South Sudan opposition leaders, Machar and Akol reject unity gov’t formation in November

South Sudan opposition leader Dr. Lam Akol, left, and Dr. Riek Machar, right (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 21st 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan opposition leaders, Dr. Riek Machar and Dr. Lam Akol have both rejected a November 12th deadline for the formation of the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU).

Machar who is a key figure in the revitalized peace agreement signed in September last year is the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) while Akol, who is the Secretary-General of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), is the leader of National Democratic Movement (NDM).

The government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and a number of smaller opposition groups said they will form the unity government on November 12th although some critical tasks of the transitional security arrangements are not in place.

The peace deal provided for the establishment of a reconstituted unity government but preconditions have been put in that the unified army, police and national security must be established before the leaders could take that action.

The agreement as well wants the issue of the states addressed before the parties could form a unity government. This is in the sense that the country – which gained her independence in July 2011 – do not return to the current civil war once the government is formed.

Speaking during a meeting with a visiting United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation in Juba on Sunday, Machar buy valtrex online uk said he and his party will not participate in the government President Kiir insists he will form by November 12th.

We in the SPLM-IO won’t be there because we don’t want to put the country into crisis,” Machar said. This is because “The aspect needed for the establishment of such a government is not there.”

For his part, Dr. Lam Akol said any government formation without the security arrangement in place won’t be a solution to the conflict it would only be a matter of time before the country could return to violence experience the country underwent in 2016.

Today, we are in October discussing the same two issues: security arrangements and the number of States in the country,” Akol said.

We saw and lived what happened when these issues were glossed over not long ago. We get amazed when some people tell us that these matters can wait to be resolved after the TGoNU is formed,” Akol added.

We also get amused when the same people say so in the name of our suffering masses, whose security, not only that of the VIPs, the Agreement was aiming to safeguard. Are we not repeating the same failed experiment?” Akol asked the visiting UN delegation.

This time the security situation will be more serious. Formation of the TGoNU before completing putting together the necessary unified force (NUF) would mean not two armies as was the case in 2015 but multiple armies.”  He continued.

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