July 9, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party caused the war in December 2013, and in July 2016, according to prominent opposition leader, Dr. Lam Ajawin.
Akol, the chairperson of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and Secretary-General of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), made the remarks in a statement to mark South Sudan’s ninth independence anniversary.
“The ruling party took us to war twice, in 2013 and 2016, a war that was more devastating and vicious than our previous wars,” Dr. Lam said.
“Also, corruption on the leadership level became the hallmark of our government and nothing from the billions of dollars getting into our treasury was left for basic service delivery, let alone development. Our economy is in tatters and all the economic and social indicators are making a grim reading,” he added.
He further blamed the ongoing displacement on the war and reiterated that the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement the parties signed in September 2018, is the last chance to end the suffering of the South Sudanese people.
“The war caused displacement to our people who sought sanctuary internally and externally and are still exposed to hunger and disease. We thank all the international NGOs and friends of South Sudan who indefatigably extended relief assistance to our vulnerable masses,” he said.
“We have before us today a peace agreement that was signed by all the political forces and civil society organizations in the country.
“It was reached through compromises by all and hence it is a minimum common programme for running the country through the next three years.
“It is about the last chance that we either make it together or we let our people down. In this regard, we must implement its provisions honestly and transparently in an inclusive manner.”