July 24th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Sharp differences have emerged within the SPLM Former Detainees (FDs) camp after some who were opposed to the removal of Nyenagwek Kuol Mareng as the group’s representative to the Independent Boundaries Commission (IBC) proposed her return.
Last week, Nyenagwek decided to resign from the group accusing some of the leading members of the FDs of conspiring against her for voting in favor of the return to South Sudan to its previous ten states at the IBC.
Nyenagwek argued that her decision to vote for ten (10) states has been in line with the position of the FDs which has always been – since 2015 – the return to 10 states.
Following her resignation, source said, some within the FDs proposed that Nyenagwek be reinstated into her position as the FDs representative to the IBC to avoid disunity within the group.
The same source however said some including Alor and Majak de’Agot were against the proposal.
“Now, there are differences within the former political detainees,” a source in Juba told the Nyamilepedia on phone on Sunday. “Some who were calling for Nyenagwek to be reinstated are now blamed Deng Alor for threatening the unity of the FDs.”
The sources said Rebecca Garang is the one spearheading efforts to get Nyenagwek back to the group following her resignation. The source added that the effort to remove her from the IBC started in June after Alor expressed concern on Nyenagwek’s position and desire to return to 10 states.
In an interview with Nyamilepedia on Tuesday, Nyenagwek however said she has not been contacted if there was any plan by some in the group to return.
She said Alor has not so far responded to her resignation and that she don’t know up to now if her resignation has been accepted by the chairman or not.
“What I know so far is that since I submitted my resignation to the chairman of FDs, Hon. Deng Alor, none has contacted me and Hon. Deng Alor didn’t give me any feedback whether he has accepted my resignation or rejected it,” she said from Kampala on Tuesday.