Addis Ababa, August 17, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudanese rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar and Former political detainee Pagan Amum have signed IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement exactly on the dateline proposed by the international community.
Meanwhile Salva Kiir refused to sign the deal, saying he needs at least fifteen days to make necessary consultations with his allies.
Kiir surprised Mediators by declaring that he is not going to put his signature on the document just minutes after Machar signed the pact.
It was not immediately clear if IGAD-Plus agreed to his request.
An African Union diplomatic source with complete knowledge of the negotiations and who prefers anonymity told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Uganda President Yoweri Museveni is behind Juba’s refusal to sign the deal.
“Seven days ago, we have received credible information which suggests that Yoweri Museveni instructed Kiir not to sign IGAD-Plus document. So everybody knows Kampala’s position on the compromise agreement was going to be revealed by Kiir,” the source said.
“We are not surprise at all, Kiir’s refusal to sign the agreement simply confirms what we have be have been suspecting,” the source added.
On Sunday, Kiir abruptly issued a decree removing four South Sudanese Governors. Observers say the move was an attempt by Kiir to try to purge anyone he sees as a threat in case if his regime crumples.
The SSNA has learned that Museveni has become very angry after his version of compromise peace agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by the international community
Museveni, who has been pocketing hundred of millions of dollar, perhaps billions from Western nations branded the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement as “White people proposal,” and vowed never to accept it.