JUBA – First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny and leader of the main armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) is not being allowed to leave the country even to seek treatment, according to the group’s deputy chairperson Nathaniel Oyet.
There have been rumors of Machar being denied trips outside the capital Juba and the First Vice President confirmed on 30 July during the graduation of the first batch of the unified forces that he was being confined to Juba and not even allowed to see his forces.
Oyet now says First Vice President Machar has not been allowed to represent the country in international or regional meetings and is only allowed to go to the Church in Kator where he prays, but cannot also be allowed to seek treatment abroad.
“The unanswered question is why the vice president who acts in the absence of the president, whether he (president) is in or outside the country, cannot be delegated to represent the president,” he said. “Why he has not been able to move beyond Juba,” Oyet said as quoted by Radio Tamazuj.
“The furthest Riek Machar went could be Kator Church. For two or three years now, he (Machar) has not moved outside the country. When he is sick, he does his treatment in Juba while ministers and vice presidents go for medical checkups and treatment outside the country,” he added.
Oyet who is also the Deputy Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly said Machar’s confinement arise from lack of confidence from President Salva Kiir Mayardit and so casts doubt among international community about the implementation of the agreement.
“All these compounds the level of lack of confidence in what we say to the world. The world hears what we say, we are now implementing the peace agreement and we are now working together but they see different dispositions,” Oyet said.
“The citizens are also seeing and they are questioning and we are failing to give an answer. Even now I am failing to give an answer. I am thinking aloud because the answer rests with one man who is the President who is the chairman of the SPLM in government,” he added.