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Thousands of South Sudanese demonstrator called for Kiir removal from power in Washington DC on Tuesday

Thousands of South Sudanese diaspora from all over United States went on street in Washington DC Tuesday calling for the removal of President Kiir from power. Down-down Kiir, down-down genocidal President they chanted. The demonstration organized by civil societies across the United States protest the White House invitation of President Kiir who has killed ten of thousands of South Sudanese in South Sudan to US Africa summit.

The demonstrators mostly youth broke down in tears while chanting Kiir must go. The demonstration was taking place at a distance of 500 meters from the hotel JW Marriot where Kiir was staying. After the rally,

SPLM-California Chapter's members

Delaration of the California SPLM Chapter in San Diego to Supotthe SPLM/A in Oposition

The California’s SPLM Chapter members in San Diego have switched sides from supporting the government of the Republic of South Sudan and declared their support to SPLM/A in Opposition/Resistance Movement under the leadership of the commander in Chief Dr. Riek Machar……. Click for more details>>> California+SPLM+Chapter+Press+Release+July+15+2014
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SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM OF ALASKA, US

Alaska

Position Statement                                                   June 10, 2014

Following violence that erupted in South Sudan’s capital Juba on December 15, 2013, the Nuer local community and other S. Sudanese formed a team of volunteers in the State of Alaska, US. The members of the team were delegated to organize a rally of protest to condemn a mass killing of the Nuers in Juba on December 15, 2013 after fighting broke out among presidential guards. On December 18, 2013, the Nuer local community and other South Sudanese residents in Anchorage demonstrated through social media against ethnic massacres led by the government under President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

On January 12, 2014, team members convened a meeting to consult with South Sudanese residents in Anchorage, Alaska. All participants discussed and approved the team to function under the name of “South Sudan Crisis Response Team” (SSCRT) as a legitimate and recognized organization to conduct supportive activities and recommendations regarding current situations in South Sudan. Today, South Sudanese under SSCRT administration in Alaska are pleased to inform the public that they have switched their allegiance and support to Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) In Opposition faction led by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon,  who is the rebel leader. The motivation to make this decision has come as the result of peace initiatives being mediated in Ethiopia, and a federal system proposed by Dr. Riek Machar as a governance system for the people of South Sudan.

PEACE INITIATIVES:

S. Sudanese deserve to enjoy peace now instead of waging a second civil war against one another. Thousands of lives have been lost during civil war with the north for freedom, justice, democracy and equality for all people of Sudan. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in 2005 to end deadly war in the whole country. This resulted in secession of the South from the North Sudan when Southerners voted overwhelmingly for independence in 2011.  We have a clear commitment to the peace process in Ethiopia, and to the establishment of a federal system for South Sudan. Therefore, at this time, as citizens of South Sudan, in the State of Alaska, we announce that we will stand with SPLM/A In Opposition and support its leadership in any capacity possible.

FEDERAL SYSTEM:

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 with every Southern citizen expecting to have citizen’s rights, free expression, equal opportunity, prosperity, and fair justice. These have been denied by northern government since the independence of Sudan in 1956. Unfortunately, the government of South Sudan under the leadership of Salva Kiir Mayardit became the worst enemy of some ethnic groups of S. Sudan, due to cruel and hateful dictatorship in running the country. Therefore, this system needs to be replaced with federal system that would favor every citizen to enjoy the following: 1. Democracy, 2. Equality, 3. Justice, 4. Prosperity, 5. Economic Development, 6. Non-corruption, 7. Peace, and 8. Security.  To share these crucial benefits equally by all citizens of South Sudan, a federal system is indorsed and recommended by a majority of South Sudanese residents in the State of Alaska,

This position statement has been forwarded by the administrative office of the “South Sudan Crisis Response Team” (SSCRT) in the State of Alaska, United States of America.

