South Sudanese president conditions rival Machar’s return

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October 15, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition leader, Riek
Machar would only be allowed into the young nation if he denounces
violence and allows the coalition government to implement the 2015
peace agreement, President Salva Kiir has said.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) adresses a press conference
together with FVP Riek Machar (R) and SVP James Wani at the State
House on July 8, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

“The region should stand with the transitional government of national
unity to implement the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in
the republic of South Sudan. This was the agreement they [regional
leaders and friends] made themselves despite our observations but we
accepted because we wanted peace and stability in this country," said
Kiir in the capital, Juba Saturday.

He added, "And I believe the events of July should themselves be proof
of concerns which South Sudanese were raising. If they want this
agreement to be implemented, they should allow the current first vice
president and his team to work with me and other leaders ready to
cooperate to implement this agreement."

The South Sudanese leader was speaking at an occasion he hosted at his
residence. A number of with senior cabinet members, security and
high-ranking military officers attended the event, a few days after
rumour spread that the president had "died".

Kiir said Machar should denounce violence and remain outside the
country during transitional national unity government era or return to
South Sudan as a normal citizen.

“The President of the Republic and the government is very clear on the
implementation of the peace agreement. But what is important in
anything is building mutual trust and understanding. Riek Machar was
acting like a co-president to President Salva Kiir. He was not acting
like a vice president", the presidential advisor on decentralization
and intergovernmental linkage, Tor Deng Mawien exclusively told Sudan
Tribune Saturday.

"So it was difficult to proceed with the implementation of the peace
agreement in this environment. That was there was no progress but now
the new SPLM-IO leadership under Taban Deng Gai is doing well and the
president should be allowed to implement the agreement," he added.

Machar left Juba after renewed clashes in July between his forces and
those of President Kiir claimed over 300 lives and led to the fighters
loyal to the former rebel leader fleeing the city. The fighting has
resulted in a humanitarian crisis with people abandoning the city for
fear of a return to war.

President Kiir relieved Machar of his post as vice president and
appointed the armed opposition’s former chief negotiator, Taban Deng
Gai as first vice president in the interim government. Machar has,
however, described Gai’s appointment as "illegal".

The armed opposition group recently announced that it had officially
dismissed all its senior members who have taken part in President
Kiir’s new government.

This came in a resolution passed by the political bureau meeting
convened for three days in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, under the
chairmanship of Machar.

In Article 2 (d) of the resolution, the armed opposition’s political
bureau resolved to “Call for reorganization of the SPLA (IO) so that
it can wage a popular armed resistance against the authoritarian and
fascist regime of President Salva Kiir in order to bring peace,
freedom, democracy and the rule of law in the country.”

The opposition group called for rapid deployment of regional forces in
order to salvage the peace agreement signed in August 2015.


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    16 October 02:53, by Malakal county Simon

    Again, unwanted president Kiir is violating the signed accord and
declaring war against peace hahah!!!!

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    16 October 03:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Look at this fool, the agreement was about harmonising
relationship between two belligerent groups of people based on
principles set by the protocols, by virtue of the agreement Riek was
supposed to act as a leader of the other side in which he was to
oversee the implementation of this agreement, what happened then?
Murder of citizens including an attempted assassination of Riek

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    16 October 04:25, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    South Sudan is not a property of any of these leaders. Machar has
every right to return to the country and practice politics. The people
of South Sudan will then decide to choose who should lead the country.
Kiir should be dreaming. Soon he will go to Akon to look after his

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        16 October 05:13, by Augustino

        Yes Kiir was born in Akon and can be buried in Akon nothing
bad with that But where is Riek going to be buried? He should come
home dead or buried outside this country. Forget about him being so
called C-IN-C and join Hon. Gen.Taban Deng Gai to enjoy this peace
otherwise you will continue barking or begging in near future in the

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        16 October 05:38, by Akeen Mangarthon

        I wish President Kiir doesn’t even mention Riek Machar in his
speech, he (Riek) has already dead politically and mentioning his name
when talking in any occasions may motivate him to think that he is
still active in politics. Machar is already offline and he is busy for
his treatment of cancer.Does SS constitution allow unhealthy person to
lead? Will it not be an embarrassment to have one-eye lede

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            16 October 09:35, by jubaone


            Kiir has now come to a dead end and Taban Gai is useless,
the world has now seen it. That’s why M7 met Riak and Akol recently.
Kiir give us concrete milestones now achieved with Taban in peace
implementation? War has escalated in all parts of the country and
millions are running away, thousands others starving in your home
state.Riak isn’t the reason are a loser. Just give up

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                16 October 13:30, by Akeen Mangarthon

                Juba Two,

                Read this link from US who is part of the world you claimed.
                Yes, I agree Riek is no longer the problem since he is
defeated and remain silent in exile.The problem are those criminals
who were not cleared with Riek.

