JUBA Accuses Machar of trying to bring more troops and arms… hence delayed arrival again

Different Sources, APR/19/2016, SSN;

South Sudan’s government says that SPLM-IO Chairman Riek Machar did not respect his commitment to arrive in Juba this week as planned.

The Juba-based government said that it made all necessary preparations for the reception of Machar in Juba this week, according to a press statement by the Ministry of Information.

The statement accuses Machar of trying to bring with him to Juba “an arsenal of arms, inter alia, anti-tanks, laser-guided missiles an heavy machine guns.”

“The protection force of the 1st vice president designate of 350 is already on the ground with all their armaments. He does not need any additional armed forces or arms in Juba,” reads the statement.

For their part, the SPLM-IO have blamed logistical problems for the delay of Machar’s arrival.

According to a statement issued by his office yesterday, Dr Machar couldn’t move from Pagak, eastern Upper Nile State, because of “incomplete logistics”.

“The chairman and commander- in-chief of the SPLM/A in opposition Dr Machar will not travel to Juba today as planned due to incomplete logistical arrangement,” the statement reads in part. Dr Machar was supposed to be sworn in as the first vice president, a key part of the peace process that seeks to end a two-years civil war.

BBC AFRICA, APR/18/2016;

The expected return of South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital, Juba, has been delayed for a second time because of rain.
He had been due on Monday morning, to take up the post of first vice-president, a key part of the peace process aimed at ending more than two years of civil war.
His spokesman said he was initially delayed because of logistical reasons.
Head of the rebel negotiating team Taban Deng told the BBC the initial delay was because a second plane was needed for Mr Machar’s army chief, who had been due to travel on Sunday.

TheEastAfrican: APR/18/2016: South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar’s highly-anticipated return to the capital Juba, to take up the role of vice president, was delayed on Monday, his spokesman said, citing “logistical reasons”.

“We are committed to the peace agreement, but there have been logistical issues and the first vice president, Riek Machar, will come tomorrow,” spokesman William Ezekiel said.

Machar’s return to Juba and swearing-in as President Salva Kiir’s deputy will mark an important step in a floundering August 2015 deal to end the country’s civil war.

The agreement is seen as the best hope yet for ending more than two years of fighting that have left the world’s youngest nation in chaos and pushed it to the brink of famine.
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By WALTER MENYA, DailyNation, Kenya, SUNDAY, APR/17/2016;

In Summary:
*The return of South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar to Juba is anxiously anticipated even as uncertainty remains less than 24 hours to the significant step in the August 2015 peace deal to end the civil war.
**Despite Machar indicating he would be in Juba on Monday, sources at the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, told the Nation that there were outstanding issues that could delay his arrival.
***At least 1,370 soldiers and key political leaders allied to Machar’s SPLM-In-Opposition have arrived in Juba as part of the August 2015 peace deal ahead of his return to take up his vice president position in the transitional government.
****This is expected to ease tension and end the conflict that has taken an ethnic slant – largely involving Kiir’s Dinka and Machar’s Nuer communities – and triggered a humanitarian crisis in the country that gained independence from Sudan in 2011. More than 700,000 people are thought to have been displaced, with at least 50,000 arriving at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

Despite Machar indicating he would be in Juba on Monday, sources at the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, told the Nation that there were outstanding issues that could delay his arrival.

The official at the commission, which is chaired by the former president of Botswana President Festus Mogae, said the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement government of President Salva Kiir (right) “has not made all the arrangements Machar wants before his return”.

At least 1,370 soldiers and key political leaders allied to Machar’s SPLM-In-Opposition have arrived in Juba as part of the August 2015 peace deal ahead of his return to take up his vice president position in the transitional government.

This is expected to ease tension and end the conflict that has taken an ethnic slant – largely involving Kiir’s Dinka and Machar’s Nuer communities – and triggered a humanitarian crisis in the country that gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

More than 700,000 people are thought to have been displaced, with at least 50,000 arriving at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

Machar’s deputy Alfred Ladu Gore arrived in Juba on Tuesday, but the Nation has learnt that top of the issues Machar’s side wants addressed before his return are his security and swearing-in date.

The rebels have apparently indicated that they want Machar to assume office immediately he arrives in Juba before holding talks with President Kiir on the formation of the transitional government.

Thereafter, the two leaders would visit the mausoleum of John Garang, who is acknowledged as the father of the nation, as a sign of unity.

