Murle And Anyuak Are Neutral In This Tribal Conflict!

By Kadado Etcho,

Opinion.

Murle Girls -The Murle are a relatively new ethnic group in Sudan, having immigrated into the region from Ethiopia. The language they speak is from the Surmic language family - languages spoken primarily in southwest Ethiopia.(Photo: Triming Down Memory Lane)

Murle Girls -The Murle are a relatively new ethnic group in Sudan, having immigrated into the region from Ethiopia. The language they speak is from the Surmic language family – languages spoken primarily in southwest Ethiopia.(Photo: Triming Down Memory Lane)

August 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — I have so far identified the area of insufficiency among the all S.Sudanese top politicians in the country. 95% of our politicians were illiterates and they happened to be the once serving the nation. If you could look at commencements made by some leaders both in the government and SPLM in opposition, one could think and internalize on bad feelings observation where some of them obtain negative attitudes to reproach the communities problems.

People kept on talking about Murle and Anyuak youths mobilizations to ante- Riek Machar people which is not exist in the minds of GPAA communities. I could see that’s there must be a section of combine leaders from the two dominant power communities comprises of Dinka and Lou Nuer who are not happy to see Murle and Anyuak ethnic groups were observing peace and develop good relationship with the government in their regions. While they were busy in battle ,hurting each other in their tribal war, could have also been rocked GPAA regions as well. To instigate and paralyze Yau Yau demand and held him accountable to continued engage in fighting the government in assisting the Riek Machar rebellion,to enable him get into the power through. Because Yau Yau have got very strong military units. Which Riek Machar could have build robust and strategic relationship with Gen. David Yau Yau in order to absorb Yau Yau forces into his and help join him to expel the government forces during his crucial failed attempted coup we know.

What’s I want to say is that Dinka and Nuer are like. Therefore,the Murle and Anyuak were acted as neutral in this matter,since their tribal war began. If anybody think that the two communities can be used like hand chart by the government to go and fight either Dinka nor Nuer, you’re mind is sick you should be advice to seek for medical attention. Immediately before it’s become critical to you in a departure way. We have known very well that’s there are a blood beneficiaries illiterate politicians, and political vultures who often fueling inter- communal conflicts against a certain Tribe whom they think is overwhelming his/her community could have also be affected to equalize huge lose from the both perished and the victims of war in the previous atrocity committed by their renegade principal’s know as Dr.Riek Machar. We are carefully aware of you planning to spread incitement towards us in the Eastern South Sudan. For this reasons,we are vigilant for any enemy who antagonistically worth to smash or mistreat us along our territorial masses basement. We shall then take an action to pollute on this particular bandits like a dragon thunder destroying on the vegetation during the torrential rain. So that’s these wrong elements of people who were addicted in churning fragile human life in South Sudan, could now know who the witchcraft of war or an Israel army’s among the sixty four Tribes of South Sudan is, in a roar way.

I often have to be ambassador for both country and my community. My philosophy is simplicity and fairness in expressing the fact and trues of the matter. Therefore, I request all S.Sudanese to say something constructive that’s could apparently make potential change for our communities not to lead them into tribal hatred and hostilities. All of us can be good and can be bad at one point,so let’s us discourage communities rivalry not to be blindly go that way of others posted.

The author can be reached at kadadojoseph@yahoo.com

Response to the so called South Sudan friends in Diaspora

This is a response to A Press Release Titled “FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN URGE LEADERS TO CHOOSE PEACE”

By Gatluke Chuol Reat

Mr. Gatluke Chuol Reat, President of Nuer Community in North America...

Mr. Gatluke Chuol Reat, President of Nuer Community in North America…

August 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) Without wasting time to explain what is the so called “FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN’s intentions are, in their Press Release dated on August 18, 2014, history had already has answer their political motivated behind their Press Release. Having understanding what was the so called Friend of South Sudan’s intentions are, one can just go on and ask the following questions: Such as, what is it that make the entire world to united against the small tribe (the Nuer) in the heartland of South Sudan? What circumstances triggered the minds of both Chinese government, the Russia and the government of the United States of America who are known to disagree to any political arena to unite against the small tribe (the Nuer) of South Sudan in such a manner?
 
