The Secretary-General of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum, has ruled out returning to the capital Juba after allegedly being threatened by President Salva Kiir.
Amum told Radio Tamazuj yesterday that he and the exiled ‘Group of Ten’ will only return when the security situation improves in South Sudan’s capital.
“Until now there are risks and even threats on our lives by the government and President Salva Kiir himself and his cohorts,” he is quoted as saying.
He told the radio that his group has been receiving threats since he signed the compromise peace agreement in Addis Ababa.
Amum signed the peace agreement last month in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on behalf of the G-10 while Riek Machar signed on behalf of armed opposition.
President Kiir refused to sign the deal and asked for 15 days to first consult.
After the 15 days, Kiir signed the deal in Juba still citing reservations and saying he was being pressured to sign a treaty he didn’t comprehend well.
As a result, Amum says now Kiir accuses him of “betraying and selling out the country”.
Amum was arrested in 2013 after an alleged coup d’état and detained with other politicians who were suspected of supporting Machar.
They were produced in court, charged with treason and later exiled to Kenya.
During the peace talks process, Amum and his group returned to Juba and was reinstated as SPLM Secretary General.
He is now being accused of being an agent of the West and the international community.
“So there are threats in Juba city and other government-held areas,” he told Tamazuj.
He said former detainees will only come to Juba “when the security situation changes and Salva Kiir’s government accepts peace”.