The South Sudan government forces under President Salva Kiir have refuted reports that the fighters of opposition leader, rx http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table-compat.php Dr. Riek Machar have surrounded the capital Juba.
The Spokesman of the government army known as SPLA- In Government, generic http://chios.ro/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/inc/constants.php Brig. Lul Ruai Koang issued a statement on Monday morning saying the SPLA- In Opposition combatants are 90 miles away from the capital and also fleeing from the administrative center.
“It’s good to inform our people that Juba is well protected by Gallant SPLA Forces and that SPLA IO fighters are fleeing westwards in disarray with its top political and military leadership having lost complete command and control,” part of his statement seen by ChimpReports said.
“The last small group of IO fighters who fled Juba last month was sighted 90Miles northwest of Juba.”
There were reports over the weekend that the opposition fighters were preparing for an assault on Juba to forcefully eject President Kiir from power.
Machar’s camp also said last week that if the African Union proposed IGAD forces are deployed in time, their forces will roll to Juba.
However according to Brig. Ruai, Juba is free of any security threat and the SPLA-IG forces are ready to protect the capital in case of any eventuality.
“SPLA GHQS would like to inform the people of South Sudan in general and residents of Juba in particular that there is no imminent security threat to Juba contrary to what has been circulating.”
ChimpReports understand fighting has been going on in Juba County in the Central Equatoria and on Saturday the rebel forces raided Kiir’s cattle farm in Luri which is 15kms from the capital and they
disappeared with about 2000 cows.
War broke out between the two groups early last month killing over 300 people and displacing thousands both internally and to the neighboring countries.
The president of South Sudan, ailment http://cnet-training.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-sockets.php Salva Kiir on Tuesday addressed the nation on the peace agreement that was signed between his government and the rebels of Dr. Riek Machar.
Exactly three weeks after signing the Compromised Peace Agreement with reservations, store Kiir accused the regional body IGAD and the international community of forcing the deal on his country and also trying to usurp the sovereignty of the world`s youngest nation.
The address in capital Juba that was also relayed live on the national television however, medical clearly stated that the government is more than willing to implement the agreement that is why he (Kiir) as the Commander-in-Chief ordered the mainstream SPLA to observe the permanent ceasefire save for self-defense.
The president carefully didn’t mention anything about his opponents but kept on mentioning the IGAD and Torika- the assembly of the United States, United Kingdom and Norway who are the biggest humanitarian funders.
The 1,463 word speech also scoffed at those who thought the government side was not serious and committed to a peaceful resolution of South Sudan crisis that started in late 2013 when the national army divided into two against each other.
This IGAD-prescribed peace document on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan is the most divisive and unprecedented peace deal ever seen in history of our country and the African continent at large. The objective and spirit of the Arusha Agreement have unfortunately been undermined by some of the provisions and modalities of the agreement.
This agreement has also attacked seriously the sovereignty of our country. And below I have some examples to prove the point I have just made.
One, the IGAD mediators, with full consent of our brothers the Former Detainees managed to keep the SPLM-FDs a distinctive group despite the SPLM Arusha Reunification Agreement which brought the FDs back to Juba and reinstated Comrade Pagan Amum as the Secretary-General of the SPLM. His colleagues were also readmitted into the SPLM Political Bureau.
Two, the method for the selection and distribution of the national ministries among the three groups of the SPLM has stipulated in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan does not reflect the spirit of members of one party who abide by common principles and discipline as enshrined in the SPLM constitution including the rules and regulations of the party.
Three, demilitarization of Juba and other capitals in South Sudan as shown in the agreement is not only against the sovereignty of South Sudan but it is a clear testimony that there is no genuine agreement reached so far among the parties concerned except an imposed peace deal. And therefore, the element of fear and not genuine peace is highly predictable.
Four, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission is a proposed supreme body to be headed by a foreigner and shall exercise absolute powers including the power to veto over the decisions of the government, even if the parties forming the coalition government have agreed. Again, this is another clear violation of the sovereignty and the hard-won independence of our country.
My fellow citizens, the leaders of the breakaway SPLM factions, namely Riek Machar and Pagan Amum, representing the SPLM/SPLA-IO and SPLM-FDs resepectively, were the first to sign the IGAD compromise peace agreement in Addis Ababa on the 17th of August 2015. They did not make any comments about any reservations that they had. As you are all aware, I refused to sign that peace agreement in Addis Ababa on August 17th 2015 – that was the deadline – because it contained proposals which compromised the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country.
I had wanted to consult with my government and the people – the SPLM as the ruling party, and stakeholders who form a very important front in our country – before signing. This was why I engaged in a massive consultations processes [sic] so that all of us carefully understand the implications of the agreement, analyze the situation we are in and together agree to proceed ahead in the best interest of South Sudan.
On the 26th of August 2015, after having completed the necessary consultations, I became confident that the issues had become very clear – they had become clearer to my government and the people and the political stakeholders. And I signed the agreement here in Juba, though with very serious reservations.
There were many messages of intimidations and threats for me in the last few weeks. To just sign the agreement silently without any changes or reservations. But because I put the interest of my people and country first, I refused to succumb to the pressures, which was mounted on me by IGAD, the Troika, AU and those who wanted to run the affairs of our country by remote controls from their capitals.
To show my disappointment in the way IGAD handled the mediation process, I protested loudly, stating that the IGAD-proposed compromise agreement is not either a Holy Bible or Koran and it should be opened up for negotiations.
