JUBA, 22 March 2021 – South Sudan’s main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, says it is the only political alternative for the change South Sudanese need.
The declarations comes after members of the ruling SPLM faction last week admitted their failure to deliver for the people.
The country’s former presidential advisor for military affairs, Daniel Awet Akot, last week urged President Salva Kiir Mayardit to step down.
Awet Akot accused Kiir of being ‘mentally incapacitated.”
The ruling party has failed to deliver services to the people of South Sudan as promised, Kuol Manyang Juuk, a senior presidential advisor and former minister of defense told Sudans Post in an interview.
“I hope the SPLM-IO is the alternative solution to govern this country after the SPLM-IG admitted their failures,” he said welcoming the admission of guilt by the ruling party.
Manyang said he has done his part in the government and does not want to stay, saying he would like to go home and work in the agricultural sector.
Manyang, who fought for the SPLM for 22 years, previously served as the governor for Jonglei state until 2013.
“I have done my part. I have fought for 22 years and been in the government for a very long time. So I have done what was needed and I will leave the rest to the young people,” he said.
Manyang said his decision “is personal’, adding: “I do not need permission from anybody on whether to continue in politics or not.”
“I told the president that once I exit the ministry [of defense], I don’t want to work in the government again as minister or at any other capacity,” Manyang added.