July 08, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — One day before the 4th independent anniversary, the embattled President of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, was rushed through a swearing-in ceremony within the national capital, Juba.
To the opposition, the procedure was unconstitutional, illegal and a deeply alarming turn of events in the world’s most volatile state.
According to the Opposition’s National Committee Chairman for Information and Public Relations, Mabior Garang de Mabior, the swearing in of president Salva Kiir after the expiry of his term is tantamount to usurping the will of the South Sudanese people.
“This is not only tantamount to usurping the will of the people of South Sudan, but it is also an indication that the Salva Kiir Administration is not sincere about peace.” the IO statement reads
The son of SPLM/A founder enumerates that the Leadership of the SPLM/SPLA “strongly condemns the illegal swearing in of President Salva Kiir today, on the eve of South Sudan’s Independence Day.”
“This is a deeply alarming turn of events, considering the cumulative gains made through painstaking negotiations with the Government over the past year and a half.” Capt. Mabior explains.
The surprised swearing in of president Salva Kiir, to the opposition amount to constitutional coup and declaration of more violence in the country.
“This illegal extension of the Salva Kiir Administration is a constitutional coup and an sign that the Salva Kiir Administration is opting for war” Mabior says.
Many stakeholders, IGAD and partners hoped that a negotiated settlement of the conflict would replace elections and form a new Transitional Government of National Unity.
“This is unfortunate considering there is a pending agreement negotiated by all the stakeholders, which would legitimize a new Transitional Government of National Unity.” Mabior explains.
“In addition, the SPLM/SPLA has accepted in principle for Salva Kiir to rule in the interim period, leading the country to elections; therefore, the illegal extension of the regime is unwarranted.” he continued.
The armed opposition calls on Juba to reconsider their decision or risk escalation of the conflict that has already hit the ten states in the country.
“The Leadership of the SPLM/SPLA would like to take this opportunity to persuade the Salva Kiir Administration to reconsider this dangerous action. This illegal extension can only escalate an already unnecessary war” the statement reads.
The opposition calls on Salva Kiir’s administration to help rescue the nation through IGAD-Plus peace mediation and institution of new Caretaker government.
The armed opposition calls on their supporters, the peace loving people of South Sudan and friends to object the swearing in of president Salva Kiir and his administration.
“the Movement would also wish to take this opportunity to remind members to remain vigilant and not accept the now open tyranny of the Salva Kiir Administration. The illegal extension of the Salva Kiir Adminstration can only derail the peace process. The Leadership urges all members to organize themselves so as to raise awareness about this constitutional coup.” the opposition reiterate.
In other reports, many South Sudanese communities in different parts of the world will turn out in mixed feelings to celebrate the independent day as others continue to mount their loved ones.
In Uganda, Egypt and Washington DC, USA, many South Sudanese and activists will match across the streets in “Red Card” rallies, calling for the end of Salva Kiir’s leadership in the country.
Related: SPLM/SPLA Declaration of Illegitimacy of Salva Kiir Rules