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EALA Members Convene for Sensitization on SDGs Ahead of Global Adoption

Hon Leonce Ndarubagiye (left), Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega (middle) and Hon Dora Byamukama in a discussion at the start of the two day meeting on SDGs in Nairobi

Military generals in the South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF), and http://cehurd.org/wp-admin/includes/user.php a splinter group from the main rebel movement, approved SPLA-IO, approved have challenged Dr Riek Machar to show the international community that he controls the restive Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei States.

The battle hardened commanders including Gen Gatdet and Gathoth Gatkuoth said they maintain control over these stronghold areas which Machar selfishly used as his leverage to sign a peace agreement with South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

“Machar has deceived and duped the international community for his personal interest by claiming that he controls Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states that does not hold any single truth,” said Gen Gathoth in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Tuesday morning.

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“I am the one who fought the government and captured Malakal three times without any directive from Machar on Dec 24, 2014, Jan 14, 2014, Feb 18, 2014,” he added.

“Simultaneously, Gen Gatdet captured Bor town in Jonglei State and Gen James Koang Chuol captured Bentiu.”

The rebel commanders’ allegation fit into government’s narrative that Machar has lost control of his commanders.

SPLA Chief-of-Staff Gen Paul Malong Awan said Monday that the “leadership of SPLM-IO has since lost control over the spoilers (Gen Gatdet’s group) in the field and the spoilers have already been fighting both the SPLA and the remnant of the forces of SPLM-IO. This is a fact which is commonly known by everybody.”

Malong said Malakal has since come under attacks from Gatdet’s group in addition to attacking supply boats of the SPLA which he said puts the lives of men and women aboard at risk.

In response, Gen Gathoth confirmed that SSAF attacked and destroyed three government barges that attacked their bases between Wathkech and Tonja in Upper Nile State on August 31.

Peace agreement

It is feared the internal power struggles in the rebel movement fighting President Kiir’s government could delay the implementation of the peace deal.

Gen Gathoth said the peace agreement signed between President Salva Kiir, Dr Riek Machar and Mr Pagan Amum “will not hold water due to lack of inclusive and wide range consultations” with other parties involved in this conflict.

“I am hereby assuring IGAD, AU and UN Security Council that the agreement signed by SPLM’s three factions is not comprehensive and will not see the light of the day,” he warned.

The General urged a second round of consolidated comprehensive peace talks to achieve lasting peace.

“Nobody can tolerate or listen to Riek Machar’s deceptions except the wishful thinkers. “

Gathoth said the ceasefire in Greater Upper Nile will never hold unless the peace is sustainable and comprehensive.

Greed

The SSAF blamed Machar for fomenting divisions among the Neur and betraying the founding father of South Sudan, Col John Garang leading to unprecedented levels of bloodshed in the 1990s.

Gathoth further said Machar failed as Vice President to Salva Kiir for 9 years, adding, “His name was on the top listed SPLM 75 most corrupt officials who have looted South Sudan public funds.”

Machar was further faulted for failing to enhance development services to the Neur lands and subjecting them to be beggars in their own country.

“He (Machar) failed to lead SPLM-IO due to lack of organisation and preparedness, vision, direction and dedication; running the movement as a personal enterprise by paying attention only to his wife and his in-law Taban Deng Gai. He assumed all positions particularly finance and logistics.”

Gathoth said the Neur did not fight for the “reunification of SPLM or to reinstate Dr Riek Machar back to his former position as the Vice President,” adding, “Since 1991 to 2015, Machar has let the blood of the Neur people in vain, leaving them devastated, impoverished, divided and underdeveloped due to his personal greed and selfish ambitions.”
EALA Members on Monday commenced a two – day sensitization workshop on promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved http://coloradofinearts.org/wp-includes/class-wp-embed.php with a mantra to ensure the region realizes the set objectives of reducing poverty, viagra dosage http://cprescue.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/buddypress/screens/attending.php achieving food security and enhancing gender equality among other development initiatives.

Addressing the legislators, see EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega said Parliaments had a fundamental role to play in ensuring implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We must take a more prominent role in ensuring full realization of the SDGs. I can guarantee you that the fate of the SDGs will be equally sealed if Parliaments do not enact their own action plans and take up the mantle on some of the relevant areas to their mandate,” Rt. Hon Kidega said.

Held under the theme of  the “Role of EALA in implementing the SDGs: Promoting peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable development”, the two day workshop brings together Members of EALA and resource persons from institutions working round the clock to ensure Africa’s concerns are taken on board fully when SDGs are rolled out.

The Speaker of EALA (right) and a section of Members during the workshop

The Speaker of EALA (right) and a section of Members during the workshop

Information from the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) reveals that the Institutions are Society for International Development, Africa Platform and the Institute for Economic Affairs.

Its objectives include updating the Assembly on the status and details of MDGs and the post 2015 plus 2063 and the Vision of the EAC.

The meeting also analyses performance at the EAC level, hindrances and challenges learnt from MDGs while focusing on EALA mandate in promoting good governance, Transparency and Accountability.

The Speaker said that EALA would hold Partner States accountable and enhance its oversight role in the dispensation.

He noted that it was important for the East African Community to allocate and appropriate more resources in the area of SDGs.

Kidega remarked that EALA was keen to enact a regional piece of legislation relevant to the realization of the SDGs.

The Head of the Africa Platform Secretariat, Paul Okumu remarked that it was time for African countries to fully implement laws and policies around development.  He said a number of SDGs were in one way or another already encapsulated in policy frameworks.

“We need to understand that developing countries want to ensure an open democratic space where we can all make decisions and have a vote.  This is why the arena such as SDGs that bring together all countries is vital,” he said.

He remarked that the continent may face challenges as the goals may be complex to realize.

“Some of the areas have not been completed such as that dealing with Climate change,” he added.

Associate Director of Society for International Development, Ali Hersi during the same meeting said it was necessary to have concrete binding commitments from Partners.

He said the role of EALA was key in ensuring concrete steps are realized as the region moves to the comprehensive development goals.

He further noted that it was important for the Continent to take its place and mark its space in the Development Agenda dispensation.

The United Nations is expected to hold a global Summit in New York on September 25 -27,, 2015 to adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

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