17 Nov 2018

 

Taban Deng Dissolves His SPLM-IO Faction

The First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai has dissolved his faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition, and joined the SPLM in government.

Taban Deng Dissolves His SPLM-IO Faction
Taban Deng Gai addressing the press in Juba [Gurtong photo|Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 08 May 2018 [Gurtong]-This comes after the SPLM members last week agreed to implement the revised Arusha Agreement to unify various SPLM factions.

“I would therefore like to announce on behalf of the SPLM-IO structures and the entire membership of the party, the dissolution of the SPLM-IO organs including Chapters and declare them to be united with the SPLM, the historic liberation party in the republic of South Sudan,” Taban Deng Gai said on Monday.

 “All SPLM-IO members and cadres are directed to strictly observe this unification process as stated in the Arusha Agreement of 21st January 2015,” he added.

The First Vice President said he was no longer the leader of the SPLM-IO faction. “We are now no longer SPLM-IO, we are SPLM. We have dissolved our structures from the top leadership to the chapters and the lower organs the SPLM-IO Women, and Youth League,” he said.

He said he rejoined the SPLM to unify the party and work with President Kiir to address the challenges bringing lasting peace to South Sudan.

“Unification of SPLM will give more power, more spirit and more energy for the party to strike in the areas of making peace lasting. We believe unification of the SPLM will help in that direction,” he stated.

He promised to work to restore confidence between communities by fighting tribalism and stopping child abductions and cattle rustling.

He said they will also work towards improving the relationship between the SPLM and the international partners especially the Troika.

“I assure you that this is the end of divisions in the SPLM. You not hear any division any longer,” General Taban reiterated.










 

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