Whereas the United State of America is carrying its warmongering against the Nuer people through both diplomacies and military indirectly since the beginning of this senseless unity by the world’s superpower by using force. By doing so, U.S is using the IGAD, the African Union and the so call friends of South Sudan and the Uganda military with the chemical weapon purring against the Nuer people daily. While the Chinese are fueling the war with moderns machinery some of whom did not even reach the international markets yet. Therefore, one could not waste time to burn his brain about such a Release Statement as it sound from the “Friends of South Sudan”. Who are the agents of the U. S. A
 
However, to make the matter worse, the British thugs in the Press Release seems to secretly revenge their badly defeated of 1800s to 1900s by the famous Nuer army resistance against British Empire of 18th to 19th centuries. History tells us that “in 1901 The Nuer and Azande wage armed resistance against colonial rule, killing British officers and soldiers and the Governor of Bahr el Ghazal” these thugs signing the Press Release from British are nothing but revenges against the Nuer people
 
Brothers and sisters of the world, what is it that the history tells us about these kinds of unities by the Religious, Rulers and the Governments?
 
Well, history tells us that the religious leaders in Jerusalem were uneasy about the commotion that had been aroused among the people by the arrival of this teacher from Galilee for the Paschal feast. The Roman rulers were also uneasy, since at that time there were constant stirrings of rebellion against the Roman occupation, headed by local leaders who appealed to the Jewish sense of identity. The news that had reached them about this new teacher who spoke of preparing for the “kingdom of God” was disturbing, according observers in the history of Philosophy of Religion.
 
The book of Mark tells us that both Religious and Authorities at the time were asking Jesus that “By what authority are you doing these things?” (Mark 11:27-28). With this and similar questions the gospels relentlessly portray Jesus’ opponents—the chief priests, scribes, elders, Pharisees, and Sadducees—as bad guys who resisted Jesus at almost every turn and conspired to have him killed.
 
What is it also did the history tells us about this kinds of the unity by the governments?
 
In reference to the killing of one of the best minded Philosopher or teacher as they call him, Socrates, The decision of sentencing Socrates to death was made by the majority votes of those 501 jurors.
 
In 399 BC Meletus, a poet brought a formal accusation against Socrates. He stated that Socrates was “guilty of not paying respect to the gods whom the state respects, of introducing new divinities, and of corrupting the young.”
 
 “Socrates is guilty of crime in refusing to recognise the gods acknowledged by the state, and importing strange divinities of his own; he is further guilty of corrupting the young.” And “Socrates causes [d] his associates to despise the established laws when he dwelt on the folly of appointing state officers by ballot? A principle which, he said, no one would care to apply in selecting a pilot or a flute- player or in any similar case, where a mistake would be far less disastrous than in matters political. Words like these, according to the accuser, tended to incite the young to contemn the established constitution, rendering them violent and headstrong. “Punishment…or reward for Socrates! The prosecution proposed the death penalty
 
What else also did the history tells us about this kinds of the unity by the governments?
 
Again, in 1910-45, history tells us that the war against Jews according Adolf Hitler, many believe that his argument stand as follow: Argument 1: “You say that religion is a private matter. But you fight against the Jewish religion!” Adolf Hitler’s counterargument: is “Actually, the Jewish religion is nothing other than a doctrine to preserve the Jewish race.” (Adolf Hitler). “In resisting all government attempts to nationalize them, the Jews build a state within the state (Count Helmuth von Moltke). “To call this state a ‘religion’ was one of the cleverest tricks ever invented.” (Adolf Hitler). “From this first lie that Jewry is a religion, not a race, further lies inevitably follow.” (Adolf Hitler).
 
Adolf Hitler continues his argument by saying “But even if a few hundred Jewish families in Germany really did have to go hungry, what is that against the many millions of German families that the Jew murdered over the course of centuries through wars, revolutions, and civil strife, not to mention those ruined through usury and fraud. “In the battle between the races, there is no truce. If you are determined finally to defend yourself, German people, then be pitiless!” (Adolf Hitler).
 
To the So called Friends of South Sudan or agents of U.S government and its allies!
 
