by The City Review dated March 3, 2023, Chagor, who is the chairman of the SSUM party, dismissed Kuol, although he did not mention the reasons for the action.

“The Chairman’s Order No. 001/2023 for the Dismissal of the Member of the South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) under the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA Party) in the Republic of South Sudan 2023,” the order read.

“According to the order, in accordance with the South Sudan United Movement’s manifesto and the code of conduct 2019, the chair of the party has supreme power to oversee all the functions performed by party members. Any member of SSUM who deviated from the direction and violated the party rules and regulations should be held accountable.”

“Therefore; I, Denay Jock Chagor, Chairman of the South Sudan United Movement, do hereby issue this Chairmanship Order for the Dismissal of Cde. Anter Bayak Kuol, a member of the South Sudan United Movement, with effect from March 3, 2023.”

But Kuol rejected the dismissal, saying it was a violation of the party’s constitution.

“The processed legal ground was not there. Due to the logical reasons, there is no rightful and legal procedure taken by Cde. Denay Jock, to dismiss my membership from the South Sudan United Movement party.”

He added, “According to Article 8 (Section A) of the party constitution, the Chairperson of the South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) does not have the power to dismiss any member of the party according to the party constitution; only the party political convention determines the dismissal of any member of the party.”

He said the code of conduct cited in Chagor’s order did not contemplate that an individual can be punished on the grounds that the state boss alluded to in the statement.

Kuol added that he would still continue to discharge his duties since his dismissal did not follow the right procedures.

“I am still an active member of a higher political organ within the party, SSUM/SSOA, and I have political rights according to code of conduct and regulations of the party’s business to look for any position without political hindrance.”

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