Nov 26, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——- South African based legal expert on human rights and governance, Dr. Remember Miamingi, who currently teaches law at University of Pretoria – South Africa, warns East African region that any attempt to ban or isolate Dr. Riek Machar from entering the country or practicing politics in his country can only fuel conflict in South Sudan.
Speaking to South Sudan in focus, Dr. Remember warns that the recent move by Ethiopia and Sudan to block Dr. Riek Machar Teny from entering South Sudan will only incite more violence in the war-torn country.
Machar leads the largest rebel group in South Sudan, which controls nearly half of the country, however, the international community and the region are attempting to isolate Machar to “give peace a chance”.
Dr. Miamingi, a lecturer of law, warns that such attempts can only complicate the conflict.
“That feeling of unfair treatment of Dr. Riek Machar can actually play into recruiting price for people who feel the same across South Sudan and mostly people from his ethnic base” he said.
The legal expert blames USA and the international community for the latest turn of political events in “favour of a dictator” in South Sudan.
He said the move to isolate Dr. Machar was spearheaded by the U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Donald Booth, the US envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
“When John Kerry stood in Nairobi and indicated that the replacement of Dr. Reik Machar was legal and then the US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan again testifying before the US congress saying that it was not wise for Dr. Riek Machar to return to South Sudan” Dr. Miamingi said.
“What one would make out of that is an American’s position on South Sudan wants to find solution to problem in South Sudan without Dr. Riek Machar” Dr. Miamingi continued.
He believes that the international community and the region are only supporting a dictator at the expense of South Sudanese people.
“For the first time, I see the region and the international community in love with a dictator” Dr. Miamingi says.
“The action of the region and the international community is doing right now, it has emboldened the government by ensuring that its intention of silencing critique, of ensuring that South Sudanese do not speak in Kenya, in Uganda or in Ethiopia”
Government NOT implementing Peace Agreement
Dr. Remember Miaming reiterates that the government of Salva Kiir is not implementing any peace agreement in Juba.
Asked of what about Taban and his group, Dr. Miamingi argues that Taban has joined the government and no government can sign and implement a peace agreement with itself.
“By isolating the second main party to the Agreement of Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan(ARCISS), what the guarantors of that agreement have communicated to South Sudan is that […] we do not have a peace agreement at the movement in the absence of the parties that signed the peace agreement” Dr. Miamingi said.
“I would really cannot deny the government in Juba of the right to self delusion. They are entitled to their opinions” Miamingi continues.
“You really cannot sign a peace agreement between yourself. Taban Deng Gai is by all standards part of the government. How can a government sign an agreement with itself?”
Miamingi defends his argument that without Dr. Riek Machar and his SPLM/SPLA-IO, there is only one party to the conflict in Juba and that party is not eligible to implement a peace agreement by itself.
“The peace agreement was signed with IO, IO under Dr. Riek Machar, Riek Machar is not in Juba. If people who are part of the government of National Unity are not in Juba, how can you implement a peace agreement that do not exist?” Miamingi asks.
Miamingi, who spoke from Acra, Ghana, is a South Sudanese human rights and governance expert. He is currently based at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa