South Sudan

Machar Backs AU Military Deployment in South Sudan

South Sudan’s armed opposition has welcomed African Union’s decision to send a joint force to stabilise the war-torn country, sale Chimp Corps report.

The African Union summit in Kigali on Tuesday directed that a force comprising troops from Uganda, buy more about Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda and Ethiopia be dispatched to South Sudan.

This followed a meeting between President Museveni and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon in Kigali during which the Ugandan leader called for deployment of a regional force in South Sudan.

Museveni proposed three issues that need to be immediately handled including a regional protection force (in the transition period) for Vice President Riek Machar who does not trust SPLA for his protection, no new fighting in Juba and working towards elections and democracy as soon as possible.

“Deal with them carefully and work towards peace and elections. Votes will force them into alliances. Democracy will force them to work together. Now they know they are not accountable to the people,” he said.

Reacting to AU’s plans to deploy forces in the country, Dr Riek Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak said the opposition is supportive of the idea.

“The position of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) is very clear that we support the proposed deployment of a third force in the national capital, Juba,” said Dak.

“The unbelievable lawlessness which exploded at the very palace (J1) of President Salva Kiir on Friday, July 8, 2016, has clearly indicated that either he lost control of his army commanders and forces or he is himself a suspect in the mess,” he added.


President Salva Kiir has since said “not even a single soldier will be allowed here,” arguing the 12,000-man UN force in the country is enough.

Kiir further called for protests in the capital Juba to oppose AU’s deployment plans.

But DAK argued that in order to “restore peace, security and civility to the capital, to protect civilians and the country’s leadership including President Kiir himself, there is need for deployment of additional foreign troops with a stronger mandate under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).”

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