Major General Makuach Teny has defected from Riek Machar’s armed opposition faction dubbed Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO).
Teny told Sudan Tribune on Monday that both Machar and President Salva Kiir were dragging the country into a bloodbath.
He suggested that the two should not take part in the yet to be formed transitional government of national unity (TGoNU).
Teny is a former national minister for youth, sports and recreation and a recently promoted Major General in the SPLA-IO.
Teny has declared his own movement called National Resistance Movement/Army (NRM/A) with himself as the chairman and commander-in-chief.
A Nuer from Leer county of Unity state, the home of Machar, Teny now accuses Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups in general of allegedly having spoiled South Sudan.
He called on the international community to support and help bring to top leadership another leader from the other 60 tribes to run the country.
“The issue was very clear that it is unfair that both leaders have led bloodshed within the country and are still coming to rule the country. South Sudanese still live in fear as they think the same scenario will repeat itself again,” he told Tribune.
He added: “There is need for Machar and Kiir to leave the power otherwise their coming together as leaders is a curse to South Sudanese. No trust for Riek and Kiir any more after putting the country back to war.”
He said it was a big mistake when the peace agreement which the two leaders signed in August 2015 provided for continuation of their leadership in the young nation’s transitional government.
He blames Machar and former governor of Unity state, Taban Deng Gai, for allegedly mismanaging the SPLM-IO affairs and working for self-interest rather than for the war victims in the country.