​Salva Kiir and his Chief of Staff Should be held Accountable for the Fighting in Juba

USA – The SPLM/SPLA-IO Mission Office to the United States of America, strongly condemns the recent return to war triggered in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, by the SPLM/SPLA –Juba faction of President Salva Kiir- with the malicious criminal attack on the bodyguards of the First Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar, at the Presidential Palace on Friday July 8, 2016. 

This unfortunate incident criminally perpetrated and carried out at the highest vestige of authority in the whole country (The Presidential Palace); speaks volumes of the evilness and viciousness of the governing tribal cabal and cohorts around Salva Kiir and his SPLM/A and their sheer disregard of any semblance of rule of law and order; our people’s sovereignty, and the sanity of political process deserving of the dignity of every man and woman in this country. 

This incident and the four-days war that ensued; was indeed a desperate attempt by Salva Kiir, his Army Chief of Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and his tribal cabal of the Dinka Council of Elders (JCE), to annihilate Dr. Riek and his limited troops of only 1370 men in order to drive the last nails into the casket of the peace agreement and then bury it for good.  

In this juncture, the SPLM/SPLA Mission Office to United States of America, would like to assure all our members and supporters, and the International community, that the SPLM/SPLA is still committed to the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement despite the recent clashes, and farther welcomes in principle; the call for creation of a regional force under the mandate of the United Nations with expanded powers to enforce peace keeping in South Sudan, that would preferably be drawn from countries other than Uganda due to its negative role at the onset of the conflict in 2013, and that all meetings of the presidency should be held under the joint protection of this force to prevent the return to war. The SPLM/SPLA further calls on the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to prevent any farther continuation of war in the country.

In addition to that IGAD should strongly support the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), to verify and ensure partial demilitarization of Juba by the SPLA-IG and to help the parties to the agreement create and operationalize cantonment sites for SPLA-IO in Baher el Ghazal and Equatoria regions, and to steadfastly demand the govt. of Salva Kiir to immediately suspend implementation of the 28 states and revert back to the original 10 states in South Sudan because it’s an issue that continue to divide and threaten peace and stability of the country. End.

Mariano Mawien,

SPLM/SPLA- Deputy Representative to the United States

Categories: Diaspora, Press Release

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  1. Frankly speaking, I don’t think IGAD is capable and in position of tackling and addressing the issue in South Sudan, why just because since then IGAD is being begging the two parties to resolve their misunderstanding and disagreement. Imagine IGAD is being begging and as you know a beggar has nothing to do minor issue except begging others to give him and help him. IGAD no one would give you what you are asking for and no one would help you likewise. IGAD has to grow and become mature in addressing conflicts in Africa no just South Sudan. So far I have never witnessed any issue or conflict fully resolve by IGAD in Africa. This time IGAD need to convince us that its able and capable otherwise, let others and outsiders intervene which would be shameful and awkward image to IGAD.


  2. Who is to be blamed on issue of South Sudan? Who is to be accountable for the crisis of South Sudan? What do you think of South Sudan now experiencing inequities of the past? Should IG be blamed? Should IO be blamed? Should IGAD be blamed? Should Troika be blamed? Should South Sudanese be blamed? The first and the second parties are blaming each other, each is throwing blame on the other which is categorically mean both are stand still in their position, no one wants to be the champion of peace, healing, reconciliation and unity. IGAD is working for its own interest due to its incapability to address such tense issue, which above its knowledge and understanding. So it found itself a weak re-free and a spectator just watching the match being play by the two parties at wrong stadium and at wrong hours. TRIOKA likewise has become a supreme spectator using its advance technology to monitor who will win the match so that it could Standardized its position and swallowed its portion. Peace from within is better from peace from outside. Domestic peace is easy going than external peace, which is hard to realize. Peace has nothing to do with exporting and importing because importing peace worth more than the exporting one.