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Juba regrets comments by Kenyan MP on South Sudan gov’t legitimacy


President Salva Kiir tours Juba streets accompanied with SPLA chief of Staff Paul Malong, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and his Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny on 12 October 2016 (Photo Jok Solomun Anyang)
December 25, 2016 (JUBA) - Juba on Sunday regretted statements by a Kenyan Member of Parliament (MP) describing the government of President Salva Kiir as "illegitimate".

"That is not correct. The Transitional Government of National Unity is not illegitimate. Those calling it illegitimate government need to update themselves. It is the government mandated by the agreement in which the President of the Republic of Kenya was the rapporteur of the processes of the negotiation initiated by the region," said Tor Deng Mawien, Presidential Adviser on Decentralization Affairs and Intergovernmental Linkage

"This is also the government which was formed because by approved of the parliament, which is the house of representatives of the citizens of this country. The members agreed to renew its mandate,” Mawien further said in statements to Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

The presidential aid was reacting to a Kenyan lawmaker who called South Sudan’s government "illegitimate" and urged the United Nations to establish a trusteeship to restore peace and order to the troubled country.

"People are being killed without rhyme or reason; homes have been destroyed almost everywhere; gang raping of women by undisciplined soldiers goes on unabated; and hunger looms large in every village or in the forests where people are hiding,” says Anyang’ Nyong’o, a senator from Kenya’s Kisumu County.

“All this happens when there is a government in Juba claiming to be in charge and to rule the country legitimately. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he adds.

Senator Nyong’o’s remarks, published as a column in the weekend edition of The Star newspaper, also endorse the position of Professor Mahmood Mamdani of the African Union Commission of Inquiry that South Sudan be placed under an international caretaker government.

Mamdani has recommended that the African Union should lead this effort, whereas Senator Nyong’o today advised instead that the United Nations should lead the trusteeship.

Regional powers, the U.S. and the UK last year ignored Mamdani’s recommendation that President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar be excluded from post-war leadership. Instead, they backed an August 2015 deal that made them co-principals in a new power-sharing government.

The power-sharing deal broke down in July this year after clashes erupted in Juba, sending Machar running and leaving Kiir alone in power backed by only a rump faction of SPLA-IO rebels. In an attempt to consolidate his authority and secure more international legitimacy after the breakdown of the coalition government, Kiir recently called for a ‘National Dialogue’.

Senator Nyong’o criticized countries that have endorsed the new status quo instead of supporting the original power-sharing agreement, and he predicted that the National Dialogue is “unlikely to provide anything new.”

“The ill-fated decision by some [UN] member states to shelve the Arusha Accords and the Addis Ababa Agreement and seek to stabilize the current government in Juba in exclusion of Riek Machar will not lead to the peace and stability being sought.”

“It is not the person of Riek Machar which matters; it is the social forces and interests he represents, or such interests which see him as ‘their leader’. This may be unpalatable to some people inside and outside South Sudan, but ignoring it in working out a peace formula is an exercise in futility.”

Nyong’o further referred the proposal by Professor Mahmood Madani, who holds a political department at Uganda’s Makerere, who advocated for international trusteeship, as the viable alternative to the crisis.

“I support Mamdani one hundred and one percent. Many other South Sudanese intellectuals, including Dr. Lako Jada Kwajok, have called for trusteeship in South Sudan. This proposal has increasingly gained support the more the conflicting forces become intolerant and the more lives are lost.”


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  • 25 December 2016 23:24, by Fair Man

    Prior referring to something or institution or country illegitimate, many factors must been taken into account. For South Sudan, killings, poor economy, breakdown of rule of law, lack of elections (mandate by people) by giving yourself power through amendment of constitution are the criteria used to measure your unconstitutionality. Stop and suffering of your people and regain your lost legitimacy

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    • 26 December 2016 04:49, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      We cann’t allow trusteeship by UN we know well, though our gov’t have badly failed us. Solutions after wrong diagnosis are more dangerous than the actual problem. Anybody that supports Riek Machar, supports war! He’s an engine of our instability coupled with rewards of criminals/rebels instead punishment by law!

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      • 27 December 2016 03:52, by Chang Kuony

        I strongly agreed with Kenyan MP about his remarked illegitimacy to Jaang tribal government but I also strongly oppose his call for handed our hard won independence South Sudan into hand of UN via Protectory system for 25_ 30. Yes Jaang have failed South Sudan globally due to power greed of born to rule ideology but we need only regime change and reformation.

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    • 26 December 2016 05:02, by Joyuma John

      "Junubeen, listen to those make you cry rather than those who make you laugh!!!" By Lino, this is a very mature idea, thank you dear Lino, this is a full message indeed but it shall fall in our daft ears. We are like someone who focus much on where he fallen on and failed to focus on what caused him to fall.