For questions of clarification and comment, please feel free to reach the following team members, with their contact information which follows:

Names:                                                 Positions                           Contact information

  1. John Khak Bangout         Chair                                      (907) 575-7753
  2. Bajek Tharjiath Deng       Vice-Chair                         (907) 720-6309
  3. Peter Both Bithou             Secretary                            (907) 331-9905
  4. Thuok Chuol Bol                 Finance Secretary         (907) 231-4314
  5. Nyapak Jock Kek              Vice-Secretary                   (907) 331-8218
  6. Dicine Kulang Riek          Information Secretary    (907) 310-6776
  7. Peter Puch Deng             Team Advisor                       (907) 244-1539
  8. Nyakor Mading Kueth     Media Correspondent (907) 538-8752
  9. Rebecca Nyanam Ter     Communication Assistant  (907) 770-1620

WE SUPPORT:

  • SPLM/A In Opposition
  • Unity and lasting peace for South Sudan
  • The establishment of a Federal System for South Sudan
  • The leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, the beacon and prince of peace for blessing Nations of South Sudan.
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SPLM Canada Chapters disown Kiir and endorse Machar

By SST staff writers

Nairobi, Kenya, June 1, 2014 – On May 31, 2014, the SPLM Canada chapters unite and collectively disowned the SPLM chairman Salva Kiir Mayardit, endorsing Dr. Riek Machar as the leader of the SPLM party and the leader of the arms resistance.SPLM  Canada

In an elaborate press statement SST obtained, it reads, “we the SPLM Canada Chapters members want to make it clear to the people of South Sudan and the International Community that we cannot tolerate or honor a dictatorship with all kinds of human rights abuses.” The statement went continued with a chronological order of the regime committing human abuses.

According to the statement, more than 17,000 Nuer innocent civilian where massacred between 16 and 19 December 2014 in Juba.  In Bor, Jonglei, 145 women and children where gun down at UNMISS camp. In Mapel, Western Bahr El Ghazel, 220 Nuer military cadets were massacred. Moreover, Salva Kiir regime hired foreign mercenaries who came to the country to kill people in South Sudan especially in the region of Upper Nile just to keep the regime alive. Five months in to the conflict, a million have already been displaced and are facing hunger out in the open while the rainy season is looming.

“With all the above-mentioned facts, we the SPLM members from various chapters across Canada are convinced that the current regime under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Chairperson of our political party (SPLM) is not for the common interest of our people and the SPLM Party members.”

 

 

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM – In – Opposition)

Declaration of SPLM members and leaders in Canada (SPLM Chapters) to join SPLM-In-Opposition

Date: May 31, 2014

Revolutionary Greetings

Dear Comrades,

We salute you in the name of our beloved sovereign nation, the Republic of South Sudan and in the name of our political party, the SPLM Party. You might have already been thoroughly briefed on the political nature of the aggression presently occurring in our country. You have learned and are aware about the unfolding situation and the genocide that has been deliberately carried out by the government of South Sudan under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.  This war which was imposed on the people of South Sudan by the regime in Juba has not only devastated the whole country but brought shame and profound humiliation to the people of South Sudan in general, and particularly to the SPLM Party members. This is a war that has been preplanned for a long time within the inner circle of SPLM Party by few individuals whose aim is to impose their person ambition on the people of South Sudan.

On December 15, 2013, the secret strategic plan of targeting people from the Nuer tribe was executed by privately trainedethnic base militias from Warrap and Northern Bhar El-Ghazal (Aweil) states with the help of South Sudan National Security Forces in Juba which has resulted in ethnic massacre and army division, which more than 17,000 people from the Nuer ethnic group alone were arbitrary targeted and murdered in cold blood. Despite numerous attempts made by some concerned citizens within and outside of the SPLM Party, the chairman of our political party and president of our country did not heed the call of the citizens and of the stakeholders in order to save the country from the imminent danger. The President and the regime opposed all attempts to bring democracy and good governance and instead, the regime and president decided to rule the country with iron fists. Ill advises from wrong advisors and wrong elements within the president’s inner circle; whose objective is to see the fulfilment of their selfish ambitions, have surpassed the wishes of the majority of the SPLM Party members and the people of South Sudan.

