August 25, 2020 (Thessherald)–At least 40 new members led by Lt. Colonel Paul Ruot Ruei – have declared their allegiance to former Petroleum Minister, Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok under the SPLM-IG.
Speaking to the media on Monday, the group expressed profound enthusiasm and praised Hon. Dak for choosing peace over violence and destruction.
“It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we inform the people of South Sudan of our strong support for a unified nation by rendering our support to honorable Dak Duop Bichiok under the banner of the SPLM.”
“We agreed to join and support Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok who defected from the SPLM-IO on the 16th day of April 2020.”
Duop was among the last group of high-profile figures to quit the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition, accusing Machar and his wife Angelina of turning the movement into a family business.
Since his defection in April, he has been massively joined by members of the SPLM-IO in Khartoum, Juba, Egypt and Kenya, respectively.
South Sudan’s government and armed opposition groups signed a peace agreement in September 2018, ending years-long civil war that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions from the country.
The peace agreement brokered by the East African regional bloc (IGAD) has paved the way for a permanent ceasefire, followed by the recent formation of a coalition government in the capital, Juba.