May 16, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— On 14th May 2016, the community of Greater Bhar el Ghazal paid a courtesy call to Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the First Vice President, at his residence at Jebel Junkur (J2), the new headquarter of SPLM/A-IO..
The meeting was attended by senior cadres of SPLM/A, who are loyal to the First Vice President from President Salva Kiir’s home region.
According to Hon. Angok Arthur Akuien, the meeting was attended by 1st. Lt. Gen. Dr. Dhieu Mathok Ding, Hon. Elizabeth Achuei, Hon. Susana Machar, Hon. John Clement, Hon. Unguec Jongkor and Maj. Gen. Khamis Abdilatif, one of the senior generals who bitterly resisted Salva Kiir government in Unity and Lake states.
According to the participants, the visit of community leaders of Greater Bhar el Ghazal was to officially welcome the First Vice President and to congratulate him for his commitments that led to signing of the peace agreement and his return to the capital, Juba.
According to the politicians, the community leaders assured Dr. Machar their full support and commitment in the peace implementation.
According to Hon. Arthur, the First Vice President has assured Greater Bhar el Ghazal his commitment to peace and sustainable growth all across South Sudan.
Machar, a renowned politician who is known for his struggle for Self Determination and democracy, has condensed popular support in Greater Upper Nile during the liberation war but has recently extended his military and political support to Greater Bhar el Ghazal and Equatoria regions.
Despite that Salva Kiir’s government refuses to recognize the presence of SPLA-IO forces in all the states of Greater Bhar el Ghazal and Greater Equatoria, senior generals like 1st. Lt. Gen. Dau Aturjong of Northern Bhar el Ghazal, Gen. Khamis Abdilatif from Lake State and other senior SPLA generals from Equatoria command battalions in their respective areas of origin.
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