Juba, November 13, 2016 (SSNA) — A highly placed source with South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed to the South Sudan News Agency that the forced deportation of Riek Machar Spokesperson backfires, sets off diplomatic crisis, and forced Kenyan government to revisit her political relations with foreign governments, African Union, and the United Nations.
The SSNA’s source who demands anonymity for fear of reprisal also disclosed that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his South Sudanese counterpart President Salva Kiir have been talking about ways to minimize outside pressure on a daily basis.
“Actually, a lot of people were surprised when news of Riek Machar press secretary broke. I remember some of my fellow workers shaking their heads, it was a news many people here in Juba thought it was not true,” said the source.
“The thing is…let me tell you, the thing is Kiir and the leader of Kenya [Kenyatta] realized after condemnations from other countries and the UN that the deportation of a rebel official to Juba has become an unnecessary diplomatic headache,” the source continued.
“On the whole, it is a diplomatic firestorm for both men [Kenyatta and Kiir],” asserted the source.
During the interview, the source surprised a SSNA’s reporter, telling the reporter that Kenyan police first called South Sudanese police and told them that Spokesman of Riek Machar is in custody and that he is scheduled for deportation to Juba the next day.
The South Sudan News Agency also managed to talk to a senior police officer in Juba. The purpose of the meeting was to confirm the authenticity of claims made by our source at the foreign affairs ministry.
The police officer admitted that Nairobi decision to bring the spokesman of the SPLM/A-IO to Juba was a politically orchestrated decision.
Meanwhile Kenyan State House’s Spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, claims his government will still help Salva Kiir’s government in limited areas, though the official failed to identify exactly what Kenyatta’s presidency would do.
“Kenya will keep its obligation to South Sudan. We will work with them bilaterally, in Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Eat African Community, which we worked hard to get them there, and the African Union,” Esipiso said.
Esipiso admits that Kenya decision to deport James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan has caused diplomatic issues.
Kenya pulled its troops from South Sudan after the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon removed Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki from his role as chief of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. General Johnson Mogoa is a Kenyan by nationality.
Rebel officials have told the SSNA that Kenya’s contribution to peace is important and that South Sudan needs Kenya in its quest to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing civil war.
South Sudanese former Vice president and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar blames Kenyatta for refusing his request to allow his spokesman to be deported to a country of his choice.
The SSNA understands that most supporters of the SPLM/A-IO believe that Kenyatta is secretly supporting Kiir and that his decision to allow James Gatdet to be sent to Juba on his watch proves his commitment to peace is not impartial.