JUBA – South Sudan’s main armed opposition leader and the country’s First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny has appointed a new Director of Administration and Finance for the SPLM/A-IO’s military wing, according to an opposition military spokesman.
General William Gatjiath Deng, the SPLA-IO official military spokesman told Sudans Post in an exclusive interview in Khartoum this afternoon that Major-General Stephen Gawar Manyok was appointed yesterday by Machar as the new Director of Administration and Finance.
“This is to confirm that Major General Stephen Gawar Manyok has been appointed by the Chairman and Commander in Chief Dr. Riek Machar Teny as the Director of Administration and Finance for the SPLA-IO upon recommendation of the Chief of General Staff General Simon Gatwech Dual,” Gatjiath told Sudans Post from the Sudanese capital this evening.
“On behalf of the SPLA-IO and on my own behalf, I welcome the decision by the Chairman and Commander in Chief. I congratulate him and wish him all the best in his new role which I am sure will benefit the movement during this difficult times that we are going through currently,” he added.
Gatjiath who has been on tour to eastern South Sudan in recent days separate denied all reports of mistrust within the SPLA-IO and reaffirmed that the military leadership of the main armed opposition group is still behind its chairman and commander in Chief Dr. Riek Machar Teny who he said has power to appoint and remove.
“The news that the SPLA-IO is disintegrating because of positions is not true,” General Gatjiath said. “The SPLM/A-IO as whole has one leader and that leader is Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and the military leadership as well as political is still; behind him and he has the right to appoint anyone and to removed anyone.”
The senior opposition commander further accused “some hidden hands working to destroy the SPLA-IO, but I promise your that through this difficulties, the SPLM/SPLA-IO will emerge stronger than ever.”