South Sudan

South Sudan MPs Flee to Khartoum; Join Machar Camp

Four members of South Sudan Parliament have fled their country to the neighboring Sudanese capital Khartoum and declared their resignation from the government of President Salva Kiir.

The legislators including Gatwech Lam Puoch representing Nassir County (Upper Nile State) and also the Chairperson Mining and Commerce, medicine Pasquele Clement Batali representing Nagero County (Western Equatoria)  also Chairperson of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Martin Martin Mabil Kong representing Rubkona county (Unity) and Justin Joseph Marona announced their move on Wednesday.

The quartet which has now joined the group of former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, outlined six reasons that informed their decision – majorly bordering on the perpetual wave of bloody violence in their country and the current style of leadership.

They blamed President Kiir and the powerful Jieng Council of Elders for being squarely responsible for the “collapse” of the implementation of the peace talks agreement and the resumption of war in July.

“The agreement on the resolution of conflict in the republic of South Sudan was killed by Kiir and buried by Taban Deng Gai,” part of their joint resignation letter reads in part.

“The breakout of the dog’s fight at J1 (presidential palace) on July 8th marked the beginning of another era of senseless war. President Kiir and his JCE are the primary instigators of the uncalled for violence.”

The presidential palace fight claimed 300 lives of elite bodyguards of both Kiir and Machar.

They also condemned the creation of 28 states which they claim is a recipe for ethnic disunity and violence since it was done in favor Dinka tribe that Kiir hails from.


The legislators as well mentioned disrespect of the 2011 Transitional Constitution among others.

Machar has since been in South Africa for treatment. However, there are concerns he is returning to war.

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