Troika calls on Kiir, Machar to urgently resolve pending tasks


Troika countries issue a press release, calling for full implementation of R-ARCSS | Photo: USA Embassy in S. Sudan

Troika countries issue a press release, calling for full implementation of R-ARCSS | Photo: via Facebook /USA Embassy in S. Sudan

Statement of the Troika Special Envoys on the 2nd anniversary of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)

September 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Troika (Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom) reconfirms its support for the people of South Sudan and shares their desire to see a permanent end to conflict and fear of a return to violence. As we mark the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) we commend progress to date, but express concern at delay. This week, during the first visit of all Troika Envoys to South Sudan since 2017, we urged all sides to demonstrate the leadership needed to deliver progress and maintain peace.

We applaud President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar, and all parties to the R-ARCSS for the leadership demonstrated in February through the forming of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU). Despite this, we remain concerned by the violence that has killed hundreds in recent months, further disrupting livelihoods and humanitarian access, with more than 50% of the population facing severe acute food insecurity. Regardless of the causes of this violence all sides must accelerate efforts to deliver the R-ARCSS in full and see that the national ceasefire is maintained. We also urge those groups who remain outside the R-ARCSS to demonstrate their clear commitment to peace through effective dialogue and honor their commitment in the Rome Declaration to end violence.

Leadership and clear action is needed to address outstanding tasks, such as the finalization of governance structures and the building of a national security apparatus capable of addressing violence across the country regardless of political or ethnic affiliation. Humanitarian access must also be allowed across the country, without impediment. And as partners delivering support to South Sudan we urge the RTGoNU to deliver its commitment on economic reforms, inclusivity and transparency of public finances: these will help increase the confidence of the international community to provide further support and to build a relationship for the development of the country. Participation of women at all levels of government is a key element of the Peace Agreement.

South Sudan’s leaders have a real opportunity to deliver the foundation of a stable and prosperous nation for all, and to demonstrate their commitment to peace. We urge them to demonstrate this as a matter of urgency and will work with South Sudan to support progress.

‘We’re hailed as heroes on battlefields, but forgotten during peacetime,’ Lou Nuer blasts Machar

(Thessherald)–Lou Nuer Community Association in Nairobi, Kenya has issued a strongly worded statement, condemning and decrying recent unfair allocation of ministerial portfolios to other sub-clans of the Nuer tribe by the leadership of the SPLM-IO.

Below is the statement issued by the Lou Nuer community following the appointment of the cabinet ministers.

Rejection of Weak Docket Allocated to Lou-Nuer And Imbalance of Other Nuer Subsections In Appointment

“In reference to the aforementioned subject, Lou Nuer Community Association in Kenya decries and regrets the light and almost no ministry given to them Under SPLM/A-IO. This is the ignorance of the highest order and the community cannot and will not accept the docket for countless reasons that only few can be mentioned to ease the readership, time and space. Lou Nuer community has been experiencing marginalization from Dr Riek for many decades.”

We cannot be watching the abandonment of this community after massive support was given to IO. We have realized that Lou Nuer are preferred as front line by Dr. Riek Machar but he does not consider them as end-users of movement success.

We lost Dong and Koang Rambang for being IO supporters but as appointment comes, the deceased’s families are not even remembered anywhere or in whatsoever case.To bring you to what ought to be done if we meant well for the movement, Lou Nuer community deserves to be given Petroleum as to compensate them of their denied complains in 2016.

Therefore in the short note, as a community we observed the following mistakes [made] by Dr. Riek Machar against the Lou Nuer community and the Nuer community at large:

  1. Dr. Reik Machar appointed Aggrey’s wife and did not say or reward Dong and Gatdet Dak families.
  2. To ease the equal distributions of positions in 10 Lou Nuer community demanded that, Angelina Teny Should only server at the capacity of the 2nd Lady of the Republic of South Sudan and her docket falls to Greater Jikany Eastern Nuer.
  3. Lou Nuer community must be given nothing less but Petroleum and failure to do so will lead to the shift of community support from 10 without any bargains.

In addition to all, Lou Nuer are calling up on Peter Manawa Gatkuoth Gual not to take oaths in that Ministry of Water and irrigation and we are recalling him back to the community till the community settle with the 10 leadership.

On the same note, we would also like to seize this opportunity to give vote of thanks and acknowledge the recognitions given to Lou Nuer community by other oppositions for instance FPDS in person Of Hon. John Luke Jok Minister for EACA and SSOA in person of Hon.Denay Jok Chagor Minister for General education and instruction.

We say congratulations and we have welcome the huge contribution you guys brought home eventually. To You Lou Nuer, You need to be vigilant this time round and as a community, we must cease from blind support and we support movements with returns by the end of the day unlike what IO has done to Lou Nuer community.

In conclusion, if any position is given to Lou Nuer, Lou Nuer elders Like Late Gabriel Yoal, John Luke Jock, 1st Lt Simon Gatwech Dual, Gen Chot Riek Pathot and Peter Bol Kong. These are people who know how Lou Nuer things are shared amongst themselves.

Regardless of their affiliations, we believe peaces have come and if so, consulting the said elders could not be an offence but could only save the movement from blames. NB: It must be very dear that if Dr Riek Machar Pays deaf hears to this community demand, let him forget Lou Nuer votes and it is explicit that Lou Nuer is a No go zone (Not political backyard again).