IGAD orders Machar’s immediate release from house arrest

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairman of the SPLM-IO (Photo Credit: File)

November 17, 2020 (Thessherald)–The head of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s liaison office, Amb. Tesfaye Negassa, has called on regional leaders to release opposition leader and Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar from ‘house confinement’ and allow him to move freely in the region.

Amb. Tesfaye underlined that it is of the utmost importance for Machar to enjoy freedom of movement in light of the fact that he occupies a high position in the unity government.

“As you know his Excellency the First Vice President of this country is holding a very high office, and by virtue of that, he has all the privileges to move around. It is our belief,” said Amb. Tesfaye Negassa in a statement on Monday.

“We have handled it and IGAD’s Executive Secretary has already written a letter to the IGAD chairperson about his free movements,” he added.

Machar, a prominent opposition leader, has since been placed under house arrest and the leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have restricted him from drumming up regional support.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development has placed travel restrictions on opposition leader Machar following the outbreak of violence in the capital, Juba in 2016.

Since then, the SPLM-IO leadership has been calling for an urgent release of Machar from house arrest.

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