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S. Sudan’s Kiir in South Africa for medical attention


November 3, 2013 (JUBA) – Medical reasons prompted South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to visit South Africa on Saturday, contrary to state media reports that he was destined for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (AP)

The state-owned SSTV reported on Saturday evening that the South Sudanese leader left the country’s capital, Juba, allegedly to attend a meeting with his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.

However, reliable sources close to the president said Kiir had instead travelled to South Africa for medical attention.

Kiir has been suffering from an undisclosed illness for several months, although his health appeared stable in the past few days.

While his aides were reluctant to comment on the matter, some reports suggest the president is suffering exhaustion, which had necessitated his trip for a medical check-up.

On Sunday, however, SSTV neither broadcast news on the president’s reception in Nairobi, nor announced any outcome of the reported meeting with his Kenyan counterpart, something particularly unusual given Kiir was supposedly on an official trip.

The lack of news about the president’s meeting in Kenya seems to suggest that he may have immediately proceeded to South Africa from Nairobi.

When contacted by Sudan Tribune on Monday, South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei, declined to comment on the matter except to say the president was on “short leave”.

Not even officials at the South Sudan embassy in South Africa could comment on the matter, with an unnamed official simply saying “that information is incorrect”, when Sudan Tribune inquired if they were aware of the president’s visit.

On Sunday, the country’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, also left Juba for South Africa, accompanied by the foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin and a number of other officials.

Igga is due to attend the joint Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) summit of heads of state and government in Pretoria.

The SADC/ICGLR summit brings together 16 African countries to consider the report of a joint ministerial meeting on the implementation of the peace, security and cooperation framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region.

In terms of protocol, however, it is strange for both the president and his deputy to leave the country and travel to the same foreign country almost simultaneously.

For now, the minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Elia Lomoru, who is also the chairman of the opposition South Sudan Democratic Forum (SSDF) party, remains the acting head of state.

The decision has left many citizens wondering about the true circumstances of the president’s visit, given that public statements on the “official” trip seem to contradict the reality.


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  • 4 November 2013 10:44, by Marco Bul

    Hey! What about Juba Teaching Hospital or Military Hospital(Ghiadda)??? Why was Mandela not treat here in South Sudan????
    The prezzo has undisclosed disease.Oh My!!!

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    • 4 November 2013 10:58, by Bentiu son

      Bravo Marco Bul, Kiir Mayardit deserves terrible death in South Sudan,the South Sudanese masses are completely fed up with his brutal n dictatorial ruling n black hat with barren brain.Death to him foolish President backing by some of his tribal men from foolish majority backgrounds.

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      • 4 November 2013 12:33, by Mayom County Boy

        @ Bentiu son each of an every body from human bieng
        is living like that on this world . look kiir will not die because he fall sick is life like other people who are living on this world.
        while they are recpovering from their sickness .
        president will come back from south africa safely
        i think he will recover very soon !!!
        i wish him aquick recover from is sickness.

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    • 4 November 2013 12:33, by chuol

      Kiir’s days in the earth are limit you cannot removed your liberators in the government who suffer with you looking for freedom ( Yöal n??yni di??l) will mark the end of your live.

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    • 4 November 2013 16:46, by Simon Peter Wal

      we all admit that our president with his old & new team failed to achieve SPLM vision,but let’s not wish death to our symbols..Death is our fate even if we live 100yrs.We have not reached that level of wishing death to our leader wether dictators or democrat.this is cowardic manner of solving problems.

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    • 4 November 2013 17:24, by Gatluak

      This is the end of his life. H2 will not make it this time.

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    • 5 November 2013 19:14, by siddaw

      Who knows. Perhaps Mr. Kiir is infested with Hiv/Aids as he flirt with our nation’s wealth like Mr. Museveni.
      Look at an hyperlink below. http://yowerimuseveni.com/2009/02/20/uganda-president-yoweri-museveni-is-hivaids-positive/

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  • 4 November 2013 10:45, by dude

    The President Salva Kiir Mayardit went to South Africa to visit his new young wife whom he had pregnant. She is only 16 years old. That is the number one reason why he has gone to South Africa. The second reason is that he had medical problems.

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  • 4 November 2013 10:48, by Wut Nyang

    The fool is going for that you girl he impregnanted fron Kator church whom he sent to S,Africa.he wanted you to use Kenya rout to confuse people.shame on him, that hidden sickness is HIV.The fool is using the position to fuck young girls who are even is daughters.shame to a confused Gokrialist thief.

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  • 4 November 2013 10:57, by Wut Nyang

    God is annoyed with him,he will die of that disease such that S.Sudanese will not dying again of hunger and his caused rebellion.he is a disgrace to us we the citizens,making look small in the eye of the whole world beacoz of his foolishness he inherited from his poor community BEG wjho only think of eating and fucking children(young girls)of s.sudan. shame on them foolish community.

