Businessman defects from Kiir, joins Vice-President Machar

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit wipes his face with a pink handkerchief Photo Courtesy: File/Thessherald)

October 11, 2020 (Thessherald)–A prominent businessman and Chief Executive Officer of Mustard Seed LTD, Mathiang Mayom Akec, has switched his allegiance from SPLM under President Salva Kiir and joined the SPLM-IO led by Firs Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar.

“Joining the SPLA/SPLM party as a child and student over 22 years ago was a crucial moment in my life. I have had my fair share of hardship and adversity growing up in a frenzied environment and was certainly not your typical Mathiang Mayom. But pragmatic SPLM values attracted me to the cause and over the years I have fought and campaigned for a party I believed in but variants factors finally restrict the visions, missions and values of the party we all believe in as a country and the people,” the businessman said in a declaration statement.

“These vital values are usurped by people who believe they can serve only the interests of few people without the contribution of the majority. We have had the SPLM government throughout the 9 years we have been sovereign and I have been a stunt supporter who judge in profoundness and consistency but this hasn’t been the case in the SPLM, all the drapes of change crumbled down because of poor methodology of handling different political situations within the party levels.”

Mayom accused one of his immediate family members of thwarting his efforts while trying to succeed in politics in South Sudan.

“I had an interest in joining politics in Lakes State but close relatives in my own family and beyond frustrated my ambition to serve the great people of Lakes with what I believe, this made me to have a second thought of exploring my leadership potential somewhere else apart from SPLM.”

“I further declare that I am aware of the consequences of this act regarding the matter. My aim has always been to do my best for my country, that is why I resigned with a heavy heart from SPLM and joined the SPLM-IO.”

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