Joint Statement From Gen. Gatdet and Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth
“It’s heart breaking and great disillusionment to bringing into your attention and informs all the SPLM/A (IO) members and the entire people of the Republic of South Sudan about the false remorse being disseminates around the world that we are bribed.” The Gens. said in their joint statement.
“First and foremost we would like to inform the public that this is unfounded and baseless allegation ever propagated by the internal friends who seriously dedicated their precious time for the disunity of the Liberation in large and Greater Nuer Community in particular.” They said.
The generals believe that the speculations originate from within the rebel camp from a few individuals who have not been to the front line.
“Surprisingly none of them ever fire even a single bullet for the cause but came and join the movement after a while with the intention of devastation and dissection.” the gens say.
Speaking to our editorial team, the former Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics, Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, pledges that they are for peace and remain committed to peaceful resolution of South Sudan conflict, however, warns that the peace has to be genuine and lasting.
The generals are calling for a peace agreement that addresses the root causes of the conflict and assures the citizens of reconciliation, justice and accountability.
Regarding administrative differences, the generals admit submitting a position paper to clarify their position to IGAD-PLUS mediation that they will not be part of a peace agreement that retains Salva Kiir as the president and fails to address the root causes of the conflict.
Gen. Gatdet and Gen. Gathoth admit that they submitted a position paper to IGAD-PLUS forum but regret that some of their signatories have denied any knowledge of the position paper.
The generals further express doubts that there would be a peace agreement but rather a reunification of SPLM party and reinstatement of politicians into their previous positions.
“Equally important he is the one who signed the Arusha SPLM re-unification with Juba government as well as with the SPLM former detainees. He just recently had a constructive meeting in Nairobi with the SPLM FDs leaders; Deng Alor, Majak Agot,and Rebecca Nyadeng Mabior so who is now want to join the government?” the generals say.
Believing that it has been discussed and agreed by the top military command of SPLA-IO, the generals are calling for peace without Salva Kiir as the president of the country.
“The position,in this circumstance is that Kiir must go and peace can only come without him as the President of South Sudan.” they reiterates.
“To make it clear all the above points are discussed by Machar and Gens. In Top Military command meeting. Therefore, those who want to see our struggle divided should not fool Dr. Riek to cut off his two hands in the eve of peace agreement.”the general warn.
The generals further questions the decision of the Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, and wonder of who will confront Gen. Malong Awan and Kuol Manyang if the opposition signs an agreement with the government of Salva Kiir without them.
“Why he accept to remove his Gens. While Kiir did not remove his Gens? Who is going to confront Malong Awan and Kuol Manyang in GHQs if Riek sign this peace agreement” the general ask.
“Hence, we the generals are for peace and we are fully committed to a genuine peaceful resolution of this conflict but want a peace that addresses the root causes of the conflict otherwise we will strongly remind you once again that we shall not be part of that peace agreement, because this would mean that they are going back to their previous positions before the crisis.”part of the joint statement.