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Gen. Gatwech Releases Official Position Paper On Revitalized Peace Agreement

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Gen. Gatwech Releases Official Position Paper On Revitalized Peace Agreement

South Sudan’s main armed opposition commander and chairman of the SPLM-IO Kitgwang faction Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual has released the group’s official position paper on the revitalized peace agreement as requested by the Sudanese authorities, dismissing an earlier version as “fake and forged”.

South Sudan’s main armed opposition commander and chairman of the SPLM-IO Kitgwang faction Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual has released the group’s official position paper on the revitalized peace agreement as requested by the Sudanese authorities, dismissing an earlier version as “fake and forged”.

Below is the full text position paper!

KITGWANG DECLARATION
POSITION PAPER
INTRODUCTION

The SPLM/A-IO Military Command’s Leadership, under the former Chief of General Staff, First Lieutenant General (1st Lt. Gen) Simon Gatwech Dual, officially convened a three (3) day meeting at Magenis, after a wide consultation with the Movement’s leadership and grassroots supporters. During this meeting, the military command’s leadership discussed serious matters. Chief among them was the reason as to why the former Chairman and Commander in Chief (C.IN.C), Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, went to Juba with only a few politicians and neglected the movement without consulting the entire military leadership, three days after which he was appointed and took oath as the first Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. The team that went to Juba has failed to implement the Agreement and has neither carried on proper communication nor have they been clarifying to the leadership why they took such an impulsive decision.

The military leadership wrote three (3) consecutive letters requesting the former Chairman to have consultations with them at the SPLM/A-(IO) GHQ’s in 2020. However, the former Chairman downplayed these requests, claiming the SPLM/A-(IO) has already transformed into a political struggle where anyone who wanted to be political had to choose whether to join politics or wait at the cantonment or training centers, without a concrete program in sight. As a result of the political leadership of the Movement absconding their responsibilities, the meeting resolved to depose Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon – including his political leadership – from the chairmanship of the SPLM/A-(IO) and commander in Chief (C.IN.C) of the SPLA-(IO) forces, effective from the date of the announcement of the Kit Gwang Declaration. We therefore;

Condemnthe abandonment of the broader reform agenda put forward by the SPLM/SPLA-(IO) since 2014 and its betrayal by the naive political leadership under Dr. Riek Machar and his We further condemn his policy of micro-management which led him to appoint his family members to the most strategic and decision making positions, side-lining other stakeholders within the movement and further tarnishing the image of SPLM/SPLA-(IO) as a whole,
Condemnthe attempts by the FVP to resolve the split in the SPLM/SPLA (IO) using violence and attempts by his allied militias to assassinate his former Chief of General Staff, First Lieutenant General, Simon Gatwech Dual. This has further contributed to the military deposing him from the chairmanship of the Movement,
Condemnthe illegal dismissal of the former Chief of General Staff, First Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, and his appointment as the Presidential advisor. This was specially unjust as it came after the former Chief suspended the Director of Military Intelligence (MI), Maj. Gen. Dhiling Keak Chuol, who has become a major factor in the imminent collapse of the Movement, indicating the mediocrity of the Juba Group which favour developing unskilled family members of their boss, rather than to use the structures of the leadership,
Condemnthe decision-making process of the SPLM/A-(IO) Juba Group, where Dr. Riek Machar Teny alone makes the decisions without the approval of the SPLM/A-(IO) Political Bureau (PB) and the National liberation council (NLC), violating the four basic documents of the SPLM/A- (IO),
Condemn the silencing of the SPLM/A (IO) organs, which have not performed their duties since the signing of the R-ARCSS. It is a clear indication that the former chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, is working for the unification of the historic SPLM (a different party)
ON SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS AND CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION

The traumatic effects of 15th December 2013, and the “dog fight” at J1 (State House) on the 8th July 2016, are still fresh in the collective psyche of our displaced civil population. This is why we must prioritize and expedite the implementation of Chapter II: Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements – commonly referred to as Security Arrangements – and other key provisions of the Arrangement that have been neglected by the Juba Group. We must end the perennial violence that has plagued our politics through the sincere implementation of the negotiated settlement – the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). It is only after this that the parties to the Agreement can be able to address all matters pertaining to peace as stipulated in that book. We in the Kit-Gwang Declaration therefore;

