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Open letter: Why South Sudan’s Kiir wants non-peace countries to return to Juba

My fellow citizens,

It is my pleasure to write to you at a time when the country is still bleeding with no hope of genuine and lasting peace being achieved soon. I urge you to be patient with each other in your families as peace is a process, it needs sincerity and commitment from all parties to the conflict amid non-payment of salaries to public officials including organized forces, the deterioration of the economic situation in the country and in the midst of the lack of peace gestures by some elements in our beloved South Sudan.

Since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement with the Kiir administration in Juba in 2018, I have been closely monitoring its implementation and the regime has closely monitored the actions of both the opposition in Juba and non-signatories to the peace. Hopes for free and fair elections to end the transition period that would lead the country into a new democratic error do not seem to bear fruit.

In fact, the largest percentage of South Sudan’s population wants regime change due to the challenges facing the country. The military and politicians, both in the opposition and within Kiir’s circles, seek to remove Kiir from office. Kiir is surrounded by a few loyalists who come from his hometown along with a handful of others from other regions of the country who support him amidst a majority population of South Sudanese politicians and generals who are well prepared and armed both military and politically to dislodge the president should he make the mistake of starting war with opposition forces in Juba.

It should be noted that despite the growing number of opposition parties and their members who have come out to openly criticize the Kiir regime in the country, there are also a good number of generals and politicians around Kiir, including some from his own hometown who They have quietly rebelled against the president’s administration from within and support the regime change initiative. It should also be noted that the desire to overthrow Kiir by some of his closest generals and politicians, including those who come from his own hometown, has caused Kiir to distrust his allies in Juba. It is well known to the Juba regime and South Sudanese citizens that Malong rebelled against the government because some people in his own country who served in the government wanted him dead following accusations that he wanted to overthrow Kiir. It is also well known that there is a hunger for Kiir’s job among his own loyalists, especially among some members of the security sector. The desire of some generals and politicians to occupy the country’s highest office has caused division among Kiir’s once loyal comrades, leading to the removal of Paul Malong from his position as army chief, adding to the Malong rebellion against the Kiir regime.

According to my personal analysis, as pressure increases on Salva Kiir’s administration in Juba with the presence of opposition forces, the president is panicking and now wants General Paul Malong Awan to return to the country for his defense in case of any future conflict. in the country. The presence of opposition parties in Juba has reminded Kiir of his once loyal and brave uncompromising general, Paul Malong Awan, who now leads the South Sudan United Front (SSUF). Apart from the other non-signatory opposition parties, Juba’s main objective in launching the ongoing peace talks in Kenya is to return Kiir’s former strongest hardliner, General Paul Malong Awan, to Juba. Awan is the main target of the talks and Kiir believes that bringing Malong to Juba would boost his existing force for his defense should any conflict arise in the future.

Fearing that his power-hungry fanatics will snatch the presidency from him if Malong does not provide support, the president has been trying to lure General Paul Malong to return to Juba. However, Malong stood firm and never entered into talks with Kiir as an individual and as an individual party to give weight to his return to Juba and ensure his safety. Malong’s fear is that South Sudan’s senior national security officials want him dead, even though he respects and values ​​his former boss, General Salva Kiir, as president.

Therefore, I wish to conclude by asking the people of South Sudan to be alert as there is still no peace in the country unless all the opposition parties such as the NAS-under Thomas Cyril and the Kit-gwang faction of the SPLA/M -IO, among others, have left the field and unless the regimes commit in good faith to the revitalized peace agreement to complete the implementation of the pending tasks. Since the independence of South Sudan to date, our people have not experienced peace and my concern is that if the Kiir administration fails to carry out inclusive negotiations that resolve the challenges facing the country at its roots, they will control the army and politicians, restore peace and respect for rule of law in the country, minimize rampant corruption in the country and stabilize the economy, among other things, the various regions of South Sudan are likely to decide, peacefully or forcefully, to advocate for independent states leaving South Sudan. It should be noted that silent diseases also kill.

Thanks and regards.

Colonel Dominic Gabriel Mogga Baba

Former South Sudanese police officer.

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