The level of crimes committed during our struggle against the successive regimes in Khartoum did not reach to the same level where the crimes committed by South Sudan Government against its people in Juba on December 15-19/2014 have reached. The regime does not even differentiate those who are its loyal supporters from those who are its staunch opponents. It doesn’t care, for as long as you are from a certain ethnic group perceived to be a threat to the government; your life is in danger.  The following events expose the intentions of the government and clearly describe the real nature of what is taking place.

The murdering of more than 17,000 innocent Nuer people in Juba between December 15-19, 2014 in which government war tanks and heavy military vehicles were used to crash down alive Nuer innocent women and children simply because they were Nuer.

The massacre of about 145 Nuer IDPs in Bor town initiated and organised by the government of South Sudan and the plan was executed and put into action by Dinka Bor Youth, with direct help from the organised forces under the command of Lt. General Malual Ayom

Murdering of 220 Nuer trainees in Mapel, Western Bhar El-Ghazal State in which unarmed Nuer government soldiers who considered themselves part of the government and loyal supporters to the president and the regime were cold bloodily murdered by their trainers and the people who were supposed to protect their lives. This is a horrible event that sent out a strong signal to all those who considered themselves loyal supporters to the government that no matter how hard you try to please the government or the president, your life is at stake/risk as long as you are from an ethnic group perceived to be a threat to the regime.

The hiring of foreign troops (Mercenaries) whose primary interest is not only to help President Salva Kiir finishing off his fellow countrymen but to see that their own interest of wanting the people of South Sudan remain in status quo of being incapable of standing on their own economically and educationally. The real intention of some of the foreign troops fighting rebels in South Sudan is to kill everyone perceived to be an obstacle to their dirty project they have planned to implement in the near future in South Sudan. The use of internationally banned weapons such as “The Cluster Bomb” is a clear indication of ultimate goal of President Salva Kiir’s allies. The Cluster Bomb used by President Kiir’s allies (the Uganda) will have long lasting harmful impacts not only the people who were exposed to it during the confrontation but also to the residents of the local areas where the Bomb exploded.

The untold suffering of civilians residing at the IDPs camps across various states in South Sudan where 90% are people from the Nuer ethnic group. The life of these people is always at risk from government soldiers who openly attack them with guns and tanks.

With all the above-mentioned facts, we the SPLM members from various chapters across Canada are convinced that the current regime under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Chairperson of our political party (SPLM) is not for the common interest of our people and the SPLM Party members.

We the SPLM Canada Chapters members want to make it clear to the people of South Sudan and the International Community that we cannot tolerate or honor a dictatorship with all kinds of human rights abuses. Therefore, we voluntarily express our collective solidarity to join the Democratic Freedom Fighters (People’s Revolution), and we are calling for democratic reforms to restore peace, rule of law and unity among South Sudanese citizens at home and in Diasporas under the SPLM In-Opposition leads by Dr. Riek Machar Teny.  We also urge the people of South Sudan, local leaders, friends and our allies to give us their solid supports, participations and their continuous contribution for freedom, democracy, and prosperity.

As you recall for our long historical struggle against the successive Islamic Regimes in the Old Sudan, we came out of it through the conduct of South Sudan Referendum of January 9, 2011, where the majority of our citizens overwhelmingly voted 98.8% for secession. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation with defined national borders and territorial sovereignty in Africa. We strongly felt our hard work of fifty years of struggle and the loss of 2.5 million lives had been paid off. Nevertheless, the oppression didn’t end with the independence as we thought.  A new institutionalization of tribalism immediately emerged under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Therefore, we strongly reject the institutionalization of tribalism, dictatorship, political censorship, injustice, violation of National Transitional Constitution, Human rights abuses and the like. Thus, we are determined to fight to achieve true democracy to transform South Sudan into a Free State through the rule of law, accountability, and transparency in the governance system, and the establishment of federalism base on decentralization system.

“Federalism (Federal) System”

What is federalism, and why is it considered to be good for the Republic of South Sudan?  We convince with one of Canada’s foremost constitutional experts, Honourable Eugene A. Forsey who explained in 1904-91 that, “A federal state is one that brings together a number of different political communities with a common government for common purposes, and separate state or provincial…..governments for the particular purpose of each community”. For instance, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, [and Ethiopia] are all federal states. Federalism combines unity with diversity, it provides, as Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, said, “A general government and legislature for general purposes with local governments and legislatures for local purposes”(1867). South Sudan will not be a viable state without legitimate system or party, SPLM used to b but declined.

