July 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–At least 126 members have defected from the SPLM-IO and joined Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, citing what they called ‘nepotism in the movement.’
“We, the undersigned, former cadres of the SPLM/A-IO in the Arab republic of Egypt, who have served the movement for more than six years, do hereby announce our resignation from the SPLM/A-IO with effect from today, July 26, 2020.”
The group accused Machar of practising nepotism and corruption in the movement.
“Reasons are many, but the most obvious ones are as follows:
1- The SPLM/A IO has deviated from the vision and mission by practising nepotism and corruption, leading to a lack of transparency.
2- The implementation of Security Arrangements, one of the cornerstones of the peace agreement is moving at a snail’s pace.
“Therefore, due to the following reasons mentioned above, we the 126 former SPLM/A-IO political Cadres in the Arab Republic of Egypt have joined the government under the leadership of Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok, former minister of Petroleum.”
Former Petroleum Minister Dak Duop Bichiok resigned from the opposition SPLM-IO in April, and joined President Salva Kiir.
Dak was a leading member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO headed by Dr. Riek Machar, who is now the country’s first vice president in accordance with the peace agreement.
The former Minister of Petroleum, Dak Duop was the first senior opposition official to abandon the opposition after the formation of the coalition government.
He defected along with other senior members of the SPLM-IO.