Juba – The leader of the minority in the national parliament, Hon. Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, said the recent apology made by President Kirr is not for the people of South Sudan, but it’s for their members of SPLM party.
“I would consider that he apologized for the people of the party, that is SPLM. He did not apologize to the people of South Sudan. Because if he wants to apologize to South Sudanese he should make the apology through Parliament which has the representative of the people,” Hon. Adigo said in an interview with Catholic-run Radio Bakhita in Juba this morning
“According to the Arusha Agreement, they should all apologize together, which he should have waited for his people, that is Riek Machar and Pagan Amum. They should come together and all of them declare their apology to the people of South Sudan, not as individual” he continued
Chapter II, article 2 of the Arusha SPLM reunification agreement signed in Arusha, Tanzania, on 21 January, 2015 by the leaders of the three SPLM factions, states that “the SPLM leadership shall make a public apology to the people of South Sudan for what has happened since December 15th 2013”
Kirr apologized last week during a convention held at party level in Juba by the SPLM- In Government faction of the ruling and divided SPLM party saying that he was doing so on behalf of the SPLM party.
“I apologize on behalf of the SPLM to the people of South Sudan for the suffering they are going through as a result of war” Kirr stated
Observers says the apology lacks sincerity and credibility since the party is not yet reunited and the fighting isn’t stop yet
“The apology is not sincere and credible because the party has not yet officially come together. You can not make an apology while still doing the same thing you apologize for; the Country isn’t in peace yet and who knows, God forbid, the fighting may resume anytime given the fact that there are some issues which can easily kill the agreement, especially the issue of 28 state which the goverment is imposing out of the agreement” ~ said an observer who preferred anonymity