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SPLM-IO says dismayed by Kiir’s amnesty for Machar

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South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar arrives at the office of Ethiopia's Prime Minister for a meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo AP)
August 9, 2018 (JUBA) - The SPLM-In Opposition said they received with shock news about the presidential amnesty for its leader Riek Machar saying it is an insult in the face of the peace process.

"The SPLA IO is dismayed by the statement of Salva Kiir trending media yesterday the 8/8/2018, that he gave Amnesty to Dr Machar," said a statement released by the SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel on Saturday.

"This is not an only gimmick but an insult in the face of the signed CoH and permanent ceasefire which Salva’s militias have been violating since December/2017. Instead of talking about the so-called Amnesty, Salva should control his militias who don’t know what CoH or ceasefire means," Gabriel further stressed.

The SPLM-IO officials were angered by the refusal of President Kiir to shake hand with their leader Machar after signing of the revitalized governance agreement in Khartoum on 5 August.

Also, commentators considered the move as a wrong message to the South Sudanese at a time where all the efforts should be done to build confidence.

The opposition group said stressed that the signing of a peace agreement legitimizes their return to Juba and not the presidential pardon.

"The SPLA IO and Dr Machar are for peace and it is this peace that will take us to Juba, not Amnesty," stressed the opposition spokesperson.

Kiir was refusing Machar’s participation in the transitional government but he had to accept it under the pressure of the IGAD leaders particularly following a meeting in Entebbe with Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Omer al-Bashir on 8 July 2018.

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  • 10 August 09:47, by Malakal county Simon

    Very uncivilised move, by a peace partner!!!!

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    • 11 August 04:03, by Marco A. Wek

      You people are either semi illiterate or have low IQ. This were groups which were opposed to government and held arms against and with peace, they need amnesty which also apply to those who were in detentions. What is wrong with that?

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      • 11 August 12:47, by Malakal county Simon

        Marco A. Wek

        Amnesty for what and who started the senseless war?? If you don’t know the roots cause, just be quite!

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  • 10 August 11:22, by Puot Nyangore

    Do not worried SPLM-IO, Mr. Kiir do not know what is the meaning of the term Amnesty and how to use that term. Kiir by him self need to ask forgiveness from all opponents parties and people of South Sudan, for the genocide he committed in December 2013 in Juba by massacred above 10,000 above innocents civilian which is crime against humanity.

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  • 10 August 13:41, by Games

    Indeed it is insulting to the IO for Salva Kiir to come up with stupid statements like that.

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  • 10 August 16:58, by Theone

    Khartoum rats, this amnesty is on papers, Take it or leave it!

    This time any wrong move, and you will be living in Khartoum for life.

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  • 11 August 05:00, by Kush Natives

    Lam Paul,
    Should start being a self respect human being, why should he keeps focusing on negative attitude? Who really cares, if Riek and Kiir shake hands, kissing each other and so forth? South Sudanese are looking for peace not hands shake.

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