Dec 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The first batch of South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA [IO] advanced team has finally arrives in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.
For logistical reasons, the advance team which comprises of 150 cadres of SPLM/SPLA, was divided into two groups.
While the first group which composed of 15 security and media protocols and led by Ramadan Hassan Lako, the National committee chairman for federalism, arrived in the afternoon; the second batch, led by the chief Negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, arrived this evening.
The two teams were warmly welcomed by a committee headed by Hon. David Deng Athorbei, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planing, and the Chairman of the Committee for the Coordination, Reception and Accommodation of SPLM/SPLA Advance Team.
This first advanced team is composed of many senior officials including Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Raanleey, the Deputy Chief of SPLA [IO] for operation, Maj. Gen. Gabriel Duop Lam, Military Governor of Phow State, Gen. Daniel Gatbel Kuach, Hon. Dr. Dhieu Mathok, Hon. Paul Bor Gatwech among other senior cadres.
Upon their arrival, the chief negotiator, Lt. Gen. Taban Deng Gai and Hon. Deng Athorbei addressed the media and South Sudanese at the VIP lounged of Juba international airport.
While Gen. Taban called for peace and a new bright beginning for the young nation, Hon. Deng assured the nation of Kiir government’s commitment to implement the peace agreement.
According to the calendar of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the first batch of SPLM/SPLA will attend the tomorrow’s JMCC and JOC as the second batch of SPLM/SPLA is expected to arrived next Monday.
Although the government officials have confessed to have no connection to the delay of the second plane of first advance team of SPLM/SPLA[IO], critics believe the plane was delayed to prevent Juba residents, specially IDPs and women, from matching to airport to receive the returning SPLM/SPLA leaders.
In other reports, the SPLA Chief of Gen. Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan and a few other senior officers have left Juba for Aweil as SPLM/SPLA-IO return to the capital.