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South Sudan: IDPs Wary of Leaving Camps Before Macher Return

Sara John speaking to ChimpReports in South Sudan this week

The South Sudan President Salva Kiir is expected to finally form the long-awaited unity government on Thursday but without opposition leader Dr Riek Machar and his group.

The creation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was announced on Wednesday in capital Juba by the president’s spokesman, medications ambulance http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-client.php Mr Ateny Wek.

Dr. Machar was appointed to the position of the 1st Vice President last Thursday as per the peace accord signed in August last year to bring an end to the two years bloody conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

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Machar who has been in exile in Ethiopia since May 2014 was supposed to return to Juba with his SPLA In Opposition members after signing of the peace deal to constitute the unison government with mainstream SPLA under Kiir also known as SPLA- Juba.

The disagreement however arose on the security arrangement in the capital. The SPLA-IO wants its 1, this 400 troops be stationed in Juba before they set foot there.

350 of the troops will be appointed as Machar’s bodyguards.

Mr Ateny told press that the government has run out of patience to keep on waiting for Machar and his group and if he fails to submit the names of his selected ministers by Thursday morning, this web Kiir will just go ahead and form the unity government without them.

Last month each side was allocated ministerial dockets and expected to act quick nothing has materialized yet.

The TGoNU structure released by the former Botswana President Festus Mogae, the Chairman of Joint Verification and Mechanism Committee set by the mediator IGAD-Plus detailed the ministries allocated to each party as follows.

The GRSS (government) 16 including Finance, Defense and Veterans Affairs, Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Information, Communication Technology and Postal Services, Office of the President, Trade and Industry, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Roads and Bridges, Parliamentary Affairs, National Security, Health, Culture, Youth and Sports, Gender, Child and Social Welfare, General Education and Instructions, Livestock and Fisheries and Environment and Forestry.

The 10 ministries given to SPLA-IO are Petroleum, Interior, Water Resources and Irrigation, Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Federal Affairs, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Energy and Dams, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Land Housing and Urban Development and finally Mining.

The political parties got Cabinet Affairs and Agriculture and Food Security while the former detainees were given Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Transport.

The SPLA-IO, FDs and other parties have already submitted names to the president according to the same source.

The transitional government is to organize national elections and make a constitution before the expiry of its term at the end of 2018.

The peace pact was reached amidst international pressure to end the bloody conflict that engulfed the world`s youngest nation in 2013.
The South Sudan President Salva Kiir is expected to finally form the long-awaited unity government on Thursday but without opposition leader Dr Riek Machar and his group.

The creation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was announced on Wednesday in capital Juba by the president’s spokesman, more about http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/flamingo.php Mr Ateny Wek.

Dr. Machar was appointed to the position of the 1st Vice President last Thursday as per the peace accord signed in August last year to bring an end to the two years bloody conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

Machar who has been in exile in Ethiopia since May 2014 was supposed to return to Juba with his SPLA In Opposition members after signing of the peace deal to constitute the unison government with mainstream SPLA under Kiir also known as SPLA- Juba.

The disagreement however arose on the security arrangement in the capital. The SPLA-IO wants its 1, clinic http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-update-functions.php 400 troops be stationed in Juba before they set foot there.

350 of the troops will be appointed as Machar’s bodyguards.

Mr Ateny told press that the government has run out of patience to keep on waiting for Machar and his group and if he fails to submit the names of his selected ministers by Thursday morning, pill Kiir will just go ahead and form the unity government without them.

Last month each side was allocated ministerial dockets and expected to act quick nothing has materialized yet.

The TGoNU structure released by the former Botswana President Festus Mogae, the Chairman of Joint Verification and Mechanism Committee set by the mediator IGAD-Plus detailed the ministries allocated to each party as follows.

The GRSS (government) 16 including Finance, Defense and Veterans Affairs, Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Information, Communication Technology and Postal Services, Office of the President, Trade and Industry, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Roads and Bridges, Parliamentary Affairs, National Security, Health, Culture, Youth and Sports, Gender, Child and Social Welfare, General Education and Instructions, Livestock and Fisheries and Environment and Forestry.

