“No General Elections in 2022,” Kiir’s Office Declares

President Salva Kiir Mayardit | File Photo

Responding to allegations made by Peter Biar Ajak, the office of the president has said that, given the ongoing situation in the country, there will be no General Elections in 2022.

” During the recent US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State of Democracy in the World, Dr. Peter Biar Ajak testified making a series of largely unsubstantiated allegations against President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Government of South Sudan. Some of these baseless claims merit a response,” the Office of the President denied Peter Biar’s unsubstantiated claims while testifying before the U.S. Senate on Foreign Relations.

On allegations of human rights violations committed by the notorious national security services, Kiir’s office said there is no concrete evidence that innocent civilians are killed on a daily basis in the country.

“The charge incessantly repeated by Dr. Ajak that he narrowly escaped death at the hands of South Sudanese Security agents in Nairobi, Kenya is patently false. All along meanwhile under detention in South Sudan for dangerous subversive activities, he was totally at the mercy of the Government. Yet, not only did he suffer no harm both physically and psychologically, but the very same President Salva Kiir Mayardit whom he continues to vilify, showed clemency and ordered his release after hardly serving any significant jail term following his lawful conviction by a competent court of law.”

“Having said that perhaps Dr. Ajak is entitled to sorme credit after all for this elaborate ruse, probably crafted with the help of his lawyers, to enable him instantaneously gain political asylum in the US as an applicant whose life was allegedly in immediate danger. In that he has succeeded with flying colors. On the mandate of President Kiir, Dr. Ajak asserts that the President assumed power upon the country’s independence as an appointed rather as an elected leader.”

“By this he insinuates, that as an unelected leader of independent South Sudan, President Kiir lacks legitimacy. Naturally the new political dispensation ushered in at South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, was an interim arrangement that could not conceivably start in a vacuum. The incumbent Government led by President Kiir had by necessity at the time, to be entrusted with the task of steering the country through transition to elections.”

“It is fanciful to think that the SPLM should have dispensed with and proceed to organize elections immediately upon the proclamation of independence. need for an interim period The unfortunate and tragic events of 2013 denied South Sudanese the opportunity of exercising their inalienable right to go the polls and elect their leaders in 2015 as originally envisaged.”

“Had elections gone ahead as planned, President Kiir and the SPLM would have undoubtedly sought the renewal of their mandate to run the country. It is regrettable that South Sudan missed the chance of holding elections, but that is not a credible basis upon which to brand the current Administration as a regime that is undemocratic and hence bereft of any legitimacy. Legitimacy does not stem from form but rather from substance or essence. When President Kiir was elected in 2010 as the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, those who cast their ballots for him are the very same South Sudanese who would have done so again had elections been held in 2015.”

“The fact that eligible South Sudanese voters voted in 2010 in the context of a united Sudan and were expected to vote again in 2015 as citizens of an independent South Sudan, does not affect one bit, the mandate they bestow upon whoever they vote into office.”

“The constitutional and political context in which they vote is immaterial for as long as the voters remain the same people. Therefore President Kiir’s right to lead South Sudan, at least till the next elections determine the post-transition power architecture, is undiminished.”

“Furthermore, the claim that democracy in South Sudan is being stifled is totally without merit. Responsibility Sharing (Power Sharing) during the Transitional Period among multiple political entities is the bedrock of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) of September 2018.”

“These arrangements that have been embedded in the Agreement, constitute an eloquent manifestation of democracy in action. Therefore the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU), by its very nature, is a recognition and full acceptance of the reality that South Sudan is irreversibly locked into a trajectory towards multi-party democracy.”

“The call for early elections in 2022, is again without justification. It must be borne in mind that the actual inauguration of the (R-TGONU) following conclusion of the Agreement in September, 2018 took some time. Hence the time lost must be recouped so that there is adequate time to complete all the tasks of the transition before elections are held.”

“Dr. Ajak himself would acknowledge the absolute necessity of first producing a Permanent Constitution and conducting a population census as indispensable pre-requisites to holding any credible elections. And since these two processes, especially adoption of the Permanent Constitution on the basis of which elections shall be held, and others require time, there is no plausible rationale to insist on rushing elections.”

Maiwut MPs demand investigation into the death of 8 civilians in Paloch

Lawmakers representing defunct Maiwut state witness the swear-in ceremony of former Maiwut’s interim legislative assembly on July 16, 2018 / Photo: Thessherald
    By Buay Kapduel 

Members of Parliament representing the now-defunct Maiwut state have issued a statement, demanding an investigation into the killing of unarmed civilians in Paloch by unidentified gunmen last week.

