South Sudan first vice president, Riek Machar, arrived in the capital Tuesday for talks for a transitional government with President Salva Kiir.
His Deputy Chief of Protocol & Public Relations, Alfred Youhanis Magok, said Machar briefly met with President Kiir on arrival from the Sudan capital, Khartoum.
This was in the presence of Deputy President of South Africa, David Mabuza, and Deputy Chairman of the Sudan Sovereign Council, Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
“Dr Machar held a meeting today [Tuesday] in Juba with H.E. David Mabuza Vice President of South Africa who is facilitating the talk on the Number of States and their Boundaries. Hopefully there would be a breakthrough Inshallah,” Magok said.
He added: “The talk on unresolved outstanding issues will be continue on Wednesday between President Kiir and Dr Machar.”
Meanwhile, Radio Tamazuj Tuesday reported progress on the refurbishment of the main opposition leader’s official residence in the capital Juba.
The residence of Riek Machar in the Amarat neighbourhood of central Juba has been neglected for six years.
The house was attacked in December 2013 when a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and Machar, his then-deputy, escalated into a military confrontation.
The September 2018 peace deal brokered by the East African bloc IGAD reinstates Machar as first vice-president, one of five vice-presidents.
The ongoing renovations come as a 22 February deadline for forming a transitional government approaches.
A.F.K. Concept Ltd, a Lebanese company undertaking the project, told Radio Tamazuj that work is now underway to complete several structural renovations at the home of the first vice president designate.
Maaz Hamza, an engineer responsible for refurbishment, said the opposition leader’s official residence is undergoing significant renovations and they are expected to hand it over to the national government next month.
“The government wants the house to be ready within a month. I am sure the house will be ready before mid-February because our working going on well,” Maaz said.
Following the 2015 peace pact that fell apart, Machar was appointed as first vice president in April 2016 and was staying in the neighbourhood of Jebel on the west side of Juba.