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The opening session of the revitalization forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 18, 2017 (ST)

February 4, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese opposition lawmaker was on Sunday blocked by security officers from leaving Juba international airport where he was to participate in the peace revitalization forum due in Ethiopia from 5-16 February.

Andrew Okony was one of the representatives of political parties for the forum mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Okony said his detention followed allegations that he had not obtained the clearance needed before anyone in government is are permitted to travel out of the country.

“I was blocked at Juba international airport from travelling with my colleagues today to Addis Ababa to participate in the revitalization as one of the representatives of the alliance of the political parties. I was surprised because all the nominations were made and nobody objected to my nomination from either the political parties or the government,” the lawmaker told Sudan Tribune.

He added, “We were all cleared and permitted to go and attend the revitalization forum. Unfortunately, I was surprised by this action”.

Security sources told Sudan Tribune their actions were in compliance with directives received from the director general of the internal bureau, Akol Koor Kuc, who allegedly connived with the minister of agriculture to deny the legislator a chance a travel since he is perceived to be close to former agriculture minister, Lam Akol Ajawin.

Akol, a leading opposition figure, is also participating at the talks in Addis Ababa.

Meanwhile, the deputy Agriculture minister, Kernelio Kon said he is one of the three opposition members invited to participate in the second phase of the revitalization process of the 2015 peace accord.

South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for a second round of talks next week, aimed at revitalizing a 2015 peace deal between the government and rebel forces.

Those attending the initiative, known as the High-Level Revitalization Forum, are expected to discuss security and governance structures for South Sudan.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. The conflict has forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes.

(ST)

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  • 4 February 2018 23:52, by john akeen

    All of this oppositions are not for peace, they are not there to talk about bringing peace to the people, they only there to talk about positions.This oppositions they made president Kiir to get used to decrees, and when president Kiir give them a job, they don’t do their job right and don’t want to listen to president Kiir, lik Lam Akol, he went and resign from his position for some stupid shit

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  • 5 February 2018 01:42, by Games

    John Akeen
    You are the unreasonable old man in this forum follow Natives Kush. Read the article properly before you write anything unrelated to it. This Opposition leader has absolutely do nothing illegal. He wasn’t intend to join Lam Akol or resign, but was targeting because he is not apart of JCE and not part of the Taban Deng Gai either that Dinka using to destroy their cure IO

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    • 5 February 2018 02:38, by john akeen

      Games
      now I can call you eninsone young men who doesn’t know how to follow his own food stap because of the politicians who are working hurt to keep their family health everyday. Try to understand the meaning of luxury life, go to this site https://www.joelosteen.com to understand the meaning of your own life, I love son

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    • 5 February 2018 04:26, by Kush Natives

      Games/Moron,
      What’s the proofs that he was going to join Lam Akol? You even missed what an article stated! I don’t know why forum is so full an idiocy who just pick an analysis on their asses. Why have he invited himself, if he didn’t have an agenda in the first place? You MUST minimize your stupidity a little bit old man, because this is much......

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      • 5 February 2018 04:46, by Kush Natives

        Not join Lam Akol, I mean

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        • 5 February 2018 06:42, by Games

          Kush Natives/John Akeen.
          See you Dinka are rulling with intimidating and suspension to anyone is not Dinka by birth in this country. You are proven beyond no doubt that you are the most backwards community in S. Sudan. Tell the readers on this forum the very reasons were security agents are blocking a innocent man that is going to bring peace back to our people in Addis ABBA for?

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  • 5 February 2018 05:31, by Eastern

    The any REAL opposition should boycott the talks and let Kiir and cohorts negotiate with furniture in Addis Ababa. Kiir cannot have it both ways!

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  • 6 February 2018 23:01, by @you

    Why they don’t want those guys to go?

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