Interviewed by Fred Dove.
April 25, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — While Dr. Machar, the former vice president, believes that his senior colleagues would have been released three months ago, he welcomes their release. He, however, asserted that their release was expected because the cases were weak and would have been thrown out of the court.
“However, nothing is too late, we welcome their release. It also indicates a lot because they have been under trial, it means the charges they were tried on are baseless and we have been saying that these people are innocent, at last Juba has proven that. So we welcome their release” Machar said.
Machar believes that the government was loosing the court case and if the case was left to the judges, the court would have trash it but because the government did not want that embarrassment, they decided to squash the case themselves.
Machar believes that the foreign troops from Sudan and Uganda must leave to give peace a chance.
“This is when we will know the government wants to discuss peace and wants to dialogue but as long as our country is still under occupation through the invitation of Salva Kiir, I don’t think he is serious.” Machar added.
Machar regrets any incident of targeted killing of civilians and pledges to institute a team that would investigate the incident.
“But however, if there is an incident of civilians that have lost lives, we regrets that, and I have decided that I will institute an investigation to this matter” Machar reaffirms
Machar further asserted that he would attend the peace talk in Ethiopia if required to show his willingness.
“Oh definitely, today I had discussion with the IGAD members, the mediation team. I also had discussion with the TRIOKA, and the European Union representative, and also with South African envoy, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. And I promised that if the talk starts, if it needs even my present, I will be present. This is to show that we are serious about reaching towards political settlement ” Machar confidently added.