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President Kiir to denounce violence, not Machar: Spokesperson


August 22, 2016 (JUBA) – Official spokesman for former First Vice President, Riek Machar, has dismissed accusations against his boss as “thoughtless”, saying Machar had never initiated violence. He said President Salva Kiir has been responsible for the wars in the country and should therefore be the one to be told to denounce violence.

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James Gatdet Dak, Riek Machar’s spokesperson ’Reuters photo)

South Sudanese Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, over the weekend accused Machar of inciting the recent violence and called on him to denounce it if he wanted to return to the country after he was dislodged from the capital, Juba, by President Kiir’s forces.

“If Riek Machar wants to come back to South Sudan, then he should denounce violence," Lueth told the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) TV on Saturday.

James Gatdet Dak, opposition leader’s spokesman however said the two violent incidents on 15 December 2013 and 8 July 2016 were started by President Kiir and his inner circles with the aim to eliminate his deputy, Machar.

“It is thoughtless and nonsensical to accuse him [Machar] of the violence he never initiated. A false coup was stage-managed by Salva Kiir on 15 December 2013 with the aim to kill Dr. Riek Machar. His house was bombed that year to eliminate him. Again on 8 July 2016 he was lured to the palace in order to get killed. He narrowly escaped again after majority of his bodyguards were killed at the palace. He was followed to his residence and his house was also bombed with tanks and helicopter gunships in another attempt to kill him. He again escaped and was followed into the bushes until he fled to a foreign country. Why should the victim of attempted assassinations be instead blamed for the violence against him? It is insensitive,” Dak told Sudan Tribune.

“The perpetrator [Kiir] who wanted him [Machar] murdered twice is the one to be asked to denounce the violence,” he said.

He also dismissed the calls on Machar to abandon politics at home or stay in exile, saying such comments by President Kiir’s officials “are anti-democracy and against his human and constitutional rights in the country.”

“Let them read the constitution and let them also read and digest the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. It seems they are oblivious,” Dak challenged.

He argued that Machar, like any other citizen or politician in South Sudan, has the right to pursue politics in order to apply his vision for the welfare of the people of the nation.

Dak also said President Kiir and his “friend” Taban Deng Gai, should stop misleading the world that the “illegal” action to replace Machar was an internal process of the opposition faction of the SPLM-IO, saying there was no process done, but a conspiracy involving a handful of officials and it was therefore a violation of the peace agreement.

He said Machar remains the First Vice President of the country. He also warned of the total collapse of the August 2015 peace deal should the government not abide by IGAD resolution which expects Gai to step down and for a third party force to be deployed to secure the capital, Juba, before Machar’s return.

He warned that the opposition faction led by Machar may be forced to explore other options to correct the situation should the peace agreement collapse.


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  • 23 August 06:49, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Thoughtless rebel-born leader Dr. Riek Machar. He rebelled fro Dr. John Garang in 1991 & gave in, he 2ndly rebelled in 2013 under leadership of Pres. Salva Kiir & the current third rebellion which he’s tasted how sweet or bitter it is. 2016 rebellion is his best experience among all his rebellions.

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    • 23 August 08:29, by jubaone


      That is bullshit! Both Garang did and Kiir do not tolerate criticisms and that´s part of jienge culture. The benydit/bandit has spoken and so the luakjienges have to blindly follow without critic. This explains why, even today no jienge ever testifies that Kiir has failed the South, and there is endemic corruption, tribalism, killings, theft etc. Just born losers.

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      • 23 August 10:15, by wacjak

        Jubaone! You are another hopeless idiot. Insulting the whole tribe is childish and clarifies your uncultured behavior. The more you shamelessly generalize the mighty Dinka, the naked you become. Hundreds of thousands among Dinka people do not agree with the endemic corruption and lawlessness in this country engineered by the elites, but your fallacy of generalization makes them to abandon that pat

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        • 23 August 10:18, by wacjak

          That path of fighting for change in unison. What would it bring sending Kiir home and remain with lunatics like you who do not see the value of the Dinka people. How do you expect us to ever agree with you when you insult us? The more you negate reason in you and choose to insult the Dinka and not individuals, the more you will suffer and die in exile or within without any hope for change.

