The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has declined to tag estranged South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar as a persona non grata.
While closing the IPU-Igad meeting in Kamuli district today, the speaker of the transitional national legislative assembly of South Sudan, Anthony Lino Makana, had asked delegates to explicitly mention troubled Riek Machar as none wanted person in South Sudan.
According to Makana the move would help in reinforcement peace in the country.
However, Kadaga, who chaired the meeting, supported by the whole House, rejected the move saying if it were to be accepted, Igad would be extending its mandate far beyond its boundary.
Machar escaped from South Sudan and left his Vice President seat vacant, after the clashes in which several soldiers were killed at State House.
Makana argues that according to the transitional government agreement, SPLM-IO, replaced him within 48 hours with Taban Deng Gai and that Marchar is now a security risk to the people of South Sudan.
The IPU-Igad meeting focused on peace and development among member countries, especially Somalia and South Sudan.
Story By Isaac Imaka