Juba, 10 September 2019: Exiled South Sudan's First Vice President designated Dr. Riek Machar's stay in Juba has been extended, this came after South Sudan President Salva Kiir had postponed the meeting with Machar on Tuesday.
A press statement from the office of the President said President Kiir has some other important commitment that was arranged before the meeting with Machar came to light.
Both government and Machar's side have confirmed on Monday after the first face to face meeting between the two leaders was supposed to continue on Tuesday in Presidential Palace.
However, the Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny said, "The meeting that was supposed to take place today [Tuesday] between President Kiir and the SPLM-IO leader, Dr. Riek Machar has been rescheduled for tomorrow [Wednesday] morning".
According to Ateny Wek Ateny, the meeting between the two leaders had been postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday because President Kiir had other commitments. “The president is busy with other things that are also necessary for the country,"
However, Ateny's statement received a mixed reaction, critics of Mr. Kiir said there could not be any other important engagement on these days than Kiir committing himself to resolve the outstanding issues that are harmful for the implementation of the Peace Agreement if left unattended.
The postponement of the Tuesday's meetings according to the critics is a sign that Kiir is not serious about the implementation of the peace agreement, or perhaps he Kiir wants more time to consult his tribal advisory group of Jieng Council of Elders.