South Sudan: Government Delegation Accused IGAD Mediators and Partners, Wants Venue Changed!

Michael Makuei Lueth(centre), the Acting Chief Negotiator for SPLM-Juba(Photo: Oyet Patric/Nyamilepedia)

Michael Makuei Lueth(centre), the Acting Chief Negotiator for the government delegation, the Minister of information and broadcasting and the government spokesman (Photo: Oyet Patric/Nyamilepedia)

October 1, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, who doubles as the government Spokesman, recently accused the America, Britain, Norway and Ethiopia on the BBC Focus on Africa program for financing and “controlling” the peace process.

“The Troika are the one controlling the process and negotiations. They are the one financing the peace talks. They came in with their money with strings attached. And this string attached include regime changes.” – Makuei said in a BBC Focus interview.

Makuei accused the Ethiopia Ambassador to China, Amb. Seyoum Mesfin, who is currently the IGAD lead mediator, for “being a mediator in his home country” and for being influenced by those who finance the South Sudan Peace Process.

“We want the venue to be changed as well as the chief mediator. Because the chief mediator being a mediator in his home country and who is being influenced by others who are being paid, then we will not be able to reach peace in Ethiopia” – Makuei said.

The government delegation wants the peace process transferred to Kenya and be led by the Kenyan Envoy, General Lazarus Sumbeiywo, who played an important role during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA, that led to South Sudan independent in 2011.

“The mediation which was managed by General Lazarus Sumbeiywo was more fragile than this one but he managed properly and we succeeded. He brought peace to South Sudan and brought independence,” Makuei said.

“We are appealing to the region and especially the Kenyan government. Kenya is the centre for everything here in the region. This is where our message should be carried from,” Makuei continued.

Makuei believes that the more experienced General should have shared the mediation in the first place. The lawyer regrets that the mediation was “put under somebody who never mediated any process even in his homeland “.

“For Lazarus to be put under somebody who never mediated any process even in his homeland that was wrong, this is a misuse of the seed of the IGAD. And this is why we are unable to achieve peace is South Sudan up to now.” Makuei said.

Makuei believe that the Ethiopia and TROIKA partners are pursuing their own interests which aim to overthrow Salva Kiir government.

“We want peace for our people, not other interests. The problem of South Sudan should not be used for serving others interests. Those who want to over throw the Government of South Sudan should seek other avenues but not through the mediation.” Makuei told the BBC.

A Kenyan member of parliament, Wavinya Ndeti, the Kathiani MP, who overheard the BBC interview calls on the South Sudanese leaders to unite and work together to solve their problems, saying that the “the European counties or America should not come in to solve our problems.”

“This is your country, take charge and take control. The people of Sudan should learn to accommodate each other and if you all work together I can assure you will be one of the riches countries in Easter Africa,” MP Ndeti told the status conference of the South Sudan mediation process.

SPLM/SPLA Delegation Protests The Call To Change The Venue:

The South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA in Opposition is deeply concerned by Hon. Makuei’s statements on BBC and blames the government delegation for tactical attempts to delay the peace process;

According to Mabior Garang de Mabior, the Chairman for SPLM/SPLA’s National Committee for Informational and Public Relations, the SPLM/SPLA is deeply concerned by the latest statements made by the Minister of Information and Public Broadcasting.

“The minister went on to say that the Chief Mediator: “…was being influenced by others…which is America, Britain and the Norwegian, these are the Troika members who are in control…” Mabior summarizes the Minister’s statement.

“The Minister of Information and Public Broadcasting went as far as accusing the Troika member states of trying to force “regime change” and being “responsible for the beginning of the crisis” in the Republic of South Sudan, abandoning the coup narrative in the process.” Mabior said.

Mabior believes that the GRSS has continuously (since January) been undermining the peace process in Ethiopia, and this is just the latest delaying tactic in a strategy to ensure the failure of the peace process.

“The GRSS’s intransigence started with the violations of the agreements on the Political Detainees and the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH). These agreements were signed in January, yet the last of the detainees was released in April (after the courts failed to prove treason charges).” Mabior said.

“The GRSS has in addition been on the offensive, and has since January illegally occupied territories previously under the control of SPLM/SPLA, in violation of the CoH Agreement.” Mabior continued.

