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By Loro Louis Yugu   (Guest)

Crisscrossing from one political party to another is a meaningless political gambit that must be dishonored by all the principal parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement. This is not a time for defection. It is time to recommit to the implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement for tangible development to flourish in this country.

Abandoning allegiance has become a habit of some self-proclaimed politicians who are using defection method to lobby for jobs and money for their personal upkeep instead of being mindful of the suffering innocent citizens. You cannot run from one political camp to the other under the pretext of poor administration and alleged nepotism in the leadership when the country is desperately yearning for peace to prevail.

If I were the President, I would canton all defectors at this time of peace at a defectors’ camp not to jeopardize the current peace efforts. It is mind boggling to shift from SPLM to SPLM-IO and vice versa. What are these so called defectors looking for as they run from one party to the other? There is a saying that if a wife is divorced by two husbands, that wife is not a good one. Detaching parties after parties will make you end up at a crossroad.    

The principal parties should understand that previously, peace partners like the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, (IGAD) had expressed concerns over what it termed as culture of defection by peace parties when a fight broke out between the SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces in Kajo-Keji County following the defection of Gen. Moses Lokujo from the SPLM-1O.

The peace parties were urged to desist from supporting defectors because it undermines peace implementation.

As many citizens anticipated peace in this New Year, all moves that create security dilemma and uncertainty must not be tolerated and all the peace parties should not tolerate unnecessary defection.

This country has already witnessed a number of such defections since the onset of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in 2013. Most of the defections are just for self-interest. With the signing of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, the citizens want to see that the members of the two principal parties recommit to the full implementation of the peace agreement.

With the New Year at hand, let us embrace our diversity as South Sudanese and shun thinking along tribal lines. God bless South Sudan.

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