South Sudan: Former Senior SPLA Officers Join SPLM-IO

Liberation Army (SPLA) are seen during the signing of ceasefire agreement with southern rebel leader representative of Lt. General George Athor in Juba(Photo: past file)

Liberation Army (SPLA) are seen during the signing of ceasefire agreement with southern rebel leader representative of Lt. General George Athor in Juba(Photo: past file)

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.


  • Congratulation for choosing right path, now be ready to fight Gwelweng not only foreign force. Teach Paul Malong a lesson which he will never forget.

    • Diplo Guest

      100000000 millions congratulations to the defectors. My prophecy has become true within the shortest time. More are following. Congratulations spla-io.

  • Welcomed south sudan land layolist It wasn’t a mistake by Salva Kiir. He was not drunk when he decided to create this cleansing one tribe by hiring thugs from other countries in Africa to entered in to our nation to kill any one defiant Salva kiir leadership.

    i believed that it isn’t to late for others south sudanes that love this land to come chase away those brought in for an interest of one stupid illitrate man taht was luckly gotten in to front seat in the vehicle and refused to buckled up till he was caught up by the police. And he already acknowledged that the ticket has been issue an officer, And he attempted to act as if he was awared of the law had effected.

    mr Salva Kiiler, no way out. you have trapped in the net. you must be there till the owner the net has arived..

  • That is a bold step you guys have just made.
    Congratulations and feel at home

  • Nyabagot

    To Mr. Salva-Crisis, if money is your hope for independence power, you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of Loving your citizens, knowledge, experience, and ability. Now your Country Citizens are running away from your leadership, would you bring the whole Uganda Citizens as your National Citizens or what are you going to do now?
    If I were you, I would have resigned from the leadership on 01/of January, 2014, to give chance to peace in South Sudan.

  • Truth

    congratulation ! keep mobilizing others bc there are many rooms in SPLA/IO !!

  • bothkueth

    yes base on dictatorship we all of have to be president not to kill citizen we need diversity as a one nation.

  • Your highly welcome gentlemen!!! It is what we are fighting for to defense our country being deteriorated from the hand of Salva n his foreign allies. Therefore, let us work together to defense our sovereignity.

  • Tut John Nyuon

    Congratulation to you defectors and to SPLA-IO. Kiir must go by all means.


    Kiir Must Go.

  • They are still uneducated big generals from Nuers,they should blamed John Garang and Riek Machar.

  • Agumut, what make you jealous here, do want our resources to be carry a long way to Uganda? Anyway you don’t know what you are talking about. Read those names very well and conclude if they are Nuer before you jump to dump mind conclusion.

  • thank you all brothers for your defection to Spla/M under the leadership of Dr.Riek Machar,that is what we want to do and we shall work together to achieve realy freedom of our nation southern sudan.

  • Solution

    Congratulation I appreciated your action, we South Sudanese to have a freedom of speeches and freedom of movement.
    federal sum will end the cries in our country

  • Thanks those guys, we gonna be free soon if you chose to defeat the fail govt

  • This will bring real changes to our society to make one united citizen of south Sudan in stead of tribalism thank you Officers.

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