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Kiir acted out of wisdom against anti-UN statements: JCE

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August 27, 2016 (JUBA)- The head of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), has commended the decision by President Salva Kiir to disown hostile statements from members of his administration towards the United Nations, saying it demonstrated wisdom and responsibility.

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President Salva Kiir adresses a joint press conference on 9 July 2016 (Reuters Photo)

“The country is in crisis and for this reason there is a need to exercise strong leadership and take decisions and actions which may be protested by others but which are necessary and good for the interest of the country. The world was waiting to hear what he would say in the parliament. So he acted wisely," said Ambrose Riiny Thiik.

"He [Kiir] demonstrated strong leadership and should people appreciate the address and support the speech", he added.

A former chief of justice in the regional administration before South Sudan seceded from Sudan, Thiik said Africa’s newest nation was not an island to be isolated from the region.

The JCE is a tribal group largely comprising of relatives to the president and Dinka politicians loyal to him who mainly act as informal advisors to the South Sudanese leader.

“Yes, we are a sovereign state. We are independent country. There is no argument about. But the truth of the matter is that we support from other countries because we are part of a family of the world. Because of this the government decided to accept in principle the deployment of the protection force but this what does this mean? It means that they will not automatically be deployed without the approval of the government," stressed Thiik.

He added, "They government will have to get into discussions with IGAD, with the African Union and the United Nations to discuss the specific details of what they would do. There are things government can do, then that will be agreed and left to the government”.

President Kiir recently said those speaking against the deployment of regional protection forces in the South Sudan capital, Juba do not necessarily reflect his government’s position.

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  • 28 August 07:27, by Eastern

    It’s absurd that the UN, IGAD and the US are silent on the negative influence of JCE on South Sudanese politics. This evil group has emboldened Kiir to act stupid yet some of its members have people and assets in the West; they need to be targeted for sanction!!!!

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    • 28 August 08:14, by Redeemer

      Eastern
      Equatoria has elders group and do Nuer and all the tribes, we know them, you are making Dinka to become like a small god, our elders are making meetings but media is not saying anything about them but when JCE says a rubbish the media is quick to capture and people begin to tremble, when people believe the river has some magical powers, the river becomes a threat & we become slaves to

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      • 28 August 09:30, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        If Equatoria has elders then that’s great; but I highly doubt that. Equatoria is not a tribe while Dinka is; so the difference between Equatoria and Dinka should be very clear to you now!

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      • 28 August 10:18, by Mr Point

        What is the meaning of this incoherent babbling?

        What are the legal checks and balances that limit the influence of the unelected JCE?

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  • 28 August 10:32, by Eastern

    I like the use of the word wisdom "whisky"; they appear synonymous. It’s about the time to expose the JCE to the world. Festus Mogae is too old and weak to handle the South Sudanese; where’s Olusegun Obasanjo?

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  • 29 August 03:27, by Black Africa

    The suffering of the people of South Sudan,it’s because Salva Kiir al-hawir is still the Sultan in the RSS under the umbrella of what the call Dinka gangsters. If he resign,believe me there will be peace in RSS and JGE need to be dissolve immediately.

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