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South Sudan armed opposition faction says forces may deploy in Juba by mid-January

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January 3, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Thousands of components of the would-be joint integrated forces from the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) may deploy in the national capital, Juba, by mid-January, says opposition’s spokesperson.

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Members of the SPLA-IO Military Command Council (MCC) listening to briefing on security arrangements, Pagak, November 8, 2015 (ST photo)

In accordance with the peace agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan which President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Machar, signed in August to end 21 months of violent conflict in the world’s youngest nation, joint police and military forces including national security and presidential guards were to be deployed within the 90 days of pre-transitional period.

The pre-transitional period, which started from the signing of the peace agreement, has however elapsed since 26 November 2015 and the deployment of joint forces in Juba has not taken place due to obstacles and delays faced in the implementation of the peace deal.

The two main rival factions of government and SPLM-IO have wasted a lot of time due to misunderstandings and violations of security and political provisions in the agreement, delaying establishment of institutions to kick off the implementation.

An advance team of the opposition faction finally arrived in Juba on 18 December 2015 after government lifted its objection to their return in “huge” numbers, but no significant steps have been taken by the peace parties in order to pave way for deployment of forces in the capital and formation of a transitional government of national unity.

The top leadership of the SPLM-IO is yet to return to Juba, pending resolution on main provisions of the peace agreement, as the implementation runs behind the schedule.

Spokesman of the SPLM-IO leadership told Sudan Tribune that although the designated First Vice President Riek Machar was eager to return to Juba, this would not happen until major provisions required for his return to the capital are first implemented by the advance team with the other stakeholders including the government.

“Our chairman and commander-in-chief will return to Juba any time soon. But this will not happen until major provisions in the peace agreement required for formation of a transitional government of national unity are implemented,” said James Gatdet Dak on Sunday.

He said among the provisions required first for implementation include amendment of the transitional constitution to incorporate the peace agreement, adding that this will also be based on the 10 states in accordance with the peace deal.

A transitional national legislature will also be reconstituted, he said, with membership from the opposition groups as stipulated in the peace agreement, adding this new national parliament will have to endorse the new transitional constitution after its amendment by the parties and signed by the president. This new constitution will then become the basis for formation of a transitional government, he said.

The opposition faction, he reiterated, does not recognize the recent unilaterally decreed 28 states by president Kiir and endorsed by “his faction’s national legislature.”

He also said there is need to withdraw government forces from Juba to 25km as stipulated in the peace agreement and for the joint forces to be deployed inside the capital.

“SPLA (IO) components of the joint police and military forces may reach Juba by mid-January. However, there is need for the government to first withdraw its excess forces from the capital as stipulated in the peace deal,” he said.

In October, government officials said they had withdrawn only 250 soldiers from Juba, but several thousands more are still in the capital.

Senior military sources from the government earlier admitted the existence of a split of opinion in the government over whether to fully implement the security arrangements or not, with some including the current chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, and other senior military commanders allegedly refusing to withdraw forces from Juba.

According to the peace agreement, the government should withdraw its forces and then each side in the conflict will deploy in Juba 1,500 well equipped police forces, making the total of 3,000 to provide the security in the capital.

Also the opposition will deploy another military force of over 1,400 troops in Juba, while the government will deploy over 3,000 military forces.

Out of the total 8,000 armed police and military forces that should be deployed in Juba, the government would have a total of about 5,000 while the opposition would have about 3,000.

Dak said the opposition forces to be deployed in the capital were coming from Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal regions and will team up in Juba with other components from Equatoria region.

He said as soon as such constitutional amendments and deployments of the joint forces are completed, including other necessities, Machar would then travel to Juba to form a government of national unity with President Kiir.

The opposition leader’s spokesman said they are committed to the speedy implementation of the peace agreement, saying they hoped the government will equally implement the peace deal as signed without further hindrance on political and security arrangements.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), which has been established under the peace agreement with membership from representatives of the peace parties and regional and international bodies, and chaired by former president of Botswana, Festus Mogae, is expected to convene a meeting soon to start to resolve on pending issues.

A government of national unity will run the country for the next 30 months from formation at the end of which elections will be conducted country-wide.

Machar, according to the agreement, will become a first vice-president, with a quota of 10 ministerial positions allocated to his faction, a number of states to govern, as well as command a separate army for at least 18 months before unification of the two rival armies into one national army.

(ST)

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  • 3 January 2016 21:15, by Force 1

    They are bunch of no bodies and will have any recognition in the government of South Sudan!

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    • 3 January 2016 21:20, by Force 1

      They are bunch of no bodies and will have no any recognition in the government of South Sudan.

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    • 3 January 2016 22:12, by choldit

      Please FORCE1 don’t confuse the alrdy confused nation. Let implement the damage peace agreement. we have to accept the things the way they are! there are two armies for duration of 18 months. get use to that!

