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May 28, 2014 (NAIROBI) – South Sudan’s former vice president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, on Tuesday arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi to meet with the leaders of the neighbouring countries on the peace process with president Salva Kiir’s government.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, smiles as he meets his friends at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on 9 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Upon his arrival in the Kenyan capital, Machar held a meeting with the Kenyan envoy to the Addis Ababa peace talks, Gen Lazarus Symboyo.

“Upon his arrival in Nairobi Dr. Machar met with the Kenyan envoy to the IGAD-sponsored peace talks, Gen Lazarus Symboyo, in which they discussed the agenda for the expected meeting between him and president Uhuru Kenyatta,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Dak said the visit which may last for a few days came in response to the invitation extended to the rebel leader Machar by the Kenyan president.

He said Machar also met with his officials based in Nairobi and briefed them on the roadmap agreement he signed with president Kiir and the purpose of his Kenyan visit.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson added that Machar’s meeting with the Kenyan top leaders “may take place any time soon.”

After his visit to Nairobi, Machar is expected to fly to Khartoum for talks with Sudanese officials on the stalled peace process in Addis Ababa.

KARTI MINIMISES MACHAR’S VISIT

In Khartoum the foreign minister Ali Karti met with the South Sudanese ambassador Mayan Dut Waal who discussed with him among others the expected visit of the rebel leader Riek Machar.

Diplomatic sources told Sudan Tribune that the South Sudanese ambassador expressed the concern of his government about the visit but Karti said that the foreign ministry is not aware of his coming to Khartoum.

“The minister told him that this visit may come within the context of IGAD mediation team”, the source said.

The three-member mediation team includes a Sudanese envoy, Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, who was appointed by the Sudanese presidency.

Karti further reiterated Khartoum’s support to the regional efforts to resolve the conflict and the willingness of his government to back a peaceful solution for the five-month conflict in South Sudan.

In a statement published by the official news agency, the foreign ministry said the meeting discussed the situation of the South Sudanese refugees in Sudan and the training of Southerners diplomat in Khartoum, as it was agreed in the past between the two countries.

South Sudanese presidency spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, stated on Monday that Machar visit to Khartoum would not affect diplomatic ties between the two nations if the intention is to solicit support aimed at ending ongoing conflict in the country in a way that reflects neutrality.

Different South Sudanese government officials accused Khartoum of harbouring rebel fighters near the joint border and providing weapons and ammunition to the SPLM-In- Opposition, a matter that Khartoum and Machar strongly denied.

Sudanese government which accuses Juba of using of Darfurian rebels in its war against Machar’s group says it has no interest to have a destabilised South Sudan.

Also, observers point to the need of Sudanese government to oil transit fees estimated at around $2 billion a year.

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  • 28 May 13:05, by barbayo

    break News
    Raik Machar was capture recently in Five star Hotel in Kenya and government of Kenya looking those security who took Machar but some people are guesting they are Somalia Shubab Majadend
    no clear information Raik disappeared in Hotel

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    • 28 May 14:11, by Bravo Nuer

      Barbayo this is your wishful desperation for Machar to disappear like George Athor so that your Dinka kingdom to flourish without knowing that Machar is the best link and the hindrance of some Nuer pragmatists who are worse than Machar himself.Machar is a God fearing leader, slow to anger and resilience.Machar doesn’t entertain revenge like others but can kill ideologically in political strategies

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      • 28 May 14:22, by Bravo Nuer

        Somalia AlShabab Majadend are being fought by the same Enemy of Machar aka Museveni and cannot do that.besides we know Museveni and his underwear washers like Salva kiir, Kuol Manyang and Malong Awan are pouring into Kenya promises of billion dollars if Machar would be assassinated.but this will never work at all. Kenyans know Nuer hospitality and humility unlike Dinka greed, pride and gluttony.

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        • 28 May 15:55, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Son of Ngundeng and Associates,
          We all know more about the Nuer Kingdom that Dr. Fool Riek Machar is struggling to build in his Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He tried it before in 1991 and failed miserably before surrendering it to Khartoum and signing bogus agreement in 1997 (KPA). Riek wants to build his political support base in Greater Equatoria through the fugitive Alfred Lado Gore.

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          • 28 May 15:58, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Why do you waste your time to believe that the fugitive Alfred Lado Gore is a match for the heavyweight politicians like the Vice President H.E. James Wani Igga whose liberation record is straightforward, not zigzagged? I have no idea whether Dr. Fool Riek Machar and Alfred Lado Gore know each pretty well.