Political parties:

South Sudanese wanted to realize that government system could not work without political parties whether two or more.  Federal parties were not created by any law, though they are recognized by the law. We the people created them as we did to create the SPLM Party in 1983. All political parties are voluntary associations for the people who hold broadly similar opinions on public questions. SPLM Party cannot bring public trust from members and citizens under the current regime in Juba unless we, the members transform it by all means and for all options”. We call upon those who still serve under a dying regime to quit and recall their freedoms from a dictator.

We wish all our brothers and sisters from the SPLM under President Kiir’s leadership good luck, and we thanks and appreciate those whom we served and those who served us for all this time.

Thank you all!

 

The Under Signed Names are the leaders from various SPLM Chapters (Party) across Canada:

  1. Samuel Hoth Dak – Chairperson, Provincial Secretariat, Saskatchewan
  2. John Jok Dawech – Deputy chairperson, Provincial Secretariat, Alberta, Canada
  3. Ruth Thomas Maluit – Secretary for Finance, Ontario Provincial Secretariat
  4. Kang Kok Thach – General Secretary, Provincial Secretariat, Alberta Canada
  5. Tor Gach Malou – Secretary for Youth League, Provincial Secretariat, Alberta Canada
  6. Yohana Jock Duop Wur – Chairperson, Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada
  7. John Chuol Bol –Chairperson, SPLM Chapter Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  8. Gattuor Loch Pakam – Chapter Leader, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  9. William Deng Loach – Chapter Leader, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  10. David Kim Mark – Chapter Secretary for Finance, Greater Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  11. Jack Koang Hoth – Chapter Secretary for Finance, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  12. Thomas Tut Kun – Former Chapter Leader, Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada
  13. Riek Both – Former Chairperson, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  14. Simon Taidor Mach – Volunteer member, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  15. Mayang Gattuor Kun – Volunteer member, Greater Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

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Nuer twenty bodies, showed up at Juba Teaching hospital today with no heads.

Breaking news: They are Nuer, they are twenty bodies, forty hands, all showed up at Juba Teaching hospital today with no heads.

Juba, South Sudan: May 31, 2014:  About twenty young Nuer men went missing as on Saturday morning in Juba. Believed to have perished at 107 areas north east of Juba, the news circled around about the missing people.

Shortly this afternoon, twenty bodies showed up at Juba teaching hospital with no head and no names.

Recently, the government of Salva Kiir Mayardit has stepped up the campaign of luring young people back to their dismantled houses in Juba. He achieved this campaign by using the Nuer loyal to him to talk to their families and friends to come back to their home they left last year in December.

While life at the UNMISS compound is rather tough as the rainy season kicked in, these vulnerable Nuer succumbed to the idea of going back to their areas evening knowing the grave consequences loomed a head. Some have listened and moved out. Now they are paying the prices.  According to Juba, every dawn breaks in Juba with a body of Nuer man body lying dead at the dumping grown.

Today, twenty bodies showed up at Juba teaching hospital. All bodies are believed to be the missing Nuer men at the 107 areas. No heads or names tags which make it impossible for families and friends to recognize the bodies. In a capital where police is turn into a tribal watchdog for tribal elites leaders, the missing bodies will number be investigated?

There is no police investigation, no accountability for missing bodies. And if there is one, 99% of the so call police personnel in Juba are predominantly Dinka. It can be investigated but the fake results will be return back to Dinka police station. Say one of the Nuer at UNMISS camp in Juba. While we’re waiting for the resumption of peace talk in Addis Ababa, this is what Salva Kiir and his cliques are doing to Nuer innocents in Juba.

