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S. Sudan’s Kiir says imposition of Machar will prolong conflict

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August 27, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan president Salva Kiir warned on Saturday that any attempt to impose a return to power his main political rival and the leader of armed opposition, Riek Machar, will prolong the war and increases the suffering of the people.

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Riek Machar, left, first vice president of the Republic of South Sudan, and Salva Kiir, the president, at the first meeting of the new transitional coalition government in Juba, South Sudan, in April, 2016 (Jason Patinkin/AP)

Machar was replaced as the country’s first vice president when he left the capital, Juba days after his forces clashed with those loyal to Kiir outside the presidential palace.

“What is that they want in South Sudan? If it is peace and end of sufferings, they should wait and see whether comrade Taban and I will do. We know our people are suffering and for this comrade Taban and his group have agreed in principle with me to cooperate to implement this agreement”, he said.

The South Sudanese leader made these remarks after receiving a security briefing from is advisor on security affairs, Tut Kew Gatluak and the security team comprising of the director general for external bureau at the national security service, Thomas Duoth.

Kiir, according to a close aide, opposed diplomatic engagements pushing him to reinstate Machar as first vice president and indicate readiness to work with the latter.

“If they are for peace, they should work with us and the transitional government of national unity to implement this agreement. We do not want more time to be wasted again. If it is because of war is reason they want to send more troops, let them give us and see what we will do and let them talk to Riek to denounce violence and wait elections," stressed the South Sudanese leader.

When time comes for election, nobody will stop him to contest for whichever position he wants but he should not continue to agitate for war to prolong suffering because he is not part of this government”, he added.

(ST)

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  • 28 August 05:59, by Akook

    It is clear to everybody that Kiir’s faction picked on Machar attacked and dislodged him out of Juba simply because they want to replace him which is against peace agreement.

    Juba can bribe few American officials to change course overnight but situation on the ground remains the same. There is nothing they can do about. If Machar stays out, there countless Generals more than ready to fight Juba.

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    • 28 August 06:03, by Akook

      If anything Dr Machar was very important factor to bring this country together because people believe in him, his vision and what he says.

      Gambling with Taban and continue to think peace will come through him is a nightmare. A wishful thinking by those Juba warmongering officials who unnecessarily caused this war in the first place.

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      • 28 August 10:07, by Mr Point

        The cost of implementing the peace agreement with Taban has increased the government budget by 187% even though inflation is 600%.

        http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article60039

        Why is peace implementation under Taban so expensive? What is Taban’s value? He left the IO because he did not get oil ministry?

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      • 28 August 10:57, by DHARCHEP

        Akook, lying is not good. "You said people believe in him" Who believe in Riek Machar? You or others Nuer? Do you trust Riek Machar Teny? Riek Machar is just a leader who copy things that he will not achieve. How can he claims himself to be leader when he imposes the war against his own people? Can you recalled what happened in 1991 in Bor, Nasir, Ruweng, Panaruu, and Twic Bhar-el-ghazel?

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    • 28 August 07:00, by South South

      Akook,

      I have simple question for you. How do you pronoun your name in Dink? I mean the two (oo) together in your name, how do pronoun them?

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      • 28 August 07:01, by South South

        Correction: I mean how do pronoun your name in Dinka? Sorry for error in spelling.

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      • 28 August 07:36, by Redeemer

        Akook
        You will be ashamed like IGAD who was singing a song of Machar still being the legitimate VP ignoring 24 hours of absenteeism in peace agreement until they where told by America. for your information Machar is a factor of division and conflicts, the current looming death in Equatoria and Bhar-el-gazal is due to some elements who wanted to follow Machar’s vision

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  • 28 August 06:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I agree to the president statement about Riek Machar status.
    And I think it is very clear to everyone in the world what president Kiir Mayardit is saying about South Sudan conflict.

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  • 28 August 07:54, by Eastern

    .....keeping Dr Machar out of South Sudanese politics will equally prolong the conflict in South Sudan; Dr Machar was forcefully sent out of South Sudan by Kiir, the timid region and the international community is ignoring this fact. Innocent American women were raped by Kiir’s boys, some of these women may have been infected by a hoard of dreadful diseases, the world is ignoring this as well!!!

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  • 28 August 07:56, by Eastern

    The America victims of rape in Juba must sue the South Sudanese government since the docile Mr Obama is unlikely to do anything for them!

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    • 28 August 08:10, by Malakal county Simon

      What’s unwanted president Kiir is in fact the opposite one because if they try to keep Dr Machar out of so called unity government, that’s we lead to more war and more suffering!!!!

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    • 28 August 13:21, by Eastern

      The US Congressman Mr Smith is a fool just like Obama to still believe in Kiir to conduct any "investigations" on the rape of Americam women at terrien hotel in Juba. The fact is America. Women were "fuck***". Whatever Lul Ruai, Paul Malong, Salva Kiir, etc say is irrelevant!!!

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  • 28 August 11:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Neither Kiir nor Riek owns South Sudan. The people of South Sudan should be allowed to choose their leaders without any interference. If declaration to stand for elections is a crime to Kiir and JCE, then that is why Riek’s life is being sought for termination. On this we firmly say no. Lives have lost for freedom, justice and independence. Kiir must stop recklessness.

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