South Sudan’s Dr. Machar Sums Up Peace Tour In Nairobi Before Returning to Juba
March 26, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– South Sudan’s First Vice President designate and the leader of the armed opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, is now briefing the South Sudanese community at the Kenyatta International Conference Center(KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Compared to many of his past public briefings here in Nairobi, Machar’s today briefing is much different in size and in tone.
Unlike earlier gatherings, which were held in hotels and speaks of many uncertainties, the today’s briefing is very general, focus and welcoming.
In his speech Machar has assured the South Sudanese community of his immediate return to Juba to expedite the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity to restore the young nation that is now falling apart. Despite, he reminds the people of “no quick fix to the problems”.
“The First Vice President Designate of the Republic of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon addressing the South Sudanese living in Nairobi…he has assured them that he is returning to Juba for the formation of the TGONU…the people should understand that there will be no quick fix to the problems…we will need to put our hands together and do the inglorious work of liberation” Machar said.
The briefing which started at 10Am and lasts until 5pm addresses the implementation of the peace agreement, the return OF SPLM/SPLA-IO to Juba, formation of Transitional Government of National Unity(GoNU) and the challenges facing the ARCISS.
Within the last two days, Dr. Machar has held meetings with the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and SPLM/SPLA-IO leaders in Kenya.
Machar confirmed president Uhuru’s pledge to support the restoration of peace and stability in South Sudan.
“I met with H.E Uhuru Kenyatta the President of the Republic of Kenya at the State House, yesterday Thursday evening. I briefed the President on the new developments in implementation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development brokered peace agreement. H.E Uhuru Kenyatta assured me that As a neighbor and friend of South Sudan, we can count on his support in the restoration of peace in your country” Machar said.
Machar also reiterates the commitment of IGAD-Plus countries that he has visited in the past three weeks.
“l was received by H.E President Muhammadu Buhari the President of Nigeria yesterday 10th March at the state house in Abuja. H.E President Buhari stressed that he and other members of the African Union High-Level Consultative Committee on South Sudan will do their best to ensure that the peace agreement signed by the various political factions in the country is successfully implemented. He also assured me that Nigeria and the committee would work with all stakeholders to overcome problems hindering the implementation of the peace agreement”. Machar said after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
In other reports, Ethiopia has promised to provide logistic for SPLA-IO military hardware to Juba. Together with the United Kingdom and other TRIOKA nations, Ethiopia will expedite the transportation of SPLA-IO troops and equipment to Juba.