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Rebels “disappointed” over IGAD envoy comment on Machar


October 19, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition official allied to the former First Vice President, Riek Machar has expressed “disappointment” over a recent statement attributed to IGAD’s envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wai who claimed the rebel faction could chose anyone to represent him at the revitalization forum.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

Mabior Garang, the armed opposition’s national committee for information and public relations, said the IGAD mediation is “fundamentally flawed” by president Salva Kiir, who a mediator and at the same time a party in the civil war.

“The partial nature of the peace process is the reason the IGAD special envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais could meet people associated with the national dialogue committee of President Salva Kiir and fail to consult with the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO),” said Mabior.

However, he said SPLM-IO is committed to peace, but disturbed by the comment attributed to the IGAD official, adding that it contradicted to the recent consultation on all parties in South Sudan.

“The movement would like to categorically reiterate our full commitment to the peace process and we are ready to engage in a transparent peace process. The SPLM/SPLA(IO) continues to believe that the ARCISS [Agreement for Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan] contains provisions which will radically transform South Sudan and address the root causes of the conflict, among the most fundamental being: issues to do with the establishment of a constitution, which is guaranteed in Chapter I,” he added.

The IGAD had, however, concluded consultation meetings with all South Sudanese significant groups to the ongoing conflict amid the upcoming revitalization forum.

Last week, however, the IGAD envoy to South Sudan was quoted saying the armed opposition chairman would not be part of those attending the revitalization forum, but they will accept a representative from his side to participate in the process.

South Sudan’s civil war, nearly in its fourth year, was caused by political disagreements within the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) forcing Kiir to sack his then deputy, Machar. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and over three million displaced since the civil war broke out in December 2013.


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  • 20 October 2017 09:14, by Sunday Junup

    IGAD are bias, anything with M7 involved is a business. Let wait for what would happen you have now spoken son of Dr.Garang

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    • 20 October 2017 12:07, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      Please find something else to talk about. IGAD is very clear, they don’t want war in East Africa. Mr. One eye made very stupid statement when he was in Khartoum after the Khartoum lifted him from Congo with rotten feet. He said: "Iam going back to war", that statement in Khartoum ends his political future in South Sudan. The world knows he is a trouble to South Sudan. Let’s celebrat

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  • 20 October 2017 09:42, by John Wetjunub

    IGAD knows the cause of all these mess, and therefore they wanted to have a clear process this time around without any mistake again. and this imply that they will exclude witch Doctor in the peace process.

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    • 20 October 2017 10:14, by Midit Mitot

      IGAD must be crazy organization in Africa, how can you try to siline the chairperson of the movement who own the power in every corridor in the country? IGAD business group does,t need to rescue these vulnerable civilians of South Sudan. Their business is too much on this civil war.

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  • 20 October 2017 10:25, by Wutkhor

    Igad re just bunch of beneficial vultures who don’t cares to fixed the real objects that is obstacles to the death n displacement of millions of innocents SS pples, it’s obviously that the so-called Igad will never put or make an amicable solutions to our war rather fueling it deep in favour of Dinka’s n their stooges money fighters... So the choice is up to one eye Dok man in prison he would eith

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    • 20 October 2017 10:27, by Wutkhor

      Con... Arms us well with all necessary moderns weapons n ammunitions so we can just storm n destroyed Paloc or he will remain in prison for the Reat of his life, coz when we destroyed Paloc that will be the fall of the Dinka’s insects Igad back government.

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      • 20 October 2017 10:49, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

        IGAD is absolutely right. SPLM-IO can send a representative to represent the views of Machar in the revitalization process. The peace process cannot be held hostage just because of one greedy man who wants to be President at any cause.This man rebelled against John Garang and joined the enemy to destroy the struggle of the people. We will never forgive him for the massacre he committed in Bor.

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  • 20 October 2017 10:52, by Liberator

    IGAD are trying to bring peace to South Sudanese people but you rebels need to bring in Riak machar to be the president of the republic of S-S by any means but it will not be possible forever and ever, Riak has killed innocents people since 1990s up to now,no room for him to rule S-Sudanese people. full stop.

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  • 20 October 2017 11:39, by lou nuer

    You have chased away Dr.Machar since last year in July like we shall have peace still no peace again you detent him in SA still no peace rebellions keep increasing my dear fellow citizens you will bring him back by all mean the man you arrest in SA if you are really need of peace Kiir and Taban will never and never bring peace in our Country. IGAD Countries are bussiness no matter whatever situati

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  • 20 October 2017 15:26, by John Wetjunub

    even if the current war continues for 100 years, rebels/criminals will achieve only zero at the end.

    DR Risky is politically weaken and his followers are now joining Gen Taban team and some are scattered every where.
    there is no more hope for IO under DR Risky.

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  • 20 October 2017 15:27, by Theone

    This ugly Nyandeng son; go away with millions your family robbed from South Sudan.

    You and your family are a disgrace to us.

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  • 20 October 2017 15:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "we are ready to engage in a transparent ? peace process and to address the root caused of the conflict" Ohooo! my God;Uh! We are not children 🚸 here you guys need to be very frank that your self interest need to be addressed as your is not for the nation, n of course if it was you wouldn’t be killing your own folks for your greedy political gain. I don’t have any compromise with who ever killed

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  • 20 October 2017 15:39, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    We do not need any clamse politics again enough is enough, what we need is a peaceful peace of mind-blowing

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