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South Sudan Lawmaker Flees to Kenya, Joins Opposition

The administration of President Salva Kiir has become increasingly dictatorial, charges Richard Mulla, an independent member of South Sudan's parliament. Mr. Kiir is shown here in a 2013 news conference.
The administration of President Salva Kiir has become increasingly dictatorial, charges Richard Mulla, an independent member of South Sudan's parliament. Mr. Kiir is shown here in a 2013 news conference.
John Tanza
A South Sudanese member of parliament has fled to Kenya and joined the opposition led by former vice president Riek Machar, saying his life was in danger in South Sudan.

"I was very insecure in my hometown of Mundri," Richard Mulla, the lawmaker for Western Equatoria state, told South Sudan in Focus in a telephone interview from Nairobi.

"On May 6 this year, there were attempts to make me disappear by the security organs of the government, so I had to run for my life," said Mulla.

He feared he would have been killed or lynched had he stayed in South Sudan.

The lawmaker said he knows of no reason why he was allegedly targeted by the authorities in Juba. But As an independent member of parliament with no affiliation to the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), Mulla said he has been a stern and consistent critic of the government of President Salva Kiir.

After fleeing to Nairobi, Mulla joined the opposition party led by Machar, saying it was the only way to remove what he called the increasingly dictatorial government of Mr. Kiir.

"I had to join (the opposition) because now I'm seeing that there is too much dictatorship in Juba. It has to be removed and the only way to do so is by joining the opposition," Mulla said.

"If my own life was in danger, how could I survive if I come and speak to parliament?" he  said.

Mulla said between 10 and 15 other South Sudanese lawmakers have also fled to Nairobi. All of them are believed to have joined the opposition, he said.
 
John Tanza speaks with South Sudan Lawmaker Richard Mulla
John Tanza speaks with South Sudan Lawmaker Richard Mullai
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by: Gatluak Kher Juach from: Ethiopia
June 07, 2014 11:44 PM
I was surprising when I had my comrade saying that "
the guy was not even doing anything good in juba , let him go.we have the best law makers not him"

It is very surprised to me, when we still have some fellow friends may think that, comrade Dalva Kiir government will exit.


by: falula nyanyaat from: juba
June 07, 2014 1:24 PM
the guy was not even doing anything good in juba , let him go.we have the best law makers not him


by: Madut from: Juba
June 06, 2014 4:41 PM
Grass thatched roof will not leak when sing grass is pulled out ... Satan pretending to be angel got no ground here in south Sudan .those are power greedy politicians who are aiming for their own interests not national interest .


by: Anonymous
June 04, 2014 8:55 AM
Threats against innocent citizens & politicians tantamount to supporting opposition as the numbers of pple defecting to rebel continues to swell.Its suicidal move to hunt for unarmed opposition members at this trying movement.Cooooooool!


by: Bol from: Bor
June 04, 2014 4:08 AM
Let them gather themselves in Nairobi and be given weapons by their American criminals, but they will come and get here in South Sudan.

And clown who thinks that South Sudanese still give a shit about the US should move to US, but hoping to bring the US meddling in others local governance in the name of the US elusive democracy, that it doesn't even have will be meet with steep resistant by the South Sudanese people who know better of what the US is up in our country.

These stupid politicians do not know that the US is fighting a proxy war in our country through their greed for power.
Their Riek Machar would be killed immediately should he attempts to walk our streets.

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by: John Ratamonic from: Juba
June 04, 2014 4:56 AM
Many South Still believe in killing their brothers and sisters as if we do not have the rule of law. Why should Riek be killed on the streets of juba as mentioned, people should understand that a Country is built by every citizen in one way or the other. Working alone in your farm is Nation building, not the corruption that is sweeping away the capable people in government positions derailing every institution. to have some one lie Riek is a long way to educate. God bless you.


by: gud ability from: Juba
June 04, 2014 4:06 AM
something some where has gone wrong with the people of south Sudan. please God! help people of south Sudan. joining opposition will not bring peace.


by: Lisa from: Tx
June 03, 2014 10:59 PM
Mr mulla, you this from the being that kiir's government is full idiots, they don't have soul they are evil. Richard i am very glad that your out of the country with your family. If you join Dr riek in the name of peace God bless you. Am saying this because the truth one day will come out for the people who are dying because of peace. I once said in south sudan you can not mentioned peace, you can't express anything. Am asking southern sudanese all the world let us vote for Dr riek in the name of peace. Richard long time ago nobody believed in him but its time to join him if we want real peace. Have been with riek, during the unification of the splm, which Dr riek called for peacefull southern sudanese, when he lobby for the separation from the north, splm never wanted the idea. But riek insisting paid off. Believe me have know Dr riek for almost 20 years. When your talking peace its not easy to people without human feeling like splm. Once splm said you don't support them you pay with your family life this is what is happening. And its not a new thing but if your outsided you will never understand.


by: Alphonse Kenyi from: USA
June 03, 2014 5:38 PM
Thanks Mula, you have done a great service to South Sudan. Every member of Parliament who has a sound mind should defect now before you get to the situation where you will be forced out.

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by: Jacob from: Juba
June 09, 2014 3:53 AM
Praising some one like Mula is waste of time. To be hones,those who ran away to join the rebel were the most corrypted elements all in all let's the go the are used.

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by: jones agwa from: juba
June 04, 2014 1:41 AM
mr mula you better come back and joins the parliament we can't change the kirr's regime by fighting is rather to be change with the dialogue.

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