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            • 28 May 15:59, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Alfred Lado Gore lost to Clement Wani Konga to become the Governor of CES in 2010 elections because he promised to legislate on non-Equatorians to leave Juba if he wins. Is this the kind of a leader who can unite South Sudanese together, not realizing that Dr. Fool Riek Machar is only for establishment of Nuer Kingdom so long as Dinka or any non-Nuer is Head of State?

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              • 28 May 16:01, by Adodi Jotuwa

                When Arabs began sitting on our shoulders since their entry into Sudan (the land of the black)in 1881, some Nuers were on the same liberation boat with their fellow brothers from different ethnic groups but Dr. Fool Reik has always jumped out of the boat rowed by a non-Nuer in 1991. He covertly makes a hole under the boat so that it gets capsized, hoping to flee to Khartoum. Is Riek a leader/loser

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                • 28 May 19:57, by Ito

                  Adodi, As a result of carefully following and analysing your comments, you are a new person student of sudanese history. I think you are just obsessed with the late Garang’s speeches and conclude that Dinka are good people. Let us not judge people by their past but by their present because all of us have made mistakes in the past like the SPLA themselves. I hope you will rescind from your position

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                  • 28 May 20:01, by Ito

                    Regarding Gore, he was splm political ideologist and a popular among the Bari in particular and the equatorians in general, I will not talk about Wani Igga as he is famous for being slave of Dinka and he is witness of himself. For your information the Clement Konga that you support is the diehard advocate of federal system in South sudan which your ugly masters are against. Got it ya Humar

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                    • 29 May 05:29, by Bentiu son

                      Bravo Ito,you are absolutely right,Dinka discriminative tribal policy of ’born to rule’ has almost come to end. We shall never stop this imposed feudal/tribal/political/ economical war with dictator and Yoweri Museveni puppet Salva Kiir till his Dinka genocidal regime is completely destroy and replace with inclusive/diversity and accountable democratic government whereby equality,federalism prevai

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                  • 28 May 20:52, by barbayo

                    ito
                    you are real talking what you done know, like the governor of Eastern Equatoria saying that one tribe sent their students to broad ,he done know he sent 40 students from Eastern Equatoria to Awasha University in Ethiopia .now which state did like what was done by E Equatoria reasoning first then rushing to media and there are some many. Governor delivery speech said we E Equatoria we margnlis

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                    • 28 May 23:09, by Ito

                      Baryo, sometimes it is painful to reason with brothers like you. You are my brother and I have to tell you the truth. I myself know each of the students sent to Awasah university and I have seen the University myself though i was not part of the group. Yes, they are sent by the state govt and any state does that. But we are talking about national government. National govt is for the whole country.

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                      • 28 May 23:13, by Ito

                        Talking in bar is your assumption and whether I drink or not is not your business. My job is to tell you the truth. Dinka send from their respective states, and also when it comes to national level where students from each state are suppose to be selected, they also select only themselves. I don’t know how to explain things to brothers like you. Bible says many perish because of lack of knowledge.

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                      • 29 May 05:26, by barbayo

                        Ito
                        thank you because you know those students , you feed the Nation of truth , now those students two of them where dismissed remained 38 students my friend i know every things in the nation just you go research for reason of dismissed of two students from Awasah University

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  • 28 May 21:04, by barbayo

    Ito
    you are joking talking in the bar is not solution go to the field like front line look your friends born as rebels (Nuer) it is great lesson to them . now if are ready join them instead talking in Bar in Uganda

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    • 28 May 22:45, by Bravo Nuer

      Barbayo you are suffering from grammatical inconsistency and I am skeptical that you understand as you read and write.Dinka with their affiliated minor tribes like Jur chol and Atuot in the wings cannot stand Nuer resistance whatsoever were it not foreign mercenaries hired with Upper Nile resources. it means Nuer natural resources are fighting Nuer human resources indirectly and we are proud of

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      • 28 May 22:55, by Bravo Nuer

        fighting you all but using our spears against us.the whole world is awakening and the tide must turn against you guys soon. those compare SPLA/M under John Garang with deformed and demonized SPLA/M under gogrial robbers are too delusional.Garang has brain and brawn and Kiir is lacking both only innu and a monkey can read letter ABCDE better than kiir.Kiir can lead only drunkards and witches.

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        • 29 May 05:09, by barbayo

          Brov Nuer
          you want tell us , the whole world understand that Nuer are born as malitias ?

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  • 29 May 06:14, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    General Lazarus Symboyo; Is a well respected man that has stood with us in tough time when the peace as been negotiated in Naiveshia-Kenya,I believe as he now on board in this 5month conflicts something constructive will come out from that talk in his involving in that, Anyway approach Dr. Riak in a diplomatic way, I truth u general Lazarus by Don-Don Malith

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