Kiir grant ‘general amnesty’ to Machar and other rebel groups: SSBC

President Salva Kiir and Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar during the independent government of South Sudan(Photo: file)

President Salva Kiir and Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar during the independent government of South Sudan(Photo: file)

August 8th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit on Wednesday issued a Republican order “granting amnesty” to the country’s first vice president designate Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and the leader of the SPLM-IO.

Kiir said in the degree, according to the SSBC, that the order, known as ‘Republican Order Number 14/2018, is aimed at granting a “general amnesty to the leader of SPLM-IO Dr. Riek Machar Teny and other estranged groups who waged war against the Government of the Republic of South Sudan from 2013 to date.”

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.

South Sudan government on Sunday signed the long awaited peace deal with the many opposition groups fighting it including Machar’s SPLM-IO.

The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and the SPLM Former Detainees also signed the agreement despite having been vocal early to what they referred to as unjust peace because it do not addressed their concerns which are mostly represented by the number of states.

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