South Sudan

Ugandan MP: Kiir, Machar ‘Stupid’


try price geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Dr. Kenneth Omona, find who represents Kaberamaido County in Eastern Uganda, information pills says the disagreements between the political class in the world’s youngest nation mainly President Salva Kiir and his rival Dr. Riek Machar did not warrant war but if they are insisting on war they become stupid.

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“South Sudan people did not call for war and we all know war is always the last resort but there were many fertile grounds of maturity which were ignored. The main two principles in the conflict and the entire political and military class should embrace dialogue and if they don’t, it is stupidity which they should accept as well,” Dr. Omona told Chimpreports at his office in parliament.

On Monday morning both parties in the South Sudan conflict boycotted Stakeholders’ Peace Negotiations with government side directly blaming the IGAD Secretary General Mahboub Maalim of disrespect when he last week said Machar and Kiir would be “stupid” to think they can win with the barrel of the gun.

South Sudan Information Minister, Michael Makuei said in Addis Ababa today that they are outraged by the word “stupid,” describing it as an insult.

South Sudan rebels said they will not participate in future negotiations with the Juba government until they are satisfied with the transparency of the “selection and participation of the stakeholders.”

“The SPLM/SPLA delegation engaged the mediators in consultative meetings have come to conclude the process of selecting the stakeholders to the symposium has not been transparent and inclusive,” the rebel movement said in a statement to Chimpreports on Monday.

“There were no criteria for selecting participants to the symposium.

The stakeholders outside government controlled areas, aggrieved IDPs in UNMISS camps, those who fled to neighbouring countries for fear of their lives to Ethiopia, Kenya, the Sudan, Uganda, and the diasporas were excluded,” said Hussein Mar Nyuot, spokesperson to the Peace Talks, SPLM/SPLA.

“We need clarification on these issues before the opening of the next round of the peace talks.”

Observers say the rebels’ decision to set tough conditions for the peace talks could reignite tensions in the war-torn country.

IGAD recently revealed that a multi-stakeholder symposium to initiate an inclusive phase of the South Sudan peace process that was held on 6-7 June 2014 at the UNECA premises in Addis Ababa was concluded successfully.

More than 250 South Sudanese representing the government, the opposition, political parties, faith-based groups and civil society organizations participated in the event.


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