JUBA – Members of South Sudan’s opposition consortium, Other Political Parties, are asking President Salva Kiir Mayardit to intervene in the internal power struggle attracted by distribution of three deputy gubernatorial positions granted to the group as part of the 2018 power sharing revitalized peace agreement.
This comes as the group’s de facto leader, Peter Mayen, said in an interview on Wednesday that the power struggle has been ended and that Kiir was going to appoint OPP nominees in the near future.
In October, the leadership of the OPP nominated members to serve as deputy governors in three states of Central Equatoria, Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, but were informed later by the presidency that the names have been replaced by Peter Mayen.
“There is no major dispute,” the senior government official told Sudans Post. “It was an internal problem within the OPP and it has been resolved internally and the public can’t be kept hostage because of OPP [dispute].”
Mayen further said the dispute was caused by some few individuals, the parties that wanted to take all the positions.
However, OPP spokesman Albino Akol Atak denied that the dispute has been resolved and said five members of the OPP have wrote to teh president asking his intervention to arbitrate so that the dispute is ended one and for good.
“The five signatories of OPP decided to refer the matter to the President, telling him that the issue of consensus is no longer going to take place. So we are now calling you to exercise the justice among OPP leaders and the justice we mean is for him to consider the decision made by five against one. If he means that by this we have agreed then ok, it is now upon the President to make it like that,” he said.
“Even the leaders of OPP did not sit as I told you and for him to say that we have agreed is a lie because he did not meet them,” he added.