Kenya’s Raila Odinga appointed special envoy for South Sudan

Kenyan special envoy for South Sudan and leaderof the opposition coalition NASA Raila Odinga (File photo)

Kenyan special envoy for South Sudan and leaderof the opposition coalition NASA Raila Odinga (File photo)

May 29th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) -Kenya’s Raila Odinga a long time political rival of the Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta has been appointed by the Kenyan leader as the country’s special envoy for the war ravaged young African country South Sudan.

The Kenya’s national media group reported that the NASA opposition leader has been appointed by the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as the country’s special envoy for South Sudan.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 after forces loyal to the country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and his then Governor of Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal State Gen. Paul Malong Awan went door-to-door in the capital Juba killing civilians belonging to the Nuer ethnic group sparking a nation-wide protests from top army generals from the Nuer leading to a civil war.

A peace agreement signed in August 2015 by President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar and negotiated under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) in presence of Troika and other international observers collapsed in July 2016 following fighting at the presidential palace in Juba “J1” reportedly after President Kiir ordered a failed attempt to arrest the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar.

A peace revitalization process ended without a formal agreement between warring parties last week in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after the regional mediated presented a peace proposal that seek to share power between different warring parties.