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Machar says differences with Kiir not a power struggle

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April 5, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, who now leads a rebellion against the government of president Salva Kiir, said his differences with the latter were not about power struggle, explaining that the issues were fundamentally "doctrinal-type".

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, pictured inside rebel-controlled territory in Jonglei state on 1 February 2014 (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Machar served as Kiir’s deputy for eight years and played vital roles in the implementation of the 2005 peace deal between North and South that led to the independence of South Sudan. He was however sacked in July 2013 when the two leaders fell out on the future of the newly born nation and its leadership.

Fighting erupted in mid-December between supporters of the two leaders in the presidential guards after heated political debates within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which dwelt on the future leadership of the historical party that was supposed to chart the future of the country.

Machar criticised Kiir’s leadership style and declared his intention to democratically unseat him in what seemed to be an internal party move to wrestle power.

However, the rebel leader said the difference was not a power struggle or personal matter between him and the president.

"It is not a personal matter, nor a power struggle that divided us into what we are in. We ended up in a doctrinal-type fundamental difference," he told the Turkish-based Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

"For me and us, the question is not who leads the country, but on the contrary, how do we lead our nation? This is what made me run up against solid-wall opposition from Salva Kiir,” he said.

He said the president had not prepared on defining issues for what would become the post-independent South Sudan.

He accused Kiir of "tragically hijacking" the whole nation, its wealth, the army and the ruling party (SPLM).

The rebel leader further stressed that the people of South Sudan were the owners of the land and its wealth, thus deserved constitutional order, the rule of law as well as free and fair elections.

However, in Kiir’s view, he added, was only to create a nation without defining issues for the country such as free elections, democracy and human rights.

Machar in the past also criticised Kiir for "dishonouring" their gentleman agreement in what would possibly become succession plan when he was the “running mate” for the president during the 2010 presidential elections.

He has time again called for the president to step down in order to find a solution to the conflict, warning that his group would use other means necessary to dispose South Sudan of the "dictatorship" unless Kiir peacefully negotiated end of his reign.

(ST)

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  • 6 April 08:01, by Mi diit

    We all know that incompetent Kiir is visionless. He didn’t know what to do after independence. He thought he would just lead like a village chief, treat army like gelweng, own country’s wealth like his own cows, and manage party like his own drunken family. But the guy has hit a dead-end! God chosen Dr. Machar is good at burying his irritating enemies. He will bury him soon.

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    • 6 April 08:22, by Chol A.

      Good luck dr traitor, we sorry for your heart break but it all your fault as you will die without leading what wish to achieve.

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      • 7 April 18:36, by Thokidine

        Mr. Chol do u really think that you won the battle. it is really true that Dinka never think the way normal human could think. how could u be sorry for Riek who have defeated you father Kiir?? is it an honor to you seeing Uganda protecting your land while real men with every human parts in place are just being chase like a dogs?? if u have really defeated Machar, why is Kiir begging here and there

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    • 6 April 08:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The hate for Nuer by Dinka is deepening every single day, you Riek, Husuin and Duop will be responsible for the deaths of Nuer in South sudan, you better group and recruit more,because the real war about deciplining nuer will commence within this month. those who will make it alive, will never ever think of overthrowing any government. be it Dinka or inclusive org.

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      • 6 April 09:33, by Bentiu son

        Bravo Dr Machar Teny,march! march! sir,the whole nation is behind you minus foolish blind supporters of killer Salva Kiir. When you you speaks we become hopeful and glad that our long waiting democracy,good governance,federalism,freedoms of expression/movement and responsible government will be realized in the South Sudan.Big No to dictatorial tendencies and genocidal regime of Salva Kiir in RSS.

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    • 6 April 11:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      This man in the picture was rumored to have died of serious brain tumor in the house, in one of the rebel held town in Uppernile. [South Sudan?] is he releasing this statement from ICU? [ intensive care unit]

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    • 6 April 12:25, by Majongdit

      Mi Diit, does Dr Machar bury his enemies? Tell me where does he burry them. I know it’s not here in South Sudan; maybe in your dreams. We know what Machar is up to. He is targeting oil fields in the Dinka land of Poloch. As Machar plans his evil, he needs to know that equally plan. Hey, what about going to Juba?

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  • 6 April 08:20, by william

    You triator You has made democracy to l’ost meaning in South because your devil acts are vert contrary to democracy at all. So despite You marry the whole daughters they Will not make You our leader but demain a Rebel for test of tour life foolish. Vert imbecile créature South sudan has!

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  • 6 April 12:49, by william

    I mean even if riak marriage all daughters of western countries inorder to fetches him the support still He Will not going to lead south sudan for him being a known killer. You cannot killed parent and rule orphans of tour deed.triator.

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  • 6 April 18:57, by Fact Nonsense

    Riek Machar, amazing man. The one and only worse self-proclaim leader. You sold-out our Republic at free-millions to the sympathizers of 21st century. Interestingly you rose from death and spoke unusually again. "Differences with Kiir not a power struggle."
    What a hell was it? There’s nothing other than what you’re denying that caused all this mess. Don’t contradict your dream Mister. RIP.

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