South Sudan Gov't Shuns IGAD Deal

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However, officials in the South Sudan government have communicated that they will not agree with the IGAD proposed solution and will instead table a home-grown solution that they say will achieve a lasting peace solution for the South Sudanese people.

With a day left to the next Inter-Governmental Authority on Development meeting to listen to the warring parties responses, South Sudan government has said it will propose a new home-grown solution to the conflict.
 
IGAD expects tomorrow that the parties return to the table to start resolving differences and sign a peace deal due for August 17th.
 
However, officials in the South Sudan government have communicated that they will not agree with the IGAD proposed solution and will instead table a home-grown solution that they say will achieve a lasting peace solution for the South Sudanese people.
 
The IGAD deal seeks to give the rebel SPLM force 30% of executive power and also grant their leader Riek Machar, power to command the national army during the period of transition as the country prepares to have an election. The proposal also suggests granting a 53% power ratio to the rebels in areas they have control like the Upper Nile states.
 
The South Sudan deputy foreign affairs minister, Bashir Gbandi who spoke to URN on phone said that the IGAD proposal for peace has contents that risk dividing the country. He says that the power sharing deal was reviewed by the government but some proposals, like the power sharing deals for upper Nile, are not agreeable. Bashir, who is also a negotiator for the government at IGAD said they will communicate tomorrow the next course of action.
 
In a separate interview to the Sudan Tribune, an online news agency, Mark Nyipuoch, the deputy speaker of parliament said that government is developing a separate home grown peace deal that they would suggest to the rebels soon. Nyipuoch also says that the government doesn't agree with the IGAD peace deal.
 
SPLM - IO spokesperson Mabior De Garang told URN that the news is not suprising considering that the government has been negotiating in bad faith from the start. He says that the government is confirming many long held suspicions that the government is not serious about a peace deal. 

South Sudan has been at war for 19 months now.  

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.