Tuesday December 12, 2017

South Sudan state media mocks IGAD peace summit

JUBA – The government news agencies have begun to question the effectiveness of the recently agreed principles to form a unity government between the forces loyal to Salva Kiir Mayardiit and that of his former vice president Dr Riek Machar.
The State media particularly the South Sudan Television has called the signing done last night as a photo opportunity by IGAD and rebels and something without a significant effect on the order of the day in Juba and around South Sudan.

“Our leader, the president Salva Kiir Mayardiit was told to meet rebel leader Riek Machar in the government palace in Ethiopia. President Kiir asked Machar why he rebelled for and what he needs. Riek doesnt want to talk about the questions put to him but instead told our beloved president how the country will change under the system of federalism.” a statement presented on the government controlled media reads.

Both Salva Kiir and SPL-i-O leader Riek Machar last night agreed to form a government of national unity. The agreement dictates that the two leaders share power and begin to work together to bring the crisis in South Sudan to an end. IGAD leaders gave the two leaders atleast 15 days to work out the structure of the national unity government.
Based on the document extended to the Upper Nile Times, SPLM -i-O will have the position of the Prime Minister and the Juba faction will retain the post of president but with reduced powers.
IGAD promised to sanction anyone found to have breached any part of the agreement presented in Addis Ababa.
The latest mockery by the government controlled media shows how the agreement is still too far to becoming a working solution to the conflict.


Bith Jonathan

Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.

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