South Sudan Rebel leader Dr Riek Machar has accused negotiators in the South Sudan Peace deal of meddling in the country’s sovereignty even as they attempt to broker a deal.
Machar singled out Uganda President Yoweri Museveni for changing the text of the pact agreement ahead of signing in Addis Ababa.
â€œThere was a provision in the peace agreement that says the national capital shall be demilitarised. This has been changed. To us, this is a very critical issue; this is a deal breaker.Â The second issue is that the power sharing is limited to the national institutions, and I believe to the executives alone. There would be no power sharing in the states,â€ Dr Machar said, adding: â€œThe changes made in Kampala by President Museveni stating that the security arrangement be left to the four chiefs of staff of the four countries Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan cannot work. Our fate cannot be determined by other people; we should negotiate it ourselves. This is another deal breaker.
IGAD leaders are today expected to sign the final peace agreement in Juba.Â In an interview with Daily Monitor, a Uganda newspaper, SPLM-IO chief negotiator, Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol said the alterations were â€œa serious blow to the Igad-Plus proposed compromise documentâ€.