GATWECH-Back in Kitgwang preaching peace

Commander and leader of SPLA-IO splinter group Kit-Gwang faction, 1st Lt-General Simon Gatwech Dual

By William Madouk Garang

The opposition commander and leader of SPLA-IO splinter group Kit-gwang faction, General Simon Gatwech Dual returned to Upper Nile, Magenis area on Saturday to preach peace content to his forces.

Gen. Gatwech has been in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum since January this year for a peace talk with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-government (SPLM-IG) which led to the signing of the Khartoum Peace Agreement.

In the peace accord signed by the three generals and President Kiir’sSecurity Advisor, Tut Gatluakthe Kit-Gwang troops would receive food and medical supplies from the government via Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF).

It also provided for respect of ceasefire, integration of breakaway Kit-Gwang forces into SSPDF and allocation of political position pending negotiation.

In a press release seen by Juba Monitor, the press Secretary in the office of Simon Gatwech, James KalanyMamuon said Gatwech’s return to the Magenis area was to disseminate the contents of the peace agreement to his forces.

“The Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) Kitgwang 1st Lt-Gen, Simon Gatwech Dual and his accompanying delegation, comprising of senior military officers left Khartoum this morning for Kitgwang/Magenis, South Sudan, the SPLM/SPLA- (IO) General headquarters,” Mamuonsaid in a statement.

“Gen, Gatwech has been in Khartoum recently to sign Peace with the Government of South Sudan, and his return to Kitgwang/Magenis was to go and preach the content of the document of peace agreements to the forces on the grounds,”he added.

He stated that the group’s dedication to the full implementation of the Khartoum peace deal to bring lasting peace and a permanent solution to the conflict.

“The SPLM-IO-Kitgwang reiterates   its full commitment to the implementation of Khartoum Peace agreements in letter and spirit, as the sole way to attain Peace in South Sudan,” he added

After, Khartoum Agreement has reached First Vice President; Dr. Riek Machar Teny conceded and welcomed the unexpected joining forces by his partner-in-peace SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO Kit-Gwang group.

Though SPLM-IO accused SPLM-IG of orchestrating the defection of Kit-Gwang, they said it would not have any negative impact on the 2018 revitalized peace agreement but warned the splinter group that any further attack on SPLM-IO’s forces was a red line.

A day after the deal was sealed in Khartoum; President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a Republican decree pardoning Agwelek and Kit-Gwang breakaway group which shifted allegiance to his camp.

In August 2021, the Kit-Gwang group announced Dr. Machar’s ouster – claiming he no longer represented the interests of the group.

There had been reports of deadly fighting between their forces and those loyal to Dr. Machar in the Magenis area in Upper Nile State where the group is based.

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