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SPLM-IO warns of collapse of peace deal over new states


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

October 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The leadership of South Sudan’s armed opposition group (SPLM-IO) said President Salva Kiir’s failure to retract his move to expand the country’s states from 10 to 28 threatens to unravel the recently-signed peace agreement.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni chairs a meeting with SPLM-IO delegation (R) in Kampala, August 29, 2015 (Photo ST)

Earlier this month, Salva Kii issued a decree which intends to expand South Sudan states from 10 to 28.

The opposition led by first vice president designate, Riek Machar, immediately rejected the decree saying it was unconstitutional and in breach to compromised peace accord.

They warned it will derail the peace deal brokered by the regional bloc, Inter-governmental Authority on Development and could slide the country back in to war.

Kiir, however, defended his move saying it was in response to demands by the South Sudanese.

In a statement, Mabior Garang de Mabior, the national chairperson for information and public relations within the opposition group on Wednesday warned that the president’s decree on creation of new states will further drive the youngest nation into abyss.

The rebel official further said the armed opposition group was deeply alarmed by the situation “unfolding” in Warrap state of South Sudan.

The group alleged the presidential decree issued without consultation of communities has led to inter and intra tribal conflicts between the communities in Warrap state particularly among Luanyjang and Rek Dinka communities.

“There is also a similar situation unfolding in Upper Nile State between the Chollo community and the Padang Jieng/Dinka communities”, reads the statement.

The leadership of the rebel group said federalism was the popular will of the people of South Sudan and called on all the communities in South Sudan to reject the decree and not to allow such politics to divide them.

“The intention of this decree is to further divide the people of South Sudan along ethnic lines, in a futile attempt by a small clique in Juba to hold on to power,” said Mabior.

The implementation of the recently signed peace deal, he said, provides the best opportunity for the people of South Sudan to restore peace in the country and to participate in an all-inclusive national dialogue to allow them determine their social and political future.

The two South Sudanese warring factions signed a final peace deal in August to end the 21-month long conflict that killed tens of thousands of people in the young nation.

However, the two warring sides have continued to engage in clashes with both sides accussing the other of violating the terms of the compromise peace agreement.


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  • 15 October 2015 03:24, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Ya Mr. Riak, there was nothing beter u’ve done as a basis of threat than continuation of war. U’ve to tell ur Igad that u signed peace b’se of rewarded 2 states of Upper nile & Bentiu. Besides, u want to gain support fro ur defected army generals who disowned u based on ur selfishness.

    • 15 October 2015 03:38, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      In addition, for ur info if current rebellion insists on fighting so that Igad & troika countries give more rewards as a result, then S. Sudanese have got genuine reasons to fight the war by all means until u realize the truth.

    • 15 October 2015 03:40, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Who will lose if it collapses!"you" The states will be empower to take pull care of their territories. so tell us where you will be with Gatdet and Changson under your tail.

      • 15 October 2015 05:56, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Bravo Lotodo Awino! There’s going to be a time when the international community will realize the truth about Riak’s baseless demands & regular, aimless, tribal rebellions. He’s just prolonging starvation of his own people by rejecting peace implementation. UN, WFP & Troika countries will too have limited funds for Riak’s consequences.

        • 15 October 2015 06:22, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Riek was going to be a sour loser if were not shored up by Western world through this imposed peace. he has nothing left for him, after his dissenters[rebel faction] took Pagak from him. meanwhile Kirr can still sit on his failing government.

    • 15 October 2015 07:53, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Creation into 28 states should not be a defict opposition at the beginning they were hoping for the creation of the new states to 21 different by 7 more states let discuss on this than the collapse of the peace

  • 15 October 2015 06:58, by Gabriel Ajak

    When Riek came up with the idea of 21 federalist state was it a dividing of SS communities to fight themselves or what was it? Riek is over 60 yrs should not resemble himself to his son Mabior Garang, plz give a peace room for the innocent people of SS stop self interest through children n old people blood.

    • 15 October 2015 07:14, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      I don’t know about others people level of understanding but for me Riek is done politically and he knew it.his only chance of recovery is this peace.if it fails then he will live and die in exile.

  • 15 October 2015 08:06, by Thondet Manyang

    Riek endless demands are the poping up events since during and after his failed coup. look here are they, 1. releasing of FDs, 2. UPF withdrawal, 3. African Union Report, 4. SPLM reform 5. Kiir’s Resignation, 6. 1st Vice President, 6. C.in.C of rebels. and today 7. Revoke of 28 states by president. Where are we? I believe 90% of his demands are accepted. So why still killing people? Dead ruler?

    • 15 October 2015 08:50, by Panda Odhie

      Brothers this guy called Riek and his group are hypocrisy because they think their ideas are the best then other pple’s ideas, when he create 21 state unilaterally without basis ,he was applaud by his supporters mwle rebels can’t ve constitutional powers to do anything in the country when in the bush,where do Riek get that wisdom he think of being the best among 100s.greedy of pride but wouldn’t

  • 15 October 2015 09:57, by Akuma

    No matter what, South Sudanese people will battle Rebel Riek Machar into ashes if he want to hijack people’s demand since 1947. Riek is driving Ngundeng’s visionless car which will led him to death if he don’t change now

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