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Kiir says national dialogue "not meant to consolidate power"

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February 21, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir has said the national dialogue he declared last year was not meant to consolidate his grip on to power.

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President Salva Kiir speaks during the inauguration of the new SPLM premises in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

"I also want to make it absolutely clear to those who question and doubt our intentions and to our regional and international partners that the National Dialogue initiative is not a trick, a delaying tactic or a calculated strategy by the government to consolidate its grip on power as anti-peace elements claim”, he told MPs Tuesday.

President Kiir said he saw no logic of playing tricks, but was working to protect the sovereignty, territorial integrity of the country and uniting people as part of his duties.

“We are not in the business of playing trick, we are a government and our business is to work for the unity of the people of South Sudan, protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this land and to uphold our constitutional and international obligations, he added.

The South Sudanese leader, however, called upon members of the country’s opposition and partners to the 2015 peace deal to put aside doubts and join him and members of his administration in the restoration of peace by uniting the population.

“I therefore call upon our partners and those in opposition to cast any doubts aside and join the national dialogue as we genuinely seek to restore peace and security through unity of our people," stressed the president.

The dialogue initiative, according to the South Sudanese leader, would encompass all the country’s rival political parties and groups. He further said a number of eminent statesmen, who are "trusted", "genuine" and "credible" would lead the dialogue.

"National dialogue in my view is both a forum and process through which the people of South Sudan can gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, and sense of belonging," said Kiir during the launch of the dialogue initiative in December last year.

"In the light of national endeavour, I am calling upon all of you to forgive one another, enter dialogue with one another in your personal capacities, embrace yourself," he added, stressing the need for the population to forgive him as a leader.

A dialogue committee has been earmarked to work with independent experts from Juba-based think tanks such as the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, Sudd Institute and the Centre for Peace and Development.

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  • 22 February 07:42, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President Salva Kiir, I tried everything possible to fulfill the public interest. But, it seems like there will never a change of anything else. Being a Dinka by birth is a greatest impact on all you do. But, if that’s the case as of now, then we will keep you on set till all those evils tribes rebel.

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    • 22 February 09:21, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Well Kiir is acting and behaving like a jienge. What else can he do? You think he would act differently? The more he stays in power, the more the rest SS will behave like jienges; that is become notorius, steal, rape and kill, the more the SS becomes ungovernable. Do you see the logic? But if he quits, all SS will cool down and peace will return. He is the problem not the solution.

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      • 22 February 11:14, by South South

        Jubaone,

        I can’t stop laughing at you. " But if he quits". Just like that as if we talking about internet country. This is a country and a country means serious business. Million of people died for Kiir to be a president. He did not just sit under computer for 21 years to be a president. Get it right from me. There are people who are waiting very anxiously and they are not angel. Kiir is angel.

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        • 22 February 12:41, by Unionist Agent

          South South,

          When did you arrive on this website? I am happy that such patriotic and realistic South Sudanese are on board to assist in educating these lunatic on important issues pertaining to our country. Once again, welcome on board though I don’t know you physically.

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          • 22 February 12:56, by South South

            Unionist Agent,

            Thank you my brother, I have been posting many comments in last 9 years, but my focus was with fake Arabs from Sudan, but seeing these day, there are a few people from South Sudan who want South Sudan to fail, that’s is the only agenda they have. Angola, Mozambique, DRC, Ivory Coast, and the list go on have terrible civil wars, but they are still there to be seen.

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      • 22 February 14:56, by barbayo

        Jubaone
        it is now Equatorians become looters Thomas Cirillo in face of South Sudanese as well as international community .

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        • 22 February 21:01, by jubaone

          Barbayo
          ..now Equatorians have become looters...You indirectly suggests that Equatorians have last joined the jienge gandstets and criminals in looting. I think Equatorians still have much to learn from the jienges. Why make such a fuss when the benydits have become the greatest bandits? Kiir, Malong and other jienges steal, Thomas must also steal.

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      • 22 February 18:47, by Kush Natives

        Well JubaOne! How do you want him to behave like, if not like Dinka? Do you want him to behave like Nuer or Equatorian? I don’t think that your question is legitimate. Try other mean to challenge his weaknesses out there rather then tribal based. Those of Eastern, Hamil,Midit Mitot and so forth list goes on __you are in the wrong direction

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  • 22 February 08:26, by Dalta Cirea

    National Dialogue is not inclusive it is lead by you and your friends. if you want the true national dialogue let it be inclusive for your rival to express their grievance and reconcile the nation.

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  • 22 February 08:47, by Eastern

    Kiir is not a leader but a misleader......

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    • 22 February 11:04, by South South

      Eastern,

      If Kiir is not a good leader to you, then who is a good leader you know? Internet warrior? Riek Machar who is parked in South Africa? People like you are really very confuse. When Kiir says I want Dialogue to bring peace, he is criticized, when the war intense, people like you cry out like babies. What do you want peace or war? Peace will not come 100% like the way you want, remember tha

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      • 22 February 13:41, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        With Dr Machar "parked" in South Africa, leave him alone. Let me deal with the inept Kiir and folks like you! Kiir is a misleader!

