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SPLM-IO says peace not possible with President Kiir


Pedestrians and traffic move past a billboard featuring portraits of President Salva Kiir (L) and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar in Juba, on April 14, 2016. (Photo AFP/Albert G. Farran)
August 30, 2016 (JUBA) – The leadership of the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, is a violent dictatorship and the country will not see peace as long as he remains the president, says media official in the office of the former First Vice President, Riek Machar.

In an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Nightline Africa on Sunday, James Gatdet Dak, spokesperson for the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), said President Kiir was only interested in violence as a means to maintain his leadership and has no vision for the new country.

Dak was responding to the recent call by President Kiir to try to persuade the region and the international community at large to ensure that Machar would not come back to Juba and take part in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) as its legitimate First Vice President, despite his controversial removal and replacement with his former chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai.

Kiir was opposed to regional and international calls to reinstate Machar, arguing that his former deputy’s return to Juba as First Vice President would “prolong war” in the country.

The President further argued that he has a good working relationship with his new first deputy, Gai, whom he described as someone “cooperating” with him.

However, Machar’s spokesperson said that the comments by President Kiir to further “remove his peace partner” indicated that he was not interested in peace or to implement the peace agreement he signed in August last year.

Dak said the relationship between Kiir and Gai was not a “cooperation” to fully implement the peace agreement, but was based on the fact that Gai had “surrendered” to Kiir and the two of them agreed to scrap from the IGAD brokered peace deal the main provisions which were vital for various sectors reforms and change in the country.

He said President Kiir only wanted a “stooge” as his deputy who would agree with the status quo in the country.


In a separate phone interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, the opposition leader’s spokesperson said it will be difficult for the country to achieve peace with President Kiir as the head of state.

“I personally have a strong feeling that as long as Salva Kiir remains the President of our country, there will never be peace and prosperity, but only a vicious cycle of violence, corruption, tribalism and lack of services delivery and development” Dak told Sudan Tribune when contacted on phone.

“The people of South Sudan will continue to suffer because they will only be hearing from him [Kiir] a manipulated, non-committal and violent so-called peace that will instead continue to kill people, loot their property, rape young girls and women and displace populations. His leadership is synonymous with violence, war after war,” he further claimed.

He charged that after the 15 December 2013’s civil war which he said the President created, but was brought to an end by a peace agreement in August 2015, a leader who had his country and people in his heart and wanted peace and stability would not again have violated the agreement by attacking his peace partner.

The leadership in Juba, he said, is currently on a mission to deceive the people of South Sudan, leaders in the region and in the world at large with “false promises” in their “desperate” attempt to seek support and later on forget about the promises.

Dak further claimed that President Kiir has no vision for South Sudan and was not ready for what he would have done next for the welfare of the people after independence in July 2011. He added that the President and his “corrupt” officials close to him only knew one thing, and that was to “loot the country and put its resources into their pockets for personal benefits and kill or torture their subjects who dare to question their bad deeds.”

He also said the South Sudanese leader is a dictator who will never allow democracy and freedoms to take roots in South Sudan.

The East African regional bloc, or IGAD, looks divided over whether to reinstate Machar or recognize the new First Vice President, Gai, despite their earlier communiqué which suggested Machar’s reinstatement.

The situation has also led to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), admitting it is “confused” and may work with the new first deputy as a “no option” position. JMEC, a body established under the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) to monitor the full implementation of the peace deal, is chaired by former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae.

IGAD’s heads of state and government released a communiqué on 5 August in Addis Ababa, asking for reinstatement of Machar and for Gai to step down.

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) also passed a resolution describing Machar’s replacement as “inconsistent” with the peace agreement.

However, U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, on his visit to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, last week said there was nothing wrong in replacing Machar with Gai, saying the peace deal had provided for replacements of officials.