According to Mabior, the statements made by the Minister of Information and Public Broadcasting also the Spokesperson for the government are deplorable.

SPLM Delegation believes that shifting of the Peace Talks from Ethiopia would just be an unnecessary delay of peace and would only prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

The SPLM/SPLA is committed to IGAD led Peace Process, under the leadership of Seyoum Mesfin.

“The SPLM/SPLA would like to restate its full confidence in the IGAD peace process in Ethiopia and in the leadership of Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin in the Office of the Special Envoys for South Sudan (OSESS).” Mabior continued.

The Opposition calls on “the world to join in condemning this latest attempt by the GRSS to delay peace and prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan”

“It is time for the IGAD member States, the AU, Troika, EU and all peace loving people of the world to use their leverage on the GRSS to persuade them to negotiate in good faith.” Mabior Concludes

Aid Workers Are Caught in Crossfire of Civil War in South Sudan

By Ilya Gridneff, Bloomberg

Photographer: Ilya Gridneff/Bloomberg Gabriel Duop Lam, The Military governor for SPLM/SPLA held teritories of Jonglei state (Photo: Ilya Gridneff/Bloomberg)

Photographer: Ilya Gridneff/Bloomberg
Gabriel Duop Lam, The Military governor for SPLM/SPLA held teritories of Jonglei state (Photo: Ilya Gridneff/Bloomberg)

Oct 1, 2014(Bloomberg) — When the United Nations World Food Programme’s head in South Sudan, Joyce Luma, landed at the airport in the capital after a visit behind rebel lines, one of her security officers told her to remove a necklace residents of the area had given her.

“It’s a Nuer gift and we’ve been in opposition territory,” the former Romanian soldier told her at Juba’s airport. “Take it off. Otherwise, problem.” Luma quickly removed the necklace.

Since fighting erupted in South Sudan in December, aid agencies that once planned to help develop the world’s newest nation find themselves under pressure from both the government and the rebels as they care for millions caught in a civil war fueled by ethnic hatred. The violence started after President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused former Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, of fomenting a coup attempt, a charge he denies.

The conflict in the oil-producing nation, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has displaced almost 2 million people and left 4 million needing assistance. As it has intensified, aid groups have been accused by both warring parties of supporting their adversaries. A UN helicopter was shot down last month, killing three Russian crewmen, and in January Kiir suggested at a press conference that the UN was attempting to run a “parallel government.”

A rebel soldier stands guard during a meeting with United Nations representatives in Jeich, province of Jonglei, South Sudan ( Photographer: Ilya Gridneff/Bloomberg

In July, WFP said government forces had arrested and beaten its workers and drivers. Aid agencies have said both sides in the conflict have looted UN warehouses filled with food and medical supplies. Non-governmental organizations have also reported abuses….

The National Assembly is considering legislation to tighten oversight of non-governmental organizations. It would set up a regulatory body made up of government representatives and appointees to provide guidelines for the operations of NGOs and handle the work-permit applications of their employees. It would carry legal sanctions if groups don’t comply.

“We believe the criminal penalties for non-compliance are harsh, that there is a lot of vagueness and room for interpretation in the act that will lead to misinterpretation and unnecessary stifling of activities of civil society and NGOs,” U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth said by phone from New York.

While East African mediators at peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and western governments call for the establishment of “relief corridors” to ensure the delivery of assistance, aid officials on the ground focus on face-to-face talks with the combatants to gain permission to reach the civilians caught in the middle of the war.

Food Drops

“Sure this is so-called ‘rebel-controlled’ territory, but we work with the humanitarian bodies of both sides,” Jonathan Veitch, head of Unicef in South Sudan, said during a trip this month to meet the insurgents in Jonglei state. “We have contacts in the government too and we tell them where exactly we’re going and what we’re going to do.”

Under the watchful eyes of a young soldier wrapped in a belt of 54-mm metal-piercing bullets and clutching his PKM machine gun, Veitch, WFP’s Luma and other officials met rebel commander Gabriel Duop Lam under a tree in the town of Jeich to win approval for UN planes and helicopters to make regular food drops.

