THE SPLA IO DOES NOT RECRUIT FOREIGNERS.
The SPLA IO strongly refutes the accusation made by the UPDF 4th Division Commander, Brig. Emmanuel Kanyesigye linking a Ugandan Paster Jorom Opio to the people’s movement (SPLM/A IO) as published this morning on Daily Monitor: http://www.monitor.co.ug/…/Pastor-Ugandans-SPLM-Police-Flyi….
The SPLA IO does not know or have anyone called Jorom Opio in its ranks and file, besides the SPLA IO does not recruit foreigners nor does it operate abroad. The South Sudanese who joined the SPLA IO do so voluntarily to bring about reforms to South Sudan under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. This requires personal sacrifice.
Furthermore, Brig. Kanyesigye in his accusation continued alleging that the so called Pastor Jorom Opio represented the SPLA IO last year in the peace talks that resulted to the signed cessation of hostilities (COH) on 21/12/2017. This is completely false.The government of Uganda, being a member of the IGAD, knows exactly who represented the SPLM/A IO in the HLRF since it started on 18/12/2017.
The SPLA IO holds the Ugandan government with high esteem for not only hosting and protecting millions of South Sudanese refugees who fled the country due to the current conflict but also for tirelessly working hard to bring peace to South Sudan through the HLRF. Thus, the SPLA IO has nothing to do with the aforementioned pastor.
Col. Lam Paul Gabriel
SPLA IO Deputy Military Spokesperson