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South Sudanese presidency denies offer for internal reconciliation in SPLM


June 13, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency dismissed as “malicious” reports that president Salva Kiir had accepted internal reconciliation within the leadership of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberations Movement (SPLM) reportedly at the expense of his close political allies.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, says regional leaders are not doing enough to quell rebellion in the country, which erupted in mid-December last year

“The Office of the President categorically rejects these malicious allegations against the President and therefore would like to condemn the lies being manufactured and engineered by the enemies of the Republic of South Sudan", partly reads the statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“The resident of the republic is a very serious peace-loving man, and had a lot to offer to those who have rebelled against his government – and so he does not need to dismiss someone in order to replace him/her with another,” it adds.

The statement was issued in reaction to media reports claiming Kiir heeded the demands at a meeting with the former SPLM political detainees in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 10 June.

The allegations, widely circulated on social media and other forums claimed that the South Sudan leader agreed to reinstate the former detainees in their previous political positions.

Unconfirmed reports also alleged that the former SPLM secretary-general, Pagan Amum, would return to his position while the rest of his colleagues who served as government ministers would be re-appointed cabinet ministers.

While meeting the former political detainees, president Kiir allegedly agreed on their request to dismiss the army’s chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan, information minister Michael Makuei Lueth, presidential legal advisor Telar Ring Deng and the country’s interior minister, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, on the grounds that they masterminded the conflict that has seen thousands killed and over a million people displaced

“This is not what the president has said. At the graduation ceremony of police held at Juba Stadium on Thursday after returning from Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia, he stated that he had met with four of the former political detainees, namely Pagan Amum, Deng Alor, Kosti Manebi, and John Luk in Addis Ababa, but he didn’t promise them any political position,” the statement from the presidency said.

“What the president did discuss with the former detainees, was his readiness to accept them to come back to Juba for the interest of peace. This is in response to the request of the former detainees who have requested to work with the president in order to achieve peace. So, there was no mention of anybody’s dismissal by the president as a pre-condition for the return of the former political detainees,” it added.


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  • 14 June 2014 04:01, by Ito

    Yes, it is true that the dictator promise them millions of dollars in addition to positions in return for standing behind him to stay in power till grave time. Can anyone now ask why freedom fighter Dr. Riek or anyone else picks a gun to bring about democracy in south sudan? No because the answer is there infront of everyone. Dinka are doing anything just to hang in power.

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    • 14 June 2014 05:46, by Mi diit

      Say it and deny it, say it and deny it is the habit of this rotten to core regime of incompetents in Juba. Yes Kiir Kuethpiny as usual wanted to buy back the former detainees with positions and promised them that. Or what do you think opportunists like Pagan Amum and the other selfish 3 would do back in Juba without positions to feast on? Rubbish?

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      • 14 June 2014 05:59, by Mi diit

        The so-called ineffective third bloc of opportunists is being dismantled into individual pursuits of opportunism. They are now desperate as Kenyans threaten to stop their accommodation while at the IGAD peace talks they are not effective. Now some of them beg to go back to Kiir’s brutal dictatorship for the sake of jobs, forgetting the massacre of thousands. Shame on the opportunists!

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        • 14 June 2014 09:20, by Hardlinner

          Mi diit you should be rational in matters concerning south Sudan. If your mind were functioning normally, you wouldn’t have had gut to called one group incompetent and the other competent despite their tribal nature. Since being PHD holder in south Sudan equate to everything, than third group according to Riek model would be the ideal group to govern the country. But to me, the government, opposit

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        • 14 June 2014 09:22, by Hardlinner

          cont..opposition/rebesl and third group have one objective in common. That is getting/retaining government position. Once in the office, they start their usual business of embezzling public fund. Which group would ever say with confident that they had never embezzled public fund? It’s time we civilian should wake up and say enough is enough.

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        • 14 June 2014 09:26, by Hardlinner

          conti... Neither the Kiir government nor the opposition care about civilian welfare. I view them as corrupt, thieves and animals in characters. only genuine thinking would relief us from current situation. tribal mentality need to cease and voice of reason need to prevail above all odd.

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      • 14 June 2014 06:42, by michael coma

        Guys,stop insults and let us preach peace.Person like Mii dit is number one demised holocaust whose his main sanity is to insults president here.Lets comments with sensitive words here.

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        • 14 June 2014 07:04, by Mi diit

          Michael coma,
          I was telling the truth but to you an offspring of a dictator you call it an insult. Kiir Kuethpiny started this war because he was described as visionless dictator. He thought it was an insult and started shooting. What is wrong with you people. How will you understand that constructive criticism is always good for any country that wants to correct its wrong leadership or change it?

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    • 14 June 2014 07:18, by Juba Lira

      if it was Dr Riek defeated in world cup like Spain. he would have mobilized his white Army to fight Netherlands. he is a very serious guy

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    • 14 June 2014 08:44, by Hardlinner

      anyone who support the opposition or the current government is mentally unstable. they are the very people that are causing death and destruction in the country. kiir, riek and their allies are all thieves and self centred animals. south sudan should be place under civilians rule. the military mind need to be rested.

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  • 14 June 2014 06:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Hey, this shows how unprincipled this leader is. He can not even trust himself. He says one thing only to deny it seconds later. How can over nine millions people trust this guy with the affairs of the motherland?

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  • 14 June 2014 06:14, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Reinstatement back of these political detainee to their respective positions is not the solution to the peace & reconciliation; what I think could have taken place first is the political settlement since these political detainee position were terminated base on their disloyalty to the governing & governance of the day. Who will accept to be remove from his/her position, or are you telling us that.

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  • 14 June 2014 17:34, by Mapuor

    South Sudanese will never listen to their looters.The real liberators are all behind the historical leadership.Kiir will rule for life and any thug who does not like it must leave South Sudan or else face defeat by any means.People of South Sudan have confidence in Kiir for Kiir releases the ouil money to the people only to be intercepted in the middle and misused.

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    • 14 June 2014 17:41, by Mapuor

      President Kiir will never bring those thieves back to the government again.They looted alot of public resources and should face trial.Some of them who are realistic confess that that they indeed stole the money that could have gone into development of the country.If they want to live are normal citizens they can be allowed but will never be given any office again.

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  • 14 June 2014 23:01, by Jubawe


    All Dinka are thieves and lazy, majority of people in Government are Dinka so are you telling us to support Dinka,
    Now again Nhial Deng involve nasty money $ 205 million scandal and government is silent, before Nhial Deng stole $20 million and government was silent.
    Who want to support corrupting government accept Dinka people but the boat is sinking now, soon regretting will be among u

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  • 15 June 2014 04:50, by Joseph Canada

    these thieves want to become the countries parasites forever. With their lies and intimidations, they think they will be forgiven for what they have done robbing counter’s death and put it to cow dunk

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