“We have to come and talk to these people because they are the one’s running the show here,” Veitch said. “We don’t get involved in the politics.”

As his rebel soldiers gripped their Kalashnikovs, General Lam listened to the UN officials making their case for access to the areas he controls.

“We need to be able to make food drops here,” Luma said of Jeich, which has swollen with 14,000 people fleeing the violence. “It is vital we have access.”

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JAMES GATHOTH MAI’S AN INVISIBLE JUDAS ISCARIOT OF SOUTH SUDAN:

By Stephen Pajok Kong Kulang

Opinion.

General James Hoth Mai, chief of staff of South Sudan's army, speaks during a media update. There is a state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei states as negotiations between the two factions in Addis Ababa(Photo: James Akena/Reuters)

General James Hoth Mai, chief of staff of South Sudan’s army, speaks during a media update. There is a state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei states as negotiations between the two factions in Addis Ababa(Photo: James Akena/Reuters)

Oct 1, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — James Gathoth Mai. The invisible Judas is worse than Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ. According to Matthew 27:5-8 when Judas realized his crime is too big to handle, “he threw the money into the temple floor and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said, ‘It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.’ So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. But James Gathoth the invisible Judas collect his money and went for vocation in Australia.

These two men shared a lot in common. They both hated those who loves them. And in death, they are friendless. During December 15-24, 2013. Invisible Judas James Gathoth Mai could not talked to his dying relatives whom their only crimes is because they are born to a Nuer mother and father, the powerful General who claimed to liberated South Sudan from the North, offered no help. Hang up the phone and congratulated his relative’s killers. Judas Iscariot and an invisible James Gathoth Mai are the elements and the influences of evil. Their only differences is how they used their blood money. Then Judas Iscariot realized his mistake stood like a man and face the confrontation with a judgment verdict of his delusion and disappointment. He Judas Iscariot of Jews took responsibility end his own life by hanging himself. The invisible Judas James Gathoth of Nuer never until this day realized the crime he himself perpetrated against his own brothers, sister and their children.

The sad fact about invisible Judas James Gathoth is, his real accomplishment in life is fighting with his Nuer tribe. But the good thing is, this time he betrayed the nation. Nuer are the tribe of South Sudan, since he was the second powerful man. The innocents Nuer who die on December 15-24 owed him protection because they are his subject. Invisible Judas James Gathoth, committed act of Genocide against the Nuer. He Judas Iscariot James Gathoth Mai is constitutionally responsible ruler at the times of genocide. He choose not to protect them because he was a willing full participants. I choose the word Genocide here because it doesn’t need a lawyer or law degree to define what happened in Juba against Nuer people do constituted genocide. It is purely a genocide. Why? Because Nuer are killed, they were singled out, sometimes by the scares on their forehead or discovered their ethnicity based on their ID cards. They are executed to death simply because they are members of Nuer tribe.

Salfa Kirr gave hate speech on two occasion before genocide took place, James Gathoth Mai whom I suspected of being an invisible Judas Iscariot concealed behind Salfa Kirr and Kuol Manyang Juuk. The invisible Judas keep himself busy by talking on South Sudan TV, directed his messages especially to Nuer in army. In many occasion before and after Juba genocide took place, invisible Judas James Gathoth Mai was quoted by Sudan Tribune “South Sudan army chief warns against involvement in politics”. Thank god his goofy conspiracy backfire and failed to produce anything of value to deterred Nuer son and daughter from rescues their own people. Invisible Judas, James Gathoth Mai is the military leader who overseen the killing of Nuer women and children and at the same time expecting Nuer in army will bow to his plead.