Instead of wasting your time begging for recognitions from the U.K and the U.S government, profiting on behave of the people of South Sudan and most importantly fueling the war, we careless for what you are saying at the world stage. Provide it is 21st century, it is too late for you to fooled some international audiences to hide what was your intentions are. Our eyes are too far opens, our people are at any country in the whole world, our tribesmen and women are born with what Israelite have born with and that is chosen people and people of God.
 
 
Therefore, s you claimed to be the Friends of South Sudan, what you should be doing is to advocate for peace and not to inciting violence. Your writing here proven otherwise that you have a infidelities that has nothing to do with the current war.
 
Signed by
Gatluke Chuol Reat
President of Nuer Community of North America

Youth unemployment needs concerted efforts in South Sudan.

By Ter Manyang Gatwech.

Opinion.

A group of unemployed youth during a recent meeting in Juba. [Photo: Via Gurtong]

A group of unemployed youth during a recent meeting in Juba. [Photo: Via Gurtong]

August 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The potential of South Sudan’s youthful population can be productively harnessed through good education (creative skill development), vocational training and job creation orientation thus making Uganda’s youth become great resources for boosting the country’s economy.  In other words, the youths are problem—solvers as opposed to problems to-be-solved!
August 22th, 2014 ( Nyamilepedia) Let me defined the unemployment o (r joblessness) occurs when people are without work and actively seeking work.

The unemployment rate is a measure of the prevalence of unemployment and it is calculated as a percentage by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labor force. During periods of recession, an economy usually experiences a relatively high unemployment rate. According to International Labour Organization report, more than 197 million people globally are out of work or 6% of the world’s workforce was without a job in 2012.
There are points that we need to note as we determine the understanding and consequently address youth problems pertaining to unemployment in South Sudan. A cross-section of the youth faces unemployment problems in various sectors. Some of the worth noting points and key questions include:

There is a huge challenge with youth participation especially in youth volunteerism; where it’s either not valued by many institutions or the volunteers are not facilitated to do the work.How do we make the topic of agriculture interesting for the generation that will require producing food in the next decade? Encourage more experiential learning on agriculture (backbone of the economy) and food production making learning more exciting and practical?

What’s the role of parents in helping their children and youth develop interest in self-employment?
At what point do we need an attitude change? Is it from lower level school or at college level? Who needs to change the attitude? The parents or the youth? (it has been observed that what makes the youth develop a negative attitude is mainly due to a parental influence when they were young and thus changing this requires efforts at all levels of their development ).

Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) faces challenges thus most famers are illiterate; through Agricultural Schools they are trained in sustainable agriculture. The skills acquired could help to improve on the output from the farms. This can also be replicated for the benefit of other farmers.  The question remains: are they well packaged to attract youth?  Documentation of lessons learnt from entrepreneurs who are already engaging in agriculture and rural development will be one to motive other youth across Africa to get involved. Who is going to grow all the food that the country needs if we are still pushing the children and youth out of the farm? Know that our ‘illiterate’ parents are getting older? Is there money in faming? Are youth patient enough to wait for this money?

It is against this background that we need to shore up the youth. The idea is to enable youth in South Sudan and elsewhere turn their synergies and idea into business opportunities by increasing income earning capacity and creating decent work for themselves and others.

We have seen immeasurable examples of people taking control of their destiny, and making change from the bottom up. So can our youth!  Unemployment has become a worldwide phenomenon for both educated and uneducated  there are long term solutions to youth unemployment, for one, the importance of the relationship between the business community and government working together to address the problem of unemployment among the youth critical. The government has the scale to reach the young and unemployed, and the government can make the long-term commitment needed to educate children.

On the other hand, the business community knows which skills it needs and what takes it to make someone employed. Business community ought to work with government to adapt the school curriculum, so that young people leave school ready for work. Training programs must be tailored to demand. The result: an increase in the percentage of graduates who found jobs.

We also need to build in incentives for business to address the social-capital deficit in poor communities. We must find ways to get Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) like public administrators and on the school boards of underperforming schools, young professionals into the churches. We also need to get the youth with talents but some have no money to put into internships currently reserved for the elite. We need to make it easier and cheaper to apply for work by providing incentives for business to reach out to applicants. When the business community and government work together to leverage their comparative advantages then can we bring to address the problem of youth unemployment.  Business needs to get its head in the game. Businesspeople, must remember that youth unemployment is not just a problem for government; it is a problem for everyone in the country. It is also not a problem that one group can solve alone. The solutions are not simple, but we
have common interest, and together we can make a start.

