South Sudan Armed Opposition Meet in Nairobi, Vow to merge efforts to overthrow President Kiir

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A section of deposed armed opposition and senior politicians from South Sudan gathered in Nairobi and   re-affirmed a common position to overthrow the “totalitarian regime” of President Salva Kiir.

They accuse president Kiir of presiding over a corrupt and inefficient regime built on tribal wishes by the Jieng [Dinka] Council of Elders, a group of elite ethnic Dinka.

“The political situation in South Sudan underlying the current civil war is a contradiction, as well as a struggle, between narrow ethnic sectarianism represented by President Salva Kiir and Jieng [Dinka] Council of Elders (JCE) on the one hand and South Sudan nationalism on the other hand,” Reads a statement circulated about the meeting.

The senior signatories to the resolutions included South Sudan former agriculture minister, Lam Akol, ex-education minister Peter Adwok Nyaba. Nyaba said he represented the SPLM-IO under opposition leader Riek Machar.

“The parties to the Consultative Meeting have to cooperate and coordinate efforts in all spheres of the struggle to overthrow the totalitarian regime in Juba,” the statement read.

The other politicians who attended the meeting were Clement Juma Mbugoniwia from the People’s Revolutionary Movement/Army (PRM/A), Juma Zackaria Deng of Western Bahr El Ghazal Group (WBG Group), Fr Joseph Otto (Eeastern Equatoria Group), Justin Joseph Marona, Pasquale Clement Batali and Dominic Akwai Henry Bahgo.

Describing the meeting’s resolution as a “blueprint” towards removing “totalitarian regime in Juba,” the politicians said the peace agreement signed by President Kiir and the armed opposition leader in August last year should remain on course.

“We insist that the resuscitation of ARCISS [Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan] must be contingent on […] the Regional Protection Force under the banner of the UN should be deployed to take charge of the security all over South Sudan to create an environment conducive for free political discourse on the future of the country,” they said.

They group appealed to the people of South Sudan to join them in liberating the country.

Credit: Sudan Tribune