Lam Akol’s Camp hit by major defection, accuse defector of leaning towards ‘sectional basis” for defecting
A Senior Commander of South Sudan National Democratic Movement (NDM), led by Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin on Sunday announced that he and his forces, are defecting from the opposition group to join the main armed opposition group led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
The statement tries to justify what he did, a coup d’état, and falsely claiming that the Northern Front of the NDM had joined the Agwelek group under his leadership,” the statement extended to the media reads in part.“The statement is full of false allegations and desperate attempts to falsify facts to mislead public opinion,” the strong-worded statement signed by the group’s spokesman Brigadier General Fawzi Gabrial Oywac reads in part.
The statement went on to explain what had transpired.“What happened on April 24, 2012 was that Agwelek’s leadership in Megenis had persuaded Kimo Obwony on narrow sectional grounds to join their ranks and split the NDM and promised him money and a high military rank if he succeeded in implementing their plan.
From there he returned to Megenis to report to the conspirators. If this was not betrayal and a coup, then what would be the definition of a coup?“Al-Hamra camp is the only one with a force estimated at about a company strong of the NDM. The bulk of force is in the assembly and training centres as required by the Revitalized Peace Agreement. For the Northern Front these centers are: Thwor Gwang, Alel, Tawfigiya, Tonga and Yomding.