Featured Published on Saturday, 15 November 2014, Written by The Nation Mirror;
Disagreement between Taban Deng Gai, the SPLM-In-Opposition rebels Chief Negotiator in Peace Talks in Addis Ababa and Alfred Ladu Gore, the Deputy Chairperson of the rebels’ movement is increasingly creating suspicion and tension in the rebels’ camp.
Some quarters within the rebels’ leadership view Gen. Gore as a having the potential to create a splinter rebel faction. “The recent conflict between him (Gore) and Taban Deng Gai, is indicative of Gore’s move to break away from the mighty opposition group,” reads part of the leaked document addressed to the Director of National Security Service SPLM/A-IO in Addis Ababa which The Nation Mirror obtained copy of.
The disagreement started when Alfred Ladu Gore expressed dissatisfaction after Taban Deng sidelined him in the affairs of the SPLM/A-IO while Riek Machar was in South Africa. “He (Gore) charged Taban to be running the affairs of the movement without consultation from him as the deputy chair while Dr. Riek Machar was away on official mission to the Republic of South Africa,” reads part of the leaked document.
The document says that Taban Deng is unhappy that Alfred Ladu was appointed Deputy Chairman of the movement.
Taban argues that the Equatorians are not present in the field therefore don’t deserve the second position in the movement.
“The Internal fight between Alfred and Taban is also being discussed by various circles in the Equatorians and Nuer Community in Kenya and Kampala and we have taken note,” read the document.
The leaked intelligence Memo sent to Director of National Security Service of SPLM/A-IO; REF: 0012/10/2014; alleges that Alfred Ladu Gore is a communist driven by self-interest and should not be trusted.
“Gore had communist ideology of emancipation of human consideration, personal interests of individuals as superior to the state’s interests. This led to his past defection and call for Equatorians’ rebellion against the SPLM/A under Garang,” read part of the document.
(It should be recalled that Dr. John Garang detained and imprisoned Lado Gore for nearly seven years during the liberation war, mainly in Boma and other areas. However, no charges were brought against Lado Gore until he was finally released- Ed).
The document stresses that Gore once led a shortsighted rebellion during the South Sudan struggle against the Khartoum regimes. “It has been noted well that, this shortsighted rebellion of Equatorians under Alfred Lado did not succeed…” reported the leaked document.
“These tendencies are assessed and still exist within Gen. Gore’s thinking in a very extreme and divisive way.”
The document alleges that Equatorians following Gore are unhappy that he supports the Nuer-led rebellion and instead he should join the government.
“Equatorians have strong and extreme views that, Alfred Ladu should just leave and abandon the movement and join the government. According to our sources, there was an Equatorian delegation led by the Governor of Eastern Equatoria State Brig. Gen. Louis Lobong which visited Northern Kenya with their counterparts to discuss peace between Taposa and Turkana and also planned how SPLM-IO plans can be countered between Kenya and South Sudan,” read part of the leaked document.
The same report alleged that Taban Deng might have ignored Ladu Gore on the basis that it is Nuer sons dying each day fighting the Juba Kiir’s government. Equatorians, according to the leaked document, are waiting to earn where they have not worked.
“Well, he has a point to make as the Deputy Chairman but what is the level of Equatorians’ contributions into the current rebellion under him? Taban Deng must have ignored him on the grounds that, Nuer are the ones dying and must have the lion’s share in these rebellions than those who just came to wait for their kingdom to come (overthrow of Kiir’s government). This is a usual issue for Equatorians when it comes to the liberation struggle, they never want to participate in offering one of them to die for freedom but like to get the lion’s share when the mission is accomplished by others,” read part of the leaked security document.
The document recommends that Alfred Ladu Gore should be dismissed or put on deceptive glory as to attract the Equatorians support to the movement.
“We strongly feel that, the conflict between Taban and Gore should be brought to rest by either replacing Gore and let him go or by playing deceptive tactics within to keep him around to lure Equatorians to support the movement as we are now in critical decisive fight against the government of Salva Kiir”, read the document.
Adding, “Critical decision-making issues should not be shared with him or his group in Nairobi and Kampala because such secrets may be leaked to the government,” the document stresses. END
(FROM EDITOR: This article is being widely circulated by the SPLM-DC members and its authenticity can’t be fully confirmed. SouthSudanNation.com decided to publish its only for its readers to decide.)