Juba, May 17, 2016 (SSNA) — A high-ranking military officer of the Sudan People’s Liberation army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) has revealed to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that the power-sharing deal signed last year by South Sudan’s main rival factions is far from reaching its intended goal.
The officer, who demanded his name not to be used in the SSNA’s report because he was not authorized to speak and the sensitivity of the issue exposes the length to which the two main parties to the conflict have become victims to deal they signed.
The armed opposition officer declared the SPLA-IO is basically surrounded by government troops.
“Kiir is refusing to move his forces to the 25 Kilometers boundary required by the security arrangements. We [SPLA-IO] are basically surrounded by government troops,” the Officer told the SSNA in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.
“Government military tanks are stationed in many locations in and around Juba, our areas are the targets. The agreement is far from completion,” the officer declared.
The SSNA understands that the issue of 28 states which was decreed in December last year by Kiir has been rejected by both the SPLM/A-IO and the international community.
However, our reporters on the ground noticed that Kiir is working as a president of two parallel governments, causing confusion among South Sudan’s peace partners.
“We are seeing signs of resistance to peace implementation from the government. Sometimes Kiir meets with officials he calls Governors of states he created late last year,” one of our reporters noticed.
IDPs are not allowed to go their homes
In the exclusive interview, the officer disclosed to the South Sudan News Agency that the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO wants all the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to refrain from going back to their homes, at least for now.
“I think the peace is not being implemented…Kiir is refusing to allow our forces to have bases in or around the greater Equatoria region, let alone other regions” the SPLA-IO officer revealed.
When pressed by our reporters, the officer simply said “JMEC and all peace partners should first complete their obligation before any other work.”
The SSNA, however, has learned that the SPLM/A-IO’s leader, Dr. Riek Machar, yesterday challenged the work of JMEC and other peace partners, saying he was somewhat forced to come to Juba hoping the IGAD-Plus will be able to straighten up remaining hurdles that are impeding the implementation of the pact.
Former officials to wait for their confirmation letters
In a meeting held Monday, the armed opposition leadership passed a non-binding resolution, requiring all former government officials to wait for their confirmation letters from the Council of Ministers of the transitional government before they can resume their duties. The order also applies to any new SPLM/A-IO’s political or military official.