South Sudan urges UN to reconsider Gen Johnson Ondieki’s dismissal

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) flanked by Second Vice President James Wani Igga address a news conference at the Presidential State House in Juba, July 8, 2016. South Sudan wants UN to reconsider the dismissal of Gen Johnson Ondieki. (Photo: Reuters)

The Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) of South Sudan has asked the United Nations to reconsider its decision to dismiss Lt General Johnson Ondieki.

South Sudan said it recognises the role that Kenya plays in its peace process and urged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to consult appropriately with Kenya in order solve the matter and create mutual understanding between the intergovernmental organisation, Kenya and South Sudan.

“The TGoNU also pleads with the Government of the Republic of Kenya to give itself time as we hope the United Nations reviews and reconsiders its decision on the dismissal of Lt Genearl Johnson Ondieki and amicably resolve the matter in conformity with standard operating procedures,” said South Sudan spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth.

Ondieki, who took office in June 2016, was dismissed from the position of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) field commander and Kenya advised to nominate a replacement.

Ki-Moon dismissed Ondieki on grounds that he had failed to protect protect the citizens of South Sudan.

The move has sparked a diplomatic row between the Kenya and South Sudan, with Kenya vowing to withdraw troops from the peace keeping mission, a move that UN said Kenya was a will to pursue.

The Government of Kenya said it felt disrespected by the UN, which it also accused of not appreciating its key role in South Sudan through her (Kenya) troops' contribution in ensuring peace in the region.