Koang Rambang Chol, the Deputy Governor, Bieh State, SPLM/A (IO) has denied leading Lou Nuer, which forms a bulk of the armed opposition fighters against the government, away from rebel chief, Riek Machar.
Reports said Koang talked to Machar on Tuesday on phone and told the rebel leader that he had sold out Lou Nuer by signing a deal that gives the government control of Jonglei state.
According to the IGAD power sharing arrangement, Jonglie is part of the states in which opposition gets 40% and the government gets 46% (others are Unity and the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region).
The reports came after Machar signed a final peace agreement in Addis Ababa in the presence of African regional leaders of IGAD and representatives of the international community.
His rival president Kiir refused to sign but however initialled the agreement as a witness.
Koang dismisses the rumour
Koang in a lengthy dismissed the media report as “mere propaganda and a wishful thinking by the enemy of peace designed to cover-up President Salva recent refusal to sign the compromised Agreement proposed by IGAD plus, Troika and the international community to end the conflict in South Sudan”.
He congratulated Machar for prioritising the interest of the South Sudanese who have been subjected to unnecessary suffering for the last 20 months “of senseless war imposed on them by their own President Salva Kiir as witnessed by the President’s changed of heart at the 11th hour”.
He said although the State leadership recognized the concern of the Lou Nuer citizens across the globe, the decision by The SPLM/A Negotiation and the leadership was based on the interest of Peace and not as a sell-out as stipulated on the media as the spirit of negotiation is always give and take.
“Jonglei State leadership in SPLM/A under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar did not take arms for the position of the Governorship but to resist the massacre of innocent Nuer citizens and other South Sudanese in Jonglei State and across South Sudan.”
He asked Lou Nuer citizens and other Jonglei State communities to firmly remain united under SPLM/A (IO) and focus on achieving peace and Stability for the people of South Sudan which has been the Movement core objective after the war.
“I wish to remind all in the Diaspora that the suffering that South Sudanese people and particularly Jonglei State citizens, experienced, cannot be compensated by gubernatorial or any other Government positions but only through realizing as sustainable peace and stability in South Sudan and Greater Jonglei State so that our citizens can reconstruction their basic elements of live.”