Kiir-Machar expulsion from power means war – Ateny
The warning comes a week before anti-Kiir-Machar protesters headed by the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) take to street to call for end to President Salva Kiir’s government accusing him and Machar of failing the people of South Sudan.
JU South Sudan presidency spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny has warned that planned protests against President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his first deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny amounts to declaration of war saying Kiir is the unifying factor in the world’s youngest country and his departure would means chaos.
“If you are aware, President Salva Kiir – on one hand is the stabilizing factor – he’s a unifying factor. If he decides now, as I speak with you, to step aside, what will ensue afterward will be chaos in the country,” Ateny said in a pre-recorded interview with the RBC TV, a local YouTube channel that hosts interviews with senior government officials.
The presidency mouthpiece said those calling for protests against the government of President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar are not aware of the status of political dispensation among the people of South Sudan and said the departure of the two men would mean chaos and war.
“You know […] when I hear somebody talking about President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar stepping side, I always feel pity for people who call for the two principals in the South Sudanese conflict to step aside, both of them. I always feel pity for them simply because someone who is calling on President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to step aside is somebody who is not aware of our dynamics and the political dispensation in the country,” Ateny said.
“So, when you talk about Riek Machar stepping aside or President Kiir stepping aside, then you are calling for war in the country. I’m not saying that the future of South Sudan is depending on them. They are human beings…okay? And the power of nature can even come in,” Ateny added.
He said the only political settlement that will lead South Sudan peace is the full implementation of the revitalized peace agreement after which the country is expected to hold elections which the presidency has said will take place in mid-2023, one year after the end of the transitional period.
“But I’m talking about the current political arrangement. The current political arrangement is that the interim period should elapse comes 2023 and six months before the elapse of the transitional period, there will have to be an election in the country,” he said.
“The people of South Sudan [after the transitional period] will be able, for the first time, to choose their leaders. But anyone asking for [regime] change before that period is actually asking for South Sudan to kill itself, he’s calling for a suicide,” he said.
Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, and Parties to Mandate Extension Committed a Coup
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”.
Breaking_News!!TWO ARRESTED IN KONYOKONYO PROTEST OVER THE COST OF LIVING.
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 📻
South Sudan 11 Murder Suspects and killers of Mayom County Commissioner Arrested at border of Sudan with South Sudan.
Yesterday morning, a deserted SSPDF officer known as Gatluak Majok who killed Mayom commissioner went captured by Sudanse security along with three others in Fula, Sudan.
Renegade Maj_ Gen Stephen Buay on his Facebook account claims to be members of his arm movement. It’s in the same page he condemned government of Sudan act against his movement. An action which he describe to be against international human right. Stephen Buay claim that his loyal members who are under detention include 2Maj_generals and one brigadier General.
The group were drove off to Mayom County Headquarters. They are now put under costedy of County security services.
Wether culprits be handled in state or be flown to Juba is not yet known.
This group were suspected to be behind death of Mayom Commissioner and 11 others. The same people are also accused of recent two week government convoy ambush in the area which killed at least 20 other dead.
More are coming!
- Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, and Parties to Mandate Extension Committed a Coup August 8, 2022
- Breaking_News!!TWO ARRESTED IN KONYOKONYO PROTEST OVER THE COST OF LIVING. August 7, 2022
- South Sudan 11 Murder Suspects and killers of Mayom County Commissioner Arrested at border of Sudan with South Sudan. August 7, 2022
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