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By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, Kampala, Uganda


Monday, January 28, 2019 (PW) — The latest South Sudan peace deal signed between the government of President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by the former First Vice President Dr Riek Machar is facing implementation challenges and at the centre of it, according to officials, is lack of funds.

The pact dubbed Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed in September last year through the Igad-led revitalisation process of the 2015 Peace Agreement (known as ARCSS) which remains largely unimplemented due to the resumption of armed conflict in July 2016, barely three months after a unity government was formed then.

Now the R-ARCSS provides for the establishment of a “Revitalised Government of National Unity (RTGoNU)” whose term of office shall be thirty-six (36) months, commencing eight (8) months after signing of the R-ARCSS (as of September 12) or on completion of redeployment of “necessary unified forces.”

According to the R-ARCSS, Kiir shall continue as President of the Republic of South Sudan, and Dr Machar shall assume the position of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan respectively. (more…)

By Roger Alfred Yoron, Kampala, Uganda

Raila and Riek

Former Kenyan PM, Raila Odinga, meeting South Sudanese opposition leader, Riek Machar, in South Africa, in the lead up to the face to face meeting in Khartoum between President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar

Sunday, June 17, 2018 (PW) — In 2016, President Salva Kiir in a decree relieved Dr. Riel Machar as First Vice President citing powers drawn from Chapter One Article 6 Sub-Article 4 of the Peace Agreement (ARCISS). President Kiir also appointed General Taban Deng Gai First Vice President in a separate decree last evening. Taban has taken taken oath of office as FVP earlier today. His appointment, according to the decree, is based on recommendations of “the Top Leadership of the SPLM/SPLA IO” reached on 23rd July 2016 and Chapter 1 Article 5 Sub-Article 2(4) of the Agreement.


Chapter One, Article 6 Sub-Article 5 provides that in the event of temporary absence of the First Vice President, the First Vice President may delegate a senior opposition (IO) minister to the post. Dr. Machar has been absent since Sunday 10th. Isn’t that a temporary absence? Why didn’t he delegate a senior IO minister to act as FVP in line with Article 6.5 of the Agreement?

Couldn’t that have filled the vacuum, avoided the “conspiracy” and kept government business running until when he (Machar) returns to Juba? Probably yes. Or Machar does not trust any of his own ministers? If the answer is “no” to all these, then he might have thought that the “third force” he has called for would have promptly arrived Juba City. (more…)