Opposition general urges S. Sudan president to quit

Thursday February 27 2014

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir at Khartoum Aairport on September 3, 2013. FILE PHOTO | ASHRAF SHAZLY

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir at Khartoum Aairport on September 3, 2013. FILE PHOTO | ASHRAF SHAZLY | AFP

ANDUALEM SISAY
By ANDUALEM SISAY
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President Salva Kiir’s resignation is the best solution to end the over two months-old war between the government of South Sudan and rebel groups, said chief of the opposition army.

“I am urging him to resign; he has disgraced the people of South Sudan,” said General Alfredo Lado, who leads army of the opposition group.

“An armed resistance against South Sudan’s president Salva Kirr is now established in every corner of the country.

Nobody can wipe it away. If the world want to help the people of South Sudan, let them put pressure on Salva Kiir to resign,” he said at a press conference in Addis Ababa.

Indicating that the opposition began armed resistance by mobilising 4,000 soldiers a week after the December 15, 2014 crisis, General Alfredo claimed that his forces are getting victory over President Salva Kiir’s army.

“If he (President Salva Kiir) doesn’t leave power now, we will go and drive him out of that position,” General Alfredo warned the president whom he earlier served as advisor and Environment and development minister.

DIASPORA DISCUSSIONS

The General also indicated that his group has discussed with South Sudanese diaspora in Addis Ababa this week and began activities in the areas liberated from President Salva Kirr’s army whom he labeled as ‘committing genocide on Nuer tribes’.

“Salva Kiir who turned the country into slaughterhouse should not stay on power. We want the United Nations to act. If Charles Taylor and Milosevic are taken to The Hague court, what is so precious about President Salva Kiir?’’

President Uhuru of Kenya and his Deputy Ruto taken to The Hague because 2,000 people are killed; 20,000 South Sudanese are killed in the last two months and and still president Salva Kiir is on power,” he said.

Currently the peace negotiation in Addis Ababa to end the war seems stuck as the two sides have not been able to finalise proposals from mediators.