“In the late afternoon of January 15, 2021 (exactly 4:45 p.m.), a group of armed civilians suspected of being members of the White Army of Nyiel Community from the Apadang, Malut County attacked Nuer civilians at the home of a commander identified as Capt. Joseph Dut in Paloch, killing seven, including a woman, and a child and wounding five (5) others, who are currently recuperating after being airlifted to Juba for further medical attention,” said members of Parliament in a statement.

“All the deceased and wounded civilians were preparing to travel to Mathiang, Longechuk County. It’s reported that such an attack was preceded by a community meeting chaired by one of the chiefs after a wrap-up from a rescue mission in Panomdit where a separate incident [had] occurred: cattle raiding by suspected members of the Nuer White Army from Ulang County in Bai-atak village of Nyiel Dinka Padang.”

The three parliamentarians: Hon. Bor Gatwech Kuany, Hon. Mut Chuol Thoa and Hon. Tulith Kong Diu — strongly condemned the latest wave of ethnically targeted violence and called on the relevant authorities to urgently identify the culprits behind this heinous crime.

“As leaders and representatives of the people, we condemn this heinous act and call upon law enforcement entities in Paloich, Maluth County to bring the perpetrators to book. We also call upon authorities in Ulang County to bring to book those criminals who had carried out cattle rustling and triggered this latest revenge killing.”

“We convey our condolences to the bereaved and urge all those affected by this evil act to refrain from taking law into their own hands and leave the authorities to deal with the matter according to the law.

The lawmakers urged both sides to refrain from retaliating against each other as this goes against the spirit of unity and the ongoing implementation of the peace agreement.

“We call upon our two peaceful and neighboring boring boring communities- the Nyiel Dinka Padang and Gajaak Nuer to deal with this isolated incident in a brotherly manner and continue to maintain their peaceful co-existence. Our communities cannot afford to revert back to the painful atrocious war of the last seven years. We must maintain our peace at all cost.”

Kiir delivers message on New Year’s Eve, pledging to silence the guns in 2021

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit delivers a speech on New Year’s Eve.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit joins the youth during a peace concert organized by Achai Wiir |Photo: © PPU

Fellow citizens,

As we are approaching the year 2021, I would like to convey my new year wishes from Juba to all of you across the country.As I mentioned in my Christmas message, 2020 has been a difficult year.

We were affected by COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to take human lives and exacted economic toll both in our country and across the globe. Our situation has also been worsened by floods, which have destroyed livelihood of thousands of people in our country.

My heart goes out to those who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 as well as those who are living in hardships as a result of the flood. While overcome by sadness, we should all be encouraged by how you, ordinary people, have maintained social harmony during this crisis.

Fellow citizens,

We did not travel the rough road of the year 2020 alone. We received support from our regional and international partners, and I would like on your behalf, to sincerely thank them for standing with us at our difficult moment.

The Transitional Government of National Unity recognizes the value of partnership with international organizations and donors, and this is why we have unconditionally offered our cooperation for all these years. On the basis of this believe, I am appealing to all our partners to open a new page of mutual recognition in the year 2021.

For the last seven years of conflict, we have heard statements from our international partners that have wilfully ignored South Sudanese leaders, while pledging to work with our people.

We, as the leadership have only been asked us to fulfil our obligations in approving humanitarian access, but these obligations demanded from us seem to have no corresponding rights. The South Sudanese, leadership in this conception has obligations to approve things, but has no rights to be treated as a genuine partner.

Today, I would like to underscore that there are some aspects of our responsibility that require genuine cooperation, especially now the Transitional Government of National Unity is in place. To our partners, there is more to be achieved in our collaborative work by mutual recognition than in a language that undermines.

Fellow Citizens,

I am aware that the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement is moving slowly. This slow progress is not due to lack of political will from the parties, it comes from the fact that the agreement itself did cater for everything.

“This requires the parties to work out these areas through dialogue. While it has taken long, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached a substantive agreement on responsibility sharing, except for the position of the governor of Upper Nile state.”

This agreement has paved the way for the parties to submit the proposed names of candidates for legislatures and states government officials. Although the announcement of state government officials and the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, will come in phases, I can assure you that it has already started.

