SPLM infighting in Jonglei escalates as group urges Kiir to remove Antipas Nyok
Political infighting among senior members of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) faction in Jonglei state has escalated after a group calling itself 'Senior SPLM Representatives' urged President Salva Kiir Mayardit to remove Antipas Nyok, the Chairman of the SPLM in Jonglei state and the deputy governor.
JUBA – Political infighting among senior members of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) faction in Jonglei state has escalated after a group calling itself ‘Senior SPLM Representatives’ urged President Salva Kiir Mayardit to remove Antipas Nyok, the Chairman of the SPLM in Jonglei state and the deputy governor.
The move against the deputy governor begun few months ago immediately following the reconstitution of the Jonglei state government, accusing Nyok of dividing members of the party, corruption, incompetence and incitement. The calls later on resulted in the arrest of at least 30 members of the SPLM who were against the governor.
In a statement addressed to President Salva Kiir, the same group urged the South Sudanese president who also doubles as the Chairman of the ruling SPLM faction to remove the deputy governor from the position of SPLM chairman in Jonglei which will consequently remove him as deputy governor as well.
“We are now in the media because we found no avenue for dialogue. As a party, it is a concern to us that we are divided while the elections are approaching. So, we are calling on the president to dismiss Antipas Nyok,” Gabriel Deng Ajak, the group’s representative, said on Monday, according to Radio Tamazuj.
“Our chairman Nyok has proven to be incompetent to lead the party. He continues threatening us. He continued dividing the party and closed down the activities of the party. So, we submit this appeal because we want the president to salvage SPLM,” he added.
Asked whether the wrangle is job-related, the former Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) director said they are not seeking leadership positions but reform within the party.
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