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South Sudan dismisses attempt on president Kiir’s life in Ethiopia

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August 27, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed rumours of an assassination attempt on president Salva Kiir as “fabricated lies” meant to “scare-off” the latter from representing the country at international forums.

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Salva Kiir attends the signing of the standard gauge railway agreement with China in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11 May 2014 (Photo: AP/Thomas Mukoya)

“The Office of the President would like to categorically deny these allegations as false. It has no basis. No truth. Never did the president come closer to any attempt on his life whilst he travels abroad in search for peace,” say a press statement released by presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny on Wednesday.

“The Office of the President would like to condemn this type of rumour-mongering in strongest term possible, and call on the people of South Sudan to disregard these lies,” the statement said.

The denial comes after the circulation in social media and some outlets of a statement released by government supporters accusing SPLM in Opposition official Mabior Garang Mabior of attempting to kill the president during his recent visit to the Addis Ababa to participate in a meeting between IGAD leaders.

“If Mabior Garang was arrested in Ethiopia, then it has no connection with any attempt to assassinate the president. Otherwise, the responsibility of such arrest has not been shared by the Ethiopian’s intelligence with the president,” Ateny said.

Mabior, who is the son of the late founding leader of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), John Garang, is currently the head of the rebel information and communications committee.

The rumour said he had been arrested “at the reception of president Kiir’s hotel with a 9mm pistol cocked with six bullets”.

The rebel official who is a member of the rebel negotiating team has yet to react to the claims.

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  • 28 August 2014 08:26, by maumau

    Arrest and prosecute the rumour monger called Gordon Buay for making up and circulating this wrong information. He has circulating a lot of false stories against The Mighty SPLA/M in Opposition. If he is truly the supporter of Salva Kiir, let him do it in the truth and professional way. If we find he, we will put him down like a dog that has rabbis.

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    • 28 August 2014 11:38, by Johndumo14

      5-Oh Mabior Grang, who is the son of the late (SPLM), John Garang,has become a killer,he will go to Jail,or he will never put his leggs in south sudan,what kind of stupid and idiot he is?
      Does he really knows how to shoot? Has he ever killed one or something like chicken ,goat or monkey or a dog? He think to kill a president is easy?

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  • 28 August 2014 08:26, by Mr Point

    Kiir’s supporters are responsible for starting this rumour.
    Kiir’s official spokesperson denies these rumours.

    Where are the facts in all this?

    Perhaps the comments below will show careful checking of news sources to get to the truth.

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  • 28 August 2014 08:33, by tootke’bai-ngo

    WHAT A PROPAGANDA? IS THIS ANOTHER BEHIND DOOR LEAKED OUT PLAN OF KIIR AGAINST MR. MABIOR GARANG OR WHAT THE HELL IS IT? WE SAW IN JULY THIS YEAR WHEN KIIR’S PLAN AGAINST 3 EQUATORIAN GOVERNORS LEAKED OUT. THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT CAME OUT IN DENIAL AND INSTEAD ACCUSSING THE PEOPLE OF EQUATORIA OF PLANNING TO CARRY OUT AN ATTACK ON INDEPENDENT DAY PROMPTING AN UNJUSTIFIED DISARMAMENT OF EQUATORIAN SPL

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  • 28 August 2014 08:42, by tootke’bai-ngo

    PLEASE! STOP THIS GAME, THERE MIGHT BE FISHY IRONY TRUTH IN ALL THIS GAME.

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  • 28 August 2014 09:37, by philipdit wol

    Death of Kiir is not the end of SPLA Mission thought Rebels are trying to do it no way still strong guys are there. Let,s not kill ourself for that one plate.

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  • 28 August 2014 11:23, by Marco Bul

    Only fools and nincompoops believed and are still believing in this money-soliciting write ups.
    Since when did Gordon Buay become a gov’t spokesperson?
    Last week he said he will leak the tapes of coup.Where are they?? SOooooory!!!

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  • 28 August 2014 12:20, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, let’s be caution here and think for second. Why Mabior was arrested in the first place if I may ask? What was the reason he carried 9mm in foreign country? Where he got the gun? Did he have an appointment to see the president at the time of his arrest? What time did it happen? Who was with him at the time of his arrest? Give me more info and I will tell you what happen.

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  • 29 August 2014 06:16, by tootke’bai-ngo

    NO EVIDENT THAT MABIOR DE GARANG HAS BEEN ARRESTED. HOWEVER, IF HE HAS BEEN ARRESTED, THERE COULD BE OTHER REASONS INCLUDING CARRYING A GUN TO PROTECT HIMSELF. SO WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL? KIIR SON(MANUT KIIR) WAS ARRESTED IN NAIROBI IN APRIL BY KENYAIN AUTHORITY, DO ANYONE KNOWS THE REASONS HE WAS ARRESTED WHILE OTHER POOR CITIZENS ARE DYING IN THE FRONTLINE?

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