By Joseph Wuol,
August 17, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— The current return to violence in South Sudan is evidently a premeditated act to abrogate the accord by the government of Salva Kiir and his allies, namely, the Dinka Council of Elders (JCE), the General Chief of Staff of the SPLM/A-IG. Gen.Paul Malong and disgruntled Gen.Taban Deang. who have publicly denounced his SPLM-IO positions (Chief Negotiator and Head of JMEC) on 30th April, 2016 following his failure to secure the portfolio of the petroleum ministry in the TGONU formation by the SPLM-IO.
The Government rejection and the tactical avoidance of implementation of key provisions of the agreement from the very onset of the formation of the TGONU, for example, the security arrangement in its entirety, the institutional restructuring and reconstitutions were just the start-ups to scraping the ACRISS.
The cracks of the conspiracy to assassinate SPLM/A-IO leader/ or oust him out of his position were carried out as a final strategy to take away stakeholders attention from the worsening economic situation, regional and international pressure on government to implement the agreement, for example, IGAD head of States resolutions on the 28 States deadlock between the two rival parties, and the IMF and World Bank conditions of peace implementation for release of financial loans to the government.
The misinterpretations and justification floated repetitively by the government agents in locally controlled media on the appointment and replacement of the FVP (Article six and its sub-articles, 4&5) are cheap propaganda to mislead the public. It is true that the article below and its sub-articles have been intentionally used to dishonor the agreement by the government.
6.4. In the event that the post of the First Vice President falls vacant during the Transitional Period, for any reason, including mental infirmity or physical incapacity of the office holder, the replacement shall be nominated by the top leadership body of the South Sudan Armed Opposition as at the signing of this Agreement. Such a process of replacement shall not exceed forty eight (48) hours. The successor as the First Vice President shall serve in Office until the end of the Transition Period. And in the event that the post of the First Vice President falls vacant during the Transitional Period, for any reason, including mental infirmity or physical incapacity of the office holder, the replacement shall be nominated by the unified ruling Party. Such a process of nomination shall not exceed forty eight (48) hours. The successor as the First Vice President shall serve in Office until the end of the Transitional Period.
6.5. In the event of temporary absence of the First Vice President, the First Vice President may delegate a senior South Sudan Armed Opposition Minister to carry out functions and duties as stipulated in this Agreement.
The South Sudanese are aware beyond any reasonable doubt of the fact that the government was not genuine to the peace agreement (institutionalized bad working relationship strategy) and it was the regional and international community actors on the South Sudan crisis since December 2013 that continue to hope for the regime to honor its promises.
The people of South Sudan shall continue to seek regime change at all cost to supplement the regional and international community pressure on the regime to end violence and bring about a lasting peace to hundreds and thousands of internally displaced, millions in the verge of famine, vulnerable women and children being sexually raped every minute of this carnage. Will the UNSC resolution 2304/2016 deliver, how soon? What are the assurances that the regime will not continue its tactical avoidance strategies to obstruct delay and render the intervention a failure?
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