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May 21, 2020 (SSNN) — Recently, a renowned military general, Lt. Gen. CDR Koang Chuol Raanley and a decorated high-class politician, Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok, defected from the SPLM/A-IO. In the process, their defection triggered a wave of defection from the SPLM/A in Opposition to the SPLM-IG/SSPDF. For many young intellectuals and soldiers, who have not been to any school of thoughts and especially for some people from the Gajaak or Eastern Jikany communities, these two defections seemed like the end of the world for the SPLM/A(IO). Their defections were received by the members, sympathizers and many of our suffering populations, who are yawning for peace and political stability, with broken hearts and souls, and these two figures, who are suppose to be caring elders, fathers and uncles, took everything for a joke. In a matter of a few days, they ran between hotels and J1 lobbying for positions, at least a slide of a bread from the national cake [RTGONU] would have quench their thirst. Well, this did not happen but what may follow could be a real disaster!

In fact, there’s needs for us to narrates it beyond political interests and diagnosis the real problem our our political personalities in the SPLM IO and beyond. My area of contradictions start with the defection of Hon Dak Duop Bichiok to the government as he claims though forgetting that The government has already formed and under one leadership.

The concepts of reform and revolutions are totally misunderstood by these learned politicians in which they links them with occupying positions. The concepts reforms and revolutions bring about the idea of total social changes and innovation where the difference between the two processes lies in the way in which goals are achieved.

They (reforms & revolutions) are used frequently by politicians, social groups and masses who wish to achieve political and social changes by improving the status quo and envisage the modifications of existing laws, policies, practices and institutions, with such changes being achieved through peaceful and constructive discussions and confrontations.

However, as active member of the movement that was fighting for reforms, transparency, equality, democracy in our diverse society, and this forced me to evaluate thoroughly as to why our comrades are leaving their own movement that they had contributed into its existence. The only viable alternative they are looking into is to get positions rather than following the sick and slow implementation of Revitalized peace agreement with Dr Riek Machar and other parties signatory to the peace agreement.

THE POLITICAL OUTLOOK ON THE DEFECTION OF THE TWO COMRADES, CDR KOANG CHUOL AND HON. DAK DUOP BICHIOK

Firstly, when the political misunderstanding and struggle emerged in the ruling party SPLM cadres in Juba, Koang Chuol was by then a forth (4)infantry division commander who was completely a true loyal to James Hoth and his Boss president Salva Kiir when Dr Riek was already kicked out from from the presidency.

When the the SPLM party power struggle reached to the level of confrontation on the 15th-Dec-2013 night, Koang was still an active supporter to both chief of staff and the president but that night confrontation among presidential guards turned to be intended and tribally coordinated by those who does not want change, development and stability within the country. Nevertheless, on the 16th un- trained government militias and Juba tribal army start an intended random killings of Nuer in Juba and confrontations intensified on different army bases across the country, and the reality is that Koang was not having intentions to rescue the life of our innocents civilians killed willingly by the regime in Juba because of his true loyalty to the leadership.

To educate u with procedures as to why Koang declared his allegiance to the opposition, came uprutly when he was threatened to death by low ranking commanders in the division if failed to declare his support.

He was in every seconds receiving directives from James Hoth so that he can leaves division to those who wanted to defects but all in vain. He was seriously forced to defects by his commanders until he secretly told James Hoth that he is overwhelmed by the situation and the chief advised him blindly to go to southern area of unity state having intentions that  Gen Puljang will soon be equippes by the regime and will dislodge the rebels in the town so that he can come back to the town.

Frankly speaking, I he did not defect to safe life but forced into.

The second stage of Koang Chuol Ranley’s saddest part is he is in great needs of his lost material. He prayed a lot until he was appointed by the chairman Dr Riek to the Joint Defense Board(JDB) that oversees security arrangements during the Revitalized peace agreement. Once he arrived in Juba, the man entered into serious business deals in the name of peace agreement and in broad day light contributed vigorously in delays of security arrangements with the government and given all his losses materials in different forms and thrown it(security arrangements) into dustbin until removed from the position of Joint defense board but still deputy chief of staff in the army.

Thirdly, I quoted CDR during his declaration saying “We have fought a lot for this woman”. This is so ambiguous, the SPLM IO was formed as a resistance movement, and not as Dr Riek and Madam Angelina Teny entity as his statement proclaimed. We were all on runs and found ourselves together resisting Juba regime dictatorial tendency.

