South Sudan: President Salva Kiir and His Officials Divided On Regional Intervention Force
August 15, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Addressing the new transitional government of national unity today in Juba, President Salva Kiir denied statements of his spokesmen, other officials and supporters who have reacted to the Regional Intervention for the last one month.
While the government sponsored mass protests in the national capital, Juba, and also in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State, government spokesman, Michael Makuei Lueth, and Press Secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, organized official press conferences in Juba to declare sharp criticisms against any deployment of regional troops.
Others have gone viral on youtube and social media declaring war in defense of “sovereignty” if the UN-backed Intervention is deployed in the country.
In his speech, however, Mr. Salva Kiir denied these officials and sympathizers as “individuals” who are not mandated to speak on behalf of Transitional Government of National Unity.
“Already there are people who are accusing the TGNU of refusing and fighting the UN. I want to confirm on this great day that this is not an accurate appraisal of our position. The TGNU has not met to deliverate on the final position taken by the UN Security Council.” Kiir told the new Transitional Legistransitional Legislative Assembly that was attended by ambassadors, members of UNMISS and other UN organs.
“If there are voices out there expressing their view on the subject, these are individuals who do not represent the TGNU and have certainly not been mandated to speak on behalf of the Transitional Government of National Unity” Kiir continued.
Although the position of Kiir’s government was not considered by the UN Security Council, accusing him and his regime of hardening status quo, the president encourages a dialogue to search for a give-and-take position that would be beneficial to his government and those who proposed the idea of intervention.
“Indeed we need to be engaged in a discourse and exchange ideas on what is the best way forwards, rather than be presented with a fait accompli from outsiders. This is a recipe for a weakened and diminished South Sudan that will sink into despair” Kiir said.
The rest of his speech was more of an assurance on how his government will implement the peace agreement with his newly found ally, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, and how the TGNU will now protect Humanitarians workers, civilians and the internally displaced persons in the country.
“I understand the concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of NGO staffs, aid and medical agencies and displaced South Sudanese in camps. I instructed the Ministers of Defense and National Security to create a safe environment throughout the country that would make their movement and activities unthreatened and uninterrupted.” Kiir said.
“They are here to help us and it is our practical responsibility and moral duty to make sure they are safe. It deeply pains me to see the people who courageously fought and established this great country finding themselves in need of protection from their own security forces composed of their own sons and daughters.” Mr. Kiir wonders.
“We will ensure the safety of all the citizens and expatriates wherever they are in the country and avoid our citizens’ continued stay in Protection of Civilian (POC) sites.” he continued.
The president promised that he will train a new police force that will be more friendly to civil population. He assures that such police will guarantee safety of the people in Juba by the first quarter of 2017.
“To achieve this, deliberate plans are on the way to make this a reality. As part of this plan, by the first quarter of two thousand and seventeen the safety of the people of our capital will under the full jurisdiction of specially trained civilian police and not military units. We will make our cities safe cities like other major cities in the world.” The president said.
Contrary to expectations of peace guarantors and many South Sudanese, President Salva Kiir convened the today TLA meeting without many MPs and officials from the armed opposition, SPLM/A-IO.
The insiders believe that peace and stability could be achieved through Gen. Taban Deng Gai as a new vice president replacing Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
Although referred as “general”, Taban has not commanded any troops for more than 20 years.
The 1300 troops that came to Juba to provide security for SPLM/SPLA-IO officials have all withdrawn with the First Vice President. Dr. Riek Machar, who still commands all troops of SPLM/A in Opposition.
In other reports, SPLA-IO forces have dislodged government troops in and around Yei town, the capital of Yei River within Central Equatoria. Many state government officials are feared dead or missing according to reports received by James Gatdet Dak, the official spokesman of Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
“Reports reaching my office from the field indicate that a number of senior officials of President Kiir’s government in Yei have been killed or wounded at Kimba area, south of Yei town.” Gatdet said.