May 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Chairman of the SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar has rejected the recent unilateral allocation of states by President Kiir and asked the JMEC to intervene.
In a letter addressed to Amb. Lt. Gen. Augustino S.K. Njoroge Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), Machar issues the following statement.
Subject: Resolution No.1 on Allocation of States
I am writing to bring to your attention the rejection of SPLM(IO) the statement on the meeting of the Presidency issued today, 7th May 2020.
• Article 1.16.4 of R-ARCSS states that “In sharing State and local government positions the Parties shall take into consideration the relative prominence each Party has in the respective State or county.” This article gives the Parties the competence to allocate the States and Counties and not the Presidency.
• The article also makes it clear that the prominence of Parties in each State must influence the choice of the States
• The allocation of the States as came in the statement is that of the President and not a decision taken by consensus. It does not put into consideration the relative prominence of each Party has in each of the respective State or county. In this case, neither SSOA nor ITGONU has prominence in Upper Nile state more than SPLM (IO).
• The allocation of the States also violates article 184.108.40.206. which gives OPP 1 state governor.
• The President’s allocation of the States gives the ITGONU 6 state governors instead of 5 state governors (article 220.127.116.11.). This is a violation of the R-ARCSS.
• As far as we are concerned, the deadlock on the allocation of the States still stands. We wish to remind R-JMEC that we have previously invoked Article 7.11 of R-ARCSS to resolve the deadlock. The decision taken by President Salva Kiir today is a clear rejection of the recommendation made to the Parties by the Interim Chairman of RIMEC in his letter number RJMEC/C/2020L/136 dated 1st of April 2020.
In this case, according to the same Article 7.11 the RJMEC has to refer the matter to the Guarantors. In light of the above, I would like to underline the fact that there was no consensus in the President’s allocation of States but rather deadlock, as such I am asking for your intervention.