June 22, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The chairman of South Sudan’s former political detainees and the former Secretary General of SPLM/SPLA, Pagan Amum Okiech, who has been residing in exile in Kenya since his release in April 2014 has finally returned to country this morning.
Accompanied by the Kenyan Defense Minister, the former Secretary General, Cde Pagan, was received by a huge government delegation including the Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, at the airport in Juba.
Four of his colleagues: Hon. Deng Alor, John Luke Jok, Kosti Manibe and former governor of Lakes State, Chol Tong Mayai, arrived in Juba accompanied by Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed on Saturday, June 20th, 2015.
The Kenyan foreign Affairs Minister and the South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, facilitated five of the ten ex-detainees three weeks ago to Juba to meet with Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit in accordance with Arusha-SPLM Reunifaction proposal.
Pagan is also expected to meet with President Salva Kiir shortly to revisit the Arusha agreement.
In accordance with Arusha party reunification agreement, Salva Kiir has unfrozen the accounts of all exiled politicians and SPLM members of SPLM in opposition.
According to the Arusha-SPLM party reunification agreement, the leaders of the three factions of SPLM/SPLA have admitted that they are responsible for the crises in the country and agreed to unite the party as part of the ongoing IGAD-led peace process.
Although the SPLM leaders agreed on many items, including the elements that instigated the conflict in mid December, 2013, the SPLM factions agreed that the Arusha Agreement was insufficient to reunite the country or to substitute the IGAD-led peace process
As pledged by the earlier delegations of the SPLM-FPD, Pagan returns to discuss the Arusha peace agreement with Salva Kiir administration in Juba.
The arrival of Cde, Pagan Amum, and Mr. Chol Tong Manyai, who returned to Juba on Saturday with the last four members, leaves only three of the ten detainees in exile.