South Sudan embattled opposition leader Riek Machar has rubbished the recent decision by the government of his rival president Salva Kiir to declare him persona non grata in the world’s youngest nation.
Government spokesman Michael Makuei said Friday that a political ban has been slapped on the ‘rebel leader’ following his call for armed resistance against President Kiir.
Makuei said that Machar will not be allowed to talk politics in South Sudan noting that the nation was initiating a forced for him asylum in a country of his choice.
Speaking from South Africa, Mr Machar told the BBC that his rebel faction could still negotiate a peace deal with President Salva Kiir.
His statement comes despite last week’s heavy fighting in the city of Malakal.
Mr Machar, who first fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, is now being treated in Johannesburg.
In July, Mr Machar’s bodyguards and President Salva Kiir’s presidential guards fought each other, sparking days of violence.
Hundreds of people died and more than 100,000 fled across the border.
The fighting erupted less than a year after a peace deal was signed to form a unity government and end the civil war.