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          • 23 August 10:21, by wacjak

            Till you change your attitude and accept that there are learned, cultured, reasonable and professional among the Dinka people, there would be no change. I believe, in South Sudan’s various tribes, there are good, cultured, learned and reasonable individuals. I can’t claim that it is only this tribe or the other that has people with good moral backgrounds. Your illiteracy could be understood.

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        • 23 August 10:23, by jubaone


          Just prove the contrary. Come up to denouce Kiir openly and how the jienge regime has messed up the South. Did you complain that over 90% of all ambassadors are jienge? Did you complain that the SPLA is now a 94% tribal army% Did you complain that everywhere except in jienge heartlands people are being killed? Do you know that the SPLA behaves like an occupation army in Equatoria? ....

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          • 23 August 10:28, by jubaone

            Do you know that over U$1.2b was stolen alone by diverse jienge politicians masquarading as business men (Dura saga)? Do you know that over 85% of all foreign scholarships benefit the jienge alone, even when they have low academic certifcates? Do you know that dinkanization of South Sudan politics is breaking the counry? Now get the shit out here! Idiot

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          • 23 August 13:42, by wacjak

            We would we complain that the army is 94% composed of the Dinka when the rest of the tribes have deliberately refused to join the army. Majority fear to die and so they don’t accept to join the army. If you are honest, who is denying who to join the military. Just come tomorrow to Bilpam and shall ensure that you get to the training venue. I believe you will not come because you like to talk only.

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            • 23 August 13:45, by wacjak

              As for the ambassadors, I would not dispute the fact that many are from the Dinka but I don’t agree with your assertion that they are 90 or so percent. However, your ignorance wouldn’t allow you to see sense even if I explain to you. 7 of the former 10 states are inhabited by the Dinka and if being an ambassador is through representation, then they would come from those states. Howe about you?

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              • 23 August 13:48, by wacjak

                Assume that you are an Acholi, you are only found in Eastern Equatoria, how do you expect many Acholi ambassadors? Think before you criticize for nothing. Now, coming back to question Kiir and his government for mismanaging the country, it is because of your hate and blindness that you do not see the many articles written by Dinka criticizing him and advising him as well. you’r lazy to read too.

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                • 23 August 20:28, by jubaone


                  Kiir and his Jienge Congress of Evildoers (JCE) are all living good lives in Juba and have done absolutely nothing for the other jienges in e.g. Warrap except recruiting them as militias. You could attack him and the JCE for messing the South, but you are just idle

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  • 23 August 09:52, by Mr Point

    Kiir is clearly paranoid about a possible coup. He invented coups to try and eliminate smarter rivals. Kiir started the violence in 2023 and in 2016 claiming a coup. There was no coup. Of course there was no evidence of a coup led by Pagan, Rebecca, Deng Alor and they had to be released.

    There will be more of Kiir’s so called coups.

    How long before Kiir is replaced by King Paul?

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  • 23 August 11:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Look at these uncouth people who calls a hoe spade and a spade a hoe. How can you call a victim a tormentor? Riek’s sin according to Jieng’s philosophy is the call for democracy, freedom of speech, press and association and elimination of corruption, nepotism and tribalism things that every non-Dinka appreciates, support and is a worry to Jiengs.

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    • 23 August 13:54, by wacjak

      Jur— Instead of barking here, just go out where he is dying and return to install that democracy and freedom of speech. Why do you support him only through writing. Take up a gun and chase away those fighting to stop freedom of speech. Do non-Dinka hate nepotism, corruption really? Why do we have non-Dinka governors, ministers, civil servants in this government? Ask them to resign if they do.

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      • 23 August 13:57, by wacjak

        Whether you like or not, the Jieng people are here to stay till you toe the line and accept them as normal human beings like others. Your resistance will widen the gap and won’t bring the change we want in this country. Ask your brothers who understand that the Jieng are unbeatable and they will tell you more.

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      • 24 August 13:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        Those non-dinka people working under your supremacist dynasty are stooges who serve the interests of dinkas only. When scholarships are for you, high offices of the state are yours, then why are not called colonialists? You are the worst human beings God has ever created. Worse than Jallaba!!

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  • 23 August 18:03, by Redeemer

    I think someone should help that boy, called Dak,he is not learning from the pass, that is how his master Riek died politically. I think he will not even accept any from anyone because the only experience he has is from Riek. God help the poor boy I pray, amen!!!

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