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South Sudan’s Kiir to sign peace agreement on Wednesday

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August 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, will sign the final peace agreement on Wednesday to end the 20-month long civil war against his former deputy, Riek Machar, IGAD has announced.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, seen in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2015 (Photo AFP Zacharias Abubeker)

This sudden change of mind came 7 days after the South Sudanese leader refused to sign the final peace agreement on 17 August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, citing disagreement with many critical provisions in the peace deal. His arch rival and leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Machar, signed the final document.

Representative of the former detainees, Pagan Amum, who was recently reinstated in the president Kiir’s government as secretary-general of the ruling SPLM party also signed the deal, as well as civil society organizations and representatives of the regional and international bodies and countries.

At the time, President Kiir asked for 15 days to make further consultations back in Juba with his political and military officials in the government. While making the consultations, the government also organized anti-peace rallies across the country, criticizing the peace agreement as a “sell out.”

The United Nations gave president Kiir until the end of this week to make up his mind or face a wide range of targeted sanctions including arms embargo on his government. Front-line states including Uganda and Kenya were reportedly supposed to be the sole implementer of the would-be sanctions against Juba.

However, the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on Tuesday announced in a press statement that president Kiir had agreed to sign the peace agreement and called on IGAD Plus member states to travel to Juba and witness the signing ceremony on Wednesday.

“The IGAD Secretariat presents its compliments to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of its Member States and the honour to inform the latter that as per the information received today from the Office of H.E., the President of the Republic of Kenya, through the Office of H.E., the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, will be signed tomorrow, 26th August, 2015, in Juba, South Sudan,” partly reads the statement.

“The Secretariat of IGAD wishes to take this opportunity to request all IGAD Plus Members to send their respective delegation to Juba to witness and attend this long-awaited historic moment,” it said.

The announcement is contrary to the statement made by president Kiir’s press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, who told reporters on Tuesday that Kiir will travel to Addis Ababa on Monday next week to sign the peace deal in the Ethiopian capital.

WHY IN JUBA

Sources close to the decision making process said president Kiir expressed fear of indifference with top army generals, particularly his army’s chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, who were opposed to the peace agreement.

There are fears in Juba that the army may sabotage the peace process including making a decision to take over the leadership in the absence of president Kiir from the national capital.

“There is currently a serious possible split between army chief Paul Malong Awan and the president over the peace agreement. There are fears that things may fall apart any time in the capital,” a reliable military source who spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune on phone from Juba on Tuesday.

He said the president requested IGAD to allow him to sign the agreement in Juba instead of in Addis Ababa so that he could be able to monitor the situation at home.

He also revealed that president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda advised president Kiir to sign the peace deal, despite reservations, in order to avoid the looming United Nations sanctions against the government.

REBELS COMPLAIN

The opposition faction led by Machar welcomed the decision of president Kiir to sign the peace agreement, but added that signing it in Juba instead of at the venue of the peace talks in Addis Ababa indicated lack of seriousness on the part of the government.

“Whatever circumstances that have allegedly transpired in Juba and forced President Salva Kiir not to travel to Addis Ababa to sign the peace agreement at the venue of the peace talks indicate lack of seriousness and commitment to peace on the part of the government,” said James Gatdet Dak, spokesman of the rebel leader.

He however said it will be the same hard copy document inked by the rebel leader on 17 August and previously initialed by president Kiir in Addis Ababa that will be signed without “changing even a coma” in it.

He also said Machar will not travel to Juba, but the signing ceremony will be witnessed by representatives of IGAD Plus and other regional and international bodies.

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  • 25 August 2015 12:14, by Lorolokin

    Salva Kiir Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    People of South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    Thank You Kiir.

    Kinkak

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    • 25 August 2015 12:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I will accept when President ink in his pen.
      By the way Riek need to come to Juba, that only my request

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      • 25 August 2015 17:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        The only option left is retaliation, which I think nobody is willing to take risks for that. all these smart machinations were put together when Makuei was sick in Nairobi. now the gov is basically in a boiling cauldron.

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        • 25 August 2015 19:16, by Mi diit

          I told you this confused cowboy calling himself president Salvatore will sign the peace agreement with his tail between his legs.

          He was wasting time for no reason at all.

          Fearing Malong Awan is not more serious than fearing sanctions on his ABMC company.

          Shame on wasting time. Dr. Riek Machar oyeeeee..........

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          • 26 August 2015 15:00, by Mi diit

            BREAKING NEWS!

            Paul Malong Awan is said to be under house arrest in Juba as Kiir fears imminent coup by Malong.

            Government has split and is signing the peace agreement while seriously divided.

            Pre-interim period of 3 months will be a sleepless time for Kiir before Machar arrives in Juba with his forces.

            Malong may declare coup between now and November.

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    • 25 August 2015 14:11, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Good News if it have happen tomorrow,because more flowing of blood of the inocent in the country should end here.

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    • 25 August 2015 14:11, by Dumodit

      What do you mean of Salfa Kiir Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?

      which site have u supporting? SPLM or Government or SPLM-IO?

      We got tired of two rival conflicts and its political difference.

