SPLM/A-IO Kitgwang forms political wing

SPLM/A-IO Kitgwang forms political wing
The chairman of SPLM/A-IO Kitgwang faction and the leader of Agwelek forces of Kitgwang, Johnson Olony, sign Khartoum Peace Agreement in Khartoum, Sudan. [Photo: Courtesy]

The SPLM/A-IO Kitgwang faction said it has formed a political wing to meet the international standards of an armed movement.

The spokesperson of the Kitgwang faction, Alfred Gach Thot, said their movement wants to conform to the structure of movements globally.

“Any movement globally has two wings: the political and military wings, and the military structures will soon be reorganised by the chairman,” Gach said.

The new setting came barely a day after Lt Gen Simon Gatwech replaced Gen Johnson Olony with Henry Odwar as the deputy chairman of Kitgwang.

He also appointed other members to the new political wing.

“Reference to resolutions of SPLM/A IO Kitgwang three days’ leadership consultative conference dated July 18, 2022, and based on the structural document of the SPLM/A IO, I, 1st Lt Gen Simon Gatwech Dual, the Interim Chairman and Commander In Chief of SPLM/A Kitgwang do hereby appoint senior officials of SPLM/A IO Kitgwang to various positions effective August 10, 2022,” the statement read in part.

The 14 members were appointed to the advisory positions and the secretariat.

Odwar resigned from the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity in August 2021.

Gach stressed that Gen. Olony was replaced in good faith and might be repacked for another position within the SPLM/A-IO Kitgwang movement.

“The chairman has powers to remove and appoint any person below him and Gen Johnson Olony will be re-assigned to any position within the movement,” Gach explained.

The head of the Agwelek delegation in Juba, Paul Achot Achobek said he was not aware of the removal of Olony from his position as the deputy chairman.

“I just came across this document myself. I haven’t talked to General Olony about it. (We) will keep you posted,” Achot told The City Review.

Gatwech and Agwelek forces had been in a misunderstanding over Khartoum Peace Agreement.

The two Kitgwang leaders have on several occasions emphasised working together to implement the Khartoum Peace Agreement for the inclusion of Kitgwang forces into the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).