Activist urges SPLM/A-IO factions to engage in dialogue

Activist urges SPLM/A-IO factions to engage in dialogue
Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO (photo credit: Courtesy)

A civil society activist has called on the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) conflicting groups to engage in peaceful dialogue.

The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani, said there was a need to bring urgent resolution between the Kit Gwang faction based in Magenis and that allied to the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar’s SPLM/A-IO.

“There is a need for the two SPLA-IO conflicting groups to engage in peaceful dialogue to reach understanding on how to work together,” Yakani stressed.

Yakani was reacting to President Salva Kiir’s directives where he directed his presidential advisor Tut Gatluak last week to form a committee to address the problem between the two parties.

The activist described President Kiir’s initiative as a good move and urged that it should be taken seriously to issue a quick solution.

“Dr. Riek Machar and his former Chief of Staff Simon Gatwech Dual’s group need to go for dialogue because if this misunderstanding is allowed to continue unsolved, the situation will undermine the permanent ceasefire, meaning the whole peace process will be put under jeopardy.”

He said the situation needs serious attention from the leadership of the country and that IGAD needs to come in to mediate dialogue between the two parties.

“What is going on in Upper Nile (Magenis) if allowed to continue for some time will send a message to other political [outfits to follow the same scenario and come up with grievances,” he warned.

He was specific that the situation in Tombura County of Western Equatoria State may take the same trajectory as that of Upper Nile (Magenis group). 

“It is something alarming especially on security arrangement where the unification of forces comes in [and it is] threatening the peace agreement where the faith of agreement lies on,” he added.

“I would like to call upon the leadership of the country that, the conflicts in Magenis Upper Nile and Western Equatoria State Tombura should be taken seriously and taken as key national security issues,” Yakani said.

He urged the political leaders and the Inter-Governmental Authorities on Development in Juba to consider the call by President Kiir on the two SPLM/A-IO factions to dialogue.