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October 24, 2013 (JUBA) - A senior official from South Sudan’s governing Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) has refuted reports that president Salva Kiir secretly struck a deal with ex-vice president Riek Machar ahead of the 2015 elections

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (R) and South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar (L) listen during the announcement of the results of the voting in Sudan, January 30, 2011 (Reuters)

Sources close to the former vice-president claim the two leaders had agreed on a deal that would allegedly see the incumbent leader step down in favour of his former deputy in the race for the presidency in the next polls.

‘‘You know very well that president Salva is a sincere man. He sticks to what he says. We asked him[Kiir] several times to tell us the truth because Riek is claiming in every corner that the president had dishonoured the deal they signed to step aside from power in 2015,’’ said the official, who did not want to be identified.

According to the official, the president ‘‘repeatedly’’ denied ‘‘point blank’’ that he ever had such a deal with Machar.

In July, Kiir dissolved his entire cabinet and sacked his long-term deputy Riek Machar over an alleged power struggle. Machar has already hinted he could stand against Kiir for the top job in the country in the next polls.

But the SPLM official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kiir was concerned that things "might go wrong" in the country if he steps down without the approval from South Sudanese.

"[But] the president will not impose himself on the people of South Sudan", he stressed, citing Kiir’s recent amnesty to rebels as a key achievement that has been internationally applauded.

KIIR CALLS ON ARMY

Meanwhile the president on Monday expressed concern about the fragile state of peace in the country.

‘‘The country is currently living through moments in which peace is under threat. Therefore, there is nothing which will prevent you from putting into practice the knowledge you acquired,’’ the president said while passing senior military officers at Awinykibul training centre in Eastern Equatoria state.

‘‘We gained independence which requires a lot of work. The challenge of state and nation building needs commitment and working together. As the army, you have the mandate to defend the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country and protect the lives and properties of the citizens", he added in a statement on SSTV.

Kiir, also commander-in-chief of the armed forces told the officers that the country was undergoing a testing period and that more commitment and organisation was required from them.

He challenged the army to do an audit of itself to find out what they have done since 2005 when South Sudan signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with Sudan after decades of conflict.

“You have done good things but you need to do more because this moment is a test and an examination of our conviction as to whether we really achieved something,’’ the president told the officers.

"We have to show that we want peace. We don’t want confusion, and we want to consolidate our efforts in unity so that we work to develop this country. We only achieved the mission of the liberation but the vision remains. It is still a long journey. It requires all of us whether in uniform or a civilian to work together", he stressed.

Kiir further told the army officers that solutions to the problems that the country faces ‘’lies in dialogue’’.

Meanwhile, the country’s defence minister Kuol Manyang advised members of the armed forces to be disciplined and cooperate with the civilian population. The event was also attended by senior army officials, including Gen. James Hoth Mai.

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  • 25 October 2013 08:48, by Malakal county Simon

    Kiir should not impose himslef to lead people, who he does not like. people of South Sudan are more happy to see Kiir step-aside, and hand over the leadership to the wanted an educated man. or otherwise if Kiir refuse to do so, this country will never move forward.

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    • 25 October 2013 08:58, by Beny yomnhoi

      kiir is not like your food lover Riak who rebellion against his body guard and run to Bashir.take care kiir is not a man with shallow minded please but is a man with long vision.who make interpretation of his speech if he was not educated.you revise the wrong things you people have done to instabilise this country.give Riak goalleader post in your boma.

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      • 25 October 2013 09:11, by Malakal county Simon

        Remember in politics, there is no permanent friend or permanent enemy, So anything is possible fool. And who is food lover again? is Kiir himself, who sold Abyie in exchanged of oil flow. And Dr Machar will be voted in as our president,without your useless vote idiot.

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      • 25 October 2013 19:19, by Gatluak

        You fucken fellow Dinka (Kiir) is going out whethe u or he like it or not. Kiir rebelled against Dr. John Garang with out Dr. Riek he would have not be the president now. Honestly, Dr. Machar is coming the president of the Republic of South Sudan in 2015. Your fucker kiir will be put in jial.

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      • 26 October 2013 02:32, by dude

        Beny yomnhoi, you are the number one (1) FOOD LOVER. WHY ARE YOU TWISTING THINGS AROUND. LOOK, YOUR IDIOT COWBOY IS EATING THE MONEY AND HAS NO PLANS TO BUILD THE COUNTRY BECAUSE HE IS ILLITRATE. HE CANNOT NOT EVEN WORK 24 HOURS DAY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHY DO YOU WANT TO KEEP HIM IN POWER IF HE CANNOT DO HIS JOB VERY WELL? WHY DO WE WANT TO KEEP AN ILLITRATE PRESIDENT IN POWER? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT

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        • 26 October 2013 02:34, by dude

          IT IS BAD FOR THE COUNTRY? IT MAY NOT BE BAD FOR YOU TO KEEP HIM IN POWER BUT IT IS REALLY BAD FOR THE COUNTRY. DON’T YOU WANT TO SEE A STRONG COUNTRY EMERGING OUR OF POVERTY AND THAT IS LED BY AN EDUCATED GUYS?

