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Rights body urges S. Sudan’s warring parties on power sharing

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October 11, 2017 (JUBA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has urged on South Sudan’s warring parties not to focus on power sharing and division of wealth during the forthcoming peace revitalization forum being organized by the regional bloc (IGAD).

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President Salva Kiir (L) and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) attend the signing a ceasefire agreement during an IGAD summit on the South Sudan crisis in Addis Ababa on 1 February 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Consultations, IGAD said, will take place from 13-17 October.

However, the CPJ coordinator, Tito Anthony said focusing on power sharing will drive the discussion from solving the country’s conflict to fulfilling interests of parties who may be interested in ministerial posts.

“If the discussion of upcoming revitalization forum will focus on power sharing, the agreement will not be reached soon to end the suffering on civil population as hundreds are dying on a daily basis by diseases, hunger and others being targeted killed by the two [warring] parties,” Tito said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The official appealed to parties to be consulted by IGAD to reflect on the suffering of the civilian population in who live in the internally displaced camps and those sheltered at the United Nations bases.

“The citizens, who voted for independence of South Sudan, are now suffering as if the independent has been a curse,” stressed Tito.

He further added, “[South Sudanese] leaders should think about people not their interest, let them end the conflict and citizens will now chose because they now knew the true color of all politician. They will choose leaders out of experiences they had in the conflict”.

The CPJ official said it time for leaders to sacrifice themselves for the people of South Sudan during the upcoming revitalization forum to pave way for peace in a nation where tens of thousands have died.

“I urge the IGAD to stand firm in the process and guide the parties in the discussion because IGAD is entity that setting the agenda, approach the discussion from the soft to harder,” he further stated.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation.

During the June summit, it was agreed that all groups be included in the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 12 October 2017 15:15, by padiit gaga

    Power sharing is main importance point of peace all people of s.sudan must be equally all resources must be share by all tribes not Dinka alone. As the used country resources to send their children to school,open business and buried some money underground. Power sharing is right wing of peace without it No peace period.

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  • 12 October 2017 19:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The people who are taking our country at the back are the "interest groups" "Burgorises" and the "Pressure groups"
    The country need patriotic citizens who know what it’s to be a nation states.is not about bad governance, it is a combination of all these elements.

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  • 12 October 2017 20:41, by lino

    My own and only suggestion is all these folks out from the Authority of South Sudan whether in the Government or oppositions; here is how it will work:
    1- A transition of 3 months to form a New Authority in the country.
    2- Authority should be a Goverment of South Sudanese technocrats who knows what they are doing.
    3- No any member of Goverment of the day and oppositions will be allowed to talk par

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    • 12 October 2017 20:50, by lino

      4- All parties in the Government or opposition have their respective organizations and be registered for the up coming General Elections.
      5- The New Authority in the country will run the country between 6-10 years term and authorized to focus on the followings: Peace&Reconciliation,Security, economy, build roads, agriculture, and all other services to people.
      6- Conduct a National census.

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      • 12 October 2017 21:03, by lino

        7- Amry should a National Army form from all fighting forces and task with protecting the country and send out of cities and stationed on boarder areas with other countries.
        8- Compensate all South Sudanese citizens by providing them with housing, farms for the suffering they had since 1983 up to date and monetary they lost.
        9- Every child has a right to go to education from G1- PhD and beyond...

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        • 12 October 2017 21:09, by lino

          ...paid by the government.
          10- All technocrats should have not participated in previous governments or organizations of SS, and should not be part of any future elections and governments.
          11- All registered parties and organizations should implements projects for people so they gain skills and experiences of how public services work.
          12- It up to the citizens who to choose to rule then.

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