Date: 29 February 2020

Press Statement

Since the selection of the SSOA candidate for Vice President by the President of the Republic, some circles have been circulating unfounded rumours about the position of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and its future intentions regarding the implementation of the Peace Agreement.
For those who would want to fish in trouble waters we would like to clarify the following:
1- The NDM objected to referring the issue to the President to choose for SSOA as a matter of principle, because he is the Chairman of a Party to the Agreement and no Party can choose for another. The same way we cannot select positions for them they cannot do so for us. We still maintain that position and we are still convinced that the exercise was a violation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS). At no point did the Chairman of the NDM give his consent to this charade.
2- On the same token, the NDM recognizes the fact that the President did choose for SSOA and the candidate of his choice has taken oath as a Vice President of the Republic. This is a fait accompli that we must live with. After all, we have no personal problem with the person chosen. We repeat our problem is with the process. Therefore, the Chairman of the NDM who was present when the new Vice President took the oath of office congratulated him and wished him well in his assignment. NDM also sent a member of its National Executive Committee on Monday the 24th instant to his house for the same purpose.
3- The rumours that the NDM will not participate in the implementation of R-ARCSS simply because it did not get the position of Vice President, is not only false but is an attempt to distort history. The NDM has never seen positions as the way to solve our problems. In fact, right from the beginning our diagnosis of the problem of war in our country was that the reform agenda we champion, and others made us believe that they also do, cannot and will never be brought about by power sharing during the transitional period. That was why we were for a technocratic government during the Peace Talks; a government to be run by non-partisan technocrats and we the politicians take a back seat till the general elections at the end of the transitional period. We were ready to be out of the government during the transitional period, yet lend our support to the technocratic government to run the country for three (3) years. This was the position of the NDM during the peace talks which is known by all and sundry. With such a position, it is absurd to suggest that the NDM can throw away the agreement simply because of a position it was ready to forego in the first place.
4- For those who care for the facts, we would like to reiterate the following:
(a)- The NDM is committed to the implementation of the Agreement in letter and spirit and would continue to do so in good faith,
(b)- The NDM will participate in whatever capacity is available,
(c)- Our commitment to R-ARCSS has nothing to do with holding positions, what we care about is to get the Agreement implemented as signed.

David Lawrence Lual
Official Spokesman of the NDM.

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