April 17, 2017 (Nyamilepedia) —— The UK Special envoy for South Sudan and Sudan is denied access to meet the Chairman of SPLM/A in Opposition Riek Machar Teny in his residence in South Africa, a reliable source who chose to remain anonymous has informed the Nyamilepedia news desk.
Chris Trott, the UK Special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan has been denied access by South Africa security to meet Machar. The source alleged that South Sudan Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who went for an official visit to South Africa last month bribed South African security personnel to frustrate Chris, who went to South Africa specifically to meet the SPLM/A (IO) leader.
The UK envoy wants to discuss with the armed opposition leader the ways the collapsed peace agreement can be revised, only to be frustrated by South Africa security believed to be friendly to country’s First Vice President Gen. Taban Deng Gai and South Sudan Director of External Security Thomas Dueth Guet.
Gai is reported to have a well-established relationship with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who is viewed to be behind the tactical denial of the meeting between Chris and Char.
Machar, the leader of the largest armed opposition group in South Sudan, is restricted in South Africa under unclear circumstances after a war between him and President Salva Kiir broke out again in July 2016. The Troika (UK, the United States and Norway) has confirmed that the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, signed in August 2015, collapsed without being implemented and there is a need for warring parties to return to the negotiating table.
Similarly, last month, the United Nations Secretary General Special envoy for South Sudan and Sudan was also denied access to meet Machar in South Africa, but both men met after the second attempt to meet. The government of South Africa has been on record by denying that Riek Machar is not under house arrest in South Africa but stays there as a guest. And whether a guest can be confined against his will is a puzzle that remains to be answered.