IGAD faults Kiir, Machar for allocating states without consulting SSOA
June 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–The East African regional body, IGAD, has now criticized President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice-president Dr. Riek Machar for unilaterally allocating the States without prior consultation with members of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), one of the signatory parties to the R-ARCSS.
In a statement, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, said the move contravenes the peace agreement, noting that the two leaders have not right to impose their decisions on the other members of the presidency without consulting them.
“President Salva Kiir and FVP Dr. Riek Machar have no right to make the final decision without the other members of the Presidency,” Gebeyehu tweeted on Thursday.
“Its clearly a violation of R-ARCSS and as IGAD would like to express our concerns over the recent resolution of states that it was wrong and you should sit 6 of you and come up with the right and final decision for the people of South Sudan.”
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar held a meeting on June 17, 2020, and agreed to allocate the states among the parties as follows:
- The Former ITGONU shall nominate the Governors for each of the following six (6) States;
(a) Northern Bahr El Ghazel State
(b) Warrap State
(c) Lakes State
(d) Eastern Equatoria State,
(e) Central Equatoria State
(f) Unity State
- The SPLM (IO) shall nominate the governor for each of the following three (3) States;
a) Western Bahr El Ghazel State
b) Western Equatoria State
c) Upper Nile State
- The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) shall nominate the Governor for Jonglei State.
However, the resolution was rejected by members of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), citing that they were not consulted in the first place.