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Dr. Riek’s faction must be serious -Gathouth

Dr. Riek’s faction must be serious -Gathouth

By Opio Jackson

A senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) faction under the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said Dr. Riek Machar’s faction must be serious in ending the suffering of the citizens.

Gathot Gatkuoth, Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development said the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter should mark a new positive beginning for the warring parties to end the conflict in the country.

“We are going for the third round of High Level Revitalization Forum. We need the Opposition Groups to soften their opposition because the demands that were given by them during the last round of talks were impossible,” Gatkuoth said.

“This time they should come down to the position that can be negotiable,” he added.

The Minister stressed that the Transitional Government of National Unity was ready to come back with peace once the delegation travels to Addis Ababa for the next round of talks.

“The Opposition Groups should know that the people of South Sudan have suffered enough and the position they are demanding for is not more than the lives of our citizens,” Gatkuoth said.

However, Minister Gatkuoth further said the Inter-government Authority on Development (IGAD) needs to provide a separate forum for the two SPLM-IO factions to decide on their proposed share of thirty-three percent.

He said the majority of the SPLM-IO leadership is in the TGoNU and only a few have defected with Dr. Riek during the July 2016 incident. “If they are fighting for Dr. Riek to come back then that is big capital not because he has already been replaced by Taban Deng,” he said.

Gatkuoth said both Riek Machar and Taban Deng hail from Bentiu, saying they don’t understand what Riek actually wants as the region has already been presented by Taban Deng.

“We don’t have problem with the release of Dr. Riek from South Africa, if the IGAD wants to release him but he should not be part of the government,” he said.

“For us we don’t have any problem but he should come and go and sit at home as an ordinary citizen,” Gatkuoth added.











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