South Sudanese living in diaspora have suggested that president Salva Kiir and his armed opponent Dr. Riek Machar step aside power and allow other South Sudanese to lead the country for peace to be restored in the world’s youngest nation, the national dialogue Subcommittee on Refugees and International outreach said on Thursday.
This came in the first day consultative discussion conducted by the National Dialogue’ Subcommittee on Refugees and International Outreach in Kampala Uganda.
The rift between President Kiir and former deputy Riek Machar has deep roots that reach back to the period before the nation’s creation in 2011 and blamed for placing the young nation into chaos.
According to dialogue committee, the group has insisted that President Salva Kiir and Machar have to step down for peace to be restored in South Sudan.
The consultative discussions are being attended to by thousands of South Sudanese from all backgrounds as civic, community, political, social and regional backgrounds amongst religious groups and others.
“In free manner, participants were allowed to suggest solutions to country’s problems and crises as political, economic, social, military and security and system of governance in the Republic of South Sudan,” the National Dialogue committee said.
Many express their fear of being arrested after speaking against the government but were assured by the committee of their protection under National Dialogue.
“Almost ninety percent of speakers in November 15, 2017 consultative meeting have suggested that current leadership should make a very patriotic decision to step aside and allow democratic processes with new leaders. Some argued that it is only president Kiir to decide for the sake of South Sudan,” it added.
President Salva Kiir initiated the dialogue last year, saying it would help unite the country and reconcile the people deeply divided by conflict since 2013 however he (Kiir) said anyone is allowed to take part in the dialogue except Machar, saying he prefers to dialogue with armed group in the absence of Machar for that he could spark another conflict if he come back.
Machar in turn rejected the dialogue proposal describing it as ‘bogus’, adding it is another campaign by the regime to derail the peace process.
South Sudan, since 2013 has been torn mired in deadly conflict between government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels backing former Vice President Riek Machar. Fighting since has torn the country along ethnic lines, killing tens of thousands and displacing nearly 4 million from their homes.