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  • 4 November 2013 11:01, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Of course Kiir must be sick and needs serious medical attention not just for last couple of months but for the last good eight years. Let him not comeback, it’s better to leave Gen. Hoth Mai as head of State than to leave opposition party member, what a fail state led by poor president and his puppy Nigga. Kiir must die soon for the sakes of the nation

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    • 4 November 2013 11:18, by Malakal county Simon

      The Sickness is very serious and he will die soon. Just number of days.

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  • 4 November 2013 11:15, by Jalaby

    Well, I believe Mr. Kiir is suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure, and deep depression because of Dinka Ngok boys, Pagan Amum and Machar headache!
    I suggest to Deng Alor & Pagan to seek medication in S. Africa too because of the theft disease that they’re suffering from all the time, I think it’s a good idea to find cure for that ugly disease!

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    • 4 November 2013 18:47, by EES Kingmaker

      When will Bashir die, whose hands are full of blood of the innocent from Darfur and South Sudan? Don’t take him to Riyadh Teaching hosital this time if he becomes sick of blood complications and HIV/AIDS. A team of dedicated doctors there in collision with ICC forensic investigators will finish him. He will return to Khartoum in a coffin. Try and you will prove me right.

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    • 5 November 2013 10:15, by Abyei Soil

      Like any other person or human being, illness is always there, President Kiir will stand the illness and come back while he is well. This is his country and a citizen here, under his leadership he has the right to do whatever he think is right for the country. He cannot come to your door and asked you to have something unless you struggle by your own or choose to live in poverty.

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  • 4 November 2013 12:41, by Marco Bul

    Peny amook!! Are u against John Garang?? Wek Bhar Cëwäth wek ariäk pan Junub.Wek aman Dinka Bor ku wek ë tök.Wek abïke thöl,tök,tök coz wek man röt wek Dinka,especially you Foolish majority of West Bank of R.Nile

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    • 4 November 2013 17:31, by Rezingving monynok

      to Marco Bul and all his Militias mafia
      FOOD LOVERS AND food minded
      if all Bahr alGhazalian joined your rotten ideas of militia mafia ism, there would have been called The Republic of Sudan ,you are suppose appreciate Bhar elghazalians and some strong equatorains ,but because your stupidity and mindless , stop preaching tribalism ,kir is not representing Dinka alone ,president of

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  • 4 November 2013 12:52, by Rami Tot

    i think u quote it right. believing that Mr. Kiir is suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure, and deep depression because of Dinka Ngok boys, Pagan Amum and Machar headache
    also Lam Akol. ya or maybe he excessively drunk to much and forget that he delegate his deputy to S africa.

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  • 4 November 2013 13:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Even if president Kiir die, Dr. Riak and Pagan Amum will not take seat of presidency.

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    • 4 November 2013 13:43, by Kurnyel

      riek machar will die first before kiir look at his stomach, oh ya rabi, he is not healthy at all. muirim number one

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    • 4 November 2013 14:44, by Nyesi Ta

      If Kiir dies, something most South Sudanese wish because at the moment alot of South Sudanese are Kiir’s victims dying from treatable diseases, the clown, joker and the man of peace would unite the disintegrating and dying SPLM from the ailing president.

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    • 4 November 2013 14:45, by Nyesi Ta

      If Kiir dies, something most South Sudanese wish because at the moment alot of South Sudanese are Kiir’s victims dying from treatable diseases, the clown, joker and the man of peace would unite the disintegrating and dying SPLM from the ailing president.

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  • 4 November 2013 14:09, by Gäär

    That’s what you get when you have an alcoholic and a womanizer president. Where’s the First Lady of Gogrial or her vagina isn’t working anymore? Why allow this illiterate to impregnant a girl behind the scene?
    He better die. His life is already worthless anyway.

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    • 4 November 2013 14:22, by Malakal county Simon

      It’s very embarrassing indeed to see the president, to die in shameless way. But his legacy would remain as a worse president in South Sudan, for decades to comes.

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  • 4 November 2013 14:27, by Gat-khir

    I wish him well and come back home alive. I want him to stay alive and witness the democratic defeat in 2015. we want him to see how a country can be ruled. But do not be mislead by media. He is not sick, he is just paying a visit to his young wife, that little girl he recently impregnated. Are u aware that "nyanbany" ran away from Ethiopian man? Kiir and his family are all prostitutes.

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  • 4 November 2013 14:52, by Letigolight

    My dear South Sudanese, the pressure on Kiir is TOO MUCH, he is trying to look around for help, but no help in sight, most SPLM heavy weights are opposed to his leadership, the international community does not like him particularly the US and the EU that have defiantly sent delegation to DR. Riak who is NOT in the government; SPLM convention is looming, he will either collapse or run mad soon!

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  • 4 November 2013 15:16, by Mohammed Ali 2

    What a morbid hatred ! If the man is ill then you ought to wish him recovery even if you have political difference.This a normal and rational human reaction.You are suffering from chronic untreatable disease called HATRED !

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  • 4 November 2013 15:17, by Mohammed Ali 2

    What a morbid hatred ! If the man is ill then you ought to wish him recovery even if you have political difference.This a normal and rational human reaction.You are suffering from chronic untreatable disease called HATRED !

