JUBA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 (SUDANS POST) – A member of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit has lambasted the governor of Western Equatoria State Alfred Futuyo Karaba, calling him an illiterate militia commander.
This comes days after Futuyo said in a letter addressed to President Kiir that Kumba is working to create a new country out of South Sudan’s borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic and that she should be removed.
But in a statement extended to Sudans Post, Meen Gabriel Chol, a close ally of Kumba and secretary of the SPLM-IG Chief Whip in parliament, furiously responded to the allegation, describing Governor Futoyo as illiterate and a militia commander.
“The illiterate Governor of Western Equatoria State Gen. Alfred Futoyo Karaba, who doubles as militia commander of SPLA IO Sector Six, penned a malicious and misleading letter to the President of the Republic, requesting him to remove the incumbent Speaker of the NTLA Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba from the speakership,” he said.
Chol said that the governor does not have any power to write to the president to request the removal of a parliamentary speaker, which he said is an independent branch of government, and claimed that Futoyo made the allegations after he was summoned by the parliament.
“The national legislature is an independent organ of the government and he as a Governor of the State has no constitutional right to appeal for the removal of the NTLA Speaker,” he said.
“Gen. Alfred Futoyo Karaba wrote a letter to the president after he was summoned by the Parliament to answer the questions regarding the salaries of the employees of defunct Amadi, Maridi and Tambura States,” he said.
“After receiving the summon letter, the warmonger Gen. Alfred Futoyo Karaba suspected Rt Hon. Nunu Kumba of being behind his summons and quickly rushed to coin allegations against her. The governor is incapable of differentiating the parliament as an institution from Hon. Jemma Nunu as an individual.
“The corrupt and illiterate governor was summoned by the parliament as institution not Hon. Nunu Kumba,” he pointed out.
“The War Loving Governor of Western Equatoria further accused the Honorable Speaker of funding the tribal conflicts between Azande and Balanda ethnic groups in Tambura County in 2021.
“Every Citizen of Western Equatoria is aware that the tribal conflicts between the peaceful tribes of Azande and Balanda in Tambura County was instigated by the forces of SPLA IO under the command of Gen. Alfred Futoyo Karaba himself.
“Futuyo is a coin of two faces. He is a commander of SPLA IO Sector Six militias and a Governor at the same time. Hon. Nunu Kumba is a civilian politician with no even a single armed personnel under her authority unlike Mr governor who still commands thousands of rebel militias in Western Equatoria State.”