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Expel rebel asylum seekers, South Sudan urges IGAD

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April 25, 2018 (KAMPALA) - South Sudan has urged the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to enact a law barring its political opponents from getting asylum in the region.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

Speaking during a meeting of IGAD officials and member states in Kampala, Uganda, South Sudan’s acting foreign affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro warned that rich South Sudan politicians currently residing in the region’s capitals could wage war against the Juba government.

“Some of them [politicians] have huge properties and investments inappropriately earned from South Sudan. This undeserved wealth is used to advocate violence and war against South Sudan,” he said.

Lomuro was addressing high level experts discussing the ratification of IGAD’s Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in Kampala.

He urged the IGAD member countries to expel political refugees.

“These kind of people cannot just be treated like ordinary asylum seekers because according to the IGAD Instrument of Establishment no member state should harbor rebels or allow such negative elements to use its territory against member states,” he stressed.

The meeting, held at Sheraton Kampala hotel, is a follow-up on first consultations, which the regional bloc held with South Sudan government officials and national stakeholders in Juba last year.

Resolutions on the provisions of the protocol are expected to provide a political endorsement to fast-track its negotiation and adoption.

According to IGAD, the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons would enhance regional economic integration and development.

Once adopted, however, the protocol will also help regulate the high volume of informal movement taking place in the IGAD region.

A number of senior officials, who included foreign and internal affairs ministers, lawmakers and immigration experts from the regional bloc, attended the meeting. Also in attendance were representatives from partner United Nations agencies such as International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN refugee agency (UNHRC), UN International Labour Organisation (UNILO) and the European Union (EU).

Currently, war-torn South Sudan has more than two million refugees living in neighbouring nation, with Uganda alone hosting over a million of its refugees.

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  • 26 April 2018 07:47, by deng

    Mr. Martin
    East Africa Countries are looking for income they are business people like you in your government, no nationalism in you, your boss was talking about his incentive if he sign peace and resign, what does it means,

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    • 26 April 2018 13:53, by Midit Mitot

      Martin Lomoro is the most traitor element in Juba government but Kiir and his group does not know.

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      • 26 April 2018 16:29, by choldit

        bad ass Dinka salve home boy call Martin speaks like a baby 👶 . He can’t imagine what could happen to him if that silly proposal is enacted by IGAD countries. This idea come out of South Sudan belief that the IGAD countries are fighting rebels on South Sudan govt behalf. Those rebels are south Sudanese. So they are IGAD subject with right to enjoy the previlages and observes obligations of IGAD.

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  • 26 April 2018 08:51, by Eastern

    The other time the regime invited Museveni to defend his biggest market in the region (South Sudan). Now that the regime is aware that the HLRF is more than likely to fail, it wants to enlist another support through Museveni. The war being waged is not against South Sudan but the regime in Juba. The two are two distinct entities. Lumoro should not confuse the world!

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    • 26 April 2018 11:02, by South South

      Eastern,

      Lumoro is doing exactly what any Foreign minister in the world will do to help his country. So these wicked thief rebels will be cornered to leave IGAD countries or sent to Juba to face justice. Wicked thief rebels, we haven’t seen anything yet.

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  • 26 April 2018 09:59, by Lenin Bull

    Congratulations Hon.Dr.Martin Lomoro. These foxes politicians like the former detainees looted our country dry and went hid these money and wealth in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and beyond for themselves and their kids and turn around to make lives difficult for poor village people in South Sudan through these bloody wars! Walai somebody should shoot their bloody asses with AK47.

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    • 26 April 2018 10:40, by Thokidine

      Linen Shit...dont’t forget that ur father Salva & the rest were once asylum seekers in those East African Countires...so what is wrong with this new politcal leaders to be granted assylum when it was so sweet to ur old stoogs??? I know East African presidents are enriching themselve & will difintely heed to this call but warn them as no situation remains the same...they will one day be in such...

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      • 26 April 2018 10:49, by Thokidine

        ...situation & will wish not to have endorsed such horrible plan. Make it a poject...as it’s ur times but prepare for the worse as ur gov’t collapsed already.

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  • 26 April 2018 10:30, by young activist

    when did the project of war in south Sudan will end,
    those who make this proposal are not yet gain the benefit so that the country rest yajama.

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  • 26 April 2018 11:33, by Kenyang ll

    Rotten regime yesterday didn’t want these politicians to go home and stay with their people, instead want them exile. Now they want them back.

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    • 26 April 2018 12:44, by South South

      Kenyang ll,

      The rebels are free to return to South Sudan if they want that. South Sudan is a country for all South Sudanese, but they need to member to shut up their dirty mouths when they return back to South Sudan. Kenyang, I want to clear one thing, I have no problem with Aweil people, I love them, they are real fighters and Dinka need them. Are you a relative of Riek’s Office Manager?

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      • 26 April 2018 14:01, by Kenyang ll

        South South,
        I’m sure you’re not calling yourself stupid not to know Bor location. Go ahead tell the rest where you are from if not Bor or you would be the liar. You diverged from topic and start talking where i’m from ask if I ask you to introduce me and now you being emotional for mentioning you. I don’t want to guess, what do mean by "shut up loser"?

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        • 26 April 2018 15:42, by South South

          Kenyang II,
          Yes, you are a loser because you support Riek. Your uncle is his Office Manager. Riek lost everything, so he is a loser. I am not from Bor. I am from South Sudan. I like Aweil people, very brave people, but we have a few wicked among them, you are one of those wicked, shut up loser.

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          • 27 April 2018 07:24, by Kenyang ll

            South South,

            Now everyone know you’re self-denying liar -never heard Bor before, LOL.

            Again, you are lying. I neither (don’t) like power-hungry Riek or stupid Kiir. Yes i know you tribalist bigots hate Riek with his Nuer to the level you can’t agree with their point.

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            • 27 April 2018 08:36, by Kenyang ll

              ......As Kenyang spells I have relatives working all over. If one or some lost jobs because Riek lost job, i feel sorry for them. That has nothing to do with me. I don’t work for the regime and I abhorred it long before this war.

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  • 26 April 2018 11:49, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Shame on this pimp being screwed by the Dinkas 24/7. Elias Martin Lomoro is a dual citizen of British and South Sudanese. Why the British gave him asylum in the first place.

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  • 26 April 2018 13:27, by Sunday Junup

    You are the one suppose to be expel from IGAD

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  • 26 April 2018 13:32, by Sunday Junup

    You are the one suppose to be expel from IGAD

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  • 26 April 2018 17:00, by lino

    Ya Martin,

    Freedom of person movements means anybody; either politicians or investors!!! I wondered if Egypt when you were student there or Great Britain when you were a refugee working against Khartoum’s Regimes, expelled you and hand you over, you wouldn’t have a big mouth to talk shit today!!!
    The same deal should be maintained with Kiir’s Regime!!! Konyo Konyo Government.

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