Machar accused of betraying Shilluk Kingdom, by colluding with land grabbers

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

The Upper Nile Youth Committee in the SPLM-IO has strongly condemned the recent agreement between Machar and ITGNU officials regarding the relocation and detachment of Makal County from Malakal town.

“On behalf of Upper Nile Youth Committee in SPLM(IO) and in my own behalf, we condemn and reject the detachment of Malakal town from Makal county in the strongest term possible. This happened yesterday on 12th March, 2021 after a meeting between H.E. Dr. Riak Machar Teny Dr. Elia Lomoro, Hon. Tut Gatluak and Hon. Obudhok Ayang. The resolution of their meeting was to detached of Makal county from its original headquarter Malakal town to Wau Collo,” the Committee noted in a statement.

The Youth Committee pointed out that the agreement reached by the leaders is unconstitutional and has no legal basis as it was done outside the constitution or the current peace agreement.

“This move was unconstitutional and lacks legal bases since no article or constitutional right to give them the power do so. Detachment of Malakal town from Makal county is a total violation to the Constitution of South Sudan and peace agreement since the agreement was based on 10 states. What happened yesterday was a betrayal to the cause of our struggle and also contrary to TBC report which clearly indicates Malakal town being part of the greater Makal county.”

“This is the act to jeopardize peace agreement. Malakal town as the capital of Makal county was established based on the former British colonial districts of 1956 and later was witnessed during the signing of the CPA which gave Collo Kingdom the ownership of the land by the late Dr. John Garage De Mabior the former Chairman and Commander in chief of SPLM/A based on the historical fact Therefore, Dr Riek Machar, Dr. Elia, Tut Gatluak and Obudhok Ayang have no power to detach Malakal town from Makal county without consulting the owners of the land.”

“Separating Municipality from county is an act of land grabbing and is just a political game trying to create confusion and division between the people of upper Nile since in other states Municipality and county capital exist in the same town for example Juba Municipality and Juba county headquarter are all located in Juba town.”

“Sacrifices made by the SPLA(IO) and Agwelek Forces to achieve a better South Sudan and defend their land cannot go in vain, no human power on this earth will be able to take Malakal ownership from Collo Kingdom.”

“Malakal will remain forever and ever the Land of Collo Kingdom no matter what. In conclusion, we call on our people to be optimistic since all historical documents prove the ownership of the land of Malakal belongs to the Collo People. Let us be hopeful and peace will prevail. Best wishes Sign,” said Omojok Obac, Chairman of the Upper Nile Youth Committee, SPLM-IO.

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