March 11, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The leadership of SPLM/SPLA, under the former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has denied defection claims by their counterparts in Juba.
According to National Committee Chairman for Political Mobilization, Cde. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, the SPLM/SPLA is not aware of any defection of its members to the government of Salva Kiir.
Oyet explains that the SPLM factions, the IO, Juba and FDs, have agreed pursuant to Arusha Agreement to reunite and restore the party. During this process Salva Kiir was expected to revoke his earliest decrees that removed members of SPLM [IO] and SPLM-Uhuru from from the party, and frozen their assets.
Based on Arusha Agreement, the representatives of tripartite party agreed to allow members of Amum family to converge in Juba to mourn their late father, Paramount Chief Okiech, who passed away last week.
“The funeral visit by Cde. Bongwat Amum, the chairperson for National Committee for Women and Youth Empowerment, to Juba was coincidental and pre-arranged between the representatives of tripartite party to the Arusha Agreement and separately an understanding between the two warring parties to guarantee security and enable the family pay last respect and decent burial to late paramount chief Okiech whose untimely death is a big lost to the nation.” Dr. Oyet explains.
“There is no defection that has taken place.” Oyet clarifies.
The former head of Political Science Department at the University of Juba, Oyet, is concerned that the government under SPLM-Juba has persecuted Amum’s family and forced them to press against their wills.
“The government without founded reasons persecuted Amum’s family especially the former Secretary General of the SPLM party, Cde. Pagan Amum Okiech, his sister Cde. Bongwat and the younger brother which SPLM/SPLA fought against.” Dr. Oyet regrets.
“we learnt with sadness that in all her sorrow, the chairperson for National Committee for Women and Youth Empowerment has been put under duress and forced to appear on the press against her will even when the family undergoes difficult moments.” Oyet condemns Juba.
The armed Opposition urges the government to stick to their commitments in Nairobi and accord the official protection and innocent passage without delay after the burial of their father.
“The claim by the government that there is defection is totally false and unfounded. In principle we are one and doing the same thing.” Oyet said.
The political scientist believes that his movement is in direct contact with their cadres in Juba, stressing that the reports they receive from Juba “are counter checked, accurate and to the point”
“We are in full communication with all our cadres and they are doing very useful work to the struggle.” Cde. Oyet reiterates.
According to Oyet, the members of SPLM/SPLA, who are operating in Juba, may conform to the conditions they are facing, while conducting their businesses in Juba, however, they remain essential cadres of the revolution.
“We are in full contacts with our members inside and we direct their activities. We are fully conscious that operating in hostile environment like Juba and other government controlled areas demands that comrades adapt to the local conditions by confusing the enemy while doing their routine business.” Oyet said.
In other reports, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, which facilitates South Sudan peace process is in its final rounds of consultations to consolidate a new mechanism that is likely to restore stability in South Sudan and the region before July, 2015.
The new model that will be adopted from April will include members of International Community, European Union, TROIKA [US, UK and Norway], African Union, China, South Africa and Tanzania.
This robust model is expected to mediate a multi-stakeholders peace talks, however, it is yet to be confirmed if the two warring parties will agree to allow participation of other stakeholders.