JUBA — Thousands of forces belonging to South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) have declared their intention join the SPLA-IO faction led by Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, a day after a local spiritual leader ‘Prophet’ Dak Kueth asked Machar to resign.
In a statement, SPLA-IO factional spokesman Brigadier General William Gatjiath Deng said two groups of local forces who supported Machar during the South Sudanese civil war have declared their allegiance to former SPLA-IO military chief General Simon Gatwech Dual.
“The office of information for Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition SPLA (IO) would like to inform the diehard supporters of the People’s movement that, following the yesterday declaration of the spiritual leader, Dak Kueth Deng, Aka (Gok-Deng) the Local Defence Forces (LDF) of two groups,” Brig. Gen. Gatjiath said in the statement extended to Sudans Post.
“One group led by Lt.Col Tuach Lul Bol, deputized by Lt.Col Gatluak Yuot Guokguok, along with other twenty two (22) officers, among two thousands and thirty (2030) foot soldiers, NCOs and men, declared together,” the statement adds.
It said the second group “led by Lt.Col Bol Nyoch Theep, deputized by Lt.Col. Nyang Jock Maet, along with twenty seven (27) officers, among three thousands and Ten (3010) foot soldiers, NCOs and men, were all assembled at Deng Jock, and Kier Villages in Akobo, have also declared their full support to Kit-Gwang declaration under the leadership of Gen Simon Gatwech Dual, the Interim Chairman and Commander in-Chief (C-in-C) of SPLM/A (IO).”
He said the leadership of the SPLA-IO Kitgwang faction under General Gatwech “welcomes the decision with revolutionary spirit.”