We announced deputy governors yesterday and more announcements are imminent. For this milestone, I would like to congratulate the parties and urge them to use this momentum to quicken the pace of the implementation of the remaining chapters of the agreement. This is because the revitalized peace agreement is the framework for returning our country to permanent stability, and we have no choice other than to implement it faithfully.

Fellow citizens,

While work continues on the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, we are also engaging Holdout Groups through the Rome Process to make the quest for peace in our country inclusive.

These talks are now progressing under the guidance of Sant’Egidio Community, and I would like to appeal to my brothers and sisters in South Sudan Opposition Alliance to see this as an opportunity to silence the guns in our country.

The Transitional Government of National Unity is committed to Sant’Egidio mediation, and we are hopeful that tangible progress will be achieved in the next round. Fellow citizens, Let us all work to silence the guns in 2021.

This will allow us to focus on directing our resources to national development priorities such as service provision to our people. May this year be the year of peace and hope for us here in South Sudan and for humanity. Stay united and I wish you happy and prosperous new year, and may God bless our country, South Sudan.

Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan

Breaking: Top SPLM-IO official dies in Juba

Late Telar Ring Deng, former South Sudan’s Ambassador to Russia |Photo: File

South Sudan’s former Ambassador to Russia, Telar Ring Deng, has died days after contracting the Coronavirus, his family announced this afternoon.

Ring was South Sudan’s ambassador to Russia, before he tendered his resignation in 2018 under unclear circumstances.

He was appointed head of mission in Russia in 2014 after the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly rejected his first appointment, as minister for justice.

He’s also among the top SPLM-IO officials who returned to the country under the peace agreement signed in September 2018.

According to his family, Ring passed away today at Dr. John Garang Infectious Disease Unit in the capital, Juba, while receiving treatment.

SPLM-IO officials ramp up leadership consultations, submit their nominees

SPLM-IO officials during a High-Level consultation meeting in Juba on November 4, 2020 |Photo: Office of the FVP.

November 4, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO, in a high-level meeting attended by senior officials representing constituencies, resumed leadership consultations on Tuesday, and each state presented a final report on the nomination of cadres for executive and legislative positions to the states.

“SPLM/SPLA (IO) Leadership consultations continue as each state leadership submits final report on the nomination of their cadres to states executive and legislative positions as well as County Commissioners and members of the County COUNCILS,” the Office of the First Vice-President said.

“Almost seven states have submitted their final reports so far by today, Tuesday, 3 November, 2020.”

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO, is the main signatory to the peace agreement signed in September 2018 in Addis Ababa.

Vietnam calls for international support for South Sudan

Oct 18, 2020 (Thessherald)–Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Head of the Vietnamese mission to the UN, voiced his hope that the UN, regional organisations and international partners continue support for South Sudan during the country’s transitional process.

Quy, who is also chairman of the UNSC’s Committee on South Sudan (Committee 2206), made the statement while co-chairing an online meeting of the committee with Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict on October 16.

On behalf of Vietnam, Ambassador Quy hailed positive progress in South Sudan’s political-security situation since the transitional government was established in February 2020, saying it has helped facilitate the protection of vulnerable groups, including children.

He took the occasion to urge the South Sudanese government to continue implementing the Action Plan to end and prevent all grave violations against children, and work more to ensure children’s access to food, education and healthcare.

According to Virginia Gamba, the number of child casualties has decreased significantly since a ceasefire agreement was reached in 2018.

She spoke highly of the transitional government’s efforts in protecting children in recent years, including the signing of the Action Plan with the UN in February 2020.

However, she stressed that children in South Sudan continue to face tremendous challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, humanitarian crisis, and increasing violence among communities.

Members of the Committee 2206 shared the Special Representative’s point, and emphasized on the necessity to protect children.

Committee 2206, established pursuant to the UNSC’s Resolution 2206, is mandated to supervise the implementation of measures to enhance assurance of peace and security in South Sudan. Vietnam assumes the role of chair of the committee in the 2020-2021 tenure.


Troika hails Sudanese parties for signing peace accord in Juba

October 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Troika countries, (United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) have strongly welcomed the recent signing of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) between the Civilian-led Transitional Government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi and Sudanese Alliance on Saturday in the capital, Juba.

The troika stressed in a press statement that the signing of the peace agreement heralds a new dawn of peace and prosperity for the Sudanese people – who have been affected by the decades-long civil war.

“The peace agreement marks an important step toward meeting the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, and justice, especially for those affected by conflict in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and other parts of Sudan,” the Troika said.

