SPLM – IO Leader Riek Machar In Cairo, under invitation of Egypt’s Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
President Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi invited SPLM/A [IO] leader to help in implementing the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan singed in August 2015, the Agreement has subsequently faced a number of stumble blocks in the implementation phase down the road.
Machar’s supporters, sympathizers and journalists were kept at bay in the airport by heavy and very tight security under special force guarding him.
“Dr. Riek Machar safely landed in Cairo’s Airport, the public is not allowed to come closer to him due to special security convoy that was sent to guard him, all the people who reside in Egypt were prevented to meet or see him,” says Zachariah Machar, Nyamilepedia reporter and correspondent based in Cairo.
“The Egyptian Government kept Machar’s visit secret, only the announcement of his visit was made public after South Sudanese people from all walks of life in Egypt complained to state organs in order to make the visit known to the public,” asserts Zachariah.
The Vice President designate Dr. Machar – accompanied by entourage consisting of 12 senior officials including elected Secretary General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, SPLM/A (IO) Foreign Affairs Chairperson Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Angelina Teny, the Chairperson of National Committee for Security and Defence – has met President el-Sisi and discussed outstanding issues pertaining to peace varying from the newly created 28 states to Security Arrangement in aim to quickly form the long awaited Transitional Government of National Unity.
A Communiqué of the 55th Extra-ordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers recently released a report asking the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to “suspend” 28 states and urged both Parties to the conflict to incorporate the Agreement as signed into the Transitional Constitution. The Communiqué also called upon the Government and the SPLM in Opposition to implement the first phase of Transitional Security Arrangements within the first week of February 2016 in order to provide the establishment of the TGoNU.
The SPLM/A leader will brief South Sudanese community in Egypt on Saturday, February 06, 2016, 12:00 pm local time at Zamalek’s “All Saints’ Cathedral Church” in Cairo, Egypt.