My friends from Dinka Bor community argued that invisible Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai did not killed the Nuer in December of 2013. I confront them with the question who has the power to prevent Juba massacred than invisible Judas, James Gathoth Mai? I was blast to hear their claimed that former governor of northern Bar-Elghazal Malong Awan is the one who is responsible for killing of Nuer in Juba. The main point here is who has the power and constitutional authority to protect the lives of innocent women and children no matter what their tribe is? No other person rather than Salfa Kirr and invisible Judas James Gathoth Mai. I cannot believed that people forget the facts short their eye and even contradicted themselves Malong like majority of Dinkas kills Nuer with guarantee from Chief of Staff Judas Iscariot James Gathoth that there is no Nuer threat. Dinka are free to kill. Malong Awan did contributed with recruitment and selection of Dutku Bany and Gwelweng. With instruction of invisible Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai Nguth. This is cunning ways to detached people is attention from present danger. I am sorry to say the least but the plan worked, many innocent lived are lost because Nuer in particular anticipating the general chief of staff a Nuer by birth Judas Iscariot by alienation will protected their innocent children from Dut-ku Bany and Guelweng. Nuer always mentioned the conjunctions word “if” (Dung MI, LAMI, and Kami) regardless of all the warning sign, Nuer forgot to say if. If they did the result could have been different. Many life could have been save from massacred.

If Nuer, profiled Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai is background from the time where the deviled James started his military career, they should have seen too many red-flags, this is a general who spend all his military life independently killing and fighting with Nuer. Nuer are blinded by the loved of a country called South Sudan. They are hopeful the past is forgotten and live will continued. Until when war broke out within presidential guards, invisible Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai used his constitutional power of chief of general staff to protect the Dinka presidential Guard against their Nuer colleague. This is Judas’s responses to a flashback that resulted from his discrimination and violent crime against Nuer people, this is a general who is in delusion and paranoid in fighting with Nuer resistant movement known as the separatist. Or Anyanya II abbreviated as (A.2) the simple question is, if Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai is able to protect well equipped Salfa Kirr is Dinkas presidential Guards from their Nuer colleagues, why? And only why he never tried to stop genocides against Nuer innocent women and children from Dutku-Beny and Guelweng? This must be trillions dollar question. The answered is obvious, Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai and his boss (Banydit) Salfa Kirr Mayardit previously blueprint the heinous crime against Nuer people.

To South Sudanese the truth is Judas Iscariot, James Gathoth Mai is involvement in crimes, made the entire Nuer community left with nothing but, the feeling of victimization, vulnerability, fearful, isolation and unprotected by the law. In the history of Nuer tribes anything that threatened the life of Nuer women and children always lead to war-cried. The technical term in Nuer is (Wiwi) when Nuer heard the messengers of war cried there is no question asked. It is a messages that tell Nuer women and children life is in real danger. Thank god the four sons of Denah namely Yien, Dak, Baal, and Bany heard the war cried answered the call according to the threats. And will always be the first responders to anything that threatened Nuer Homeland, whether the threats arise from Sky, Land or River DENAI SON of Geah, and Gaawar son of Kar or Jakar will always be the first defense for the Nuer Homeland and her people is dignity. Judas that is the message.

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Eastern Jikany Community Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Press Statement

For immediate Release:

Source: via Latjor.com

Oct 1, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The Eastern Jikany Community in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, having witness the suffering of our people as a result of the senseless war imposed on them by the Regime of Salva Kiir Mayardiit on 15th December 2013, hereby pay tribute to victims (dead or alive)of this conflict.

Mindful of the fact that the regime is still determined to exterminate more victims, we have noticed with keenness, the malicious tactics used by the perpetrator to lure more victims to its death trap. Such tactics include using the often traumatized-disillusion survivors of December genocide who are still at its disposal. This people use money to target those economically, politically, and socially vulnerable to lure them to regime’s killer machine in Juba.

Therefore, on its meeting on 28th September 2014, we the Eastern Jikany community in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, met and resolved the follow:

