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SPLM-IO rejects formation of caretaker state governments in South Sudan


April 16, 2020 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO reiterated its calls for the appointment of governors and rejected the formation of caretaker state governments proposed by the SPLM-IG.

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Riek Machar South Sudan FVP (Reuters photo)

The distribution of the 10 state-governor positions between the four signatory f the revitalized peace agreement means that SPLM-IG with its 55% will get 5 governors, the SPLM-IO with its 27% will get 3 governors, the SSOA with its 10% one governor and the OPP with its 8% will also have one governor.

Nonetheless, the group of President Kiir demands to have 6 governors, saying they have conceded and accepted the 10 states instead of the 32 states.

In a statement issued Wednesday 15 April after meeting held on Tuesday evening, the SPLM-IO of FVP Riek Machar discussed a proposal to appoint caretaker state governments made by the majority component of the transitional government.

"The SPLM/A (IO) rejects the proposal to form caretaker state governments, as it is a violation to the Agreement," concluded the meeting which was dedicated to reviewing the progress and challenges faced in the implementation of the peace agreement.

"Division of states based on the Agreement must be respected," stressed the statement before to add "Any change to this formula is a violation of the Agreement".

On Saturday 28 March, Augustino Njoroge, the head of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) urged the South Sudanese parties to expedite the appointment of state governors and local governments.

His call came after a letter Machar had addressed to the RJMEC to break the deadlock in line with the modalities of the power-sharing as provided in the peace agreement.

Also, Thomas Peter the head of the holdout faction of Federal Democratic Party, said in a statement to Sudan Tribune that "any delay in the formation of state governments threatens the entire agreement".

The SPLM-IO, also, recalled its rejection for the creation of the three Administrative Areas of Abyei, Ruweng, and Greater Pibor.

"The unilateral creation of the three Administrative Areas is a violation of the agreement reached by the two Principals in Addis Ababa; the parties need to formally discuss the need and criteria for the creation of any administrative area in the country."

"If it is determined that the RTGoNU must create administrative areas, then, they must be shared under the power-sharing ratios established in the R-ARCSS," proposed the statement.


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  • 16 April 2020 09:39, by jubaone

    That was clear from the start that jienges don’t want peace. They reject any state system that is orderly and transparent cuz they are simply chaotic, anarchistic and love to wallow in filth and dirt. They renege from agreements and don’t keep word: liars, backstabbers and greedy. Now they want 6 governors yet can’t do anything. Their ones like the Health Minister, just a housecleaner.

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    • 16 April 2020 10:31, by Games

      Machar was up by 1% for rejected that ridiculous proposals. Everythings has to go through peace agreement procedures. No short cuts and big NO to bully.

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    • 16 April 2020 12:42, by South South


      Kurkoo!!!! You are still alive? Where is Coronavirus which has no mercy on old people like jubaone? Minister of health is Riek’s wife. Ask him to explain to you why she is there. Those wicked people like Lam Akol are blocked intentionally. We have power and we will continue to tell the rest what to do and what not to do, Kurkoo!!!!

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      • 16 April 2020 13:15, by jubaone

        South South
        Jienge kaffir, at 43 yrs you are still living as a refugee in Kenya without a home and barking kurkoo...kurkoo like a starving hyena. Go home and develop yourself. Your power is raping and stealing from unarmed civilians. You are lucky, jellaba didnt take you away as a house slave cuz you are too lazy to do anything and too stupid to think, MTN.

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        • 16 April 2020 13:21, by jubaone

          South South
          Jienge kaffir, teach a giant gorilla Bari language, it would learn faster than a giant jienge whose brain mass are as large as his testicles. The jienge is an emotional animal and not reasonable at all. How do you stay peaceful in jiengelands from 2005 till today and cant develop except kill, steal and idling like hungry monkeys? Just losers. Chinese should take over jiengelands.

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          • 16 April 2020 17:16, by South South


            Kurkoo!!!! No one in South Sudan wants to learn Bari language. It’s the language of dirty people who poop on the streets like dogs.

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      • 16 April 2020 13:15, by The Rhino

        South South,

        Jienge skunk!I can smell your stench online.Shit,Miseriya arabs are terrorizing and grilling your starving relatives day and night and here you’re, with big mouth doing nothing, coward!Go home and rescue your damned Dinka people.Get your fucking ass out of Equatoria,ya MTN!

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        • 16 April 2020 13:28, by The Rhino


          That moron ’South South’ from Abyei is a real street product.The vagrant has no fix point in life.I’m sure he was given out as a child to survive on his own/himself in the streets.Dinka villages these days(Abyei included) are full of homeless beggars,I could not believe what I saw there,terrible!