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  • 4 November 2013 15:45, by Marco Bul

    @Kennedy.You said u didn’t understand my comment.Well,why then,did you insult me??
    Nobody celebrate death.So I was infuriated when you said your uncle will not die like Garang.I want Kiir to live coz he was a liberator but I’m worried about his lifestyle.He is surrounded by opportunists who don’t wish him success.

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  • 4 November 2013 16:05, by Mapuor

    South Sudan without Kiir will turn to Somalia after Sayad Barre.All those who wisk Kiir bad things will end up regretting their devilish wishes.All Nyagaat should praise Kiir for he fed them well.All cowards who go to South only when there is food there should feel ashamed. Why hate your liberators so much?

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    • 4 November 2013 18:48, by Simon Peter Wal

      @ Mapuor, Kiir had indeed a role in liberation which was championed by late Dr.Garang.But I don’t think RSS will vanish without him for he’ll not rule 4 ever.South Sudan will never exist with these ill thinking. I think it it will be a better place when kiir regime ends. Good news.President kiir is back from his short trip to Kenya.

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    • 4 November 2013 18:50, by jijury

      Poor incompetent Kiir the other day he referred to Bashir as his elder brother simply because Bashir donated some items to the flood victims. Kiir should know that the God of South Sudan is not a weak God if you wish to play or sell one inch of this land he will definitely send you to rest. Gamal and Anwar of Egypt attempted to destroy South Sudan in early 1970s, but they ended of dead.

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    • 5 November 2013 09:00, by Bentiu son

      Son of whore or thief Mapuor brought up with stloen money from Greater Upper Nile region.How comes incompetent Kiir the Gogrial crook feed the owners of the wealth in Bentiu,Bor and Malakal.Do u know that your barren region is the poorest region in South Sudan? What do you have only rice in Aweil.Full stop.Kiir is traitor n was traitor before war in 1983 where he killed more in Malakal as Sudan Se

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  • 4 November 2013 22:46, by wang

    Kiir’s thieves should start papering for his king funeral instead of wasting their time on Dr. Riek…kiir deserve pain death, like drowning, burning inside the house and hanging him up…

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  • 5 November 2013 06:03, by 4Justice

    what is happened to the Oil refinery project?

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    • 5 November 2013 06:04, by 4Justice

      What happened to oil refinery project?

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      • 5 November 2013 07:11, by Ming Dhal

        Whether you like it or not Dr. Riek will die before Kiir b/c Kiir worked hard for this country without changing his mind since from the bush and now you idiots think Kiir his death will pave a way to motherfucker Riek Machar but all in vain. Idiots. Wait and you will see him here tomorrow in Juba idiots.

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        • 5 November 2013 07:32, by Mi diit

          Ming Dhal,
          Don’t lie. If you mean changing one’s mind to differ with late Dr. Garang, incompetent Kiir did it too in Nov 2004 when he dug himself in a hole in Yei and wanted to start fighting against Dr. Garang. Dr. Machar had to intervene to mediate between the two. And let me remind that correcting Dr. Garang was not a bad change of mind. This is why they finally agreed on self-determination.

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          • 5 November 2013 08:33, by Ming Dhal

            Mi Dit
            How come that the greedy Machar brought the two together when he was fighting hard to gain his position back to be second after Garang? Please it’s b/c of being greedy that why people don’t want to accept kiir’s positive contribution in this country.

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            • 5 November 2013 09:23, by Bentiu son

              Ming Dhal,Don’t you know that Garang used to state that Kiir is too weak educationally n administratively, He say the only good position for him is to work as laborer in factory or clean a sewages in South Sudan.Reference!!!! Kiir’s rebellious statement dated Nov 2004 Yei South Sudan.Dr Machar brought him back to Movement after convinced Dr.Garang to step down for Salva Kiir in VP seat for peace.

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              • 5 November 2013 10:06, by Ming Dhal

                Bentiu Son
                How could an idiot like Machar step down while he don’t sleep for single night just b/c of power. Let me tell you, Kiir’s secondary level education is better than that fake PHD of greedy Riek who used to employed Dinka and Nyam-nyam and keep saying he don’t have powers just b/c he need Nuer to tend against gov’t thinking that no body know what he is doing but there some wise Nuer

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                • 5 November 2013 10:09, by Ming Dhal

                  Who know the plan of stupid Riek. Please if you are a good Nuer in Bentiu try to follow Joseph Monytuil that is the good leader forget this idiot who use to replace white lady with white lady he will die soon of Buooiathiir and blood pressure.

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  • 5 November 2013 15:05, by Suleiman

    Good news but Kiir will not tolerate this case any more.
    When you loook into this, he will not come back coz his time arrives.
    He even let the other oposition to Act as President coz he knows himslef(Kiir) that he will not come back to South Sudan.
    Goodbye Kiiirrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • 5 November 2013 23:17, by Eyez

    Regardless, of what a person might have done in life, it is quite absurd, for anybody to wish death on anyone. I for one, do not condone the way our country is being governed, but to entirely blame the President for every turn and twist is senseless, because, honestly, government is made of representatives and so collectively they are all part of the tsunami that is drowning our beloved nation

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