 

Dr. Machar and Kenyatta

Kenyatta assured Machar of his commitment to support the formation of transitional government in South Sudan

STATEMENT BY H.E. PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA AFTER HOLDINGTALKS WITH FORMER SOUTH SUDAN VICE-PRESIDENT DR. RIEK MACHAR AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI, 30TH MAY 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen, As am sure you are aware, over the last few days we have had a guest amongst us. As Kenyans well know, the people of South Sudan and the people of Kenya are one people. And our desire is to ensure that the people of SouthSudan are able to return to normalcy, stability and for all of us in this region to work together for our mutual prosperity.
Towards that end, I want to thank my brother here for agreeing to visit Kenya and meet with us because we all see a way forward in getting a solution to the problems currently bedeviling South Sudan. Indeed, I take this opportunity to commend my brother for signing the 9th of  May agreement, his dedication to the cessation of hostilities and to full humanitarian access to all people of South Sudan.
We are glad that the agreement recognizes the need for inclusion of all stakeholders in finding a permanent solution to the problems facing SouthSudan. I take this opportunity to welcome my brother, and his entire team, to remain robustly engaged in contributing, in good faith, to a framework for political settlement to the current crisis in South Sudan.
We are encouraged that you are committed to the achievement of a government system that will allow sustainable peace and development in South Sudan. It is, therefore, crucial and critical that all parties remain committed to our IGAD’s driven negotiations, and to the agreement and formation of a transitional government of national unity. We, in the IGAD  community, will continue to give this process every support and encouragement that we can, and you can continue to rely on us.
In conclusion, I say once again that the only interest that Kenya ( and indeed the region ” has is a peaceful, stable and prosperous South Sudan that contributes not only to the wellbeing of its people but also to the growth and development of the entire region. Thank you.

IN ADDIS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE MORE ABOUT THEIR POCKETS, NOT FOR PEACE

May 29, 2014 (Melbourne, Australia) In consideration of the newly leaked information, what then is the incentive of government of SS’s  RSS code of Armchief negotiator Mr Nhial Deng Nhial to bringing peace to this already malnourished country? To those of us whose sanity is still intact would agree that the man has ZERO incentive to speed up any process that will see this country go back to its normalcy, where there would for once be some kind of accountability.   It has been leaked that the man is receiving what is apparently known as “daily subsistence allowance (DSA) of over $2000 per day, which if true, sees him go home with nearly a whopping $60,000 a month!.  Where else in the world would a public servant make that money in a month? These are the reasons our country is not getting anywhere because the people responsible on the side of the government are only too concerned about their pockets above our lives.
Meanwhile this same body allegedly contracted a very well-known private military/security firm, based in South Africa. This firm is famous for lending its services (for large sum of money) to those who  want to get away with something they are not entitle to, pretty much what Kiir and his group of businessmen are doing to our beloved  county to date.  This firm can carry out anything from assassinating opponents through to lending their spectacular combating skills gained over the years as these people are alleged to be military personnel, to join forces in a mercenary to being becoming hit men arrangements.  In the case of South Sudan, those “gangs of self-service” currently in charge of genocide and disappearance of South Sudan’s assets and its complete destruction before our very own eyes, have allegedly, (with the help of a renowned international author who has dipped his nose deep in the affairs of south Sudan, and conveniently employed as a payroll officer of one of the Juba killers) wired $5 million of your money to this military/security firm, to get rid of Kiir’s political opponents, regardless of their tribal backgroun so long as they are not in the good books of Kiir. You’d have to be a silly duffer if you won’t show concerns of the successful implementation of this deal because your sons, mothers and husbands are being a hired ‘hit men’.
First and foremost warning goes to Nuer people.   Whilst this plan was primarily set up to target those known Nuer rebels, it is also alleged that it will take care of those Nuer who have been brain washed to call themselves ‘the best of the bad bunch’, as well as those other few and brave men and women from other communities who stood up for the truth.  Needless to state the obvious that, those in the circle of Kiir’s “friendship of benefits” should start getting in the habit of checking that your heads are still attached as Malong, Kuol, Telar, Makuei, Akol Koor Kuc and company  have only few nerves left and therefore do not give a feather about who is siding with Kiir/kill.
Coming to the deal of century between the government and Yau Yau, Reverend General David Yau Yau, what a useful man in the history of South Sudan? This man was a rebel and tormented the government for years since he was overstepped in the 2010 election results, have been denied any recognition at all and as far the government is concerned, have collaborated with the enemy to destabilised SS; were sent countless battalions of the mighty SPLA to capture and destroyed, THEN miraculously, his cause is recognized after the government’s failure to capture the very same state he was denied victory of?.  Would this have anything to do with the government’s needing to use the lives of those Murlees that Kiir wished could crush to their last bones only 12 months ago, the Cobra battalion to destroy Jonglei?..you bet!. So then if I were Yau Yau I’d be asking, why should my bribe prize be to destroy my state, the very same state I was denied leadership of only a few years ago? I hope (he) Reverend General David Yau Yau still remembers very well what had happened to his dear friend George Athor, like Dr John, both men perished between the hands of Kiir and Museveni’s UPDF!. This demonstrates the level of desperation the gunmen in Juba are willing to go to finish our country to it is last man standing so long as they still guarantees them ‘leadership’.
Kiir and co knows that they are going down as can be seen in their desperation trying everything under the sun in a hope to cling to power; even if that means lighting the first fire that will start the third world war they will. I could not conclude without drawing your attention to the recent diplomatic ploy of sending Marial to Russia in demonstration of this point….yes, Russia he paid a diplomat visit to… of all places?  In all honestly I have nothing against Russia, I think the guy (Putin) has done great for his country and deserve to be applauded but if I remember correctly, South Sudan was brought into existence by many factors but jees, I think forming friendship with Russia on your last bit of pickle with America is an obvious attempt to start chopping off the hands that are feeding!  The monster that US itself raised has now flexed its muscles destroying everything made for it.  If this is not daring its master to pull the last plug attached to its power, than I don’t know what is. So much for legitimately demon-structured gunmen show!
Bhan Riek is an independent analyst in South Sudan issues.

