Breaking: SPLM-IO relaxes travel restrictions for all ITGNU officials

Chairman of the SPLM-IO and First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon | Photo: File

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO has announced the lifting of travel restrictions imposed on ITGNU officials allied to the Kiir administration.

The SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson, Manawa Peter Gatkouth said the step taken by the SPLM-IO shows their commitment to uniting the people of South Sudan bringing them under one government.

“All the territories of South Sudan belong to one government led by President Salva Kiir, and Dr. Riek Machar and other Vice Presidents,” said Manawa during an interview with Radio Miraya.

Speaking to the media after attending a peace mission in Jonglei state, Gatkuoth noted that from now on, all government officials, regardless of their political affiliations, can now travel freely and visit remote areas previously controlled by the main opposition group, SPLM-IO.

This is the first time the main armed opposition group has relaxed travel restrictions imposed on ITGNU officials since the conflict erupted in mid-December 2013.

Last month, the Ministry of Education, at the request of the President’s office, banned Primary Leaving Examinations in areas controlled by the SPLM-IO, citing insecurity and bureaucratic impediments.

“Security threats in most of the SPLM-IO bases in parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile State. Case in point is the recent detention of Staff belonging to an agent contracted by the National Ministry of General Education and Instruction to pay teachers’ incentives in Nyiror in Jonglei State.”

South Sudan’s government and opposition groups signed the R-ARCSS in September 2018 aimed ending years of violence that has claimed thousands lives and displaced millions from their homes.

SPLM-IO welcomes lifting of travel restrictions on Machar

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

Dec 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Office of the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, has strongly welcomed the recent communique issued at the 38th Extraordinary Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government on December 20, 2020 in Djibouti.

“The Office of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, and Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) welcomes IGAD resolution number 9 on the freedom of H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, as came out from the 38th Extraordinary Assembly of the Heads of State and Government, in Djibouti, on 20th December, 2020.”

On Sunday, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) clarified that there are currently no travel restrictions or bans imposed on the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar and that he is free to travel anywhere in the world.

“The Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government underscored that currently there are no travel restrictions of any kind imposed by IGAD on the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” the IGAD said in a communique issued on Sunday.

Machar had been under house arrest in South Africa, and later in the Sudan capital Khartoum. After the signing of the peace deal, Igad officials said the restrictions had been lifted, but had not made formal documentation of it.