      May God deal with anyone against progress, peace and prosperity of South Sudanese citizens!

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      • 25 August 2015 19:20, by Mi diit

        Poor Kiir mobilized the citizens to protest against the peace agreement and yet turned around without informing them to sign the same agreement.

        What a confused president!

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        • 25 August 2015 19:22, by Mi diit

          I was watching South Sudan TV thinking that the government will announce this grand event tomorrow. To my surprise, not even mention of the event of signing tomorrow. I was told Kiir feared to provoke Paul Malong Awan by announcing the signing. Malong plans to make a coup against Kiir. The two doggy thieves have quarrelled over the bones. Things will soon unfold.

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    • 25 August 2015 20:17, by Aguj-raan

      What you cheering for Lorolokin? if you read the agreement you can see clearly you country South Sudan is being sold out to Ethiopia and Kenya. Half of our oil revenues will go to those two countries I mentioned above. SMH.

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      • 26 August 2015 08:11, by Joseph Canada

        Ajur-Raan you are a big lier! you are trying to create lies and Arab style manipulation of lies by telling people that their country is being sold to Ethiopia and Kenya and not telling the truth about how Kiir and Dinka Sold part of Equatoria to Uganda. You devil you! My people’s blood will come back to you.

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    • 26 August 2015 08:57, by paliau

      who is malong awan to criticized needed peace by the entire citizen of south sudan, at time of bush war between the north and south paul malong never capture any town since 1985 to 205 why president kiir fear him, he is to sack him from the position of chife of general staff. therefore malong was basing in aweil trading wari-awuar market upto day. this is a man with no value of contribution,

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  • 25 August 2015 12:16, by Khent

    Good, sign the peace agreement and end the suffering that you started. Your Executive powers have been capped. Your death-deserving incompetence is to blame for all of this and so you must endure this.

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    • 25 August 2015 12:26, by Khent

      Salva Kiir needs to resign for the sake of the country. James Wanni should be President. After the Interim Period has elapsed, we should put forward a Bill prohibiting people guilty of having committed human rights violations [at any point in their lives] the opportunity to participate in the political environment, especially in the Executive sphere.

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    • 25 August 2015 16:42, by Hardlinner

      Khent, be factual. remember whatever that require kiir to resign will also require riek to resign. riek is worst enemy to nuer and dinka. his tinted soul was the root cause of war in south sudan. again riek killed more dinkas than kiir did to nuer. so kiir still have edge over riek. so call for riek resignation first and then move to kiir.

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      • 25 August 2015 17:06, by Hardlinner

        Khent, sorry bro, I mistook you for blinded riek supporters. kiir is indeed weak and never listen to people that knows better. His poor handling of this war led to over representation of nuer in coming transitional government. He should have concentrated on building modern army not guerrilla army. nuer must only get 15% in coming national army. no more 70%.

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  • 25 August 2015 12:32, by Eyez

    Did you think you could dogde the bullet, or did you think the anti-peace circus you and your dinka clowns organised in Juba would derail the peace process, you idiot. Soon Southerners will hold Kirr accountable for the pain and suffering he and his Jienge coharts caused the people. Go sign it or else....DEATH!
    X

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    • 25 August 2015 12:55, by Khent

      I don’t why you’re thumping your chest as though you were responsible for the regional and international pressure that has been brought to bear on this incredibly irresponsible ’government’. Salva Kiir should just resign and let the country heal. Issuing threats on the internet is laughable, so just stop, dude.

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      • 25 August 2015 12:58, by Khent

        You seem to think that the Dinka have uniquely benefited from Salva Kiir’s incompetent Presidency. South Sudan is the most oil dependent country on earth! 98% of our budget is oil derived. 85-90% of that oil is sourced from Dinka lands. Our lands contribute more to the budget than the lands of the other 63 tribes, combined

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        • 25 August 2015 12:59, by Khent

          ..And yet the little infrastructure development that has taken place has been concentrated in Equatoria — away from our lands. We provided more divisions, battalions and martyrs than all the tribes combined. We lost over a million Dinka civilians. Far from being rewarded, we have been burdened by this ’government’.

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          • 25 August 2015 13:00, by Khent

            I think it’s well beyond dispute that that South Sudan is being afflicted by nepotism, kleptocracy, insecurity and rampant corruption, however, I take issue with people trying to add a tribal dimension to this. The entire country is suffering from this nepotism, corruption and mismanagement. This is precisely why over a 100 people died of starvation in Salva Kiir’s home State in 2012...

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            • 25 August 2015 13:04, by Khent

              The vast majority of the Dinka do not support Salva Kiir and would be inclined to remove him as part of a genuine national movement. There is currently no genuine national movement. We know who Riek is - a traitor that has done to us [on a far larger scale] what Salva Kiir has done to the Nuer and so we will never accept him.

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    • 25 August 2015 16:50, by Hardlinner

      eyez, what u failed to understand is that kiir is man of peace unlike sell out riek. u Guys will realise his evilness when half nuer population varnishes. there is no fairness in this peace agreement. giving nuer 33% of nation federal seats is shame to backers of this peace. nuer only constitute 15% of south sudan population. I don’t know where did this puppet IGAD got their figures.