  1. We want to remind members of our community worldwide; the violence that took place in juba which resulted to the death of more than 20,000 members of our community had nothing to do with us. We had nothing to do with it though it resulted to numerous deaths of our people in Juba, Malakal, Ulang, Nasir, Longechuk, Bor, Bentiu, and so forth. We also want to remind our people that the violence that was meted on innocent people is still going on the ground, which is why the regime continued to occupy our areas with continue killing and displacement of our people.
  1. The fact that the government is using our people to lure us back to it’s death trap is deplorable and unacceptable. For this, we want to express our total rejection to this malicious activity. We strongly condemn in equal term, our brothers and sisters who allow themselves to be used to lure their own friends and relative to their demise. In particular, we condemn in the strongest term the Eastern Nuer Commissioners (Liech Bany Kaet of Nasir County, Biel Chuol Gach of Maiwut County, Gatkuoth Bim of Ulang County, and Gach Wuol Guandong of Longechuk County) and their accomplices who are engage in such immoral practice of putting innocent lives in danger for their selfish gain. A leadership that lure it’s people to danger in return for political favor, is not worth following. The act of pursuing innocent lives that have thus far made it to safety in foreign country; only to lure them back to danger is a crime before God. We reject this in its totality and we urge them to desist from such malicious practice. We see this as a direct importation of violence conflict with all it’s horror to this innocent people.
  1. Finally, we appeal to our people inside and outside South Sudan to resist temptations of blood money and to desist from the practice of being use to lure their people to death trap in juba. We denounce those engage in such practice and urge our people to do the same wherever they encounter such dangerous activities. On equal note we condemn those weak hearted, who have set such a dangerous precedent of rejoining a regime which massacred their people in cold blood. Death to them and those who may follow their selfish path. We curse them and the blood of our slain innocent people shall haunt them for the rest of their short life.

Kun Wal Chotper

Chairman

Jikany Community,

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mr. Kiir should look in the mirror and quit!

By Onyi Itara, SOUTH SUDAN,

Opinion.

President Salva Kiir wipes his face with a pink handkerchief(Photo: via UAH-Uganda)

President Salva Kiir wipes his face with a pink handkerchief(Photo: via UAH-Uganda)

Oct 1, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — As always, bad news keeps coming. Three South Sudanese army soldiers were killed and fifteen others injured after clashes erupted at Yei military barracks in Central Equatoria State [Sudan Tribune doing the rounds on Tuesday 30th September]. As reported, the clashes centered on salaries.

So, when shall the issues of salaries end? On the ground, citizens are rock-bottom; they need money to cater for themselves, their families & the country but there is no money. Told to wait for a month, nothing is coming out; told to wait for two, three & four months, still nothing is coming out. What do you expect for instance?

Mr. President has miserably failed! Where is the oil money aaa? He uses it to buy the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces to protect his weak government [SPLA-IG]. He pays them in US dollars [$] while starving his very own veterans [South Sudan Defence Forces], even when the little money [for peanuts] comes, it will have been after two, three, four months; most dissatisfying!

No try is given when critics lament the outside-cash-splashing. Instead he continues to say “UPDF will not leave South Sudan.” What? When the UPDF are harvesting “the unnecessary” from us! As if this is not enough, he continues to harbor foreigners in the country. Kenya control banks and insurance companies and take the ‘pesa’ back to Kenya. Ethiopia control hotels and lodges and take the money back. Khartoum invest in the country and take the money back. Uganda control both transport & food supply etc, and take the ‘cente’ back, Eritrea control the Juba waters & fish and take the money back, Somalia control petrol stations and take the money back. The NGOs shield away his citizens from ‘juicy-jobs’ and take the ‘huge sums’ back to their respective countries etcetera and etcetera.

Where is then the money to pay the army, police among others? The author hears he has turned to borrowings, does he know the effects? In total, he is unable to find solutions to the ever lingering challenges to his government/country. The only option left for him is to look in the mirror and quit.

The nascent country needs the money [that goes out] to facilitate construction of good international & inter-states roads [so we transport things without hassle], to facilitate construction of hydro-electric stations [so we have a 24/7 electricity supply], to facilitate supply of water in the city and other, to facilitate the improvement of agriculture [so we have enough food and exports], to construct primary and secondary schools & tertiary institutions [so we stop going outside for education & retain the money], to facilitate construction of big hospitals across the states [to end diseases], to facilitate sports development, and most importantly, to train & motivate our very own national army [South Sudan Defence Forces] & police [so they act professionally & stop harassing citizens at odd hours in the city] among others.

These are the national projects on which the money should have been spent instead of splashing cash outside each day that passes by. He made promises but nothing was coming out of them. So, what is left is nothing but “quitting” so a room is left for the likes of Dr Riek Machar Teny, Mama Rebecca Nyandeng, General Lado Gore etc to catapult the young nation to the next level as they seem to have a clear vision!

