September 17, 2016 (BENTIU) - A delegation of 35 members from South Sudan’s armed opposition loyal to First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai are in Northern Liech, one of the country’s new states on peace deal implementation.
- Taban Deng Gai addresses delegates after he was sworn-in as South Sudan FVP inside the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Jok Solomun)
Former Mayom county commissioner, John Bol Mayak, said the visiting team discussed a number of issues on with state officials.
“We are happy to receive the delegations, and we now pledge to the general public that the Northern Liech state is for peace,” said Mayak, now a state security advisor.
Last month, he said, the state received several members of the country’s armed forces under the command of Lt. Gen Dor Manjuor as a sign of peace in the country.
Former Unity state security advisor, Manyiew Dak led the delegation, comprising of several senior SPLM-IO members.
Dak separately told Sudan Tribune that he led the over 35-member delegation to Bentiu to spread messages of peace and assure them of the peace implementation.
“Our coming to the state was to assure people and government officials that peace must be implemented in line with Taban Deng Gai’s appointment as the first vice president of the republic of South Sudan,” he said.
Dak stressed that the people of Northern Liech state were for peace, which he said must be embraced by all citizens.
“It is time for us to leave Riek Machar alone and his groups. We assure you that through Gen. Taban Deng and President Salva Kiir, peace will be achieved without any obstacle,” he said.
The armed opposition delegation, officials told Sudan Tribune, will move around the counties informing the public about new development for peace in the country.