(Thessherald)–The main opposition movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – IO, on Tuesday honored CDR Koang Chuol Ranley for the role he played during the conflict and wished him good luck in his future endeavors.
“We highly value the considerable role played by General CDR James Koang Chuol during the period of the armed struggle. Thus, we wish him the best of luck in his new course,” said Puok Both SPLM (IO) Director of Information & Public Relations.
Gen. James Koang Choul, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff for Administration and Finance and former Co-chair of Joint Defense Board (JDB) and other high-ranking military commanders of the SPLA-IO declared their allegiance to the SSPDF on Tuesday.
In a statement, the senior officers accused the SPLM / A leader, Dr. Rick Machar and his wife, Angelina Teny, of running the movement as an individual business.
“We are hereby announcing our resignation from the SPLA/M (10) with effect from 17/3/2020. We have also decided to resign from our respective assignments. The reasons are many but important among them is the way the movement is being run and managed.”
Adding that: “The SPLA/M (10) has lost direction, vision and command of the forces that it is turned into a family Affairs or business enterprise.”
The military leaders criticized the SPLM / A-IO leadership for allocating ministerial portfolios without consulting high-level military leaders.
“The recent appointment of Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs without consultation with Military Command Council in the movement is case in point. Therefore, in the interest of full implementation of the Sept 2018 Peace Agreement and in the spirit of ensuring stability and peace to our beloved country of South Sudan, we have decided to join hands, declare our support and allegiance to the president of the Republic of South Sudan General Salva Kiir Mayardit.”
The defection of the senior officers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-IO came within only a week after the government and the opposition appointed the cabinet ministers of the coalition government.