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South Sudanese rebels to be excluded from national dialogue: official


March 09, 2017 (JUBA) – Members of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), who have not laid down arms will not take part in the national dialogue initiative, an official said.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

"Our understanding of inclusivity is that all opposition groups, which put down their guns, will be allowed to join the national dialogue," the country’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said on Thursday.

President Salva Kiir announced the dialogue in December last year and its steering committee is to be sworn in this month.

According to the minister, it would be "unacceptable” for members of the armed opposition forces to attend the dialogue with guns.

"There is no way to allow anyone who is fighting the government to attend the dialogue when they have not stopped fighting," he said.

The leader of the armed opposition faction, Riek Machar criticized the national dialogue initiative, saying the process will never succeed unless peace and stability is restored in the country.

President Kiir said the dialogue will be led by “eminent personalities” accepted as credible, genuine and trusted by all rival parties in the country.


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  • 9 March 2017 21:44, by lino

    What is the point of being dialogue then. It is a monologue Makuai!!!

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    • 9 March 2017 21:59, by padiit gaga


      Do you think well? Those who put their guns down donot need dialogue but those who carry their guns need dialogue like RIEK Màchar and his groups.

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  • 9 March 2017 22:03, by Independent Thinker

    Dear people of South Sudan! Hon: Michael Makuei is mad-man without common sense in the 21st century. Your useless Govt forces are the one carryout serious fighting in the whole country not Dr. Machar’s forces. In some days to come you will call Dr. Machar to come for National Dialogue. Let us see it. Hope for the best.

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    • 9 March 2017 22:34, by Kuch

      Mr. Independent Think, you called Mr. Makuei Lueth a mad-man! Really? You and your Riek Machar demigod have been asked time and time again to stop your useless armed rebellion. Form your damn party and come back to South Sudan for the drafting of final constitution before 2018 elections and contest in the elections>>>

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      • 9 March 2017 22:39, by Kuch

        And if you fellows and your Riek Machar demigod wins the elections, then you won and if the others win, the they won and if the government wins, then it won. That is how it is supposed to be. But here, you idiots think, that you can hold the South Sudanese people hostage and blackmail them simply because your damn Riek Machar demigod isn’t coming>>>

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        • 9 March 2017 22:44, by Kuch

          Really, what do you idiots really think you are to South Sudanese people? You idiots always talk of suffering of the South Sudanese people while at the same time. You idiots are the ones who are rooting for the continuation of war. Didn’t you idiots hear a week ago when your Riek Machar demigod home town of Leer and Mayendit was declared to be have been hit by famine?>>>

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          • 9 March 2017 22:52, by Kuch

            You fellows keep blaming other about not interested in peace, but you idiots are the ones who are refusing to stop your damn useless armed rebellion. Have a look on this link idiots:http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/875698422?-21266:8599:0
            Your General Cirillo is even encouraging South Sudanese to leave South Sudan for neighboring countries>>>

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            • 9 March 2017 22:58, by Kuch

              where are those South Sudanese idiots who will listen to Thomas Cirillo going to go and food and accommodation from? Some Equatorians are already there in Uganda and Congo depending on the UN food rations. Is that what your Thomas Cirillo telling some his idiots to go and do? It is becoming apparently clear now that the rebels are being sponsored by the US, the UK, the UN and NGOs>>>

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              • 9 March 2017 23:04, by Kuch

                Riek Machar even used to tell the Nuers in the so-called POCs in Juba not to get out until the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs distribute the Nuers with free money and supplies, is when the Nuers can then get out of these camps, really? Do the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs owe anything to the Nuers? Absolutely nothing. Fellows, grow up.

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            • 10 March 2017 21:40, by jubaone

              Stick this "piece of peace" deep into your jienge throat and then drink some milk from from emaciated jienge cows that may help reduce your stress. Don’t worry about Equatorians going away from SS just get to your luak and develop it. We’re taking our women and children so we have man-to-man encounter ya jienge.

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  • 9 March 2017 22:56, by marie

    If a problem is supposed to be solved that way, we would have not spent 21 years fighting against Sudan government, because, Nimeiri, Suwar Al Dahab, then Mahadi, finally Bashir offered amnesty to SPLA but the stand was one for negotiations till CPA was negotiated. Now Bashir is calling SPLA-N to lay their weapons down and come home but SPLA-N needs round table so is SPLA-IO.

