Opinion | Machar would have not rushed to relieved Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual

FILE — South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar talks to reporters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 13, 2016. Machar fled from Juba last month shortly after heavy fighting broke out in the capital between Machar's forces and South Sudan army forces.FILE — South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar talks to reporters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 13, 2016. Machar fled from Juba last month shortly after heavy fighting broke out in the capital between Machar's forces and South Sudan army forces.

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Dr. Riek Machar would have been standstills and not rushed for the relief and replacement of SPLM/A-IO army Chief Simon Gatwech. The times and all that people are hearing to be the reasons for the substitution of a revolution’s military icon is making the plans entirely disastrous, and we shouldn’t go on with it. Hence! The removal and appointment of the SPLM/A-IO army Chief to Invisibles non-military post (Peace Advisor) has been envisaged by only Machar and Kiir without first consultation with the SPLM/A-IO military leadership. No one was informed! There are no notices of the reasons for an increasing mistrust that led to the Chief’s abrupt termination from active services altogether. No reasons were given!  And, to make the matter worst, Machar’s action coincided with the rift that has been hit between Machar’s cousin (Dhiling) and the Army Chief. Is the action inspired by nepotism?

Therefore, many of the SPLM-IO enthusiasts are unhappy with the dimension through which, the SPLM-IO Chairman’s actions sometimes collide with/and accompanied by suspicious realities as being associate with nepotism. These and others many reasons make it undeniably what led to the receptions of SPLM-IO Chairman’s action to maybe sided with people of his kin’s.  And therefore, it’s somewhat inconsistent with the best interests of the movement’s objective. The SPLM-IO Chairman would have waited as everyone was expecting all the works of restructuring the SPLM-IO movement, including retirement steps (whence the right time for sending homes of aged veterans for a decent retirement) as not today whilst a solution to the conflict, is far away.

Equally the same, we believe that, if indeed the very idea by the C-in-C to layoffs the long served revolutionary icons was for mitigating the welfare of the aged general, I mean (if maybe Machar is more convinced of his current engagement with Kiir in peace implementation, and therefore, according to Machar maybe this comes the times for a unification of the conflictingly cantoned forces, and perhaps he “Machar” has properly thoughts-provoking that, he wanted to award his army Chief with a political post so that the Chief benefit from Peace Agreement as others), I think the time for doing that is not now because:

First, the R-ARCSS is largely not being implementing by the parties to the agreement. What is happening in Juba obviously differing from the very versions of the peace agreement. There are plenty of supportive justifications that, lack of political will in regard to the R-ARCSS is detrimentally agitating their commitment to the real and faithful implementation of the agreement. Lies and negative promises proved to be frequently unrealistic. Juba is not safe if hopes are on how the parties engaging with the R-ARCS.

Security arrangements including the most awaiting graduation of the necessary unified forces, and therefore, the formation of a unified defence system which was the prime objective of the R-ARCSS, has never been made. Instead, the bizarre situation of having two standing conflicting armies with different commands structures will still continue forming the basis of the security system of South Sudan.  South Sudan still a country of a fragile government with two separate armies. This makes only the trains in motion for any time that, the two armies can fight. Why should the SPLM-IO movement bother of putting in jeopardy the movement’s army forces whence other sides entrenching their own instead!

These issues of unimplemented security arrangements make it certain that any steps taken by the SPLM-IO Chairman are fatal. At this point, it is true that we are at an interlude and, if as today that South Sudan continuous without proper political solution reached for the conflict which cost thousands of innocents’ lives, it is only a matter of time and therefore an occurrence of a sparks attention that may cause trick and easily return us back to the active conflict.


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