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SPLM-IO will not participate in South Sudan’s transition before resolution of states’ issue


February 12, 2020 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO refuses to participate in the new transitional government before resolving the contentious issue of the number of states, said the main peace partner on Wednesday.

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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (L) speaks to reporters after meeting President Salva Kiir in Juba, September 11, 2019 (JUBA)

The South Sudanese government led by President Salva Kiir rejected a compromise proposed by the IGAD Council of Minister to establish 23 states in South Sudan saying the 32 states are a popular demand.

Manawa Peter Gatkuoth SPLM-IO Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Information and Public Relations considered Kiir’s rejection of the IGAD proposal as a confirmation of his unwillingness to implement the revitalized peace agreement and an attempt to maintain the current situation.

"We do not expect that there will be stability in South Sudan or even a return of refugees from neighbouring countries because people have lost confidence in this regime and want change and democracy in the country as well as fair elections after the end of the transitional period," he told Sudan Tribune.

South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei and government spokesman they will form the government in all the cases on 22 February and proposed that the states’ issue be discussed during the constitution-making process or to consult people directly via a referendum.

Manawa for his part stressed that it was crucial to settle this contention before to move forward.

"President Salva Kiir’s insistence on the (32) states to satisfy and create jobs for his aides would bring the country back to war," he warned.

"The position of the SPLM-IO leadership is not to participate in the revitalized transitional government before implementing what was agreed (...), especially the deployment of an estimated number of unified forces that will ensure the security tasks beside an agreement on the number of states and their boundaries as provided in the revitalized peace pact and the Entebbe Agreement," he emphasized.

The Troika countries called on the South Sudanese make the needful efforts and to compromise on the critical issue of the number of states.

"A credible unity government needs to be inclusive as specified in the R-ARCSS and cannot be formed based on unilateral action," further stressed the joint statement by the government of the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway on Tuesday.

Constitutional amendments

The SPLM-Io official further pointed to the inclusion of the revitalized peace agreement in the current constitution.

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly should ratify the amendments to the TCRSS 2011 as amended and other Legislation relevant to this agreement, he said

"The SPLM-IO wondering how the regime wants to form the RTGUN without incorporating the agreement into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.?" He further said.

The SPLM-IO official regretted that the government of President Kiir seeks to mobilize public support for the 32 states

He said they expect in that President Kiir, his aides and ministers work nowadays to move the country towards reconciliation and healing. However, the peace spoilers within the regime are just busy dividing the country, he said.

"All demonstration we’re seeing here in Juba and some states are the only one organised and allowed by the SPLM IG because they are supporting the government Position".

"SPLM IO knows that’s there’s no political space for public and parties to express their views because the last anti-government protest was in Wau 2012 and people were killed," he added.


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  • 13 February 2020 09:16, by Midit Mitot

    IO vivaaaaaaa!

    How should we participated in that such a government while Kiir doesn,t want to reduces those fake state?

    Let Kiir and JCE form their own partial government but will end up like Kiir and Taban government in 2016.

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  • 13 February 2020 09:40, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Forming the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) without knowing the number of states and their internal boundaries is clear violation of the agreement. We need peace in this country. There are many mouth-price in the country who do not want institutional reforms

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    • 13 February 2020 10:51, by james john luka

      Ter Manyang,
      You are an Idiot who like saying the opposite, what peace are talking about? when your leaders and you keep changing their demands. number and boundaries are not the issue if you people need peace. Come form the government and we the citizen will go to the poll to settle it in ballot box period!!

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      • 13 February 2020 12:33, by Midit Mitot

        James John Luka,

        Every one in South Sudan knows your long term plan about these fake states. this is your plan below.

        1. 32 state will give JCE many MPs in the parliament where people can vote everything
        2. annexed other communities land to Dinka land
        3. All ares with oil are going be Dinka areas,

        Is this stupid plan will work? we will not accept it!

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        • 13 February 2020 13:43, by Tupac


          Oil is in Dinka Land but not for Dinka. It is for all people in South Sudan. During the ten States did the Equatorians Rebel because they don’t have oil in their land? This shows that you people are so greed on what is not in your land.

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        • 14 February 2020 14:23, by DumoMakuachdit

          We are here waiting for that very day the will form the so called formation of South Sudan government, this is whereby Kiir will smell a rat.

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  • 13 February 2020 10:30, by james john luka

    "President Salva Kiir’s insistence on the (32) states to satisfy and create jobs for his aides would bring the country back to war," Nonsense!!!

    Was it for jobs creation when Riek Machar Issued decree dissolving 10 states and create 21 states in December 2014? Fools like those of IOs Leaders and their supporters need to think twice before making uninformed decisions that backfire in a minute.

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    • 13 February 2020 12:29, by Midit Mitot

      James John Luka,

      Every one in South Sudan knows your long term plan about these fake states. this is your plan below.

      1. 32 state will give JCE many MPs in the parliament where people can vote everything
      2. annexed other communities land to Dinka land
      3. All ares with oil are going be Dinka areas,

      Is this stupid plan will work? we will not accept it!

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  • 13 February 2020 15:46, by Mayendit

    Let it formation of national unity government to be form without SPLM IO fuck them. This time, the President Salva Kiir Mayardit must go ahead forming government because Riek Machar Teny is not interested for peaceful coexistence and he doesn’t care the situation people are facing. Let us go ahead and if he wants war let it be because are getting tired about Riek Machar.

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    • 14 February 2020 07:46, by Midit Mitot


      Your message doesn,t make senses at all, Kiir and Taban formed their own government in 2016 without Dr Machar, Is that government working well now?

      You people doesn,t feel a shame!

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    • 14 February 2020 14:38, by DumoMakuachdit

      Mayen or whatsoever you are called,
      I heard someone talking that your Warrap government have calculated Akol Koor, chief for NS to takes power from Kiir in procedure of coup to silence other regions, if that is factual I beg never tries that please or else there will be no surviving Warrapians in South Sudan.

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  • 13 February 2020 15:58, by Mayendit

    I mean we are getting tired about Riek Machar Teny. This man look like human being but he is not. Those insisted number of States and boundaries to be done first are traitors people who wanted South Sudan nation to hand over to UN trusteeship fucking them. The Issue of the States and its boundaries are our internal Affairs that the South Sudanese people will have to decide through referendum votin

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  • 13 February 2020 20:15, by lino

    End of the Extension Game and beginning of Detention Game!!! The world should act against anyone refusing 10 States + Abyei Area. Transitional Constitution written in 2011 should be the base Laws of the Land... Period!!!

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  • 14 February 2020 22:31, by Awet Awet

    For you info the government will not be form on 22.2.2020 because some criteria for formation of govt were not met
    Let’s wait and time will prove who is liar 22.2.2020 will be missing.
    All the it formed will not be recognized by
    Torika countries

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