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  • 25 December 2016 23:30, by Fair Man

    As continue to value war over peace, the Kenyan MP’s comment is the beginnning of the next phase dealing bad governance. Soon, various countries will decognize your legitimacy in its entity, meaning you will not get recognition as diplomats during travel abroad. Some of Ambassadors can declared persona non grata sent by illegitimate entity and returned home. The last is dismissal from UN and AU/IG

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  • 25 December 2016 23:51, by Fair Man

    If you want to stay safely in the international community, follow the international standards Good Governance. Do not think that you will gain international sympathy, when you are preying on your very people to whom the power belongs. You failed to listen to listen to voices of reforms and call for peace. Reap what you have planted and wait your natural death at global scene due to your own faults

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  • 25 December 2016 23:53, by Biwaw

    The regime which working in Juba, failed to tell the truth about their weaknesses, if people failed to tell the truth, the more problems will continue, it’s seem that, they keep denying the real things of their failure.

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  • 26 December 2016 00:09, by Fair Man

    You had all opportunities from 2005 to 2011 to have organized the system of orderliness in the Country.We did not another peace agreement after CPA 2005 but you believed that if the system and Interim Constitution of South Sudan was to be in place, it will make the Country more democratic as opposed to your militarism. Where, in the world where the President does not the term limits in constitutio

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  • 26 December 2016 00:15, by Fair Man

    I laughed when John Luke called for democracy in later December, 2013. He was the author Article 101, the source of mess in the country that makes Salva Kiir the owner of South Sudan than a citizen at the service of the nation. John Luke Jok gave him sweeping powers to dismiss and appoint officials, whose records are dirty and should have not passed the test of elections.

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    • 26 December 2016 00:21, by Fair Man

      Being the Minister of Justice, he had all options of ensuring that good constitution is good for the new and prosperous country. After seeing the controversy in the draft, which we believed were tempered with by the Presidential Legislation office, he should have protested by giving an opinion, binding on the governmnet but he felt asleep. Only to be detained later as a coup plotter.

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  • 26 December 2016 02:24, by lino

    Junubeen, listen to those make you cry rather than those who make you laugh!!!

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  • 26 December 2016 05:34, by Mading IronKing

    Nonsense, this prof Anyang is an old head and has nothing to offer in fact he should go home.
    Bad mouthing south Sudan government is no longer a lucrative business, anyway being an opposition senator that you are in Kenya why cant you confess that you spitting venom because of president Kiir close relationship with Kenyan president Uhuru?

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  • 26 December 2016 05:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is one of the most important statement that has come from an influential African statesman. It is a sheer pure truth that a sober would agree with. Our leaders have failed. Instead of working for development, they are busy fighting one another. It is true that as a country South Sudan is ran from Kampala. Services are financed by donor dollar. It is time we officially endorsed a UN leadership

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  • 26 December 2016 08:07, by Jieng Nephew

    Mading ironking
    is one of the useless person I have EVER read his comment.you must appreaciate this Senator for him being bold enough to say the truth.A Luo son has the feeling for south Sudanese. Teach Dinka to learn to live.your is imperative and never help ppl with brain.

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  • 26 December 2016 08:57, by Sadam Kuikoy

    @ Tor Mawien
    What name do you think a country like Kenya should call our government rather than the illegitimate government? there is no legitimacy in this useless government and there are no MPs representing people’s interest as you claim.just bunch of losers of your kind working in the interest of Dinka as a tribe, not a country as whole.shame on you losers, your days are numbered.

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    • 26 December 2016 11:53, by Akook

      100 per cent correct analysis by the learned Kenyan Senator and Prof Mamdani of Makerere University on South Sudan situation

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  • 26 December 2016 12:22, by Mading IronKing

    Jieng Nephew
    Actually you’re as confused as your names, regarding me as useless wouldn’t give you an upper hand in this debate coward.
    The same prof Anyang Nyong’o was advising Kiir on the best way to bring on stability to South Sudan the other day,so what then do you think changed?
    You rebels deserve hell if y’all think South Sudan will be placed under U.N trusteeship.

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  • 26 December 2016 13:14, by Lou Nuer The Great

    hahahahahah you are correct kenyan this is illegitimate gov,t but we will liberate it soon

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  • 26 December 2016 13:25, by Wantedd Kidd

    senator Anyang Anyogo’o ur absolutely right everything you mentioned it’s true, True must be told no government in this country.
    sooner this South Sudan will be forgotten state.

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    • 26 December 2016 13:26, by Lou Nuer The Great

      exactely bro you are roght

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  • 26 December 2016 22:08, by Raven

    Everyone can conclude from the language of Kenyan MP, that our neighbours are starting to look down on us.
    Something needs to change in our way of conducting ourselves at both leadership and grassroot levels. Nobody like it to be respected by her/his direct neighbour.

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  • 26 December 2016 22:12, by Raven

    I meant to be disrespected by the neighbours.

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  • 27 December 2016 08:14, by king kush

    No referendum just orders, dose the MP think that south sudanese are going to just accept that.? He didn’t hear about the SPLA.? Ok let them come. In my opinion they should start with Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Somalia then talk about South Sudan.

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