OBJECTION – Dr. Machar not accepted in TGoNU
Dr. Riek Machar leader of SPLA/M-IO addressing the press in October 2016/file photo
By Opio Jackson
The government yesterday strongly objected the inclusion of Dr. Riek Machar in the next Transitional Government of National Unity saying it would maintain its status quo of the present leadership.
The government spokesperson and Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the government was in total objection about the inclusion of Dr. Riek Machar in the next Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU). He added that the government had accepted up to 74 percent of the bridging proposal document presented by IGAD.
While in Addis Ababa during the second phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum, the oppositions alliance had reiterated their demand for the position of the First Vice president to be given to Dr. Riek Machar the leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).
Addressing the media yesterday in Juba, Makuei insisted that the government wanted to maintain its current status quo and Dr. Riek Machar should not be included in the next TGoNU.
“We have learned the hard ways from Riek starting from the time of liberation struggle to 2013 even in July 2016 he attempted to take over power by force but unluckily he lost the battle,” Makuei said.
According to Makuei, the people of South Sudan needed peace and Dr. Riek had been doing a lot of bad things which led to the loss of many lives. He said the government did not want its citizens to lose more lives because of Riek.
Makuei said some of the demands by the oppositions group were impossible and were red lines adding, the government’s position was that, Dr. Riek Machar should not be part of the next TGoNU.
“If Riek wants to be the president he should wait for the elections and when that time comes he will be free to contest,” he said.
Makuei also dismissed the call for technocrat government by the opposition alliance. “Who is not a technocrat? he asked. “Every minister is a technocrat in his own field. I am a lawyer by profession and I am a technocrat in my own field. Who will doubt my credibility and ability in my own field? Makuei questioned.
He said the call for a technocrat government by the opposition alliance did not hold water since everybody was a technocrat in his own field.
He said despite many compromises being made by the government, the oppositions group had never moved even a single step in an attempt to bring peace in the country.
Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth (File photo)