10 Nov. 2020; Senior Member of Machar's SPLA-IO, Secretary-General Tingo Peter Limbo, resigned from the movement citing a difficult working relationship with Machar.
Mr. Tingo until his resignation on Tuesday 10 November 2020, held a senior post in the movement. He was the movement’s Secretary-General; he held the post since 2016. Mr. Tingo accused Machar of using the movement like a private vehicle, he further said Sudan People Liberation Army/Movement-In Opposition under Machar has lost its vision and become disintegrated due to Machar's poor leadership style.
Mr. Tingo blamed Machar for poor leadership, single-handedly running the movement, without transparency. He said such an act constitutes dictatorship and this will equate the movement to the mother SPLM in Juba.
“I have resigned from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition SPLM-IO as of today Tuesday 10th November 2020, following your lack of display of good leadership,” Tingo was quoted saying.
Mr. Tingo said he spent seven years working alongside Machar as Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, and governor of Wau Federal state from 2014 to 2016 and as SPLM-IO Secretary-general from 2016 to November 2020. He said all these seven years working with Machar, Machar has handled the movement single-handedly which led to a lack of progress in the movement.
Mr. Tingo Peter further accused Machar of running the movement without transparency in decision making and did not respect institutional structures established by the movement's main organ the political bureau.
Tingo Peter added, I have informed Your Excellency several times that you needed to change the style of your leadership in leading the movement, otherwise, I will resign, but you have proved beyond doubt that you cannot reform the party system,” said Tingo.
It is, however, not clear whether the former secretary-general of SPLA-IO is seeking to join President Kiir's SPLM in Juba.