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S. Sudan rebels reiterate commitment to Arusha process, say talks should not be in Juba


June 23, 2015 (NAIROBI) – South Sudanese rebels of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, said they were committed to the Arusha reunification process of the ruling party, but said Juba was not the right venue for the dialogue.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar attends the 28th extraordinary summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for heads of state and government in Addis Ababa on 6 November 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

“No, we are not against the reunification process of the party. Actually our SPLM faction has been actively participating in the CCM-led tripartite intraparty reunification process. As you know this led to the signing of the roadmap document by our leadership in Arusha, Tanzania,” SPLM-IO’s leader spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune when contacted on the new political developments in Juba.

However, he said their SPLM faction’s representatives could not go to Juba as a venue for further dialogue because war was still raging on between their rival forces, making the national capital under the government’s control not conducive for such a dialogue.

Dak was responding to the recent developments in Juba in which the group known as former detainees led by the Tuesday’s reinstated party’s secretary general, Pagan Amum, decided to return to Juba and rejoined the party faction under president Salva Kiir on the basis of implementing the Arusha roadmap agreement.

On 21 January 2015 the three factions of the SPLM in government, SPLM in opposition and the former detainees signed the Agreement on the Reunification of the SPLM in Arusha, Tanzania and vowed to work together to secure reforms and national unity. Arusha roadmap accord, also, aims to support the IGAD-brokered process aiming to end the violent conflict that erupted on 15 December 2013.

A month later, the parties on 17 February agreed on the implementation mechanisms and called on South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, who is also the chairman of the SPLM-in government to revoke the decision that dismissed party leaders.

But the rebel spokesman in response to the decision taken by Amum’s group said the former detainees abandoned the spirit of the tripartite dialogue in Arusha and opted for “the half-baked bilateral” understanding with the government in Juba.

“This has not come as a surprise. We already doubted their intentions. We all along suspected that these former detainees were leaning towards abandoning the tripartite dialogue and resorting to half-baked bilateral understanding with the regime in Juba,” Dak said.

“On our part we are also for the reunification of the party, but there still issues to be tackled first in Arusha and also its full implementation should be connected to signing of a peace agreement in the IGAD-led process in Addis Ababa,” he added.

He explained their differences with the former detainees were that the former detainees seemed to only believe in mere reunification of the party and reinstating their members back to their previous positions unlike the SPLM-IO, which he said, wanted the process of transformation and reforms to be tackled in Arusha.

The rebel leader’s spokesman further explained that their faction wanted the Arusha intraparty agreement to be translated into a new constitution using the SPLM draft constitution as well as draft other party’s basic documents such as code of conduct, internal regulations and manifesto.

He said SPLM-IO would want to see the party’s highest executive organ, the political bureau, to be restructured in accordance with the Arusha roadmap agreement and its membership expanded, including expanding the membership of the national liberation council.

Dak also added that the issue of leadership of the party should also be discussed in Arusha in view that a long awaited national convention failed to take place in May 2013 when a new leadership should have been elected by the convention.

“We want the party’s transformation and reform processes which Salva Kiir violently interrupted in Juba in December 2013 to be first tackled in Arusha. Rushing to reinstatement to previous positions and hoping that Salva Kiir will now agree in Juba to implement the reforms while he continues with the war is unrealistic dream,” he said.

He said the rebel faction was committed to the party reunification process in Arusha, saying the issue with also discussed between the opposition leader Machar and the president of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, on the sidelines of the last week’s African Union’s summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He also said unlike the former detainees, SPLM-IO faction has forces on the ground. He explained the rebel movement wanted a peace agreement in Addis Ababa which will have addressed issues of governance, security arrangements, institutional reforms, compensation and reparation of victims and reconciliation mechanisms, among others.

He concluded that the “dismantling” and return of the former detainees to the “regime” in Juba would also stop some of the confusions the group, sometimes known as G10, were causing in the IGAD-led peace process as they would now probably become part and parcel of the government’s delegation and position.


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  • 24 June 2015 07:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    What is the dialogue for? just come to Juba. walk or drive, all of you will be reinstated after four to five hours of waiting.

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    • 24 June 2015 07:53, by Mi diit

      I agree with the rebels. It is not about reinstatement to positions under Salva Kiir. It is about reforms and transformation. What is the benefit from surrendering to Kiir? Maybe material benefit, but not for democracy and reforms or development. Real change should first happen in the document before full reunification.

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      • 24 June 2015 08:20, by Lorolokin

        I really feel bad for the death of (PIV) poor innocent victims, who will account for that ?
        May their soul rest in peace.

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      • 24 June 2015 08:26, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        You will not get reforms you are demanding because your militias are doing poorly in the battlefields.reforms can be determines through evaluation of the balance of power.who will give reforms to groups of dying losers.

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        • 24 June 2015 08:46, by Mi diit


          So what you are saying is confirming that Kiir will not implement reforms unless he is defeated by our forces on the ground, right?

          This is exactly what I was saying. The former detainees are there in Juba for nothing. The change will come only when Kiir is defeated. He will become an illegitimate president on 9 July anyway.

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          • 24 June 2015 09:11, by Lango2010

            keep your empty dream bro, don’t you understand that G10 lead by Comrades Pagan Amum are on right truck because the value the nation more than the eager for power. riak is wasting time and he will get more betrayal from his rebels soon. but it is not too late for him to apologies to Kiir and the People of South Sudan for the last time before going to Hell.

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          • 24 June 2015 10:15, by Redeemer

            Mi diit
            Kiir will be illegitimate President on 9 July it is nice dream just like that of 15 Dec 2013

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          • 24 June 2015 15:26, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            The aim of your children matching in to cities, town, and villages was to change the government, whom you accused of killing your people totaling in the tune of 20.000.what happened to your bravado? why defecting and surrendering back to a rotten system. how is your vibrant, one tribe rebellion working out for you?

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      • 24 June 2015 10:31, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        There’s time for everything, time for war & for peace. Let’s give peace a chance! We need quick dev’t of national constitutions & immediate implemenatation thereafter. Now it’s upon Riek Machar to decide joining or remaining in the bush to continue fighting untill he learns more than before.

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      • 24 June 2015 18:04, by Gabriel Ajak

        Of course bro Middit u agreed with rebel because u r also a rebel but not for the sake reality, say said the dog barking while the camel is moving, meditate about. (webe thok eterk) Addis Ababa agreement forget about it.

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