JUBA – South Sudan’s holdout opposition group, South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) led by former army commander turned rebel leader General Stephen Buay Rolnyang has said President Salva Kiir Mayardit is using ethnic rhetoric to cling to power saying there is no chances of reconciliation between the people of South Sudan if he remains in power.
In a statement, the group said there is need for the government of the day in Juba to leave power so that the people of South Sudan can reconcile among themselves, something it said is not possible under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and main armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny,
“We need South Sudan that will encourage ethnic and cultural diversity, freedom of speech and movement, people driven constitution, federal democratic governance and rule of law to prevail,” the statement extended to Sudans Post reads in part.
“The country ongoing problems such as unknown gunmen, corruption, tribalism, repression, absence of social justice, use of peace as financial mobilization mechanisms by the regime, lack of infrastructure development, poor education system, inadequate Health facilities, lack of good communication networks, denial access to employment opportunities for our young people and so forth must come to an end. Our young nation has become a hunting ground due to the citizens’ long silence under a dictatorial environment of SPLM,” the statement added.
The statement further said “the only way to get rid of these elite is to reunite and re-establish good relationship among yourselves as the citizens of this beautiful country, rather than being divided by these rulers who lack patriotism but use ethnicity as their political agenda to achieve their goals of plundering our country’s resources.”