Juba, April 24, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudanese main opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has rejected call by the government to form a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU), a senior aide to the SPLM-IO leadership who prefers his name not be revealed because he was not authorized to talk to the media told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) today in Juba.
The official blasted the government, saying “they are banking on something” that will never be accepted by the armed opposition.
“AS you know President called on our leader Dr. Machar to come here in Juba to form a provisional government because the date [May 12] is approaching. Yes, we agree the dateline stipulated in the agreement is very near. But there is no way a transitional government can be formed when all key provisions [security arrangements] are not implemented,” the SPLM-IO official explains.
“There are a lot of things the government is refusing to follow including a formation of a hybrid court to try those responsible for war crimes and crimes and against humanity. We know they are banking on something that will never occur. This is a violation of the last year peace deal. The SPLM-IO is ready for peace but will not accept the demand of those who are working to repeat the mistake of 2016,” the source added.
When pushed to elaborate what the armed opposition really wants before a unity government can be formed, the rebel official responded by saying, “SPLM-IO assembled all its forces in containment areas, government repeatedly refuses to disclose all barracks of its troops, deny peace monitors to inspect locations of its forces, refuses to allocate budget for our forces, and the bounder commission is yet to complete its work.”
The official asserts that the SPLM-IO is fully aware of the intention of the government and that warns that no one will force the armed opposition to be a part of a transitional government if security arrangements are not fully implemented.
“Shortcuts to a provisional government without first implementing security arrangements is not in our political dictionary,” the source declared.
The South Sudan News Agency was also told by the same official that mistrust between government and rebel forces is slowly boiling.
The SPLM-IO has asked for a six months extension, saying “it is needed for full execution the agreement.”