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S. Sudan rebels say president Kiir a “symbol of division”

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August 28, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese rebel official on Thursday described president Salva Kiir as a “symbol of division”, claiming the latter’s presence in the interim administration would undermine meaningful democratic reforms and reconciliation.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, addresses the media in Juba on 2 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Paul Banks)

“The mediation proposal which was signed by the IGAD heads of state and governments as the protocol for negotiation is shallow in its entirety. It does not address substantive issues. The mediators seem to be only interested in formation of government as a way to resolve the conflict. They simply do not want to mediate meaningful reforms. They are pushing it back to us, which is a recipe for future conflict,” said Ayii Ayii Akol, deputy head of humanitarian affairs committee with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).

Akol said South Sudan needed a new leader as it embarks on development in line with the aspirations of citizens who overwhelmingly voted for separation three years ago.

“There is potential of our country going Somali way, because we are already a polarised nation, with Salva Kiir being a big thorn in the eyes of our people. He is a big symbol of division. With him in the interim government, there would never be meaningful reforms, not even reconciliation. Because how you would reconcile these communities when the perpetuators would continue to loiter before the victims?” said Akol.

He said those who caused the split would continue to agitate for more division in the government.

“We should all be aware that there are dark forces behind Salva Kiir who want to see to it that tribal and regional hatred are planned in our society so that they can continue with business as usual. To restore peace and unity among our people, the best course of action is for Salva Kiir to relinquish power back to the people or else. And any true patriot and rational South Sudanese will tell you that the crimes committed are irreversible and in order for us to reconcile and heal, we need to open a new chapter with new leader in the name of comrade Dr. Riek Machar to lead us in to the future that many of us have been longing for,” the official said.

“We are collectively responsible for the future of our beloved country and we should never let few feel they own it,” he added.

Former South Sudan’s ambassador to the US, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, earlier told Voice of America (VOA) radio that Kiir was a “symbol of disunity”, insisting the South Sudanese leader does not enjoy any support from the majority of the population.

EXPERT WARNS AGAINST EXCLUDING RIVALS

Earlier this month, a local think tank warned that any transitional government formed without the involvement of South Sudan’s two rival leaders may be unsustainable.

“The international community may be tempted to join the call for the exclusion of both President [Salva] Kiir and Riek Machar from a transitional government. This is indeed an enticing proposition since both leaders are seen to be the cause of the current crisis. However, this is actually a trap that the international community should steer away from,” the Sudd Institute stated in its 19-page report.

“The proposition is impractical because these leaders hold the key to permanent peace in South Sudan because they have got the constituencies,” it added.

The group also warned of a possible outbreak of violence similar to what caused last year’s outbreak of chaos, saying both president Kiir and rebel leader Machar were very prominent leaders in their respective constituencies.

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  • 29 August 08:11, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Garang was a symbol of division to you, Kiir tried to work with you and you betrayed him by trying to deposed him from power. My question is what kind of symbol are you?

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    • 29 August 14:23, by biarawieu

      President Kiir is totally fail leader in the world and will not be able to unite this country back again if he still in power. President kiir ’ is the symbol of division but the worst one he is the symbol of death.

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    • 29 August 15:08, by Daniel Deng Monyde

      You need to respect H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir who has greatly sacrificed the whole of his life, right from Anyanya One when he was still a young man, for the cause of the people of South Sudan, not because he wanted to become President but because of patriotism. Not like Riak who has always been a traitor, selfishly struggling for power at the expense of innocent lives of the people of South Sudan.

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      • 29 August 17:25, by Mr Point

        Does South Sudan have any other elected leader who, while in office, instigated the massacre of civilians?

        There is only Kiir in this category. He has committed murder of the very people he was elected to serve.

        Then of course there is the endless corruption, the oppression of journalists, the failure to provide services (look at the roads in Juba) and so on ....

