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S. Sudan president cuts short 3-day visit over security issues


President Salva Kiir addresses delegates during the swearing-in ceremony of FVP Taban Deng Gai at the Presidential Palace in Juba, July 26, 2016. (Reuters/Jok Solomun)
April 22, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir on Friday cut short a three-day visit to Kapeota, a town in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state and returned to the capital, Juba.

The decision reportedly follows the advice provided by his security team.

President Kiir, his office said, was expected to hold a series of peace rallies and community sensitization in Kapeota concerning what his administration was doing to end the war and bring peace in the nation.

A source within the presidency said the South Sudanese leader had to cut short his visit as there were other important matters requiring his attention in Juba, citing security issues as being at the forefront.

The official, unauthorised to speak to the media, did not, however, mention whether the president was eventually briefed on security.

Unconfirmed reports claimed Kiir’s visit was cut due to the fighting which erupted at a military base near the state headquarters.

Local officials told Sudan Tribune on Friday that clashes involving government forces against local armed youth took place at Loriok, best known as camp 15. The area is located at the Chukudum-Kapoeta-Torit ’highway’ junction.

Although it was not immediately clear as to what caused the clashes, military and local sources attributed it to the killing of a local administrative officer by the government forces, resulting in tension and escalation of violence.

“We are now in Torit as part of the force going to Kapoeta to provide protection to the high-level officials who includes the president now in the area but we are now told to stop because the president has cut his visit. We don’t know why but it could be because of the ongoing fighting in Loriok,” said a military officer.

The presidential press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, however, said the president had successfully completed his visit after he addressed the population and promoted the two payams of Karukomugie and Katiko into counties.

The number of counties increased from 8 to 10 after the president’s visit.

The president, during the visit, also proposed that a secondary school in Chukudum be named after John Garang, the founder of South Sudan ruling party (SPLM) movement, as a reward for the people in the area for hosting the first SPLM national convention in 1994.

Kiir pledged to build the largest conference hall in Chukudum so that future SPLM conferences and conventions are held there. He further pledged to build a hospital in Kapoeta town to serve the population of the state capital.

Meanwhile, the president donated assorted food items for immediate supply to the people in urgently in need of food. Another donation of SSP400,000 was given to the youth in Kapoeta and a similar amount was given to women groups within the area.

Ateny, however, said he was not aware of any fighting and denied reports that the president cut short his visit due to security-related matters.


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  • 22 April 2017 21:36, by Khent

    I believe around 5% of what I read on this website. There is virtually never a named source and people are just expected to take what claim at face value. Don’t get me wrong, Salva Kiir and his entire criminal, murderous and corrupt ’government’ need to go, but this site is untrustworthy.

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    • 22 April 2017 22:04, by Khent

      ..whatever claim at face value.

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    • 22 April 2017 22:29, by Mi diit

      You have so far reached to the Online (Website ) Copyright Infringement violation.

      Sudan Tribune is always factual and independent than your SSTV Aka SSBC.

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      • 22 April 2017 22:41, by Mi diit

        Atoney Tony Motot ( Ateny Wek Ateny) is nothing but a copy and paste of former Iraqi Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf.

        Remember:His pronouncements included claims that American soldiers were committing suicide "by the hundreds" outside the city, and denial that there were any American tanks in Baghdad, when in fact they were only several hundred meters away from the press conference where he was

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        • 22 April 2017 22:43, by Mi diit

          was speaking and the combat sounds of the nearing American troops could already be heard in the background of the broadcast.

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          • 22 April 2017 22:47, by Mi diit

            Put in mind that anything that comes from the mouth of Ateny is a propoganda just like coward Michael Makuei of Bor.
            I can only buy Philiph Aguer’s information.

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            • 23 April 2017 16:33, by Khent

              Mi diit

              What is this babble? I suspect that you don’t even know what you’re saying. I’ll leave you to your intellectually challenged, demented self as it’s abundantly clear that you’re ignorant, incorrigable and proud of it.

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  • 23 April 2017 03:36, by Kush Natives

    The president wasn’t going to Kapoeta as a Zoo tour, he was going for visit. Therefore, there’s no needs for him to stays in Kapoeta for three days, doing what over there for three days? The ones who should stays there for 3days is Paul Malong Da Awan. Not let IOM members make a deal out of this. Why is it bothering IOM?

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  • 23 April 2017 09:05, by Eyez

    Mr. Tribal President, you are an embarrassment to the people, nobody is interested in your cunning sugar-coated claims for peace. You have lost all credibility and reduced yourself to a tribal leader, who is clinging to power by all means necessary.
    Your leadership failures have broken all imaginable records, time to step aside, we need young fresh people to take over, regardless of their tribe.

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  • 23 April 2017 09:39, by Eastern

    Kiir was scared by the attack on SPLA outpost at Camp 15 just on the way to Kimotong. That outpost will be overrun soon!!!

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    • 23 April 2017 09:56, by South South


      Just keep lying as you want. IO soldiers we saw in Al Jazeera TV are starving and dying for not having food. They are weak and tired. They can do not capture one inch of land. When generals escaped and registered themselves as refugees in a foreign country, it means that those rebels are dying. Sweet, sweet, sweet.

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      • 23 April 2017 10:30, by Eyez

        South Sudan
        So you think the situation with a few rebels suffering from hunger in one part is the same all over everywhere? Is that why your abnormal cow brain is making you jump up and down thinking they are all going to surrender like their officers, well you wait and see.

