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Machar in Nairobi on peace implementation consultations

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March 24, 2016 (NAIROBI) – South Sudanese first vice president designate, Riek Machar, is in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on peace implementation consultations with stakeholders and regional leaders.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta (L), taking walk with the South Sudanese opposition leader, Riek Machar, after a lengthy meeting at the State House, Nairobi, 7 July 2015 (ST photo)

His office media official confirmed that the leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) arrived on Wednesday in Kenya.

James Gatdet Dak, his press secretary, said the opposition leader met with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday at the State House.

He also said the first vice president on Thursday briefed the SPLM-IO leadership present in Nairobi about the ongoing preparations for him to go to the South Sudan’s national capital, Juba, and take up his position in a transitional unity government.

Dak added that Machar is committed to his soon return to Juba as soon as his forces are transported to the national capital.

“Dr. Machar reaffirmed his readiness to return to Juba as soon as forces arrive in the capital in accordance with the peace agreement,” he said.

Dozens of SPLA-IO senior police generals, he said, were airlifted from Pagak to Juba on Thursday and that military forces may begin to arrive in Juba in the next few days if the logistical arrangements pertaining their transportation are put in place.

There has been delay in the transportation of 1,370 first phase of military and police forces of the SPLA-IO, partly due to reluctance of Troika countries to transport some of their light weapons such as PKMs and RPGs 7.

He said the forces may arrive in Juba any time soon with their weapons.

Demilitarization of Juba and deployment of joint police and military forces from the two warring parties is needed before Machar could return to Juba and a transitional government formed.

The transitional government will run the country for a period of 30 months, pending elections.

(ST)

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  • 25 March 2016 00:22, by Bolman

    This.is real leader for all the Southsudan Nation whoever born as Southerness should must support Dr Machar’s Political ambitions as he himself working day ans night to united Southsudanese Citizens who had been vitimazed by Salva Kiir and his Gangers groups

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    • 25 March 2016 06:53, by Panda Odhie

      Fake whom to consult again when peace is already signed just come in my friend those you think can’t granted you a position that you are die heart it never happened.

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    • 25 March 2016 08:31, by Khent

      Bolman

      Riek is nothing but a traitor and will NEVER be President. Keep dreaming.

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  • 25 March 2016 11:00, by Mapuor

    Dr Riek Machar return to Juba is a curse to all South Sudanese. We are yet to wetness another brutal tribal killings in Juba and elsewhere. People should not celebrate his return to Juba as the economy will collapse given the huge number of forces with countless Generals that Mr traitor will put in the gvt paylists.No development only salary.

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    • 25 March 2016 12:18, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/Mapour

      Watch-out for what you says against your boss Dr machar...... It’s may hunt you unknowingly......

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      • 11 April 2016 12:13, by Deng II

        Malakal county
        Are you still warning people while getting free food in charge at UN facilities.please come out of camp to enjoy peace together. But for your information, Riek will never become president.If he(Riek) get presidency through unknown window then the war break out again.

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