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South Sudan’s Kiir warns against revenge killings

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February 15, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Saturday reiterated calls for peace in his conflict-ridden country, but warned citizens against involvement in revenge killings.

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File - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (Reuters)

Speaking at a rally organised by the ruling party’s (SPLM) youth wing, Kiir said it was time for South Sudanese to forgive one another as leaders seek remedies to the current conflict.

“This country needs peace. This country needs development. The country needs widows and orphans to recover from war trauma attitude. This country needs education,” said the president at his first public rally since the conflict broke out.

“There will be reconciliation and forgiveness, the forgiveness will not be today, but it must happen for the sake of having a peaceful country, not warlord country,” he added.

The event, attended by thousands of citizens, was organised by the SPLM youth wing as part of its mobilisation campaign under the theme, “one nation, one people”.

The South Sudanese leader further stressed the importance of national reconciliation as the young nation grapples with a conflict that nearly caused civil war.

Violence erupted in the South Sudan capital in mid-December last year, but later extended to its states of Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity, leaving thousands dead and nearly a million homeless.

ATTACKS FORMER VICE PRESIDENT

Meanwhile, the South Sudanese leader described his former deputy Riek Machar as “an enemy of peace and progress in South Sudan,” directly referring to the latter’s alleged involvement in what he said was a coup attempt against his leadership.

“My brother Riek Machar has hurt [the] people of South Sudanese after he made a mistake to become a rebel leader again in the nation. He assumes himself to be a democratic man, but his heart does not apply democracy,” a visibly angry Kiir said.

“It is now a great shame worldwide that newest nation South Sudan has insurgency,” he added, while urging the country’s citizens to work for peace.

Machar, despite the president’s claims, denies any involvement in any coup attempt and instead accuses the latter of falsely implicating him in a bid to silence opposition within the SPLM.

NUER NOT TARGETED

The violence, according to President Kiir, had no ethnic dimension as initially portrayed and that it never targeted the Nuer, South Sudan’s second largest tribe.

He however appealed to the youth across the country to put their national interests above personal reasons as they help government restore peace and stability in the new nation.

“I appeal to youth in greater Bahr-El-Ghazal to be peaceful, do not revenge. We need peace, which is only option that could save this nation,” said the South Sudan leader.

“Revenge will lead us nowhere,” he further stressed, while cautioning youth against being used by politicians with no agenda.

The president also expressed regret regarding the thousands killed in the “senseless” conflict, but assured the population of South Sudan army’s (SPLA) commitment to protect civilians and end the conflict.

“There is no danger now – all those people residing inside UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan] bases should return to their residences. I need all youth to disengage from retaliation and stay as colleagues and under one nation as one people,” said Kiir, urging elders to preach peace among the youth.

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  • 16 February 06:50, by hellonearth

    Really Kiir,
    do you think it will be that simple? you are talking about forgiveness but you didn’t mention justice. you will pay for this Kiir.

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  • 16 February 06:51, by Naath Raani

    Killer, Murderer, Devil and Satan of South Sudan! Shut ur mouth up. Ypu killed Nuers innocent for no reason. No forgiveness. Nuers are coming to your door. You also fund Uganda troops to kill South Sudanese with oil money. Don’t cry like orphane while your time is limited. You better to step down before we hang you like Saddam, crack head

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    • 16 February 07:11, by michael coma

      Naath
      Who is the real killer between Kiir and Riek ya jana aguec?Riek is the killer who have killed many people since 1991 upto date.Kiir is not heartless man like Riek who was borne naturally heartless and bastard who never tasted the important of father and mother that’s the reason he likes killing elderly men and women.

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      • 18 February 00:29, by Naath Raani

        Michael Coma,
        You need to know that your uncle Killer Kiir is crazy more anyone in South Sudan. I did not dream about being President of S.S and when the very people gave him and respect him to lead while John Garan perished, then he turned to be Murderer to one tribe. I think he put himself in the grave where he can’t get out of it. Thanks Nuers will make sure that Kiir will go to hell. Not all

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      • 18 February 00:32, by Naath Raani

        Dinkas will face this but Gogrial criminals will. Look, Nuers are very peace lovers. When they passed through Dinka Bor, where there was no attack, they don’t attack them too. Kiir Killed innocents Nuer in Juba and he will pay for it. Wait, time is coming. Mark my words down @ Michael Coma

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  • 16 February 07:02, by michael coma

    Thanks president Kiir Mayardit for splendid words you have told your people.Make public rally again the end of this month to feed your people with words of peace.Those who revenge to innocent people are coward why not joining front line mother fuckers?Go and kill those who are in the bush if you want to kill people.

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  • 16 February 07:05, by kumkan

    You must be crazy to thinks that this war is over. The very people whom you are trying to fooled know better than you thinks, there is noway they would go back to the same residencies where your boys murdering them in thousands. We are ready than before so be ready for the next episode. Revenge is the only option between us. You can fool your Dinkas and the likes James Gathoth Mai of Nuer.

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  • 16 February 07:24, by Mapuor

    Mr president all youth of greater Bhar El Gazal are at peace with their brothers from Nuer.The only thing that they do not want to hear is breaking the normal cycle of leadership.Leadership stayed in Upper Nile for 21 years,it must do the same in the other two regions in sequence, after which any other future arrangement would be devised.SPLA OYEEEE

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  • 16 February 07:28, by Gatluak

    Agent of devil can not bring peace in South Sudan...all Kiir is saying are opposite. Fuck you satan

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    • 16 February 07:45, by Malakal county Simon

      No surrendering after Juba Nuers massacre and after cluster bombs used against Nuer people’s, and the revenge killings should continues until unwanted president is resign, or kill.....