“The agreement includes a ceasefire and an increase in participation from the opposition movements and conflict affected communities in the transitional government, as well as mechanisms and commitments for reconciliation, justice and resource sharing.”

The Troika commended the Sudanese government and the rebel groups for their sincere commitment and participation during the peace talks.

“We commend the parties for engaging in the good faith negotiations needed for this comprehensive agreement and thank the Government of South Sudan for its mediation efforts leading to today’s signing.”

“We also recognize the role played by the UN and other regional and bilateral partners.”

The Troika countries appreciated the ongoing dialog between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North led by Abdelaziz Al-Hilu and urged the two sides to redouble their efforts to end the conflict.

“The Troika also welcomes the recent dialogue between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North/Abdelaziz al-Hilu and encourages both sides to begin wider negotiations on ending their conflict so all Sudanese can play a part in the transitional process.”

“We call on the Sudan Liberation Movement/Abdulwahid Al Nur and the Government of Sudan to begin talks to achieve a comprehensive peace involving all the major armed movements.”

“A lasting peace will require dedicated and Sudanese-led efforts to implement this agreement in the spirit of cooperation and compromise. The Troika looks forward to continuing our support for the parties and all Sudanese in the realization of a lasting peace.”

Kiir, Machar to form Parliament next week

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

October 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Parties to the peace deal are expected to form the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNA) within these coming weeks said President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

President Kiir made the remarks on Saturday during the signing ceremony of the Sudanese peace agreement in the capital, Juba.

“The structure and composition of the legislature at state level have already been agreed, and the coming few weeks will witness the formation of the National Legislative Branch of Government through the setting up of our bicameral legislature consisting of Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA)and the Council of States,” South Sudan’s head of state was quoted as saying.

Kiir noted that preparations are underway to graduate the Necessary Unified Forces, which is an important phase in the implementation of the Security Arrangements.

“We are also on the verge of passing out the first batch of our Joint Unified (VIP) Protection Unit that will be the nucleus of our future integrated South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF),” Kiir remarked.

He also undermined that the only outstanding issue is the need for the Parties to reach consensus on the allocation counties at the local levels.

“What remains is the agreement among the different stakeholders on the allocation of leadership positions in a handful of counties.”

“Once that is done, we will have completed the executive structure from national down to the local government level,” he added.

The Politics of the SPLM-IG and the rejection of Johnson Olony’s appointment

Opinion | By Juol Nhomngek Daniel, from the SPLM-IO desk, Lakes State

SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony and members of the opposition posing for a group picture | Photo: File

SPLM-IO nominee, General Johnson Olony and members of the opposition posing for a group picture | Photo: File

September 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–The rejection of General Johnson Olony to be Decreed the Governor of the SPLM-IO in Upper Nile State should be understood as Political not as for Security reasons as claimed by the President Kiir..

For the last months, the SPLM-IG has been playing the game of hide and seek in attempt to destroy the Agreement while pointing at the SPLM-IO. The SPLM-IG is just capitalizing on the public perception against the SPLM-IO not the reality as shown by the existing facts on the ground.

The facts show that the SPLM-IG is not ready for the implementation of the SPLM-IG in letter and spirit. For the last years the SPLM-IG has been dragging its feet which makes the Agreement remain behind schedule.

On September 12, 2020, the Agreement will have two years since it was signed and it was supposed to commence immediately on September 12, 2018 but the SPLM-IG is not ready for that. It has been deploying several tactics ranging from extension of the Agreement and overstepping its as the Agreement provides.

For instance, the President has equal powers with the First Vice President according to the Agreement but the SPLM-IG members don’t get this clearly as seen in the case of General Johnson Olony.

The Agreement is clear in Article 1. 5. 1. Which refers the Executive of the RTGoNU that shall comprise the President, the First Vice President and other four Vice Presidents as Presidency.

Article 1.9.6 .1.1. of the Agreement further provides that Decision Making in the Presidency shall be in spirit of collegial collaboration.
According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, collegiality is defined as, “the cooperative relationship of colleagues.” collaboration as, “to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor. The collegial collaboration is therefore the relationship of openness, trust, and support of each other in their duty.

The appointment of the Governors by each party should therefore be respected unless there is genuine reason why each party refuses as seen in the present case of the SPLM-IG rejecting the Nominee of the SPLM-IO.. If the President refuses to issue the decree confirming the designated Governor of the SPLM-IO as it is witnessed in the present case of General Johnson Olony, the President must give strong reasons which are not like the current reasons in rejecting General Johnson Olony.

