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SPLM-IO says IGAD summit outcome “encouraging”, calls on government to comply


August 7, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – The outcome of the Addis Ababa summit of the heads of state and government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is “encouraging”, said the official spokesperson of the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO).

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Riek Machar, left, first vice president of the Republic of South Sudan, and Salva Kiir, the president, at the first meeting of the new transitional coalition government in Juba, South Sudan, in April, 2016 (Jason Patinkin/AP)

James Gatdet Dak, spokesperson for Riek Machar, Former First Vice President who was replaced two weeks ago in a controversial process rejected by IGAD, said the resolutions of the East African regional body could revive the “collapsing” peace agreement if implemented with speed.

“We welcome the fact that IGAD has not supported the illegal transitional leadership changes in Juba. Their resolution, although weak, expects Taban Deng Gai to step down. Whatever process that took place in the temporary absence of the legitimate First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, will be undone before he returns to Juba,” said James Gatdet Dak.

He also said all their ministers who were replaced illegally will be reinstated to their ministerial portfolios and the new ministers who were “sneaked in” will be removed.

He condemned the action by President Salva Kiir to replace SPLM-IO ministers “unilaterally per the recommendation of a defector, Gai, who is no longer a member of the SPLM-IO”, saying it was a serious violation of the Article 6.5 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

The opposition leader’s spokesman however commended the IGAD heads of state and government for resolving to deploy a third party force in the capital, Juba, saying this has been the position of the SPLM-IO leadership but which “President Kiir’s faction was reluctant to accept it.”


While the government under President Kiir said it would accept a protection force, but not an intervention force, Machar’s spokesperson, Dak, said there is no reason to quarrel over the terminologies as the two words mean the same thing.

He said as long as the government accepted a third party force whether by protection or intervention, adding the two practically carry out the same task.

“Protection force also means intervention force. You cannot protect leaders, officials, citizens or government’s key installations without intervening. The two are interchangeable words where one cannot be applied without doing the other militarily,” Dak said.

“Foreign troops separating two rival national armies, even bodyguards, or protecting leaders and citizens by itself is an intervention,” he added.

He said officials of the government delegation who were “lectured” about the outcome of the summit did not tell the truth to the public in Juba about what actually transpired at the IGAD summit in Addis Ababa, adding that the chiefs of general staff of the armies in the region will visit Juba soon to make ground preparations for the deployment of the at least 14,000 strong force to take control.

He said President Kiir should now reverse his recent decrees by reinstating Machar and his ministers to their rightful positions per the peace agreement.

Dak also said the opposition forces will “optionally” be in a position to take control of Juba if President Kiir’s faction will not comply with the IGAD resolutions.

He accused the government’s forces of continuing with “suicide mission” offensives against their forces around Juba, saying the SPLA-IO forces have been moving closer to Juba “slowly but surely” from different directions as they defeat forces loyal to President Kiir.

He further claimed that Juba-Yei road and Juba-Mundri road as well as northwest of Juba around Terekeka have remained closed as their forces are in control on all these routes.


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  • 8 August 01:49, by South South

    I really need help from this. Who says Taban Deng will just leave FVP, IGAD? No. Let’s read IGAD Communique line:

    "c) Leadership changes in SPLM/A-IO is solely an internal matter and the region should work with the current setup of the TGoNU"

    This is going to be very interesting to watch.

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    • 8 August 02:49, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Don’t be exciting for 14,000 soldiers. If Khartoum did not defeat SPLA soldiers with over 100,000 troops. IGAD is playing a dirty game, but they will be surprising if they tough spla soldiers. Mark my words. Did they defeat Somalia rebel. Don’t celebrate yet. Just wait until they touch soldiers in Juan. They will all be dead.

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  • 8 August 04:34, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nonsense, James Gatdet Dak, is already a propagandist in this situation of South Sudan.
    No longer two armies in the country as Gen. Taban Deng Gai had already enrolled to unit the army to be under one commander in chief who is president Kiir Mayardit.

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  • 8 August 04:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    James Gatdet Dak, should advise his boss Dr. Riek Machar not to run away simply once he be in capital Juba,
    Riek Machar, create a problems and a run away like chicken with it eggs
    Riek Machar left his ministers and run to the bush to escalate the violence therefore the collective situation disqualified Dr. Machar to be a leader in this country.

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  • 8 August 04:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Am sure when foreign aggression attack South Sudan definitely Dr. Riek Machar can run and leave the militias of different countries to kill South Sudanese.
    Riek Machar is not deserve to be a leader of this country.

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    • 8 August 04:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The weakness of Dr. Riek Machar is determined by his simply running by 1991, 2013 and 2016 such a leader shouldn’t hold the responsibility of the country with more speed of running.

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  • 8 August 05:47, by Force 1

    Hey Guys; when is your leader Riek Machar coming back to take his position from Taban Deng Gai? I just can’t wait to see him sooner to his lifetime position of vice presidency.

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    • 8 August 06:55, by Eastern

      Force 1,

      You just think like a typical Dinka! Riek is dead, Riek won’t be the president of South Sudan in your lifetime, blah, blah! The regions and the world are fed up of the South Sudanese problems thanks to Kiir’s poor leadership style. Dr Machar is returning to Juba to resume his stead as FVP!

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  • 8 August 06:56, by Eastern

    Intervention or protection is just semantics; the two actually mean the same. Innocent South Sudanese need to be protected from the marauding Mathiang anyoor militias.

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  • 8 August 07:01, by Eastern

    IGAD and JMEC should avoid the delay and slow implementation that characterised the period before the clashes; this time round Kiir needs to pushed and the JCE openly rebuked and told off without fear!

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    • 9 August 14:34, by Lango2010

      you talks as if you are not a South Sudanese. let me tell all of you who support nonsenses and rubbish in this Nation, that there is nothing to fear. 14,000 troop is less bring 100,000 and prepare for the outcome. either S. Sudanese or foreign force remains will be justify at the end if the are coming to scare our country. we are not afraid of anybody but God.

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      • 9 August 14:40, by Lango2010

        secondly why should we be scared of the coming foreign troops. if the coming for peace and protection of People of South Sudan, that is not a problem. the problem is why the peace mission is motivate to protect some tribes and target others. with absence of one tribe in SS will not enjoy, believe me. so all of us are important for that matter.

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