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SPLM-IO officials call to end Machar’s confinement in Sudan


SPLM-Io leader Riek Machar speaks at the peace celebration day in Juba on 31 October 2018 (AP Photo).
April 4, 2019 (JUBA) - Since several days, SPLM-IO local officials across South Sudan have launched a campaign calling on the IGAD to end the confinement of their leader who is now residing in Sudan after the signing of the peace agreement.

Riek Machar was confined by the regional body in South Africa to prevent escalation of the conflict in South Sudan after the first attempt to implement the peace agreement in July 2016.

Also, the IGAD leaders decided to keep him in Khartoum until the implementation of the pre-transitional arrangements and the formation of the transitional government where he will be appointed as the first vice-president.

In two separate statements extended to Sudan Tribune this week, the SPLM-IO governors of Yei River State and Northern Bahr El Ghazal controlled areas called on the IGAD to terminate the confinement of their leader in Khartoum.

In a letter addressed to the IGAD Special Envoy, the SPLM-IO Governor in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal pointed to the “growing anxiety and frustration among the entire membership of the SPLM (IO) who continue to wonder why their leader is not able to engage in a peace dissemination and confidence-building tour for more than six (6) months since he signed the peace agreement with our partners”.

For his part, the SPLM-IO governor in Yei River State stressed that Machar’s release would demonstrate “IGAD’s neutral position in handling the affairs of South Sudan”.

The decision of Machar’s confinement has been taken by the IGAD Council of Foreign Ministers which includes the South Sudanese foreign minister.

The IGAD has been criticized by the opposition groups for its “biased decisions” saying it takes into account the interests of the government of President Salva Kiir.

In statements to Sudan Tribune on Monday, Manawa Peter Gatkuoth SPLM-IO Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Information and Public Relations also expressed their frustration with the confinement of the group leader in Sudan.

Manawa said Machar needs to have his flagrantly-curtailed freedom of movement to meet his people and foreign leaders to boost the delayed implementation of the peace agreement.

He further requested the IGAD leaders who mediated the peace agreement to give more attention to the ongoing development in South Sudan with regard to the slow implementation process.


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  • 4 April 2019 13:52, by Eastern

    Once you negotiate as a prisoner you remain a prisoner....! Those are the terms and conditions of the Khartoum deal. Thomas Cirilo saw that coming....!

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    • 4 April 2019 14:14, by Mapuor

      We need peace in South Sudan .Lets think of entrepreneurship instead of getting positions in the government whose economy is dead . Lets go for farming starting with growing vegetables . We are utterly tired of rubbish .Lets increase our states to 34+ . Luanjang of Tonj and Bantus of Raga need their separate states.

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      • 4 April 2019 14:18, by Eastern


        If the Luanjang youth of Paweng in Tonj East refused to be drafted into the ranks and files of Mathiang Anyoor to terrorise the Bantus, nobody would be asking for separate state. South Sudanese would be more than happy to live in fewer states than the 34+ states you are calling for!

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    • 4 April 2019 14:20, by jubaone

      The question is, what can IO do as long as Riek is under house arrest? Had its strategic thinkers foreseen IGAD’s evil plan? If the kiirminal and Albashir were serious about peace, they would have spearheaded his release and allowed him to travel on peace mission. They fooled him. Sad! He must align with NAS. He has no chance otherwise.

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    • 4 April 2019 14:20, by jubaone

      The question is, what can IO do as long as Riek is under house arrest? Had its strategic thinkers foreseen IGAD’s evil plan? If the kiirminal and Albashir were serious about peace, they would have spearheaded his release and allowed him to travel on peace mission. They fooled him. Sad! He must align with NAS. He has no chance otherwise.

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      • 4 April 2019 14:33, by Eastern


        IO is full of people who believe IT’S THEIR TURN TO EAT. The movement perhaps has the worst in store for South Sudanese. NAS is fairly straightforward.

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      • 4 April 2019 16:03, by Eastern


        Acting rational and thinking out of the box in South Sudan should be left to the monkeys....Dr. Berger just lift the cover on the jenge conspiracy on South Sudan that has left the medieval tribe riled!

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        • 4 April 2019 20:01, by jubaone

          Anyone who has lived and interacted with jienges knows, that their irrationality and innate "jiengeism" cant and wont change. The best NAS and for that matter Equatorians can do is take a clear stand: the jienge is the lesser intelligent but equally ruthless jellaba copylike. We must treat them so. Eye4eye, tooth4tooth.

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          • 5 April 2019 02:33, by Malakal county Simon

            I don’t see the need of keeping him under house of arrest when the guns are silenced.. The government of Salva Kiir and his IGAD ally need to free Dr Machar as this could jeopardize the already slow signed peace!!

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  • 5 April 2019 03:27, by Joseph Canada

    The so called IGAD have not yet done with South Sudan Minerals and Oil yet.As long as their pay bonuses is and private deals are still flowing, there is nothing to worry about Riek for now..

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