Deng Vanang Press Release

UDRM/A hails General Simon Gatwech Dual as a shining light in stilt darkness

UDRM/A Press Statement,

BREAKING: SPLM-IO army rejects President Kiir’s appointment
SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff Lt Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual (middle) and the Inspector General of Police, 1st Lt. Gen. Jock Gai (photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

July 05, 2021On the night of Saturday – Sunday, 4th of July, 2021, Leadership Council of United Democratic Revolutionary Movement/Army under the able Chairman and Commander-In-Chief, Thomas Tut Doap Jiek met and extensively deliberated on the historic and patriotic move made possible by SPLA-IO’s Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. General Simon Gatwech Dual Hoth.

It is to be  recalled 1st Lt. General  Gatwech and Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon sharply traded barbs over former’s relief of SPLA-IO’s Military Intelligence Director, Major General Dhiling Keah early last month.

The discrepancy later escalated into major political showdown ever since the guerilla movement’s inception in January, 2014, when Dr. Machar excessively responded in June this year with unexpected sacking of 1st Lt. General Gatwech as Chief of General Staff of eight years and his subsequent appointment as Presidential Advisor on peace affairs. 

In his popularly galvanizing objection to the appointment widely seen as sinister, 1st Lt. General Gatwech cited regrettable slow pace implementation of September 18th, 2018 peace accord, now trudging in its fourth year.

Case in point is the failed implementation of security arrangement lauded as the centerpiece of any workable peace pact.

Had the security arrangement been successfully implemented, it would have led to unimpeded re-unification of rival forces into the national army independent of hostile political influences.

What the 1st Lt. General opines is one among several shortfalls of the four-year old Khartoum peace agreement that made UDRM/A, as prominent constituent member of SSOMA, cautiously hold out since 2018.

Such failing makes UDRM/A and SPLA-IO’s holdout faction under 1st Lt. General Gatwech legitimate partners in opposition to the peace deal made right from start impractical by General Salva Kiir Mayardit.

In solidarity, therefore, UDRM/A cordially extends its revolutionary salute and congratulation to 1st Lt. General Simon Gatwech on his unequivocal stand in forfeiting his personal interest for that of South Sudanese people, making him first of a kind high profile official to turn down a lucrative post in a country where senior citizens are obsessed with power and its trappings.

And further assures him and his gallant forces of unreserved support morally, politically and militarily if aggressed by predatory forces of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his perennial archrival turned friendly First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon. 

Deng Vanang, UDRM/A Secretary- General and member of SSOMA Leadership Council. He is cordially reachable at dvanang@gmail.com

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