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                    16 October 14:55, by jubaone

                    Kiir is just looking for a scapegoat for his poor
performance and his stealing empty the state treasury. He can’t even
do anything for his starving Gogrial jienges who are migrating in
their thousands to Darfur. Riak should not waste time talking to less
clever Kiir just action in battlefields that is what he understands

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            16 October 09:35, by Mopedi

            The song that has meaning and touching is always being
reflected on by singers. The President is conscious that any time soon
Riek will take power where will he, JCE and his entire family be. let
him not forsaken I advice him to defect from the bondage of JCE and
Malong and join IO then he will be safe. IO is a save heaven for peace

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            16 October 09:47, by Mopedi

            President Kiir is paralyzed his personal Dr. advised him
to resign and seek intensive medical care esle, now Malong is leading
his own faction within the government,Taban,Daniel Awet,Kual Manyang,
James wani has their own faction and JCE also formed their faction
making a total of three factions within the government haaaahaaa YOU

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            16 October 09:52, by jubaone


            Riak should stop too much talking and get to business on
the ground. Get the guns talking and full stop.

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    16 October 06:32, by Eastern

    I don’t know how Kiir understands; you don’t implement a peace
agreement with your friend. You implement it with your nemises. Dr
Machar looking at implementing the ARCISS to the letter while Taban
Deng Gai, with his tail between his legs, is ready to "implement" the
agreement selectively. This is another recipe for more wars in South

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        16 October 06:48, by Augustino

        No Gen Taban Deng Gai never been shaken, he got full courage
and full support from the leadership of National Transitional
Government Of Unity under the leadership of President Kiir, partners
of peace never been enemies any more if you are not fool in your
analysis. Thanks for the nonsense comments.

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            16 October 09:28, by Mopedi


            You always thinks and writes like a small child not
concern about tomorrow, Salva himself is in danger that is why he’s
begging the region who gave him peace which he does not deserve. the
episode in the government is,they loose the war at the same time loose
peace, that is why conflict is every where in the country. Eevn the
closest allies to him has prepared grave for him.

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            16 October 11:31, by Mr Point


            Maybe you missed the article in which Lt. Gen. Bapiny
Mantuil revealed the plan by Kiir and Malong to assassinate Taban Deng

            More likely you didn’t understand it.


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    16 October 06:43, by Whortti Bor Manza

    This reminds me of early 1980s in Wau. A stout Fertit man beat a
Dinka terribly to death, when people intervened and separated them,
the Dinka man claimed he was the one who beat the fertit. Despite the
immense loss Kiir suffered at J1, he still claims he won. Riek should
not waste time. He should provide weapons to WBGS and Equatoria, soon
the Dinkas will be on the run. Killl this callous MTN.

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        16 October 08:37, by Akook

        Dr Riek of course is central player in South Sudanese politics
since 1991. He had a very vital role to play when it comes to war or
peace because he commends loyalty of majority citizens in Upper Nile
and Equatoria. That is effectively 2/3 of the country already!
        Don’t cheat yourselves my Dinka people, we shot him out of
Juba and now a war all over the corners. Why?

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    16 October 08:48, by Philosopherking

    Why does Kirr think he has to be one to make the call and impose
conditions on any thing when he has lost all legitimacy and the
country is ripe with rebellion against his corrupt government! Even
people in his home town are fed up!

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    16 October 09:06, by Equatoria1

    This is No News at all. Once again Kiir woke up from sleep before
he complete his dream and decided to finish the last sentence on front
of Camera like usual. I blame the journalists for publishing such a
crap!!! South Sudan Journalists & the entire World need to get use the
fact that Kiir sometimes says things that he did not mean to say.
Peace out my South Sudanese people

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        16 October 10:16, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        Juba one!

        Please enjoy your dirty earned money in your NGOs u are now
working in Juba,reporting to Americans or being used by secret agents
to distort the name and dignity of our country and people, and the
worst is preaching hatred amongst people,S.Sudan will withstand all
your grim tricks and u shall lose as always.

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