SPLM-IO contented with 3 states, tells others to take it or leave it

Press Statement
For Immediate Release
19 June, 2020

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar exchange greetings in Juba | Photo: Supplied

June 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–The office of the First Vice President and Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to clarify on the following:

  • That we agreed with the other major Party (ITGoNU), as Parties, and rightly so, and not as a Presidency, since the matter of allocations of the 10 States is between and among the Parties to the R-ARCSS. Hence, the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) consulted with the leadership of the other major Party, the ITGoNU (SPLM-IG) which resulted in the agreement to allocate the three States to the SPLM/SPLA (IO). And this is after we also learnt that other Parties had been separately consulting with the major Party (ITGoNU), leaving us with no other choice but to also consult with the major Party and reach an agreement.
  • Inform the stakeholders in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the general public that we, as a Party to the R-ARCSS, have agreed to the allocation to our Party the gubernatorial positions for the three States of Western Equatoria, Western Bahr El Ghazal and Upper Nile.
  • SPLM/SPLA (IO) did not decide on behalf of any other Party, be it ITGoNU, SSOA or OPP, on which State to be allocated to which other Party, or which Party gets nothing. We focused on our part of allocation during the consultations involving the ITGoNU.
  • Since OPP is supposed to be allocated one State governorship per the responsibility sharing ratio in the Agreement, and in case it has agreed to let go its State ratio based on any understanding, we are therefore of the view that this understanding, if any, should be done in writing, signed and be annexed to the R-ARCSS as an Annexure.

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