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September 8, 2016 (JUBA) – The United States Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan says it is “not wise” to re-install South Sudan’s ex-first vice president, Riek Machar to his post, but warned President Salva Kiir against what he called "power monopoly".

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U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth, speaks at the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, on April 28, 2016 (ST Photo)

Ambassador Donald Booth told a U.S. House of Representative during a hearing held on Wednesday that South Sudan’s peace agreement has to be implemented.

"Given all that has happened, we do not believe it would be wise for Machar to return to his previous position in Juba," said Booth.

"But this cannot become a justification for President Kiir to monopolize power and stifle dissenting political voices," he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Africa Subcommittee.

Machar returned to Juba in April to take up position in the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) as first vice president in accordance to the August 2015 peace agreement that ended 21 months of conflict. He fled Juba for his in July after his 1,300 bodyguards clashed with thousands of President Kiir’s forces. Machar’s former peace negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, was selected in controversial circumstances in Juba as his replacement.

But regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which mediated the peace agreement demanded Gai’s resignation for Machar to return, a position supported by the international community including the United States.

Booth’s comments followed Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion last month that Gai’s nomination to replace Machar was “legal.” The SPLM In Opposition (IO) under Machar has decried the comment.

The United States also support establishment of Hybrid Court to try war crimes suspects as provided for in chapter five of the peace agreement.

"There must be consequences for those who are found guilty," New Jersey Republican Representative Chris Smith, also the subcommittee’s chairman told Voice of America (VOA).

(ST)

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  • 8 September 2016 11:17, by chuol

    To hell with America

    USA is supporting incompetent Salva Kiir because of looting resources under blind Kiir. They don’t need competent Machar

    Dr. Riek Machar viva!
    South Sudan viva!

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    • 8 September 2016 16:08, by jubaone

      Booth’s remarks are irresponsible, unfortunate and malicious back-stabbing on the IGAD as a regional institution that tirelessly mediated the peace. Dr. Riak commands a following and there is no short-circuited solutions without him. Booth’s statements are inflammatory and can only fuel the conflict further.

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    • 8 September 2016 16:10, by jubaone

      Booth’s remarks are irresponsible, unfortunate and malicious back-stabbing on the IGAD as a regional institution that tirelessly mediated the peace. Dr. Riak commands a following and there is no short-circuited solutions without him. Booth’s statements are inflammatory and can only fuel the conflict further.

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    • 8 September 2016 16:12, by jubaone

      Booth’s remarks are irresponsible, unfortunate and malicious back-stabbing on the IGAD as a regional institution that tirelessly mediated the peace. Dr. Riak commands a following and there is no short-circuited solutions without him. Booth’s statements are inflammatory and can only fuel the conflict further.

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  • 8 September 2016 12:36, by Mr Point

    The US envoy’s naive, weak and ignorant comments show that Donald Booth is naive, weak and ignorant.

    Since he formed the Mathiang Anyoor militia with Paul Malong in April 2012 Kiir’s plan all along has been to use the militia and the army to complete the physical elimination of all alternative political rivals.

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  • 8 September 2016 12:58, by Mr Point

    Ambassador Samantha Power follows Representative Chris Smith and Ambassador Donald Booth in the long line of American diplomats who have been misled by Kiir’s lies that he has no plan to purge any potential rival politician .

    The weak, naive and ignorant Donald Booth has warned Kiir against a power monopoly. Kiir will pursue his power monopoly irrespective of warnings from weak, naive Americans.

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  • 8 September 2016 13:01, by Mr Point

    Professor Eric Reeves is in the line of fooled Americans for his stupid article of July 11, before Kiir’s coup, which he now regrets.

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    • 8 September 2016 13:46, by Redeemer

      Mr. Point
      As fool as your Riek, Reeves article was based on facts, he knows what was under the ground but his apology was political which a person who is inspired by Riek’s tribal politics and vision cannot and will never understand, Reeves was trying to avoid questions on what he knew about J1 fighting

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      • 8 September 2016 13:56, by Redeemer

        Mr. Point
        The world has come to understand the problem of Riek and SSudan. Riek was the first to form White army the tribal militia when the rest of SSudanese were busy fighting for the freedom of the country, I know that Riek will cause tribal

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  • 8 September 2016 16:45, by The rock

    Taban mediated this so called compromised peace deal and he could tell you off head of what is in that document. Riak knows nothing about it and the proof is there right into his sick eyes.Riak didn’t know no shit, not even a replacement verse if he fucked things up but,Gen.Taban knows very well n that’s why seated watching quietly in his hotel room while Riak is fighting for his life.

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