Juba, 10th July 2018. SPLA Red Army welcomes the agreement signed by the warring parties in Entebe, Uganda to reinstate Dr Riek Machar as the First Vice President.
The Red army spoke when they and some few South Sudanese gathered at Dr John Garang Mausoleum to celebrate the Independence Day on Monday.
One of the organizers from Red Army, Peter Atem Ngor says the Khartoum agreement is good, but South Sudanese should not rely on it.
He adds that signing peace in a document without having it in the hearts of people cannot last.
Atem calls on the warring parties to bring a real peace by addressing the root causes of the conflict.
“Yea it’s good to be reinstated. But we need our own peace that is community with community, neighbour with neighbour and tribes with tribes. Don’t rely on Khartoum peace. Let us make our peace here. National dialogue is the only way forward to South Sudanese to discuss their issues one by one. When we make a peace and don’t bring peace to our hearts, we cannot bring peace. That’s why we want a genuine peace. That peace they are engaging is good, but what is the root cause of the conflict in South Sudan? What is the root cause of conflict in 1982, 1983, 1991, 1992 and 2013?, he explains.
Another member of Red Army, Nyok Ater Kou Nhial also welcomes the agreement signed by the warring parties in Khartoum and Entebe.
He says South Sudanese only need peace to prevail in the country.
“Even if people are saying that the agreement in Khartoum is a political peace, we need a permanent peace based on the freewill of the people. The initiative in Khartoum and Uganda is a good initiative by the way. Sudan is a sisterly country. Whatever they are saying in Khartoum or Uganda whether on their interest or not, we need peace. Peace is for everything. It can lead to development, co-existence or living together through peace, but without peace, you will not live together”, Ater elaborates.
Mary Akec regrets that people are dying because of war and calls for peace to end the suffering of South Sudanese.
“We need peace in South Sudan to have rest because fighting all the time is not good. Children are tired. Women are tired and parents are also tired. I want peace. Led President Kiir and Dr Riek Machar bring peace so that everybody lives in peace. South Sudan has collapsed. People are dying of hunger, no school fees all because of war”, She notes.
The warring parties have agreed in most of the contentious issues in Khartoum and Kampala, including permanent ceasefire and governance.
They also agreed to have four Vice Presidents, including a female representative from the opposition side.