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Kenyatta tells Kiir South Sudanese need peace, not war


Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta trying to convince South Sudanese president Salva Kiir back to the hall and sign peace agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, on July 17, 2015 (ST)

August 31, 2016 (JUBA) – Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has challenged his South Sudanese counterpart, President Salva Kiir, to implement the shaky August 2015 peace agreement which he signed with his former peace partner, Riek Machar, describing it as a “key ingredient for prosperity.”

Speaking in Juba on Tuesday - during a one-day official visit in which he held a closed door meeting with President Kiir - President Uhuru also said Kenya will help South Sudan to restore law and order.

“Stability and peace are the key ingredients for the prosperity that we wish for the people of South Sudan," said President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking to reporters flanked by President Kiir in Juba.

Uhuru is the first head of state to visit Juba since fighting erupted between forces loyal to President Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. Machar, the opposition leader of an armed group, the SPLM-IO, returned to Juba in April and became First Vice President in accordance with the peace agreement signed one year ago.

Machar was however forced to flee for his life when his bodyguards clashed in the capital with forces loyal to President Kiir. The President then appointed Taban Deng Gai to replace Machar, a move the SPLM-IO supporters condemned as illegal. There are also concerns that the peace implementation process will be compromised by Machar’s absence.

President Uhuru said there is no option outside implementing the accord which was mediated by member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The Kenyan leader also reminded that South Sudanese fought for decades for a peaceful country.

"I believe that is why they [South Sudanese] struggled so hard to achieve their independence — not for war, but for them to be able to prosper,” he said.

“We are here to give encouragement and support; we are here to say and to ask the government to push along the peace agreement and the reforms that were agreed to under that peace agreement,” President Kenyatta added.

President Kiir on his part said his government and new peace partner, Gai, will implement the peace agreement. He said there “is no fighting in Juba” contrary to perception by the international community. He blamed the media for reporting “unfounded” news.

“President Uhuru came to Juba as the first Head of State after our crisis,” said Kiir, referring to the fighting on 8 July in the State House, also known as J1, as he was meeting Machar.

“[President Uhuru’s visit] shows that the regional leadership is with us, and they are very concerned about the situation of South Sudan,” he added.

Kenya will contribute troops to 4,000 soldiers that will be drawn from the region as authorized by the United Nations Security Council. The foreign troops will provide protection for civilians and vulnerable leadership in the capital.


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  • 1 September 2016 01:07, by Malakal county Simon

    Well firstly, imposing STD as acting peace partner without SPLM_IO approval, is another way of destroying the peace and calling for war.... STD was dismissed and he is no longer a member of SPLM_IO and if he think he is still a member as he falsely claimed, let’s him go to Pagak to proof his claimed period!!!!

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    • 1 September 2016 04:57, by Akol Liai Mager

      Just bear in mind that RMT has voluntarily chooses to run away from Juba and also not to return. President Mayardit has risked his dear life and cover RMT with is body and provided him with safe return to his residency. Also, RMT is closer to permanent retirement from politics and it will be up to IO to rally behind STD or come up with an alternative and time is running out for this game.

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      • 1 September 2016 07:13, by Malakal county Simon

        Akol! You-re too dumb and naïve for being fooled by another fool....

        How could unwanted president Kiir Possiblly save Dr Machar from being killed and the next the day followed the same person he tried to save his life bombing his resident with gunship helicopters???? Do you see the contractions here inserted by you?? I guess, a fool will always remains a fool!!!! And You’re a good example of this

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        • 1 September 2016 08:25, by Akuma

          Malakal County Simon,

          Riek Machar decided to rebel against peace agreement which he signed. So blame your rebel leader for triggering another third coup attempt in the country. Riek Machar will never and ever be a president of South Sudan if he is still alive. Begin pouring in your condolences message to his family and relatives as their son is finally dead without vision.

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          • 1 September 2016 09:28, by Malakal county Simon


            Killing Dr Machar is not the solution here, unless you change your ugly attitude of mind-set born to rule because it’s wont work in this 21 century or this generation in fact, your creating more enemies unknowingly to hate your tribe ( Dinka) for the rest of the life!!!! Anyway, good luck with your dream in regards to Dr Machar!!!!

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        • 1 September 2016 10:31, by Akol Liai Mager

          Author of Insults,

          I did not insult you or anybody, but what I can see in your insults and the wording are both cultural clash and bitterness. This is what the Arabic describes as; "Empty Barrel sounds louder". South Sudanese will accept whoever the IO proposed for FVP being RMT or STD, but what we can’t afford here are lawlessness and provocations. Good luck buddy.

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