April 19, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- The return of the SPLM/SPLA-IO leader and South Sudan First Vice President designate Dr. Riek Machar to Juba has delayed because South Sudan National Security and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have up to now not issued Permit for Machar to land, SPLM/SPLA in Opposition chairperson of national committee for external affairs Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth has disclosed.
While the Government of Ethiopia has completed its part by clearing Machar, the public believes that Juba is glued to delaying tactics of painting a different picture of Machar by not issuing him landing Permit. However, Ezekiel asserted that SPLM/A-IO chief negotiator and advance team leader Gen. Taban Deng Gai is in consultation with South Sudan National Security and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clear SPLM/A-IO boss. Ezekiel Gatkuoth assured the public that there is still hope that the First Vice President will be arriving tomorrow April 20, 2016 only if all goes well.
“The Landing permit for Juba is not yet secured as of now. It is now 2:45 PM April 19, 2016 and we are working hard to secure this in Juba. General Taban Deng Gai is trying his level best to secure this permit now from National Security and Foreign Affairs of South Sudan. If the permit is secured the airplane can leave from Khartoum, Sudan to Gambella which takes 1 hours and 30 minutes flight,” Ezekiel Gatkuoth stated.
“Since yesterday April 18 until today April 19, 2016 the coordination to airlift the Chief of General Staff of the SPLA (IO) 1st Lt. General Simon Gatwech Dual and the Guards of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has been very difficult,” continued Ezekiel.
Machar’s plane was expected to touch down Juba international airport on April 18, 2016 as scheduled but it didn’t. Many positive statements asserting Machar’s arrival to Juba have been issued both by SPLA-IG and SPLA-IO but never materialized.
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