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Looking after special guests from S. Sudan

By LILLIAN ONYANGO

Former political detainee, Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth, former South Sudan ambassador to Washington (Video: via Daily Nation)

May 28, 2014(Nairobi, Kenya) — They were flown from cold cells and solitary confinement in Juba, South Sudan, to State House, Nairobi, and later moved to the Sh1 million-a-month Windsor Park Villas on Kigwa Road.

Each of the double-storey villas sits on 0.25 acres next to the ritzy Windsor Golf and Country Club, in a gated community, whose residents have full access to the golf club and the ritzy hotel. Owning one of the villas  will set you back by Sh62 million, according to an on-line advert.

Such is the five-star treatment the Government of Kenya accords Mr Pagan Okiech, General Oyay Ajak and Dr Majak Atem. The four are a part of the 11 former officials in President Salva Kiir’s government now residing in Kenya.

The men ensconced in Windsor Villas had been accused of planning to overthrow the government after Africa’s youngest state exploded into a civil war but were released in a deal brokered by President Uhuru Kenyatta, underlining their strategic role in what will become of war-torn South Sudan.

“We are getting the best services here. While in prison, we were only allowed to leave our cells when going to court,” says Mr Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, a former South Sudan Ambassador to the United States, and the only member of the group who spoke to us.

PRESIDENT’S GUESTS

In custody, he preferred food from his wife; not prison grime. Now he only needs to pick up the phone to order the choicest of morsels and describes his lot as “guests of the President.”

The goriest face of the South Sudan conflict was the Bentui massacre that happened when Dr Machar’s forces captured the capital of the oil-rich Unity State on April 22. More than 200 civilians were butchered in bloodletting reminiscent of the Rwandan massacre.

While maintaining that Dr Machar couldn’t have targeted civilians, Mr Gatkuoth says: “Human rights violations have been committed by both sides. The killings should be investigated and those responsible should be held to account.”

In an exclusive interview with the Nation, Mr Gatkuoth wore the look of a man removed from his motherland obviously in deep thought about the bloodshed back home.

