July 28, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The president of the United States of America, Barack H. Obama, has assured the African leaders during his address of the Africa Union on Tuesday that the two warring leaders of South Sudan must reach an agreement by August 17th, 2015.
According to Obama, this conclusion was reached on Monday during his meeting with the IGAD heads of states and governments.
Obama explains that the cost of intransigent would be higher if the two leaders failed to reach an agreement by the agreed dateline.
“Yesterday I met the leaders from this region, we agreed that given the current situation, Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar must reach an agreement by August 17th, because If they do not, I believe the international community must raise the cost of intransigent.” Obama said.
Obama believes that the South Sudanese leaders consider their personal interests more than the national interests, which leaves millions of South Sudanese people suffering.
“In South Sudan the joy of independent has descended into the spare of violence” Obama said
“Neither Mr. Kiir not Mr. Machar has shown, so far, the interest of sparing their people from the suffering by reaching a political solution” he adds.
The US president reiterates that the independent of South Sudan was a collective effort that involved his administration, the United Nations and the International community.
Obama calls on the African Union to finalize their report of Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan conflict to be used for accountability and justice.
“The world awaits the report of THE AU Commission of Inquiry because accountability for atrocities must be part of any last peace in African’s youngest nation” he said.
Isolation of South Sudan Government:
As a precondition to form a Transitional Government of National Unity [TNoG], the extension of Salva Kiir’s term of office and his government is jeopardized.
The United States, region and the international partners have refused to recognize the extension of Salva Kiir’s term of office and demands that only a transitional government would legitimize it.
Mr. Kiir was not invited on Monday to attend the IGAD heads of states and governments that met Obama in Addis Ababa to discuss South Sudan conflict.
Other controversial African leaders like Robert Mugabe and Omar al Bashir were isolated on Tuesday from attending the AU meeting with Obama.
According to the Compromise Peace Agreement document, only a transitional government of national unity in South Sudan shall legitimize the term of next government for a period of 30 months.
“The term and mandate of the President, the Vice President, and State Governors of the Republic of South Sudan shall be extended for the duration of the Transition Period, until such time that Elections are held, except as provided for in Chapter I, Article 15.1 and 15.2 of this Agreement.” Chapt 1, sect 1.4.
No Body Should Be President For Life.
Obama further explains to the African leaders the important of peaceful transfer of power when the constitutional term of office of an incumbent leader ends.
Although he believes that he is a good president and could win if he runs for a third term, Obama is restricted by the constitution of the United States, and as well believes that the law must be respected by everyone irregardless of one’s position in the hierarchy.
“The law is the law, and no one person is above the law, not even the president” Obama said.
Obama cares of his legacy after leaving the presidency then hanging around presidency and slow down the progress of a nation.
“The point is I don’t understand why people wants to stay so long, especially when they got a lot of money” said Obama.
“When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office it risks stability and strip” he said.
“No body should be a president for life, and your country is better off if you have new blood and new ideas.” He continued.
Although Obama boasts that he is younger than most of African presidents, who some have stayed in power for more than half of his life, he believes that new energy and new insights would be good for his country and encourages the African leaders to peacefully transfer power to new energies when their terms expire.