The South Sudanese civil societies coalition in Nairobi demand for resuscitation of August peace agreement and replacement of JMEC chairperson Festus Mogae

We the undersigned South Sudanese civil society coalitions in Diasporas calls the peace grantors IGAD, AU, TROIKA and UN Security Council to resuscitate the compromised peace agreement, allow Dr. Riek Machar to come back to South Sudan and join his comrade, president Salva Kiir, to declare unanimous permanent ceasefire in the nation as a viable solution to end hindrance four years political crisis.

In reference to intolerable continuous military offensive between two warring factions and subsequent all-out violations of key provisions of the compromised peace agreement signed in August 17th 2015.

The civil societies are so outraged and frustrated by prejudiced decision from the peace partners of holding Dr. Machar hostage in South Africa without giving any public testimonial to South Sudanese citizens on such disturbing man-made catastrophe that’s detrimental to the country, undermining the citizens’ rights and national democracy.

However, we demand immediate replacement of the chairperson of JMEC, Mr. Festus Mogae, due to his bias performance of being not abiding by the IGAD’s principles and neutrality of international obligations toward the implementation of peace accord since July 8 2016 fighting.

Mr. Mogae failed to condemn and report to UN Security Council all violations of peace agreement such as crimes committed against civilians and serious military offensives in Upper Nile and Equatoria region perpetuated by the two warring factions.

Secondly, his meeting with rebel leader Dr. Machar in South Africa, to declare ceasefire outside of the country while he had already recognized Mr. Taban Deng Gai as the first vice president was a contradictory action to compromised peace agreement.

For permanent ceasefire to be achieved in war-torn South Sudan, IGAD and peace partners should rationally consider and implement this national call without giving any political pre-conditions or delaying tactics.

Failure for regional and international partners to deliberate those magnificent weights, the South Sudanese citizens both at home and Diaspora will forcefully conduct an open-end mass demonstration to express their enshrined constitutional right.

However, we would like to give IGAD one month ultimatum to bring back the parties in conflict on the negotiation table in order to condense the linger suffering of innocent civilians.

We welcome the arrival of the first batch of regional troops in Juba on Sunday 4/30th/2017. And we appeal to international community to expedite the transportation of remaining forces for worthy return of all stakeholders who are part of signatories to the agreement.

Finally, we condemn in the strongest terms the upsurge atrocities committed by army actors engineering regular displacement; aggressive killing and raping of innocent civilians that disrespected both the national and international law.

We are appealing to warring parties to refrain from pursuing destructive military means, rather than to protect civilians and prioritize peaceful co-existence.

BY the following Groups:
1- Achut Foundation (Save the Girl-Child)
2- Congress of South Sudanese Patriots for Peace and Reconciliation
3- South Sudan Peace Coalition, and
4- Youth Pioneers

5/2/2017
Press release

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