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        • 22 February 14:11, by South South

          Eastern,

          Dealing with Kiir and me in internet? Do you think we will listen to internet only? What a joke!!!!! You are parked too Eastern, only internet is the only outlet for you. Kiir will be there until when the right time come to be replaced.

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  • 22 February 09:47, by john akeen

    Thank you president Kiir Mayardit, we believe in you that you love your country and you love ever single things that you see in your country and you want to left up your great nations like other great nations in the world we thank you and we’re behind you because your adminstration is great and the people who are working with you are great also, but evils are not going to leave you alone because

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    • 22 February 09:56, by john akeen

      They don’t want peace and they don’t want to C good government, anyone who says your adiminstration is not good and is bad don’t lesson to him or her because that person is a devil who just want to rule us by anymeans

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  • 22 February 12:30, by online

    ahahahahhahahahah

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  • 22 February 13:02, by Fair Man

    With reservations in ARCISS 2005, valid state of emergency declared in 2013 after resisting internal party reforms in his pocket"SPLM/A) company, and destruction of the peace agreement in 2016 J1 messes, still Kiir and his JCE believed they can regain their lost legitimacy. Calling yourself legitimate or elected does not make you one. Revive the ARCISS, allow RPF to protect Riek or go dreaming.

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  • 22 February 14:56, by victory john

    those who talk abuot the kiir natianal dialogue ,your participation is not thing,kirr him self is misleader he don,t like the peace in the country,if you want apeace to be in our country.let the peace agreement hold first between two parties that is why the nationaldialogue shuold be takeplace .nationaldialogue with out nuer particiption shuol not be succed.don,t be thing that iam nuer,am from oth

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  • 22 February 15:47, by Fair Man

    Victory John
    I am highly skeptical that the so-called National Dialogue was designed to come up with declarations and used it as a tool of gathering international support for shaken economy that can’t afford war it started anymore. As it will held between Juba regimes, it seeks to make declarations but not tangible peace. It’s made as an alternative to peace and must fail, unless Dr. Riek involved

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  • 22 February 18:08, by Eastern

    SPLA/SPLM is a bunch of deceit, thievery, etc. That group is a trick in itself. It has been playing trick with junubiin and now the region and the international community. SPLA/SPLM is a farce!!!!!!!

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  • 22 February 19:05, by Fair Man

    Eastern
    Thank you. Buy the idea from me that the sole of objective of calling National Dialogue when the Peace Agreement was 100% destroyed by JCE in July 2016, is a solicitation for international support to show to the world that Kiir and Dinka love peace and anyone not attending is an anti-peace. You can not have peace, when you failed to honor the very peace you are claiming to heed to in 2016.

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  • 22 February 19:10, by Fair Man

    Eastern
    Until certain time (t), Kiir still have reservations on ARCSS 2015 and state of emergency declared in Upper Nile in 2013 has not been lifted. Juba curfew after Thomas Cirilo’s resignation is still holding and they claim that National Dialogue is possible. Okay, because of greed of international donors representatives so as to get funding from their mother countries or organizations in the

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  • 22 February 19:14, by Fair Man

    Eastern
    ...name of South Sudan, let them get their cheap cash. How can you have National Dialogue, when families are looking for their missing members, arrested by a network of Kiir’s gangs, known as Negative Security Services, operating without law, other than Kiir’s blessing? How can they arrest and detain South Sudanese as they wish, dethroning courts and Ministry of Justice, showing that Kiir-

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  • 22 February 19:20, by Fair Man

    Eastern and folks
    ... Kiir is above the law. You can not have Military Courts, when Military Intelligence detain officers from other tribes as they wish and the Chief of Staff prevents Military Justices officers from visiting the detainees. You can not have peace in this Country, as long Akol Kordit and Thomas Duoth directly report to Kiir for their activities, despite having a Minister in Kiir’s-

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  • 22 February 19:23, by Fair Man

    - Eastern and folks,
    A Minister is senior to Directors, but not the case with Kiir’s National Security Services, who aim is 100% to keep Kiir in power by intimidating people and think that they can be freely left threaten people without being touched. Solution is dismissing two Directors of National Security and employing Professional Officers to discipline their lawless juniors. Otherwise all-

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  • 22 February 19:28, by Fair Man

    Eastern and folks
    ... When criminals continue to run an important institution in the name of maintaining Security by preying on population and unarmed politicians, they are destroying South Sudan and should their be any change, South Sudanese are not responsible for their safety. SPLA is a professional army but elements of Kiir’s MI and National Security tarnish the gallant forces-

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  • 22 February 19:32, by Fair Man

    If you want to know where to find true professional army, go to SPLA Commando and SPLA Military Police in various positions and experience the sense of a true army!!!!. Bodyguards and so-called MI or Negative Security Service, copied from Omar el Bashir are threatening the lives of South Sudanese, let alone the militia of Anyoors and the like. Get rid or discipline these to the level of two forces

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