JUBA – South Sudan opposition commander and leader of the breakaway SPLA-IO Kitgwang faction has warned against any move for elections while President Salva Kiir Mayardit is in power, saying the country under him is not ready for free and fair elections.
Gatwech made the remarks in a position paper extended to Sudans Post earlier this week where he called on the regional and international community to hold responsible those he said are working against the achievement of peace and instability in the world’s youngest country.
In the position paper signed by him personally, Gatwech acknowledged efforts by the international community but said the regional community is sugarcoating against conduct of a free and fair elections in which South Sudanese can vote for a leader of their choice.
“Though the government of United States of America, the TROIKA, and the European Union have taken a bold stance on South Sudan, but the IGAD countries in actual fact are making another attempt to which may sent the country into further chaos and anarchy,” Gatwech said.
“In practical terms, if the region and the international community are not able to persuade President Salva Kiir and his government to implement regional and international mediated peace, which can definitely place the country into the road of free and fair elections if implemented, what would be the guarantee that the region and the international community will use their leverage to play an effective role in organizing and conduct credible elections in a volatile and insecure environment such as that in South Sudan?” he asked.
The prominent opposition commander further warned against what he call ‘any attempt’ for a premature elections while President Kiir is still in power saying the country is not ready for elections under Kiir’s rule.
“Any attempt to take the country for elections in its current status quo by anybody in the region or internationally, would be logically considered an injtentional act of delivering the nation into permanent state of anarchy,” he added.