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SPLA-IO accuses “tribal” politicians of linking it to intercommunal conflicts

SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

June 2, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – The SPLA-IO led by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny has accused those it said are “tribal” politicians of falsely linking it to the ongoing tribal conflicts in the country.

This comes after a statement from the National Democratic Movement (NDM), a holdout opposition group, accused the SPLA-IO of involvement in an upcoming counter-attack against the Murle community from which armed youth left to attack villages in Greater Akobo last month.

The SPLA-IO is the military wing of the Sudan’s People Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).

In a statement this afternoon, Lam Pual Gabriel, the SPLA-IO deputy spokesman said the group “has been under attacks from tribal politicians projecting their tribalism towards the people’s Movement and leadership.”

“In February/2020, when inter-communal conflicts erupted in Pibor, the SPLA-IO was accused because the youths that carried out the attacks came from Lou Nuer area. In May/2020, when cattle raids happened in Pariang, the SPLA-IO was accused because the youth that carried out the raids went from Nuer land,” Lam added.

“On 30th, NAS forces attacked and killed one SPLA-IO soldier at Busia border, Morobo county. They bragged that they killed a Nuer.

“Today the 02/06/2020, Dr. Darius Hakim of the so called NADAFA in a cry-for-recognition letter, accused the SPLA-IO of preparing to attack the Murle in Pibor.

“This uselessness has become a joke to many anti peace and power hungry politicians. The SPLA-IO is a National movement that cannot be reduced to a tribal entity.

“The SPLA-IO would like to make it categorically clear to those tribal minded individuals that; this cheap tribal inferiority complex you have will not derail the SPLA-IO from implementing the reforms needed in this country.

“This country needs peace and unity not tribalism.”

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