South Sudan

Makuei sees Pagan Amum as a sell-out


Pagan Amum and Pres Kiir shake hands as Dr Riek Machar looks on – Juba, 2008.

South Sudan’s Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, sees the reinstated SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum, as a sell-out.

According to Makuei, Amum’s action of singing IGAD Compromise Agreement in Addis Ababa shows he has again left the ruling party.

Amum signed on behalf of the former detainees while Riek Machar signed on behalf of the armed opposition.

President Salva Kiir refused to sign the document.

Pagan Amum and some of the Former Detainees recently returned to Juba and re-joined the ruling party.

Before re-joining the Juba government, Amum’s group was already engaged in the peace talks as a third party.

However, Makuei is quoted by Radio Tamazuj telling reproters at Juba International Airport, that civil society representatives, faith leaders, women’s representative and others should not have signed the peace agreement.

He said the signed document doesn’t serve the interest of the people of South Sudan.

He also singled out Pagan Amum for signing the deal, implying disloyalty to President Kiir, reports Tamazuj.

“Pagan Amum defected and he has signed that document as a leader of the Former Detainees,” said Makuei.

“So I really doubt if Arusha will be working again.”

The Arusha Process resulted into the reunification of SPLM units and the return to Juba of some of the exiled SPLM exiles ‘G10’.

“We strongly believe that this document cannot serve the people of south Sudan. It is a sell-out and we cannot accept it.”

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