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August 21, 2016 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has urged the country’s former first vice-president, Riek Machar to denounce violence and rebellion, before returning to the country’s capital, Juba or else stay away from active politics.

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Riek Machar sits in his field office in a rebel controlled territory in Jonglei State February 1, 2014. (Photo/Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

“If Riek Machar wants to come back to South Sudan, then he should denounce violence," information minister, Michael Makeui Lueth told the state-owned SSBC TV on Saturday.

The minister, also the government spokesperson, blamed the armed opposition leader for allegedly triggering the outbreak of fighting between the rival factions last month.

At least 270 soldiers were killed when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with those allied to Machar in the country’s capital, before a ceasefire was declared days later.

"It is his [Machar’s] coming here [Juba] which created this violence. So he should denounce violence so that we do not go back to war," said Makuei.

Machar fled Juba last month and is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), sources say. Although regional bloc (IGAD) still recognised Machar as the legitimate first vice president, Makuei says that decision be made by the armed opposition members.

“The IGAD has no right to impose Riek Machar on the movement. When Riek Machar was elected, it was not IGAD that brought him to lead that movement called the SPLM IO, it is the people who elected him," said the minister.

A faction of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) in Juba nominated Taban Deng Gai, a former chief negotiator to replace Machar in July, but his appointment was described as "illegal" by Machar’s supporters and regional leaders.

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  • 21 August 07:57, by Eastern

    ...then why did Kiir pretend to sign a peace agreement with Dr Machar is he cannot work with him?

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    • 21 August 09:16, by Mr Point

      The thugs and kleptocrats in government should renounce and denounce violence. Instead they have twice invented fake coups to justify irrational violence where the maghiang anyoor militia many times outnumbered the opposition who were massacred. The weak incompetent President should get ideas for democracy and peaceful development of the nations institutions

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      • 21 August 11:09, by jubaone

        Stupid People Lacking Manners,

        Makuei and the rest of these SPLM/A latecomers are running South Sudan as if it were a rebel movement and South belongs to them. Commands, orders, no free thought/speech. Makuei!the South is not your father’s cattle camp and any Junubi has a right to freely exercise politics. You should rather resign cos you’re a loser. 10 wasted years

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  • 21 August 08:15, by lino

    The SPLM IO supporters and the Regional Leaders consider Machar as the legal leader!!!
    What Taban and Government of Kiir going to do about this???! While Igad leaders want him re-instated!!!

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    • 21 August 09:42, by Akook

      Funny that Mr Makuei Lueth a name in Dinka language which means (Lies) continued to lie.
      Since when did Makuei become spokesman for SPLM-IO? Makuei is also effectively overthrowing Mabior Garang as IO information chair.
      Makuei, your conspiratory handpicked poodle in the name of Taban, a name in Arabic which means SUFFERING of South Sudanese people will not win! Gat-Machar is coming back..

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      • 21 August 09:48, by Akook

        Salva Kiir, Malong Awan and Makuei Lueth (Mr liar) will never executed reforms in our watch and set us back to pre 2013 or maintain status quo.

        Government like it or NOT must change in this country. Economic reforms, army reforms no militias, justice reform including accountability, governance reforms to democracy and rule of law, no more rule of man.

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        • 21 August 13:11, by Hardlinner

          Akook, the fact that you do not know the meaning of Lueth clearly show you not dinka but nuer. Don’t be ashamed of your tribe. Lueth simply mean saliva. It really meaning is saliva from sacred man.

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      • 21 August 11:09, by Kerem

        Akook, you need to go back to your school where you studied Dinka language. Lueth does not only mean what you wrote. Your own name in Dinka language means "someone someone who has migrated" but your community might have a different meaning to it.

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        • 21 August 11:40, by Akook

          Kerem,

          My name Akook in Dinka means "arm"

          Lueth means a lie.

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          • 21 August 13:15, by Hardlinner

            Akook, mean migrated to another land. Akook again, you have proven beyond doubt that you are not even nuer let alone dinka. Here is meaning of arm in dinka"kook".

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            • 21 August 20:34, by Deng II

              I agreed, this guy called Akook is not a Dinka. There is no clever Dinka and brave Dinka can support Dr.traitor, the guy who sided with Devils to get rid of Dinka on the face of earth. I would assume that there should be a homeless and prostitutes Dinka, that would collaborates with Killer, I don’t dismiss that at all.

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  • 21 August 15:15, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It is said violence breeds violence. Violence imposed on the people is what the government is getting back from the citizens. It is not Riek Machar fighting the war but the citizens of the country due to misrule and an appalling human rights violation. Riek Machar has every right as a citizen of the country to vie for any public office job in the country.

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