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S. Sudanese exiled in Kenya want inclusion in peace consultations

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President Salva Kiir pose with the IGAD FM after a meeting held at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 13 Oct 2017 (ST Photo)
October 15, 2017 (NAIROBI) – Civil society activists currently exiled in Kenya have petitioned regional bloc (IGAD) demanding to be included in the ongoing IGAD-led peace revitalization forum.

The group, however, welcomed IGAD’s decision to interact with different stakeholders in the peace revitalization process and have requested that refugees and exiled civil society leaders be included.

“We condemn the deliberate exclusion of diaspora civil society and youth, forgetting that we were among the first progressive groups in the diaspora that called for peace. We have ideas and we want IGAD to include us in the revitalization timetable so that we can offer what we think can bring peace to our beloved nation,” partly reads the group’s petition.

The group urged IGAD to consult them and other diaspora groups.

“That we are cognizant of indisputable fact that the Addis-Ababa peace accord dubbed ARCISS [Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan] collapsed on 8 July 2016, and we condemn President Salva Kiir for not adhering to his mandate to respect the peace agreement and for reigniting the war in the country”, it adds.

The group also appealed to the IGAD-plus mediation body to move faster to stop and hold those warmongers accountable.

MACHAR’S UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE

Meanwhile, the group demanded the unconditional release of South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar from exile in South Africa.

“We want IGAD to come out clear on this emotive matter because we know what went wrong and where in this chaotic situation; we equally know the practical solution that would bring sustainable peace in South Sudan,” further stressed the group’s statement.

The group, however, applauded the regional bloc for holding separate consultations with the various opposition parties in war-torn in South Sudan and urges all leaders being consulted to end civilian sufferings through positive responses to bring peace to the people.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation. During the June summit, it was agreed that all groups be included in the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

IGAD recently unveiled the timetable for the revitalization forum to start consultations with South Sudanese leaders and the nation’s citizens. The process, it said, began on 13 October and ends on 17 October.

South Sudan government earlier warned that the revitalization forum by the regional bloc, which mediated the 2015 peace accord, should not be another platform for negotiations of the peace agreement between the two factions to the conflict.

IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.

(ST)

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  • 16 October 14:50, by Liel-le

    Is there no specific name/s of the Civil Society groups/activists? This incomplete reporting always raise credibility question to your readers.

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  • 16 October 17:31, by Eastern

    All South Sudanese are stakeholders in the country called South Sudan and therefore MUST be consulted. Forget about the Juba based Kiir’s so-called national dialogue with handpicked participants....Time for tribal domination is nigh.....!

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    • 16 October 18:42, by South South

      Eastern,

      Oh, all South Sudanese are stakeholders and must be heard. That’s OK, let’s sit down and talk about the future of South Sudan. But I want you to remember this. President Kiir will be your president until you die, maybe your youngest children will see another president in South Sudan. How about that?

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      • 17 October 06:23, by Eastern

        South South,

        Just step aside! This stage is where you will come to know that EASTERN is a force to reckon with. Just watch this space..!

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      • 17 October 08:48, by Lotole Lo Luri

        South Sudan,

        Stop the arrogance. It will take you to nowhere. Kiir is dependent on Museveni and to some extent Kenyatta for survival. He would have been blown away long ago if not for the UPDF intervention. He is a failed "President" and a disgrace to our country.

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  • 16 October 19:30, by lino

    My own suggestion to IGAD is to turn this revitalization forum into a big Court Proceedings where by the SPLM leaders whether in Government or oppositions of all kind; all South Sudanese Political Parties are the accused vs South Sudanese Citizents;the charges are:
    1- Treason. Never abide with South Sudan Constitution;Killing civilians; declaring war on people.

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    • 16 October 19:35, by lino

      2- Corruption charges at high.Making country and people poor; bringing starvation to South Sudan.
      3- Failed to provide any services to the people of South Sudan.
      4- Failed to make any developments in the country.
      5-Put the country into debit while SS had ZERO debits on the Independent Day!!!
      * Form a Technocratic Authority in the country.
      ** More charges can brought forward.

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      • 17 October 03:03, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        I personally was of optimistic about the exclusion of the diaphoraian from the Peace accord, I raised this in these social Forum and my learneded friends here on the website condemned it, we could have sacrifice our pockets to attend this peace talk.To my brother Lino: you cannot killed one 🐦 bird with one stone! The country has been in wars since independent and that might be the reasons for und

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  • 17 October 03:08, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Killing two 🐦 birds with one stone! Is impossible 🙅 of impossibilities as the country as been in wars for decades and development with fighting can’t go together
    , we need to solve this first be4 we could talk of something else.

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