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        • 16 April 2020 17:23, by South South

          The Rhino,

          You dirty Mundari MUST follow. You have no room in South Sudan to talk with us. Yirol alone can take over Mundari land one day. Wicked, stupid old man, dirty and monkey. Teach your women to sit down when they urinate like other civilized women of the world. South Sudan has changed, history teaches us that when changes arrives, the best way to deal with it is not to resist, but to adap

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  • 16 April 2020 14:23, by Ram Mi Ran

    Looking at the overall political landscape and how the main armed opposition, the Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition(SPLM-IO), has handled negotiations and foreign relations from the onset in December 2013 or from the days of establishment of the SPLM/A-IO in April 2014, it won’t be surprising if the SPLM-IO compromises one or two states in what is now brewing to be another deadlock. T

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  • 16 April 2020 14:25, by Ram Mi Ran

    Continue, The SPLM-IO has consciously or accidentally compromised on many lucrative ideals before; however, for the sake of clarity I will not descend into the literature in this article but I will dwell on the case at the bar – the new “deadlock” on the responsibility sharing formula and establishment of the local governments.

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  • 16 April 2020 14:27, by Ram Mi Ran

    First thing first, who would have thought that the South Sudanese elite politicians could not solve a simple arithmetic call “division” to an extent that they would refer themselves to R-JMEC for further arbitration for a formula that was already determined during the previous negotiations.

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    • 16 April 2020 14:31, by Ram Mi Ran

      Thanks Dr. Lam Akol, who exhaustively explained the logic behind the concept of “Round-Off” and the order that should be followed when a conflict of interests arise but did that change anything? We will revisit this logic in a moment!
      As many people would argue, the ongoing re-negotiation of the responsibility sharing formula is ill-founded and completely baseless given that there is a peace agre

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  • 16 April 2020 14:40, by Ram Mi Ran

    agreement that clearly spells how the states and local governments should be divided among the parties. The simplest arithmetic the parties should adhere to are the responsibility sharing ratios described below:

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  • 16 April 2020 14:42, by Ram Mi Ran

    Based on the peace document(above) and as explained by Dr. Lam Akol and others, whom we had benefit to read their analyses, 55% of 10 states, 27% of 10 states, 10% of 10 states and 8% of 10 states are 5.5, 2.7, 1.0 and 0.8 respectively, and given that the parties are only interested in natural numbers, it is therefore necessary to round these numbers off to the nearest natural number.

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  • 16 April 2020 14:47, by Ram Mi Ran

    Without diving into full arithmetic on rounding off numbers, 2.7 and 0.8 qualify for Case B and 1.0 and 5.5 qualify for Case C rules which state:CASE B: In rounding off numbers, the last figure kept should be increased by 1 if the first figure dropped is greater than 5.CASE C: In rounding off numbers, if the first figure dropped is 5, and all the figures following the five are zero or if there are

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  • 16 April 2020 14:50, by Ram Mi Ran

    no figures after the 5, then the last figure kept should be unchanged
    Therefore, according to Case B rule, the last digit kept from 2.7 and 0.8 should be increased by 1 and become 3 and 1, respectively. This means, whereas the SPLM-IO should be entitled to 3 states, OPPs would be entitled to 1 state. Similarly, and based on Case C, the last digit kept from 5.5 and 1.0 should remain unchanged as 5

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  • 16 April 2020 14:52, by Ram Mi Ran

    and 1, and therefore the SPLM-IG should be entitled to 5 states and SSOA would be entitled to 1 state. This should be non-negotiable except in our South Sudan where we are defying established world orders!To reiterate, based on the revitalized peace agreement and operational rules of arithmetic, the SPLM-IG is entitled to 5 states and the oppositions are entitled to the other 5 states in the ratio

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  • 16 April 2020 14:54, by Ram Mi Ran

    of 3:1:1 for SPLM/A-IO, SSOA and OPP, respectively. All those mumbo-jumbo arguments from Hon. Michael Makuei and Hon. Martin Elia are the very reasons they were sanctioned for by the international community and they should be trashed. Besides, the same formula was used recently to create the cabinet and it worked perfectly fine, why now?

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  • 17 April 2020 07:48, by Kenyang ll

    Ram Mi Ran,

    5.5 is not 5 but 6. So, gov’t is not arithmetically wild to want 6 governors out of 10. What’s needed here is to continue with spirit of genuine compromises, not spin and reckless celibrations.

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  • 18 April 2020 17:05, by Jebel Dinka

    IOs should be serious, if they can’t reach any compromise with IG then why rejecting appointment of caretakers?

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