More so, the challenge of youth employment in Africa, therefore, is not just to create more wage and salary jobs. Important as this may be, but to increase the productively, and hence earning, of the majority of young people who will be employed in the informal sector and household enterprise. Productively can be increased by better infrastructure and business climate that lower the costs of production and thus increase the demand for labor; and measures that improve the skills of workers. This will result in higher income but lower demand for labor in agriculture. There appears to be greater scope for supply-side measures. People with primary education or less are disproportionately concentrated in the informal sector. By increasing the skills of who’s who leave school, we can increase the skills of those who leave school, we can increase their productively in farm and nonfarm household enterprise.

With higher skills, new entrants can increase their earnings by moving out of the farm and eventually the household- enterprise sector. Such an investment will not be lost if the worker moves out of the informal sector:  they can take their human capital with themselves.  We cannot only look at the growing concerns of today. Government must ensure that students are being taught in schools and also that teachers have the right atmosphere. Thus, increasing informal workers’ productively by strengthening their skills requires reforms in basic education and making teachers more accountable to students, and politicians accountable for delivery on education outcomes.

Conclusively, if you are able to make a product, sell the product for about 10-20% more than price of production. Money ads up so don’t focus so hard on big-ticket projects that you miss out on all the little ways of making money. For example, even if you only make 10  a day, that’s  70  a week a month,   2100  and a year 25200 South Sudanese Pound (SSP). Try to dress sensibly. This will help youth look responsible and dedicated.

May Almighty bless South Sudan?
The Author is a finalist students and pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Public Administration and Management. Live in Kampala, Uganda and he reach through email address: termanyanggatwech@yahoo.com. +256774755763+ 256755555394. A chairman of Gawaar Community in Uganda.

Chairman Royce Calls for Swift UN Sanctions in South Sudan

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet(Nyamilepedia)

August 21th, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – Last evening, United States Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, urging the United Nations Security Council to swiftly impose sanctions against both sides of the conflict hindering the peace process in South Sudan.

In the letter to Ambassador Power, Chairman Royce wrote: “The United Nations Security Council must expeditiously impose stringent sanctions against senior members from the government and opposition in South Sudan to send a clear message that the international community will not tolerate violations of the cessation of hostilities and the derailing of the May 9th Agreement. A U.N. sanction regime would complement the Administration’s effort and place additional pressure on both sides of the conflict to change course. South Sudanese leaders must know they will be held accountable for gross human rights violations.

Additionally, the Security Council should impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. Weapons that enter the country only increase the likelihood of atrocities against civilians. Each day that passes without strong actions from the international community is another day innocent southern Sudanese are at greater risk of a cruel death and possible starvation.”

Earlier this year, Chairman Royce convened a hearing to examine the situation in South Sudan. In December, Chairman Royce and other congressional leaders, in a letter to South Sudan President Kiir, called for an end to the hostilities.

SPLM in Opposition concludes Diplomatic Tour in Uganda

SPLM in Opposition group photo early this year in Addis (Nyamilepedia)

SPLM in Opposition group photo early this year in Addis (Nyamilepedia)

August 21th, 2014 (Kampala) -The Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) delegation lead by the Deputy Chairperson, General Alfred Ladu Gore, concluded their diplomatic tour in Uganda on Thursday. The delegation arrives in Uganda on Monday from Addis-Ababa and will be going backing within the week.

The tour is an initiative of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) that endorses the Leadership of the Opposition to visit IGAD members states like Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti and South Africa.

In a press briefing on Thursday in Kampala General Alfred Ladu Gore said that the Government of the Republic of Uganda has welcomed his delegation in a good mood. Gore describes the reception as a Red carpet.

The deputy chairperson told the media that their meeting with president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has tackled security issues, withdrawal of the Uganda troops from South Sudan and opening of SPLM-IO chapters in Uganda.

Gore affirms that the SPLM/SPLA chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, will appoint a Chapter Chairperson to represent the opposition in the country. He furthered that the SPLM Youth League will also establish an office that will address the needs of the South Sudanese Youth in Uganda.

