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South Sudan’s national dialogue official quits


March 6, 2017 (JUBA) – Emeritus Paride Taban, a retired Catholic Bishop appointed as co-chairperson for the national dialogue formed by South Sudan President Salva Kiir last year, has quit due to what he attributed to old age and other commitments.

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Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban (worldcath2013)

In a 1 March letter addressed to President Kiir, Bishop Taban, said he would continue to give advice to the national dialogue committee, if consulted.

“Than you [President Kiir] for your trust and confidence in me (…). However I hope His Excellency will understand that I am now 81 years old. I have already retired, from formal and official involvement since 2004, when I retired from the administration of Catholic Diocese of Torit,” partly reads the letter.

President Kiir formed the National Dialogue Steering Committee in December 2016, to be headed by Bishop Taban and Prof. Moses Machar Kachuol. There are 50 other members of the committee, including officials of renowned Juba-based think tanks.

In his letter, the retired Bishop said he should be “excused” because he needed rest.

“I appeal to all of us, South Sudanese and I appeal to the God fearing men and women worldwide to join hands in supporting this Noble Initiative for National Dialogue,” he said.

Bishop Taban is the second Catholic leader to decline invitation from President Kiir.

At a church sermon last week, the Auxiliary Catholic Bishop Rev. Santo Laku described as “political" and "mockery” national prayers scheduled for 10 March.


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  • 7 March 07:02, by Midit Mitot

    Bishop Taban quit from bloody organization call JCE to launch national dialogue with them, good stand.

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  • 7 March 08:10, by koang mi kei

    Bishop you are always guide by wisdom of God it is wise decision to avoid this idiotic ideas of JCE so Call National Dialogue which has no meaning at all in south Sudanese life, you all understand what Salvatore have in mind just killing is his dream in live not leadership go back to his speech in our television he said clearly he has no dream of being president in his life

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    • 7 March 08:28, by Lango2010

      Bishop Taban is a man of God Guided by the Wisdom, yes. He excuse himself not because he doesn’t need the National Dialogue and Prayer but because of his old age. i don’t wont people to misquote his call. you cannot compare him with Santo Laku who has made himself a rebel in the Church.

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      • 7 March 08:43, by Malakal county Simon


        How exactly is bishop Santo langu do to make you called him sa satanic?? Or is it just because rejected the fake national Dinkas prayer day???? Anyway, i hope you have a better answer for calling a man of God a Satan!!!!

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      • 7 March 09:23, by Midit Mitot

        Mr Lango2010,
        Some one tell the truth is rebel? sorry! your common thing of lying will not help this country.

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  • 7 March 08:25, by Freedom Advocate

    I think now Kiir can just put down the call for national dialogue since the religious leaders are vacating it and never ever wanted to participate in it.
    Bias national dialogue! Just implement the signed ARCISS and not your reservations ya jienge village chief. What a disgrace!!

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    • 7 March 08:32, by Lango2010

      if it is the desire of all people that they do not need National dialogue, than what next do we want? do we prepare more suffering than peace? this time we need no more blood but harmony among us.

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      • 7 March 08:51, by Malakal county Simon

        Kiir must order his SPLA faction first to silence their guns, release media activists like James Gatdet Dak and the rest for a genuine true National Dialogues to go a head otherwise, we are just fantasizing and wasting time!!!!

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      • 8 March 02:49, by anyanya1

        Their are many example of true harmony and peace in Africa Govnmt knows the right way but they ignored it and in the same time they expecte reaching peace and Harmony,

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      • 8 March 09:49, by Midit Mitot

        Try to understand the concept, national dialogue without Dr Riek Machar, Nyadeng Garang, Pagan Amum, Oyai Deng Ajak, etc is red card, it,s a cheating of cash from international community.

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        • 8 March 19:44, by Lango2010

          Who do think risk, nyandeng, pagan etc are? Do not put your trust in a person but for common goal and objectives of the country, all those you mentioned are bunch of thieves have no love for a country either. Not even the president could change this country alone but our effort as South Sudanese. Do be adamant. Sitin mashi wa sitin jaa. The country is not for particular people as you adorn

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  • 8 March 06:50, by Nyesi Ta

    The bishop has decided to quit the satanic national day of prayer quietly in a diplomatic and elderly manner. In your own house if your son does not listen and chooses violence then be it, the father may walk away silently and in this case; anyone in his/her rightful mind cannot call for dialogue and at the same time goes on rampage killing, and raping as well engaging in the call for dialogue.

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