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  • 25 August 2015 13:27, by hamil

    I had been a Kiir die hard supporter from the time he took over after we lost Garang I admired the man so much. Very humble, soft spoken and charismatic however it all changed when a Hideous group called "JIENG COUNCIL of ELDERS" Popped their noses in how the country should be run they soiled and dirkened the heart of this once White-Spirited man. All is not lost you can still win back our hearts.

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    • 25 August 2015 13:36, by Khent

      Salva Kiir can only be rehabilitated if he resigns, hamil. There is simply no other way. He has to put the interests of the country above his own. James Wani should become President and create an inclusive and responsible government. I’m a Dinka and I agree with you on the Jieng Council of Elders; they should be investigated for any incitements and role that they may have played in war crimes...

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      • 25 August 2015 13:40, by Khent

        ..It is inconceivable that a government could solicit the advice and involvement of illiterate old men [from one particular tribe] in the formulation of its national policies. Salva Kiir is an idiot. He is not Presidential material and only became one due to Dr. John Garang’s early and unexpected passing.

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    • 25 August 2015 19:07, by John Costa

      I agree with you, I just could not believe this man will act the way he did since he has taken power.I sometimes do not comprehend where did he come up with these fault policies. His last comment at the airport was very disgust and desperate about Journalist and Free Press. A man that can not handle Free Press even if it is amauter should not be a leader.You have touched the core.

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  • 25 August 2015 15:59, by hamil

    @Khent

    I agree with you and the points you made however let us understand that we are humans thing happen for us to learn lessons and eliminate the dark spots look at Rwanda, one wouldn’t believe they are a tight unit now with the 1994 genocides. Kiir can still do a better job I myself is his critic but I still think he can do a better with good policies I am from CES & stand with him this time.

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    • 25 August 2015 16:06, by Khent

      You’re a far more gracious man that I am, Hamil. Salva Kiir must remove the influences of retrogressive forces like the JCE and must not seek another term after this one.

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      • 25 August 2015 17:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Government is only doing damage control, it is already sold out by Riek, Pagan and Alek De Waal.

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  • 25 August 2015 17:08, by Mapuor

    Signing that satanic document will never bring peace in greater Upper Nile .Dr Risk will never enjoy the current messl the way he enjoyed 1991 betrayal of South Sudanese people.All traitors will never enjoy the current peace deal the way they enjoyed previous deals.

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  • 25 August 2015 17:33, by dad1

    fake peace, after some weeks you will hear 100 people dead, we are still having rebels of Gadet and other group which will join him. It is only God who will bring peace, don’t enjoy the word peace at this time, there is long way to go. mark my words

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  • 25 August 2015 17:35, by William Atak Garang.

    when President Kiir sign the compromise peace agreement, I believe this will mark the final unity of S. Sudanese across the 10 State of the Country. We need peace because peace is unity and is the development in South Sudan. God bless S.Sudanese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 August 2015 20:24, by lino

    Hahaaaa!!! The cowboys have chosen the carrots not sticks. Why were you acting like RED INDIANS then???

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  • 25 August 2015 21:47, by Kenyang

    Through unplanned, tedious television decrees, Salva Kiir directly drove the country to war. Now the same uncertain man want to sign on division of the country while shifting blames. There is no reason why Salva Kiir can’t be removed.

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    • 26 August 2015 06:39, by Malakal county Simon

      He finally surrender...... What’s happene???? You recently said, that you cannot sign a bad peace or white man peace as many of your cohorts called it...... Your pathetic and deserves death, by creating a meaningless war which many innocents citizens lost their lives due to your insecurity against your opponents......

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  • 26 August 2015 07:46, by Konan

    Kiir is a complete failure and joke.
    JCE will not accept this humiliation.
    Someone is committing suicide.
    Juba volcano is on edge of eruption.
    The situation is extremely critical.
    Dinka Kingdom may fall apart.
    Finally, Nuer may get what they deserve.

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    • 26 August 2015 09:46, by South South

      Konan,

      You are just a simple minded person and fake Arab too. Just shut up and follow up "GATHA JAMARA"

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  • 26 August 2015 07:50, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear reader!!
    (Akeeran !! Yaa Kiir !!Talata deen jenubiin bel arieb) !!!
    congratulation of being wise president,

    Son of Prophet
    currently in front line
    Pathay Jonglei state.

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    • 26 August 2015 09:40, by Redeemer

      I prefer peace signed in Juba to no peace

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  • 26 August 2015 10:13, by Augustino

    I will wait until the peace is sign to comment

    Thanks

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  • 26 August 2015 14:22, by ykanna

    Kiir, is a man of the people that why why he finally decided to sign if the source of the news is trusted. I know he ’s not power greedy person . At MIDIIT IS SOURCE OF MALONG AND KIIR WRIGGLING ON LEADERSHIP IS UNFOUNDED AND BASELESS.

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  • 26 August 2015 15:13, by Jojo

    Lots of people throw their ideas and criticism. For me, still waiting for the last ink drop for signing the deal then I will comment.

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