Reject Interim Government Without Kiir: Senior Politician

Hon. Wol Deng Atak, former Tonj North National legislator urges fellow South Sudanese to reject interim government without Kiir or Machar. [Gurtong file]

The former Tonj North National legislator Hon. Wol Deng Atak said the idea is a process of creating unstable South Sudan.

He said in the second phase of peace talks contains an IGAD proposal to the government of South Sudan and rebel’s delegations to agree for the formation of an interim government without the two key actors; Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar.

Wol urged all the citizens, politicians from both sides to reject the proposal. “There is nothing wonderful about that proposal. It is just a recipe for further chaos in South Sudan. Interim government is a formula for instability in the country,” he said.

He suggested that the best way to resolve the current crisis is for the rebels to stop war and wait for the next coming elections and compete democratically for the leadership of this country.

He said: “The best option is for rebels to lay down their weapons and participate in the forthcoming general elections. If Kiir steps down what would prevent anyone from mobilizing his tribesmen to oust Kiir’s successor or demand for another interim government?”

“We should reject it. South Sudanese, if we love our country, let’s all say no to this proposal whether you are for rebel or government or even ordinary citizen!

“A seed of vicious cycle of violence is being planted on our soil to saturate our system. This is indeed a seed for instability against South Sudanese.”

When the conflict broke out in Juba mid-December, the government blamed the ex-vice president Dr. Riek Machar for plotting a “Coup” against President Salva Kiir’s Government.  However, Dr. Riek said it was a presidential guards’ quarrel.

The conflict quickly spread to Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and the latest in Tonj North and East Counties of Warrap state.

Humanitarian Organizations reported that over 10, 000 people lost their lives and over 800, 000 others are displaced and others now taking refuge in the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) bases across the country as some have fled to neighbouring countries.

South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, in the centre of Africa which is about two and half years old now. It is rich in oil, but following decades of civil war it is also one of the least developed regions on earth – only 15% of its citizens own a mobile phones, over 70% of the population is illiterate and there are very few tarmac roads in the country as large as France.

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