Brigadier Gen Angelo Logora and Major Gen Wadeng dead, Kiir ready to talk to Machar - Whisper Eye

Brigadier Gen Angelo Logora and Major Gen Wadeng dead, Kiir ready to talk to Machar

A South Sudanese rebel commander allied to the country’s former First Vice President Riek Machar died on Sunday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum after a lengthy battle against unidentified illness, the Information Ministry for the rebel Federal State of Fashoda announced hours after the death of the General.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Awshau nicknamed ‘Wadeng’ died on Sunday reported after battling the unidentified sickness for a long period of time prior to his emergency transfer to the Sudanese capital for further treatment.

“With all the sorrow, government of the Federal Fashoda State announces with sorrow the death of Maj. Gen. Stephen Awshau today Sunday, 03/06/2018 at 5 am in the Sudanese capital Khartoum,” the opposition government of the Federal Fashoda state announced on Sunday in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia.

The death of the high-ranking SPLA-IO general came a day after the death of another SPLA-IO general who was killed by government troops in clashes near the South Sudanese capital Juba on Saturday.

Machar’s rebels announced on Sunday that Brigadier General Angelo Logora who has been deployed south of the capital Juba was killed along two others who the opposition said were also injured after a surprise government attack which they said was also repulsed.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is ready for peace talks with his longtime political rival and rebel leader Riek Machar, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.

Kiir’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, told whisper eye media team   that the South Sudanese leader has accepted the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) proposal for face-to-face talks with the former first deputy president.

“President Kiir has agreed to meet Machar as proposed by the IGAD Council of Ministers because he is committed to peace.

I can not speculate what they are going to discuss in the meeting now,” Ateny said.

Last week, the East African regional bloc, IGAD, which is mediating efforts to revive South Sudan’s stalled 2015 peace deal, recommended President Kiir meet Machar before the next African Union (AU) summit slated for July in Mauritania.

The meeting was called for after the several warring parties in South Sudan last month failed to agree during the second round of the High Level Revitalization Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“The president is ready to meet with Machar anytime, anywhere,” Ateny added. He said the president is only waiting from IGAD the venue to be named.

This comes after the regional ministers set June 30 as the deadline for face-to-face talks between Kiir and the exiled rebel leader to resolve the conflict.

 

A South Sudanese diplomat who serves at the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before her defection today said in a statement she release on Monday to publicly announce her defection from the government of President Salva Kiir that the failed leadership of the South Sudan’s leader have negatively affected the country’s diplomacy.

Rebecca Andrew Koang said the South Sudanese leader is not doing much to save over 24 South Sudan embassies across the world which she said were paralyzed due to failure by President Kiir’s government to pay rent for the embassies.

“The failure of the leadership of President Salva Kiir has negatively affected South Sudan’s diplomacy,” she wrote in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia on Monday.

The diplomat added that the closure of South Sudan embassies in many countries has been the results of debts accumulation that the government is struggling to pay to the countries owed by South Sudan.

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