South Sudan

Kiir paying hotel bills for 200 rebels


The government of South Sudan will start paying the hotel bills of over 200 rebels living in 5 star hotels in Juba according to the Government Chief Negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial.

According to National Courier, the so-called Troika and EU having been paying the bill and providing financial support for rebel logistics as part of implementation.

They cut their funding today as it was agreed. They were anticipating the so-called government of unity was to be formed on 22nd of January.

Nhial told journalists that the government will take over paying the bills because it is committed to the peace.

The rebels are accommodated in Dembesh Hotel, Crown Hotel and other expensive hotels in Juba that costs an average of 200 USD per room per day.

Unity government set to delay

Meanwhile, Sudan Tribune reports that Lam Akol, chairman of the opposition Democratic Change (DC) party and overall leader of national alliance of more than 18 South Sudan political parties out of the government, has declined meeting President Salva Kiir over formation of a new transitional government, calling for amendment of the constitution first.

Akol also said an amended constitution must also recognize that the country would be governed through the existing 10 states as it is stipulated in the peace agreement which president Kiir himself and the leader of the armed opposition faction of SPLM-IO, Riek Machar, had signed in August 2015.

The opposition’s alliance leader and the minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, were expected to meet President Kiir over ministerial portfolios allocated to “Other Political Parties”, but Akol told reporters on Thursday that he did not meet the president and has not met him in “more than a year and half.”

He was reacting to reports quoting presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny as claiming that Akol and Lomuro with other political leaders from other political parties have met with the president on Tuesday to work out how to form a transitional government.

Ateny said that the government has selected its 16 ministerial portfolios and that the process began on Monday.

He said that Lomuro “is in agreement with the government” but Akol had reservations.

The rebels now accuse Kiir of insisting on creating 28 states, a decision they want him to rescind.

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