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SPLM-IO New Zealand Chapter’s congratulatory message on the signing of compromise peace agreement

Press release
22nd August 2015

Re: SPLM-IO Chapter in New Zealand sends Congratulatory Message to the Chairman of SPLM-IO and C-in-C of SPLA Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon for signing IGAD-Plus Compromise Peace Agreement

Mr. Chairman,

New Zealand, August 22, 2015 (SSNA) -- The SPLM-IO chapter in New Zealand takes this rare opportunity to congratulate you for the courageous, resolute, and successful step you have taken to sign the IGAD-Plus compromise Peace Agreement on 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has been the belief of the SPLM-IO and ordinary citizens inside and outside the country that the conflict - imposed on the people of South Sudan by Salva Kiir Mayardit who instigated it through hate speech that culminated in Juba Genocide on 15-18 December 2013 – must be brought to an end through peaceful mechanism. Unlike President Salva Kiir who wrongfully opted to only witness rather than signing, your signature before mediators, witnesses and stakeholders to the peace process shows not only your seriousness in the pursuit of peace but your commitment to it.

Although the root causes of the conflict have never been addressed thoroughly throughout the negotiating process by IGAD-Plus mediating team, the issues pertaining to such causes have been given some answers directly or indirectly in the Agreement signed. For one, the demilitarization of Juba – our national capital – gives limited space to “Dutku beny”, which devised methods of mass murder and carried out the Genocide, to repeat the previous devilish act. It will be the interest of any concerned citizen living in Juba that the national capital must be free of state-sponsored mass murderers, the same murderers who turned Naath backyards into graveyards. The city will be policed by international intervention force to clock the crooks operating on the Government’s behalf. Another protective clause in the Agreement is the assurance that the SPLA will be separate and will manage its affairs parallel to the government’s army. A separate SPLA army is the sure way to quickly respond if Juba stirs up 15th December 2013.

Mr. Chairman,

Even though the Agreement has not adequately addressed the concerns why the people responded with arms in what was self-defense that later on evolved into the People’s Movement to correct corrupt practices implanted by Salva Kiir for years, it’s enough to say those concerns should be let go for now for the sake of peace. This chapter registers its appreciation for the SPLM-IO peace negotiating team led by Gen Taban Deng Gai. The negotiation was nail-biting, painstaking, and jaw breaking process since the beginning. Some grounds were lost, some were compromised, and a few more gained on the process in respect to what the SPLM-IO stands for, but it’s unfortunate that the other side of the conflict didn’t reciprocate in a manner that South Sudanese people and the world want. Gen Taban Deng Gai’s team, and yourself deserve the praise for the well job done!

Mr. Chairman,

As you sell this peace to the people, specially in the SPLM-IO controlled areas, you will be met by the invisible voices who condemned this peace before it materialized. Among these voices are two top deserted generals and prominent politician who conned communities in the United States of America and departed with large sums of money to form his Movement. This community has the pleasure to advise not to lend them your attentive ears because they are not threat to peace as their HQs are in foreign countries. They live in hotels which they change frequently for fear of public resentment. They are fugitives who don’t represent anybody’s interest apart from their families and close relatives. Responding to them will be distraction from the mission – peaceful settlement of South Sudan conflict.

In summary, you have been on record all along that this senseless war created by Salva Kiir Mayardit due to his hate for Naath as a tribe will be brought to end through peaceful means; that the barrel of the gun is the last resort. Your signature on the Agreement on 17th August 2015 reaffirms your position in this conflict. The members of this community pray that Salva Kiir – who happens to be the biggest actor in this peace – should heed to the reasonable calls both at home and in the Diaspora to realize this peace by jetting back to Addis Ababa and ink his genuine signature on it. It’s impossible for one to run away from his/her shadow, he has no good history to polish should he miss this chance. Your flocks are in the right direction of your shepherdship, congratulations for bringing peace home!!

Signed:

Mr. Makuey Rambang
For/SPLM-IO Chapter in New Zealand
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South Sudan’s Peace Ambassador’s Speech on Hunger Strike

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I’m delighted to welcome all the Media Houses, Churches’ Leaders, Distinguish Guesses, Elders, Ladies and Gentlemen:

All protocols remain observed.

August 15, 2015 (SSNA) -- First of all, I would like to congratulate and appreciate the IGAD, TROIKA, United Nations, African Union and China for the positive roles that they have been playing for trying to bring this conflict to an end. IGAD and its member states have been tirelessly contributing to bring peace through its Envoys. Thanks to Special Envoys for South Sudan – Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin and his colleagues in the office. 

As a Peace Ambassador, I sincerely regret to this end of the year for which South Sudanese leaders haven’t yet find a solution to this burning tragedy in their door. Our gathering today as community which is marked by Hunger Strike or fasting from 6am to 6pm aimed to raise awareness for the IGAD and the International Community to take serious measure on the warring factions and to pressurize them to halt fighting for immediate peace. We do this because our ‘hope’ is on IGAD-Plus Peace. War will not and never takes us anywhere instead will create more widows and orphans to our societies. Stop fighting and work for peace please!!

