South Sudan seeks asylum for rebel leader, says should not talk politics

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October 16, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government under the
leadership of President Salva Kiir on Saturday said it was working
with foreign powers to find a country where the armed opposition
leader, Riek Machar, should stay in exile without involving in
political activities and affairs of the country.

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First Vice President Riek Machar greets SPLM-IO officials at Juba
airport upon his arrival, April 26, 2016 (ST Photo)

Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said the government has
slapped a political ban on the rebel chief, Riek Machar, following his
call for armed resistance against President Kiir.

Lueth, who speaks for the government as its spokesman told reporters
in Juba on Friday evening that Machar will not be allowed to talk
politics in South Sudan, instead advising him to seek asylum in a
country of his choice.

He claimed that the government is working with foreign powers to
identify a country where Machar can live in peacefully away from

"He is being exiled. He will not be coming back to South Sudan and he
will never be allowed to talk politics any longer," Lueth told

The Minister’s remarks followed comments by President Kiir in which he
conditioned return of his main political rival to the country, saying
he would only accept his return if he denounces violence and come back
to the country as a normal citizen without official assignment.

Kiir said he was now enjoying good working relationship with the new
first vice president, Taban Deng, whom he controversially appointed in
the place of Machar.

Machar fled Juba in July after fierce clashes between his forces and
those loyal to president Kiir, leading to his ouster as first vice
president in a unity government formed in April.

Machar has since declared war on Juba in a bid to topple Kiir’s
government, a move condemned by the international community.

His opposition officials described the call to exile Machar as
“rubbish”, saying he is the chairman of the SPLM in Opposition party
and commander in chief of the SPLA in Opposition army inside the
country and said the government has no power to ban him from South


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    16 October 21:49, by Akeen Mangarthon

    The deal is sealed now.Let us see what James Gadet Dak who said it
as a rubbish will do.

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        17 October 07:23, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        That is very definite to be so.
        Let South Africa, allow Machar to stay in their territory.

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    16 October 22:57, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, the time expired for Machar and his supporters. It seems
Machar went to South Africa to seek an asylum. I told you guys months
ago that Machar politics is finished and you don’t believe me. We are
working on this day and night to make sure he will never hold any
public office in South Sudan. Machar should find any country in Africa
or around the world to spend the rest of his life.

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        17 October 00:28, by Mr Point

        What solution do you have for the 5 million facing food
shortage, for those civil servants who have not been paid, for the 2
million displaced from their homes?

        What is achieved by a ban on political debate under Kiir’s tyranny?

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    17 October 00:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    South Sudan belongs to us all. No one has absolute right to
dictate terms on what one should do if it is a right for that person.
Are Jiengs expressing their outright supremacy on the affairs of the
country? No. Other tribes will not accept that. They will resist hard
to assert their God given right to have a say in the politics of the
country. JCE might be dreaming with their rubbish about Machar

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    17 October 00:51, by Mr Point

    This UN report shows that Kiir’s government planned the July 2016 combat.

    Here is a link to the article in which Lt. Gen. Bapiny Mantuil
revealed the plan by Kiir and Malong to assassinate Taban Deng Gai.

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        17 October 01:23, by Augustino

        Revelation of Bapiny is rubbish, the government had never
planned any war after the peace agreement. He was trying to catch up
with Machar to gain high rank but now with bad luck. We spared the
life of Machar in J1 which was witnessed by the whole world, that is
why world powers changed their minds and credited President Salva Kiir
Mayardit as a hero for peace in Africa. go heal with lies.

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            17 October 05:15, by Akook

            Looks like the government is running out of ideas! Since
when the government ever had jurisdiction of Riek Machar’s what to do
or not?
            If the government had that power, they would have kill him
on July 8th

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    17 October 05:25, by Eastern

    The Dinka tribal cabal led by Kiir is a shame indeed! Dr Machar is
not Taban Deng Gai who is under the control of Juba. It’s within the
right of any agrieved South Sudanese to wage war against Kiir’s

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    17 October 07:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South Sudan country rebel leader Riek Machar, who destablize the
for more than thirty years should be given asylum by any around to
give a peace a chance to south Sudanese.

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