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May 16, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan government and its people are sharply divided on whether the proposed interim administration should include the incumbent leader, Salva Kiir and the country’s former vice president-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s vice-pesident, James Wani Igga, speaks at the opening of the SPLM building in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

Vice-president James Wani Igga on Friday rejected suggestions of having an interim administration without Kiir and Machar, describing the former as a “unifying figure”.

"There will be no formation of any government in South Sudan without the participation of President Salva Kiir", Igga told a function predominantly attended by supporters and senior members of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The vice president was speaking during an occasion annually held to honour martyrs of the past civil war, which only ended after the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed with Sudan prior to South Sudan’s secession in 2011.

Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth equally opposed formation of a new administration without Kiir, insisting the incumbent leader should head the interim government.

"There are those who are saying let Salva Kiir and Riek Machar go. This is something out of question unless we decide to throw away democracy”, Lueth separately told reporters on Friday.

May 16 is celebrated in South Sudan as it was the day in 1983 when the former rebel movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) was formed under the leadership of John Garang de Mabior, as its founding leader.

It was a day when the mutinying soldiers under the command of Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, then a major in the Sudanese army, rebelled against the central government in Khartoum, marking the beginning of the second rebellion.

Stationed in the current Jonglei state capital, Bor, Bol, in an apparently coordinated act, was joined by William Nyuon Beny, another Sudanese major leading government forces in Ayod and the surrounding areas at the time. Both Bol and Beny later died mysteriously at different times and locations after running into differences with late Garang, but are continuously remembered alongside others as martyrs of freedom.

Both Igga and minister Lueth’s remarks appear a direct response to a recent proposal made by Ebony Centre for Strategic Studies, a Juba-based think tank run by the development policy forum, on how the interim administration could look like.

The draft policy paper, also obtained by Sudan Tribune, provides an analysis focusing on 12 specific objectives and functions of the interim administration. It proposed collegial and rotational presidency and 21 different cabinet positions.

MIXED REACTIONS

Lual Achuek Deng, former minister of petroleum in the Sudanese government of national unity said there was need for radical reforms in public institutions.

Deng, who is currently the managing director of Ebony Centre for Strategic Studies said it was high time president Kiir took bold decision to fight corruption.

"The current situation in South Sudan requires president Kiir to be very decisive by placing fighting rent diverting behavior on the top of his economic reform agenda. The policy of appeasement on rent seeking or diverting and corruption has been costly, and must therefore be abandoned”, he remarked.

Deng explained that the role of the proposed interim administration would be two fold: provide services to the people during the interim period and carrying out institutional reforms and the conduct of the national census while creating an environment suitable for elections.

But Deng Peter Ajak, a native of Jonglei, pointed out it was time for the people of South Sudan to honestly thank president Kiir for the period he served the country and ask him to retire from politics and go home to rest.

"It is time for us to be honest and say the truth. President Salva Kiir has served the country and we have seen how he performed. He should simply be told to go home and rest. The country has tried him and it is time we try another person", Ajak told Sudan Tribune as he left the crowd gathered to commemorate the SPLA’s day.

Wilson Kur Deng, a native of Unity state, said South Sudan was bigger than the interest of the rival leaders who have allegedly continued to allow people die simply because none of them wants to leave power or abandon presidential ambitions.

"I feel ashamed when I see our people dying because of only two people, and find myself asking whether these people really value the lives of our people. If I were President Salva Kiir, knowing that I was elected by the people, I would have asked their opinions in a referendum to assess whether they still need me to serve them or not, or else I would have resigned, because this country is above individual ambition”, Deng suggested.

"I propose that it would be best for President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to waive their right to participate in the upcoming interim government. Instead, they should negotiate the deal, including the work plan, budget, but task another leader within the SPLM/A to execute the deal", said another official who preferred anonymous.

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  • 17 May 08:13, by omoni jr.

    The so called Wani Igga is nothing but Dinka slave. He himself need to be thrown out during the coming interim government.

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    • 17 May 17:34, by Ito

      Wani Igga you are a shame to equatoria. We know you are a Dinka in heart and you are on time bomb at any time you will regret. Supporting Dictatorship, tribalism and corruption will not take you anywhere. We are very aware of what is going on. Salva kiir should not be part of the interim government.Dr. Riek Should be the president and he will too stand for the elections when time comes.No nonsense

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  • 17 May 08:25, by tootke’bai-ngo

    IF KIIR WANT TO LEAD THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT, HE HAS TO BRING BACK TO LIFE ALL OUR SIBLINGS & PARENTS WHICH WE HAD LOST DUE TO HIS IRRESPONSIBLE POWER STRUGGLE WITH RIEK. KIIR HAS DONE ENOUGH TO OUR COUNTY, GOOD, WORSE AND FAILED TO IMPLEMENT HALF OF CPA PROTOCOLS. SPLM HAS ONLY ONE CHANCE TO PROVE ITSELF ONCE MORE THAT IT IS THE PARTY OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE BUT NOT WITH KIIR.

