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Until Saturday, Amb Ezekiel has been participating in the peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which are aimed at finding a political solution to the turmoil in the world’s youngest nation.
However, it appears Ezekiel was all along determined to join forces with Machar to challenge President Salva Kiir’s hold on power.
According to a statement from the SPLM Leaders (former Political Detainees) seen by Chimpreports on Sunday, these politicians met Friday in Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, “to discuss the request of Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth, a member of the SPLM Leaders (FD) to join the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement/Army in-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO).”
They said Amb Ezekiel “expressed his genuine desire to go and assist the SPLM/A (IO) politically.”
Former South Sudan Justice Minister John Luk Jok said the meeting endorsed Ezekiel’s request, “since this is his individual wish at this critical juncture in which the people of South Sudan are yearning for peace and democratic change.”
He further noted that Amb. Ezekiel will “pursue the struggle for just peace, democracy and justice in South Sudan and add political value to SPLM/A In–Opposition.”
The statement added: “Having shared in the common experience of the struggle for independence of South Sudan and the fight against despotism, we can only wish him well in his new political endeavours.”
The former detainees rubbished reports of disunity in their ranks, saying, “the SPLM Leaders remain solidly united and fully committed to the agenda of achieving peace, stability and democracy in South Sudan by peaceful means together with the other South Sudan stakeholders in the IGAD mediated Peace process.”