South Sudan

Rebels Want 'SPLM/A In opposition' Recognised as South Sudan Gov't


nurse geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>“We urge the IGAD member states and the international community to recognize leadership of the SPLM/A In opposition as the legitimate representative of the South Sudanese people, diagnosis ” said the rebels’ chairman National Committee for Political Mobilization, nurse Oyet Nathaniel Pierino on Sunday.

“We represent their interest of free federal South Sudan, a call embraced by all the quarters of South Sudanese except the ruling elite who want to run a centralized system in order to loot the nation. Democratic transformation in a federated South Sudan and restructuring of the current state system is the yeaning and a legitimate call of every South Sudanese,” added Oyet.

“We do not seek positions in government; neither do we seek to protect any wealth. We use violence only to resist government strategy of committing genocide and ethnic cleansing against our people and imposing their will and dictatorship on the people of South Sudan.”

Such calls evoke memories of the Libyan revolution during which the international community embraced the rebel movement as rebels battled government forces under then President Col Muammar Gaddafi.

With more support to the Libyan rebels, the western countries, especially France, UK and United States, were able to capture Tripoli before killing Gaddafi in cold blood.

It appears after the crumbling of peace talks in Ethiopia, the rebels are now turning their eyes on the international community for support to remove President Salva Kiir from office.

However, this remains an uphill task considering the presence of heavy deployment elite Ugandan combat units in South Sudan.

It was hoped that the rebels and President Machar would form a government by mid-August but unfolding events point to the contrary – a deepening rift between the two politicians.


Oyet told Chimpreports the current crisis hurting South Sudan “is an opportunity to turn the clock of history in the right direction. President Salva Kiir and his cohorts have messed up the country and placed it on top of world’s list of failed states.

The unprecedented deterioration of socio political and economic condition in the country was never a surprise. It was the product of nine years of abuse of power by President Salva Kiir, bad policies and practices by his current and former ministers, generals and governors that are directly responsible for the general discontent by the masses and failed state.”

Machar, who is leading the rebellion against Kiir was until last year, the country’s Vice President.

Oyet said SPLM/A “have failed to understand why some quarters inside and outside South Sudan trivialize the conflict as power struggle between President Kiir and H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny and rush to think that power sharing or government of national unity is the best solution to the socio political and economic malaise of the country.”

He added: “This is a grave historical misconception. Any formation of a government of national unity today in Juba without addressing the underlying socio political and economic predicaments through an open, frank negotiated settlement between the warring parties, will lead to a quick relapse to further violence and turmoil in the country.”

President Kiir recently told lawmakers in Juba that conspirators within IGAD had already finalised plans to exclude him from the proposed transitional interim government, a move he vowed to resist.

“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.

“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.

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,” argues Bith. –


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