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Dr. Machar must not hold the country at Ransom

By Odongo Odoyo

The Country must move forward and “we must restore peace with or without Dr. Riek Machar”.

“How long can a country be held at ransom with one person who is not willing to listen or dialogue with anybody. Riek Machar is not the monopoly of peace. He is a problem to the country and to himself”, said Lt. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, the Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource, in an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor last Thursday in his office.

Hothnyang said going into history of the current problem in the country, it all started with political leadership quest by Dr. Riek Machar and his group who ensured that the original Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) that liberated the country was “broken” into pieces with the emerging of almost seven factions within one original party.

“This country has no leadership vacuum. There is the sitting President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai and the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga. Where does Machar fit in this set up system which he left on his own accord to stage war for power against the system,” he added.

Narrating in details the time of and after the liberation struggle, Lt-Gen. Hothnyang took issues with SPLM and pointed accusation finger at the party for being at the centre of the root-cause of the current situation in the county because of its own internal power struggle in which some leaders opposed to the current leadership did not want to listen to reasons.”

“The sitting President is original SPLM, the first Vice President is SPLM-IO which broke from the original with Dr. Machar as the leader and other five segments which broke away from the same party. The only thing that can be positive and must happen now is all SPLM breakaway must unite and bring back peace to this country.”

“Dr. Machar himself left but Taban remained. We all know that Taban has been confirmed First Vice President after Machar left and it all “meant Peace had a problem” with the divisions in SPLM-I0 which left no option and resulted in the revitalization process. This revitalization, I hope as a government we are saying revitalization should not go to renegotiation but should come to revitalize some areas that did not make progress in the peace agreement implementation like the security among others. “For me I joined Taban because we wanted to work together for peace. Peace is not the monopoly of Riek Machar. Peace concerns a lot of things as we have now become one and working for peace together.” (One on One interview p8)

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