JUBA, JANUARY 25th 2023 (SUDANS POST) – The Secretary-General of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Peter Lam Both on Tuesday warned that lack of internal cohesion within the ruling party represents the biggest threat to the party than any rival political group.
The warning ahead of elections expected at the end of 2024 was made by Lam while speaking during his swearing-in ceremony in Juba on Tuesday, where he also urged political elements within the ruling party to cease power wrangles.
“I further want to over-emphasize the importance of the internal cohesion of our party. Cde. Chairman and members of the National Liberation Council or NLC, the biggest threat to SPLM in South Sudan is not a rival political party. It is disunity within the party,” said Lam.
Lam revealed that SPLM from its ancient history of a dispute caused by what he described as “overzealous political elements within the party.”
“SPLM from its primordial years has a history of contradictions. The years 1983, 1991, and 2013 come to mine and these are always caused by overzealous political elements within the party,” he said.
He advised the leadership of the ruling party to ensure the history of 2013 didn’t repeat itself.
“And it is like almost every eight years or so, an internal contradiction manifests itself. Therefore, as leaders, we must guard against such eventuality. We must therefore choose our leaders with care and manage our contradictions with diligence and thoughtfulness.”
He claimed that the oppositions are being propped by members of the international community who ganged up against SPLM and the leaders of the country.
“The regime change agenda which started in 2013 is still being pursued by some international actors. For that reason, no matter how much an improvement is made in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, it is never good enough,” he said.