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        • 29 August 20:33, by Daniel Deng Monyde

          Mr. Pointless, whoever talks about democracy must respect legitimacy because the power of the people is expressed through democracy and vested in a legitimate government elected by the people. It is for this reason the H.E. Salva Kiir is respected by IGAD and given red carpet welcome even in the white house by Obama because of respect for legitimacy derived from the people through democracy

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          • 29 August 21:25, by Daniel Deng Monyde

            It’s Riak who has all the blood on his hands since 1991 when he led the horrific Bor massacre one, followed by Bor massacre two in 2013, coupled with Malakal massacre, Bentiu massacre and so many more horrendous accounts, all for selfish interests at the expense of innocent lives of the people of South Sudan. Democracy means Riak should have waited for elections in 2015, not shed blood for power

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  • 29 August 08:16, by Lorolokin

    Ayii Ayii Akol,

    Yes you are right to tell us that Kiir is a symbol of division the way we look it but you can not impose Machar to lead us either because both of them are just a bunch of thieves.
    And remember both of them have their families out of South Sudan and yet you guys fight for them to secure their position.
    Kinkak!!!

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    • 29 August 15:17, by Daniel Deng Monyde

      Kiir is actually a symbol of peace and unity because he has given so much Amnesty to militias and rebels, like Yau Yau, for the sake of peace. But in spite of this, foolish people don’t recognize all these efforts made in the name of peace and unity. Compared to Riak, Salva is by far an angel and a true patriot who has unreservedly laid down his life for this nation and the people of South Sudan

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      • 29 August 18:29, by Malakal county Simon

        You should feel a shame and embarrass to praised a failed and well rejected foolish president, and dare to compared him with most wanted and most visionary next president. Your takes!!

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  • 29 August 08:29, by Madina Tonj

    Ayii Ayii Akol, David Dau Aturtong, Dhieu Mathok Diing,Mabior Garang Mabior are all in the wrong sides at the wrong choices and wrong leader in the wrong time. It is true that, the democratic can only be change by election and not by forceful mean. We can make Salva Kiir as King of South Sudan if you guys continues rebellion. If you were real care about people then, you would have accept to sign.

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  • 29 August 08:31, by Dengic

    Ayii, if President Kiir is symbol of division,then your boss Machar’s a symbol of genocide as simple. I never knew that the Dinkas have among them people who behave like Nuer, greed and impatience shouldn’t be used as a tool to create havoc in communities. Let’s wait and see where Machar will be next president,I don’t think it will ever happen,may be in the next world.

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    • 29 August 09:22, by Malakal county Simon

      People’s should keep in mind with Kiir in power, their will never be peace in South Sudan. But I just noticed those people’s who support foolish president are not in South Sudan or either they are all primitives and alcoholic just like Kiir!!

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      • 29 August 09:54, by Wicdail

        Kirr is not a symbol of divisions; rather, he is also a symbol of death in our society. But only the God of this nation that can answered this conspiracy from those who seek a wicken and weake leader so that they can weaken our national security and get our resources as it’s happening now.

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  • 29 August 10:28, by Marco Bul

    The force of darkness are Dinka Bor.They are puppeting the gov’t so as to settle ’91 chores.
    Without Kuol Manyang,Malaak Ayuën,Makuëi Lueth and many others,the gov’t won’t have dared Riek to try ’91 thing in 2013.
    Nyandeng Chol,Mabior Garang and many others made Riek think that Kiir is hated,even by Dinka!! So he get pupped up and thought it will took only 2 hours to oust Kiir.
    Seee!?

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    • 29 August 18:43, by Malakal county Simon

      Marco

      You liar!! You guys are being blackmail by Bar-el-ghazel through dinkasim and without knowing where your current location is, if Bor people’s are really smart as they claimed to be, they should withdraw their support for unwanted/ foolish president because at the end of the day, is only Dinka’s G.U.N will suffers more than Dinka’s B.E.G...... And this words brother!!

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      • 29 August 18:47, by Malakal county Simon

        Correction!!

        I meant to said Mark this words brother!!

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