South Sudan

Amum’s G-10 left out of Kiir-Machar power deal


Pagan Amum and Pres Kiir shake hands as Dr Riek Machar looks on – Juba

SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum, and his group of G-10 have been left out of the power sharing deal at the Ethiopia South Sudan peace talks.

A source tells us the warring parties meeting in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, have agreed that there is no need of giving the G-10 a share in the new power-sharing structure.

The resolution hinges on the fact that the G-10 returned to Juba and were reinstated to their positions through a presidential decree.

G-10 is comprised of former detainees; Deng Alor Kuol, Gier Chuang, Kosti Manibe, Chol Tong Mayay, Cirino Hiteng, Madut Biar Yel and John Luk Jok , Amum Okiech, Majak D’Agoot; Oyai Deng Ajak and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.

The group returned to Juba in June 2015 and were welcomed by the SPLM party chairman, President Salva Kiir.

Amum was reinstated as secretary-general of the South Sudan’s ruling party, in implementation of Arusha agreement to end the 19-month-conflict.

Now the group is considered to be part of the Juba government hence no longer has relevance as an independent group at the talks.

Last month, IGAD-plus compromise draft had proposed 7% for G-10 in both national and state level.

In the latest document the power sharing in the national executive would be 53% of ministerial positions for the government, 33% for the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), 7% for former detainees and 7% for other political parties.

In the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region, the SPLM-IO would have 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, while the government would take 33% and 14% divided between former detainees and other political parties.

No power sharing in the seven states of greater Bahr el Ghazal and greater Equatoria regions as government would take 100% in the two regions.

Also the top executive at the national level would include the incumbent president Kiir, first vice president to be named by the SPLM-IO and the incumbent vice president, James Wani Igga.

However, Kiir refused to sign the document saying he would be giving away the country’s wealth to those who instigated war.

This led to the resumption of talks on Thursday with a United States ultimatum to South Sudanese warring sides.

The fresh negotiations under the IGAD-Plus are expected to be the final chance for South Sudan’s rivals to strike a peace deal by August 17.

On August 4, US president Barrack Obama conducted a closed-door meeting with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in the White House’s Oval office, where he warned of an alternative plan if Kiir and Riek Machar do not reach a deal this time round.

Meanwhile, the  G-10 as new reports have it, will lose their 7% share and be counted within the Juba regime’s share.

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