Riek Machar, former vice president and leader of the rebel forces that for more than 2 years clashed with governmment forces is expected to return to Juba on April 18.

Machar’s return would confirm that the peace deal is working (in spite of the fact that guns are still firing), that a transitional governemnt could finally be formed, that the political syste can be stabilized, that economic activities can be resumed and go back to normal, and that international aid may once again find its way to Juba.

With return of Machar, everything is expected to fall back into place.

The questions, however is, whether government and opposition will find a way to regain each other’s trust.