My point of argument here is that Koang  Chuol has recovered his losses and would have not blamed madam Angelina for his defection since pursuing different path.

Cde James Gatdet Dak said it clearly on his Facebook page, that we are in the same house having different rooms and doors, and then Koang just made it to another door within the same house.

HON. DAK DUOP BICHIOK

First, we all know that, any given political organisation must sometimes be faced by a lot of challenges but all members must be abided by that organisation’s manifesto which often restricts one not to bypass home solutions by exposing internal dissatisfactions rather than presented all his/her grievances and be part of problem solving. Hon. Dak missed great opportunity and lost beyond reasonable doubt.

If there is any one among SPLM-IO members who could knock his/her chest by not leaving IO, could be Dak Duop Bichiok because as a politician, you must not forget the past because it influences the presence and can shape the future. He is a weightfull political personality within the movement that everyone can takes his advices than being occupied by great needs of position.

Hon. Dak was appointed as petroleum minister in the government of national unity(2016) and completely forgot that it was not the fact that he was more qualified than others comrade, but simply because a chance must be taken by one person and one thing that convinced me beyond reasonable doubt that my Honorable is beyond political repair because he even went further by not recognizing that 2016 J1 dogfight was “his” and if petroleum ministry is given to another active member like him, and his younger bro too, he would have publicly support the decision if not because is politically inactive.

The SLPM-IO leadership will never ever be weak because of 1,2,3 members who abandoned it with no solid evidence and will continue fighting for reforms and the rule of laws whatsoever the case might be and this will free us from your old and non innovative ideas.

COORDINATING AND INCITING THE DIASPORA

The issue of our comrades incited by Dak and Brown Bol based on family lines cannot be a subject matter here. I was personally speechless seeing a group of  disgruntled youth in both Cairo and Khartoum claiming to be SPLM-IO members pledging their allegiance to to Hon Dak. I will not say that they are not members of our movement but the boys are not aware of the root causes of the problem and should simply continue with their studies to avoid later on impregnates by the same politics of their master without knowing the past, presence and future of his political life.

ARE DEFECTORS RIGHT TO QUESTIONS MADAM ANGELINA’s APPOINTMENT?

I came through reactions which are not completely ethical and so ambitious rather employing, sowing and creating confusion among party members. Madam Angelina qualifications and contributions has nothing to do with being Dr Riek wife and if appointments were based on merit, she deserves more than any member because she was working hard through thick and thin, advocating, mobilising resources for the welfare of the party since the time of Adam and Eve, and leading defense board without being questioned during the difficult times. She has all capabilities, dignity and qualifications that can be required from any member within the party and full stop. Any member who brought into Forth these baseless and cheap accusations cannot be tolerated and if not all members dismissed his/her nonsense, others will not at all tolerant, just go in peace and join other peace Wings.

HON. DAK DUOP SHOULD APOLOGISE TO BUL-NUER COMMUNITY

It took me sleepless nights on 2018 in Sudanese capital Khartoum when Bul community were mourning the untimely death of their beloved paramount Chief late Patai Tut Nyal who died on the same year Hon Dak begins his unjustified hatred and jealousy towards Bul community whom he thought have no presence in the SPLM IO but not.

Dak hatred and jealousy will never ever forget by any community member being it from IO or the government side and any person having blood of our forefathers must is advised to distance himself /herself from Dak‘s endless mission towards us and his hatred towards us will never cemented.

What disturbed us during the were not about his nonsense and unfounded questions, but because we were in the hardest time mourning for the demise of our historic leader.

Are you aware that you have killed a lot of people and u must pay for? Dak asked.

Do u know that you have prolonged this conflict by aligning with Dinka led government? , forgetting that the same funeral rite was an IO gathering.

And lastly requested Bul Nuer to apologise and urged all Nuer communities to distance themselves from Bul Nuer. He went on with his uncountable questions, incitements and words went so viral.

My sleepless nights were a bit relieved when I rumourly heard that he was too attacked seriously and Sharply by uncle Hon Tut Gatluak went he forgot his yesterday worst expressions and running to Tut in having great appetite for dollars forgetting Tut to be part of the Bul community despite being government supporter.

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