October 19, 2021 (JUBA) – The Governor of South Sudan’s Warrap State, Aleu Ayieny Aleu has accused the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) of allegedly working to undermine efforts to collectively implement the 2018 peace accord.
- Aleu Ayeny Aleu (Getty Image)
In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, Aleu said he was not surprised by the behaviors the SPLM-IO members in the state, pointing to the lack of cooperation and continuity to undermine the implementation of the agreement.
“There are people who do not want to accept the truth when they are told. So, I am not surprised of the statement issued in Juba. What was said in that statement is a distortion of facts. I never threatened anybody. I asked for cooperation so that we work together as parties to the agreement. That cooperation has been interpreted to mean threat and harassment”, he explained.
Aleu was reacting to claims that he uttered threatening statements during the swearing-in ceremony of newly-appointed cabinet ministers from the SPLM-IO.
Addressing a press conference in the South Sudan capital, Juba on Monday, Yolanda Awel Deng, a member of the SPLM-IO said they are likely to pull out of the government in Warrap should the governor continue threatening them.
He requested the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to protect its members in Warrap, saying the governor’s pronouncements put them in danger.
Deng accused Warrap state governor of executing 46 people in a spate of extra-judicial killings, allegations which Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.