South Sudan’s problem is not anymore a south Sudanese’s problem alone, but it’s a crisis, which is already causing devastative destruction to the life of citizens and threatening the Regional Security. We must know that it’s a disaster that will even climb to other Countries if it’s not quickly resolved.  Therefore, the two principals (President Kiir and Dr. Machar) must do whatever it takes to bring peace back home to people of this youngest nation. Peace is very important for South Sudan, East Africa, Africa Continent and the World. Peace means development, growth and better future for the entire Human Family. 

Although it’s very clear that the IGAD and International Community have been so active to bring the crisis to an end, I would still urge them to push for sustainable peace so that women, children, youth and other vulnerable groups are safe from gunshot, brutal killing, castration, and burning, raping and other barbaric crimes against humanity. These would only stop if the World comes out clearly to save South Sudan from collapse.

I know the demands among parties are beyond measure, but I personally urge the warring factions’ leaders to give-up part of their demands for peace to prosper among the nation.

Moreover, I urge the South Sudanese who are in Abroad (Diaspora), the youth, and the Church Leaders to take no side and kindly work for change in order to restore our true culture of good hospitality among Africans and unite for one Country, one Nation under one Flag. I believe with help of International Community and unity among us, South Sudan will be soon a land of opportunities for youth and women to cultivate hope, transformation and democracy. The image of hope is very clear through the window, but the window to achieve that hope is getting more narrow and narrower.

To this end, I the Peace Ambassador and other friends such as IGAD, Churches/Mosques, and TROIKA who are crying for the betterment of the torn nation would make it clear that we all have to make a good move that must bring peace for better south Sudan. I appeal to the rest of the World to join us on finding ‘No Harm’ mechanism to end the crisis in South Sudan. Do not take side! Support nobody, but truth!

Undoubtedly, many hindrances are keeping us out from what we wanted to achieve. My dear fellow men and women, I persistently need every each of us to do whatever it takes to bring ever-lasting peace home. As a result, the mere remedy that has to be done is to break away through by putting many possibilities that entails advocating or praying because we [South Sudanese] have been hardly broken to pieces by this unjust civil war of our nation.

I urge all of us in general and leaders in particular to show our competence and skills that has to do with peace. It seems to be devastating that some parties are still prolonging this crisis; enough is enough my dear citizens.

Let’s not judge any messenger of peace that can help us to solve this problem because of her/his color or where she/he comes from, but let’s judge her/him bases on what he/she could offer to end this crisis. Our complexion doesn’t matter, but our experiences to solve problems matter a lot.

Last but not least. I salute and extend my greeting to all South Sudanese refugees and IDPs in the Camps. The World is for you. Do not lose hope…change and hopes are at your door to come.

Finally, I appeal to United States of America to maintain its position and keep her words to end this calamity by the 17 August 2015 as mentioned by President Obama during his visit to AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia otherwise to go ahead with its plan ‘B’.

Let this be a time for us to give a chance to permanent peace in our Country.

Thank for your time please!
God bless South Sudan!
 
God bless Africa!
God bless the World!

Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

SPLM/A-IO Mission to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Congratulates SPLM/A leadership for signing IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement

Press Release

London, UK, August 20, 2015 (SSNA) -- The SPLM/ SPLA Mission to the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland takes this opportunity to congratulate the Chairman and Commander – In – Chief of the SPLM/SPLA, Cde Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the entire leadership and members of the SPLM/SPLA for the responsible leadership the Chairman and his delegation have shown in Addis Ababa by signing the Compromise Peace Agreement for the peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan on the set date of the 17th August 2015. 

Under his visionary and able leadership, Cde Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has demonstrated to the entire world a rarely superb but true quality of a statesman and an unparalleled commitment to lead the masses of South Sudanese out of this government imposed quagmire. He has clearly shown that the country and its peoples’ interest always comes first by signing this peace agreement to restore peace and stability to the country.

We deeply appreciate the important role played by the members of the IGAD PLUS who facilitated the peace negotiations through their persistent pursuit of peace. We also commend and extend our appreciation to the US President Barack Hussein Obama for his personal dedication to see to it that a Peace settlement is quickly reached to stop the war in South Sudan. Our special appreciation also goes to the IGAD Chairman, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and the IGAD Rapporteur, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for their amazing leadership and dedications for the restoration of peace and stability in South Sudan. 

On the other hand it was indeed a deep disappointment that President Salva Kiir is yet to sign the deal. We therefore call upon the President to come forward and sign the agreement on the new deadline he has cut for himself and save the country and the people any further unnecessary sufferings, destructions and loss of lives.

Signed,

Cde Dr Justin Ambago Ramba
SPLM /SPLA Representative to United Kingdom & Northern Ireland

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