April 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The Chairman and commander in chief of the armed Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has arrived in Pagak, South Sudan, for SPLM/SPLA [IO] leadership conference.
Sources from Pagak confirm that the former Vice President arrived after 8pm on Thursday, April 15, 2015.
The conference, which was expected to start on 10th April, will officially kicks off on Monday, April 20th, 2015.
According to Dickson Gatluak, Dr. Machar was warmly received by the community and SPLM/SPLA[IO] leadership in Pagak, South Sudan.
“Dr.Machar was warmly welcomed by the youth,women and generals in the army military base as well as the church leaders to show their loyalty, respect,love and commitment to stand behind him.” Gatluak said.
A reliable source confirms that many military generals and politicians from other parts of the country have arrived at the venue. This will be the second major convention for the Opposition within five months.
In December the Opposition held a mega conference to normalize the ranks and files of the rebel movement. Contrary to many speculations, December conference was a success for the opposition. All the promoted military generals and appointed military governors accepted their positions and began their duties.
Observers believe that the current convention aims to consult the SPLM/SPLA leadership on the upcoming IGAD-plus peace mediation.
According to IGAD leaked framework, the two principles would be expected to sign a proposed peace agreement on April 18, 2015, a dateline that is likely to pass before the principles return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.