Riek Machar to Take Oath as S. Sudan First VP on Monday

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That is the same day Machar, who on April 12 returned to his strong base of Pagak, is expected in the capital Juba as part of a peace deal aimed at ending over two years of armed conflict in the worlds youngest nation.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has accepted that the Chairman of Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) Dr Riek Machar be sworn in as the 1st Vice President on Monday April 18.
 
That is the same day Machar, who on April 12 returned to his strong base of Pagak, is expected in the capital Juba as part of a peace deal aimed at ending over two years of armed conflict in the world's youngest nation.
 
Former Botswana President Festus Mogae, who chairs the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, the African Union body overseeing the peace process, says that Machar, upon his return to Juba, will meet President Kiir and will immediately be sworn into office.

Mogae said President Kiir has agreed to the swearing-in of Machar on Monday. Initially, the South Sudan government was not in agreement with the idea of swearing in Machar upon arrival. Even a request by Machar to hold a public rally has not been sanctioned yet.
 
Nyarji Roman, the deputy spokesman in Machar's office says that Machar is expected in Juba International Airport on Monday at 1:00 pm. 

He is expected to take oath as 1st Vice President in the presence of President Oumar Konare of Mali, also Chairperson of the African Union, Mogae, the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries. The event will be held at the South Sudan Presidency, known as J1.

From J1, Machar will proceed to a residence set up for him in the Jebel District of the capital. His personal residence was destroyed at the start of the conflict in mid-December 2013.
 
Reports from Juba also say that SPLM-IO advance team in Juba is complaining that Juba has not yet been demilitarized according to the terms of the peace deal. They are also unhappy that several of their members have been arrested by the authorities.
 
In a strongly worded statement, Taban Deng, the head of the SPLM-IO Advance Team, accused the Kiir government of "disinterest in the implementation of the peace agreement."
 
He released a list containing the names of 41 SPLM-IO members he claims were detained by the security services in Juba and Aweil, saying "their only crime is that they are SPLM/SPLA - IO supporters."
 
The government-affiliated Sudan People's Liberation Army has, meanwhile, announced that they have completed partial demilitarization of Juba according to the peace deal.  The army spokesman took journalists on Thursday to a new camp site outside the city to show them troops recently withdrawn from the capital.