Breaking: Senior State Government Official Defects To SPLM/SPLA [IO]

The caretaker governor, Joseph Nguen Monytuel with his state official in Unity state during one of his visit after his appointment. Nguen spends most of his time in Juba, South Sudan due to insecurity in his state (Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

The caretaker governor, Joseph Nguen Monytuel with his state official in Unity state during one of his visit after his appointment. Nguen spends most of his time in Juba, South Sudan due to insecurity in his state (Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

Feb 1, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Tungwar Gatluak, a senior Unity state official, and adviser to caretaker Governor of Unity State has declares his defection to SPLM/SPLA[IO] in present of the Military Governor of Unity General, and Deputy Commander in Chief for SPLA-IO, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka.

Honorable Tungwar has joined the SPLM/SPLA, under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Chairman and commander-in-chief of SPLA.

Tungwar declared his defection to SPLM/SPLA [IO] in a day-long Press Conference at Giref East of Bul Community, where thousands of South Sudanese attended a briefing by SPLM/SPLA’s Military governor, Maj.Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka.

Gen. Peter Gatdet, who speaks like a Harvard graduate, briefed the South Sudanese on Pagak Conference and the position of SPLM/SPLA in the upcoming peace agreement.

The inspired politician, Tungwar denounced Salva Kiir’s leadership, calling it a tribal government and begs the SPLM/SPLA, under Dr. Riek Machar, “to bring to an end this tribal regime of Salva Kiir Mayardit”.

Tungwar said his brothers were mercilessly killed and others beaten in Juba last year by Salva Kirr Mayardit’s tribal militia, who were rushed through a two-month training before the conflict broke out in Juba.

The politician, who has continued to advise the caretaker governor, Dr. Nguen Mwonytuel, for more than a year, said that many people were massacred in Juba between 16th to 19th December, 2013.

“The attacks Salva Kiir’s militias instigated against innocent Nuer civilians in Juba, South Sudan, in which the SPLA Juba burned up to 7,800 civilians alive, Sixty five children, elderly women, dissable and unarmed men who did not managed to escape to UNIMISS CAMPs is totally unacceptable” Hon. Tungwar said

“The SPLA soldiers killed every civilian who attempted to escape. It was reported by UN that the SPLA have killed more than (5,000) who tried to escape on that day 16/12/2013!” said the politician.

According to the latest UN reports, over 50, 000 people are reportedly killed in South Sudan conflict, and over 1.5 millions others displaced.

Following over 13 months of fighting,  the events have systematically spread to nearly all the ten states of South Sudan.

Salva Kiir’s regime has been constantly losing both the military generals and politicians from the three region of South Sudan.

Within the last one month the Director of South Sudan Television and Radio, Brig. Gen. Khamis Abdel-Latif Chawoul Lom ,from Lake state, defected to SPLM/SPLA-IO. In addition, over 100 soldiers defected from the army Headquarters at Bilpham, Juba and established a base in Maridi, South Sudan.


Nyamilepedia correspondent, Turial Mosses from Khartoum, Sudan, has contributed to this report.

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