Two SPLM Members Defect to SSPLM
Two senior members of South Sudan ruling party of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) are said to have defected to South Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SSPLM) (an alleged rebel group) in mid January 2012 with fears of many more following them.
A portrait of Mr. Tong Lual Ayat [©Gurtong/Agoth Abraham]
By Agoth Abraham
JUBA, 30th April 2012 [Gurtong]
Mr. Tong Lual Ayat (SSPLM/A leader) told Gurtong on phone from Renk that he has received two senior SPLM members namely John Sunday and Taban Sebit who had joined his movement yesterday.
However, Lual further explained that he expects more to join him because of his movement manifesto’s meaningfulness as quoted by Gurtong to have said that;
“South Sudan People Liberation Movement and South Sudan People Liberation Army (SSPLM/SSPLA), emerged as a result of marginalization of all the South Sudan political parties and civil society as failure to adopt a viable political road map which may galvanize and reward the Southern people for their victorious achievement of a just peace”
“The rampant corruption perpetrated by the SPLM-led government in Juba, neglect of the families of the martyrs in the war of liberation”
“The rigging of the people’s vote by the SPLM/A in the last elections and the SPLM/SPLA”
“Failures to deliver basic services to the citizens of the South”
“The embezzlements of public funds by the clique in the government have encouraged us to take up arms,” he listed.
SSPLM (South Sudan People's Liberation Movement) is the rebel link which is headed by a defector known as Tong Lual Ayat whose military battalion is called South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SSPLA) which is said to be around Renk border in Unity state and western Bahr El Ghazal at Raja suspected to be getting logistical, military and financial supports from Khartoum.
Lual announced he had formed a rebel group - called the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SSPLA) - in December after the United Democratic Party was not included in South Sudan’s post-independence parliament.
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