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December 1, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir is due to visit the country’s main prison next week.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir waits for the arrival of his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, in Juba on May 23, 2013. (Photo Reuters)

Kiir, sources told Sudan Tribune, will in his first ever visit to the prison meet Juba Central Prison authorities as well as inmates, less than a week after his deputy James Wani Igga made a similar visit.

Igga had earlier informed Juba prison authorities about the president’s consideration of granting amnesty for several inmates imprisoned for various offenses across the country.

The move, he added, was part of efforts by the South Sudan leader to implement the national dialogue initiative.

Observers, however, say for the president to personally go to prison as promised, sends a strong message to skeptics who doubt the success of the dialogue initiative.

The president, they argued, is now mostly likely to win over so many people who doubt his dialogue initiative by giving his visit to the nation’s central prison a symbolic significance.

Under Article 101 (H) of South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution 2011, the President has the authority to “confirm death sentences, grant pardons, and remit convictions or penalties according to this Constitution and the law”.

The President, under Article 5.2.16 of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), has powers to “Confirm death sentences, grant pardons, and commute convictions and penalties in accordance with the law.”

By visiting the detention facility, the president would have taken a giant step forward in his efforts to reach out to South Sudanese in the new spirit of national dialogue.

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  • 1 January 10:02, by Eastern

    Not only Juba Central prison, Kiir should unconditionally release those he is holding illegally in the National Security Service detention facilities in Juba especially the infamous Blue house....

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    • 1 January 13:30, by South South

      Be specific, who are those held illegally in the National Security Service detention? Give us their names and stop making empty noises through internet.Internet warriors

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    • 2 January 14:01, by Chang Kuony

      Salva Kiir should act as nation leader. He should issue amnesty to free long detained inmates without trials. Those inmates live under torture,harsh conditions and confined in small rooms without oxygen.All inmates in Security detentions as well as main prison in Juba needed to be free as to join their families.We all yearn and looking forwards for President Kiir to act as head of State.

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  • 1 January 11:40, by Fair Man

    Eastern
    Not only, the Prison or National Security but also the SPLA Military Intelligence at Giada. They are holding scores of victims which were never charged. All the continuous detention without rule of law, are threats to so-called national dialogue. Arresting someone is the beginning of justice but detaining a person for years without trial is injustice.

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  • 1 January 12:34, by Son of Nuer

    Eastern and Fair Man you are all 100% correct and also not only in Juba also outside city like Garang and Luri

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    • 1 January 14:36, by Redeemer

      Good news for Gatdet Dak, but I am happy the way he is treated, he was smiling and very free to talk to anyone, I did not know that he is in that mute. I know Son of Nuer will abuse him when he gives his speech on his release

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  • 1 January 19:05, by Naath

    What the Dinka tribal gangs leader is going to say to illegally detained citizens, really?

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  • 1 January 23:17, by Yang Man

    That is not really, he willjust go and releases some patriotic Dinkas whom he jieled for telling the truss in 2013 and he will tel the would world that he has done the best.
    Sorry shame on home.

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  • 2 January 01:02, by john akeen

    According to the law; that, anyone who had committed a crime or was involve in it he/she must be punish by the law and order, President Kiir should not go to visit any prison or jail; to free criminals,criminals are suppose to be free by justice system not by president system. president should rule the country and justice are suppose to enforce the law against criminals and attorneys are suppose

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    • 2 January 01:09, by South South

      President any country has super power to pardon and anyone in jail. Of course, president should use his good judgement not to pardon anyone who will be dangerous to the community. He has to use good judgement. There are some people in jail who deserve to be released immediately

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  • 2 January 01:39, by john akeen

    to defend criminals, but criminals family’s must pay some fees to attorney to proof them innocent or not guilty of a crime. it’s not president Kiir Job, or maybe he want peace to come in the country by any-means or maybe he know that South Sudanese people they have seen a lot in this world and waned to be like other world country’s and to build a beautiful country, we south Sudanese we’re smart Eg

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  • 2 January 01:45, by john akeen

    To understand my comment, please read from beginning

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  • 2 January 17:00, by Maguto

    he is going to free those of Mayen Wol and the team,

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  • 4 January 19:54, by Tangun Wani

    Why is president and Vice president focusing on the Prison? is this really the priority for this country? we know those pushing this agenda of prison amnesty are the 16 thieves from his office headed by Molana Mayen Wol and Mr. Yel Luol and their kingpin John Agou Wuoi. Agau as former journalist and intelligence officer is using Sudan Tribune to try to clear his stealing by blaming everybody.

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