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Machar’s exclusion a violation of peace accord, says analyst


President Kiir (R) and SPLM-Io leader Machar shake hands after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement on 12 September 2018 (photo AFP)

September 21, 2019 (JUBA) – Any attempt to form South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity without involving rebel leader Riek Machar will violate the revitalized peace agreement, an analyst said.

On Thursday, South Sudan President Salva Kiir hinted possibilities of forming a government that could exclude Machar in November.

Kiir made these remarks during prayers organised by South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) at State House in the capital, Juba.

But James Okuk, a political analyst, said a coalition government that does not include Machar’s armed opposition faction contravenes the revitalized peace deal.

“Dr Riek Machar is a signatory to the peace agreement and excluding him from the Transition Government of National Unity would be a violation of provisions of the same accord," Okuk, a Political Science lecturer at Juba University, said Saturday.

He said for any meaningful coalition government to be formed, all signatories to the peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last year, have to be consulted.

Barely two weeks ago, President Kiir and Machar for the first time since they last interfaced during a meeting organized by Pope Francis at the Vatican in April.

During closed-door meetings between Kiir and Machar in Juba, both leaders committed to the timely formation of the new government.

The two rivals also agreed to form a committee to look into the final report of the Independent Boundary Commission (IBC), number of states and their boundaries and come up with findings suitable for both parties and the people of South Sudan.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

The power-sharing arrangements under the deal were supposed to take effect in May, but the process was delayed by six months until November as both sides disagreed on security arrangements.


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  • 22 September 2019 07:45, by South South

    James Okuk is a faithful runner of Lam Akol. He is a crazy man and people shouldn’t take him seriously. He needs to shut up. He would go to jail again like last time when our National Security put him in a jail with naked crazy people. Some of Shulluk are working day and night to cause war between Dinaks and Nuers, we know that.

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    • 22 September 2019 08:12, by Games

      South South
      That guy is telling the facts, seriously, without Machar in the outcomes news government, why wasting time talking about something that would not happening? for facts, only Machar is real partnership in this peace. Go ahead if you have a guts forms your invisible government without him

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      • 22 September 2019 08:19, by South South


        We have running government right now in Juba without Riek. Since 2013 we run our government in South Sudan without Riek. This is not about individual, it’s about a nation and people. Government in Juba can be run without Riek and Kiir, but still our life will continue without any problem. Some of our cousin Nuers are very blind and they don’t things well until when it’s too late.

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        • 22 September 2019 08:27, by Games

          South South
          Which government are talking about idiots? Salva Kiir can only stay in Juba or visiting his Master M7 in Kampala that all he can manage in his leadership. 8 millions out of 11 million in the population are currently dying of hungers. 3 millions in Refuge camps. No salaries for your stravating kids that you are terming naturally army.

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  • 22 September 2019 08:04, by Games

    Salva Kiir hasn’t learned his lesson enough. Seriously, who’s going to forms the new with government if Machar is excluded from the deals? Salva Kiir has to dealt with the problem instead of running a way from it? if the problem is fakes 32 states, he has to tell the world that he has doesn’t wants to change them.

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    • 22 September 2019 08:09, by South South


      Doors are opened for Riek to join national unity government in November, only if he chooses not to take part in that government. Talking about 32 states, you need to find something else to talk about. 32 states are staying now and after November. When we signed peace with NCP we did not ask them to get rid of 10 states first. Don’t be very stupid Nuer who wants to feel heat first.

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  • 22 September 2019 08:19, by Games

    South South
    Machar will go to Juba when all peace requirements are done correctly. Training all sectors including bodyguards for all officials in Juba, including me of course. When all of these get done. Machar will free go to Juba. We are aware of your Dinka evils things.

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    • 22 September 2019 08:26, by South South

      Machar is free to come to Juab in November or he can stay in Khartoum if he wants that. IGAD and UN will providence security for him in Juba. Implementation of the peace is progressing everyday, so nothing is left unturned. There is no crazy things called IO forces in Juba to guard Riek, that idea is no there.

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      • 22 September 2019 08:35, by Games

        South South
        You will see only Nuer are guarding Machar in Juba and they are all be IO. Trust me on that
        This article are Salva Kiir is daily activity routine things especially when he had some whisky. Sometimes whisky trying to make a him to says the stuffs he can’t remember the next days.

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        • 22 September 2019 12:18, by jubaone

          The jienge strategy is simple; keep Riek away and hope his mental and physical health deteroriates and possibly dies. Nuers will have no other articulate, learned and strong person. Thereafter, no further Nuer insurrection, the rest Nuers are easily controllable. Very certain come Nov. a R-TGONU without Riek will be formed. War is pre-programmed. Watch this!

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          • 22 September 2019 13:02, by Chiir

            @Juba last,
            Stop insinuating the formation of R-TGONU and its aftermath. The parties all agreed that November was the month in which this government will be formed. So, I see no cause for whining this early.

            Riek needs to come earlier if he is going to be part of this government. Also, those who are still in the busy terrorizing civil must drop their guns and come to the table.

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            • 22 September 2019 18:55, by jubaone

              Chiir chimp
              You dont have to be a rocket scientist to predict the trajectory and path that will unfold come November 2019. De-militarization of major towns, cantonment, number of states, IBC decison of state boundaries, R-ARCSS funding, establishment of Hybrid Courts all are lagging behind schedule. What R-TGoNU?? Just hold your breath troll.

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          • 23 September 2019 14:07, by Midit Mitot


            That,s big lie, Nuer has so many Doctors if it,s a case but peace without Dr Machar is red-line and will be discharge wound without heal.

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      • 22 September 2019 08:48, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Dear Warmongers
        Government of S Sudan without Dr. Riek Machar is a violation of peace agreement and amount to a serious crime that could possibly lead to another man made catastrophe.
        South Sudanese have already learned that the elites in Juba hated the only peaceful man in the Country, that is, so the haters should hang themselves before it is too late if they don’t want Dr Riek Machar.
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        • 22 September 2019 10:21, by South South

          Simon Puak,
          Another crazy Nuer is talking nonsense. Riek is not a man of peace, but violence. How many people he killed in 1991 and 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017? I am glad he has no power, but he in IGAD jail.

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          • 22 September 2019 12:58, by Malakal county Simon

            That’s true.. Salva reckless statement without good thinking through first, it’s dangerous to meaningful peace.... How can you put a horse before the cart?? implement the security arrangements and find a solution to dispute 32 States of Taban Deng and then you yaps about Dr Machar coming.. Bone Head South South, when will you feel ashame of defending your step_dad out of blue??

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          • 23 September 2019 13:58, by Midit Mitot

            South South,

            It,s too late for Kiir to reject Dr Machar on this peace accord, Dr Machar must be reinstated to his position without doubt, otherwise another huge bloodshed will pour than the one of J1.

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  • 11 October 2019 10:43, by Garang Akeen Tong

    You guys stop hate speech and fucuss on what will benefit our nation

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