South Sudan General Pout "Abiath" gives reasons for defection to rebel ranks - Whisper Eye

South Sudan General Pout “Abiath” gives reasons for defection to rebel ranks

A South Sudanese senior army officer, Major General Samuel Bidit Puot Abiath, a former rebel officer who was recently allied to Salva Kiir government defected last week and declared his allegiance to his former boss, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairman and commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A(IO)accusing the government of not having a National Agenda.

According to whisper eye media team, his declaration of defection, General Abiath, as he is popularly known, accused the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai of poor leadership skills, anger management, malpractices and conspiracies against his Nuer ethnic group.

“I have decided to return home for the following reasons, the SPLM/A(IO) under the leadership of the self-imposed First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, lacks a national agenda.

The self-claimed Vice President rather focus on personal hatred and revenge on his political opponents rather than creating a road map to peaceful resolution of the suffering of the South Sudanese people” Gen. Abiath said.

“Gen Taban is unfit to lead the unity of his immediate family let alone the Mighty SPLM/A(IO)” Gen. Abiath added.

Gen. Abiath, who traveled to Khartoum on medical grounds, refused to return to Juba saying that he is ready to return to bush to fight Salva Kiir and Taban Deng Gai regime until the rule of law is restored in South Sudan.

Responding to these allegations, Gen. Taban’s spokesman produced a document alleged to have been written by Gen. Abiath sometimes in December 2017.

In the document Gen. Abiath requested for fund to clear his accommodation bill in one of the hotels in Juba and also to pay off house rent where his family has been accommodated by the government.

In total, the document claims Gen. Abiath requested 387, 000 South Sudanese Pound, an equivalent of about $1,500 US dollar to clear all his bills which accrued over the months before December 2017.

Due to financial crises in the South Sudanese nation, Gen. Abiath was turned down and told to wait according to Gen. Taban Spokesman, however, Abiath’s time was up to pay the bills or risked being kicked out by hotel management.