GPAA: SPLM-IO welcomes 14 defectors from IG as battle for region heats up

GPAA: SPLM-IO welcomes 14 defectors from IG as battle for region heats up
A picture of alleged defectors who joined the SPLM-IO from SPLM-IG. [Photo: courtesy]

The Chairperson of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) Youth Union defected to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) party with 13 others, unearthing what seems to be an ongoing political duel for the region’s support.

Kannan Kada noted in a statement that the lack of basic services, freedom of speech, and youth participation in the SPLM-led government had led to their decision.

“We, the undersigned youth from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area Youth Union, would like to announce our resignation from the SPLM and inform the public about our decision to join the SPLM-IO,” Kada announced.  

He further claimed that, “the SPLM government in GPAA has failed to provide basic services for the communities since its formation. The region being landlocked lacks proper infrastructure, making it difficult for the communities to access necessary resources.”

He further alleged that the SPLM party had been denying youth participation in the areas and allowing the sycophancy to take its lead in the area.  

“The SPLM-IG denies youth participation in politics and the development of the nation except for sycophants. The government under SPLM-IG has failed to protect citizens leading to a rise in communal conflicts in their properties,” he noted, claiming the party chairperson President Salva Kiir had made a promise in 2007 to build the roads, hospitals, and schools in GPAA in honour of the late Nyachigak Ngachaluk, but nothing has been built.   

“In light of this, we declare to join SPLM-IO. We were drawn to the party by its adherence to the principles of freedom, peace, justice, and prosperity,” he stated.

“SPLM-IO has also demonstrated a strong focus on the role of youth in nation-building. We are also impressed by the dedication of the party to improving the lives of all South Sudanese, both within the country and abroad.”

Kada called for a power-sharing arrangement in the greater Pibor Administrative Area, arguing that such would allow change from the status quo.

 “We, the Greater Pibor Administrative Area Youth, are committed to bringing about positive change in our region and our country through the SPLM-IO and its wise leadership. We call upon all youth to join us in this movement SPLM-IO.”

“We reiterate our calls as young people for power-sharing to be implemented in the GPAA and other administrative areas,” Kadaa noted in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Youth League in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA)   Nyinginga Kiro, dismissed the claims stating that the youth who joined the SPLM-IO party are not members of The SPLM party.

“They are not members of the SPLM Youth League in GPAA, executives or supporters, or whatever. These are elements that have united themselves on the ground here as the SPLM-IO joined the party. So, there is no such a thing,” Kiro said.

Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) has experienced a wave of defections with one of the region’s prominent politicians David Yau Yau shifting allegiance to the SPLM party after he joined the SPLM-IO a month ago.

Last month, Yau Yau accompanied the new GPAA chief administrator Gola Boyoi to the area, and declared his allegiance to the SPLM, saying the people had told him to stick to the ruling party which, according to him, is more popular.

“I regret to inform you that the reason for my resignation from the SPLM-IO Party was a call from the people, I have consistently faced resistance against my decision to be in the SPLM–IO since joining,” Yau Yau noted in his resignation letter last month.