SPLM-IO claims Yau Yau hid under community pressure to return to SPLM

The opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in opposition (SPLM-IO) has downplayed the recent switching of allegiance of David Yau Yau, the former deputy minister of defense and veterans’ affairs after he returned to the SPLM under President Salva Kiir.
Pal Mai Deng, SPLM IO spokesman speaks during a press conference in Juba on Saturday (Photo: Awan Achiek)

By Awan Achiek

The opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in opposition (SPLM-IO) has downplayed the recent switching of allegiance of David Yau Yau, the former deputy minister of defense and veterans’ affairs after he returned to the SPLM under President Salva Kiir.

Pal Mai Deng, SPLM-IO spokesman said during press conference in Juba on Saturday, that they were surprised by the sudden change of heart from the former rebel leader Yau Yau, who had on April 1, crossed over to the opposition.

“When he joined us, David Yau Yau spoke very well about the reasons why he joined SPLM-IO; he shared with us his frustration with the SPLM-IG.  I think the speech he presented that day was quite very long and this is the only thing we know,” Mai disclosed.

Yau Yau had cited the slow implementation of the peace agreement his Cobra Faction signed in 2014 with the government for his defection to the SPLM-IO.

He also said that the SPLM under Kiir had lost loss vision and ideological direction.

On 29 April, Yau Yau rejoined the SPLM during a press conference held in his hometown of Greater Pibor Administrative Area after spending 28 days in the SPLM-IO.

Mai said that Yau Yau gave reasons why he had abandoned President Kiir, but when he returned to the SPLM, he didn’t give reasons apart from saying he was forced by his community.

He said the leadership of the SPLM-IO respects Yau Yau’s decision and wish him success in his party.

“We respect his opinion if he relies on support of his own community and that is promptly the reason why he went back, in the party we are saying David Yau Yau is entitled to his opinions and we have respect for that,” Mai said.

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