However, the government appears to have its own plans, a stand confirmed by South Sudan Charge d’Affaires in Nairobi James Morgan.

“He will not be sworn-in immediately but after the final touches to the agreement are verified. The President will not meet him on Monday, but they will of course meet after the two parties and other stakeholders decide and deem it necessary to do so,” he said by phone.

“When we went to Khartoum in 2005 with John Garang, he was not sworn in immediately.”

The Machar camp has also been apprehensive about security. The initial plan was that Machar would fly directly from Nairobi, where he and some of his allies have been based, to Juba.

However, he inexplicably flew to Ethiopia before travelling to the South Sudanese town of Pagak, a rebel stronghold, earlier in the week.

The fluid situation has been heightened by fears that top SPLM generals were reluctant to work with Machar – and could be plotting to arrest him.

The situation was not helped by the arrest on Tuesday of 16 people, part of the rebels’ advance team, who were gathering in Juba to wait Mr Gore’s arrival.

Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said they were arrested “for moving around without coordinating with security personnel”.

Even though they were released, Amnesty International on Friday called on the government to end arbitrary detentions.

Amnesty said it had compiled a list of 35 men detained in the Jebel neighbourhood of Juba for months.

Morgan was cagey about whether President Kiir’s government would send a team to receive Machar.

“You know Machar’s men have been in Juba since end of last year. You also know Machar’s people inside the UN Mission in South Sudan will be there to meet him. Besides, the government has set up a reception committee,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Foreign ministry has urged the protagonists in South Sudan to respect the peace deal.

“Each has an obligation to abide and implement the agreement,” PS Monica Juma said.

The agreement was signed in August 2015 after a threat of sanctions from the UN.

Besides the formation of the transitional government, the agreement also called for fighting to stop immediately though there have been sporadic attacks.

15 Comments

  1. deng Deng says:

    Less than 1500 IO men, didn’t the agreement say about 3000 soldiers?

    Both sides must stick to the agreement – show Good Will. More so the government which obviously has substantially more forces available.

    • Gatdarwich says:

      Deng Deng,

      Dr. Riek is rumored to be in indefinite detention in Pagak–because of the Killer NyanKiir’s refusal to permit General Gatwech Dual to travel to Juba ahead of Dr. Riek’s return.
      According to security arrangements provision, the general Chiefs of staff for SPLA-IG and SPLA-IO must inspect and verify that Juba is fully demilitarized before Dr. Riek’s arrival there.
      Killer NyanKiir and Jenge warlord, Malong Awan are squarely responsible for all these inconveniences period

  2. Gatdarwich says:

    Good news, really great news. Dr. Machar needed indefinite detention in Pagak, then, General Lado can immediately assumes the SPLA-IO’s chairmanship role—be sworn in as the 1st Vice President period

  3. alex says:

    If spla-in opp generals detain Machar , then that is a self suicide mission. We S. Sudanese should work for peace and unity.
    Our people are tired of senseless war. There is no point of detaining Machar and I do not know why some people are happy for such malicious rumours. Peace has been signed there is no reverse.

    • Gatdarwich says:

      Alex,

      Don’t be a shameless hypocrite. When did Dr. Riek magically become a darling to your likes?

      Just wholeheartedly join Gatdarwich in supporting this celebratory news.

      • alex says:

        Machar has sign peace already so he have to come to Juba
        I am not his supporter but I didn’t want the peace to be spoiled by anti peace camp. If Machar’ group choose to renegade the agreement, it exposes your lairs. The world is watching so failure to comply will give us the right to deal with coup plotters

  4. False Millionaire says:

    Gadarwich,
    That’s an irresponsible chiken behavior.
    What’s the common sense in your assertion after losing countless numbers of lives from 1991 and 2013 becouse of Dr Riak’s power ambition?
    Dr Riak must take the centeral role in the implementation of the compromise peace agreement to pre-empte the nonesense from nuer elites like u who will turn around and say it’s equatorian who is implementing the peace and it’s irrelevant to nuer’s wishes.

    • Gatdarwich says:

      False Millionaire,

      Gatdarwich is not an elitist, but a career infantryman-mere foot soldier. The term “elite” is non-existence in Gatdarwich’s league full stop
      Also, there is absolutely nothing wrong with strategically taking Dr. Riek out of equation because the full implementation of signed peace deal between the SPLA-IG and SPLA-IO doesn’t necessarily–solely depends on Dr. Riek’s participation–playing an obstructive central role in it! We don’t really need Dr. Riek in fixing killer NyanKiir’s and the Jenges Council of Evils’ political careers–messes period
      In short, I have great faith in General Lado, and shall superbly executes the First V. P’s assigned duties without reservations period

  5. Santino Akec says:

    Dr Riak must come to Juba if he need peace.