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          • 26 October 2013 02:37, by dude

            LOOK, KIIR HAS DONE HIS PART IN THE BUSH. NOW WE HAVE A COUNTRY AND MANAGING A COUNTRY IS NOT THE SAME AS MANAGING A GUERELLA WAR IN THE BUSH. YOU NEED AN EDUCATED PRESIDENT WHO CAN MANAGE THE COUNTRY PROPERLY. WE NEED SOMEONE ELSE.

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    • 25 October 2013 09:11, by Chol A.

      @Malakal county Simon does Kiir told you or you assumed it? you always rights because militia does not care of who. the country it now moving forward but you full it back with your hatred but nothing new people of south Sudan still moving forward as usual though you leave and coming back you will always find the same.

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      • 25 October 2013 09:44, by Malakal county Simon

        How can a country move forward when the president is vision-less and suffering from mental disorder problem, due daily heavy drinking. You must be lying, which is part of your culture.

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      • 25 October 2013 10:24, by Yuol

        choose another Nuer leader not a father of Militias..suit yourself that he will be voted in..

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      • 25 October 2013 10:24, by Yuol

        choose another Nuer leader not a father of Militias..suit yourself that he will be voted in..

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    • 25 October 2013 10:29, by R@in Deng

      Malakal Coounty Siman;
      It is you who don’t like Kiir but not people.

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    • 25 October 2013 14:54, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      KIIR/shallow Minded.
      Why don’t you try to make assessment for those who need u in South Sudan? Please!!! Please!!!All people in this nation are suffering to wishing u in south Sudan TV.
      Don’t term to compare yourself with brilliant minded Dr Machar.
      Let Dr Macher Think free for how to change this Young Nation to be like other countries.

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    • 25 October 2013 14:56, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      KIIR
      Why don’t you try to make assessment for those who need u in South Sudan? Please!!! Please!!!All people in this nation are suffering to wishing u in south Sudan TV.
      Don’t term to compare yourself with brilliant minded Dr Machar.
      Let Dr Macher Think free for how to change this Young Nation to be like other countries.

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    • 25 October 2013 19:32, by Mapuor

      people should think of long term investments in the South;railways,agricultural schemes, basic services, diversification of sources of revenues, tourism etc. Those are ingredients of democracy. Do we have them to qualify as a democracy.Kiir should be given enough time to do all those things and after all those things are in place, people could talk of democracy,ie after 15 years.

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  • 25 October 2013 08:50, by Beny yomnhoi

    Mr.Riak behave like intellectual,the instability of this nation has been detonate by you but the fact is that you are not the right man to lead southerners due to your idiot thinking.greater upper Nile have more educated people than you.as i observe on this website,the more you post your fake campaign message the more the violent in jonglei which mean you are allying with those rebel.you sleep

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  • 25 October 2013 08:54, by Active man

    who knows the secret, long time colleague might have an agreement but politicians are the ones destroyed their relations.nevertheless politics is like a tree shadow that keep on changing positions.

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    • 25 October 2013 09:43, by Bentiu son

      Dear Readers,it is absolutely true that Dr.Riek and President Salva Kiir had got political deals n promises to succeeded him at coming national as he was his running mate in 2010 ut Kiir because of his power greed refused to stick on his promise.

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    • 25 October 2013 09:47, by Bentiu son

      Dear Readers,it is absolutely true that Dr.Riek and President Salva Kiir had got political deals n promises to succeeded him at coming national election 2015 as he was his running mate in 2010 but Kiir refused to stick on his promise due to his power thirsty n greed.

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  • 25 October 2013 08:58, by dude

    who the fuck knows. They might have an agreement because they SPLM party to survive in 2015. Most importantly they want a strong Unity in the country to overcome Sudan evil tactics.

