Jan 24, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) — SPLM-IO’s leader Dr.Riek Machar Teny demanded that South Sudan incumbent President Salva Kiir resign from chairing the country’s ruling party, saying misrule under his leadership caused turmoil and uprising that resulted to the killing of thousands people for less than one year.
SPLM-IO, SPLM-Juba and G-11 on Wednesday signed an agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, to begin reunifying the party. Misunderstandings and empowerment of dictatorship within the SPLM led to the outbreak of fighting in south Sudan 13 months ago that has killed tens of thousands of people mostly from one ethnicity [Nuer] and driven 2 million people from their homes.
The agreement reveal that after previously refusing to do so, Kiir has accepted to discuss issues of corruption, insecurity, ethnic politics and reform of a movement that lacked direction and vision, Machar said by phone on Friday from Nairobi Kenyan.
“Salva Kiir lost his case in Arusha, he should just resign,” Machar said. “He took the country to war because of that, now he comes and admits he was wrong, so why would he remain in power.”
South Sudan’s oil output, which provides about 90 percent of government income, has fallen to 160,000 barrels per day since fighting erupted in December 2013. Army commanders rebelled in three states, including crude-producing Unity and Upper Nile, after Kiir arrested rivals for allegedly plotting a coup.
There have been revelation that Leaders from Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi will consult with President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and Comrade Deng Alor Kuol, the head of a G-11, on the structure of the SPLM’s leadership. Discontent from members of the Resistance movement about the reunification agreement is based on a false assumption that Kiir will remain chairman, Machar said.
“This is not the case,” he said. “We’re still talking.” Disagreements on power-sharing between Machar and Kiir are blocking the finalization of a transitional government which the warring parties have agreed to form.
While Machar can contest the chairmanship at a future convention, Kiir has no plans to step down, said presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny.
“That’s the beginning of him backing out from the agreement,” he said by phone from Juba on Friday evening, referring to Machar. “Whenever an agreement is reached, he begins to find ways of spoiling them.”
The SPLM factions’ pact pledged to bar any member found guilty of “gross human rights violation” from public office in the party and government.
Machar also urged the African Union to publish its report on an inquiry into the crisis and atrocities. “Some people are saying it will blow off the peace process he said. “To me no, we should face the reality of the situation.”
Machar said he “understands the frustration” people may have at the party leaders’ failure to govern and their violent split.
Unless a transitional government is formed, elections will go ahead as scheduled on June 30, the government said on Thursday. Holding a vote would be “ludicrous” because of war in three regions and spreading insurgencies, Machar said.
“They should seek peace instead of seeking the legitimization of President Salva Kiir,” he said.
South Sudan has been draged to its old days by lack of visionary leadership from the leaders in the ruling party. Many people are suffering in IDPs camps in Juba, Malakal, Unity State, Lake, Warrap and Jonglei State respectively. Little children died every day due to malnutrition, epidemics diseases and lack of sanitation in the camps because of congestion and shortage of basic needs.
The Vulnerable south Sudanese living in UN camps who are stunted of fearing to go back to their homes because they are being targeted by their fellow citizens who secure the upper hand of the President need Peace to come at once.