South Sudan rebel chief, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has arrived in Pagak of Adar state, South Sudan-Ethiopia border for the SPLM leadership second conference, according to the latest report.
Dr. Machar was warmly welcomed by generals, youth and women as well as the church leaders.
Pouk Both Pouk, head of information at the SPLM-IO office in Nairobi, a week ago announced the Pagak conference saying it would be attended by leaders of the movement, the movement’s negotiators and military commanders will meet at the conference.
He said they will discuss the reasons for the failure of the previous round of talks as well as tactics for the next rounds in order to end the crisis in South Sudan.
“The conference will be a consultative leadership conference about the current situation, especially about the failure of the search for peace under the IGAD, to agree about the strategy of the movement,” Pouk said.
In December 2014, Riek Machar, the chairman and commander-in-chief of SPLM/SPLA, met the military Generals for a consultative conference on the IGAD mediated peace process.
The consultative conference on proposed peace deal comes before the peace talks resume in Ethiopia.
Among those expected to attend include; Gen Peter Gatdet, Gen James Koang, Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth, Gen Dau Aturjong and many other generals.
The new SPLM leadership conference is expected to kick off by the end of this week.
Initially, its was scheduled for 10 April, but was adjourned due to logistical arrangement.
Dr. Machar was accompanied by dignitaries and delegates of SPLM in diaspora.
Equatoria governor’s son defects to Machar
Nyamilepedia reports that Capt. Joseph Clement Wani Konga travelled to Addis Ababa and declared loyalty to leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
The son of Central Equatoria governor, Clement Wani Konga, is a member of South Sudan National Security Service.
Capt Joseph Wani Konga calls on the youth of Greater Equatoria and South Sudanese people to stage a popular uprsing against Salva Kiir’s regime.
The son of CES governor blames Salva Kiir’s leadership for failing to deliver services to the people and use of ethnic sentiments for the regime to cling to power.
Capt. Joseph further decries the deteriorating economy, and possible disintegration and total collapse of the country.
In other reports, the three governors of Equatoria states have met SPLM [IO] delegation at Fair View Hotel, in Nairobi Kenya, on (April 14, 2015) to discuss ways forwards regarding the conflict, and position of the people of Equatoria.