Gore said Uganda is now a stronghold of the SPLM/SPLA in opposition. He said the “tyranny leader” will not have a say in Uganda any more.

Gore believes that they have “broken the backbone of Salva Kiir” and concludes that the only fix for Salva Kiir is to step down peacefully otherwise he risks being overthrown militarily.

Gore further stated that, he (Gore) and his delegation have reached concrete agreement with the Uganda Authority. He said the twenty thousand (20,000) civilians that were killed in Juba on the 15th, 16th and 17th of December 2013 will call Kiir Mayardit very soon in the Mass graves they were buried in.

He said International Criminal Court (ICC) is waiting for President Kiir  and even if he dies, his bones will be collected to be investigated in the Hague so that no South Sudanese Leader would ever do the same thing again like what Kiir did in Juba last year.

Meanwhile Dr Dhieu Mathok the SPLM in Opposition Chairperson of the External Relations said their coming to Uganda is a blessing to the South Sudanese. He mentions to Nyamilepedia Editorial Team in Uganda that the Humanitarian issues were discussed between Uganda Government and the SPLM delegation. He as well reiterates that the root cause of the conflict was the main issue discussed with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni.

Dr Mathok at the end calls for peace and reconciliation among the South Sudanese.

Attendance
  A good number of South Sudanese from the three Greater Regions of the Republic of South Sudan came out to meet and greet General Gore and his delegation.

SPLM in Opposition Delegation
• General Alfred Ladu Gore, the Deputy Chairperson
• Dr Dhieu Mathok, Chairperson of the External Relations
• Comrade Mabior Garang, Chairperson of the Information and the Spokesperson for the Opposition
• Oyet Nathanial National Chairperson for the Mobilization
Committees
• Hon Ruai Kuol, the former Commissioner of Rukona County Unity State
• Comrade Peter Mabior Ring, the Deputy Chairperson of the SPLM Youth League
• Comrade Matata Frank, Secretary General of the SPLM Youth League
• And the other dignitaries

South Sudan: Force Recruitment Of Children To Fight Rebellion Spark Unity State

South Sudan government recruit children to fight rebellion(Photo/www.electricpictures.com.au)

South Sudan government recruit children to fight rebellion(Photo/www.electricpictures.com.au)

August 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, allege that South Sudan government is currently recruiting under age teens to fight rebellion in the state.

According to Gideon Thor, who narrowly escaped to UNMISS compound in Bentiu, hundred of children are currently detained by the government troops in the capital, Bentiu.

“Three soldiers saw us coming out from the UNMISS and told us to stop. We wanted to go home but they follow us. We ran back to UN compound crying, they did not shoot us. We are very scared”.Thor told Nyamilepedia’s correspondent in the camp.

Thor said that three of his friends of age 13, who left the camp a day earlier did not return and concludes that they are among the children gathered by the government soldiers to fight rebels.

“They are very very many of them. I don’t know how many. but many of them. My friends Gatdor, Gattuak and Tharjiath disappeared one day a go. Maybe the government soldier caught them” Thor said.

Nyamilepedia’s correspondent in Bentiu confirms that the recruited teens are denied food by the soldiers until they “clear the rebels”, whom they accuse of raiding food and cattle in the state.

“The children we have seen here are not given food because the soldiers want them to get their food from the rebels. They tell them the rebels took all their food and cattle. They are told to fight to defend themselves or the rebels will kill them and their parents” Joseph Nuor corresponds from Bentiu.

Sources from South Sudan capital confirms that the force recruitment campaign started in Juba and now over 200 youths from Nuer tribe are held up in various parts of the capital.

“As from yesterday night, 20th August 2014, until this afternoon, security agents in Juba had round up over 215 youth particularly Nuer speaking group mostly youth who were lured out of UNIMISS couples of months ago.” Said Steve, who spoke to one of the victims from Juba.

“They are now holed up in various security premises in the capital waiting to be flown to Bentiu and Malakal respectively. One of the boys (victim) who managed to sneak out from the hands of those operators narrated this unacceptable scenario to the author” Steve continued.

Reliable sources have confirmed that the mobilization is spearheaded by the appointed Unity State caretaker Governor, Joseph Nguen Monytwel.

