SPLM/SPLA Refutes Claims of Defections of Its Senior Members To The Government


BongwatAmum, the chairperson for National Committee for Women and Youth Empowerment, sits next to Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, National Committee Chairman for Political Mobilization during the SPLM/SPLA Public Briefing in at Safari Park, Nairobi, January, 2015 (Photo Credits: Deng Elijah/Nyamilepedia)

March 11, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The leadership of SPLM/SPLA, under the former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has denied defection claims by their counterparts in Juba.

According to National Committee Chairman for Political Mobilization, Cde. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, the SPLM/SPLA is not aware of any defection of its members to the government of Salva Kiir.

Oyet explains that the SPLM factions, the IO, Juba and FDs, have agreed pursuant to Arusha Agreement to reunite and restore the party. During this process Salva Kiir was expected to revoke his earliest decrees that removed members of SPLM [IO] and SPLM-Uhuru from from the party, and frozen their assets.

Based on Arusha Agreement, the representatives of tripartite party agreed to allow members of Amum family to converge in Juba to mourn their late father, Paramount Chief Okiech, who passed away last week.

“The funeral visit by Cde. Bongwat Amum, the chairperson for National Committee for Women and Youth Empowerment, to Juba was coincidental and pre-arranged between the representatives of tripartite party to the Arusha Agreement and separately an understanding between the two warring parties to guarantee security and enable the family pay last respect and decent burial to late paramount chief Okiech whose untimely death is a big lost to the nation.” Dr. Oyet explains.

“There is no defection that has taken place.” Oyet clarifies.

The former head of Political Science Department at the University of Juba, Oyet, is concerned that the government under SPLM-Juba has persecuted Amum’s family and forced them to press against their wills.

“The government without founded reasons persecuted Amum’s family especially the former Secretary General of the SPLM party, Cde. Pagan Amum Okiech, his sister Cde. Bongwat and the younger brother which SPLM/SPLA fought against.” Dr. Oyet regrets.

“we learnt with sadness that in all her sorrow, the chairperson for National Committee for Women and Youth Empowerment has been put under duress and forced to appear on the press against her will even when the family undergoes difficult moments.” Oyet condemns Juba.

The armed Opposition urges the government to stick to their commitments in Nairobi and accord the official protection and innocent passage without delay after the burial of their father.

“The claim by the government that there is defection is totally false and unfounded. In principle we are one and doing the same thing.” Oyet said.

The political scientist believes that his movement is in direct contact with their cadres in Juba, stressing that the reports they receive from Juba “are counter checked, accurate and to the point”

“We are in full communication with all our cadres and they are doing very useful work to the struggle.” Cde. Oyet reiterates.

According to Oyet, the members of SPLM/SPLA, who are operating in Juba, may conform to the conditions they are facing, while conducting their businesses in Juba, however, they remain essential cadres of the revolution.

“We are in full contacts with our members inside and we direct their activities. We are fully conscious that operating in hostile environment like Juba and other government controlled areas demands that comrades adapt to the local conditions by confusing the enemy while doing their routine business.” Oyet said.

In other reports, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, which facilitates South Sudan peace process is in its final rounds of consultations to consolidate a new mechanism that is likely to restore stability in South Sudan and the region before July, 2015.

The new model that will be adopted from April will include members of International Community, European Union, TROIKA [US, UK and Norway], African Union, China, South Africa and Tanzania.

This robust model is expected to mediate a multi-stakeholders peace talks, however, it is yet to be confirmed if the two warring parties will agree to allow participation of other stakeholders.

  8 comments for “SPLM/SPLA Refutes Claims of Defections of Its Senior Members To The Government

  1. March 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    What is the different between 8 members of Shilluk who went inside Capital city control it by government and former SPLA IO spokesman who made announcement? To me there is no different between them and Br. General Lul Ruaich Koang because they are all under government. Please keep singing about denying the fact but you can not run away from the reality.


  2. March 11, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Why mabior Garang is not back? He should go back,apologized,start his private business and stay in peace instead of his crying for regime change.


  3. March 11, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Agumut and Magol, shame on you thug and terrorist who try to force shuluk to made a press is against their will while they are in a moment of mourning their dad. Look how many SPLA who joined the government and never complain, why only this relative of Pagan complain of attending to pay respect to their dad but forced by Government to join them other wide will risk their life.


    • Unity Son
      March 12, 2015 at 1:02 am

      Sorry for Oyet Nathaniel Pierino who is always lying and not telling the truth, even if you lie, no any single individual can take it serious, you are the only disgruntle equatorians fighting for Riek abroad and not even stepping in the front-line to fight, these are bung of job seekers from Riek rebellion but they failed and will continue failing and returning to Government, Oyet, you are wasting time in this tribal rebellion with no popular support from greater equatorians, don’t you feel ashamed of your self, being in the middle of Nuer with no single army????.

      Riek and Taban Deng Gai are exploting you thinking Equatorian youths would follow and fight for your positions in the Government unfortunately the Youths are more civilized not like white army of Nuer who are ready to die for any one giving them empty promise. The Equatorians Youths refused to fight for no reason other than some one’s stomach, so Riek and Taban are planning to Kick Ladu Gore from being deputy to Riek infavour of Taban Deng Gai because they realized Equatorians Politicians from their side have no support from the youths, so you better form your own then negotiate with Government to give you the position you are currently fighting for.

      Always Kiir must go, Kiir is dictator, Kiir is ABCD, continue crying while people are going ahead with what they want and you will end up in exile or been killed for nothing.

      What has Riek and Taban Deng Gai including Ladu Gore did when they were part of the government other than looting South Sudanese Resources for their personal business, they only realized when they were fired after stealing billion of Oil money. Ladu Gore is some how and never stole Government money but Riek and Taban Deng are the worse thieves in South Sudan.


    • March 12, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Both Pagan Amum and his father were Pseudonym of John Garang,while our people were dying. Pagan Amum now have been rehab,which is good because he was nearly dying.


  4. Ayuen De Mach Wel
    March 12, 2015 at 12:38 am

    You always denies the facts even the defection of lul Ruai was also a lie?
    Don’t confuses the world and people of ss tell the truths.
    U are going to loss Lou-Nuer areas within this month like manyo and wadekona.
    Because nuer belives with eyez but their ears.


  5. Ayuen De Mach Wel
    March 12, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Nuers will never never humiliate or defeat Dinkas only dinka can do that


  6. March 12, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Let them go to that hell government of devils because Chollo and Dinkas have the same mentality, and they will never win this war. Secondly she is a Big P Amum sister who was born in Nuer land and Killed Nuer with Dinkas. who ever supported Pagan Amum, he/she is a walking dead period.


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