KHARTOUM – Former South Sudan minister of mining and deputy chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) Henry Odwar is reportedly ‘very’ reluctant to go to the Sudanese capital Khartoum in protest to recent comments by General Johnson Olony Thabo in which he said he does not want politicians in the SPLM-IO Kitgwang faction including Odwar, an opposition diplomat told Sudans Post this evening.
Odwar resigned as minister of mining on SPLM-IO ticket in August and immediately declared allegiance to former SPLA-IO chief of staff General Simon Gatwech Dual who at the time attempted to remove First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny as Chairman and Commander in Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition accusing him of surrendering to the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the expend of the revitalized peace agreement.
However, Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual’s deputy, General Johnson Olony Thabo, said during an interview with Radio Tamazuj that the SPLM-IO Kitgwang faction was not in a mode to accept politicians such as Odwar to wage war in any parts of the Shilluk Kingdom saying the SPLM-IO Kitgwang faction was in arrangement to wage peace talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s government to join the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF).
Speaking to Sudans Post this evening, a senior opposition diplomat said these comments by the senior opposition commander have scared all SPLM-IO politicians who had expressed interests to join the SPLM-IO faction including Odwar saying Odwar has been reluctant to come to Khartoum even after having been discharged from hospital in Canada because of the comments by General Johnson Olony.
“The comments which were made by General Olony in September have caused problems with some comrades in the struggle and as a result, the head of the SPLM-IO Political Bureau Honorable Henry Odwar has expressed fears over the comments by General Olony and as a matter of fact, the deputy chairman and commander in chief should not have made those comments,” he said.
The senior opposition diplomat who requested not to be named for not having been authorized to speak to the media said Gen. Gatwech has been in communication with Odwar and said he is “not aware until now if he has agreed to come to Khartoum ahead of the talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit.”
When contacted by Sudans Post on when Odwar is returning to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, General Simon Gatwech’s Press Secretary James Kalany Mamuon refused to comment saying “We will not talk about it now until he come. Let’s wait until time come.”