For better understanding, since July 2020 when the Chairman and the First Vice President, His Excellency Dr Riek Machar nominated General Johnson Olony to be decreed as the Governor of Upper, the President and some of the members of the SPLM-IG have so far rejected the appointment on some grounds.

President Kiir has so far refused to confirm the appointment of General Johnson Olony that he was going to cause the war as he has his own army. Because of that the Office of the President described Johnson Olony as an opposition officer who plans to spoil the peace process.

Also, that General Johnson Olony must come to Juba before he is appointed but this is just double standards. How come some Governors were appointed when they were outside South Sudan why General Johnson Olony alone? This is not genuine reason.

On the above two grounds, President Kiir asked the SPLM-IO the Chairman of the SPLM-IO Dr Riek Machar to change his candidate for Upper Nile state’s governorship for security reasons.

As it can be understood in the above paragraph, President Kiir rejected the nominee of the SPLM-IO for the Governorship of Upper Nile State mainly for security reasons, which is not also strong ground.

If the rejection is because of Security then three quarters in the Government of South Sudan would have not been working in the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

Within the Ministers and two Vice Presidents nominated and appointed by the SPLM-IG and who are currently working in the current half formed Government (TGoNU), there are those who are not supposed to work in TGoNU because they are part or behind the war in South Sudan and can therefore be considered security threats to South Sudan.

In addition, some of those SPLM-IG Ministers and Vice Presidents are still being citied today in the plan to work against the Revitalized Agreement with intention of destroying it as they don’t want the Agreement to be implemented in letter and spirit.

So there is a real sabotage being staged by the SPLM-IG to make sure that the Agreement fails and then blame Dr. Riek Machar, the SPLM-IO leadership and general membership for being responsible for it failure.

The SPLM-IG has been playing that trick since 2013 by using the historical background of Dr Riek and negatively sell him to the public that Dr. Riek Machar does not love peace or his interest is only to get power which the masses are ready to accept like the Biblical Truth.

In reality, the facts existing show that the rejection of General and other activities the President and the Members of the SPLM-IG include the rejection of Johnson Olony is politics rather than security reasons as the President puts it because of the following reasons:

Frst, the SPLM-IG or the Incumbent TGoNU is not implementing the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (Revitalized Agreement) but the SPLM-IG members are trying to implement their plan to defeat the SPLM-IO or to weaken it.

The plan of the SPLM-IG to weaken the SPLM-IO explains why the SPLM-IG members are buying the SPLM-IO members and while others are campaigning to make sure that the members of the SPLM-IO defect from the SPLM-IO and rejoin the SPLM-IG.

The examples to support the above assertion are many. One of them is the attacks on the Members of the SPLM-IO in Lakes State verbally and directly as seen during the cracks down of the Members of the SPLM-IO in Lakes State.

Many SPLM-IO supporters and members in Lakes State were arrested though some of them were released recently in Military Intelligence Prison at Gida in Juba while others are still under detention in unknown detention Centres in South Sudan at large.

In the same line, we have recently witnessed and heard the calls in Lakes State by the SPLM-IG Women’s Representative who called for the SPLM-IO members to leave Lakes State peacefully. That call led us to issue press in response to that call.

Moreover, some members of the SPLM-IO from Nuer Community have been bribed or bought that led to their mass exodus or defection and rejoined the SPLM-IG in March and April 2020.

In addition, Ambassador Telar was rejected by the SPLM-IG from being appointed as the Governor of Lakes State not because he is security threats but the SPLM-IG feared Ambassador Telar because he is influential and can easily mobilize many people from Lakes State to join the SPLM-IO.

The same thing is being witnessed in the rejection of General Johnson Olony that he is security threats which is not true because Ambassador Telar was not in charge of any forces like General Olony yet the President rejected him until he took away Lakes State from the SPLM-IO.

Lakes State was allocated to the SPLM-IO before it was again taken away and replaced with Western Equatoria and Western Bahr El Ghazal. Thus, I am wondering at the reason for the SPLM-IG rejecting General Johnson on ground he is security threats yet Ambassador Telar was not a security threat in Lakes State yet the SPLM-IG rejected him.

Therefore, the rejection in my opinion is more of a political than security. The interpretation is that the SPLM-IG is trying by all means to weaken the SPLM-IO Politically. This is because the SPLM-IO has remained as the only strong opposition compare to SSOA, OPP and FDs that have been absorbed into the SPLM-IG by implication.

