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IGAD communiqué a victory for S. Sudanese: Amum


August 7, 2016 (NAIROBI) – The resolution by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) heads of states that a regional force be deployed in South Sudan, is victory for all South Sudanese, Pagan Amum, a former secretary general of the country’s ruling party (SPLM) said.

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Former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum speaking at Chatham House in London on 1 May 2012 (Photo: Chatham House)

The regional bloc, in a communiqués issued on Saturday, said a unit of the intervention brigade be deployed where former First Vice President Riek Machar is currently located for him to securely return to Juba and assume his duties.

Machar fled Juba about a month ago after his forces clashed with those loyal to President Salva Kiir in the capital, Juba, leaving over 200 dead and about 40,000 homeless.

“You have won a great victory. [President] Salva Kiir has been forced to reverse his opposition to deployment of an intervention brigade from our African neighbors. This must happen to help stop the killing of people, rape of our women and the pillage and destruction of our country,” Amum said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

President Kiir had earlier rejected calls for the deployment of foreign forces, saying the young nation already consisted of a 12,000-strong United Nations mission peacekeeping force.

But Amum, a former political detainee, said Kiir needed pressure to honor his promise and give peace a chance.

“The [President] Kiir faction must not delay the arrival to Juba of the regional force in any way,” stated Amum, adding, “Already their intransigence has caused hundreds of deaths, rapes and untold suffering in recent weeks”.

According to the former SPLM secretary general, President Kiir’s latest move to replace Machar with Taban Deng Gai grossly violated the August 2015 peace accord.

Regional heads of states, in the communiqué, agreed among other that Juba and other major towns be demilitarized, all combatants in all states be cantoned, the establishment decree that created 28 states be nullified and that the original 10 states in the country be re-instituted.

The IGAD heads of states also called for the incorporation into the country’s Transitional Constitution of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

Amum, however, said South Sudan’s political problem will not be solved by military intervention, but security would improve.

“An enduring solution must include a political component to uproot the entrenched kleptocracy and address lack of political will,” he stressed, adding “Only such a plan can stabilize and usher South Sudan to peace and democracy”.


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  • 8 August 06:45, by Eastern

    Kiir thinks and behaves like a typical Dinka villager! He thinks he’s a president of South Sudan. For starters, Kiir was voted as the head of Southern Sudan but not South Sudan. After independence there was supposed to be another election to vote for the president of South Sudan which process Kiir interfered with.

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    • 8 August 19:52, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Pagan Amum is just a hyena in goat’s skin, besides, he’s also embezzled, stolen huge amount of money. Therefore he’s nothing to S. Sudan per current situation pertaining to provision of solutions. He deserves being sued for corruption & embezzlement of public funds.

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  • 8 August 06:47, by Eastern

    Mr Pagan Amum is absolutely right; true South Sudanese must rally behind this protection force. Those who keep lumping Kiir and Dr Machar together in the crises in South Sudan are being shallow in their analysis!

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    • 8 August 07:58, by Deng II

      The bad news is, Riek Machar will never become President in South Sudan while we Dinkans still exist. We will see who’s going to put him on presidency by forces. South Sudanese will be better off when Dr.Machar quit politics. Let IGAD, AU, UN,and etc come in to rules us and we will see who will benefit from it.

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      • 8 August 08:15, by Deng II

        Reversals of 28 States will never happen and if it does then we going to fight for last man standing. Some of us love their given states. The fabrication story that been cook on social network that 28 ordered took other tribes land and give it to Dinka is grossly false. Only Nuer took their neighbors land according to history.

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        • 8 August 08:22, by Deng II

          Why don’t IGAD, AU, UN and etc send intervention forces to Ethiopia to stop the Tigrinya lead government killings Oromo and Ambahar tribes? Is their life’s not matter?

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          • 8 August 11:10, by Frak Cho

            My father used to tell me that bad naming always haunts or troubles a child event if he’s grown up. Riek means destruction and Pagan is associated with evil spirit (unbeliever being) according to Christians teaching. Pagan Amum and Dr. Riek Machar are ....

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    • 8 August 10:20, by Akuma

      Foolish Pagan Amum need to bring $30M which he stole during his time as SG of SPLM. However, he will never step to South Sudan as he is enjoying the communique which will never be

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      • 8 August 11:30, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        South Sudan is not your village. Note that the country belongs to all who live there for generations. Differences of political opinions should not be a catalyst for inhuman behaviour. Who are you to deny citizens entry to their homeland?

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      • 8 August 20:01, by lino

        Hahaha!!! Akuma, UNSC is going to approve and pay the bill for the forces;all of 75 SPLM/A took $4 billion dollars and not only $30 million. Gen Kiir is their ring leader. Capture the big fish first and these small heads of $1-30 million will be easy to get!!! What a country!

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  • 8 August 09:51, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Deng ll
    You remorseless ungrateful Dinka. Can you deny the contribution made by Pagan Amum and Uyay Deng Ajak to the SPLM/SPLA during the liberation struggle. You are fond of talking big for nothing.

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    • 8 August 11:00, by Deng II

      Whortti Bor
      I didn’t says anything yet about Pagans Amun and Oyai Deng or denies their service to South Sudan Struggle. Read my three pieces of writing above. My talking points is on Riek Machar fool. If you feel frustrated with what doing on in South Sudan,then me too. My writing on this forum always challenge big traitor only, not patriotic who happens to made small mistake.

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  • 8 August 12:22, by Mike Mike

    With such a big hatred words from the followers of SS destroyers politicians.South Sudan will not be peaceful at all. Am sure those whom are now in the gov’t with President made no any contribution during the time of struggle and now they denials all our freedom fighters to have an access in the gov’t of SS which is too bad to act that way.

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    • 8 August 14:59, by Akook

      By the way those who called this system Dinka Kleptocracy will be surprise to learn that it is not about all the Dinka or majority of them but a small clique of Gogrial (Awan Chan) and their allies of Aweil East state including Malong Awan.
      They are a very small sect of Dinka. Let foreign forces first come to Juba and the ARCISS implemented...

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      • 8 August 15:03, by Akook

        ...including the clause that manages economic resources of this country hence denying them unlimited hand to grab national resources and inflame up the country using this monies. You will be surprise how few and vulnerable are this group among the Dinka itself!
        28 states is hoax and it will die out like fire in the rain. No one is among the Dinka is infact going to fight because of fake 28 state

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