Are concernedfor the imminent collapse and disintegration of the state if serious measures are not taken, particularly, the Security Arrangements, which have not been implemented according to the terms stipulated in the Agreement. The graduation of the unified forces has become a joke and has been completely The majority of the forces in the cantonment sites have deserted the training camps due to lack of food rations, medical provisions and other logistical support, despite the allocation of USD 100 Million to the Joint Defense Board (JDB) for the implementation of Security Arrangements starting in the pre-interim period,
Are alarmedby the lack of direction regarding issues of reconciliation, healing, justice and accountability,
Acknowledgethe fears and concerns of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in UNMISS POCs and refugees who fled the country due to the ethnic massacres which happened in 2013, 2014 and 2016. The Kit Gwang Declaration is advocating for Security Arrangements which will create a conducive atmosphere for a dignified return home and reunion of families,
Recognizethat the issue of Transitional Justice to arrest those who committed horrendous crimes against humanity can only be done through the establishment of the Hybrid Court. This may not happen under the government of South Sudan unless international state actors take their time and are involved in the process,
Cautionof secret airstrips, training of partial police and graduation of unified forces contrary to the provisions enshrined in the Agreement,
Are alarmedof grave security consequences that shall be triggered by the procrastination on the Security Arrangements and lack of trust amongst the
ON THE R-ARCSS

The SPLM/A -(IO), under the leadership of First Lieutenant General, Simon Gatwech Dual, confirms its full support and commitment to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict In South Sudan (R-ARCSS ) as a means to peacefully transform our society and transfer power to the people. It is an opportunity to bring about fundamental change in the country if it were honestly implemented. We therefore;

Welcomethe recent appeals released by the US Government and its partners on the status of the agreement,
Appreciatethe peace guarantors for continuing to exert pressure on the signatories towards the implementation of the
Are concernedof the looming collapse of the Agreement should the Security Arrangements and the chapter on Transitional Justice not be effected in letter and spirit,
Encouragesthe Technical Boundaries Commission (TBC) and Independent Boundaries Commission (IBC) to make their reports and findings available to the general public of South Sudan ahead of anticipated elections.
THE POSITION OF THE SPLM-IO (KIT GWANG)

The Kit Gwang Declaration is advocating for the honest implementation of Chapter II: Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements. It is the contention of the SPLM-IO (Kit Gwang) that the Security Arrangements are central to political stability in our nascent Republic. The Kit Gwang Declaration, through implementation of Security Arrangements, aspires to restore the dignity of the South Sudanese peoples by addressing the problem of political violence in our land.

We acknowledge the frustration shown by the regional bodies and the international community due to the lack of trust between the parties to the Arrangement, despite great expectations and tremendous goodwill. This lack of trust has been a stumbling block to the successful implementation of Chapter II: Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements. We recognize the efforts being made by the regional body IGAD in helping South Sudan achieve a lasting peace so we may benefit from the abundant resources that are currently being misused in fuelling perennial inter-communal conflicts. The revenues from oil alone could fund the Security Arrangements and be used to correct the mistakes of the last three years. The principle objective of the Kit Gwang Declaration is to categorically bring peace within the context of implementation of Security Arrangements – for the welfare and prosperity of the peoples of South Sudan. It is not about the distribution of government jobs.

CLOSING APPEAL

We call on the peoples of South Sudan, the IGAD, Troika and all the stakeholders in the Agreement, to recognize the position of the Kit Gwang Declaration – a recommitment to an honest implementation of the Agreement for peace to prevail in South Sudan. We are not after government positions per se; we are searching for genuine peace. We further call on friends of South Sudan to not give up on us at this critical period.

While recognizing the natural right of self-defense, the primary objective of the Kit Gwang Declaration is not to return the country to war. The fundamental objectives of the declaration are political. It is only through the implementation of the Security Arrangements as laid out in Chapter II of the Revitalized Agreement, can we attain political stability in our land. The Kit Gwang Declaration represents a recommitment to finding genuine peace after the failure to implement the Agreement in Juba. Those opposition groups who have been in the struggle within the country to implement the Agreement and all peace loving people should welcome the Kit Gwang Declaration as the least costly way to recommit ourselves to the peace process. The status quo is untenable. We also call on any political forces and other armed groups (Other Armed Groups) in our country who have been left out of the peace process to come on board so that we can find total peace once and for all. Finally, our compatriots in the R-TGONU should not fear the Kit Gwang Declaration because political stability in our country is in all our interest.