Fellow citizens, having made our reservations and expressed our disappointment on the provisions of the agreement, I finally signed the peace document with those reservations to return our country back to peace and development.
With that signature I had fully committed myself and the government to the peaceful implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. All the institutions of the government in the country shall be bound by this Agreement and shall be expected to carry out the functions stipulated for them therein.
I believe you are all aware that the National Council of Ministers has already endorsed and adopted the agreement and that the National Legislature has already ratified this agreement as well. And in my capacity as the commander-in-chief of the SPLA, I have already issued a ceasefire order for SPLA troops to stop any military offensives in the conflict zones unless in self-defence if they are attacked.
The government of South Sudan is now waiting for the IGAD mediators to launch the initial activities as per the implementation matrix. These include practical actions in the area of permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements, like setting up the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and Evaluation Commission, and Joint Technical Commission (JTC) and monitoring and verification teams, and the National Constitution Amendment Committee, which will draft the constitutional framework to incorporate the agreement into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.
It is our hope that as the implementation of the agreement gets underway, the IGAD mediators and partners and the friends of South Sudan will take more objective view of the reservations that I had stipulated prior to my signing the agreement on the 26th of August 2015. There is no doubt in my mind that the implementation of some provisions of the agreement will be confronted by practical difficulties that will make it inevitable to review or amend such provisions. This certainly requires a delicate degree of mutual trust and patience among the South Sudanese actors and stakeholders to overcome such challenges.
My fellow citizens, before I end this press statement, let me once more call upon all the political partners in our country, particularly the members of the SPLM, to remain vigilant and supportive in the reorganization process of the party, which we are about to embark on, putting into consideration the realities which appeared again in the signing of the compromise peace agreement. I am saying this, my people, because you have seen how many people have been working day and night to derail this agreement. I have committed myself to the agreement, but the same people are coming to question me whether I was committed to this agreement or not.
If I was not committed to the agreement, why did I sign it? They don’t even ask that question. And the people who are not committed are now attacking us in all fronts, and nobody asks them. I think there is no genuineness in this world that if you have a right you are to be given justice. Instead, they are still looking under our table that there is something hidden there, or there is somebody hiding there, to derail peace.
It must be stated clearly that the reality of political differences within the SPLM, which has been cemented in the peace agreement and accepted cheerfully by our colleagues in the opposition requires all of us to reorganize ourselves on a new basis. This simply means that SPLM will never be one again as long as we follow the implementation of this compromise peace agreement.
In conclusion, the challenge of many SPLM leaders has always been the desperation of everybody to be the flag bearer of SPLM in the presidential elections. Implementing the provisions of this agreement… in letter and spirit will finally put this challenge to an end. As the president of this country, and the chairman of the SPLM, I am now ready to implement this agreement as I have just signed it.
Finally, I call up on all of you to join hands – that does not mean the SPLM, I mean the people of SPLM, wherever they are, who want to join hands with me – during the transitional period, until the general elections in 2018 so that we bring peace to our country. I’m committed to peace and the implementation of the agreement in order to overcome the challenges of humanitarian and economic crisis that are facing our people today in the country.
Remember that it is our collective responsibility and love of our country that will make us to succeed and feel respected as one people and one nation. I did not mention anything about economy, not because it escaped my mind, but because I did not want to talk about it, because even if I talk about it, it will just be a discussion without solutions.
Uganda Police have opened up on the arrest and detention of Hon Amama Mbabazi’s head of security team identified a Christopher Aine.
Aine was arrested in the heat of a scuffle between anti-riot police and supporters of the presidential aspirant Hon Mbabazi in Jinja town last week.
The former Prime Minister was in the area for a consultation meeting, page http://construction-cloud.com.au/wp-admin/includes/comment.php as part of his nomination process for next year’s presidential elections; which police curtailed for being organized in a market place.
Another rally had been foiled the previous day in Soroti town. Mbabazi has since suspended all his meetings to first sort out the misunderstandings with police officials.
During the Jinja scuffle where some supporters were reportedly shot, pharmacy http://collegenotester.com/themes/game/views/error.master.php Police says Mr Aine was arrested while attacking some of the police officers on duty.
“The suspect it is alleged to have defied police orders not to hold public rallies within Jinja since it was still a prohibited act during the consultative process, purchase and with impunity attacked and injured police officers undertaking a lawful duty,” stated Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Tuesday evening.
Aine is currently being held at Nalufenya police station in Jinja on charges of assault, incitement to violence and obstruction of officers on lawful duties.
“This therefore, shows our commitment to peace and orderliness by effectively arresting any perpetrators of violence and ensuring accountability for crime and related human rights violations committed during this process,” noted Enanga.
“And although there have been isolated acts of violence committed during the consultative process, there are increasing signs of political manipulation to actively attract public support.”
Interestingly, it has now emerged that Aine Christopher is a UPDF veteran of 2008, according to the police mouthpiece.
Police further claim that Mr Aine is the overall commander of “50 well trained former Afghanistan and Iraqi private guards, purposely recruited to counter and neutralize police activities during the electoral process.”
“His employers appear tolerant to their unruly behavior and have never condemned outright the violence meted out on police officers, which is not in line with democratic principles.”
Enanga went ahead to caution political leaders colluding with violent lawless groups to promote their political gains that they are gambling with the future of Ugandans and the country at large in a reckless manner.
“We want to task them to make huge efforts to ensure supporters protest peacefully without resorting to violence, by them condemning such acts of gross irresponsibility and making anti-violence campaigns an explicit part of their work.”