Juba, September 10, 2019 (SSNA) — The President of South Sudan Sava Kiir has canceled his meeting with the SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar on the second day, pushing their final face-to-face meeting to Wednesday. Machar came to Juba yesterday after Kiir agreed to meet with him to discuss peace implementation.
Kiir and Machar are working out ways to implement security arrangements so that a transitional government can be formed by November 2019 dateline.
In a press conference, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny stunned the people, saying the meeting between the two leaders has been canceled because Kiir is “busy with other commitment.”
Rumors quickly start circulating here in Juba soon after the announcement. Many people believe the President cancelled the meeting because he wants to help secret talks with the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), a notorious tribal group widely believed to be controlling most of Kiir’s policies.
The two rival leaders are expected to meet again tomorrow morning.