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Ambassador Ajongo’s 6-point message to S.Sudanese ahead of Kenyan General Elections

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By Dak Buoth

Nairobi August, 2022 )In the wee hours of Tuesday 9th August 2022, Kenyans goes to the poll to choose their leaders for a third time in a row since the promulgation of the constitution 2010 thirteen years ago. On 6th August 2022, political campaigns came to a close after months of successful and peaceful vote hunting by aspirants vying for various presidential and parliamentary seats.
Election is not an event but a process that has four essential stages namely registration and verification of voters, campaign, voting, counting and declaration of results. The two remaining stages of voting and counting are crucial to this democratic exercise.
The way the campaign ended peacefully is the same way the outcome will be at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure and confident that this historical plebiscite will be peaceful. The peaceful outcome of this election will largely depend on the seriousness of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that has vowed to conduct a free and credible election.
The just concluded peaceful campaigns will greatly attracts and motivates the registered voters to turn out in large numbers knowing that there would be no cases of skirmishes during and after the poll.
On 30th May 2022, I perused on citizen weekly a publication on the American report titled Worldwide Threat Assessment. It says and I quote ‘‘the agencies warn of the likelihood of poll violence given that none of the two leading presidential contenders-Azimio La Umoja one Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga, and United Democratic Alliance flag bearer and deputy president William Ruto is ready to accept the voters verdicts if defeated at the final presidential results.’’
I partly disagreed with these findings saying there would be violence because none of them will accept presidential results. The duo had worked together before and they are Nilotic brothers who shared some political ideals.
In any event, if one of them felt unhappy that the election was not carried out in the manner prescribed by law, the aggrieved party will approach the court of law.
As at now, Kenya has a functional judiciary that all Kenyans believe in. The manner in which contestants carried out their campaign devoid of any political violence demonstrate that Kenya’s democracy has come of age. Thus, i doubt if the report’s findings will come true.
I know Kenyans do not take this election exercise for granted. As someone who studied in this country, this democratic space that Kenyans are enjoying, was not given in a silver platter. There are gallant Kenyans leaders who toiled and moiled for Kenya’s second liberation that brought the Kenya’s new constitution to fruition.
I can mention a few of these second liberation stalwarts, and especially those who are in the race vying in this election. First, revolutionary Kogi Wamwere who is vying as an independent candidate for Nakuru County senatorial seat, second, James Orengo, candidate for Siaya gubernatorial position, third, Kiraitu Mirungi, gubernatorial candidate in Meru county, fourth, Peter Anyang Nyongo, gubernatorial candidate for Kisumu county, fifth Raila Amolo Odingo, Presidential aspirant vying under Azimio La Umoja coalition not forgetting Martha Wangari Karua who is a running mate to the Azimio la Umoja flag bearer.
Now as Kenyan decides, I wish them a good luck in this coming election. Those of us from South Sudan, who lack this democratic opportunity to elect our leaders cannot envy but enjoy and learn from this example. We should just try to be happy that our region has got a mentor whom we can emulate or imitate when it comes to matters democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law.
On 29 July, 2022, I was among the South Sudanese community leaders that were called to the Embassy by South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya Chol Mawut Ajongo. He briefed us on how south Sudanese in Kenya should conduct themselves during and after this election.
Ambassador Ajongo only told us to tell our people to exercise utmost precaution in spite of the fact that the election is likely going to be peaceful. In Nuer language we say ‘chi wan la dwal’ which means precaution is not cowardice. Therefore, he reminded us to do the following;
First, he urges the South Sudanese leaving in Kenya to do advance shopping so that on the election day they can remain indoors as voting takes place, second, he said do not send underage children for shopping, third he encourages us to avoid crowd and rowdy places, fourth, he strongly warn us to refrain from discussing and analyzing politics with strangers particularly on the streets, Fifth, Ambassador Ajongo encourages all South Sudanese nationals to leave unnecessary travels during and after this election. Sixth, he wants us to pray and wish our Kenyans brothers and sisters a peaceful election. On 30th July 2022, Ambassador Ajongo spoke at length about these points when he addressed the Liech Community gathering during the graduation thank-giving of Unity State minister of Land and public Utilities, Lam Tungwar Kueigwong in Nairobi. He emphasized very much on point number four saying that there south Sudanese, who by virtue of them being in Kenya for long time think they are Kenyans even when they do not have Kenyan identity cards.
Ambassador Ajongo, who is trained lawyer said by law we are foreigners, and that there are certain things such as this election that we should distance ourselves from. In addition to what Ambassador Ajongo pointed out, I would say that this is time to sit, watch news and read books or newspapers to acquaint ourselves of what will be transpiring during and after the poll.

