August 20, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— William Ezekiel Kujo Deng, a former member of SPLM in Opposition, has defected at least twice within the last 40 days.
Ezekiel, who served temporarily as a spokesman of SPLM-IO advance team in Juba from December 2015 defected to Taban Deng Gai and also served temporarily for the last five weeks as spokesman until he defected yesterday to SPLA-IG under Salva Kiir.
Speaking at SPLM General secretariate in Juba on August 18th, 2016, Ezekial said the reason for his defection is because Taban Deang is too ‘tribalistic’.
He cited many allegations along tribal lines to have been done by Taban in less than two months.
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During his latest appointment of Ministerial positions, Gai appointed only 1 Chollo as a minister while appointing 5 Nuer as ministers. He did not appoint any Equatorian other than moving his senior cadre, 1st. Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore, to a ministerial position of a lesser influence.
Gai appointed two elderly Nuer politicians as presidential advisors and another Nuer as a deputy speaker of the new national legislative assembly. An appointee for a presidential advisor from Equatoria declined his appointment.
To Ezekiel, who mobilized and showcased a few Chollo members in support of Taban, these appointments amount to tribalism.
In a statement to Al Wattan Arabic newspaper in Juba, Ezekiel also accused Riek of tribalism.
He has declared joining Salva Kiir’s camp in search of greener pastures.
Ezekiel and a few other members of Chollo, who pledged their loyalty to Taban Deng Gai a few days ago, have been isolated and have no position in Chollo politics, according to Agwelek and Fashoda leadership.