Governor Nguen, who spends most of his time in Juba due to insecurity in Bentiu, has ordered the SSLA militias to recruit anyone who can carry a gun to push the rebels away from the oil fields in the state.

According to Human Rights Watch report, the government used children during the mid August heavy fighting in Bentiu and Rubkhona.

“The government used child soldiers in renewed fighting in mid-August 2014 in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, and in the neighboring town of Rubkona”, Human Rights Watch found.

“Ten people who fled the fighting told Human Rights Watch in Bentiu that they saw dozens of children in military uniform, armed with assault rifles, deployed with government soldiers and firing on opposition positions.”Human Rights Watch reports

On August 12, Human Rights Watch saw 15 soldiers who appeared to be children around the government’s Rubkona military base and airstrip.

“South Sudan’s army has returned to a terrible practice, once again throwing children into the battlefields,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Civilian and military leaders should immediately remove all children from their ranks and return them to their families.” Human Right Watch.

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Human Rights Watch: South Sudan Government Use Child Soldiers To Fight For Bentiu!

Civil Society Response to the Withdrawal of the some of its members to IGAD-Led Peace Process for South Sudan

Press Release

Government Delegation abandoned peace mediation ...

Government Delegation abandoned peace mediation …

August 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — After South Sudan government delegation boycotted the peace talk in Addis Ababa on the second day, members of Civil Society held a press conference to state their withdrawal from the plenary session.

However, the delegates of Civil Society who attended the session want to clarify to IGAD mediators and South Sudanese that they [delegates] do not recognize the press  statement released by their colleagues on 20th August, 2014.

” Although we do recognize the democratic right of each individual member of the civil Society to express his/her views, they would like to state categorically here that the press statement dated 20th August , 2014, does not reflect the views of the entire Civil Society attending the ongoing IGAD-Led Peace talk” the delegates said.

The delegates believes that the members of civil society that boycotted the peace talk are affiliated with SPLM, Juba faction.

“The press release is a statement belonging to the Alliance Group affiliated to the government in Juba” the report reads.

The delegates affirm that they have no intention to boycott the peace talk and therefore they will continue to participate in the plenary Session.

They further reiterates that the reasons that were presented by their colleagues are “vague and ambiguous” and should not have necessitated members of civil society to withdrawal from the session.

“The reasons given by our colleagues are vague and ambiguous and we do not feel it could amount to stakeholder’s withdrawal from the plenary season.” the report reads.

The delegates reiterates their commitment to the roundtable mediation, however, they believe that limiting the direct talks to the warring parties will expedite the peace process.

“Therefore, we the other civil society delegates to the IGAD Peace Talks are committed to the multi-stakeholders roundtable format while at the same time recognizing the bilateral talks between the two warring parties to speed up the peace process.”

The delegates urge their colleagues to commit to peace mediation in order to restore peace in the country.

“We urge all the stakeholders to commit themselves to the IGAD Peace Talks and work tirelessly to reach a just, sustainable, lasting and permanent peace for all our people of South Sudan.”

Government Boycotts Peace Talks:

South Sudan government delegation boycotts the multi-stakeholders peace talks while demanding that the talk must address the following preconditions:

  • Transitional Security
  • Economic, Finance and Resource Management and
  • Transitional Governance Arrangements

SPLM-Juba calls on the regional mediators to focus on secession of hostilities matrix to stop the SPLA [in opposition] from attacking their forces before moving on to discuss Transitional Government of National UNity.

IGAD, however, urges the  warring parties to start negotiating the transitional government in spite of ceasefire violations that continue in many parts of Greater Upper Nile.

The opposition blames the government for escalating the war in the country while boycotting the peace talks in Addis Ababa.

“Government’s boycott of peace talks has led to escalation of the war on the ground as manifested by small arms fire which erupted in Juba on the night of 18th by soldiers deserting for Greater Bahr El Ghazal region and todays clashes among government soldiers deployed at Tore Military Barracks north of Yei town in Central Equatoria State.” Brig. Lul Ruai Koang said.

The SPLM/SPLA further accused the government of lacking political will to resolve the conflict through peaceful means.

“Kiir’s delegation failure to show up reaffirms SPLM/SPLA‘s long held views that the government is unfaithful and lacks political will.” Lul said.