Feb 12, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — According to the latest reports, a group of senior SPLA officers, who formerly defected Salva Kiir government and served under the leadership of late Lt. Gen. George Athor and Gen. Gordon Koang Chol have voluntarily joined the SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the chairman and commander-in-chief of the armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA.
“We the listed names below are the former SPLA officers and non officers, who would like to informed all South Sudanese community, that today we have voluntarily decided to join the SPLM/A IO under the leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny.” reads their declaration.
“We previously works under the command of late Lt General Gorge Athor, and Gen. Gordon Kong Chol, now have full support to SPLM/A leadership.” said the officers.
The former senior officers, who are now joining the SPLM/A, include:-
1. Komi David Deng
2. Isaac Deng Manyjai
3. Hessian Yak Lang Beilkuei
4. Ngor Bashier kuol
5. Michael Leek Awuo
6. Dut Piol Marial
7. Sebat John Uluak
8. Boulis ukuch Ajak
9. James Ajang
According to their declaration, seen by our editorial team, the officers are defecting with over 1000 troops:
“Our forces which composes of 1,500 men will work to restore security for all citizens and we shall be active to bring peace to South Sudan and particularly LOL state under the governorship of Amb Aguer Rual.” said the officers.
“We have decided to work with Cde Amb Aguet Rual, the newly appointed governor of LOL STATE, former Greater Gogrial.” the officers said.
The officers reiterate that the conflict, which has been dragging on for more than one year, has left no room for neutrality, and believe that it is time to return to the bush to liberate the country.
“December 15, 2013, we have closely followed political events and we become concerned about actions taken by Salva Kiir by murdering Nuer innocent populations and others nationalities in Juba.” the officers said.
“We believe that South Sudan is a nation whereby human rights is not valued and respected . Corruption at all the levels of government has been widely exercised by Slava and his supporters. They also loot the country’s wealth, they bought properties in abroad and they failed to build even a single health centre or school and road as well.” the declaration continues.
“We are aware that war orphans, widows and disables are not being cared properly as they are being neglected by the Salva Administration in juba.” the statement reads.
Fighting for Federalism:
The main objective, according to their declaration, is to fight for federalism and contribute to building a nation that values and respects all her citizens, irregardless of tribes and regions.
“Our aims to support the Federal system which will bring political stability and reward all people of South Sudan regardless of their tribes and location and fight corruptions at all level of governments. Displacement has been encouraged across the nation, no developments all over the country.” Said the former officers.
The officers appeal to all people of South Sudan to “stand firm with and to support the SPLA In Opposition and its leadership.”
Warning foreign forces active in South Sudan
The new defection warns all the foreign troops to withdraw from South Sudan, otherwise, failure to do so will be responded through a military action.
“We warn that an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces in South Sudan territory must be carried out immediately.” Said the officers
“Failure to do so, our forces will take strong military action. We are urging our community and their leaders to cooperate and report those foreign forces active in their respective areas.” The defectors warns
The officers are calling upon the citizens to report any illegal occupation or any foreign military activities in the areas under their control.
“Furthermore, we urge our citizens to report any illegal military activities that would bring insecurity in their areas or villages.” The declaration reads.
“Once again, we urge our leaders to update and inform our people about the current peace talks and the ongoing wrongdoing of Slava Kiir Administration.” The statement concludes.