Opposition official urges government to delay SPLM reunification

Members of the three SPLm factions posting for photo after signing an agreement to reunify party in Juba (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 25th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A senior South Sudan armed opposition official has urged the government of President Salva Kiir to delay the ongoing partial SPLM reunification process until the ongoing peace implemented is completed.

The ruling SPLM faction led by President Salva Kiir Mayardiit announced on Wednesday that it has been joined by two other factions of the SPLM (FDs and SPLM-Taban) for the reunification process which it said is in line with the 2015 Arusha Reunification Accord.

In January 2015, three SPLM factions met in the  Tanzanian city of Arusha to sign the Arusha reunification document which seek to bring together the rival SPLM factions which has been fighting each other since December 2013.

Speaking during a press conference in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Sunday, official spokesman of the South Sudan Patriotic Movement (SSPM), Stephen Lual Ngor, appealed to the government of President Salva Kiir to delay the ongoing process.

“It would have been preferable to delay the unification of the SPLM until the agreement is implemented so that it would be seen a natural development,” he said.

The opposition official further said if the government insist doing the reunification now, it will be seen by everyone that the government of President Salva Kiir and the Former Detainees (FDs) are undermining the agreement.

“But implementing the reunification now would give the impression as if the government and the FDs are trying to undermine the deal,” he added.