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December 11, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir is expected to join international leaders and dignitaries at Kenya’s 50th independence anniversary on 12 December, according to a statement from his office.

Kiir had travelled to South Africa to attend the memorial service of the country’s first post-Apartheid president, Nelson Mandela, on Tuesday.

The president’s spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, confirmed that Kiir would attend Kenya’s independence celebrations but did not disclose whether he would travel directly to Nairobi or return briefly to Juba.

Senior officials at the country’s ministry of foreign affairs also did not provide any information giving details of the president’s movements, saying only that "he would return soon".

In Juba, citizens and government critics say the president Kiir might delay returning to the country so he avoids the upcoming public address by senior members of the ruling SPLM who are disillusioned with Kiir’s leadership.

"Politically, it will not be good that some of his colleagues addresses the rally about the performance of his administration and you expects security, especially those who see the president as source of their employment not to disrupt the rally so that they show their being in control and show that their man is not humiliated”, Dominic Uya, a native of Western Bahr el Ghazal state told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Ngor Deng, a native of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, said president Kiir would not skip Kenya’s independence celebration because of the good bilateral relations between the countries.

Kenya achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 12 December 1963 and was declared a republic a year later.

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  • 12 December 2013 05:48, by dude

    why is this Illitrate Kiir running around like a woman is is an orphan? Come back home bitch. Don’t you have a home?

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    • 12 December 2013 06:01, by Ahmed Chol

      Why is it always people from Bhar el Ghazal that are first contacted to speak to Sudantribune? Why not people from Equatoria or Upper Nile? Biased in the media or what?

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      • 12 December 2013 07:34, by Mayom County Boy

        TO" Hamed chol because goverment belong to them
        that is why alway they got contacted by other partners

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        • 12 December 2013 21:14, by Gatluak

          At those who are posting negatively about the rally, Dr. Riek and his group are not like those u thinks are being threaten and leave the country. Hell no! That the reason ur are seeing Kiir is running away when they want to speak out. And guys, if I might ask, why after coward? We will conduct the rally and let our beautiful people S.Sudanese aware of how Kiir is looting their resources.

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    • 12 December 2013 06:26, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Forget about him, the security will do their job by discipline those who might try to disrupt civil population, and distrust their daily businesses, the security as the origin who deal with laws breaker will deal with any misbehaving according, later on we don’t want to hear people crying about security mistreatment of gangster and street sabotages criminals, we had enough of soft stand,

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      • 12 December 2013 06:53, by Mi diit

        All the security organs have refused to interfere with the public rally by the giants otherwise they will clash among themselves if some of them will try. Don’t hope for that Mr. hopeless. The political game is on. Kiir will finally lose it, and lose it so badly. Kiir is now in Nairobi after being humiliated by Susan Rice in Johannesburg. Ateny Wek is a baptized liar who does not tell the truth.

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      • 12 December 2013 09:24, by Son of Ngundeng

        He will never be back, due to the public rally, he know what is going to happen to him, Kiir mes up the nation and run away shame on him hopeless president.

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      • 12 December 2013 09:26, by Son of Ngundeng

        This time we are going to use language of guns on the field of war. Who will speak well we will see, Naath Oyeeeeeeee.

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      • 12 December 2013 11:00, by Bentiu son

        DD Corruption,know this idiot,any attempt to block the long waiting public rally by founders n senior SPLM Members will turn into great disaster in South Sudan whereby Juba will be bloodbath,government institutions/vechicles will be destroyed,national n private banks shall be smashed n their money looted,genocidal war/mass killings will occur n Juba won’t be our capital city any longer.Kiir remove

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        • 12 December 2013 11:16, by Bentiu son

          by coalition forces of entire neglected civilians,SPLA forces n others security organs in the country.Enough is enough,we fought for freedoms,democracy,regional politics, ethnic discrimination n lack of equality,good governance, justice n rule of laws.Any oppressor whether S.Sudanese or Arabs will be deal away accordingly.Salva should keeps his credits n legacy within RSS otherwise,he will be losr

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      • 12 December 2013 21:08, by Gatluak

        At those who are posting negatively about the rally, Dr. Riek and his group are not like those u thinks are being treats are leave the country. He’ll no! That the reason ur are seeing Kiir is running away when they want to speak out. And guys, if I might ask, why after coward?

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  • 12 December 2013 05:49, by Ahmed Chol

    Why is it always people from Bhar el Ghazal that are first contacted to speak to Sudantribune? Why not people from Equatoria or Upper Nile? Biased in the media or what?

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  • 12 December 2013 05:50, by dinkdong

    He should make sure he attend his own country’s 3rd independence anniversary next year.

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  • 12 December 2013 07:23, by Agutthon

    Luxurious traveller Kiir.
    1. Went to Paris in December
    2. Went to South Africa in December
    3. Going to Kenya in December
    All on taxpayer money? Shame on traveller Kiir.

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  • 12 December 2013 08:15, by tootke’bai-ngo

    DO NOT FORGET WOMEN TOO. ALL ON S.SUDANESE MONEY,THOUGH I HAD ONE QUESTION FOR MR.LAZY PRESIDENT, WHO IS DOING HIS HOME WORK FOR LAST COUPLE DAYS? OR IS HE A LINGERY PRESIDENT WHO HAVE NO JOB TO DO? I WONDER WHY PEOPLE OF S.SUDAN AREN’T GETTING ANY SERVICES, THE LEADERSHIP IS ENJOYING OIL MONEY LEAVING CITIZENS DRY AND OUT OF COLD. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR NEW BRIDE IN S. AFRICA MR. WOMENISER!!!!!

