President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit has rejected a request by General Simon Gatwech Dual to replace Dr. Riek Machar Teny as first vice-president.
An anonymous opposition personnel in Magenis whispered that Salva Kiir recently informed Gatwech through an anonymous individual stationed at Magenis few days ago saying it’s not possible to remove Machar at this time and insisted he will only welcome the gesture to accept integration into the SSPDF.
This follows a number of events that downplayed unfolding realities since last week. General Gatwech made a declaration removing Machar as the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition and installing himself as the new SPLA-IO chairman and commander in chief.
The unfortunate leader demanded that Machar be removed as First Vice President, an idea rejected by President Salva Kiir saying its impossible and this will only take the country backwards in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
In the revitalized peace agreement, Machar has been mentioned by name as the first vice president and its impossible to replace him. This conclusion as defined in the agreement follows the 2016 scenario where Taban Deng Gai defected from the leadership of Machar replacing him as First Vice President after days of fighting in Juba.
This is the sole reason to adopted by the peace negotiators of IGAD to avoid similar occurrence in future and therefore the agreement mentions Machar as First Vice President by name to restrict future defectors from ousting or replacing him within his own army/movement.
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