18 Apr 2019


South Sudan President Says, Stepping Down Not An Option

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has said that he will not step down from power despite demands by the Opposition Alliance that he steps aside for fresh leaders in the next Transitional Government.

South Sudan President Says, Stepping Down Not An Option

 By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 24 April 2018 [Gurtong]- “They think that I am the obstacle to peace and if I am removed after signing the agreement then there will be no problem,” Kiir said referring to the oppositions demands that he steps down in the next transitional government.

“They want me to sign the agreement and then step down immediately. Just imagine; what is my incentive in bringing peace if it is peace that I will bring and then I step aside? Kiir asked.  “Nobody can do it,” Kiir said.

President Kiir spoke on Tuesday at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum on Tuesday during the public viewing of the late General James Ajongo Mawut who died on Friday last week in Egypt.

The South Sudan president added that even when the SPLA was fighting the Khartoum regime; it did not demand what the opposition in South Sudan are demanding.

This is the first public reaction of President Kiir to the demands made by the Opposition Alliance of about ten armed groups.

Early this month the armed opposition group also issued fresh demands calling on president Kiir and his former Deputy Dr. Riek Machar to be excluded from the next Transitional Government.

The opposition groups also demanded that the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) be dissolved and a new one be formed with less than 200 Members of Parliament.
But president Kiir insisted that the Transitional Parliament will not be dissolved. “If we are to sign an agreement, the agreement has to be endorsed by the Parliament so that it is passed into law. If the Parliament is dissolved then what we do with the agreement?” he asked.

Kiir’s first public statement about the demands of the opposition came ahead of the resumption of the High Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa.


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25/04/2018, 10:36 AM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol

The problem is the unity of members of TGoNU working honestly together for a fair and democratic constitution and elections for the good of the nation; while at the same time campaigning for positions in elections after the Interim Period. There would be no problem in TGoNU being led by Kiir and members of the opposition, provided they have abdicated from participating in the next general elections. This advice was advanced just before Riek Machar returned to Juba in April 2016; but it was ignored and we soon returned to war within less than three months of TGoNU; an opportunity missed! However, such leaders may need to be convinced they will not be eligible to punitive action by the country, the region and international community, following a South African-like Truth Telling? Note the?
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