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Kiir, Machar signed a deal allowing them to conduct future peace talks in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, February 1, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s rivals, President kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, have late Sunday signed a communique in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The deal which is not a peace agreement allows the two warring factions to conduct more consultations with their bases and engage in future peace talks.

The accord also requires both sides to stop military confrontations by the 5th of March.

The two leaders failed to agree on the recent IGAD’s power sharing proposal, causing the East African regional bloc, IGAD, to force them to sign a communique.

After many hours of intense discussion, it was clear that the two factions were not willing to accept power-sharing arrangements of the recently drafted power sharing proposal.

In the meeting, South Sudanese president asserted that there is no need for equal power-sharing arrangements and that all rebels should simply sign a peace agreement with the government; adding that his government is ready and willing to provide full amnesty to any rebel. 

Meanwhile, the rebel leader, Dr. Riek Machar, urges IGAD heads of states and representatives of AU and Troika to find a real solution which he said can only be achieved through a real peace.

However, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned that the deal which has just been signed has nothing to do with IGAD’s recent power sharing proposal. The African Union (AU) source who has full knowledge of the talks revealed that the agreement is all about a Bahir Dar’s communique which was signed last year in a North-Western Ethiopian city, Bahir Dar. The source has also accused IGAD of giving itself a credit by ‘imposing its own unnamed interests in the peace process.

The Bahir Dar’s communique proposed that a future unity government should implement federalism and a unity government with 21-29 ministers. The document also states that justice and accountability, repatriation of refugees, and many other peace related deals should be prioritized.

Peace negotiations will resume on February 19.

SPLM-in Opposition Youth League Chapter in Ethiopia Rejects IGAD’s Proposal on South Sudan Power Sharing

Press release

Re: We Reject IGAD’s Proposal on South Sudan Power Sharing

January 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- We the SPLM Youth chapter in Ethiopia massively condemn IGAD, and other International bodies for failing to condemn Juba massacred instead considering of rewarding a killer with more power to kills more south Sudanese in the near future. This is not only illogical but creation of weak institutions by the bodies entrust in the regions to maintain security and promote peace and stability. It sounds completely an insult to the voice of democracy, justice and truth with the world continuing to allow thugs to leads the peace talks without proper solution but caring for their interests.

The world know what trigger the crisis in the new nation because of Salva Kiir’s folly to maintain the seat of power for generations to come, and the entire country is now in full disaster. Juba massacred in which thousands of innocents Nuer civilians were slaughtered, and Uganda used international banned clusters bombs against the populace in south Sudan and the world went silent. Yet with all these madness in practices, the right bodies in charge of world peace affair continues to incline on the pressing issues in south Sudan. Where on earth a killer can be reward with power to what some prominent individuals consider to preserve the democratically elected government. Who elected Salva Kiir in south Sudan? Perhaps Dr. Rice voted him in to kill the people of south Sudan. This is unfortunate

We are sadden to learn recently that IGAD is threatening the Opposition to take their ill proposal on power sharing which we see as the youth in Ethiopia will never bring peace but prolong the war in the country. The focus should not be rewarding a killer but providing justice to thousands’ families, displaced population by the government of tyranny regime in Juba.

Therefore, any agreement aiming to reward a killer is an illusion and not targeting the most wanted peace in the new nation. Our stand is, we will never support any agreements aiming to rewards Salva Kiir and maintain him for the future destruction.

Cde. Riek Zong Riek
Chairperson for SPLM Youth League Chapter in Ethiopia

Bor Youth Association in Australia condemns the arrest of Women in Bor; demands their immediate release

Re: The Bor Youth Association In Australia (BYAA) Strongly Condemns and Demands Immediate Release Of Women Incarcerated In Bor, Jonglei State Following A Peaceful Protest

TO: The Government Of Jonglei State

C/c: Office Of The Governor Of Jonglei State
C/c: Offices Of The Commissioners Of Bor Greater Bor Counties
C/c: Office Of The Mayor Of Bor-Town Municipality

FROM: Bor Youth Association In Australia (BYAA)

January 31, 2015 (SSNA) -- The Bor Youth Association in Australia (BYAA) would like to convey a matter of concern to your esteemed leadership, and to raise an awareness campaign to the general public regarding an unconstitutional incarceration of female protestors, following a peaceful protest on Thursday the 21st of January 2015 in Bor (Jonglei State). It was on the date stated (21st/01/2015) that a number of Bor women matched into the Governor’s office to protest what various media outlets had reported as “Governor’s Incompetency”. The activists took to the governor’s office to present demonstration templates believed to be indicative of their social and political standpoints. Nonetheless, after a rather peaceful protest, four of the female activists, believed to have orchestrated the protest, were subdued in their residences and taken into custody.

The BYAA strongly objects to extrajudicial suppression of basic rights of citizens to demonstrate, by the State security organs. Furthermore, Bor Youth Association in Australia condemns those involved in the insubordination, which resulted in disenfranchisement of common citizens. The incident defines an enforced liberal infringement upon the innocents. It is a case where the authority entrusted with a duty of safeguarding law and order distorts it and demonstrates constitutional violation. These protestors were peaceful in their demonstration, arresting them as a reaction from the government violates their fundamental rights to express their grievances. A conventional approach of dealing with these ‘peaceful protestors’ should be dialogue, which serves as benchmark of amicable consensus, as opposed to injudicious resolutions.

Where a government official is deemed incompetent, it is up to that particular official to provide a detailed explanation as to what negates him/her from being an efficacious public servant. His Excellency Governor John Koang Nyuon is not deprived of this right. However, he failed to adhere to simple democratic norms and values. His actions evinced an unwillingness to respect the rights of citizens who attempted to demonstrate against his leadership.  

To advance the course of the arrested individuals, in societies where politics is organized, a ‘motion of no confidence’ passed against an incompetent leader is citizens’ prerogative. The motion is not subject to any punishment, because it reflects accountability and transparency to the citizens. Therefore, governor John Koang Nyuon must acknowledge that the imprisoned individuals were exercising their democratic rights. The governor must endorse their rights and act with immediate effect to release and acquit them. Justice must be prevalent, in order for the Bor Community to consistently maintain confidence in Jonglei State’s justice system.

We, the Bor Youth in Australia, acknowledge the social and political turbulences that the SPLM leadership had piloted us through. Moreover, we are considerate of the present obstacles that the government faces, and are also mindful of the forthcoming challenges. We remain in complete sodality with the government and also collaborative to veer the people of South Sudan away from the current bereavement. We are optimistic in achieving nationhood where freedom of expression and political correctness will not amount to retrospective policies. It is in such spiritthat we closely work with the executive government to amend political and social discrepancies. It is in our best interest as Bor youth to craft an efficient government. The contribution and dedication of Bor youth to achieve this efficacy is not subject to questions. We believe that our firm support of the government is paramount and worthy of a humble gratification.

In conclusion, the Bor Youth Association in Australia strongly requests a prompt response from your offices. We urge that your offices look into this matter, and see to it that the women are not only released, but also acquitted of their unjust charges. This is pre-condition, in mitigating further discontent from the youth.

The signatories are as listed:

Kijana Majok Piel: President Of Bor Youth Association In Australia
Thon Mayen Biar: Deputy President Of Bor Youth Association In Australia
Kastro Chol Deng: Press and External Relation Committee
John Garang Kon: Secretary Of Bor Youth Association In Australia
Akim Maluk Deng: Chairman Of Bor Youth Association Office In Victoria
Akoy Wuut: Chairman Of Bor Youth Association Office In South Australia
Moses Lueth Achol: Secretary Of Bor Youth Association In Victoria

Contact BYAA on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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