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SPLM-IO rejects South Africa’s proposed arbitration on states’ number


SPLA-IO Chairperson of National Committee for Defence and Security Cde Angelina Teny speaks to the media in Juba on 20 Dec 2018 (ST Photo)
January 17, 2019 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO has rejected South Africa’s proposal to settle the critical issue of the states’ number and boundaries. Instead, it called for a swift resolution by a regional and international panel.

On Thursday, President Salva Kiir accepted a proposal made by South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza to form an arbitration body including the IGAD and South Africa. He further said this mechanism has 90 days, after the formation of the transitional government to settle the issue.

Previously Kiir and SPLM-IO leader agreed to refer the matter to Mabuza as his efforts were focused on the states’ issue and had discussed it with the peace partners.

However, on Friday, SPLM-IO leading figure Angelina Teny told reporters that it was vital to settle the two sticky issues the security arrangements and the number of states and boundaries before the formation of the transitional cabinet.

Speaking about the states numbers, she pinpointed to the formation of the Council of States which is linked to the number of states and stressed the need to settle the issue as quickly as possible.

"The legislature cannot be formed without having addressed the issue of the number of states, so this is one clarification we wanted to make," she added.

In line with the revitalized peace pact, the Council of State shall be reconstituted as shall be recommended by the Independent Boundaries Commission (IBC).

She further went to propose to form a panel comprising the African Union High-Level Ad Hoc Committee for South Sudan (C5) comprising its Members namely, South Africa, as Chair, Algeria, Chad, Nigeria and Rwanda and the three Troika countries including the US, th UK and Norway.

This committee will determine the number of states and their boundaries in two weeks so, that the Council of States can be formed in a short time at the beginning of the transitional period.

It worth mentioning that the speaker of the upper chamber will be nominated by the SPLM-IO while the Transitional National Legislative Assembly will be chosen by the SPLM-IG.

Teny who is also the head of the SPLM-IO defence committee proposed to deploy UN forces in the capital and troubled areas such as Yei and Juba-Nimule route where there are fighters of the holdout groups.

The IGAD countries decided to deploy 1600 troop force called Regional Protection Force (RPF) to be integrated to the UNMISS but the United Nations was not enthusiastic to the idea.

UNMISS chief Shearer said there is a sizeable number of peacekeepers deployed in the country and if there is a need for more troops this additional force would be under the command of the UNMISS.

Teny said this RPF should be deployed as approved by the UN Security Council in 2016.

"We need to sit down and look at the deployment of UNMISS in some areas until such a time that we can deliver the unified forces for the delivery of the security services," she stressed.


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  • 18 January 2020 14:31, by Mayendit

    Stupid Angelina Teny.
    Salva Kiir Mayardit and others oppositions leaders must continue formation of national unity government. This Riek Machar rebellious have been always against South Sudanese people in 35 years. See how Idiot still thinking about bringing foreigners invaders in South Sudan. I blame Kiir Mayardit for allowing Riek Machar to dance back and forth throughout. Arrested them and let

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    • 19 January 2020 05:45, by Malakal county Simon


      Where is in the world a government can be form with out a States?? Kiir need to let’s go the 32 States because this is a compromised peace deal otherwise, if no States solution first then no government should be form!! This is an understandable argument with majority supporting it!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 20 January 2020 10:33, by Midit Mitot


      IO and SSOA will not accept such a bribed and foolish proposal.

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  • 18 January 2020 14:38, by Mayendit

    Many years people suffering for Riek Machar political problems. If they refuse this time then, asking his groups if there’s anyone to get that position and must come from Eastern Nuers communities because they are misusing by Riek Machar Teny for years. Throw them to jailed times.

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    • 18 January 2020 22:59, by wau-wau-wau

      You must be one of those who have no common sense or Riek-hating group. This peace is not for Riek. Its for those who are suffering in silence from treatable diseases, malnutrition and etc.

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    • 19 January 2020 15:54, by choldit

      mmh, idiot? who shld be idiot in this condition? Someone who can’t see the need for a comprehensive peace in South Sudan or the one who aims for it? You shld be structuring ur argument sensibly rather than centring it on hatred for Dr. Machar who offered everything for the betterment of this nation. By the ways, Eastern Nuer are more than u can imagine. They can’t be pocket for that cheaper post.