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    • 9 March 2017 23:09, by Kuch

      Marie, You are out of your damn mind. Our then war with North Sudan isn’t even close to this bullshit of yours. What is it that you idiots are fighting for to relate your useless armed rebellion to our genuine war of independence? If you idiots are fighting a war of independence from South Sudan. Then you fellows should tell the South Sudanese people and never cry foul that you idiots are>>>

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      • 9 March 2017 23:13, by Kuch

        being killed by the government of South Sudan or being ethnic cleansed or raped. Everybody know that most of your Equatorians who ran to Uganda went there purposely for free food and they think, they will be resettled in the US or Europe. You idiots can try your luck, but l doubt it will work>>>

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        • 9 March 2017 23:15, by Kuch

          Your lies are being discarded one by one some of these days fellows.

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        • 10 March 2017 21:51, by jubaone

          I understand your anger and frustrations that despite all the $billions stolen by jienges. Kiir and all other jienges have denied their luaks and glued their asses in ready-made nests. They love sleaziness and idleness. We wonder why the’ve not transformed their luaks with such grand theft. Kuch is bitter cos Equatorians is banning him from squatting in Juba. Go home ya jienge!

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  • 9 March 2017 23:43, by marie

    Kus, if you are logical enough and have self reciprocation, ask yourself why did Southerners fight the North. It was simply because of injustice. The raging war in South Sudan was started by Salva Kiir against Nuer and then the rest of the other tribes. The Equatorians you are killing in the villages have nothing to do with the government. They are just farmers minding their businesses.

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  • 9 March 2017 23:47, by marie

    Go to America, Australia and Canada. It is known in these places that Southerners are Dinka. You people escaped all and left the rest to fight and now claimed to be the people who fought the war. I will tell you the people who are now serving in the government and where their families are and where they have been hiding. Those who have gone back, warrant of arrests from ICC would follow them soon.

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    • 10 March 2017 01:28, by Kuch

      Marie, l am one of those who helped captured your Yei in 1997, some other small towns in Eastern Equatoria and Kapoeta in 2002 before the CPA in 2005. And many boys that l fought with were all Dinka boys and some boys from Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. So l know who was who in then then battle fields and even the current one>>>

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      • 10 March 2017 01:34, by Kuch

        Yes people in the current government have never smell the stench of gun powder and I can consider them as South Sudanese who fight for our country’s independence in different form or another. There was the SPLM, the political wing to which many people who were in Khartoum, US, Egypt, Uganda, Kenya or Europe were and myself and many others were the SPLA>>>

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        • 10 March 2017 01:41, by Kuch

          Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang, Mamure, Makuei Lueth, Paul Malong Awan, Thomas Cirilo and many many other senior current government officials were the SPLA field and frontline commanders. Everyone in South Sudanese has contributed in the liberation of South Sudan in different form or another, Marie.

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          • 10 March 2017 02:37, by Malakal county Simon


            Am not surprised for you being a naive and denying the well fact that unwanted president Salva was the one starting the ongoing senseless war by killings innocents civilian of Nuer tribe and now the rest of other tribes is followed for no apparent reason!!!! If you know this, you should know by then

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            • 10 March 2017 02:40, by Malakal county Simon


              What the IO fighting for, and that for justice, tribal and bad government of unwanted president Salva

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          • 10 March 2017 06:12, by jubaone

            bla...bla..jienge bullshit. Or do we say MTN/mbororo bullshit?

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      • 10 March 2017 06:11, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Kuch, Marie doesn’t know what she is talking about. She was born in Khartoum and left to Western. She visited South Sudan after CPA was signed. Everyone knows many tribes include Equatorians rebelled against the SPLA during the civil war such as Equatoria Faction, Nuer Faction, so forth. She never knew who fought during the civil war.

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        • 10 March 2017 06:18, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Continue...I know some Equatorian generals who fought during the civil war, but majority of Equatorian left the country during the civil war to avoid fighting the Khartoum government. Many of Equatorians were in Khartoum, Kenya, Uganda, and Western countries such as US, Canada, Australia, and so forth. When they came back they fought out Dinkas were living all over the Equatoria areas.

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          • 10 March 2017 06:24, by Dinka-Defender-General

            Continue...they were surprised. However, Dinkas came to Equatoria to fight Arab soldiers. They started calling Dinkas land grabbers, invaders, and so forth. However, Dinkas are liberators and freedom fighters. Without Dinkas, South Sudan could not be come independent. Marie should thanks Dinkas for liberating the country from Arabs.