The author lives in South Sudan. Kick him hard at onyi.itara@gmail.com  

Speaker Magok threaten to take action Against legislators prosecution

National Legislative Assembly Speaker on Monday threatened action against anybody prosecuting Members of Parliament or MPs without seeking his permission.

By Yoal Manyang,

Manasseh Magok Rundial, Speaker of the South Sudan National Assembly – “The UPDF saved our country."(Photo: via London Evening Post)

Manasseh Magok Rundial, Speaker of the South Sudan National Assembly – “The UPDF saved our country.”(Photo: via London Evening Post)

Oct 1, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Manasseh Magok Rundial told the Augus House that he was concerned about hearing prosecution of his colleague from Lakes State by the State Governor Matur Chut Dhuol.

He assured MPs amidst applause that he would not stay aloof watching and hearing prosecution of legislators.

Speaker Magok instructed Lakes State MPs to meet him on Tuesday to discuss prosecution concerns.

Lakes State MP Daniel Deng Monydit informed the assembly on Monday morning that Governor Chut was prosecuting him amidst immunity against voting for his removal.

He said Lakes State Governor issued an order to confiscate his personal house without seeking permission from the assembly’s speaker for a case against a member as stipulated in the constitution.

MP Deng disclosed that the governor earlier on attempted to grab his house, but the state cabinet ruled that the house belongs to him and that the governor renewed the confiscation against stance for his removal.

It is not yet clear what action the national legislature would take against the Lakes State Governor.

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CONCERNS OVER THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN’S INTRANSIGENCE IN THE PEACE PROCESS

PRESS RELEASE,

01/10/2014

SPLM-SPLAOct 1, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLM/SPLA is deeply concerned by the latest statements made by the Minister of Information and Public Broadcasting, also the Spokesperson for the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS). The Minister of Information, in a press statement released on 30/09/2014 over the BBC Focus on Africa program, stated that they: “…want the venue to be changed as well as the Chief Mediator…”

The minister went on to say that the Chief Mediator: “…was being influenced by others…which is America, Britain and the Norwegian, these are the Troika members who are in control…” The Minister of Information and Public Broadcasting went as far as accusing the Troika member states of trying to force “regime change” and being “responsible for the beginning of the crisis” in the Republic of South Sudan, abandoning the coup narrative in the process.

The SPLM/SPLA though deeply shocked by these statements, is not surprised by this lack of seriousness from the other party to the conflict (GRSS), as this is part of their modus operandi. The GRSS has continuously (since January) been undermining the peace process in Ethiopia, and this is just the latest delaying tactic in a strategy to ensure the failure of the peace process.

The GRSS’s intransigence started with the violations of the agreements on the Political Detainees and the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH). These agreements were signed in January, yet the last of the detainees was released in April (after the courts failed to prove treason charges). The GRSS has in addition been on the offensive, and has since January illegally occupied territories previously under the control of SPLM/SPLA, in violation of the CoH Agreement.

The Obstinate resistance to finding a negotiated settlement to the South Sudan Conflict continued on 13/09/2014, when the GRSS violated the right to freedom of movement of the Chairman of the SPLM-DC. The Chairman of SPLM-DC was accused of having presidential ambitions and in addition to being prevented from attending the talks, was replaced by Presidential Decree and a new leader of the opposition appointed by the leader of the Government (the President of RSS).

The statements made by the Minister of Information and Public Broadcasting also the Spokesperson for the government are deplorable. This is just another delaying tactic by a government that is not serious about peace and is abusing the goodwill of IGAD, the AU and Troika. The shifting of the Peace Talks from Ethiopia would just be an unnecessary delay of peace and would only prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

The SPLM/SPLA would like to restate its full confidence in the IGAD peace process in Ethiopia and in the leadership of Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin in the Office of the Special Envoys for South Sudan (OSESS). The SPLM/SPLA implores the world to join in condemning this latest attempt by the GRSS to delay peace and prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan. It is time for the IGAD member States, the AU, Troika, EU and all peace loving people of the world to use their leverage on the GRSS to persuade them to negotiate in good faith.
Signed by:

MABIOR GARANG DE MABIOR (CHAIRPERSON)

NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS