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Kiir has no place in transitional government: Machar

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August 14, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels leader Riek Machar says president Salva Kiir has lost all creditability to lead a transitional government of national unity, accusing him of being liable for the killing of civilians at the genesis of the country’s crisis.

South Sudan's former vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar (AFP)Machar told China’s Talk Africa on Thursday that he doubted whether the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is facilitating peace talks between the two warring parties, would be able to deliver a lasting political settlement.

“The mediation group set 10 August to be [the] deadline for peace talks, but [you can] see now they have pushed another time for mediation. To me I do not see any peace to be achieved because of the weakness of IGAD mediators,” the former vice-president said.

He also said it would be hard to achieve a final peace deal with president Kiir due to his alleged role in the deaths of up to 20,000 civilians in the capital, Juba.

In his interview for China’s CCTV broadcast in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Machar said IGAD countries should have applied more pressure on the government to restore peace in the young nation.

“It is hard to leave out the root causes of [the] crisis and the recent wound created by president Kiir himself for ordering [the] killing of thousands of people in the national capital, Juba,” said Machar.

Machar denied that he was an obstacle to peace, blaming the Kiir administration’s rigid approach to negotiations for stalling the peace process.

Echoing recent comments while a visit to Khartoum, Machar said Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya remained the most legitimate and trusted IGAD countries, adding that they could potentially play an important role in resolving the crisis in South Sudan.

Machar stressed that the root cause of the conflicts and the killing of innocent civilians in Juba must be addressed by IGAD mediators in order for national reconciliation to move forward, calling for fresh elections in the country.

The rebel leader said Kiir had lost the respect of the people due to his role in inciting the killing of civilians and that he had no programme to unify the country.

“People will contest, a new president will come. It could be me or somebody else in [a] democratic election. What would Salva [Kiir] present to the people as the programme to unite the people? He committed genocide, he committed mass killing – what programme would he talk about? Nothing,” he said.

Pro-Machar rebels and troops loyal to the government have been engaged in an armed struggle since conflict erupted in the country in mid-December last year following a political rift in the country’s ruling party (SPLM).

Thousands have been forced to seek refuge in UN camps, while many more have fled to neighbouring countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Some 1.3 million people in some of the worst conflict-affected area are facing food insecurity as aid agencies warn of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

On a recent visit to the country, the UN Security Council (UNSC) condemned the ongoing conflict, warning both warring parties to fully engage in dialogue or face serious consequences.

(ST)

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  • 15 August 09:53, by BM Bol

    Why did he agree to negotiate with Kiir if he thinks Kiir is an illegitimate president? Also, Riek fails to mention about the massacres his rebels have committed in Bor, Akobo, Bentiu and Malakal. With such talk, there is no possibility of peace agreement.

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    • 15 August 10:13, by Frak Cho

      Riek Machar have some senses of fear of God. You can not pretend to be innocient finger point at the president as to have lost ligetimacy. You are most wicked leader in the world. If you were a good man, why did you spend 8 years under Kiir if he was bad? You should have resigned and that would have shown yr creditability.

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      • 15 August 13:42, by Mr Point

        You will find, if you look back, that Riek spent 8 years in government under Kiir, alway being sidelined. Kir worked against what Riek was trying to achieve in national reconciliation.
        Then Kiir sacked him
        Then Kiir attacked his residence, murdered 34 of his bodyguards, murdered his brother, massacred hundreds of Nuer civilians.

        Is this what a legitimate President does?

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        • 15 August 17:38, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          If he becomes the president, then I will never wear clothes for the rest of my life.

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    • 15 August 10:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Look, this stupid insect. Claiming Kiir has lost credibility while he is the one who apparently lost credibility.
      President Kiir, is not a killer, am really wonder whom Riek is claims to rule? Shite.

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      • 15 August 10:49, by Gangura

        I like the way Riek Machar speaks and that got to show that he as feelings for his people in South Sudan not like stupid Kirr who only like insulting IGAD and other countries supporting peace, but soon we will have no Dinka president

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      • 15 August 13:38, by Mr Point

        All the trustworthy evidence shows that Kiir planned those Juba massacres. See what Rebecca Garang says.

        http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/exclusive-rebecca-nyandeng-garang-reveals-all-how-salva-kiirs-private-army-prompted-the-current-conflict/

        And Kiir himself recently said he thinks Riek is not in full control of the rebel militias.

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        • 15 August 14:24, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Mr. Point, we, the Dinkas people are aware about Rebecca Garang speeches and intent. She is an enemy of Dinkas and that’s why we sent her to exile in Kenya. She lost her credibility and legitimate in Dinkas community since she becomes Machar booty-call. Thus, we discard anything she says. Nyandeng will stay in exile if that’s what she wants. We are ready any outcomes. How come she supports Machar

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      • 16 August 01:09, by dinkdong

        They are both killers.

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    • 15 August 12:22, by Wensi

      "People will contest, a new president will come. It could be me or somebody else in a democratic election" Oh God, his aim only is to be the President of RoSS. It’s only God who knows what’s in the brain of Riek Machar. I thought Riek Machar could just leave that judgement to SS people and not him putting himself as a contestant. He is still oblivious to his wrongdoing and rotten politics.

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    • 15 August 16:56, by Rommel

      As always,Riek is being spectacularly hypocritical. So Salva has lost ’respect’ and ’credibility’ for having ordered the deaths of civilians? Isn’t this precisely what Riek is guilty of? Or does he assume that we’ve all been struck with amnesia? You committed acts of genocide. You ordered the mass killings of civilians. You are in no position to condemn others for what you are guilty of.

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      • 15 August 16:58, by Rommel

        The ’Bor’ Massacre directly consumed the lives of at least 2, 000 civilians, with some estimates putting the figure closer to 5, 000, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine, as a consequence of the depredations wrought on ’Bor’. Here’s what historians have to say on the matter:

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        • 15 August 16:58, by Rommel

          The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan, Max Lovell-Hoare)

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          • 15 August 17:04, by Rommel

            Riek has committed egregious human rights abuses on a wide scale. The man is a mass murderer, responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians. The fact that Riek can so insouciantly condemn mass killings and genocide while ostensibly championing human rights after having murdered so many people must mean that he is a sociopath, or mentally disturbed at the very least.

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            • 15 August 17:06, by Rommel

              This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split:

              He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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              • 15 August 17:07, by Rommel

                "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. “(Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                • 15 August 17:09, by Rommel

                  How can anyone possibly support a man so disturbed, so delusional that he would so sickeningly boast that his tribe could wipe out an entire tribe!? It seems that people are ignorant of Riek’s terrible human rights violations, his caustic tribal rhetoric and his history of failures. He is not a viable alternative.

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                  • 15 August 17:15, by Rommel

                    Is this the same man that claims that he can unite the people of South Sudan!? How!? How will reconciliation be possible under him when he is guilty of having murdered -directly and indirectly- 30, 000 civilians!? He is a deceptive, mass murdering chauvinist. He has no genuine regard for democracy or equality. He has killed tens of thousands of civilians. He is tainted. He has no credibility.

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    • 15 August 19:46, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

      Breached of constitutional provisions can lead to the lost legitimacy.

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  • 15 August 10:56, by Akuma

    Riek Machar will never and never be a president in South Sudan though peace come back to South Sudan. He is coward Doctorate person and no such man to lead a country.

    Those killed whether in Juba, Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, Ayod or other areas in greater Upper Nile must be account to Riek Machar myopia politics he always play in the country.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

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  • 15 August 11:04, by Martin

    Riek is Adolf Hitler of South Sudan. In the end he will kill himself together with his wife Angelina Teny. His children will be alien forever.

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  • 15 August 11:05, by Martin

    Riek is Adolf Hitler of South Sudan. In the end he will kill himself together with his wife Angelina Teny. His children will be alien forever.

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    • 15 August 11:57, by Malakal county Simon

      Kiir is no longer a legitimate leader, because a legitimate leader does not killed his own people’s whom elected him to power. And for Dr Machar, you’re absolutely right on that, because we are not going to be under Kiir again no matter what, otherwise, the same thing will repeat itself again if we are about to compromise!!!!

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  • 15 August 13:36, by maumau

    Salva Kiir has lost legitimacy and trust of the people of South Sudan and the world, he has no economic vision for the country. He is walking everyday with shame-a disgrace leader that South Sudan should ever have again in the future. His days are numbered with his supporters, we will build a democratic and inclusive government without him, a government which everybody will enjoy.

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    • 15 August 14:56, by angunliach

      I saw u very angry today, that shows things are toughening, please Mr. rebel leader, sign this peace accord quickly before your forces break up,u will be like Laurence Kaunda of ivory coast, if u don’t take precautionary step backward or forward to accept peace with president kiir or go to exile, no rooms for u in transitional government.

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  • 15 August 16:12, by Kim Deng

    If a Nuerman says the sky is BLUE, a Dinkaman would say it is RED. Let’s burn this Jungle (South Sudan) to ashes.

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  • 15 August 17:26, by Dengic

    Really Machar,are you hoping to president?..Maybe in the next world.As for Kiir,th

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  • 15 August 18:36, by Thyinka

    Riek Machar will accept the position of 2nd vice president. His ambition of becoming a president is dead in the water because of his politics of killing. The day Riek Machar die is the day South Sudan will be a truly peaceful country. His personal quest for power has ravaged the country, not once but twice.

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  • 15 August 19:00, by Dengic

    Kiir has no place in transitional government,what’s yours Mr. laughing machine?..Chances are that you may die without even getting the second VP,that kiir has proposed for you.Do you think you will always run away with murder of innocent people?..I don’t think you will keep on laughing for the next five years.Blood of people you have killed since 91 will hunt for you.

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