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  • 12 December 2013 08:29, by Gat-khir

    when will he (Kiir) keep touring the world as a mean of avoiding the fact going on against him. Kiir can avoid facing the fact or truth, but he will not avoid the consequence of avoiding the fact.

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  • 12 December 2013 08:59, by Marco Bul

    Any distruption of the rally will lead to ugly confrontation,which will eventually leads to choas,insecurity for everybody and finally anarchy.
    Only a fool can block them.
    Are we not democrats?? Why did we separate from North??

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    • 12 December 2013 09:49, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Why did the visionless driver of political vehicle of 1991 crash it in Khartoum in 1997 before sneaking up to the SPLM in 2002, leaving the dead and particularly seriously wounded passengers stranded in Khartoum? What was wrong with the driver’s skills of driving that particular vehicle, designed, manufactured, manned and operated by Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny?

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      • 12 December 2013 09:49, by Adodi Jotuwa

        How can Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny claim today that he’s a perfect driver, fit and equipped with driving skills to be behind the wheel of SPLM whom he initially abandoned in 1991, returned to it in 2002 until CPA is inked on January 9th, 2005, appointed and served as Vice President from 2005 until April 2010 general elections?

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        • 12 December 2013 09:50, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Why didn’t Dr. Defector appreciate being reappointed as Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan after the April elections although he didn’t care about the impact of the choice of his wife Anjelina Teny for running as an independent candidate on the unity of South Sudanese before referendum takes place in January 2011?

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          • 12 December 2013 09:51, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Why Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny didn’t/doesn’t even care about being appointed VP without any political pain as if he did nothing wrong in 1991 to SPLA/M in general and Bor people in particular and today the widow of our late icon Dr. John Garang is politically supporting Dr. Defector for personal interest, claiming that SPLM has lost direction?

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            • 12 December 2013 09:51, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Who has really lost vision or direction here, SPLM or those greedy politicians who build beer factory first and those who easily wire $8 million dollars to Bank in Kenya in a minute without approval of the Council of Ministers for allegedly purchasing fire extinguishers? Who has really lost vision or direction here? President Salva Kiir or Dr. Defector Riek and his associates?

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              • 12 December 2013 09:52, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Will the recent apology for Bor massacre in 1991 by Dr. Defector Riek to Dinka Bor people in Bor and again at Rebecca Nyandeng’s house make Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny a political star to preach divisive politics of 1991 about the performance of government which he and his associates were part and parcel of it?

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                • 12 December 2013 09:53, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Did SPLM loose direction in 1991, during the interim period, after July 9th, 2011 or after Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny and his associates were sacked last July 2013? If they want to continue preaching divisive politics to South Sudanese, they should never forget to remind Southerners about 1991, return date to SPLM in 2002, $4billion or $8 million wired to Kenya.

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                  • 12 December 2013 09:54, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Even when election time comes or not, winning elections is always based on sound political track record of every candidate but not on the assumption that everything is possible in South Sudan by confusing Southerners because you’re confused politically since day one. All of us can be drivers of any political vehicle but not everyone is exceptionally skillful driver.

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                    • 12 December 2013 09:55, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Dr. Defector Riek Machar is one of the unskilled-careless-hit-and-run drivers whom we always see on South Sudan’s streets in Juba, Wau, Malakal, and Bentiu where he hails from. Track record of 1991 has proven that when he hijacked a political vehicle, hit SPLM/A and ran to Khartoum where he finally crashed it there without gaining any driving skills.

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                    • 12 December 2013 09:56, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Dr. Defector Riek Machar is one of the unskilled-careless-hit-and-run drivers whom we always see on South Sudan’s streets in Juba, Wau, Malakal, and Bentiu where he hails from. Track record of 1991 has proven that when he hijacked a political vehicle, hit SPLM/A and ran to Khartoum where he finally crashed it there without gaining any driving skills.

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                      • 12 December 2013 10:37, by Bentiu son

                        Calm down Gogrial thieves brought up with nation stolen money,don’t generalizing the Dinka tribes,carry your own cross idiots,savage clans or food gluttons among the Dinka Community.Your tribal lobbying n crying for help from Uganda mercenaries won’t rescue your alcoholic uncle presidency n brutal leadership from collapsing on the eyes of S Sudanese n world at large.Why Salva Kiir away for fear?

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                      • 12 December 2013 10:42, by Malakal county Simon

                        Adodi Jotuwa:
                        You seems to be new guy who is nothing but Jealous of Dr Machar wisdom, which lead you to preach hatred/divisions among our communities. Brother stop thinking backward like a confused old man, this will not benefit us in term of nation building. The current regime is rotten to the core, and its our collective work for regime change as a citizens of this country.

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                        • 12 December 2013 10:51, by Malakal county Simon

                          Kiir had his chance for the last 8 years, but nothing tangible happened in our country with exception of ongoing corruptions/killing/lack of clean water/lack of good education system/ and lack of good hospitals. The bottom line is Kiir is too weak and vision-less us, in this competitive 21 century. Let’s us try Dr Machar for at least 1 term of presidency, and let’s see where he will take us.

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