Archive for March 9, 2019

Public Service Announcement: Why The SPLM/SPLA (IO) Signed the Agreement in Khartoum and the false claims that we have surrendered

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, kenya

Fellow South Sudanese!

Saturday, March 9, 2019 (PW) — This announcement serves as a clarification to our people. It is intended to dispel the malicious rumors that the SPLM/SPLA (IO) has surrendered to the regime and is conducting joint operations with the regime against our civil population in Yei. This is a fabrication by the hardliners in the regime, intended to derail the peace process. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) has not joined the regime; the government are our partners in peace. Our agenda with the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) still remains to dismantle the status quo.

The propaganda machine of the regime is working overtime to portray the SPLM/SPLA (IO) as having surrendered to them since they have managed to convince some of the other stakeholders to abscond their responsibilities to the negotiated settlement. Apart from the Catholic Bishops of South Sudan- who are stakeholders through the religious groups- no other stakeholders are pointing out the lack of progress with regards to the implementation of the Agreement. The following are a few points of contribution to the national conversation:

Beloved Countrymen/women!

The most recent propaganda, which is gaining traction in our national conversation, is a lie being peddled by enemies of peace suggesting that the Peoples Movement, the SPLM/SPLA (IO), have surrendered to the regime. This is not true! Our Movement has signed the R-ARCSS as a compromise and the least costly way to end the suffering of our people. We have signed the Agreement and are committed to it despite the fact that it is not a good agreement, because we are confident that we can defeat the regime in the elections scheduled for the end of the transitional period.