Juba, 16 April 2020: A group of senior Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition/ SPLA-IO led by the Former Minister of Petroleum, Hon Dak Duop Bichiok, has defected from the movement.
During the press conference the group held in Juba, on Thursday, the defectors' leader Hon Dak Duop said the SPLA-IO has been mismanaged like family property by Machar and his family, he, therefore, said they have defected from the movement and have joined President Kiir.
Hon. Dak has become the first senior SPLA-IO member who deserted Machar's group since the formation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in February.
During the press conference in Juba on Thursday, the defectors led former South Sudan's petroleum minister accused Machar of running SPLA-IO single-handedly like a family business without consulting senior party's members.
"We rebelled seven years ago to cause changes in the system, but the SPLM-IO is being mismanaged and run like one person's show," said the group's leader Dak Duop.
This is the second massive defection that shattered the movement in less than a month, the first being it the defection of several senior generals led by deputy chief of staff, Lt. General James Koang Chuol Ranley.
An insider with knowledge who spoke to this publication who requested his identity to be withheld because of fear of reprisal attack on his personal life said the movement is likely to lose a lot of supporters and members in the coming weeks and months.
He attributed the defection to poor leadership style, he said the recent event of appointments of the ministers has left many supporters in disappointment, special how the commander in chief appointed members of his family to the ministerial posts without consulting his core party officials.
He added that people had expected SPLA- IO to do better but for now many hopes are shattered as the leader is not listening to the voices that called for fairness in the movement.