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South Sudan’s Kiir, Kenyatta discuss shaky peace accord


August 30, 2016 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta met on Tuesday to discuss modalities on how to implementat the shaky peace accord that ended South Sudan’s over 20 months conflict.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta (AP/Ali Ngethi)

The two leaders held a close door meeting and the presidential palace, which was a scene of fierce clashes last month between bodyguards of Kiir and those loyal his ex-deputy, Riek Machar.

The shattered roofings and bullets marks were still visible on windows and the wasll fense. President Kiir, however, told Kenyatta that fighting ceased after Machar fled Juba in July.

"There is no fighting here in Juba as you have witnessed contrary to what is being said about Juba," said the South Sudanese leader Kiir, flanked by his Kenyan counterpart.

Kenyatta, who was accompanied by his foreign affairs minister, Amina Mohammed and other dignitaries, was on his first trip to the war-torn country since last August.

He said implementing the peace agreement was top of the agenda during their meeting.

"Kenya will support you to restore peace in the country. This is the country you fought for decades and we will help you," the Kenyan leader told reporters in the capital, Juba.

“[We discussed] how to put the peace process in South Sudan back on track,” added Kenyatta, whose nation is among the regional countries willing to contribute the 4,000 troops authorised by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to be deployed in Juba.

The peace deal signed in August 2015 hit a stalemate last month when fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Kiir and former first vice president Machar.

President Kiir appointed Taban Deng Gai to replace Machar who fled the capital in July.


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  • 31 August 2016 07:44, by Akol Liai Mager

    Good start from Kenyatta though it came late, but being late is better than never. Consultation is the way forward resolving the conflict. I hope that Urhuru Kenyatta will consider IO-Peace Camp represented by his Excellency Taban Deng Gai

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    • 31 August 2016 10:16, by jubaone

      Taban Gai was chosen by some jienge guests who had paid the SPLM-IO politicians a courtesy visit at the Crown Hotel in Hai Nimra Thalata and not by the National Liberation Council of the SPLM-IO. He is just a gaffir/waiter. His real master is coming, Dr. Risk.

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      • 31 August 2016 11:05, by wacjak

        Were those SPLM-IO politicians that were visited by some Jieeng guests not members of the National Liberation council? Who are the national liberation council members of IO? I guess you will not mention them but your hate for this community will not lead you anywhere. Taban is here to stay for the sake of peace. Your Traitor Machar will die in exile.

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        • 31 August 2016 13:38, by jubaone

          Wacjak or Wasak,

          Even if they were, they did not meet the required quorum to elect Riak´s substitute. Even then, the SPLM-IO hierarchy would have selected either Lado Gore or Dhieu Mathok and not Taban Gai who is nr. 4. Thats how democratic systems function. Gai was already dismissed from SPLM-IO and so was acting as a loner and Kiir´s suitcase carrier.

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      • 31 August 2016 12:03, by Lango2010

        Most South Sudanese will never realized the truth if they don’t come together as a nation. if that is so then there is no way we can discard one tribe or one man out as a worse sinner. who really worthy in this country? neither Kiir nor Riak. even you who incite violent and division are not worthy of bring peace to our nation.

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  • 31 August 2016 08:18, by Dengda

    You can tell from the body language, sceptic mood.

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  • 31 August 2016 10:56, by Mr Point

    What evidence is there that Kiir will do anything positive to achieve peace in South Sudan?

    He has tried to dismantle all provisions that might protect civilians from crazy warlords.

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  • 31 August 2016 11:57, by chuol

    There is no peace to be implemented in Juba! president Uhuru is just wasting his time and resources to visit Juba which he can instead use for fighting Al-shabab terror group, who poses security threat against Kenyan citizens and their businesses. There is no any other option left but only to kill ’’Whisky Kiir’’ and murderer Paul Malong to realise peace and justice in the Republic of South Sudan.

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    • 31 August 2016 13:13, by Redeemer

      You are right to say that it is time to kill Kiir and Paul, but you are just singing the usual song, but be aware that those who sing that song end up dying or surrender, Nuer are prolonging the stay of this corrupt government, that is why i hate Riek to death for choosing war as the only tool of change

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  • 31 August 2016 11:58, by Kerem

    Kenyatta did not come to bring peace and it is something South Sudan should be aware of. Kenyatta was sent by Riek and John Kery to come and assess the situation and get some confidential details about the government and believe me; you will hear something else soon from America, TROIKA, IGAD or IOs

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    • 31 August 2016 16:59, by deng

      I am tired hear Nuer youth and elders talked rubbish, Just form your got damn remaining white arm and bring them on so we can wiped your asses off. Is Riek Machar your only master disowning other great Nuers leaders who have never kill no one in South Sudan during the civil war. What if Riek die today would you all still keep his body in the parliament as your only true leader? Riek is a murderer.

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