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South Sudan president directs state governors to receive SPLM-IO advance team

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December 18, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has finally agreed to receive all the 609 members of the advance team of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of former vice-president, Riek Machar, and directed all the state governors and chief administrators in the country to enlighten the citizens about the peace agreement and the coming of the advance team as well as to prepare for their reception in the national capital, Juba and in the states.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) exchanges signed documents with rebel leader Riek Machar in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha on 21 January 2015 (AFP)

The change of mind came days after the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana, served the two warring parties with timetable for the implementation of the first phase of the peace agreement signed in August to end 21 months of civil war.

Mogae in the timetable scheduled for the return of all the 609 members of the SPLM-IO advance team, dividing them into three groups, with the first group of 150 to be led by the chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, followed by another group of 150 and the last group of 309, all to return to Juba within a period of two weeks.

Information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, who was vocal about objection to the return of the more than 600 cadres of SPLM-IO, however on Friday said president Kiir agreed to receive all the members of the advance team in show of commitment to the full implementation of the peace agreement.

“The president of the republic in the meeting of Wednesday with the state governors and senior members of the SPLM [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] affirmed commitment of the government to implement the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the republic of South Sudan. He asked the governors and members of parliament to enlighten the citizens in their constituencies and states and to also prepare and receive members of the advance team of the SPLM-IO once they are in the country,” Lueth told reporters on Friday.

The government’s spokesperson said Juba had been ready to receive the advance team of the opposition from the time the two parties completed security arrangement workshop at the venue of the talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and agreed to move to the country for implementation of the agreement.

“The government has been ready to receive the advance team of the SPLM-IO since November. They were supposed to participate in the first meeting convened by Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission but they decided not to come and instead the list of advance team which keeps changing every day,” said Lueth.

He said the delay in the coming of the advance team of the SPLM-IO had nothing to do with the government.

“They are the ones who know why they are not coming so that we come and start with the implementation of the agreement here. We have concluded negotiations already. What is left is the implementation,” he added.

The minister blamed the delay in the return on the lack of readiness by the SPLM-IO. He did not however come up again with the demand previously put forward by the government that they only wanted 30 members of the advance team instead of the over 600.

Opposition leader’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, when contacted on Friday confirmed that the leadership of SPLM-IO received information through IGAD indicating the government had agreed to the return of the whole team to Juba and states.

“Yes, our leadership received through IGAD a verbal no-objection response from the government to receive the whole team of 609. We however still wait for a written document from the leadership of the government stating their acceptance to receive the team,” he told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

He however said the East African regional bloc, IGAD, which has been facilitating the travel of the team, was yet to put some final touches on the logistical and procedural arrangements, including travel documents and clearance of visas for the members from Pagak, the SPLM-IO headquarters.

He could not confirm the date on which the first group will travel to Juba, but added “this can happen on Sunday or early next week.”

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  • 19 December 2015 05:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I will be the first to receive them.

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    • 19 December 2015 06:03, by Mi diit

      This confused government of Nyankiir will not stop making stupid wonders.

      How come Makuei Lueth blamed the SPLM-IO for the delay when he was publicly rejecting to receive them because of their "huge numbers" & irrational demand for biography for each member.

      Was he not the one who demanded 30 people only as an advance team?

      Cheap lies will only belittle this government in the eyes of the world

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      • 19 December 2015 06:45, by Dengda

        You are right Miidit
        If I were Makuei i would not shift the blaming IO, if I have to defend my government, instead I would stated that the misunderstanding between SPLM-IG & IO have been resolved and now the government is ready to any number without condition. That would make sense because this issue delaying still fresh in peoples’ mind, shifting blaming without logical ground is ridiculous.

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    • 19 December 2015 10:16, by chuol

      Thank you at last Mr idiot Salva Kiir for changing your empty mind

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  • 19 December 2015 06:16, by Free Zone

    That’s good to go and help them. To come
    In good job well done! Thanks guys.

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  • 19 December 2015 07:40, by Eastern

    ....Michael Makuei will stand trial in the nearest future for prolonging the suffering of South Sudanese....

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    • 19 December 2015 08:20, by J P Puok

      2 baptism this year, Wani Nigga was converted to peace lover in NY at GSA and the church found the devil the world had been looking for in Kampala recently in present of the pope

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  • 19 December 2015 11:57, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:

    I am coming with the first team but what I must to inform the traitors like Kerbino’s son to move out from Juba before my coming full Stop.

    Son of prophet
    Pagak HQs.

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    • 19 December 2015 12:38, by siddaw

      What merits will you surely earn from instigating violence, Mr. retard?

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      • 20 December 2015 08:59, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        #Siddaw, many thanks to you for the comment. They must stop it.

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    • 20 December 2015 07:27, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Welcome back son of evil. I came to juba yesterday. Please don’t hate... Just say hello peace...i was told I will be commanding all the armies in Juba. So you are under my command and I want peace..so don’t stir up my area.

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