Leaders of Ethiopia and Sudan are not democratically elected to talk about peace: Deported Cabinet Affairs Minister says
August 10, 2015(Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomuro has blasted the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan saying they are not democratically elected governments in order to talk about peace in South Sudan.
Martin Elia the cabinet affairs minister of South Sudan Kiir’s regime was deported from Ethiopia after he tried to join negotiations without being officially invited by the IGAD.
The Kiir minister blamed Ethiopia and Sudan envoys for being behind his deportation from the peace talks venue.
Tensions have been rising as IGAD-PLUS and US government have given South Sudan warring parties until 17th August to sign a peace agreement and end the current war, observers warn the current tensions could explode into a regional war with dare consequences to the parties involved.
” (These) … two latter countries (Ethiopia and Sudan) are undemocratic and have their own rebels… so they are unfit to negotiate peace in South Sudan.”
The ministers and other political party officials showed up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia without official invitations claiming they were there to represent “other political parties”, but the selected representative of other opposition political parties who is Dr. Lam Akol has been prevented by government security forces from travelling to the peace talks venue in Ethiopia for no clear reasons.
Elia blamed his government but not him for preventing Lam Akol from travelling to the peace talks.
“… it was the government not political Parties which Prevented Dr. Lam Akol from traveling?” Elia told reporters.
After arriving in Ethiopia, the cabinet minister was approached by officials from IGAD who informed him that they would not be allowed into the peace venue as they were not an official part of the peace talks and not officially invited.
According to Martin Elia the IGAD administrators told him that Dr. Lam Akol was the one invited to represent the other political parties as his party was the largest opposition party in the parliament.
“unless Dr Lam Akol is allowed to travel with his delegation, the IGAD mediators reject your participation and have directed us to inform you accordingly.” IGAD Administrators told them, according to Martin Elia
The cabinet minister is believed to be fighting to be recognised by IGAD as leader of other political parties in South Sudan in order to be given a cabinet seat from the power sharing ration meant for other political parties as proposed by the IGAD-PLUS compromise peace proposal.
Martin Elia who’s party has been described as a “briefcase party” by many South Sudanese because of lacking supporters on the ground at national level and has no single PM in parliament.
The minister has also been accused to seeking financial gains from the current government instead of serving the people.
However Elia say’s he should be the one to represent all official opposition parties, instead of the main opposition party candidate Dr. Lam Akol who heads the largest opposition party currently inside South Sudan parliament.
The cabinet minister accused IGAD of bias and called for the current peace talks to be moved to Tanzania or South Africa, blaming Ethiopia and Sudan envoys for his deportation.
“the entire IGAD mediation team must be reconstituted. While General Lazarus Sumbeiywo (of Kenya) may be acceptable definitely, Seyoum Mesfin (of Ethiopia) and Mohammed Ahmed Mustaffa El Daby (of Sudan) must be replaced,” Martin Elia said.