South Sudan

Kiir Reveals New Plan to Overthrow Him


viagra order ampoule sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 150%;”>Gen Kiir told lawmakers in Juba on Thursday that the conspirators within IGAD had already finalised plans to exclude him from the proposed transitional interim government, prescription site a move he vowed to resist.

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Chimpreports understands that one of the countries suspected in the plot is Ethiopia which has been mediating the talks between the rebels and government of South Sudan.

“Of course, we are aware that they intend to form a transitional government without me as its president yet I was elected by the people of South Sudan,” said Kiir as members of both the National Assembly and the Council of States listened attentively.

Kiir put it clear mediators should not even bother considering this option, saying it’s the country’s ‘red line’ as it would disenfranchise those who overwhelmingly voted him into office.

IGAD expects Kiir and Machar to have formed a transitional government by mid-August to prepare ground for national elections.

“There is no question about my position as President. It is not contested by anyone because I am the elected president of South Sudan. Only the people who gave me this mandate reserve the right to take it back in an election,” said Kiir, attracting a thunderous ovation from Parliament.

Government forces are struggling to defeat a rebel movement formed by former Vice President, Riek Machar in December last year.

It remains unclear why IGAD is pushing for a unity government yet such steps do not bring about permanent peace in African countries.

Experts speak out

John Bith Aliap, a prominent South Sudanese leader in Australia, says while IGAD’s leaders are considering giving a portion of power to Riek Machar and his loyalists so they can quench their leadership’s thirst in a well-intentioned agreement, “power-sharing”, this move contradicts the principles of democracy and it adds salt into fresh wounds.

“IGAD’s leaders seem to be unaware that power-sharing is not something new in S. Sudan. It’s been tried many times and it produced no results. For example, most of current rebels’ commanders including rebel chief Riek Machar who now marshals rebellion have in the past been integrated into the government under the power-sharing deal, but has anything changed in S. Sudan as a result of their integration into the government? No! Their integration has in turn pushed the country into abyss,” argued Bith.

He also pointed out that power-sharing has been widely used in Africa over the past two decades as a formula to managing political conflicts and crises in vain.

“It has been rolled out in many African countries such as Angola, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cote d’Ivore, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe. It has been accorded with special status to the extent that discussions of potential power-sharing are carried out event before the elections that are expected to be controversial are conducted, but despite its popularity as a conflict resolution instrument, its effectiveness is questionable,” said Bith.

“Most countries that have used power-sharing to resolve their conflicts have not achieved any long-lasting stability nor have they been able to establish a credible system of multiparty politics.

Power-sharing shouldn’t be on IGAD’s list of solutions. IGAD leaders need to be crystally told that they should find a better solution than power – sharing. Riek Machar’s political thuggery and slaughter of innocent people should not be rewarded with power-sharing of any type. Doing so equates to creating a blue print for thugs/murders ascension to power. IGAD doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that S. Sudan is a baby nation and it needs a strong democratic foundation which shouldn’t be done on a basis of power-sharing – and rewarding coup staging- power hungry individuals like Riek Machar with “power sharing” is a gross mistake.”

However, mediators are confident an inclusive government will reduce the tensions in South Sudan and create a fertile ground for reconciliation and peace building.

Bith wondered whether IGAD’s strategy is sustainable.

“What if other leaders put on Machar’s shoes and threaten a civil war unless they’re given some power… then what? That’s a dangerous path. IGAD is setting a dangerous precedence in Africa when it decides to go for the power-sharing route…why should Kiir – who’s a democratically elected leader shares power with Riek Machar who cannot contain his greed for power? Since IGAD’s historic adoption of a co-presidency to end the post – election violence in most of African countries, there have been calls in other parts of Africa for the same. My contention is that this is not only the easy way out of a political problem but also the wrong solution,” he noted.

Bith said Riek Machar staged a coup against a democratically elected government and he brands a coup’s accusation – a fake and then insisting on a coalition presidency.

“A mutiny has taken place. Riek Machar has more or less claimed partial responsibility by calling on soldiers to bring down Kiir-led democratically elected government. Riek Machar has a history of mutual tribal hatred and mistrust and expecting him to share the presidency with Kiir – who ranks top on his death list, consigns S. Sudan into a perpetual political limbo.

If Machar has some specific issues, he should bring them to the table or else he must be told, in no uncertain terms, that he has to wait for the next elections. Machar should not get any “inch of power” when he doesn’t deserve even a crumb. For now, what IGAD should be pursuing is how to convince Kiir to pardon Riek Machar or allow him safe passage into exile.

It’s wrong for individuals who feel aggrieved to cause chaos in the hope of getting power. It’s wrong to seek power using selfish means at the expense of ordinary and innocent civilians. It will never be right for the so-called African leaders to kill people en-mass to satiate their greed for power.”


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