Riek Machar confused by IGAD on the National Dialogue agenda
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the body that oversee the implementation of the peace agreement has been accused by the delegation of the steering committee of the National Dialogue which went to South Africa for confusing opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar on the national dialogue.
Speaking to members during the presentation of a report from South Africa, former Minister of Agriculture who was among the delegation, Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro said that the move taken by IGAD to revise the peace agreement has confused opposition leaders that forced some of them to have different mindset about the national dialogue.
“I want to say that, there is another move going on which I am not briefed officially that IGAD wants what is called revitalization of the peace agreement. My reading of the IGAD move is that it is raising a confusing issue. On one side they are saying they are supporting the national dialogue while at the same time they are advocating for different cause of action.
“They have not come to the committee here to say now we are supposed to be part and partial of this National Dialogue and we have this process going on,” Dr. Achan told the Steering committee yesterday.
She said there is need to have a meeting with IGAD to enable them tell the Committee the way forward which would help build hope in the opposition leaders including Dr. Riek Machar.
The Members of delegation left on Thursday to South Africa to meet Dr. Riek Machar but returned on Sunday after having failed to meet him.
According to Alfred Taban, the Director for Communication and Information Unit in the Secretariat, Dr. Riek Machar has said in a letter written to the delegation that, he had accepted the national dialogue but the implementations of the peace agreement should come first.
He said the committee was still having hope to go again and meet Dr. Riek because the exchange of the letters with the delegation going was on.
By Kidega Livingstone