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South Sudan rebels casts doubt on IGAD’s neutrality


Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)

April 9, 2018 (JUBA) – Members of South Sudan armed opposition faction (SPLA-IO) say they are disturbed by reports surrounding the activities of some members of the council of ministers for the regional bloc (IGAD) in relations to the high level revitalization forum [HLRF) process.

The SPLM-IO, in a statement, claimed a member of the IGAD council visited South Sudan in July last year and “made it clear that Dr Riek Machar will not participate in the HLRF process in Addis [Ababa].

“This came through when Dr Machar was sidelined during all these rounds of talks. This was meant to give time to the regime to try to wipe the SPLA-IO forces out and declare that the country is free and peaceful,” partly reads the statement the group issued on Tuesday.

The armed opposition faction also accused the IGAD council of ministers of holding consultations what sidelined its representatives.

“This idea came from the regime [in Juba] through the IGAD council of ministers,” they said, although Sudan Tribune could not verify this.

According to the rebel faction, it was the decision of the IGAD council of ministers to have their leader Machar relocated from South Africa to any country of his choice, if he denounces violence.

“The council of ministers always allows members of the [Juba] regime to its sittings regarding the situation in South Sudan yet the regime is the perpetrator of this current conflict,” further said the SPLM-IO, adding “How does a perpetrator become a mediator?”

The rebel group urged IGAD “to be serious about the peace talks”.

“We cannot continue condoning this ongoing atrocities and looting of South Sudan resources by the regime and their cliques,” they stressed in the statement and vowed that resistance will continue.

South Sudan’s civil war broke out in December 2013 after President Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup. Machar denied the accusation. A peace deal signed in August 2015., however, led to the formation of a coalition government but was again devastated by fresh violence that broke out in July last year.


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  • 10 April 10:25, by Games

    I disagree with that, IGAD are evenly divided in this conflict. The very people are siding with JCE are Uganda and Kenya directly. Some indirectly through bribing. Sudan and Ethiopia have and would never take side in this conflict...

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    • 10 April 10:36, by Midit Mitot

      Conflict of interest, Kiir bribery is trying to work but I,am doubting.

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  • 10 April 10:31, by Games

    Some IGAD countries do not care about how S. Sudanes are doing, but only wanted their shares and back to their people, leaving those idioticing in Juba blaming Machar that has been out from the country politics for 5 years.

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  • 10 April 10:33, by Sunday Junup

    IGAD has no longer mediator but party to the conflict. Please SPLA-IO. Continue to fight them till you win this war. we South Sudanese are ready to dislodge who ever want to invade our Land through JCE. Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya are directly party to conflict mean while Sudan is not happy with IO claiming Abyie while Ethiopian are rigid on what they want to say to other nation.

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  • 10 April 10:38, by Sunday Junup

    It was un wise for Dr.Riak to go up to South Africa specially after Juba said they are negotiating with SA to host Dr.Riak. Last year they said they wanted to re-locate him to Djibouti which is now what they are trying to implement. IGAD wanted to loot our resources by all mean. They divided our land among themselves. Ethiopia and Eritrea (Hotels), Kenya (Banks), Uganda (Goods) and Sudan (Oil).

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  • 10 April 10:40, by Sunday Junup

    It will go down to the history that Nuer fight with IGAD for 5 yrs and they did not defeated them! Let us not worry, victory is certain!

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  • 10 April 12:57, by Lenin Bull

    IO idiots,you don’t know that rebellion and civil wars are outdated in Africa. They were modes of the 1960s,70s, and 80s now no country in Africa is interested rebels. All countries are focused on development and catching up with the rest of the world. Africa is backward and cannot afford to remain behind anymore. Only stupid war-mongers like IO still think rebellion is good.

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    • 11 April 00:03, by Malakal county Simon


      Go with your low thinking.... No body was interested in rebellion in first place but your failed president pushed people’s by killings Nuers civilians and his constantly failed leadership to rule South Sudan.... Please point your finger to the right direction and maybe this rebellion may end

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  • 10 April 16:09, by quiz

    This is obvious to everybody in the world who look thing in logical perspective that some IGAD countries members(Uganda,Kenya & Ethiopa)are the ones prolonging S.S conflict. Resources without good leader turn to curse. We ,ll suffer badly in the regime of Salva & JCE . Kiir & NCP boys (JCE) ,ll drive S.S into hell.

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