Prof. Mamdani: South Sudan Has No National Army, Calls For Reinstatement Of Machar As FVP
August 30, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Executive Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala and Member of AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, Professor Mahmood Mamdani, says the Republic of South Sudan has never had a national army since the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 in Kenya.
Addressing civil society organizations in Kampala as a keynote speaker on the theme “Transcending the Shadow of Violence: Alternatives for Fostering Inclusive State Building and Sustainable Peace in South Sudan’’ Mamdani calls for international intervention force to be deployed in South Sudan.
Civil society organizations that attended the Public Dialogue on South Sudan crisis, organized by Makerere University Convocation, include South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHRSA), African Youth Acton Network (AYAN) and African Youth Acton Network (AYAN) among others.
One of the aims of the Public Dialogue is to provide a platform for inclusive state building and sustainable peace in South Sudan.
The scholar says South Sudan has never run an independent election as a sovereign nation reiterating that President Salva Kiir was elected before South Sudan seceded from Sudan.
Prof. Mamdani calls on South Sudanese leaders to work for the welfare of the country and work together for peace in South Sudan.
The Ugandan academician, author and political commentator calls for the reinstatement of SPLM/A in Opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, into his position as the First Vice President of South Sudan because, in his own view, peace in South Sudan cannot be achieved by violating ARCISS.
While highlighting how Great Britain colonized Sudan, Mahmood Mamdani surprises the audience by stating that the Nuer have never been colonized by foreign powers, “they vigorously fought for resistant”.
He concludes by blaming IGAD, Troika and South Sudan peace actors for failing South Sudan since 2005 when they could have saved the country before submerged into civil war.