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S. Sudan gov’t to respond to list of opposition advance team to Juba


December 4, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government said Friday it has received an increased number of members of advance team of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), but yet to respond to the composition of the team.

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Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth (R) speaks at a media forum as presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny looks on in Juba on 7 September 2014 (ST)

Information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, told reporters on Friday that a list of 586 opposition officials has been submitted to the government grouping the names into 21 proposed federal states.

“They (SPLM-IO) have divided the list into those delegates to visit 21 states. We [government] will study the list and respond to IGAD accordingly,” said Makuei, referring to the division of the country into 21 former colonial districts as proposed by the former vice president, Riek Machar.

The opposition group during the peace negotiations in Addis Ababa proposed federal system of governance for the country and divided the nation into 21 states, which the government rejected, forcing the parties to sign the peace agreement in August based on the current 10 states.

President Salva Kiir on 2 October however issued a presidential order 40 days after the signing of the peace agreement to create 28 states instead. The unilateral order was also rejected by the opposition group, saying it violated the peace agreement.

SPLM-IO says it applies the proposed 21 states for the purposes of its internal organization and not for power sharing with the government, adding they abide by the current 10 states as stipulated in the peace deal.

Minister Makuei said the government is yet to approve or reject the officials proposed by the first vice president designate, Machar.

The government has demanded the list of the advance team and their biographies including names, titles and assignments in the rebel ranks. The opposition group however said this was unnecessary.

The advance team is expected to arrive in Juba in days before the arrival of Machar to the capital at the end of December 2015 or in early January 2016.

No new date has been announced by the opposition and the government or by the mediators from the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, in an interview broadcasted on Friday told the Juba-based Eye Radio that IGAD will communicate to the opposition faction’s leadership the new date of arrival to Juba for logistical preparations, including transportation of the team is completed.

Earlier, Dak told Sudan Tribune that two of their senior staff from the SPLM-IO’s secretariat had already arrived in Juba since Tuesday to assist the government in making the preparations for the arrival of the advance team.


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  • 4 December 2015 22:49, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad jinub.
    This peace will not succeed in the hands of traitors of Dinka thieves of elders, they always came up with new ideas which are always wrong.
    What we know tbe government need this year to past without budget to the IO. I never seen in my life a President spokesperson of one eye man!!! And information Minister while he was a lawyer. Does why they are mixing up.

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  • 5 December 2015 00:46, by Augustino

    What peace are you still waiting for Riek is coming back under Dinka leadership and you will die while abusing Dinka only which is the job you are good at it. Dinka and Nuer must live side by side for unity of this country, only foolish people will continue abusing people, and that is the nature of defeated and limited minded people. we are for peace that is why we allow all dogs barking at Dinka.

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    • 5 December 2015 07:16, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Dear Austino plz revise your analyse otherwise Ugandans, JEM rebels, SPLA__N and Congolese rebels are out of the game, I want to tell you that, you better talk peace or if you refuse my advice you will taste how bitter it is or smell it’s odour yourselve, beating a drum of war will only fuel your Dinka council of elders who control the big idiot or incompetent and they too situation analyses.

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      • 5 December 2015 11:53, by Kalo

        Simon Puok,I worn you to stop talking about SPLA-N,if it was not SPLA-N,there would not be South Sudan which you easily destroyed,you know where the SPLA-N are,if you wishes so,go and attacked them,don,t forget you are our neighbor,Jalaby will not assist you when the game state,mind your own business.

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    • 5 December 2015 07:58, by Son of Ngundeng


      Listen if we are not peace makers south Sudan couldn’t be stable for sure, we are people of whole tribes of South Sudan, not like Dinka who like food and destroyed the country because of food.
      Kingdom of thieves elders of looters are the destruction of the nation.

      Son of Prophet
      New location front line.

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