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May 28, 2014 (NAIROBI) – The top leader of the opposition armed faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition), Riek Machar, on Wednesday met with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi.

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Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

In a press statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said the two leaders held a long closed door meeting in which they discussed a wide-range of issues pertaining to the peace process between the SPLM/A (in opposition) and South Sudan’s government.

“Our chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, has on Wednesday met with the president of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the State House. The long meeting was cordial and examined the mechanisms in the ongoing IGAD-mediated peace process between our movement and the Juba regime,” Dak said.

The former vice-president-turned rebel leader flew to Nairobi on Tuesday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on the invitation of the Kenyan leadership.

Dak added that Machar also met with other senior Kenyan government officials.

The rebel leader’s next diplomatic tour is expected to be the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, for a meeting with president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to discuss the peace process in order to end the war in South Sudan.

He is also expected to visit a number of other regional countries, yet to be disclosed by the rebel group.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson earlier ruled out a possibility of Machar’s visit to Uganda, saying “Kampala and Juba are partners in war crime against a section of the society in South Sudan.”

The opposition group has been demanding the withdrawal of the Ugandan troops from South Sudan, accusing them of interfering in the internal affairs of the latter.

Uganda, however, said it entered the new nation in response to invitation by president Salva Kiir in order to help maintain stability and protect the country’s vital installations.

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  • 29 May 07:15, by axle

    That’s good of the doctor to visit regional leaders. Perhaps he can sum up his trips with a visit to Museveni of Uganda. That would really be spectacular.

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  • 29 May 08:09, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    There are no bases left for him to take respite from, so he will be on a peace begging tour forever, the over-hyped mouths bravery of Neur is now proven by West and Spla to be kailor [lie]

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    • 29 May 08:40, by Bentiu son

      Welcome Dr Machar for regional tour for peace,democracy, federal Constitution,equality,freedom of speech/expression/movement Campaign unlike Salva Kiir whose domestic,regional and international campaign is to exterminated Nuer tribe in South Sudan map through mercenaries and his SPLA Gelweng militias.Stand tall sir,we all behind you till victory.Dr Machar you are voice of voiceless n hope of hopel

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      • 29 May 11:15, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        In the beginning of the war, Bentiu son was only 5 km from Dinka stronghold in Juba, How come? he is washing Ethiopian dishes in Gambella now?

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    • 29 May 10:00, by Bravo Nuer

      please who blindfolded you that there are no bases and who will not testify to Nuer bravery?Nuer fought British for three decades using spears and sticks and defended Nuerland from the then highly organized dominion with various descending orders.they killed two British kings notable was King Ferguson (1906-1928). in 2014 Nuer fought two govts of Kiir and M7 plus four Sudanese rebels JEM, SPLA/N,

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      • 29 May 22:23, by Ito

        It is very important for the regional leaders to know the truth about the cause of conflict in south sudan and the way forward. Government lying machine did not work but Riek will correct everything. I know Dinka are doing anything to keep themselves in power at the expense of all citizens and by the grace of God. Dr. Riek will be lifted up as Bible says. Those who do the right thing will be taken

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        • 29 May 22:26, by Ito

          from the ground and lifted high up and those who were up by false means will be descended to the ground. This administration is on the way to down by all means. what is the use of keeping Dinka as rulers and at the same time, they kill, forcefully marry, steal millions and billions of dollars, harass, bully other tribes, for how long can people endure such suffering. We will not accept this anymor

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          • 29 May 22:31, by Ito

            Dr. Riek is not doing this for the Nuer but for all. Under federal system, you will be represented by your own. No one from other states will be impose to rule citizens from other states without approval of the masses. Elected officials will not be remove because they are not doing what Dinka want like what is happening now. this madness has to stop. We the others must note this seriously.

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            • 29 May 22:34, by Ito

              No one will work with fear anymore. All ministers, governors are stressed out because they have to feed their families. Even elected, they are afraid that anytime the president will remove them if they don’t support the interest of Dinka. Do we really want to live all our lives with fear? Now is time for change ya Jamaa. You don’t have to listen to what I say but I advice that you deeply think.

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            • 29 May 22:37, by Ito

              I mean elected officials fear to be remove if they don’t do what dinka want

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        • 30 May 21:26, by Zeki

          Dear Ito
          Is your disease base on Dinka only? Visiting of Riek Machar to regional states will not affect anything in S.Sudan government, we S.Sudanese are not supporting President Kiir or Riek, but fact remain the same . Riek is not government and will not become, because I never get government of one tribe? Nuer will finish if they are still follow Riek Machar advise nor witchecraf.

