Juba, South Sudan,
July 01, 2021 – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) has warned members of the public and its own supporters to desist from propagating false information about the party’s internal affairs to the public domain.
SPLM-IO Spokesman Brig. Gen. William Gatjiath Deng called on those he described as ‘Facebook Warriors’ to relay verified information to the public through their cyber political activism without making reference to a specific case scenario.
In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, Deng said he was in Juba with Dr. Riek Machar, the First Vice President, and SPLM-IO Chairman and he never clashed with anyone within the party.
“I would like to inform the media warriors, sympathizers, and the diehard supporters of the revolutionary movement that, I am now in Juba and I met with the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. I have neither fought anyone, nor someone’s hurt me,” he said.
He added that “Moreover, we need to respect and retain the integrity of this revolutionary movement by disseminating quality information to our people.”
Last month, a fake document bearing the signature of the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, who doubles as the Commander-in-Chief and Chairman of the SPLM/A-IO, was circulated on social media claiming that Brig. Gen William Gatjiath and the Chief of Staff, 1st. Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual were dismissed from their positions.
The letter, however, was later denounced by the office of the First Vice President as a “fake news” designed by “anti-peace elements” or “the enemies of the SPLM/SPLA-IO” to incite chaos in the armed opposition.