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      • 4 January 2016 05:27, by Mi diit

        Great, let us get to that cursed city!

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    • 4 January 2016 14:15, by Khent
    • 5 January 2016 07:16, by jubaone

      Force 1,

      Well, they are better off that your jienge non-entities in Juba who were simply transported like bulls from their respective luaks to come and commit atrocities, theft, rape togther with the Jaang Chamber of Embezzlers (JCE)/Jaang Congregation of Evilmen/Jienge Corruption Enterprise/Jienge Council of Evildoers/Jienge Caucus of Evilmen

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  • 4 January 2016 00:40, by dinkdong

    That’s where the final and bloodiest war will fight, according to Ngundeng, isn’t it?

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  • 4 January 2016 05:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar, insecurity first should be study.

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    • 4 January 2016 05:47, by Mi diit

      Prophet Ngundeng prophesied war in the capital. Please read part III of his prophesies written by Gatkuoth Deng since 2009 (seven years ago) before our independence.

      Check on paragraphs 8 and 9 of the article.

      Here is the link: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article32331

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      • 4 January 2016 06:31, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Come nuer people, Ngundeng was not prophet, but primitive singer. Please send me original article where Ngundeng talked and gave you his predictions about south Sudan because I don’t want to be persuaded with 2009 article. 2009 article was written by 21 century primitives such mi Diit, son of evil and so forth...to me the prediction was fake just to motivate nuer people to fight Dinka because they

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        • 4 January 2016 06:42, by Dinka-Defender-General

          To make myself clear, Ngundeng blinded fool nuer people for empty prediction. Nuers should reconsider Ngundeng that claimed million innocent Nuer lives. Just forget about the prediction and face reality because it is empty prediction. Furthermore, let us all welcome the traitors or blood thirsty soldiers to Juba. However, please follow my leadership or you will go to hell..

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          • 4 January 2016 11:14, by Son of Upper Nile

            Dinka Defender General. For the 1st time I agree with you about Ngundeng false prophesies. This evil Spirit of fortune telling will lead the likes of Midiit no where. False prophecy after another & Nuer youth dear lives are sacrificed to fulfil them. However no one has the right to call those who resist tribal domination as traitors

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          • 4 January 2016 13:55, by Malakal county Simon

            After long absent, it’s my gratitude and I,m glad to back again...... Happy new year to all of you specially, to new guy called Dinka defend food general......

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            • 4 January 2016 19:56, by Dinka-Defender-General

              Welcome back Malakal Son Simon and Happy New year 2016 to you too. Mi Diit and Son of Evil always celebrating Ngundeng false promises and prophesies as you can see..they should take breaks and evaluate the facts. However, they have hard time to understand my recommendation. It seems they got Ngundeng and Machar bad genes.

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      • 4 January 2016 08:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Mi diit
        Is a war propaganda, how long did prophet of doom Ngundeng became powerless in this civil war?
        My friend don’t dream of Dak Kueth once again.

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      • 4 January 2016 14:15, by Hardlinner

        Mi diit, please stop your unscientific reasoning. if God does’t exist, what facts does ngundeng prophecies display?. the laws of universe do not permit the pridiction of future or past. only stupid people still believe in supernatural. God, religions are just child play.

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        • 4 January 2016 16:01, by Mi diit

          Hardliner,

          It is interesting to know that most Dinka contributors on this website are atheists, Godless people who believe that they existed by mistake, no creator for them at all.

          It is like believing that a watch with every thing, ticking 24 hours a day, just came into existence without a designer (creator).

          How can a Godless person believe in prophets of the God?

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          • 4 January 2016 16:31, by Khent

            Mi Diit

            In addition to your stupidity, your innumeracy is showing. Out of the dozens of Dinka ’contributors’, a grand total of two have declared their atheism, which in the crack infested micro brain of a mindless chimp [like you] can reasonably be represented as ’most’...

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            • 4 January 2016 16:43, by Khent

              ..And how many times must you be told that you don’t actually worship ’God’, in the monotheistic sense? Your precious Ngundeng was a ’prophet’ of DENG - a second tier Dinka deity that you adopted as your own. In the Dinka religion, DENG is beneath Nhialic. I suppose that you can hold on to your Dinka god, but don’t get smug with us — we gave you the basis of your culture. LOL!

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          • 5 January 2016 02:35, by Hardlinner

            Mi diit, there is quite a different between watch and life form. just like, gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear forces, human life is not exceptional. we came to be who we through series of evolution. so your example of watch is stupid. watch does not have life in it but a sets controlled man made commands.

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  • 4 January 2016 19:29, by Kalo

    Midiit,the myth of Ngundeng will finish all the Nuer in South Sudan,mark my words.
    Son of Nuba.

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    • 4 January 2016 23:58, by dinkdong

      That’s funny Kalo! It is true though.

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