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S. Sudan opposition warns over hurried formation of new gov’t


October 19, 2019 (NAIROBI) – Wrongful and hasty formation of a transitional government under President’s Salva Kiir leadership minus addressing root causes of the conflict is another recipe for return to full-blown violence in South Sudan, an opposition movement said.

United South Sudan Opposition Movements representatives pose after a meeting in Netherlands on Aug 30, 2019 (courtesy photo)

In a statement issued Saturday, South Sudan Opposition Movement (SSOM) warned of the likely occurrence of the July 2016 incident in which more than 700 people were killed in the capital, Juba.

“We believe from the very beginning of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development’s (IGAD) High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF), that the process for negotiating the R-ARCSS [Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan] was flawed,” partly reads the statement.

It added, “It has inevitably, therefore, led to a flawed and non-inclusive peace agreement, which failed to address the fundamental root causes of the crisis of governance, justice and accountability and leadership in South Sudan”.

A delegation from the UNSC is expected to visit Juba on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the opposition movement welcomed the visit on Sunday of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation, saying the move will help in the search for permanent peace in South Sudan.

The group appealed to the UNSC, African Union, and the IGAD countries, to provide a new platform for renegotiating the revitalized peace agreement in order to address the outstanding issues.

“A new platform to make the R-ARCSS fully inclusive. It is only in this way that a durable, genuine, and just peace can be realized in South Sudan. This will not come about via the formation of an incomplete and non-inclusive transitional government that is being forced upon the long-suffering and downtrodden people of South Sudan, yet again,” further stressed the opposition alliance.

Last week, the 15-member Security Council urged the parties to the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan to continue meeting regularly to resolve outstanding substantive issues needed for formation of a transitional national unity government.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup, allegations the latter dismissed.

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.


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  • 20 October 2019 15:57, by james john luka

    These are reckless statements which are not needed in this process. Always doubting and releasing irresponsible utterance sowing doubts too on the other side, creating situation of distrust. What do want it done? Another six months? Idiots!!!

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  • 20 October 2019 16:57, by jubaone

    SSOM should just shut up and mobilize its people to fight. You can only be invited to the negotiating table, only with your boots on the ground. IGAD is not bothered by lousy mouthed politicians without guns. NAS or whichever armed groups should now escalate their attacks. No pains No gains. Period.

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    • 20 October 2019 18:33, by South South


      Iam back here with very high spirit to rule for another 20 years. NAS has no people to fight. Its leader is hiding in Ethiopia, do you know why? He is very weak. We are constructing high way right now from Juba- Rumbek- Wau. let NAS stops it if they have people to do that. On November 12, 2019, new government in Juba will be formed, anyone who will be out will join a big cage somewhere.

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      • 20 October 2019 20:23, by jubaone

        South South
        Now you jienge coward have picked courage after seeing that Riek is coming back. How can you construct a highway when you can’t even feed your jienges? A highway for you to run away fast? Highway where your cows will lie on to warm their shitholes? Feed yourself first, lazy fool.

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  • 20 October 2019 22:34, by lino

    South Sudan is too broken and bankrupt to fund cantonment sites and form a unity government leave alone feeding the people of South Sudan which in fact, the International Community have been doing for last 6 years.
    Let see what will happen come November 12, 2019. If they failed again to form a government, it could be that both government and Oppositions couldn’t get money to fund projects.

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