April 13, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — According to Capt. Mabior Garang de Mabior, the Opposition Spokesman, SPLM/SPLA is not seeking power to reinstall the former Vice President in his previous position or any other opposition as alleged.
“The SPLM/SPLA assures the public that the Movement is not seeking power for the sake of negotiating Dr. Riek Machar into power, as misleadingly presented by our detractors.” Said Mabior, the Chairperson of National Committee for Information and Public Relations.
Capt. Mabior was responding to clarify the position of SPLM/SPLA [IO] regarding to Power Sharing arrangement under the auspice of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD), which is now expanded to include TROIKA and more African countries.
According to Mabior, the Opposition believes that their position has been distorted by “detractors” in Juba.
The Spokesman warns that such misrepresentation or fabrication could jeopardize the entire peace process if not corrected.
“The SPLM/SPLA felt it prudent to clarify these points in light of the negative propaganda fabricated by our detractors, which the Movement is certain could jeopardize the peace process.” Mabior said.
SPLM/SPLA Demands Amalgamations of Armies
Mabior further clarifies that the armed Opposition is not fighting to establish two separate “national” armies in one country but to amalgamate various armed groups into one national army.
According to the Opposition, South Sudan did not establish a professional national army after its independent in 2011 but instead the former warlords retained their armies under various banners within the SPLA, which was to be recognized as the national army.
“The SPLM/SPLA believes this is necessary, as the Administration of Salva Kiir has failed dismally to transform the former guerilla units into a professional, national, standing army; as is mandated by the Transitional Constitution of the Republic.” Mabior explains.
“This in actual fact means that there is no army, and this has been admitted by the (former) Chief of General Staff, and (current) Minister of Defense of the Salva Kiir Administration.” he added.
The opposition warns that the previous integration mechanism has failed, and should not be re-adopted. Instead the warring parties must temporarily retain separate armies that will be progressively amalgamated into a professional army, which will then represent the country.
“The SPLM/SPLA is in favor of a separation of forces during the interim period; within which the various forces shall be amalgamated and constituted into a professional, national, standing army.” Capt. Mabior continued.
Mabior further explains that the “separation of forces”, which the SPLM/SPLA proposes, does not entail having two national armies in the country.
“The SPLM/SPLLA assures the people of South Sudan and the World at large, that the Movement does not subscribe to the idea of having two national armies for the Republic; however, integration is untenable in light of the fact that there is no national army. The SPLM/SPLA contention is that the peace process provides the best opportunity for the Republic of South Sudan to build a professional, national, standing army from the various armed groups across the country.” Mabior reiterates.
The IO spokesman reiterates that power sharing is necessary for effective implementations of reforms and accountability in the country.
“The Movement is negotiating in Addis Ababa for political and security sector reforms; and for accountability. The contention of the SPLM/SPLA is that the power which shall implement the reforms negotiated with our partners in peace must be shared.” Capt. Mabior concludes.