August 23, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— South Sudan’s armed opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the displaced First Vice President has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
According to Sudanese officials including the Sudanese First Vice President, Bakri Hassan Saleh, and government spokesman, Ahmed Bilal, the armed Opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, has been received by the Sudanese government at the same time when Kiir’s delegation was also visiting Khartoum.
Earlier this month, Khartoum refused a request by regional leaders to re-negotiate the two South Sudan’s factions to respect Permanent Ceaserefire arrangement in their country.
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It is unclear if Machar’s arrival has political interest but Khartoum has said to have received Machar’s on medical grounds.
To reduce tension, just a few hours after new security arrangements were signed by Khartoum and Juba, the Sudanese officials acknowledged that they received Machar on “humanitarian ground” but he will continue to stay until he decides to leave, a narrative that Kiir’s administration is not willing to entertain.
“Sudan has received Riek Machar on humanitarian grounds and so he can have medical treatment,” Sudanese government spokesman, Ahmed Bilal said in a statement.
Although it is not clear when Dr. Machar arrived in Khartoum, the First Vice President of Sudan briefed Machar’s rivals, the South Sudan First Vice President, that he is now stable but he will continue to stay.
“He is now stable. He will continue to stay in the country until he decides when to leave,” Bilal said, without providing further details on the treatment.
Responding in Juba, South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Broadcasting, Hon. Akol Paul Kordit, calls on Khartoum government not to allow Dr. Riek Machar to carry out political activities that are likely to undermine peace implementation that is likely to sideline Machar.
“We have actually been informed officially by the government of Sudan, his Excellency Taban Deng Gai, has been informed by His Excellency Bakri Hassan Saleh, the Sudanese First Vice President about Riek’s presence in Khartoum” Akol Paul Kordit said on SSTV.
Although Taban’s visit was aimed to disconnect relations between Machar and Khartoum, following accusations that Sudanese’ government supports the opposition, his arrival in Khartoum casts more doubts on what the visit has achieved.
Akol calls on Dr. Riek to distant himself from political activities that may undermine peace implementations in the country.
“Dr. Riek Machar must distance himself from all activities that are likely to undermine the implementation of the peace agreement” Akol said.
He urged Khartoum, IGAD countries and the whole region not to support Machar or allow the opposition to carry out activities that may undermine stability in South Sudan.
“We are appealing to our neighbors, the IGAD countries, t the East African countries and to the entire region that Dr. Riek Machar, during his treatment or after his treatment should not be given a conducive environment that is likely to undermine stability in South Sudan or undermine implementation of the peace agreement” he continued.
The armed Opposition, SPLM/SPLA, has active consulates in all countries in the region and Machar is expected to brief the media and SPLM/SPLA-IO in Khartoum before he proceeds to other countries in the region.
Machar was militarily forced out of Juba and promptly replaced with Taban Deng Gai in mid-July amid allegations that all officials lost contacts with him and feared dead, however, his whereabout was better known when he arrived in Kinshasa, DRC on August 18.
For the last 5 days, Machar was barred from addressing the media by his senior officials to allow him to fully recover from 40 days exhaustion in the bush before he resumes his activities.
“After 40 days of walking on foot in the bushes (wilderness) for hundreds of kilometers, it is obvious that “any one”, even a young person, can get exhausted and would need care and plenty of rest for days before resuming his or her duty” Said his spokesman, James Gatdet Dak.
The opposition commends the Sudanese government for receiving Dr. Machar, the “legitimate” First Vice President of the Transitional Government of National Unity that is now struggling to survive.
“Yes, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar is in Khartoum. He has regained strength after exhaustion and swollen leg. We thank Sudanese government for care.” Dak said.