JUBA – South Sudan’s main armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition has issued a statement breaking silence on yesterday’s interview by General Johnson Olony with Radio Tamazuj.
Below is the full text.
Message From Defunct National Committee for Information and Public Relations,
Subject: On The Remarks of Gen. Johnson Olony on Radio Tamazuj.
Fellow South Sudanese,
In reference to the above, the public should understand that what has happened within the Movement is a split over values of our struggle. We are in a military take over. Comrades, this is the real regime change – within our Movement. It is not only Dr. Riek Machar who was deposed as the Chairman and Commander in Chief. We who are under his administration were also all deposed with him.
I understand many intellectuals are understandably upset by the statements in which Gen. Olony says, they do not want politicians in Kit Gwang. Unfortunately, this is what happens when there is a military take over. This should not be taken personally by our genuine politicians and revolutionary intellectuals. There are opportunist politicians – the traditional elite – who are poised to hijack the Kit Gwang Declaration and turn it into a poorly thought out agenda for regime change. The premature formation of structures which are irrelevant to the work being administered, is what bogged down the administration of the SPLM-IO over the past 7 years. It made the Movement lose focus on the peace process and lobbying for positions became the order of the day.
We are not interested in the formation of new political strutures which will mirror the mischief of the last 7 years under the deposed political administration.
We are not interested in the formation of a new political party at this time. It adds no value to the struggle. The military are trying to create a safe ground on which politics can be played in our land for generations to come. The Kit Gwang Declaration represents a new dawn in politics in our land.
The interview of Gen. Olony should not be cause for alarm, or taken out of context. The military take over will not last for ever. Let us not fight Gen. Olony politically over a simple miscommunication. The genuine politicians and revolutionary intellectuals should be patient for the conducive environment for politics. It is after the implementation of security arrangements that we can have the trust necessary for security to be maintained and socio economic development achieved by our civil population.
The Kit Gwang Declaration is not a political party – it is a negotiating position for the recommitment to peace. We assure our civil population that the Kit Gwang Declaration will not promote wars for other people’s children to fight. We call on all peace loving citizens of our nascent Republic, to embrace the principles of the Kit Gwang Declaration – the sincere implementation of Security Arrangements.
You will hear from us!
Cpt. Mabior Garang,
Chairperson, Defunct National Committee for Information and Public Relations