Thousands Protest In Wau Against IGAD Plus Compromise Peace Proposal

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Civil society groups joined by thousands of residents in Wau town, Western Bahr el Ghazal State took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the IGAD plus compromise peace proposal to end the war in South Sudan.

Protestors in Wau against the IGAD-plus proposal photo by James Dimo

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, August 4, 2015 [Gurtong] – The protesters begun their walk at 8 am from Wau’s main stadium to the UNMISS main gate where the protestors peacefully handed over their petition to the UN State coordinator.

The civil society in the State protested the IGAD plus proposal of 53 percent of power-sharing  given to the rebels in Greater Upper Nile region, adaptation of two armies and the demilitarization of the capital City.

While handing over the petition to the UN, the civil society called for peacefully solutions to the South Sudan’s conflict.  “We the community and civil society in Western Bahr el Ghazal State, who are carrying out the declaration, expected from the IGAD group to resolve the conflict between the government of South Sudan and (SPLM-IO) through  peaceful Non-violence approach”.

“Shockingly, we realized that there were some burning issues in the IGAD’s document which will fuel up the conflict.. At this juncture, we strongly condemn and reject points, one, the 53 percent  in the power sharing allotted to the opposition in the Greater Upper Nile Region which will later result to the separation of one country,” said the statement read at the UN gate in Wau.

The Civil society also rejects the adaptation of two armies and demilitarization of the capital city saying the move will deprive the country from her sovereignty and will create mistrust among the two armies during the transitional period.

“We request the United Nation Mission in Western Bahr el Ghazal State to send our views on the three points to the negotiation table in Addis Ababa.”

UNMISS State Coordinator Wini Bibahuga confirmed the statement from the civil society “ I affirm  publicly that I have peaceful received your document and I will peacefully  pass it on as you required. The United Nation Mission in South Sudan stands firm in the quest for peace in this country and we listen to the people’s aspiration for peace and I believe this document will contribute to the dialogue on the peace process that is going on in Addis Ababa.”

 Protestors moved to the UN quarters chanting “One president, one army, one nation and one people.”

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