Furthermore, the rejection is Political because the SPLM-IG is not interested in implementing the Peace Agreement as it may lead to some of them losing the political power. This is because some of the influential members within the SPLM-IG or the Incumbent TGoNU are not ready to implement the Revitalized Agreement in letter and spirit at their own expenses.

The implementation may lead to them introducing the rule of law and then losing power as a result of the strict implementation of the Agreement. Hence, the SPLM-IG are trying to play politics to weaken the SPLM-IO through taking it’s strong members away or through denying the SPLM-IO members real power as seen in the case of Ambassador Telar and the current conflict over the appointment of General Johnson Olony.

At the same time, the SPLM-IG has controlled finances so that the Ministers appointed by the SPLM-IO don’t possess financial power to implement the SPLM-IO activities alongside their national function.

Ir is in that respect, The SPLM-IG is rejecting the idea that the Ministry of Finance should be allocated to the SPLM-IO in Western Equatoria State in violation of the Agreement. The Agreement among the Parties is very clear, the State allocated to each party must be allocated together with Ministry of Finance, which the SPLM-IG is trying to renegotiate in the case of Western Equatoria.

The reason the SPLM-IG is trying to breach the above said Agreement among the Parties that the Finance Ministry follows the post of Governor is because the SPLM-IG is trying to weaken the SPLM-IO financially and hoping that the SPLM-IO will not have not financial powers to implement its own programmes.

The SPLM-IG is further hoping that the members of the SPLM-IO will give up and instead decide to rejoin the SPLM-IG with time. It is the same thing the SPLM-IG does not want people to explain to the public their secret activities of trying to obstruct the implementation of the Agreement.

In relation to the same above explained sabotage, the method the SPLM-IG Members are using is sharing the blame without sharing the benefits that result from what cause they blame. As they have only accommodated the members of the SPLM-IO in the Government the SPLM-IG government officials including the President are not giving them financial or real power.

In the same line, the SPLM-IG officials in the Government are not ready for real reforms as provided in the Agreement and instead continue with their mismanagement of of the country as usual. But the majority of the SPLM-IO members are not ready to openly talk against those problems for the fear of being branded as people who are not ready for peace.

In doing that they have put the members of the SPLM-IO in delimma where they can’t talk for being viewed by the public as warmongers as well as due to the fear of raising some questions as to why should we the members of the SPLM-IO be talking yet we are in the same Government..

The foregoing explanation will expose the plan of the SPLM-IG to destroy the Agreement while portraying the SPLM-IO as the party that loves war and only look for the power not reforms as we have been claiming. This time, the SPLM-IG is trying to deploy the same strategy..

Hope, from the explanation given in this work, the citizens of South Sudan will be able to understand why we the members of the SPLM-IO make noises while we are in the Government; we don’t need to be coopted into mismanagement.

In short, the rejection of the SPLM-IG of General Johnson Olony, the failure to form the complete Government of National Unity and the general slow process of the implementation of Revitalized Agreement is not the fault of the SPLM-IO but it is the method of President Kiir and his officials to destroy the SPLM-IO by selling it negatively to the Public which badly need peace.

The writer is a concerned South Sudanese citizen and member of the main opposition group, SPLM-IO.

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NAS kidnaps SPLA-IO officers in Kajo Keji

May 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–The National Salvation Front (NAS), a militant group fighting against both the government and the opposition has ambushed a vehicle ferrying SPLA-IO officers and kidnapped around 8 people, including senior commanders, according to Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson.

“On 10/05/2020 at about 3:00PM a vehicle transporting SPLA-IO officers to the Sector 8 HQ in Wunulyet was ambushed by NAS forces at Kansuk in Kajo Keji County. About eight (8) SPLA-IO including three senior Officers were abducted by the attackers.”

The militant group, a Non-signatory to the peace deal, has been wagging an armed rebellion in South Sudan’s Central and Western Equatoria region since 2018.

SPLM/A-IO urged the NAS leadership to immediately release the detained officers and hand them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a neutral organization mandated to facilitate the release of detainees in line with the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access.

“The SPLA-IO calls upon NAS leadership to release those officers to a neutral body as soon as possible.”

The Senior officers include:

  1. Brig. Gen. Sammy Logeleng
  2. Brig. Gen. Clement Samuel
  3. Col. Wokil Peter.

The main armed opposition group called upon peace monitors to probe into the incident and hold those responsible to account.

“The SPLA-IO calls upon CTSAMM and UNMISS to investigate this violation and brings those responsible to account.”

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