Nov 22, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s armed Opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the First Vice President designate, may not attend IGAD’s Head of states summit in Juba next week.
According to office of military spokesman of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, the National Liberation Council and Military Command Council of the armed opposition unanimously agreed in Pagak this week that their chairman will not travel to Juba, citing insecurity and lack of commitment from the regime’s side.
“Dr. Riek Machar will not attends IGAD Summit which is suppose to take place by 23 or 26 this month because of the insecurities in Juba. This could only be possible if our Police force, Security and armed guards made it to Juba first to see the situation there.” said Dickson Gatluak.
According to SPLA-IO military intelligence, foreign forces still occupy the country.
While Ugandan forces withdrew from volatile front-lines in Jonglei state, SPLA-IO sources cite present of Ugandan forces in Juba, Msitu and other parts of Western Equatoria.
The councils further cite frequent violations of the peace agreement by president Salva Kiir and the Dinka (Jieng) Council of Elders.
According to the agreement, Juba should have been demilitarized and all armies forces relocated to a distance of about 25 kilometers from the capital, Juba.
In addition, President Kiir has ordered creation of 28 states that will annex more than 20% of the land to his community, a major grievance that has been militarily resisted by many minority groups since 2005.
Speaking to our editorial team in Addis Ababa, Dickson Gatluak blames Juba for shifting the dates of the submit from 19th to 23rd or 26th.
The rebels’ spokesman further reiterates that Juba has refused to welcome their delegation but instead want to welcome their chairman, something he believes is planned!
In the lengthy interview, Dickcson revealed that their leader cannot attend the summit without proper systems while war continues in many parts of the country.
“NLC and MCC as we speak now are in the meeting discussing the way forward and the possibilities of Dr. Riek Machar attending the summit which is very narrow because of the insecurities. Dr. Machar can not attend summit with IGAD security men and women alone. We must take him ourselves.” Gatluak said.
The rebels are calling for IGAD to change the Summit’s venue to Pagak, Nairobi or Addis Ababa.
Gatluak believes if the venue of the summit is changed, their leader will attend the sitting without preconditions.
The SPLM/SPLA-IO councils strongly condemns and rejects the creation of new tribal states through unconstitutional decree that gives the Dinka ethnic group about half of the country.
“Let me tell you something here, we rejected the tribal creation of 28 states because it will make this country slip into tribal war which we are trying to divert. Look now what is going on in Warrap. Last month many people dies, Lakes in trouble, Chollo joined the war against 28 states and very soon this war will be more tribal.” Gatluak said.
Many politicians believe Kiir’s 28 states will intensify the conflict along tribal lines.
At least 25 Nuer MPs, 37 Equatorians and 11 Chollo members of parliaments walked out of parliamentary sitting on Friday in protest to give Salva Kiir powers to create states, appoint governors and MPs in the country.