S. Sudan rebels call for pressure on Kiir to fund peace process


South Sudan’s leading rebel group is calling for added pressure to be placed on President Salva Kiir to provide funds for implementing the country’s fragile peace process.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) says the country is behind schedule in carrying out key aspects of the peace agreement signed last year, such as integrating rebel forces into the national army. Now, the rebel group is calling upon Sudan and Uganda to apply pressure on Salva Kiir to increase funding for the peace process.

SPLM-IO demands funding for peace deal

South Sudan’s peace deal has largely brought an end to fighting in the country after five years of civil war, but isolated clashes are still taking place in parts of the country and reports of human rights violations continue to emerge. Fears are growing that the peace process could break down and the country’s leading rebel group is becoming increasingly vocal about the fact key aspects of the agreement are yet to be implemented.

President Salva Kiir has said the government doesn’t have enough funds to implement the deal and blamed the international community for abandoning the country at this crucial time.

However, deputy chairman of the SPLM-IO, Henry Odwor, has told VOA that the funds should be released from South Sudan’s oil production, which is currently in the process of being resumed to pre-civil war levels.

Featured image: “Salva Kiir, the president of southern Sudan” flickr photo by Al Jazeera English https://flickr.com/photos/aljazeeraenglish/5335499393 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.