Mabior Garang warns against regime change

Mabior Garang warns against regime change
Capt. Mabior Garang De Mabior Kitgwang faction (photo credit: courtesy)

A senior member of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army in-Opposition [SPLM/A-IO] breakaway faction loyal to Gen. Simon Gatwech has warned against the idea of calling for a regime saying it could prove detrimental.  

Capt. Mabior Garang de Mabior said in a statement released on Monday that the idea, which was championed by a section of unknown civil society individuals, lacks the basis due to the uncertainty in the politics of the country.

He said the December 2013 war which stemmed out of a similar ideology was enough proof of how the costly effects retard development in the country.

 “Admittedly, a call for the regime change has retarded the development of our struggle both in 2013 and 2016. This must not be allowed to happen again,” Garang said in a statement to the Political Education Programme.

“We must be honest in our quest for negotiated settlement as a way to achieve fundamental change in our society without bloodshed,” he added.

According to Garang, Kitgwang Declaration represents the revolutionary corrections in their struggle for self-reliance based on the principle of self-determination.

He said there was no time in the history of any movement for ‘brothers and sisters to rise against one another’.

“The citizens are not yet at a level of political awareness to implement peaceful demonstration. This lack of political awareness includes the security forces which would respond to such civil unrest,” he said.

Olony speaks

On Monday, Gen. Johnson Olony, deputy commander of the SPLA-IO Kitgwang faction reportedly said they were negotiating with President Salva Kiir to push for the implementation of the security arrangements.

He said the Kitgwang’s declaration was to inform President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar as well as the citizens that implementation of the peace agreement is not going well because they [SPLM/A-IO] have left them in the bush while other people in SPLA-IO including Dr. Machar have assumed their positions and the communication has been cut off.

Gen. Olony reportedly said they were willing to join the peace agreement and the government as the leaders of the military who were abandoned in the bush.

He said despite several attacks on their positions by the forces loyal to Dr. Machar after the Kitgwang declaration they have maintained their defensive position for peace.

“We do not want to see our country going back to war again. We need our people who are in the camps to return to their homes of origin while waiting for the election,” he said.  

However, earlier the SPLM/A-IO allied to the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar had refuted the allegations by the breakaway SPLM/A-IO faction that Dr. Machar was lured by some party’s members in Juba.

According to Chapter Two of the security arrangement, parties shall register, canton, screen, and train graduates and redeploy 83,000 necessary unified forces within eight months of the signing of the revitalized peace accord.

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) had expressed concern over the delay that has resulted from nearly half of more than 40, 000 joint trainees deserting the training centers due to a deplorable situation.

Lack of basic commodities, including safe and clean drinking water, food, medicine, and shelter forced the trainees who have spent close to three years in the centers to vacate, according to the RJMEC.