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THE RITUAL OF DEFECTIONS CANNOT BE “BUSINESS AS USUAL” NATHANIEL OYET

Is SPLA-IO falling apart beyond repair, the organization has been hit hard by the massive defection of its senior generals, these generals by far have been the fighting energy that reinstated Machar to his glorious post as the First Vice President of the Republic. 

Now one the closed ally and a senior member of the organization cannot keep it secret; General Nathaniel Oyet has spoken out and read his words below. 

I am very sick and disturbed by the endless trend of defections hitting the SPLMAIO; the military and political components alike. We cannot laugh it off. It means something is fundamentally wrong in the strategic, tactical, political and organizational design of the Movement. I am ready to face-off with anybody who pretends and suggests the contrary before we lose the ability and capability to implement the Peace Agreement and win elections where all hope rests. 

Politically, you can’t implement the peace Agreement from a vanquished position because the other side will not give without leverage. We cannot rely on the goodwill of providence and the members of the international community to remain relevant in the political arena of South Sudan. 

As a conscious and founding member of a movement that struggled for justice, equality and reforms in the governance structure of this country. I have every reason to worry. The organization is critically being wounded and the stakes are very high! The very existence of the party is under threat. SPLMA-IO cannot lose its political resources and capabilities for winning elections and we say “God Must Be Crazy”! 

I am very hurt and shall be carrying out self-reflection and critical evaluations of the current and future prospects and the viability of SPLMAIO as a political party capable of executing the aspirations of the people of South Sudan and working towards winning elections. 

It would be naive and parochial to say, despite these waves of defections, it’s business as usual, obviously, it isn’t. Its loss of valuable cadres and constituencies. We cannot be dismissive of every defection that occurs. It shall be hypothetical and pathetic. The political and social impact of this trend is negative and immense. Needless to say, the military implications. 

Whatever defection occurring in the movement affects me and I, aboard, is concerned and cannot stand by and watch as the movement collapses. 

Nathaniel Pierino 

16/4/2020 

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