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  • 25 October 2013 09:07, by Mayom County Boy

    how can a president can have adeal with citizen ?
    look kiir cannot have deal with citizen like riek machar
    there is some thing like that to happen
    realy president is president
    citizen is citizen

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    • 25 October 2013 09:24, by Adok Wolu

      To Mayom Boy double dealer
      who is the citizen that your uncivilized president could cooperate with ? your little mind could not see very far,please do not involve to any discussion in front of the intellectual, because u have no thinking capacity,u are are only a primary leaver from Mayom primary school, this thing are beyond your knowledge. Ahhha ahhha James Ruei Majok the stupid mayom boy

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      • 25 October 2013 09:57, by Mayom County Boy

        @Adok wolu i know you my best friend , for your information from today make sure i know you my friend.
        your full name is Kuong Matik . could you think that i don,t know you ,why not . listen you announce my name twic but from today i will announce you as you annouce me . look could you think are you clever than me , no you are foolish person who does not know any thing . sudantribune approve me

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        • 25 October 2013 10:19, by Adok Wolu

          Mayom boy
          u are crying running from place to place,because i discover your name ? if u are serious on the name u posted ask Kuong Matik please sued him to court and iam 100 % sure Koung will defeat u and u will remain shaking in front of judge like a fish out of water, u are always very necked in this forum don,t u know that u are digging your own grave ?

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          • 25 October 2013 10:29, by Adok Wolu

            To Mayom county boy
            my advice to you friend is that u better create another id name, u are the one exposing yourself alone to the public and iam always protecting u from security personal here in Juba simply because are a new internet user and could only learn through mistake, my name is Adok wolu from Wolu county Lake state, working here Juba mark my words

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            • 25 October 2013 10:35, by Mayom County Boy

              @ Adok wolu why i go to court for what ?
              look there is no side effect on that simple let us critize our selves as you plan for i have no problem with any body , even i does n,t mind for it because simple i alway commenting on this forum due of what ever i doesn,t like .
              from today make sure those who doesn,t know your name may know your name Kuong Matik

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              • 25 October 2013 12:54, by Adok Wolu

                To Mayom county boy
                look please, if u criticize some body for no reason in the media he/she can easily take u to court, because its there in the law known as defamation on the personality of some one, unless Kuong is a stupid like u if he can not suid u to court for insulting him, because the more i will continue correction u in this forum u will just call me kuong, may be kuong is reading these c

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                • 25 October 2013 13:06, by Adok Wolu

                  what i would like to tell Kuong if he is reading this comments is that, the person who is now insulting u is Known as James Ruei Majok, unless u stop calling him name, may be Kuong is your friend as u said, but for me i don,t care but i urge u to revisit your logical archive when criticizing some body on the top echelon prior to our normal debate in the forum take care,u have right to said any but

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                  • 25 October 2013 14:53, by Mayom County Boy

                    kuong matik why are you crying ? is it paining for you or it is simple . please my friend sudantribune is my membership partner who give other people details, like wise you did it and it paining you now . Am simple man who know something like you but I like to respect my opinion plus other people also.

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  • 25 October 2013 09:07, by Dukdal

    Whether there was a deal between them or not, we need this man to go, he has done his part. A new nation needs an able leader, well informed, well educated and off course well civilized to bring new ideas and changes to South Sudan. Enough to Salva Kiir

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  • 25 October 2013 09:14, by Adok Wolu

    To Bany stupid
    u stick only on food issues in a daily bases, don,t u know that those two comrades may have the deal discretely ? u need to be informed of any thing that has gone to the simple man in the street.u are the type of people who like thing go wrong until the end and could even realize your own failure, Dr.Riek is not food lover and will never be like your likes, he is the national icon.

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  • 25 October 2013 09:25, by Chol A.

    AAhaaaaa!Not really Dr.R.greedy is the one trying to make a deal with Kiir because Kiir had loss trust on him as Dr.R greedy is man of random characters and disobedient man in the SPLM party. No one have interest on him but his now trying some ways of making good relations with Kiir which is not even bad though.

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    • 25 October 2013 10:43, by BM-21

      Kiir will not go any where ,a person can enjoy the fruit for what you plan .

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  • 25 October 2013 10:14, by Marco Bul

    Dear readers.
    Look here:Kiir is fails us coz he reads speeches from the paper;not from his mind/heart.These speeches are prepared by Abdon Agääu.So Kiir just reads them and as soon as he put the paper aside,he forgets what he was "talking" about.Was this curse to the nation prophesied by Ngundeng??

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    • 25 October 2013 10:42, by Chol A.

      @ Marco Bul all militias who were believe in Ngundeng heve been integrated and if you miss out that mean you are let comer to SPLM system. If you couldn’t understand Kiir’s speech that doesn’t mean "he forget what he was talking abou" it because you came from lawless units which does not know what leaders talk about and that is your problems not ours neither Kiir speech issues militia Bul.

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      • 25 October 2013 10:53, by BM-21

        When Dr.Riak got 2% vote of South Sudanese during the election of 2015 he will be very lucky,becose no body could say that he /she don,t what Dr.Riak to South Sudanese during the war between South / North specially Lakes ,Jonglei ,Warap,they were effected by Dr.Riak rebellion .WHO IS HIM?