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    • 29 May 10:02, by Bravo Nuer

      Lotodo, who blindfolded you that there are no bases and who will not testify to Nuer bravery?Nuer fought British for three decades using spears and sticks and defended Nuerland from the then highly organized dominion with various descending orders.they killed two British kings notable was King Ferguson (1906-1928). in 2014 Nuer fought two govts of Kiir and M7 plus four Sudanese rebels JEM, SPLA/N,

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      • 29 May 10:09, by Bravo Nuer

        SLA/M Minawi and SLA/M Abdelwahab besides South Sudanese affiliated rebels SSLA/M under Bapiny Monytuil and Mathew Puljang plus SSDM/A of Johnson Olony who was also shot on his ugly neck by freedom fighters in Malakal tsunami and tidal wave where a stationed 15,000 troops of kiir and his mixed allied were consumed in one single battle except 347 survived whereas 14,653 with five generals perished.

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        • 29 May 10:18, by Bravo Nuer

          Along Juba and Bor road UPDF since inception has never incurred huge losses like what they have experienced from Lou Nuer white army and Div.8 regular nuer soldiers who gave them big blows in the broad daylight.though they were using various weapons including chemical and biological ones notable was cluster bombs and their helpless resort to whatever came after they lost thousands well trained

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          • 29 May 10:25, by Bravo Nuer

            officers, NCOS and Men including two Brig.Gens in an eleven fierce engagements with Nuer warriors. if you lie to UPDF that Nuer are cowards he will shoot you for he knows better than you the other victories cheerers in the rear.when UPDF release figures of human resources they lost in South Sudan all Ugandans will mourn country wide and Ugandan army will be totally abandoned for recruitment.

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            • 29 May 10:38, by Bravo Nuer

              come JEM and its allies in Bentiu a powerful lesson they have learned will reduce them to be terrorists not a capable rebel movement anymore.Bashir is lucky because his headache and heartache are cured by Nuer Div.4 warriors in Bentiu. know Jundi Iraq is in Bentiu and pray that peace is achieved because if not Gen.Gadet will occupy Warrap and Aweil without fail if you know him you can’t dispute it

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              • 30 May 07:25, by Rommel

                Bravo Nuer:
                What on earth have you been smoking, child? Where did you get the absurd idea that a king of Britain was killed by the Nuer!? Did your elders tell you this? I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised, considering your propensity to believe in the ridiculous. Didn’t one of your ’prophets’ tell your youth that they would be resurrected upon dying on the battlefields? You believed him.

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                • 30 May 07:39, by Rommel

                  You make some pretty extraordinary claims — claims that always seem to escape your ability to explain and or defend them. There is no evidence that the rebels killed 15, 000 troops in one battle. That’s your delusion. Do you think your masters in Khartoum didn’t use cluster bombs on us during the war!? There’s no evidence that chemical and biological weapons were used against you...

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                  • 30 May 07:46, by Rommel

                    ..There’s no evidence that the Ugandans even have chemical and biological weapons. Peter Gadet is no longer in Bentiu. Bentiu was captured by the army on May 12; even his homeland [Mayom] is not under his control, so how on earth is he going to capture Aweil and Warrap!?

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            • 29 May 11:10, by Lotodo Awino Odug

              In Gemessa battles alone, you lost the entire command of white army and over 4000 untrained kids.

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      • 29 May 11:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        I know you fought British but were thoroughly defeated except one man from Kuac deng, who used his deadly farts to bring down the royal helicopter.

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  • 29 May 13:47, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all.
    Where is the government of curropption while the democratic leader moving around to maintaining the peace process? and where is the Uganda while Machar moving around with Freedom Fighters deligation? Kiir and M7 you are fighting with Phd holder, but your time is marking end, shame on Dinka of being killing Nuer your time will come soon, our government is coming home.Welcom Dhurgon.

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    • 29 May 18:08, by San Manyuon

      Fellow Nuer, you have fought bravely at least I can acknowledge that, but aimlessly, killing hospitalized, women, your own little boys, and now your fellow Sudanese know who you’re, not trustworthy. If you had fought for SPLA during the civil war, victory would have been certain, Jalaba don’t fight, they were given upper hands by most of Nuer and other allies paid by Khartoum to cut down on Dinka.

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    • 29 May 18:17, by San Manyuon

      Son of Ngundeng,
      Your belief on prophet of doom, on a dog holding some kind of letter with title as PHD and on old unproven self coined description of warrior is going to take the live of innocent Sudanese as long as South Sudanese tribes are in this union. The Massacre of 1991 was on civilians, same this recent one was on civilians. Look at your innocents mom & kids at Gambella, and refugee camps

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    • 29 May 20:44, by barbayo

      Son of Nguondeng
      you are dream of your government which will and will never happen to South Sudan .Malitias government or Nuer government

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