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  • 16 February 08:07, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Who said that Greater Bhar Elgazal are looking for revenge! Kiir is telling his youth to kill Nuer civilian they see in Bhar Gazel region indirectly. Kiir still looking for more civilian death. He kill thousands of thousands Nuer and still wishing to kill others

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    • 16 February 08:35, by Wicdail

      Gat Gan Kiir,
      Nuer SPLA solders in Bhar El Gazal, particularly in Wau and Aweil were already disarmed, and they don’t get their salaries. Just matter of time before Kirr order his militias to kill them as they have done it in Juba. We are dealing with a primitive leader who doesn’t think about the consequences of his action.

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  • 16 February 08:12, by Black Africa

    Who created this atmosphere Mr President ? Who started the war first? You gave orders to your Dinka soldiers to killed innocent Nuer citizens and you are saying to Nuer people not to take revenge. Come on.
    You have created tribalism atmosphere in South Sudan . As long you are the President, there will be no peace in South Sudan. The best thing you have to do is simply just resign .

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  • 16 February 08:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I appercaite, His-Excellency the president Kiir, of what he described that: * there will be forgiveness to every enemy but not now, i like the word not "NOW. Also * president Kiir, describe Riek Machar as enemy of peace and progress of south sudan, which is very, very true, i like that word even. Mr. President, many thanks.

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    • 16 February 09:07, by Wicdail

      Monkey mother is thinking that her little baby monkey is the best and the most beautiful spices than even the human baby. This is exactly what happen with Kirr’ supporters. They see this burden man (Kirr), as the best man to lead this nation. Thinks to those Dinkas who distended themselves from this mess created by Kirr Mayardit.

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  • 16 February 09:01, by Joseph Canada

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! KIIR HAVE BROKEN THE GUENES ILLITERACY RECORD!!! I PITTY THOSE WHO LISTEND TO THIS MESSGE. THE MAN IS JUST GETTING DUMP AND DUMPER!!!

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  • 16 February 10:53, by wang

    Anti-traitors!
    SPLA were never fought Nuer...it were foreign army which currently became national army in South....SPLA are the cowarding army in whole world...check this out. It is huge embarrassing to those who are still calling themselves as Kiir’s supporters... http://chimpreports.com/index.php/regional-news/s-sudan/16099-breaking-ankunda-confirms-updf-has-captured-bor-town.html

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  • 16 February 11:56, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir, you are the most foolish leader in South Sudan. How can you talk about peace and you are the one plus Riek Machar who cause this war? I believe you are druken, otherwise if not, then you should have to be quiet. First of all, you don’t even know the benefit of education nor leadership. By AUGUSTINO DENG.

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  • 16 February 12:00, by Kerem

    I will only blame Sudan Tribune because their regulations are very clear as below but they still allow rubbish comments that incite violence
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  • 16 February 15:15, by 4Justice

    Hidden Secrets Of The Marine Kingdom Of Satan

    Salva Kiir and Riak Machar are both Marine Agents. There are two types of marine or water spirits; we have the conscious mariners and the unconscious mariners. The conscious marine agents are those that know they are possessed, while the unconscious mariners don’t know that they are possessed.

    WHY PEOPLE GET INITIATED?

    People have a myriad of reasons for entering into covenant with marine spirits. A few of such reasons include:
    1.Desire for power to rule
    2.To possess magical powers
    3.To get healed of sicknesses and afflictions
    4.To have children when this had been difficult or impossible
    5.To gain wealth and riches
    6.To exercise powers of witchcraft
    7.To get rain and a good harvest in agriculture
    8.To have access to supernatural power
    9.In order to establish thrones and stools and acquire power to win battles and wars
    10.To serve for themselves protection from affliction, danger and death
    11.To get “delivered” from demonic oppression
    12.In order to succeed in their endeavors


    People who get initiated for these reasons lack understanding, and it is only a relationship with Jesus Christ that can set them free.

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    • 16 February 15:27, by 4Justice

      Source of contacts of marine evil spirits:
      1. Through parental idolatry dedications / covenants.
      2. Through direct worshipping of idols.
      3. Transference of unholy spirits from one’s parents ; especially mothers even when in the womb ( unborn).
      4. Transference of unholy spirits through sex with their agents. Also through fornication, adultery, incest and other sex perversion acts.
      5. Direct initiation from any marine human agents through food, money, sex, personal effects contacts or borrowing or sharing things together, idol worshipping, seeking help from where there is no help(fetist priest).
      6.Transference of unholy spirits through satanic marine based churches/religion groups(fake churches working for satan in disguise).

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      • 16 February 15:51, by 4Justice

        Marine kingdom is the most wicked, most populous, well organized kingdom , far away from other evil kingdoms, that exits in the Air, land and outside this planet. The headquarter of marine kingdom is located within India Sea. And Queen of India sea is the head of marine kingdom. While, Queen of the coast is next in command and she resides within the Atlantic ocean(both are also among the fallen angels evil forces from heaven before).


        Every country, state or region, area, city, town, village, etc., have a marine evil spirit that is leading such a place and being assisted by other marine lower spirits. Such a leader could be a male or female evil marine spirit.

        In every 100 cases of divorce taking place worldwide, about 96% of them are caused or being manipulated by marine kingdom evil forces. Marine kingdom is also responsible for the following problems affecting many mankind: Wars, Conflicts, accidents, illnesses, shortage of blood in one’s body, bankruptcy / business failure, sudden death, chronic spinsterhood / bachelorhood, sudden loss of pregnancy (mis-carriages), barrenness, regular eating / drinking is the dream, constant swimming in the dream, demonic spiritual husband/ wife/ children problems. Also, marine human agents problems (those they possessed) without the people knowing etc.

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