Machar: Security will ensure repatriation and resettlement of refugees

Machar: Security will ensure repatriation and resettlement of refugees
First Vice President Dr Riek Machar. [Photo: Courtesy]

First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny said the graduation of unified forces and their subsequent deployment will now ease the movement in and out of the country.

According to Machar, should the country be more stable, it will be easier for the refugees to return home and be resettled.

He was addressing the graduation of the attendees at the graduation of the unified forces on Tuesday.

“Millions of refugees in Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, DRC, Central Africa, and diaspora and, of course, myself, who have been marooned and stuck in Juba,” Machar said.

He assured the public that the forces would indeed adhere to their expected codes of conduct.

“I trust you (forces) will protect the constitution, the territorial integrity of our country and its people, and our property,” he said.

“With discipline, you have shown during the training, I am confident our people will be secure and peaceful, and a prosperous state shall be realized,” he added.

Machar appreciated the peace guarantors for their support by supporting the forces’ graduation.

Since Machar’s return from the Sudanese Capital, Khartoum, in 2019, he was reported to have travelled to the country only once when he flew to the Vatican, Italy, together with President Salva Kiir and other vice presidents on special invitation by Pope Francis in 2020. 

In 2021, a presidency meeting resolved that the first vice president had the greenlight to tour his forces and preach peace in line with the 2018 revitalised peace agreement.

His former allies turned foes like Simon Gatwech of Kitgwang Declaration blamed him for confining himself to Juba, enjoying privileges alone with the Juba regime while leaving most of the soldiers languishing in the training centres and military bases in various states.