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    • 17 May 09:24, by Majongdit

      Sudan Tribune with its usual fabrications.
      The imaginary respondents from Jonglei and Unity States are only two...to publish the opinions of two and leave out the opinions of millions is a crime.
      In fact, these are not real people but imaginary guys whose words were coined and placed in their mouths.

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    • 17 May 09:29, by Majongdit

      Sudan Tribune with its usual fabrications.
      The imaginary respondents from Jonglei and Unity States are only two...to publish the opinions of two and leave out the opinions of millions is a crime.
      In fact, these are not real people but imaginary guys whose words were coined and placed in their mouths.

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  • 17 May 08:50, by dinkdong

    I support the idea of the interim government without Kiir and Riek. To hell with Wani, Makuei and of course the rest of the people that opposed the idea. Wani Igga and Makuei Lueth are trying to protect their job positions and that’s all they care.

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    • 17 May 09:16, by Gat Gan Kiir

      I am strongly disagree with a notion that suggest Dr. Machar together with Kiir failed our nation. How? Two wrong can’t be given in one question, never. Salva Kiir was in Driver seat and Dr. Riek and the rest are all passengers, when the Car involved in serious accident and millions of people died, the Driver must be accountable and his Licence must be suspended for life. Dr. Machar is an innocent

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      • 17 May 10:08, by Akook

        SUDANTRIBUNE should put things correctly, South Sudanese are not sharply divided over interim admin without Kiir and Machar. They unanimously endorse it. The idea is the best interest of South Sudanese public. Kiir and Machar with Kiir in particular had messed our country beyond repair. Its time for them to go home! This country is bigger than them!

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        • 17 May 10:12, by Akook

          Majongdit, shame on you. You still delude yourself that Kiir is again in minds of South Sudanese? Its time crazy supporters like better think twice. Kiir is done with all the bad policies of doing nothing despite oil money in the last 10 years but only to cause us genocide and shame infront of the world. It is time to thug him back to Gogrial

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  • 17 May 10:54, by Mapuor

    Hahaha its extremely ridiculous. Corruption and mismanagement are practiced at lower levels not at Presidential level. Just take the SPLA as an example, corruption was encouraged and practiced by commanders together with their relatives and friends. Salaries and food of soldiers were eaten at broad day light with impunity. Was Kiir mistaken to remove Oyai,Majak Agot ,Pieng Deng,Salva Mathoka

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    • 17 May 10:58, by Mapuor

      and James Hoth?All commanding officers in uniform services have put their children,wives,inlaws etc on pay roll. Why remove Kiir when the problem is below him?. We supported the removal of all former army generals and ministers because they were the ones who were corrupt.Kuol Manyang almost failed because majority of ghost names are enjoyed by Bor officers who dominated all directorates in

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      • 17 May 11:01, by Mapuor

        the SPLA.Should he introduce reforms he would have dismissed his people who are schooling in East Africa using SPLA money from schooling.Kiir must rule for the poor see him as their only hope. Go to states and find out how many ghost names are in Police,Prisons,Wild life, Fire brigade and ministries of Finance.Pensions money in states have all along been pocket money of governors.Haaaaaa

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        • 17 May 11:08, by Mapuor

          If you want to treat an ulcer on your patience leg,you can not smear iodine and medication on your patience head instead you put iodine and medication in the wound so that it heals faster.Our president by God is not the problem but the problem is somewhere below.All former ministers along with Mr Riek must not be appease again in the government for they will continue looting public money.

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        • 17 May 11:23, by Dengda

          You are Mapour, Kiir is above all the institutions and people you mentioned. The question is under which leadership and accountability they belong? I hope you Know how system work! Or else you don’t know what you are talking about! Let people who know better talk. The solution to this problem should be win-win, this mean both Kiir and Machar must paved away for new interim government.

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  • 17 May 11:52, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MAPOUR,
    HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT CORRUPTION EXPLODED IN KIIR’S PALACE AND OFFICE? WHO STOLE $6MILLIONS LAST YEAR? HOW CAN SUCH AMOUNT DISAPPEARED IN THIN AIR WITHOUT ANY ARREST MADE TO DATE? PRESIDENT KIIR HAS MORE THAN $2BILLIONS DOLLARS IN HIS ABROAD ACCOUNTS,MOST IN UK LYOLD BANK. HE WORRY ABOUT ASSETS FREEZ THAN LIVES OF CITIZENS. HIS RESIGNATION WIL ALLOWS S.SUDAN RID TO ITSELF OF CORRUPTION.

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  • 17 May 16:57, by Emporio

    So called wani igga and makui luoth should zip up their lip because the idea of interim government in this situations is not a series solution for the country because the power struggle in spalm put the country in chaos this is time for our intellectual to stand up for our people and get rid of kiir and professional killer call reik machar

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  • 17 May 17:34, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Uncle Kiir time is over, no more election for him after 2015. If he stay after, it will be consider outlaw overdue. We did not fight for individual,we were fighting the Land and our right in this Land. Kiir and Riek must retired from political to do others things. They should give people of south a chance deceived what they wanted.
    Liberator

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