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President Kiir prefers forming new government before SPLM-IO forces arrive in Juba


February 15, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, has preferred to form a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) before arrival in Juba units of the joint forces of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by the newly appointed First Vice President, Riek Machar.

President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

A high profile official of President Kiir’s government told Sudan Tribune that representatives of the other opposition parties to the peace agreement signed in August last year were called for consultations by the president on his desire to form the government within a week before implementation of the security arrangements in the capital, Juba.

“We met the president on Thursday last week and the impression I got from our meeting with him was a clear indication he wants to form a new government without SPLM-IO forces,” the source told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The President, he said, did not get support from the leaders of the opposition parties in his premature plan to form the government without the opposition forces in the capital, but in that evening he decided to appoint Machar.

“He [Kiir] asked the opinion of the leaders of the stakeholders before he came out with the decision to appoint Riek Machar that same day when he later found out they were not supportive of his view,” he recalled.

He further recalled that the leader of the Democratic Change (DC), Lam Akol, who also chairs a national alliance of 18 opposition political parties in the country, challenged President Kiir in the meeting that it was not the right way to form a government without the security arrangements being implemented first in Juba.

Representatives of the SPLM-IO were not represented in the consultative meeting with the President, and it was not clear why they were not present.

The state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) last Thursday broadcast footage of the meeting with the president showing former cabinet affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol and former justice minister, John Luk Jok, who are members of former detainees as well as the current cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro from opposition parties allied to the government. Lam Akol also participated in the meeting.

The peace agreement which ends 21 months of war stipulates that a joint force from the rival armies and police should be deployed first before a new government can be formed after return of the armed opposition leader, Machar.

The president however gave 7 days of ultimatum for Machar to return to Juba and form a unity government with him.

However, Machar said he would return only when the security arrangements are implemented at least in Juba, calling on the international community to transport his forces soon so that he also returns.

The United Kingdom has offered to transport the opposition forces, but it is not clear how long it will take for them to deploy in Juba and whether President Kiir will put on hold his plan to rush the formation of the government.


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  • 15 February 2016 19:38, by Mi diit


    This means this cowboy has an evil plan to try without SPLA-IO forces in Juba.

    • 15 February 2016 20:21, by Force 1

      Any overdue plan is going to happened no matter what in any way shape or form!

      As the saying goes "fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me"!

      It’s not every decade innocent men, women and children has to keep dying because of one pinhead!

    • 15 February 2016 23:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Mi Midiit
      Kiir, is very absolute to form immediately unity government. How can he wait rebels?

      • 16 February 2016 15:04, by Bolman

        come on pple of SS pls take looks on the pic of our President he is not a healthy person to be blamed kiir is dying’s left hand is already paralyzed and his eyelids also turned into black colours our pd is totally deformed from human shape to dead ghost shape I done when I watch him on TV yesterday, but he still ve devil

    • 16 February 2016 06:27, by Akuma

      It would happen if Riek Machar don’t show up in Juba because South Sudanese people can’t wait for Riek to come when he don’t have interest.....

      • 16 February 2016 07:51, by Mi diit


        We know you are a wasted Nuer sperm!

        You have surrendered to the devil Dinka rule to destroy your own lands and people just for money and fake positions.

        You cannot say anything, Nuer-wews of Magok Rundial, Riek Gai Kok, Kok Ruei, Benjamin Marial, etc.

        Your fathers wasted their sperms by conceiving you.

        Shame on you all!

    • 16 February 2016 13:36, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      To form GoNU wihout IO means nothing have been done,better to follow the rules how it should be.

  • 15 February 2016 19:53, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, it’s not a president Kiir fault since Machar refused to report himself in Juba. Government doesn’t have no choice, but to form government without Machar and his thugs. Machar likes legacy and spending public money traveling around the world. Machar and his supporters are nothing than traitors and butchers.

    • 16 February 2016 06:44, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dinka Defender Food General.

      Listen we are not fool like your JCE, we are wise enough your father Kiir he don’t need peace this is what we detected from your rotten regime.
      No government to be formed without the owners we!!
      Second to that Machar was using his own money for his travelling not public money like it was done by your dad.

      Son of prophet
      currently GHQs.

      • 16 February 2016 15:31, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Son of evil, show me where does Machar get his incomes for the last two years and he doesn’t have any cows to sell? Remember, he lives in 5 million dollars mansion in Addis Ababa. He travels around the world with 10 to 15 representatives and first class costs around 3,500 dollars a person and you can do the math. He also buys weapons. Machar stole 15 billion dollars public money bro.

  • 15 February 2016 22:40, by Eyez

    Kiir and his JCE goons are either maniacs or just stupid, because, if not so, then how on earth can these people, with Kiir at the helm, try to break every rule in the book. The content of the signed peace agreement is crystal clear, yet they attempted to intentionally mislead the public by misinterpreting every sentence and paragraph. The Dinka conspiracy to harm Riak in Juba is now a known truth

  • 16 February 2016 06:21, by Eastern

    Kiir will be crowning his stupidity......

    Government created without the office bearers in place is Government in abeyance: symbolic and time wasting. It important for him and partners in peace to prioritize the needed logistics for the mathiang anyor and the white army to settle and have some decent meals in a long while.

  • 16 February 2016 11:58, by Dengda

    I hope this time Kiir will not do unthinkable as he does, when people going clockwise and he go anti-clockwise. he has to clearly understand that until when Riek take oath before him, he has no authority to order him within timeframe. Also forming GToNU is not his role alone it bipartisan b/n IO/IG. So, be patience it going to take 2yrs and Riek will not come with Dollars to help dying economic.

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