The Kit-Kwang faction is expected to arrive in Juba soon, and an advance team has already arrived to meet with Kiir.
The Agwelek Division of the SPLM/SPLA-dissident IO’s Kit-Gwang group, which reached a pact with the SPLM-IG last Sunday, arrived in Juba on Thursday afternoon to see President Salva Kiir.
The Agwelek Division, directed by Gen. Johnson Olony, is a component of the Kit-Gwang group, which is led by former SPLA-IO Chief of Staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual.
General Paul Achut Nyibek, the leader of the Agwelek Division advance mission, told media upon arriving at Juba International Airport that the country had experienced enough fighting and that peace should triumph.
“We want peace to reign in this nation; that is our major goal, and that is what we need,” Gen. Achut said. This nation cannot withstand another war; we must agree that enough is enough; we have killed ourselves enough. As a result, when peace arrives, no one can stop it.
“I am here today, Johnson Olony will be here tomorrow, Simon Gatwech will be here the following day, and everyone from this (Kit-Gwang) group will be here as soon as possible,” he continued. We need to work together to bring our nation to where we want it to go.”
According to Jokino Fidel, a member of the government delegation that signed the Khartoum Peace Agreement (KPA) between the SPLM-IG and the Agwelek Forces, the government agreed with the Kit-Gwang faction on various matters, including restoring Shilluk territory to its colonial bounds from 1956.
“We struck a deal with them that is quite close to the 2018 revitalized peace accord.” “We agreed on so many things with them, including the 2018 ceasefire,” Fidel remarked. “We’re going to canton the (separatist) SPLA-IO soldiers in Kit-Gwang, and after that, they’ll be absorbed into the SSPDF.”
“The Agwelek, in particular, were fighting for the land,” he said, “and we agreed with them, as stipulated in the 2018 revitalized peace deal, that internal borders of South Sudanese tribes shall be based on the 1 January 1956 limits.”
According to Fidel, the Agwelek Division was fighting for ancestral territory rather than political posts.
Years of confrontation with the government, according to John Opec Akokjak, an elder representing the Agwelek Division, have not helped the Chollo community, and peace is the answer to the situation.
“We, as Shilluk elders, are not profiting from the conflict, and our leader, Johnson Olony, has been for peace from the start,” Elder Opec added. “His (Olony’s) movement was not formed because a portion of a tribe was marginalized, but he was fighting for true peace.” We have been yearning for true peace, which we have finally arrived at.