While Dinka of JCE are angrily why Dr. Riek Machar was able to go to Uganda, there is another big blow up for the JCE. The South Sudan’s former Vice-President, Riek Machar, will travel to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Wednesday evening for talks with President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, on the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August by warring parties in South Sudan.
Chairman of the external committees in the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, has announced on social media.
“The President of Arab Republic of Egypt H.E. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi invited H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, First Vice President Designate of the Republic of South Sudan and Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA (IO) to discuss the implementation of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan and bilateral relations between Egypt and South Sudan,” Gatkuoth posted in various blogs on social media.
“Dr. Machar will leave for Cairo, Egypt on February 3, 2016. This visit is historic and it is the first ever visit Dr. Machar had since the war broke out in South Sudan in December 15, 2013,” he said.
He added that Machar will be accompanied by “Madame Angelina Teny, Chairperson, National Committee for Defence and Security and First Lady of SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, Secretary General SPLM, and Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Chairperson, National Committee for Foreign Affairs.”
The visit comes two days after the IGAD Council of Ministers on the sideline of the African Union summit issued a communique urging the parties to form a transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) as soon as possible.