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            • 10 March 2017 06:30, by Dinka-Defender-General

              Continue..Nuer has a great fighters during the civil war, but Machar masterminding the Nuer youths to fight against the SPLA soldiers. Thus, Marie needs to reexamine the facts.

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          • 11 March 2017 08:05, by jubaone

            Jienge Defender General,
            So jienges rushed en masse to come and defend Equatorians who apparently had fled to US, Europe, Australia etc? So you left your jienge heartlands empty so the jellaba could take some of you as slaves? Bona Malwal and Aldo Ajou Deng benefitted from donor money arguing on jienge slavery. Just pack your jienge shit 💩 together and go develop your luak ya Aryan MTN 🙉

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        • 10 March 2017 07:38, by Kuch

          Mr. DD General, Marie is not that idiot like many idiots from Equatoria that have made the Dinka/Jienge names as their ’marisa’ drinking names. Marie knows, but he/she has pre-occupied his/her self with the usual Equatorians bullshits. Yes, we did have some of their Equatorians like James Wani Igga, Mamure Matea, Thomas Cirillo who rebelled recently and formed his own>>>

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          • 10 March 2017 07:46, by Kuch

            armed rebellion. These were the senior Equatorians boys during our war with arabs of North Sudan. But who were fighting arabs under these Equatorian seniors leaders? The Dinkas/Jienges boys and some few boys from Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Riek Machar and many of other Nuer militias were used even used by our arch enemy, the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan to guard our oil fields for them

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            • 10 March 2017 07:54, by Kuch

              Some Equatorians like Alfred Lado Gore of Equatoria defense forces (EDF) and Mr. Kenyi were and some of other militias in Eastern Equatoria and even here in my former greater Jonglei state, like Ismael Konyi were in the payroll of our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan. Mr. Alfred Lado Gore let himself led away by his Riek Machar comrade in 2013. But he seems to have seen with many>>>

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              • 10 March 2017 08:02, by Kuch

                other South Sudanese like Taban Deng Gai and others that Riek Machar, Lam Akol, the likes of Mr. Kenyi and some of our other idiots do not know that they were blindingly handing over our country to foreign criminals and their corporations. But who is going to let the criminals toy around with our country and our people?>>>

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                • 10 March 2017 08:15, by marie

                  Dinka-Defender-General and Kuch. People like you are the ones who do not even know South Sudan and grew outside the country. You claim to be fighting in Equatoria but what happen to your places. Awiel, Warrap, Gogrial, Bor and many other Dinka places were all under the Arabs and Dinka all flock to Equatoria. George Kongor, Thon Arok Thon, Garbino Bol and many others, do they ring a bell to you.

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                  • 10 March 2017 09:21, by Kuch

                    Marie, we know people like Arok Thon Arok, Karubino Kuanyin Bol, he was one of the superior SPLA boys. He was the one that started our current SPLA in 1983 with many other SPLM/A boys/girls here in my home state of Bor, Jonglei.You can say, there was one of our best boy. Joseph Oduhe, we killed him in Kongor (in Twic East) here in Jonglei after their misadventure with Riek Machar and Lam Akol>>>

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                    • 10 March 2017 09:31, by Kuch

                      in 1991 coup against the SPLM/A and killed the innocent Bor Dinkaa/Jiengs for no parent reason. But only just because, Dr. Garang was from Bor. We cut down the Riek Machar Nuers after right from "Gut Makur, right upto Bor town and up Kongor town; where we killed Joseph Oduhe and many of their idiots foot soldiers. Riek Machar and the idiots like Riek Machar and Lam Akol even ran Bar-footed to>>>

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                      • 10 March 2017 09:43, by Kuch

                        to his Lou Nuerland heartland and we followed the fools while cutting them down. Riek Machar, Lam Akol and some of a few other fools surrendered themselves to our arch enemy, the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan in Malakal. And that is how the fools then went later went made their bogas so-called Khartoum peace Agreement (KPA). With the so-called cloned arabs of North, Omar Hassan Al Bashir!>

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                        • 10 March 2017 09:51, by Kuch

                          Omar Al Bshir and his so-called clone arabs of North Sudan even used to laugh at the fools (Riek Machar, Riek Machar and their idiots) that followed them. The fools were bullied by our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan and that was why they came in back in 2002 back to the same SPLM/A that they betrayed. The fools were however forgiven, and that was why Riek Machar happened to be given the>>>

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                          • 10 March 2017 10:02, by Kuch

