South Sudan

IGAD Peace Monitors Not Concerned About Machar’s Replacement

Dr Riek Machar

The South Sudan peace monitors have said they are not bothered by the alleged replacement of the country’s First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar by his group.

The peace observers known as Joint Mechanism and Evaluation Committee (JMEC) led by the Botswana former President, cialis 40mg Festus Mogae released a statement on Sunday explicitly stating that the internal challenges affecting of the SPLA faction is none of its business.

JMEC was entrusted by the IGAD that mediated the peace talks to help the regional body in monitoring the implementation of the Agreement on Resolution to the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

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The SPLA In Opposition leadership over the weekend named the minister of Mining, search Gen. Taban Deng Gai as the replacement for Dr. Machar who has been missing for the last two weeks.

The disagreement in the opposition has a far reaching implication on the implementation of the peace treaty signed in August last year.

Gen Taban appeared at his declaration ceremony with only four other ministers meaning the remaining five are automatically with Dr. Machar.

However according to JMEC there is no need to mind about the new developments in the SPLA-IO.

“We are in South Sudan for the implementation of Agreement on Resolution to the Conflict in South Sudan and look forward to the return of peace, approved ” part of the statement read.

“The Change of leadership in Opposition depends on their arrangement.” Machar fled from Juba on 10th of July when the war resumed in the country that just started to recover from the two years horrible internal conflict that only condensed last year.

The Gen. Taban’s group that consists of ministers Dhieu Mathok, Gen. Lado Gore and Ezekiel Gatkouth Lol are accused by Machar’s followers of hobnobbing with the mainstream SPLA leadership under President Salva Kiir to weaken the SPLA-IO.

Machar on Friday last week announced the dismissal of Gen. Taban from the SPLA-IO and the subsequent withdrawal of his ministerial appointment.


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