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  • 25 October 2013 12:05, by Gat-khir

    Salva And Riek campaigned together and were elected together in 201o. You remember during the election campaign in 2010, Salva use to tell people that, if you will let me fall down, i will fall on Riek. That was the deal Dr. Riek was talking about and it is only in south sudan that the elect president fires his running-mate. He (Kiir)has fired himself too. This reporter should not twist the fact.

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    • 25 October 2013 12:19, by wang

      Gat-khir
      I was in BorTown at time with them when Kiir was saying all those promised he had just broken…

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  • 25 October 2013 12:13, by wang

    It will happen anyway whether you had succession deal with Riek or not….your time is summing up…too bad for Kiir supporters

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    • 25 October 2013 19:37, by Mapuor

      people should think of long term investments in the South;railways,agricultural schemes, basic services, diversification of sources of revenues, tourism etc. Those are ingredients of democracy. Do we have them to qualify as a democracy.Kiir should be given enough time to do all those things and after all those things are in place, people could talk of democracy,ie after 15 years.Come on!

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  • 25 October 2013 12:38, by monyomiji

    Dear,chol A,Beny Yomhoi,yuol and R@in deng let me update u on WEN NYATOCH his daily life since his sacked away from office. He is always trying to meet with Kiir to renew his relationship with him but no way. One day he call like ten times with humble vioce and mere eye for reunion but no way he will remian in de forest like de shite.dut kuath amok aci cok jal guac wen ci banyde jal nyuoc.

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  • 25 October 2013 12:51, by monyomiji

    One thing i wuold like to asure u guys those who are alway shuoting over this forum are all from bentiu because these peopl are the world best stupid not south sudan level.Their understanding is at zero point that mean we cuoldn,t bather our mind for nothing. for the reason why are de taking riak as the only shelt than others like kon pouch,riak gai if matter of doctorate, lam and many other.....

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  • 25 October 2013 13:02, by monyomiji

    what i guaged out of your mind is that u think many dinka love kirr but no like u nuar there are some who really hated riak like nothing thisthing is every where world wide but u forget it. now our reaction to your commentation is taking only riak as de only person in south sudan without talking of other like Adigo onyoti,marial bill,majak agat,lado gori,bakasoro,lajure lobong,dr adouk n others

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  • 25 October 2013 13:17, by monyomiji

    your talking is known as u are based on tribal basis not on democratic system and for that may your shit buzz out and be de victim of it riak in our local language mean deterioration or ruin that is the meaning to your fuckard boss and something to do with this we the greater bhar el ghazel we don,t want him and since we are the heart of south sudan no success to your must wanted person.

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    • 25 October 2013 19:06, by dude

      monyomiji. You can talk too much but you cannot fight

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  • 25 October 2013 14:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    the president Kiir has mind of tribalism and dumping politic.but his time rules is really fresh without against.

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  • 25 October 2013 19:39, by Mapuor

    people should think of long term investments in the South;railways,agricultural schemes, basic services, diversification of sources of revenues, tourism etc. Those are ingredients of democracy. Do we have them to qualify as a democracy.Kiir should be given enough time to do all those things and after all those things are in place, people could talk of democracy,ie after 15 years.Come on!

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  • 25 October 2013 20:29, by white Army Commander

    You people, you hve to understand this, This Slave Mayardiot will be putting himself in a hard if he try to compete with Gat MACHAAR, WHO THE HELL is he, A failed idiot. who care about him? he must coperate with Gatmachaar otherwise he go to hell.
    GAT BOOR-CHAAR E LUANG DE!!!

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  • 25 October 2013 20:33, by white Army Commander

    iAM VERY CONFIDENT THAT, MAYARDIOT INSPITE HIS IDIOTIC POLITICAL SETTLEMENT, HE SHOULD NOW TRY TO COOPERATE WITH GATMACHAAR B4 ITS TOOLATE, IF THAT WAS THEIR AGREEMENT, WHAT HAPPEN AGIN THEN TO HIM? HE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEPEATED BY DR LAM AKOL AJAWIN IN 2010 ELECTION ONLY BCAZ HE STAND TOGTHER WITH GATMACHAAR.......
    GATBOORCHAAR E LUANG DE!!!

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    • 25 October 2013 21:14, by Mapuor

      White army commander
      Try to reason a bit. Do you think that presidency and mechanical engineering are the same thing? Politics is a multidisciplinary thing that includes military science.Lets call spade a spade.Riek is not as popular as Kiir.Riek is disliked by all those who lost their beloved ones in unnecessary and useless coup of 1991.Lets all support Kiir till after 15 years.

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