                            highest position in the land----vice presidency of South Sudan. After Garang was killed in helicopter crashed on his way back from Kampala to New site, Eastern Equatoria in 2005. So Marie, we are well ahead of these rubbishes. George Kongor Arop and Arok Thon Arok were not even in Kongor, Bor. Were we showed Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol and his lowly entourage fools>>>

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                  • 10 March 2017 22:23, by Dinka-Defender-General

                    Marie, let’s be serious. Do you know why General Karubino Kuanyin Bol was put in prison or why he had a problem with John Garang? Let me tell you the truth. It was because Karubino Kuanyin Bol told Garang to train people and send them to their tribal areas and they could take care of their towns, bu Garang refused. Instead, he put Karubino in prison. Do you know this fact?

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                    • 10 March 2017 22:33, by Dinka-Defender-General

                      Continue..Marie, I grew up in Equatoria areas fighting Arab soldiers and got all my ranks fighting Arabs while you was hiding with you cousins brothers, father, and mother. As I told that General karubino predicted this long times ago and that why he told John Garang to change strategy. Second reason why the war was fought in Equatoria areas because all our supplies come through Uganda, Kenya..

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                      • 10 March 2017 22:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

                        continue...Ethiopia so SPLA soldiers were to clear the way for supplies. Therefore, they captured Kapoeta, Torit, Kayi, KacKachi, Yei, Bor, and Juba was almost to be capture when Machar and White Armies rebelled against the SPLA soldiers. Thus, the SPLA soldiers were split into two. One to fight Machar his militias and another to fight Khartoum government in Juba. The above statements are facts.

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      • 10 March 2017 10:58, by Theallseeingeye

        now lets assume you have liberated this entire south sudan from Arab injustice by yourself, so now to want to treat the rest as you slaves too?

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    • 10 March 2017 10:20, by Kush Natives

      I don’t know, if that’s what your name sound like or maybe, I am new to your world. According to your assertion, regarding the liberation of Southern Sudan, now South Sudan. I am still searching, in order to obtain the fact of what part of southern Sudan "South Sudan" would you placed yourself under during the liberation?

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      • 10 March 2017 11:19, by Kuch

        Mr. Kush natives, Maria/marie is just another lowly Equatorian troll that keep barking the Jenges/Dinkas’ names---do you understand what l mean Mr. Kush Natives? He/she knows more than some of his/her Equatorian fools that keep spewing their rubbishes here on this site. We are here Mr. Kush Natives.

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  • 10 March 2017 05:36, by jubaone

    Dr. Riak and the IO have already branded this luakjieng assembly of criminals, rapists and thieves as bogus. It is simply a get together for jienges to come and sozialize, eat and drink at this time of hunger and starvation. It has no national objectives. Just take this jienge crap to your luaks and remain there. Equatorians and non-jienges don’t see anything in this monkey 🐵 shit.

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  • 10 March 2017 07:16, by Eastern

    Let Kiir and cohorts continue to delude their hapless followers and the international community with the national dialogue and prayers; South Sudan is moving closer to the abyss!!!!

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  • 10 March 2017 08:40, by Independent Thinker

    If I may asked you all guys; who is started the war in 2013? Who is the war in 1991? and who is started the war in 2016?

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  • 10 March 2017 09:50, by Theallseeingeye

    Logically I would rather dialog with the one who is still carrying arms and have issues to be solved with me than the one whom I have already resolved issues with and he has agreed to lay down guns

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  • 10 March 2017 09:55, by Kush Natives

    This is what I will insert my argument on:
    The leader of the armed opposition faction, Riek Machar criticized the national dialogue initiative, saying the process will never succeed unless peace and stability is restored in the country.
    That’s Riek Machar_ IO leader in South Africa.

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  • 10 March 2017 09:58, by Kush Natives

    "President Kiir said the dialogue will be led by “eminent personalities” accepted as credible, genuine and trusted by all rival parties in the country"
    President Salva Mayardiit in South Sudan.

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  • 10 March 2017 10:10, by Kush Natives

    Dear commentators, as you seen my comparison "quotes" both leaders, 1 of them is calling for more suffering then the 1 we already had and still have, and the other 1 is satisfied for what we all went through and still going through. Let’s do the math here! Do we really still want to keep it hard on us, or did we all already conceded? To me, I accept reconciliation as the only way to coexist_

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  • 10 March 2017 18:04, by Eastern


    Looking at the countenance of Michael Makuei Lueth alone speaks volume!!!!

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