Emmanuel Joseph Lubari, the Acting Chairperson of South Sudan National Youth Consortium. (Photo by Sasuk):
By Sasuk Taban
South Sudan National Youth Consortium (SSNYC), a coalition of youth wings from various political parties, civil society organizations, student leagues and independent youth associations has condemned the arms embargo, economic sanctions and travel bans on individual South Sudanese imposed by the United States of America and its allies.
The Consortium was formed as a result of the Kigali, Rwanda Conference in June 2018 and to provide a platform through which the youth can centralize their efforts and work towards sustainable peace and development.
The group held its first National Youth Consultative Conference on the 12th July 2018 at Nyakuron Cultural Centre under the theme, “The Role of Youth in Peace and Nation Building” with the aim of bringing youths from different political affiliations and ethnic diversities to contribute towards peace and nation building.
In a communiqué read out at Dembesh Hotel on Wednesday, Emmanuel Joseph Lubari, the Acting Chairperson of the Consortium and the chairperson of the ruling party’s SPLM Youth League said that the actions taken by the US and its allies was an intimidation to the sovereignty of South Sudan.
He appealed to the government to strengthen relations with the US administration in bringing genuine and lasting peace in the country.
Lubari strongly condemned the actions of some youth, civil society organizations within and outside the country who he claimed are tarnishing the image of the country with negative publicity.
“Youth should denounce violence and distance themselves from all forms of extremism and politicians who are divisive and whose political aspirations are egoistical in nature,” Lubari said.
He further called on the youth to unite and contribute towards sustainable peace and nation building.
Lubari reiterated their firm support for the incumbent government and added that the government cannot be changed overnight through forceful means but only through elections.
He applauded the Parliament for extending the mandate of the government and condemned the opposition groups for not signing the peace agreement which he termed “delaying tactics” meant to create a constitutional vacuum in case the government’s mandate runs out in August.
Lubari urged neighboring countries to stop and reject activities of rebel groups in their countries.
“It has come to our attention that the region is divided behind the warring parties in South Sudan based on their economic interests and as the youth, we are convinced that this is the cause of partial and biased mediation by some IGAD member States,” Lubari said.
Lubari further stated that the best way to achieve peace and total stability in South Sudan was through home grown peace initiatives like the National Dialogue declared by President Salva Kiir in December 2016.
“It is worth mentioning that the national dialogue has achieved more in bringing peace than the High Level Revitalization Forum,” he said.
Lubari further called on the IGAD Head of States and the mediators in the peace talks not to interfere with the internal geographical arrangements of South Sudan such as the number of states.
The Communiqué was signed by 15 youth representatives from different entities such as the SPLM Youth League, the National Agenda Political Parties, youth representative to the National Dialogue, the Red Army Foundation, South Sudan Political Parties Youth Forum, SPLM Students League, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance, youth representatives from the regional and Diaspora Coordination, South Sudan Musicians Union and the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Young Parliamentary Caucus.
The Communique was further copied to President Salva Kiir, the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga, TROIKA, IGAD and the African Union (AU), the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Council of States, the 32 States Governors, South Sudan National Youth Union, the Chairperson of the National Agenda Political Parties and to the media.