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  • 18 January 2020 14:45, by Eastern

    Excellent! The day you hear Eastern has died then know that the jenge can now do anything with the South Sudanese land! Kiir is neither the Alfa nor the Omega of South Sudan; go ahead and form the goddam government with Changson Chang at al...Fuck!

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    • 19 January 2020 07:33, by South South

      Kurkoo, let’s postpone the government of national unity for another 10 years to work on the issue of the number of states, country is in full control of Kiir’s hands, Kurkoo.

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  • 18 January 2020 15:14, by Eastern

    Kiir can ho aheat with his political fuckery...Nyandeng, Josephine Lagu, et al are around...!

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  • 18 January 2020 17:41, by lino

    South Sudanese Political Forces should be committed to South Sudan Transitional Constitution of 2011 that everyone agreed upon in regard to Number of States and Boundaries!!!
    Misusing powers without a constitutional backup is the reason what we are in!!!
    If peace is needed for this country, please go back to your transitional Constituation, how many States were there, form the government based...

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    • 18 January 2020 17:51, by lino

      ...on it, and all Political Forces should set down and change the Number of States in a Constituation Conference!!! That will be the only exist...Repulican Decrees don’t overwrite the Constituation of the land!!!
      Else, South Sudan will be like Somalia soon; with every region forming their government.

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    • 19 January 2020 07:31, by South South

      Son of KARAMA called lion is lying again. Tell your dirty mother who was sleeping with fake Arabs in front of you to shut up. You were sleeping with fake Arabs, dirty people.

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  • 18 January 2020 19:40, by conservative

    Reik machar will never be south Sudan president even if kirirr left the office we don’t need him anymore and he should be be treated like animals in those foreign country if he doesn’t want no peace to people of south Sudan anybody else to

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    • 19 January 2020 07:06, by Malakal county Simon


      What’s wrong with Dinkas peoples?? Luka Biong have a real genuine reason for saying Dinka as tribe, is most hated tribe in South Sudan because of too ignorant, too much lies and can’t correct themselves!! This proposal is shocking,.. Where is the world you can form a government without States first??

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    • 19 January 2020 16:01, by choldit

      Your name speaks volumes. Buy urself a head dude. You are missing one.

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  • 18 January 2020 19:57, by conservative

    Nuers are complicated people u can’t even understand them because they pussy to jalaba before LoL nuers they will even want to destroyed Dinka in America or stealing their food because don’t feel shame 😂

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  • 18 January 2020 22:46, by wau-wau-wau

    This proposal put forward by deputy president of South Africa is another delayed to formation of Unity Government. SPLA-IO should not accept and participate in the formation of the Unity Government and it will be a betrayal to those whose land had been given to other Tribe by Kiir.

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  • 19 January 2020 00:36, by conservative

    Nuers are mad because Dinka wanna be free in their own region and let nuers be in the own region what’s the problem here since nuers because we know nuers they don’t get along with Dinka is not gonna be by force let them be in their own region everybody should live separately what’s the problem with that fucker nuers

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    • 19 January 2020 06:07, by Games

      It were illogically decision in first place to extend that states issues for 90 days while the new government is going to be formed within three weeks period. IO should make all, I meant everythings were signed in the peace agreement to be fully implemented before the new government is being formed

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    • 19 January 2020 06:12, by Games

      Nobody either wants to lives with subhumans like you Dinka. Tell your stupid President to leaves Greater Upper Nile Region alone.

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      • 19 January 2020 06:56, by conservative


        Then go vote for it that’s what the president is telling you guys dum ass Arab slavery

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  • 19 January 2020 06:41, by Eastern

    Folks, the SUBJECT MATTEE is SPLA/M-IO has rejected the WASAKA proposed by David Mabuza, a bantu from Msenzi aka the republic of South Africa! Any diversion on this SUBJECT MATTER is akin to having Omar Bashir as PRESIDENT of a country...!

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  • 19 January 2020 06:41, by Eastern

    Folks, the SUBJECT MATTEE is SPLA/M-IO has rejected the WASAKA proposed by David Mabuza, a bantu from Msenzi aka the republic of South Africa! Any diversion on this SUBJECT MATTER is akin to having Omar Bashir as PRESIDENT of a country...!

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  • 21 January 2020 04:05, by Odingo

    Well, Said Hon. Angelina Teny
    If South Sudanese leaders want peace, they will do exactly her proposal.
    It is very short and very quick.

    Angelina Teny proposal, will save South Sudan.
    Otherwise, this country gonna run red for very long time.
    Tough Nation

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