SPLM-IO officials blocked from travelling to Panyigor County

Members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -In Opposition (SPLM-IO) were blocked on Saturday from travelling to Panyigor in Twic East County of Jonglei State where they planned to establish their party office.

By Awan Achiek

Members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -In Opposition (SPLM-IO) were blocked on Saturday from travelling to Panyigor in  Twic East County of Jonglei State where they planned to establish their party office.

Michael Bol Gatdor, Secretary General of SPLM-IO in Jonglei State told The Dawn on Monday that a 12-member team of the SPLM-IO headed by Anok Buol Deng, a member of the National Legislative Assembly was prevented from landing at Panyigor airstrip by youth and community leaders incited by members of the SPLM party.

“From their arrival before they could land, they heavily armed soldiers around the airstrip and in the middle of airstrip. The communication was done; the pilot was signaled by the army not to land,” said Bol.

Bol said heavily armed soldiers were deployed at the airstrip to stop the plane carrying their members from landing in Panyigor.

“The pilot was scared and decided to come back to Juba and the members complained about why the plane didn’t land, the pilot said according to the communication he got from the ground that they were not allowed to land,” he disclosed.

Bol said that upon their arrival in Juba, they were informed by the Commissioner of Twic East County that the SPLM party officials mobilized youth to stop their entourage from visiting the County.

He called upon the SPLM to respect and accord freedom of travel and expression to members of the opposition.

“We condemn what happened because those youth and community leaders are not just youth and community leaders; some elements from SPLM incited them to stop the mission of the SPLM-IO in the country,” said Bol.

He said their members were on a party mission to Panyigor and not to attend the Twic East conference.

“They were not going for community meeting; they were going for a party mission to establish the party’s office in the County headquarters,” said Bol.

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