South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, has finally signed the controversial IGAD peace compromise agreement.
Kiir appended his signature to the document this evening at a ceremony held in Freedom Hall in the capital Juba.
Present at the event were; Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediators and other dignitaries.
While signing the agreement, Kiir further cited that there was something queer about the document.
“In the peace deal, I’m a commander-in-chief of what I do not know,” he pointed out.
He said the peace document is not a bible and neither is it a Quran wondering why he was being asked to sign hastily without questions.
“Why is it that it [peace document] shouldn’t be revisited? What’s wrong with this agreement?”
“The leadership of our country is very much concerned about issues in the proposed peace agreement,” he said.
He observed that South Sudan may sign the peace deal anytime even if it is not signed for whatever reason saying ignoring his reservations shows the deal is not being signed in the interest of a just peace.
Kiir said he would sign the deal but asked regional leaders to stand with him during the implementation process.
He described South Sudan as a country of over 1 million martyrs of liberty.
The president had refused to sign the document citing reservations including; power sharing, system of governance, demilitarization of Juba and reintegration of forces during the transitional period.
But his rival, Riek Machar, signed the agreement in Addis Ababa on August 17.
Kiir asked for 15 days to first consult but the United States threatened him with sanctions leading to today, Wedensday August 26, 2015 event.
The country has been at war since December 2013 leading to the death of thousands and displacement of millions from their homes.