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Kiir denounces killing of civilians on tribal basis, says “criminals” to be punished


December 25, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has denounced killing of innocent civilians on tribal basis, warning that he ordered security forces to hold accountable those "criminals".

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President Salva Kiir announcing that SPLA forces had retaken Bor from Peter Gatdet troops, JUBA, on 24 DEC 2013, (Photo AFPTV Soundbite)

The warning statements of president Kiir come after reports by rights groups and activists about the targeting of civilians because of their since violence erupted on Sunday, 15 December in the country.

It was reported that around 450 people many of them Nuer were killed in Juba, following what reports from Bor said rebel soldiers led by Gen. Peter Gatdet killed civilians from the Dinka ethnic group. Also UN officials disclosed that some 75 bodies of Dinka civilians or belonging to the SPLA were killed in Bentiu the capital of Unity state.

Addressing the church congregation in the Cathedral Church at Kator in Juba on Wednesday, president Kiir admitted that elements of his forces had carried out killings in the residents of Juba.

He said that "this orientation is "unacceptable". "It will only lead to one thing and that is to turn this new nation into chaos”.

The president said he ordered security forces to not harass civilians or to loot their properties. "All the unruly and undisciplined soldiers who are behind such terrible acts and who are randomly bent to killing innocent people are criminal and will not escape the long arm of justice and will have to be published", he stressed.

Kiir also called on the former South Sudanese president "Dr. Riek Machar Tney and forces supporting him to do the same”.

Both Kiir and Machar have agreed to talks mediated by other East African countries but so far no progress have been made. Meanwhile the conflict has spread to other parts of the young nation.


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President Salva Kiir’s Christmas message 25 December 2013

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  • 26 December 2013 10:05, by Raanchol

    Mr. President,
    We voted for you in 2010 as our president not on the basis of tribal lines but on the basis of you being an energetic leader, we are behind with 100% support, please continue leading your people of South Sudan until 2015, South Sudan is a democratic country and this rubbish being done by Riek Machar will be witnessed by his own anus this time round, Long Live SPLM, Long Live Salva

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    • 26 December 2013 10:30, by Jubawe

      You lost ur brain mate you behind criminal president not everyone. We need to change this president who always busy our national parliament and our politicians we need educated president not cattle Raiders president which lead our country to tribalism nation and fake for attempt coup. What a shame

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      • 26 December 2013 10:38, by Crude Owner

        Riek committed a crime against humanity in south Sudan for the second time; first was in 1991 in Bor and the second was on Dec 15, 2013 up to date. His political career has reached its end. Riek will never rule people of south Sudan whom he kill every couple decades.

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      • 26 December 2013 17:18, by what the hell

        yes we need educational people to rule us, but we rather have uneducated president then the one that have a PHD for nothing bra

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      • 27 December 2013 00:16, by Majoknok

        To Jubawe or what’s you name call,when men are taking women should listen and watch,let Dinka and Nuer battle it out since they are the one who can liberate this nation from common enmy Arab while you guys sot for refuge around near-by coutries.The cow boys are the one looking after you fools from while dogs Nuers.I do not support Kiir nor want to be push out on trible bases,just mine your busines

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    • 26 December 2013 10:32, by Crude Owner

      Mr. President
      Please move forward and all people of south Sudan behind you. You will get another 100% vote in 2015 election.

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      • 26 December 2013 11:07, by Gat Gan Kiir

        It’s good to acknowledge that Gogrial Militia carried out horrible genicide against Nuer civilian. Since they acted under your command, you must be responsible to answer the question in a court of Law. You trained them for two weeks and deployed them to safeguards your dictatorship. No thank.

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        • 26 December 2013 12:01, by Hardlinner

          atleast kiir admitted having rogue element in his forces. but the question is, would riek admit that his militias have killed innocern dinkas mercilessly in nuer areas?.

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      • 26 December 2013 12:34, by Paul Chadrack

        If stupid bhat el gazel are after kiir don’ say is everbody. Your days are numbered in this country. Useless people.

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    • 26 December 2013 11:14, by Tong dut

      Kiir to to be taken to court for tribal criminal acts.

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  • 26 December 2013 11:45, by lakoda

    Your cough red handed , those are your gogrial militias you trained to kill us. No apology you will face ICC. God great, reap what you sow.coward president why fear us with your Dinka militias instead using Ugandan and Kenyan to fight us. not yet over.

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    • 26 December 2013 12:04, by ngadodo

      Salva Kiir, should go to icc bcs his criminal person he killed people and denied it, what he did which mean that if people of Rss give him chance to lead again, he will going be long time ditr.
      secondly his already selling Rss for foriegens, don’t be pools people of Rss.

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  • 26 December 2013 14:44, by dude


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    • 26 December 2013 15:25, by Marco A. Wek

      Yes Dude, keep dreaming and believing on your blood thirsty, power Hungary Dr. Death Riek Machar. Riek is a curse for South Sudan. His name alone ssys it all. Riek in Dinka means distraction and that is what is in his blood. It looks as if his father gave him that name after he observed his deeds.

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      • 26 December 2013 16:15, by Bentiu son

        Criminal and ringleader of Guelweng militias from Warap n Malong Awan supporters from Northern BEG,accept your atrocities n genocidal tribal ethnic cleansing against mighty Nuer civilians in Juba.Don’t panic yet, we are coming to you in Juba forsure.We had reached the point of No u-turn,we will fight you to death eventhough u shielded your cowards Jeenge with imported Ugandan mercenaries.

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        • 26 December 2013 16:24, by Bentiu son

          Nuer bought traitors those of James Hoth,Dr Hassan Riek Gai,James Kok Ruei,Magok Rundial,Dinka- Nuer Dr Marial Benjamin n others betrayers Generals from Nuer sons who watch their fellow tribes being butchered by Salva’s militias without questioning their big boss n king of Dinka President in RSS.We really siblings of Nuer will fuck u together with ur masters Jeenge/slaves. Who cares?

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  • 27 December 2013 08:49, by Ambago

    We have heard president Kiir promising to bring criminals to justice since he became the commander of his irresponsible and murderous security forces. many lives were already lost, and nothing was done. then came the killing of Eng. john Louis Silvino, followed by the assassination of Isaiah Abraham, then the Wau massacre of unarmed demonstrators, then the traffic police officer and so on.......

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  • 27 December 2013 08:56, by Ambago

    This last move by president Kiir to oversee the broad day massacre of ethnic Nuer in Juba the capital city of south Sudan will go down in this country’s history as how dangerous it is for fragile states to be ruled by sub-intellectual leadership.If the perpetrators of tribal killing in Juba are criminals, then it goes a long way to identify who is the chief criminal here!

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  • 27 December 2013 09:06, by Ambago

    Following the breakdown in security that started on 14/15th December 2013, South Sudan for a very long time to come is never going to be the same again . President Kiir may describe Riek Machar as a prophet of "doom", yet we all know that it is Kiir himself who personifies the true doom in RSS!
    The fire that is burning now will burn for a long time until it consumes those who started it!

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