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Machar in DR Congo cared for by authorities: UN

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August 19, 2016 (JUBA) - United Nations headquarters in New York has revealed that its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo airlifted the former First Vice President, Riek Machar, from the South Sudan-DRC border and transported him into the interior part of Congo on Wednesday.

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Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

The UN said the Congolese government has been taking care of the opposition leader who is “exhausted” after five weeks in the bushes around the capital, Juba, and walking towards the DRC border.

The UN spokesperson, Farah Haq, said in a daily briefing to journalists in New York on Thursday that Machar was located in the border of South Sudan and DR Congo by the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

“We have undergone an extraction operation and so he is currently in the care of the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said Haq in New York on Wednesday.

He said Machar was "treated" by the MONUSCO for illness he did not disclose. He said Machar’s wife and ten other military generals have been given to the care of DR Congo government.

Machar’s officials said their leader is doing fine but had “exhausted” from being in the wilderness for 40 days, walking on foot.

They said he will speak to the media in the next few days as he establishes contacts with leaderships of IGAD, AU and UN. The opposition leader whom they also consider as the legitimate first vice president in South Sudan is also expected to tour the IGAD member countries to share views on the way forward.

He fled Juba last month following street battle which started at the palace on 8 July and in his residence on 10 July between his small number of troops and huge number of forces loyal to President Salva Kiir.

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  • 19 August 22:18, by Eastern

    The government of DR Congo needs to look into the issues of Uganda sending the M23 rebels to South Sudan to bolster the government of Kiir. M23 and Darfuri rebels cannot be fed and accommodated in Yei with the aim of overthrowing Kabila’s government in Kinshasha while he keeps quiet. Kiir is a very evil man in Africa!

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    • 19 August 23:32, by Khent

      Eastern

      Do you have credible and impartial evidence for these claims? Provide evidence that any Congolese armed group has participated in the conflict. Provide evidence of Juba’s active intention to overthrow Kabila. I expect credible sources.

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      • 19 August 23:51, by deng

        It is not new. Airlift by who? UN.

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      • 20 August 09:04, by Dengda

        @ Khent, I always enjoy your comments as we share the ideology of development and unity of the countryand pro ACRSS as legitimate document. However,in the last few months, I got confused, your position is not clear, sometime you against Kiir and Riek or government as whole.Sometime you defend Government and seem to be anti-Nuer.Please help me here, thanks

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        • 20 August 14:00, by Mr Point

          You should realise that Khent is still fighting the 1991 campaign of 25 years ago. It will be 2041 before he gets back to you.

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          • 21 August 14:52, by Khent

            Mr Point

            Don’t try to distort my perspective. I have consistently maintained that both Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are illegitimate and must both be opposed equally. You seem to think that only Salva Kiir should be subject to moral judgement whereas I insist that it should be consistent across the board.

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            • 21 August 23:44, by Mr Point

              You are correct in that respect, Khent. I always pay attention when you’re writing; it sometimes seems you are more preoccupied with 1991 than 2016.

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              • 22 August 11:06, by Khent

                Mr Point

                I am of the opinion that if you oppose Salva Kiir for starting a war on a false prospectus and for murdering thousands of civilians and for creating conditions that have resulted in the creation of a terrible humanitarian catastrophe [that has since claimed tens of thousands of lives]... well, then you must also oppose Riek for the same reasons...

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                • 22 August 11:22, by Khent

                  ..Riek murdered tens of thousands of civilians in cold blood and boasted about it, so there is absolutely no chance of peace if he insists on participating in the political environment in the very same way there can be no peace if Salva and Malong continue to lord over us. People should just stop supporting these men or the war will continue. It’s that simple.

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        • 21 August 14:11, by Khent

          Dengda

          I certainly do appreciate your kind words. Now, allow me to clarify things for you by reaffirming my position. I am opposed to Salva Kiir’s corrupt, murderous, tribalistic, incompetent, myopic and illegitimate ’government’ and I am also opposed to the traitor and his ’movement’. There really should be no confusion over my position on this...

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          • 21 August 14:14, by Khent

            I routinely condemn Salva Kiir for his crimes and have delivered scathing critiques on the Dinka. I’ve condemned them for occupying large swathes of Chollo land and for having so miserably failed the Nation. The solution to our problems is for the Dinka & Nuer to disown both Salva Kiir and Riek and allow truly unifying individuals to participate...

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            • 21 August 14:44, by Khent

              ..My only problem with the Nuer is this:

              The Nuer seem to think that Salva Kiir should be prosecuted for killing thousands of their people but that Riek should get a free pass for murdering tens of thousands of Dinka civilians in cold blood. The only way this could happen is if the Dinka accept that their lives are worthless and that the lives of the Nuer are infinitely more valuable.

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              • 22 August 14:11, by Dengda

                @ Khent reaffirmed that’s what I want. You and I wearing the same shoe though I don’t know you personally. I got satisfied with your answer and thank for your answers without abusive words as many people bent to. South Sudan is bigger than us and all effort should be assert to it development and future for generations to come. I think we have mental compatibility. I am Dinka as I guess you too.

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    • 20 August 01:17, by Freedom Fighter

      You have to wonder whether the UN and Africans are for the good of the new born country. Why rescuing criminals who have been directly responsible for destruction and death of thousands of innocent civilians in BOR, Bentiu, Bailiet, Malakal, and Juba.

      Now, DRC and IGAD have to act responsibly towards these criminals or face severe consequences from the very angry Southern Sudanese people

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      • 20 August 04:21, by Malakal county Simon

        Slave/Food fighter

        Dr Machar is here to stay!!!! He was created by God and only God, have the power to take his life like every one else and no unwanted dictator Salva Kiir!!

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        • 20 August 04:21, by Malakal county Simon

          cont...
          Dr Machar came to Juba as a good gesture to implement peace!!!! Criminal is unwanted Salva Kiir who have violates the signed peace and wanted to stay in power by killings people’s who are oppose to his failed leadership....For instant, he want to kill Dr Machar and chase him away!!!!
          Very soon, he will answer himself in front of the ICC....

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      • 20 August 14:05, by Mr Point

        Freedom Fighter... Did you notice that the civil war started in December 2013 when Kiir tried to assassinate his partners in government. After two years of unnecessary fighting and atrocities on civilians a peace was imposed on Kiir by IGAD. Did you miss this? Next thing Kiir tried to assassinate his partner in the transitional government of national unity.

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        • 20 August 14:08, by Mr Point

          The UN and DRC are simply trying to rescue the peace agreement that Kiir signed. What’s wrong with having peace in South Sudan? Does it make sense to have endless tribal wars where the brave soldiers burn huts, toerture civilians, and gang rape women? What are your principles ?

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  • 20 August 09:44, by Kerem

    UN is just putting a white mask on our faces. Who does not know that Riek was hidden in Juba? Riek cannot travel on food for 40 days and he still survives. The UN in just a political organization using the humanitarian flag just like when Europe colonized Africa in the name of God. Flag follows the Cross

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  • 20 August 14:12, by Mr Point

    The UN is an internationally supported body that tries to resolve situations by peaceful means. South Sudan is a member and has agreed to support the UN terms of membership. Except that Kiir always tries to kill his partners in government and fails because he is incompetent.

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