Archive for April 5, 2018

By Stephen Par Kuol, Nairobi, Kenya

Riek Machar with Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon

April 5, 2018 (SSB) — The regionally coordinated policy of isolating the (SPLM/A (IO) since the breakdown of ARCISS on July 8, 2016, was syndicated by subjecting its leader, Dr. Riek Machar to indefinite solitary confinement in South Africa. Initially, the publicity of his ordeal was that he was in Pretoria as a guest of the Republic of South Africa. South African authorities later disputed that without disclosing who actually detained him while on a medical visit in that country. To our disbelief and relief, the IGAD Council of Ministers Resolution dated March 26, 2018, has cleared the clouds that Dr. Riek Machar was indeed and is still a political detainee of IGAD.

The catchword in the wording of that document is: “relocation” (not “release”) which could be legally interpreted as a transfer to another indefinite detention in another country chosen by his captors against his will. To anyone connecting the dots, it all makes sense as a manifestation of IGAD’s failure to abide by the rule of law and the cardinal ethos that qualify the regional organization to mediate the peace process aiming at resolving the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Among so many elements of injustice in this case, the following spectral violations stand out: