Oct 3, 2017: Col Lam Gabriel Paul the deputy Military spokesperson of the Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition [SPLA-IO] on Tuesday announced the return of Maj. Gen Saki Palaoko Joseph who according to Col Lam has rejoined SPLA -IO under Dr. Riek Machar Teny, after he Major Gen Saki Palaoko has briefly defected to the camp of newly formed rebel (National Salvation Front) NAS under the leadership of former deputy chief of staff of SPLA, Lt General Thomas Cirilo Swaka who quitted his post and declared all out open war against President Kiir.
In statement seen by this reporter, the military deputy spokesperson of SPLA-IO, Col Lam said, "The leadership of the SPLA-IO under Dr Riek Machar Teny is happy to announce the rejoin of Maj. Gen Saki Palaoko Joseph to SPLA IO." " Gen. Palaoko had earlier left SPLA IO to NAS ciding administrative issues at leadership domain. However due to his love for the suffering citizens of South Sudan, he (Palaoko) decided to end his long holidays abroad in NAS and came back home to the people's movement."
According to Col Lam, "The chairman and Commander in Chief Dr. Riek Machar formed a committee comprised of Maj. Gen. Yata Joseph Albiros (Chairman), Col. Lam Paul Gabriel (Secretary General) and two security personnel to dialogue with Gen. Palaoko and assure him of his security at home in the SPLA- IO."
"Therefore, on behalf of the Garamba park survivors (The SPLA- IO Special Force Unit) in Goma and on behalf of entire SPLA- IO forces and supporters worldwide, I would us to welcome back Major. Gen Saki Joseph Palaoko into the SPLA- IO ranks and files. The coming of Gen. Palaoko is a sign that the SPLA-IO is ready to listen to the grievances of all those who left the movement and want to come back to champion the reform agenda and achieve the much-needed peace under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar" concluded the statement.