He says he and 11 other former political detainees from South Sudan are trying to unite South Sudanese after the bloody fallout between President Kiir and his then Vice-President, Dr Machar.  The 11, he adds, had no hand in the fighting that broke out in December, but reiterates their call for a transition government.

Under the watchful eyes and protection of Kenyan security men in the quiet surroundings, the group spends day after day thinking about how to stop the war in a country Mr Gatkuoth describes as “being enveloped in desperation”.

“Juba is not the place it used to be. It was booming. People were making money. Businesses are collapsing and investors are not coming back for fear that fighting could break out any time,” he says.

We ask him what went wrong and why the country could not learn a lesson after 25 years of civil war with the north, now a separate state.

“Lack of tolerance and visionary leadership from Salva Kiir’s government,” he explains.

Mr Kiir has led South Sudan under the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement since 2011 with Dr Machar as his Vice-President. He sacked him in 2013 and dissolved the Cabinet, precipitating the current crisis.

“This one (the fighting) had been coming since 2011 when we had our independence,” says Mr Gatkuoth.

“The army is split into two factions — one supporting Machar and the other, Kiir. The whole leadership is in a shambles,” he says.

The oil-rich nation has not known peace since it seceded from Sudan. In 2012, it was caught up in a dispute with Khartoum over  the oil-rich regions such as Heglig and Abyei. Then its own people turned against one another in a battle of ethnic supremacy.

UNDER DURESS

“Machar is a Nuer and Kiir a Dinka. Since 2005 they have navigated through difficulties and contradictions while working together until July 9, 2011, when we broke away from Sudan and the two formed the government,” says Mr Gatkuoth, who is allied to the Machar faction.

“Even the Judges of the special court were about to dismiss the case on April 30. They were going to acquit us. But they were advised by the legal team from the Ministry of Justice not to allow the government to be embarrassed. And on April 24 we were released quoting ‘for the sake of peace and reconciliation’ but that was not the case,” he said.

Since then, Machar and Kiir were engaged in peace talks in Addis Ababa this month they signed a ceasefire deal in Addis Ababa which they violated before the ink could dry up. Kiir alleged that he signed he put pen on paper because Ethiopian authorities threatened to detain both him and Machar but Machar said no such thing happened.

READ: We signed under duress.

“There are many options such as a transition government which will pave the way for elections and the country can even get a good constitution in the meantime. This transition can be led by both sides or by a neutral team which will allow for negotiations and reconciliation for the people of South Sudan,” says Mr Gatkuoth.

“The killings have taken us back to square one and we have to go back to the drawing board.”

Mr Gatkuoth says Machar does not want war.

“Peace is the only option we have and that is why they signed the May 9 agreement in Addis. If Kiir is not committed to it, he has to be made to honour to the agreement,” adds Mr Gatkuoth, who repeated the phrase “It is not business as usual in South Sudan” over 10 times during the interview.

“I am sure Kiir, like the rest of us should be for peace, as nobody is interested in the destructive fighting which nobody will win anyway and further disintegrate the country.”

It is not clear how long the group will be in Kenya but it is not in a hurry to go back to Juba because their lives are in danger.

The source is from: Courtesy of daily Nation

Machar is the nation’s legitimate leader. He rebuffs direct talks with Museveni despite being in the bush

The leader of the SPLM-in-Opposition Riek Machar has rejected efforts by the widow of the late SPLM founder John Garang to get him to talk to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the East African reported on Saturday.

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The Nairobi-based newspaper belonging to the Nation Media Group reported that the South Sudanese rebel leader ‘snubbed’ attempts by the Ugandan leader to talk with him over the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

“President Museveni’s invitation follows consistent pressure from John Garang’s widow Rebecca Nyandeng, who sources say has met and held talks with the President nine times in the past five months,” the paper reported.

SPLM-in-Opposition has demanded that Uganda withdraw its troops from South Sudan, but Uganda has said this will have to wait until deployment of a regional mission of IGAD troops.

The two leaders are also said to have ‘personal’ differences.

Museveni deployed troops to South Sudan soon after the outbreak of conflict in the country in December 2013. He vowed that he would help President Salva Kiir ‘defeat’ the opposition leader Riek Machar.