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August 24, 2016 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government under the leadership of President Salva Kiir say they wished their peace partner and ex-First Vice President, Riek Machar does not return to Juba and assume his position in the coalition government.

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President Salva kiir(C) FVP; Riek Machar (L), and VP, Marilyn, raise their hands after swearing in ceremony of Machar on April 26, 2016. (Photo Lomayat Moses)

Senior officials allied to President Kiir on Wednesday announced willingness to fully implement the August 2015 peace agreement which the President Kiir signed with the opposition leader, Machar.

Presidential advisor on decentralization and intergovernmental linkages, Tor Deng Mawien, described the implementation of the agreement to be moving at rapid speed with the appointment of Taban Deng Gai as the replacement of Machar after he was unilaterally removed from his capacity as First Vice President by Kiir due to his absence.

“Anybody who has been following the turns of events and the level of movement would appreciate the speed at which the president has demonstrated his commitment to implementing the peace agreement because he has now found a partner. General Taban Deng Gai has demonstrated willingness to working collaboratively with the president to implement the peace agreement so that to move the country forward. This is what is very important. It is not who occupies which position,” Mawien, a relative and a strong political ally of President Kiir, said during an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune.

Mawien said it was now time for the region and the international community at large to extend a helping hand and work together with the current transitional government of national unity as recommended by the outcome of the communique of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

“With such changes taking place within the presidency, where there is now a better working relationship, the region and the international community should take advantage of this new spirit and the working environment of cooperation to come out and extend support to implement the agreement,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gordon Buay, one of the senior representatives at South Sudanese embassy in the United States, claimed that the world was now accepting the appointment of Gai because they have realised that it was not easy for president Kiir to work together with Machar.

“The entire world is convinced that Riek Machar cannot work together with President Kiir given the incident of July, 8, this year coupled with December, 15, 2013. Therefore, the world accepted Taban Deng Gai to implement the peace [agreement] with President Kiir simply because bringing back Riek Machar to Juba to the Presidential Palace is like lightening a match near kerosene or benzene. The result is fire, fire, fire, fire, fire and fire,” Buay told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday from Washington DC.

He claimed further that the world leaders have reached a logical conclusion that Riek Machar has no place in the transitional government of national unity because he is purportedly “a combustible product that can easily explode and kill people.”

Gai, on the other hand, he described, is like “an air condition that cools the room. He is the right person to work with President Kiir to cool South Sudan.

However, both IGAD communiqué and United Nations Security Council’s resolutions criticized the replacement of Machar as “inconsistent” with the peace agreement and called for reinstatement of Machar to his position as First Vice President.

Observers are keen to underline that the speed at which the assembly reconstitution and after the replacement of Machar suggests there was an underground conspiracy to remove him from office and replace him with someone who would not stick to implementation of the key provisions in the deal.

President Kiir himself announced at the opening of the assembly that the delay was due to petty political differences and lack of better working relationship between him and Machar at the time.

He declared he would from the time of opening the assembly work collaboratively with Gai to implement the agreement. Gai declared at the inaugural function of his appointment that there was no need for two armies in the country and president Kiir was the only existing commander in chief in the country.

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  • 25 August 2016 08:13, by The rock

    Mr.Gordon Bay, I am here appreciating you for your good reasoning despite your diplomatic background in solving/ reasoning on issues facing S sudan. You deserve to be an Ambassador n head one of our foreign missions n fight for us.God bless you n bless the Republic of South Sudan Generally.

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    • 25 August 2016 08:22, by Eastern

      The genie is out of the bottle, instead of the pariah regime in Juba focusing their negative energies on Dr Machar, another front is slowly be firmly emerging to confront Kiir and cohorts in Juba. With one hand Kiir is trying to push the international community out of South Sudan while with the other he’s extending a begging bowl to them. Shame!!!!

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    • 25 August 2016 08:24, by Eastern

      Gordon Bouy doesn’t come anywhere closer to a diplomat in the first place. Whoever appointed/assigned him that role in the US is below Gordon’s "reasoning" capacity!

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      • 25 August 2016 10:21, by Mr Point

        President Kiir on Wednesday announced willingness to fully implement the August 2015 peace agreement which Kiir signed with the opposition leader, Machar.

        Dictator Kiir dishonestly signed a peace agreement he meant to dishonour. For a second time he attempted to murder his partner in government. The international community does not trust this crook. South Sudan is in deep debt and isolated.

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        • 25 August 2016 10:25, by Mr Point

          Who thinks that the household dogs, Gai, or Buay, will do anything to further the peace agreement that Kiir signed?

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  • 25 August 2016 08:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Here we go once again. No leaders in South Sudan!! Was the peace agreement about Kiir and Machar? No absolutely no. It was a peace agreement amongst the people of South Sudan and their demands. Democracy, federalism and freedom of speech, press and association. It was about stopping rain of bombs on defenceless people like it was during Jallaba’s reign.

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  • 25 August 2016 09:21, by Ross

    ????? ????? ??? ?????? ???? ??????? ?? ????? ????? ?? ????? ????? ?????? ?????? ????? ?? ?????? ? ??? ?? ???? ?????????. ( ???? ?????? ? ??????)- ???? ????????????.

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    • 25 August 2016 13:30, by Ross

      The relationship between President of South Sudan with his deputy, Taban in the process of implementing the peace is the lion and wolf relation (What I want is what people want) this system is tribal-dictatorship system which should be uprooted to enable the citizen decide their destiny and not others.

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  • 25 August 2016 09:27, by Dengda

    People of South Sudan are keen to see ACRSS fully implemented, omitted and single point or coma would be consider as complicacy to right of people of South Sudan. ACRSS is for Taban, Riek, Kiir, Wanni, Kuol or Malong, but the people of South Sudan and must have to be respected without short cut for political satisfaction.

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    • 25 August 2016 13:48, by Ross

      I’m not sure whether South Sudan Government is implementing peace or not, the only thing that I know is that Government forces and security organs are targeting their own civilian, whom they supposed to protect instead they are raping, killing, torture and threat them to accept the unknown government. SPLA OOOOOOOOOOOOOye

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  • 25 August 2016 11:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Dr. Lam Akol is mad, he changed from People democratic party PDP to National democratic movement/Army (NDM/A) does Lam Akol have army?

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    • 25 August 2016 12:46, by jubaone

      Ayuiu,

      Now here comes to light some of the jienge attributes. You have an army, then you are a benydit/bandit. You dont need an army, you need political conviction and vision for the people of South Sudan. South Sudan now desparately needs intellectuals with pens not foolish fighters with guns. Time for fighting is over, it is now development. You want to fight go back to the luaks

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      • 25 August 2016 12:54, by Eastern

        jubaone, you have spoken. Others have the words comrade(s), coward(s), worrior(s), etc. The world has moved on.....

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  • 25 August 2016 20:01, by Eastern

    Kiir thinks he can fly in weapons from Russia/China to Juba in the dead of the night without UN/US knowing! Last night a misterious aircraft landed at Juba airport with cargo offloaded under the cover of darkness by military men!

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