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May 31, 2014 (NAIROBI) – President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya said he was encouraged by the commitment of the South Sudanese armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, to achieve a better system of governance in the war torn South Sudan.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with the SPLM in Opposition leader, Riek Machar, at the State House, Nairobi, May 30, 2014 (ST)

President Kenyatta made the remarks during a joint statement he issued on Friday with the South Sudanese former vice-president, now rebel leader, Riek Machar.

Machar visited Nairobi since Tuesday in response to an invitation by the leadership of the Kenyan government.

The two leaders met at the State House for the first time on Wednesday since the crisis began in South Sudan in mid-December in which they discussed the peace process between the two warring parties.

Kenyatta and Machar also held another meeting on Friday after which they jointly addressed the press.

The Kenyan leader commended the two parties for the roadmap agreement they signed which he said recognized the need for “inclusion of all stakeholders.”

He urged the leader of the SPLM/A in opposition to continue with the commitment to achieve peace and better governance system in the new country.

“I am encouraged that you are committed to the achievement of a governance system that will allow sustainable peace and development in South Sudan. I urge you and your team to remain robustly engaged on contributing in good faith to a framework for political settlement of the crisis in South Sudan,” partly reads the press statement issued by the Kenyan top executive.

Machar on his part commended the role played by the neighbouring country in mediating the two parties to end the war.

Kenyatta also urged the two warring parties to remain committed to the IGAD-led negotiation and to reaching an agreement as the basis for formation of a transitional government of national unity.

“Thank you for agreeing to visit Kenya and meet with us to seek a way forward. We in IGAD will continue to give this process every support and encouragement. You can rely on us,” he further added.

(ST)

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  • 1 June 06:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Uhuru would be our hero for life, had he choked the life out of him like the story of Museveni and Athor plus his nuer waterboy Douth Makuach.

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    • 1 June 07:01, by Mi diit

      Great diplomacy at work! I was told that the “bush baby president” Kiir Kuethpiny nearly collapsed when he rushed to Nairobi on Thursday and found Dr. Machar and president Kenyatta having good terms and understanding together. The two are now good friends. Sorry Juba butchers for the loss!

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      • 1 June 07:11, by Mi diit

        Now a nice office for the freedom fighters is opened in Nairobi. Incompetent Kiir would have understood the effectiveness of Dr. Machar’s skillful diplomacy. If the charismatic late leader Dr. John Garang could not convince Kenya to refuse Dr. Machar, who is this illiterate Kiir to do it? Kenya always maintained neutrality.

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        • 1 June 07:26, by Mi diit

          Kiir Kuethpiny has lost Ethiopia that nearly arrested him if he did not sign roadmap agreement. Now he has also lost Kenya. His only friend in the region is the mad Museveni of Uganda because they are like-minds. They are visionless murderers. Superior mad man Museveni has colonized the inferior mad man Kiir Kuethpiny. That is all!

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      • 1 June 19:32, by Force 1

        Midit or mitot
        What happened to riek stronghold in Nasir? Why leave South Sudan before General Malong 30 days dateline? Now riek command center office is in Nairobi hotel to fight president Kiir to liberate South Sudan! Well Good luck with that strategy.

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  • 1 June 07:41, by J P Puok

    ’Bob Marley’ said it all! to Kiirler you can pooled some people some time but you can not pooled people all the times! no nation foundation is ever build on lies and denial. people will pay attention to you today but after learning of its falsehood they will step aside without informing you, that is diplomacy of todays’ world. you don’t just shoot at every shadow randomly Lord have mercy

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    • 1 June 08:15, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      There is nothing to be rejoicing here, Uhuru can give you offices and slum like Kabera, but that does not mean your rebellion is going to amount to anything. the illiterate food lovers that you interlectuals use as meal tickets are refusing recruitments in refugees camps in Ethiopia. the only option left for you, is to surrender your doomed nuer movement.

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      • 1 June 08:58, by Wicdail

        Lotodo Awino Odug,
        You are just a fool and cowards who have never confronted Nuer warriors in the field of death. You hostage this foolish president (Kirr) by feeding him with fault intelligence so that you can keep looting the public funds until that day or hour arrive. For your information, President Kenyatta is an intellectual, diplomat, flexible, and Western educated fellow.

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        • 1 June 09:06, by Wicdail

          Not like those two primitives in the rear (Kirr and M7) who only believes on military strength to crash their opponents and hang on power with no prosperity for the nation. We know feel Jealous and ashamed because the man whom you want to kill and called him a prophet of dooms has now becomes the only hope for whole world to restore security and bring the true democracy to South Sudan.

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          • 1 June 09:12, by Wicdail

            Thank you so much Mr. President Kenyatta, for your kindness. That your neuturality and hospitality afterwards, will never be forgotten by the peace loving people of RSS.

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          • 1 June 09:21, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            Accept the truths dog, Riek is being abandoned by the West, for fooling them that he will over ran the entire nation in a week, that 75% of military forces were for him, and are ready to standby in case of anything. thus, the West fell for him, only to withdrew later after being embarrassed by Nuer propaganda that does not corroborate with the facts on the fields.

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        • 1 June 09:40, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Kiir is not going anywhere by diplomacy or military, We Boris will give him 5 to 10 more years, and we will be ready with Bhar el Ghazal to kick asses and keep you at bay from this top seat until you loss hope.

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  • 1 June 13:15, by Mapuor

    President Kiir will rule for life for he is humble and highly intellectual.Military experience has given Kiir wisdom that people like gat Machar Teny do not have.Military officers always make good rulers.Those who still have illusions that Kiir would quit must now come to believe that its impossible.Kiir for life,come what may.

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