SPLM-Canada Calls on African Union To Replace and Investigate Uganda Over Atrocities in South Sudan
July 27, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The office of SPLM/SPLA [IO] representative to Canada strongly condemns the inclusion of Uganda by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) in seven (7) member States committee to study the Report of African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.
Resolved on July 24th, 2015, by the AU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Addis Ababa, Uganda, which has battalions of troops in South Sudan, will join South Africa, Chad, Ethiopia, Algeria, Nigeria and Tanzania to study the AU Commission of Inquiry Report on South Sudan’s conflict.
According to SPLM/A Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Uganda is a partner in crimes alongside Salva Kiir’s embattled administration, and therefore the AU is making a perpetrator a judge of his own case.
The SPLM/SPLA’s Office of Representative to Canada reiterates and echos the SPLM/A’s chairman’s strong objection to Uganda inclusion in seven (7) member Sates committee saying:
“Our objection stem on the fact that Uganda is party to the conflict in South Sudan since December 2013 alongside the “Government” of South Sudan. On this basis we therefore call on the African Union to immediately remove Uganda from the list of the seven (7) member States and replace her with neutral country.” Part of the statement reads.
The continental body is reminded that Uganda has used the internationally banned cluster bombs, according to the UN 2014 reports, and thus Uganda is a “self-imposed enemy” of the people of South Sudan.
“It’s common knowledge that Uganda is not a neutral body in South Sudan’s conflict but self-imposed enemy to the people of South Sudan which has more than one has used an internationally banned cluster against civilian populations in South Sudan” the report continued.
The Diaspora office of SPLM is convinced that the African Union has taken side in South Sudan conflict for siding with Uganda and for excluding one party to the conflict in its discussions.
“We felt the inclusion of Uganda to the seven (7) member States committee by the African Union shows serous lack of impartiality and biases on the part and this is not acceptable.” the SPLM/SPLA office of representative reiterates.
“Besides, the SPLM/SPLA’s Office of Representative to Canada has learned that the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan has released the long waited report on the 19 months conflict in South Sudan. We applauded the decision taken by the African Union for releasing the report but the SPLM/A was dismayed to learn that our office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was not served with a copy.” the report continues.
The SPLM-Diaspora further reiterates the shifting of trust in AU and urges for equal consideration in important decisions about South Sudan’s conflict.
“In our view, this is another clear violation of trust by African Union. For it’s true that the SPLM/SPLA is an equal partner with the government of South Sudan in this conflict and we ought to be involved in any decision about South Sudan’s conflict and be serves with any document pertaining peace or otherwise.” the Diaspora said.
“In this regard, even though the SPLM/SPLA believed it has not committed atrocities during this conflict, we trust that the African Union Commission of Inquiry attempt to report on both parties’ activities in combat and therefore there is no way SPLM/SPLA shouldn’t be serves with a copy of the report.” the report continued.
According to James Nguen Nyol, the Public Relations Director in the SPLM/SPLA’s Office of Representative to Canada, the African Union has violated two pertinent trust codes on the get go and for such the opposition has lost trust on the African Union behaviors and questions its impartiality should it not correct these mischief.