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Machar rejects allocation of South Sudan’s state governors, calls for RJEMC’s intervention


May 7, 2020 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO has rejected the allocation of state governors by President Salva Kiir pointing that the decision ignored the prominence of the parties and was not taken by consensus.

Riek Machar South Sudan FVP (Reuters photo)President Kiir on Thursday issued a statement saying that the presidency in a meeting chaired by President Kiir and after "thorough deliberations" and "in the spirit of collegial decision making" decided to give the SPLM-IG six states, the SPLM-IO three states and SSOA one state.

According to the statement the SPLM-IG takes Central Equatoria State, Eastern Equatoria State, Lakes State, Warrap State, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State and Unity State. The SPLM-IO takes Jonglei State, Western Bahr El Ghazal State and Western Equatoria State while SSOA takes the Upper Nile state. The OPP did obtain a state.

Following the meeting, the First Vice President Riek Machar addressed a letter to Augustino Njoroge the head of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) informing him of his rejection of this decision and urging his intervention after pointing to several violations committed in this process.

The article dealing with the power-sharing at the level of states and local government "gives the Parties the competence to allocate the States and Counties and not the Presidency. The article also makes it clear that the prominence of Parties in each State must influence the choice of the States," said Machar in his letter seen by Sudan Tribune.

The First Vice President further said the allocation of the States was decided by the "President and not a decision taken by consensus," he disclosed.

He further underlines that "It does not put into consideration the relative prominence of each Party has in each of the respective State or county. In this case, neither SSOA nor ITGONU has prominence in Upper Nile state more than SPLM (IO)".

Machar went to pinpoint to another violation saying that the PPO alliance has been excluded from the power-sharing at the state level as they have to get a state in line with the peace agreement.

The rule of the power-sharing ratio at the state level provides that the SPLM-IG gets 55%, SPLM-IO 27%, SSOA 10% and OPP 08%.

However, the SPLM-IG said they have conceded to the demand of the peace partners and accepted to re-establish the 10 states system, so, the other parties have to accept that they obtain six states.

SPLM-IG claims that the government’s 5.5 number of States should be made six, pointing that its share should be more than the parties.

The OPP sources say they are concerned by their exclusion and they are expected to issue a statement on Friday.

Machar concluded his letter to the R-JMEC stressing that Kiir’s decision is also " a clear rejection of the recommendation made to the Parties by the Interim Chairman of RJMEC" in a letter addressed to the president last April.

In a bid to break the deadlock over states’ allocation, Njoroge convened a consultative meeting of the parties to the peace pact on Friday 27th March.

In a statement issued on 28 March, Njoroge urged them to continue with the spirit of collegiality during the Transitional Period and beyond.

He "also reminded the Parties of the cardinal principles upon which the R-ARCSS is anchored, which include inclusivity, equity, peace and reconciliation, collegiality, relationship and trust-building, justice and fairness, among others,"


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  • 8 May 06:57, by Chiir

    Riek is holding this country hostage for his political agenda. He cares nothing about the people in the states. So far, the HLTF he is a deputy of does not have branches in the states and the state hospitals (if they exist) are in a fucking precarious situation. And this man sees nothing of it! How dare this man...?

    • 8 May 07:36, by Joyuma John

      hell to Riek Machar, if his party is fame in those states denied to him then let him go and get fame too from those states allocated to him period,the reasonable point is for other political parties (OPP) who are supposed to get one state according to the agreement but are denied here, if he is a honest person did agreement say he should allocate all ministerial Portfolios to his family members.

      • 8 May 09:48, by South South

        Risk and his family cannot hold down South Sudan. There is no IO. There is zRiek and his family trying to grab everything in South Sudan. On routes to DRC this time..e

        • 8 May 11:11, by Games

          South Shit
          Keeps lying to yourself that there is no IO in the country. You and evil Salva Kiir seems to me, you may not even pass year in South Sudan, if you are not changing your attitude towards Naath. Most Nuer are daily praying for this peace to fails. We have unfinished business.

          • 8 May 11:20, by Khent


            It’s funny that you people think that you have some legitimate grievances while others do not; your alliance with Khartoum during the war claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, so don’t issue these laughable threats. What you did was so much worse and you were permitted to return after we made peace with your masters in Khartoum. The hatred your actions have created is so much greater.

          • 9 May 06:29, by Chiir

            What is unfinished business, pale? You are among the Nuers who do not do the actual fighting. Please let the real Nuer speak and he will make a sense of what war does. Change and develop Nuer land instead of unleashing garbage that no one gives a damn about. Got it? We need the children of Nuers to develop and prosper instead of being used by maniacs like you and Riek

    • 8 May 15:09, by Midit Mitot

      Chiir, South South & other supporters.

      Do you guys one day read revitalized peace agreement signed papers article by articles? if so, what are those?

      Dr Machar is dealing with signed paper but your semi president is always making short cut.

      • 8 May 17:49, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        We are done with talking, period. President will announce soon the appointment of 7 state governors. Finish.

        • 9 May 02:10, by Malakal county Simon

          South South/Slave

          I heard that empty thumb-chest before.... Kiir will never reverse 32 States and then what happened? He did, and went back to 10 States.... Now your repeating the same empty thumb-chest that Kiir will announce 7 governors soon without IO support.. Since you’re not Kiir himslef, Good luck with that blah, blah, blah

  • 8 May 11:38, by munene

    we can not be kept hostage by two people yajamana
    Riek machar does not want peace to prevail in the Republic of South Sudan. all we need is peace my friend

  • 8 May 12:07, by Kenyang ll

    Give lawless Warap, aka Gogrial to power hungry Riek.

  • 8 May 14:04, by Ram Mi Ran

    The so called Salva Kier always don’t believe on what he signed. why don’t he accept 5.5 for IG, 2.7 for IO, 1.0 SSOA and 0.8 OPP. Then 0.8 and 2.7 can be round to 3 and 1 respectively because they are bigger than 5.5. Therefore IG should have 5, IO 3, SSOA 1 and OPP 1. from there we will see who will disagree here again. The allocation can be select on rotation base IG can select 1 first, then IO

  • 8 May 14:09, by Ram Mi Ran

    Then IO can follow by selecting 1, SSOA and OPP can follow respectively then again IG and IO can rotate again until they are done with the states in respective to their percentage as well.

  • 8 May 15:48, by Mayendit

    Salva Kiir Mayardit.
    You should be blaming yourself because you are the one who let Riek Machar Teny dancing back and forth throughout in your leadership. Riek has detected two things, 1 Kiir is a weak leader and 2 Kiir is a fearful man this is why he is using his brothers in-law to threaten Kiir Mayardit. If it’s me I will not allow him

  • 8 May 21:46, by conservative

    Why SPLM Io is still not happy, are those regions not belong to south Sudan or what and who they looking for to work for ,by dividing this deal of state government is sign of unity by our president, and we need to be like this is if you nuers you can work for Dinka people we should have been like this for future 😂😂 Reik machar is confused and tribing

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