South Sudan president Attacks The Nation’s Western Allies For Wanting “Compensation”
April 28, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s incumbent President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, accuses the western powers for interfering in his country. The president joins the list of his cabinets who have selectively accuse the foreign allies of meddling in his country’s affairs.
While addressing the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, organized by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, president Salva Kiir warns his regional counterparts on “importing” solutions to African problems from outside the continent.
In a speech broadcasted on Sunday on the national television, SSTV, Salva Kiir reiterated that African leaders must seek solutions to their problems from within the continent. Failure to do so, the president fears that the “foreigners” may impose decisions on the African leaders against their wills.
“African problems are African problems and they should get solutions from African leaders. The problem is that some of us think solutions to our problems would come from somewhere else. This thinking must change otherwise we will have solutions which do not address our problems imposed on us”, president Salva Kiir said on Sunday.
According to Marial Benjamin, the forum addresses “the impact of illicit financial flows, especially on peace and security, on human security and especially also on natural resources and governance, and how the illicit finances when they flow affect all these things.”
“The topic was basically how to resolve this issue of illicit financial flows that will impact on the security in our content, impact on peace, impact on our resources, impact on governance,” explained Barnaba.
Although Dr. Marial did not elaborate whether the “illicit finance” include the billions of foreign aid that follows to Africa, South Sudan opposed deployment of, the mostly needed, regional troops in March.
The government rejected the deployment of IGAD’s Protection and Deterrent Force(PDF), despite that Juba requested battalions of regional troops to defend his oilfields and other installations. Juba fears the PDF can be easily manipulated by the sponsors, especially the TRIOKA (US, UK and Normay) to overthrow the regime.
In the same speech, Salva Kiir indirectly attacked the country’s western allies for expecting “compensations” for their priceless contribution to South Sudan independent.
Norway, UK and US have contributed financially and through Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA) to see South Sudan attains her independent in 2011.
The president believes that foreigners, whom he did not name, were disappointed after his country failed to “compensate” them.
Kiir told the Tana High-Level Forum on security in Africa in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, that his country is in war because of abundance natural resources.
Although the president sang aggravating war songs in the National Liberating Council (NLC), on December 15, which incited the mutiny in his volatile guards unit; he believes that the ongoing fighting was instigated by foreigners who wants compensations.
“People have come to fight us indirectly by saying they haven’t had a slice of the profits yet they “brought the independence” while the South Sudanese actually fought for and got their independence,” said President Kiir.
Some of his high profile diplomats that include his vice president Wanni Igga, his foreign affairs minister, Marial Benjamin and information minister, Makuei Lueth have attacked the West and United Nation for supporting rebels in the past.
Kiir has accused the United Nations for “running a parallel government” in his country but believes that these foreigners who demand compensations are backing the rebels.
“They are backing the rebellion we are fighting now,” Kiir added.
Kiir fears that his powerful rival, Dr. Riek Machar, is backed by these foreigners because he [Machar] promises to compensate them when he ascents to power.
“They go make agreements and say, ‘The day we take over power, we’re going to kick out those people who have the concessions for oil and bring you in.’ That is what they want,” he said.
Salva Kiir has strongly criticized the ICC in 2013 for “targeting Africa leaders”. This was made in support of Kenyan leaders, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto who faced charges in the international criminal for the 2007-2008 election crisis that killed nearly 1500 civilians.
Within the last four months more than 10, 000 people have died in South Sudan and more than one million people have been displaced. However, the East Africa Community pledges to send in more troops to South Sudan to reduce bloodshed.
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and Rwanda’s Louise Mushikiwabo are preparing to send more troops to South Sudan.
“The killing of innocent civilians is unacceptable and we are disappointed that the parties fighting did not live up to the peace deal. We are committed to see an end to the butchery in our region. We have already sent in a battalion in the country to assist quell the violence,” said Ms Mohammed in Nairobi.
Both countries have sent peacekeepers to South Sudan to join over 10,000 peacekeepers from different countries, however, over 100 unarmed civilians were killed at the UN base in Bor, Jonglei state, by less than 400 armed government backed youth in the present of government troops, Ugandan army and UN peacekeepers.