Brig. Gen. Diing Joins South Sudan’s Rebels
April 6, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal State confirmed to Nyamilpedia Press that a Brigadier General and a senior official of South Sudan’s SPLM-DC has defected the government of Salva Kiir and joined the armed opposition, under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the country’s former vice president.
According to official from Aweil, Cde Diing Garang Diing, who has once defected and fought Salva Kiir government, has left to bush over the Easter Weekend and joined arms with Maj. Ge, Dau Aturjong, who commands thousands of troops, mostly from Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
Latest reports from undisclosed location in Northern Barh el Ghazal State alleged that Brig. Gen. Ding Garang has defected with over 200 troops from Aweil, the home town of Gen. Paul Malong Awan, the Chief of General Staff for the government troops.
The defection of Brig. Gen. Diing, has been reiterated by the officials of the opposition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Instead of going to Addis [Ababa] to meet the leadership, Diing with other 200 armed youths went directly and joined Major General Dau Aturjong in the bushes of Northern Bahr el Ghazal,” Dr. Dhieu Mathok the Chairman of Committee for External Relations for the opposition confirms.
Cde Diing joined the SPLM-DC in 2008 and established a chapter, which he led in his home town of Aweil, the Capital of Northern Barh el Ghazal, until last week.
Diing was arrested in 2010 by the state government of Gen. Paul Malong Awan, who won a controversial election for the governorship of the state that year.
After his release, Diing went to bush and fought under the leadership of late Maj. Gen. George Athor, who later met his death in the neighboring Uganda.
Ge. Diing as part of the SSDM forces that accepted an amnesty after the death of Maj. Gen. Athor in 2012 joined the government of Salva Kiir and returned to his SPLM-DC office in Aweil.
Fifteen months into the conflict, South Sudan remains one of the most volatile nations with military campaigns, inter-communal violence, and gross human rights violations in nearly all its ten states.
Within the last one week, major feuds and defections have been reported in Upper Nile, Lake, Central Equatoria and Warrap, the home town of President Salva Kiir.
Tension remains high between the Dinka Padang and Chollo(Shilluk) in Upper Nile State, and similarly between Apuk Giir Thiik and Aguok sub-tribes of Dinka Community in Warrap state.
The South Sudanese eagerly await a possible peace deal from the neighboring Ethiopia, brokered by the regional bloc (IGAD) and members of the international community, which comprise of AU, EU, U.S, UK, Norway and the United Nations.
Although the government of Salva Kiir prefers to limit the peace mediation to be brokered by the eight members of IGAD, South Sudanese, the region and the international community have stressed the need to expedite the process to end the suffering and violence in South Sudan and the region.