For immediate Release;
August 15, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– The Sobat state government has condemned the following actions instigated by President Salva Kiir in the strongest term possible. The actions condemned are;
- J1 attack was a political ploy intended to create division within SPLM – IO and to infringe the peace implementation process. This decision was engineered by the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) and Kiir’s faction by Gen. Paul Malong and Cde Taban Deng Gai.
- The endorsement of Cde Taban by few member of SPLM – IO to replace Dr. Machar as FVP is illegal. The approval of Cde Taban to replace Dr. Machar was done only by 4 members of the political bureau and this is unlawful because the party legal procedures were not fulfilled. The SPLM – IO has 48 political bureau members and four individual alone has no jurisdiction to decide political leadership of SPLM – IO.
- The appointment of Cde Taban was Illegal simply because President Kiir has no authority or power to nominate a SPLM – IO member to the SPLM – IO position in case the post fall vacant, unless the chairman of the SPLM – IO with the two – third majority votes.
- Barbaric attack by forces loyal to Salva Kiir to SPLA – IO force in Nasir on the 30th July 2016 was a clear violation of ceasefire and peace agreement. The SPLA – IG bombed civilians in Chanchow and Nyikime using gunshps.
We want to make this clear to South Sudanese people and the international community that we are still committed to peace agreement and implementation of ARCCISS.
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We want to assure South Sudanese and the international community that the Sobat state government is after the cause of the SPLM in opposition’s vision and more importantly against the totalitarianism regime of Salva Kiir. And we are therefore fully affirming our support to Dr. Machar especially his call on the deployment of the third force to ensure implementation of the peace agreement and ARCISS. The State government and general public of Sobat State also condemned the alternation of any article of the peace agreement.
Thus, our support to SPLM – IO is therefore unwavering; enhance the people of Sobat state stand firm with SPLM – IO under the leadership of Dr. Machar. The State therefore urge the youth of state to render their zealous support to the freedom fighters and gallant forces of IO who are fighting back as a self-defend after they were attacked by Salva Kiir forces
We are also committed to the peace agreement signed in August 2015.
Gatdoar Goat Thoan
Mandeng, Sobat State