  6. Hi,Guys:

    The Southerners did receive independence from the Sudan Central Government Regime Based in North in Khartoum on September 11,2001 through the means of peace.But it was not through the means of ARMY VICTORIES! President Omer El Beshir and the late Dr.John Garang De Mabiour,they had chosen the peace as the best solution for the warring parties for the peace in the Sudan since each of them was considered to be a winner for the war!!!!

    The war led by the late Dr.John Garang De Mabiour,it was TOO ILLUSIVE!!!! Garang fought the war,he was running out of KNOWLEDGE MOST! President Salva Kirr did ascend in power on peace talk agreement! He should not distance himself from the so call Jieng Elders Council if there are any! They are misleading him most!

    Army: The generals in the SPLA in army,should distant themselves away in politics totally!!!!! The Army Chief of Staff Mr.Paul Malong Awan, he is TOO SMALL POLITICS! He will never and ever be a ruler in the South Sudan in front of God in military and in politics! I need peace at home! Our people are not sleeping in the country!They are very innoncent! They are too suffering in this senseless war!

    Riak should come home without any fear at all!President Salva Kirr,is not harm him at all! He is not make a terrible mistake in his life! The ball is on his court!!! Thank you! Love yourselves! Do not love violence!

    ONGELT VILLAGE,TORIT, SOUTH SUDAN AFRICA!

  7. abai okwahu says:

    folks, verification of spla troop numbers in juba by jmec was supposed to take place a day after riek machar arrived juba (tuesday april 19). who ever thought this was a good idea? how can machar feel safe when he finds out that there are actually tens of thousands of spla soldiers in juba, outnumbering his security forces by a ratio of almost 100:1. machar could be killed and there would only be condemnation by the international community and life goes on, if you do not believe this is a possibility just take a look at the killing of thomas sankara of burkina faso, no one has gone to jail for his murder. perhaps machar is better-off in pagak to run a parallel government with a separate army and representatives in parliament in juba for the duration of the transitional period. it is a win-win situation for everyone (kiir, machar, citizens).

  8. alex says:

    I think Machsr’s life is more important than that of the poor white army and the advance team members. He is a messiah of spla-in opp. Does this man really care about his people. I am surprised that Khartoum id the one to provide one of the plane to transport Machar. People like to be in slavery. Ha ha ha Khartoum’s agents. I urge thr S Sudanase to continue to support our Nuba and Dafourians in their struggle for justices anf equality.

  9. Gatdarwich says:

    Abai,

    Great idea. Machar can stay in Pagak for the duration of 30 months–only his representatives can be stationed in Juba. Killer NyanKiir and Malong can travel to Pagak to sworn in Dr. Riek as F.V.P there.

  10. Southdan says:

    Yes False Millionaire, Dr.Machar ambition for power.however Dinka propaganda that he had killed 2 millions people in Bor 1991 is not true, yes South Sudanese had been fighting one another since 1983-1991-2013, whom can you blamed as one causing the death of 1983-1991-2013?
    1. Dr John Garang D-Mabiour was a dictator leadership advocates for new Sudan or new (South Sudan) which will be rule by Dinka for 100yrs.
    2. Dr Machar is a democracy advocates how want South Sudan independent form Arab tyranny.
    Who will prevent Dr Reik Machar from being power ambitious, while Dr John Garang D-Mabiour was ambition to rule (new South Sudan 100yrs, President Kiir ambition to assassinate Dr John Garang and Jeing Elders council ambition to loot country wealths.

  11. Gatdarwich says:

    Southdan,

    No single Bor civilian was killed in Bor areas by the SPLA-Nasir in 1991.

    The pictures of the dead Bor Jenges that were meticulously compiled by Killer NyanKiir and treasonous Kuol Manyany as physical evidence of–Bor massacred–were in reality pictures of those who slowly die of starvation in Bor areas in 1991. Take a good look at the supposedly 1991 Bor Massacre pictures-videos–and, you won’t miss the stark reality of hunger that slowly killed those Bor peasants.

    Remember the hunger hit hard in Bor areas in 1991.

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