We want 10 states or no unity gov’t, says SPLM-IO

SPLM-IO main opposition says it will not be part of the revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity as the matters concerning the number of states and its boundaries are not yet met.

“We need to ensure the issue of the number of states and its boundaries are set up in order to give the individuals of South Sudan an enduring harmony,” Odwar who is a senior representative said during an interview meeting of the harmony parties in Juba on Wednesday.

South Sudan is expected to form a revitalized transitional government on February 22 this year despite both President Kiir and Machar’s failure to agree on the issue of states.

The number of the states and their boundaries are part of the critical pre-transitional prerequisites for the formation of a coalition government.

Machar the opposition leader and the chairman of the SPLM-IO demand the number of the states reduced while Kiir wants 32 states he created through a decree during the civil war to be maintained.

Both Kiir and Machar have so far delayed twice the arrangement of the solidarity government as of May 2019 and in November last year over similar issues.

South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza in January proposed a territorial discretion to choose the number and limits of the states.

It has been a few times now that both President Kiir and Machar have met to agree with each other and form a unity government in Juba but both neglected to arrive at a trade-off.

Michael Makuei Lueth who is a minister of information contends that if the transitional government is framed, they will keep on counseling on the rest of the assignments.