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Government Will “Not Allow” Riek Machar to Return to Country

October 15, 2016 | No comment
Riek Machar

Former First Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar will not return to country and join politics, Information Minister Michael Makuei told reporters in Juba on Friday after the cabinet meeting.

Machar had returned to Juba in April and became deputy to president Kiir under a peace agreement signed in August 2015, ending more than 2 years of armed conflict that killed thousands and displaced many more.

In July, troops loyal to each of the two men opened fire at each other, leading to the killing of more than 200 people in Juba.

Machar finally fled to neighboring DRC and eventually to Sudan on ‘humanitarian reasons’ according to Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman.

He is currently in South Africa for further medical attention and he will go to the country of his choice thereafter.

But the government now says Machar should not bother returning to the Country.

“He is exactly being exiled, he will not be allowed to return to South Sudan,” Information Minister Michael Makuei told reporters yesterday evening.

“He will not be allowed to talk politics any longer.”

United States of America, Kenya and South Africa are working out where to grant Machar an asylum, but a decision has not yet been reached according to Makuei.

“There are some countries that have been proposed, where he will be taken to after recovering from sickness, but up to now all these are not yet agreed upon. So it is a process.”

[The National Courier]