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S. Sudan’s Kiir directs governors to lead dialogue process

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January 23, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has directed state governors to lead the national dialogue process in their respective areas for the war to end so that people can live normal lives and the allow the nation to rebuild.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)

The new directive comes more than a month after the president launched a national dialogue that encompasses all the rival political parties and groups in South Sudan.

The dialogue, according to the president, should be led by eminent statesmen that are "trusted, genuine and credible."

“As you [governors] go to your areas, you have a very important task to do. You need to lead this dialogue process. The national dialogue which we have launched is the only way to stop this suffering,” the South Sudan leader said after the newly-appointed governors were sworn-in.

He added, “We need everybody to participate in this [national dialogue] process and it should be from the lower level. We don’t need to start here. This war puts many innocent lives in grave jeopardy”.

The dialogue process, the president stressed, would be inclusive for the world’s youngest nation to end its war.

“If we want to get out of the crisis, there should be no exception to any means that could help us. Everybody should be given the opportunity to participate in the process. This is why I made it open for people living outside to be able to participate in the process”, he added.

According to the South Sudanese leader, the committee for the national dialogue will work with independent experts from Juba-based think tanks such as the Ebony Center, Sudd Institute and Centre for Peace and Development.

The dialogue process will reportedly have a bottom-top approach with the first phase being "grass-roots consultation" to map out grievances unique to each community and the region, the second one will converge regional peace conferences while the final phase will lead to convergence in Juba for the national conference.

"The National Conference shall tackle remaining issues that are not addressed in the sub-national processes, which would have direct bearing on national cohesion," Kiir said, in what has been described by experts as his first detailed plans to address issues in a tribally divided, war torn country.

Over the years, Kiir said, experiences had shown that South Sudanese can dialogue, citing his previous disagreement with the late John Garang in 2004, return of Riek Machar to ruling party (SPLM) in 2002, the SPLM convention of 1994 and Dinka and Nuer communities’ conference of 1999 as evidences that locally-led peace initiatives work.

President Kiir called for help from the international community and warned citizens against hate speeches targeting Americans and the United Nations.

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  • 23 January 21:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    There are States where there is no rebels like #Western Lakes, #Eastern Lakes and #Gok state. those 3 states has no rebels, if I were a president I would have to give those three Governors different task instead of national dialogue because their areas are free from internal or external aggression and let that task be follow by others 32 Governors.

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    • 23 January 23:17, by Naath

      Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir is acting like confused wild wolf. How come the governors can be in charge of dialogue while the conflict was manufactured in the presidential palace? Kiir is appointing governor to take charge in dialogue which mean he is not going to be part of dialogue, he is not going to be affect by dialogue. People who have nothing to do with the conflict are siting and talk.

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      • 23 January 23:19, by Naath

        While Kiir and other warmoungers in his administration are not going to be in dialogue.

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        • 24 January 06:07, by jubaone

          Kiir has failed and his deal with Taban Gai is worthless and hopeless. Why a national dialogue when you have the ARCISS 2015? You can dialogue but what are the expected outcomes? This is Kiir’s national monologue and "political masturbation". That is crap of an irrational man and SS should simply ignore that as "konyo konyo palaver".

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      • 24 January 06:23, by Akuma

        Good move Mr. President Kiir for initiating National Dialogue that can bring South Sudanese people together.. All people’s support are behind you.

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        • 24 January 12:43, by jengelon

          Akuma
          who was not born in 2013 I think every body witness when Kiir started the war not Riek justice in cheating fair please kiir come forward & confess but not asking for forgiveness go to Riek meet him in his LOCKER & start dialogue it is only between the two of you others are hand clean especially the the Equatorians

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      • 24 January 09:02, by Mayom County Troops

        what kind of Dialogue did president Kiir Mayardiit is talking about at this time , while the whole country is at ruin ?

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    • 24 January 07:31, by Midit Mitot

      Confused President, what dialogue are you talking about in the states while you had already sent army to Lou Nuer land for offensive? don,t confused citizens @Yaaaaa yongkoang. Lou Nuer community, be aware, Mathiang Anyoor are in Duk now going to your land and Ayod too.

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  • 24 January 06:02, by Eastern

    Kiir will not own the outcome of the dialogue he decreed; he will later claim that the outcomes were imposed on him..,,..

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  • 24 January 08:53, by Ajongtar

    Yes I said this this yesterday.

    Today the WUNLIT acord came out.

    1999 NEUR/DINKA Peace acord.
    2004 DINKA/NUER Rumbek acord.

    2017 EQUATORIANS ARE CALLING FOR REFERENDUM for its citizens to decides their faith.

    EQUATORIANS can not be hold HOSTAGE by you Dinka Nuer and Nuer becouse of thier ancestral fighting you DINKA & your unles NUER had.

    REFERENDUM FOR EQUATORIANS

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  • 24 January 15:09, by Maguto

    keep abusing and that will not be a solution...give advises instead

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    • 26 January 18:49, by equatoriaWIN

      Jieng of doom,

      you friend Salva KILLER listen to no man not even god

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  • 24 January 20:54, by Jieng Nephew

    Akuma,
    can you tell your fellow Dinka kin to go and develop their areas?
    I believe God is not stupid to create you there and gave you land full of resources. Leave Equatoria Land alone. You people are worst than any human on earth I swear. You know why? you people live to steal, use your stupid cultural attitudes towards other pple.unless you ppl change,Dinka will NOT survive specially in EQUAT L

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