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S. Sudan accuses ex-detainees of "double standards" in peace deal


August 31, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government has accused the country’s former political detainees of playing double standards in ongoing efforts to fully implement the August 2015 peace agreement.

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President Kenyatta with 7 South Sudanese former detainees, Rebecca Garang, his son and Dalmas Otieno special envoy for the peace process 12 February 2014

The information minister Michael Makuei Lueth said most of the former detainees were against the Juba government yet they are represented in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

The former detainees are a group of high level South Sudan ruling party (SPLM) leaders who were arrested, but later released at the start of the country’s civil war in December 2013 before they went into exile in the neighbouring countries.

“Last time I stated clearly also that the former detainees must clarify their positions. And I am repeating this again and calling up on former detainees who are here with [us] to clarify their positions. Their leaders and others are there campaigning against the very government in which they are members. So they should decide,” Lueth told reporters in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Thursday.

He added, “They [former detainees] are either with the government or go. If they are with the government they should denounce all what is happening over there. Otherwise let them join them”.

The former detainees were allocated the foreign affairs and agriculture and forestry ministries and deputy foreign affairs post in the coalition government.

The outspoken government official said the Juba government would continue to accept unclear positions on matters relating to the peace agreement by those against the regime and yet they are fully represented in the same government they are campaigning against.

“There is no middle way. This is the situation. If Pagan [former secretary general of the ruling party] who is the signatory to the agreement can now start [to] campaign against the very agreement in which he is a signatory, then what are we doing?” asked Lueth.

Majority of the ex-detainees, he stressed, are against government.

“Then these three [ministers in the coalition government] who are here, what are they doing. We want clear stand on this. This double standard will not help any longer. There is no middle way. You are either with the agreement or not with the agreement,” he added.

Last month, the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir and a group of the country’s former political detainees officially agreed to reaffirm their commitments to the reunification of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in order to end the ongoing conflict.

The officials also agreed that uniting the SPLM was paramount and vital for bringing peace as well as uniting the people of South Sudan.

They also agreed, during the July meeting, “to expedite the implementation of the Arusha agreement which is the agreement that addresses differences that arose among SPLM leaders in 2013”.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. The fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over two million people displaced.


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  • 1 September 2017 07:54, by Mike Mike

    Makuei need to reserve some of the word in his stomach. Why do you always talk as if was you who liberated this Country alone?. The former detainees whom you are bitterly did not want to joins the government now were the very people who liberated this Country with their energy when you were in refuge camp in Kenya. How come today to reject them in the government that the made by their sweat?.

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    • 1 September 2017 08:29, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      What Michael Makuei should know, is the fact that if the government do not adhere to the principles of good governance, democracy and the rule of law; how can he expect former detainees to support the government or keep quite and just watch? To my opinion, it’s not a matter of either you join them or join us but a matter of agreeing on common principles that address interest of all S.Sudanese.

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  • 1 September 2017 08:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    All South Sudanese are focusing on 2015 August peace agreement signed by president Kiir and Riek Machar. And that why government is implementing and it is a caused of putting Gen. Taban Deng Gai as first vice president.

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  • 1 September 2017 09:08, by Eastern

    Anybody who is in Juba working with Kiir is SPLM-Kiir. Case closed!

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    • 1 September 2017 09:14, by South South


      You are not a member of SPLM and no one invites you to join SPLM. Case closed.

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      • 1 September 2017 10:39, by Eastern

        South South,

        Let me reopen that case; SPLM-Kiir is holding South Sudanese captives and at ransom....In Juba, with the heavy rains and lack of fuel, people are suffering just because Kiir thinks, everything should operate at his whims. The war is gaining momentum on the economic front!

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        • 1 September 2017 11:48, by South South

          You are totally wrong. You are trying to keep your spirit alive while in fact it has been dead since SPLA captured Pagak. Juba is fine, USD is stable, heavy rains is part of our life in South Sudan. Rebels are not near to any city or town in South Sudan. SPLA is kicking hard those who refuse peace and try to make stupid attempts to attack civilians. Please find something else to talk abou

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          • 1 September 2017 13:59, by Eastern

            There’s nothing to worry about Pagak but there’s everything to worry about the situation in Juba...The Mathiang Anyors who demobilised themselves from the various battlefronts are a nightmare to Juba citizens..Night robberies are the order of the day here.

