Gatwech appoints deputy representative to United States

Gatwech appoints deputy representative to United States
The Chairman of SPLA-IO Kit Gwang splinter group, Simon Gatwech Dual. [Photo: Courtesy]

The leader of the SPLM/A-IO Kitgwang splinter group, Simon Gatwech, has appointed David Ngor as the interim deputy representative to the United States of America (USA).

Gatwech said in a statement that the appointment was based on the structural document of the SPLM/A (IO) and the Kitgwang declaration.

“Based on the structural document of the SPLM/A (IO), and reference to Kitgwang declaration, I 1st Lt Gen Simon Gatwech Dual, the Interim Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A (IO) do hereby appoint Brig Gen David Mai Tang Ngor, as SPLM/A (IO), Interim Deputy Representative to the United States of America, with the effect from August 1, 2022,” he said in a statement shared by his spokesperson, Alfred Gach Thot.

Kitgwang had been facing an internal turmoil between forces loyal to Simon Gatwech as well as those commanded by Johnson Olony, who deputises Gatwech in the movement.

Alfred Gach Thot, the spokesperson for Simon Gatwech, said last month that the movement was still struggling to contain a slight misunderstanding between Gatwech’s forces and the Agwelek forces of Johnson Olony.

“Our leadership is working hard to normalise the situation. Both 1st Lt Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual and his deputy Gen. Johnson Olony are working hard (to) cease any hostility among the two forces and opted to solve the issue through peaceful means,” Thot told the City Review.

However, Thot mentioned sluggish progress in the implementation of the Khartoum Peace Agreement, signed on January 16, 2022, for the failed integration of Kitgwang forces into the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).

In July, the two allied forces clashed at Wij Panyikang near Panyikang County, leading to the death of 18 people. They clashed over Khartoum Peace Agreement.

“The SPLA-IO Kitgwang under the wise and able leadership of 1st Lt Gen Simon Gatwech Dual is deeply concerned about the ongoing clashes within SPLA-IO Kitgwang which also involved the killing of innocent civilians in Wunkur village and the SPLA-IO Kitgwang call to end the violent and the misunderstanding can be resolved amicably by the two leaders,” Gach stated.

Paul Achot Achobek, the Head of the Agwelek forces’ delegation in Juba, early in July told City Review that was no ousting of Gatwech by Johnson Olony was possible. He stressed that the two leaders were cohesive as Olony respected Gatwech as the leader of the Kitgwang faction.