May 15, 2017 (Nyamilepedia) —— On 13th May, 2017, the governor of Imatong state Hon. Tobiolo Alberto uttered a “white lie” on Gurtong News Website that his government was in talks with Freedom forces, the SPLA/IO in Imatong to lay down arms and that this has been accepted.
On behalf of the SPLM/A-IO movement in Imatong state and on my own behalf, this is totally a wild lie and I dismissed such with contempt. It’s rubbish and no such a thing like that.
I want to overstate that SPLM/A-IO is not fighting to be included in the national dialogue, or cantonment or any position in the country. Such claim by government authority especially at the level of a government or state government only speaks for the level of ideological bankruptcy and disorientation the regime has descended into.
SPLA/IO under the able leadership and Commandership of Dr. Riek Machar remains intact and in full pursuit of the infallible demands of the people of South Sudan; federalism, democracy, liberty, justice, accountability and prosperity and not National Dialogue and self-enrichment or a plate of food. If anything the national dialogue has been born dead and buried in Presidential palace.
The forces of SPLA-IO in Imatong state not only remain committed to the cause of the aspirations of South Sudanese but also has grievances like their brothers elsewhere in Equatoria region, Western Bar el Gazel and Upper Nile region. The grievances of land grabbing, marginalization, exclusion, targeted killings, genocide, atrocities and ethnic cleansing have made our resolve to fight for the total liberation and freedom of South Sudan stronger than ever.
The regime has run bankrupt of any political program and uses ethnic mobilization as a tactic to fight wars against other tribes in South Sudan. The Dinka ethnic community has been victimized by the regime in the name of power and wealth yet it’s only the members of JCE whose families are settled abroad who benefit
Hon. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino,
Governor Imatong State,
Fmr. HoD Dpt. and Senior Lecturer Political Science Uni. of Juba,
Fmr. Chairman Political Committee, SPLM/A-IO,
Fmr. Member of Parliament, GoSS,
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