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            • 1 September 2017 16:26, by South South


              You need to talk about Pagak. You just forgot your statement last month when you said IO has very advance weapons and they will shoot down SPLA jet fighters, now Pagak is not important, HUM!!!!! and now robberies in Juba will liberate country for you,HUM!!!! IO is dead, totally dead.

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          • 1 September 2017 14:00, by Eastern

            There’s nothing to worry about Pagak but there’s everything to worry about the situation in Juba...The Mathiang Anyors who demobilised themselves from the various battlefronts are a nightmare to Juba citizens..Night robberies are the order of the day here.

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            • 1 September 2017 23:37, by Naath


              Please do not allow yourself be fooled by the Dinka regime supporters that Pagak is in the government’s hand. As I speak with you today (now) Pagak town is still under full control of IO. The JCE soldiers are in Ethiopia side together with the Ethiopian army. The U.N was bias in it reports because if they said Pagak is under control of oppositions they would have been deported

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          • 1 September 2017 23:48, by Naath

            South South,

            I would like to remind you and your tribal regime that Pagak is under full control of SPLA-IO. The JCE soldiers are on the Ethiopia side near primary school that opposite to Pagak on the Ethiopian side together with the Ethiopian army. The real Pagak town is in full control of IO, please stop spreading lie.

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  • 1 September 2017 10:37, by Sunday Junup

    Here you go no double deal Let them form John Luk Joak G10 or join Pagan Anum

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    • 1 September 2017 13:19, by jubaone

      Sunday Junuo,
      Correct, SPLM-IO, FD or whichever should just dissociate themselves from SPLM and form entirely new political parties. Either they are incompetent or afraid to go their own ways. Lam Akol has shown the way.

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  • 1 September 2017 11:44, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Criticism sound to be a South Sudanese culture; therefore they should remain in the opposition seat within the cabinets of the GODS, if they could all fitted within the mean stream some xcan claims a certain post but who will ever leave or offer his seat for the designated post?
    Creating position for them will cause the calse; Who is who in South Sudan is now the task but to do the job is trouble

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    • 1 September 2017 14:55, by Redeemer

      Hon. Makuei has spoken, how many heads will the so called FD have, in every agreement they make, those got positions go in and those didn’t appoint another head and look for another agreement and the game continue

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  • 1 September 2017 15:59, by Lenin Bull

    Most of former detainees are foxes and thieves. In fact they were the ones who cooked the 15th December 2013 fight and gave it leadership to Riek Machar as a golden gift on a silver plate. For them it was a clever trick which would have wiped away both Riek and Kiir and leaving them to replace them in J1 but it backfired.

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  • 1 September 2017 16:04, by Lenin Bull

    Former detainees are thieves because instead of implementing the SPLM vision which Garang left them prematurely, they started to loot the country and were frequently running to and from South Sudan to foreign capitals to hide these loots. Now go Kampala, Nairobi, Addis, Sydney, USA, Dubai, etc and see the houses and businesses they have there you will get disgusted!!

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  • 1 September 2017 16:07, by Lenin Bull

    These former detainees were initially with Riek Machar and later on during hard times they abandoned him and his Nuer people to fight and die alone. The souls and spirits of the innocent Nuer people and other innocent dead/killed South Sudanese will curse these former detainees and their children. I have respect for SPLA-IO then these scoundrels called SPLM-former detainees.

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  • 1 September 2017 16:26, by Loch-ley Gajiok

    Makuei is right this time. This is not a hid-and-seek game, they must have one choice; either to be for the government or for opposition groups, period.

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  • 2 September 2017 00:00, by Naath

    To All,

    I would like to remind you all South Sudanese that Pagak town, the head quarter of SPLA IO is still under full control of IO. One of the UN workers reported that Pagak was under control of government few days ago just to avoid being deported. The South Sudan army is on the Ethiopia side together with Ethiopian army near primary school on the adjcent to Pagak town on the side Ethiopia.

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    • 2 September 2017 14:56, by Redeemer

      It is confirmed even Gatwech Dual is in Pangak and James Riek Machar will be released and allowed to go to Pangak just within coming two weeks, does that makes you happy?

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