SPLM revives plans to reunite but long time opposition to remain rival by ‘default’ | RB

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The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s (SPLM) National Liberation Council (NLC) and its Political Bureau is planing for a meeting that would results to reunification, according to a senior government official.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity also revealed that the SPLM is waiting for full formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of the National Unity (RTGoNU) in order to kick off the exercise before possible general elections in 2023.

“The National Liberation Council has felt that it is the time now to reunite Dr. Riek and his groups with mother SPLM”

The source also revealed that the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar was never removed from being the deputy chairman of the SPLM party.

“As we speak, and even when he was in the bush, Riek was never removed from the party. He is still the deputy even if he rebelled”

Though much of the time Dr. Lam Akol has been opposing the party from within, it is clear that he will not be returning to SPLM under boss Salva Kiir Mayardit and that means that he will continue being a rival.

As the leader of National Democratic Movement (NDM), Dr. Lam Akol said he is still committed to ‘bringing change’ to the country through democratization that he always believed in since Anya Anya II.

“Dr. Lam can not go back to SPLM even if he is to be said to be the chairman of the party. Under current circumstances, the notion stands at a zero chance,” said a political analyst based in Kampala, Uganda.

The reunification of SPLM could mean that the to be contested 2023 elections that is placed under the September 2018 peace agreement could be a one man race and of course, the chairman, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit.

(File photo: President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar last week during a luncheon in the President’s home in Hai Amarat, Juba)

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