Ex-minister dumps Machar for Kiir

Ex-minister dumps Machar for Kiir
First Vice President Dr Riek Machar. [Photo: Courtesy]

Former Minister of Local Government and Enforcement Agencies under SPLM/A-IO, who recently resigned in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State (NBGS), Kiir Chan Wol, has joined President Salva Kiir’s ruling party.

Chan resigned from the SPLM/A-IO two weeks ago, citing personal issues not related to politics.

In his letter of resignation addressed to Dr Riek Machar (pictured), and seen by The City Review dated April 14, 2022, Chan said: “I would like to submit this humble letter of mine to your esteemed office for the reason that I have some things that I want to do regarding my personal issues and concerns in the current time far away from politics and will be available in my home to follow-up on my family issues.”

Just a week after his resignation from SPLM/A-IO, Chan handed in a request letter to the SPLM secretary asking for admission into the party.

Regarding the subject at hand, I would like to submit this humble letter to your highly esteemed office, requesting your high approval to attend your esteemed party. Because you are the leaders of the peace in our country. 

“South Sudan is the home of peace and I would like to swear that I have joined your party and that God is a witness to what I am saying.” Your acceptance will be highly appreciated, “Chan said.

However, on Thursday, Chan was admitted to the ruling SPLM party at the SPLM headquarters in Aweil.

Speaking during the welcoming ceremony, Chan said he was happy to be part of the country’s ruling party as he looked forward to working together for the unity of the country.

Although he did not disclose why he shifted allegiance to the SPLM, he said it was very important for the country’s people to work together.

“I thanked our SPLM members for welcoming me into the party, which is working hard to bring lasting peace to our country. I am truly grateful, but the most important reason for my visit is to join hands in building our nation,” said Mr. Chan.

“I have come to work with you and everyone in the state to ensure that our people are safe, and I would like to invite others to join us as we plan to build and develop our beautiful country.”

Meanwhile, Stephen Ayaga Azuber, the Secretary-General of the SPLM in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, hailed the decision taken by Chan to join the mother party, the SPLM.

He asserted that the SPLM is the only party capable of rescuing people from the country’s quagmire and reaffirmed the SPLM’s commitment to working with its new members.

“What I can say is that, as SPLM party members, we are happy to receive you, feel at home, SPLM is your party and every South Sudanese, and we are also calling on others to come and register,” he added.