Machar, who has just recovered from “exhaustion and swollen legs” after fleeing Juba on 8 July and walking to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and then transferred to Khartoum, Sudan, has not yet come out with public reaction to the new situation.

His spokesman, Dak, earlier told the media that his boss will make a public statement at an “appropriate time.”


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  • 31 August 2016 09:00, by Kerem

    There is no way you can slap somebody and then you expect a good smile from him. You are known for slapping the government thinking that it will not feel the pain. Kiir is a very honest and peaceful man but you guys were using his religious behavior to torment him. Maybe those who are retaliating your slaps are his men but not from his directives.

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    • 31 August 2016 09:30, by Malakal county Simon

      What do you expect from a dicator man like unwanted president Kiir? of course, change must come through bullets otherwise, we are all wasting our times because unwanted president Kiir has clearly shown to the people’s of South Sudan and the world, that he does not care about this peace!!!! And according to his constantly illegal actions, he has considered this peace as the no go peace!!!!

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      • 31 August 2016 10:45, by Mr Point

        Why is Kiir despised and distrusted by international leaders?

        Because he is incompetent. He has failed to keep any agreement that he has signed in front of witnesses. He was found lying directly to Barack Obama over Heglig. He should be able to provide peace for development. Instead his paranoid invention of fake coups has brought endless tribalism revenge wars.

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      • 31 August 2016 12:37, by wacjak

        Use your bullets to capture your namesake town. Do not bore us on the internet with lies. For more than two years, you have been using bullets to get rid of Kiir, but you could not. Who is wanted in South Sudan? Your Traitor Machar is the most Unwanted person in this country. His existence is tantamount to suffering and death.

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  • 31 August 2016 11:10, by Kerem

    Who is Obama in South Sudanese affairs to be told the truth. Has there been any one day America has told any African leader the truth behind their destruction in Syria, Iraq, and Libya? Why don’t we trust our capabilities? The same you will accuse Riek of being incompetent if he tries to manager his Country’s affairs and avoid getting married to the Western leaders

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    • 31 August 2016 13:41, by Mr Point

      Maybe you will understand when you are a little older

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  • 31 August 2016 11:46, by chuol

    ’’Whisky Kiir’’ is a total cursed to people of South Sudan, but the good thing is that he has inflicted a very big damage to his greedy Dinka tribe who will suffer in South Sudan for centuries to come once he is killed and/ or dislodged out from presidency.

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    • 31 August 2016 12:01, 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 12:06, by Kerem


      If Riek will be the president and the he implements what you are just saying, then he is not fighting for a democratic change. Remember great leaders do not retaliate but rather unite people. After all Riek has done enough harm than good to the whole nation including Nuer community who cannot even see this because of Dinkaphobic belief

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  • 31 August 2016 13:33, by Redeemer

    Riek started his business of making Our people kill themselves and die in their thousands as early as 1991. What democracy was he fighting for? There never a tribal rebellion in the history of SSudan but Riek initiated it which is now being copied in Equatoria where Martin Kenyi is leading his and the rest

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    • 31 August 2016 18:02, by choldit

      It is stupidity to defense president Kiir in this mess of his just becoz he is a Dinka of ur tribe. I couldn’t imagine in July 2016 that there will ever be a south Sudanese to stand behind him thinking he may lead us to prosperous peacefull south Sudanese after inviting Dr Machar in Palace only to attempt to kill him. And when he failed in followed him in his contonement with helicopters with hope

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      • 31 August 2016 18:05, by choldit

        ... to crash his forces. Ladies n gentlemen, we can be amount to nothing if we always expect people like Kiir to leads

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        • 1 September 2016 05:16, by Akook


          That is what I have been telling our Dinkas tribesmen that let us not just gang up behind Kiir simply because he is a Dinka like us every now and then. Even when Kiir is openly seen by everyone destroying peace and subjecting us all into damn bloody war.
          He had no vision for this country and everyone know it. This led to his failures including creation of wars after wars of cover up

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