The 10 ministries given to SPLA-IO are Petroleum, Interior, Water Resources and Irrigation, Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Federal Affairs, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Energy and Dams, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Land Housing and Urban Development and finally Mining.

The political parties got Cabinet Affairs and Agriculture and Food Security while the former detainees were given Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Transport.

The SPLA-IO, FDs and other parties have already submitted names to the president according to the same source.

The transitional government is to organize national elections and make a constitution before the expiry of its term at the end of 2018.

The peace pact was reached amidst international pressure to end the bloody conflict that engulfed the world`s youngest nation in 2013.
Sara John, more about http://cstaab.com/wp-content/themes/karma/framework/hooks.php a mother of four fled her home town of Malakal in 2014 after her husband was killed during an attack in her village.

Sara came to juba to seek for safety, look http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-41920811860c75b944387e7540d78bf9.php but life turned hard for her as she was made to survive on handouts from friends and relatives.

After realizing that life was becoming more difficult t for her four children just to survive on donations, http://crewftlbr.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/constants.php Sara relocated to Mahad Internally Displaced Persons  (IDPs) camp,  where thousands of South Sudanese live after fleeing violence in their homes.

The Mahad IDP camp, located next to juba’s largest Market Konyo-Konyo is home to over nine thousand displaced persons, majority of whom Children and Women living in congested makeshift tents.

Sara says two years after arriving to the camp; she has been eagerly waiting to one day return home and rebuild her wrecked house.

“This peace they are talking about should be real, not just by mouth,’’ she said in Arabic.

“It should come. People like me are very tired. And even other people are suffering because of the conflict.,”

But she says with the peace only in papers, she will never leave the camp unless peace prevails and Vice president Riek Machar comes home.

“If peace comes now and we see that Riek Machar comes to Juba, I won’t be waiting for the United Nations. I will just park my belongings and go home. Everyone will be happy,” she Said.

Sara added: “I will go home whether there is a house to stay in or not, but I will be happy when there is peace, no gunshots and no disturbances by armed people. I will live even if under a tree, God will help me.”

Two years of bitter conflict in South Sudan between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Rebel leader Riek Machar Teny forcibly displaced over 1.6 million people within the country and into neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates.

A peace agreement signed last year between the rival factions of South Sudan ignited hopes that peace would return to Africa’s youngest nation, but delays in implementing the pact has forced IDPs to continue staying in UN bases and IDP camps across the country.

President Salva Kiir last week appointed Dr. Riek as his first Deputy, a requirement of the August peace deal, but doubts continue to linger in people’s minds on whether the opposition leader will soon return to Juba to form a Unity Government with Kiir.

Tiredness

50 -year old Mary Nyandit, a mother of seven who also lost her husband in Bor during the onset of the 2013 conflict says she is tired of suffering in the IDP camp.

Nyandit calls on the leaders in South Sudan to bring peace to enable displaced persons go home.

“We civilians living in this camp do not want anything other than peace, if we hear about peace, we are very happy. Government has to listen to us .we are civilians, we just need peace. You find every person living in this camp want peace, not anything else,” Nyandit said.

Mayen Kur, the Camp leader of Mahad IDP Camp says no IDP will leave the camp if the peace partners do not form a government that includes President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar.

“What brought us here is the rebellion of Riek Machar. If we don’t see Dr Riek sitting in his office in Juba, I’m not going to my home,” Kur said.

“Until the President of the Republic (Salva Kiir) settle his differences with Dr. Riek and they form a government for civilians to see that our brothers who fought are now reunited, no one will leave. Our children are feeding on sorghum here; yet in the village they don’t eat this food, they drink milk.  Our message is that if Dr. Riek comes to Juba, no one will be left in this camp,’’ Kur stressed.

President Kiir last week gave Dr. Riek seven days ultimatum (until Friday) to return to South Sudan after his appointment as first Vice President.

But delays in the relocation of troops from Juba and a row over transportation of Dr Riek’s bodyguards to Juba has stalled the progress for the formation of the Unity Government, a development that may greatly hamper the resettling of IDPs to their respective homes.

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