The Writer is the Chairman of Liech community Association in Kenya, the views expressed here are his own, and he can be reached for comments via eligodakb@yahoo.com

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Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, and Parties to Mandate Extension Committed a Coup

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The leader United People’s Democratic Party, Hon. Wol Deng Atak has accused the leaders of the SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FDs and other parties who signed the extension of their mandate to govern South Sudan of a coup against the nation. Hon. Atak reasoned that the mandate to govern a country could only be given to a group by the citizens. No group of people have such power as to unilaterally grant themselves right to govern a country. Hon. Atak says that “if a group of people unilaterally awarded themselves a mandate to govern the country, it simply means they are staging a coup against the people’s will.” He called on the organised forces to prevent the coup from getting further. “In this case, the organised forces and the people of South Sudan have the constitutional duty to stop the coup makers in South Sudan. The SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FDs, and their accomplices who purported to have the power to extend the mandate to govern the country must be stopped.”

The United People’s Democratic Party said, “such pretence to unilaterally renew or extend the mandate to govern South Sudan simply does not exist. A group of people cannot claim to have the mandate to govern a country without the people’s consent.”

He argues that the peace agreement reached in 2015 gave the SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO and other political parties the mandate to govern South Sudan to dispute what he terms a hostage situation; and with a view of resetting the political system to default. Hon Atak also argues that the agreement gave legitimacy since it was meant to reset and followed by general elections. But, “unfortunately, the incumbents (parties to the agreement) chose not to implement the provisions of the agreement and instead engaged in sabotaging its implementation, engaging in rampant corruption and proliferation of small arms into the hands of the civil population. As a result, violence spread across four corners of the country, with children, women and vulnerable people bearing the brunt of violence and human suffering. President Slava Kiir Mayardit and 1st Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, and their associates have resorted to accessing the mandate to govern South Sudan through the back door again”, he said.

The leader of the United People’s Democratic Party said, “I call on all South Sudanese, Regional friends and International Community to unequivocally take action to tell the coup makers they must leave power. And that any sham elections will not be accepted. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar must leave the power immediately”.

On the 22nd of August 2022, signatories to the Revitalised Peace Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan announced in a press conference that they have resolved to extend their mandate to implement the peace agreement for two more years. However, Hon. Atak criticised them for taking such a decision. “The mandate (to govern) cannot be attained through a resolution of closed-door meetings”. Adding that, South Sudanese have a duty to defend the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan when it is under attack”.

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Breaking_News!!TWO ARRESTED IN KONYOKONYO PROTEST OVER THE COST OF LIVING.

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Security personnel in Juba have allegedly arrested two youth, who briefly staged a peaceful protest against high cost of living in the country.

The handful of protesters took to the street on Sunday afternoon, holding posters such as “We cannot manage water and sugar now! We cannot afford bread now! and Save our lives from hyperinflation.”
Others protested high transport fare and fuel price.

The young people were also demanding the unity government to address youth unemployment and insecurity.

According to some of the protesters, they were chased away by the security personal while protesting at Konyokonyo market.

“We organized the protest and when we were trying to move in Konyokonyo market, the policemen as well as the national security arrive and they caught two of our people,” said one of the protestors whose name Eye Radio withheld on safety ground.

He said the officers shot in the air to disperse them, adding that the whereabouts of the two young men is not known.

“One of the security organ who came and shot in the air and later on he caught my brother. So, we are urging the security organ whether national security or the Ministry of Interior who have apprehended them to release them.”

Efforts to get a comment from the South Sudan National Police Service were not immediately successful.

Source: Eye Radio 📻

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