        Your tribal government is falling apart, you idiots go back to your luaks, ya BGz ita.

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        • 23 April 2017 10:42, by South South


          You are just a stupid person. Who is abnormal? Someone who owns cows or someone who eats rats and monkeys? If I were you, I would shut up and find something to do. The only thing will make you a human being in South Sudan is to accept peace, other than that, you are nothing but monkey’s eater.

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          • 24 April 2017 00:28, by Eyez

            South Sudan
            Ita ya goromut, adana taki fi juwa ginitak wele sunu...itakum nas ta wen zede sai?
            You are like a whore who pretends not want a fuck, but still opens her legs as wide as a shopping mall’s door. You Dinkas are stuck in Equatoria because of the food and the civilisation, you people eat birds, lizards and insects in your semi desert states.
            Yom arubeyin takum gi jaa gerib, ya kilab juzur

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        • 23 April 2017 10:43, by jubaone

          This explains the fact that all what jienges do revolves around food and also the reason for inconsistency, shifting alliances with direction of food. These jienges and a few nyagateen are buyable like cheap whores where the best payer has a service. Well, how could seniors cmdrs just give up without fighting and where are their junior soldiers? This is MTN bullshit.

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      • 23 April 2017 10:36, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Keep dreaming. Do you know how many SPLA soldiers died between 1983 and 1988 due to hunger alone? So Al Jazeera showed all the SPLA-IO battalions including all the forces opposed to Kiir? Why did Kiir cut short his visit to Kapoeta where he wanted to woo the Toposa to fight for him ahead of a possible attack on Kopoeta? Did Kiir fail to convince the Toposa people this time?

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        • 23 April 2017 10:49, by jubaone

          Bro, you’re being very analytical and academic for our lazy and dull jienges. You will only confuse them the more. They need simple questions and have to be treated like those savages that have limited cognitive senses. We still have to babysit them for a while cos they are still primitive. We need patience at worst throw them away.

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        • 23 April 2017 11:18, by South South


          If I were you, I would put up video clips of SPLA in 1983 and 1988 and compare them with what we saw from Al Jazeera TV two days ago.You will see huge different. SPLA in 1983 and 1988 was well organized, very active and was fighting real war. Do you think IO commanders are stupid just to show dying soldiers to Al Jazeera? These are the only soldiers they have. Generals in refugees camp.

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          • 23 April 2017 11:59, by jubaone

            South South,
            Good luck 😊 so now you can march forward without armed resistance. By the way you could also read on hunger in Malualkuel N. Bahrel ghasal. Just check up in google search engine and you find updates. Funny though, there’s no war in junk jienge states yet the still starve. How pathetic 😎

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            • 23 April 2017 13:04, by Eastern


              Thanks. If we allow imps to eduacte us on what we know, South Sudan as a country will remain a Gogrial of sorts. I was reading recently about a dinka man mourning the disappearance of his family of 4 who had ventured out to visit their next of kin in the Sudan. The man must have been lured by Malon to join the Mathiang Anyoor to fight for Kiir in southern parts of South Sudan....

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              • 23 April 2017 14:16, by South South


                You are nothing but very naive person. Kiir was young during liberation in 1980s and that why he was thin.He is older than before and in real life people gain weight when they are old. Show me video clips of SPLA in 1983 and 1988 dying from starvation like the one we saw two ago from Al Jazeera TV of IO soldiers. War is not easy and people who want it will pay very heavy prices.

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            • 23 April 2017 14:24, by South South


              Please go back and read your previous statements. You told us that there is no starvation in Equatoria, but now you are trying to compare it with N. Bahr El Gazal. When the soldiers are dying for not having food, when the generals ran to refugees camp, and when villages are very empty from people. This means the situation on the ground is very hot, the heat is too high to be handled.

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          • 23 April 2017 12:43, by Eastern

            South Sudan,

            If I was that naive, Iwould have started with giving the videos of the now fat cat occupying J1, Salva Kiir. The man was a bag of bones spotting a goatee, William Nyuon Bany was a grosteque sight to behold, etc. Dr Garang could afford the round face with fat cheeks thanks to his glob throtting where he has access to free meals from well wishers. Most of you the hapless folks know....

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  • 23 April 2017 12:48, by Eastern

    ....little or nothing about that war. The current onslaught against Kiir is fought on multiple fronts: by the armed foot soldiers in the front lines, the Internet warriors across the world, including inside South Sudan, etc. SPLA of Dr Garang encountered untold suffering which nobody in Kiir’s government is ready to honestly tell South Sudanese! War as you know is not a walk in the park!!!!

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    • 23 April 2017 14:19, by South South


      You are nothing but a big coward. Keep singing with intent to win the war.

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      • 23 April 2017 15:20, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Eastern, You are nothing but a big coward...........I have heard you!

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  • 23 April 2017 20:52, by Naath

    Dinka tribal’s chief Kiir ran away quickly like ostrich from Kampoeta for 2 reasons: 1, the battle that took place outside Kampoeta, he thought that would cut him off from the road. 2, he fears that Malong Awan would make real coup that he has been accussing his opponent off. Tension is so high in Juba as we speak because Paul Malong is suspected of coup. Mathiang Anyoor and Nuerwew are with Malon

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  • 25 April 2017 17:30, by john steven N

    i don’t believe kir will bring peace and stability in South Sudan even though he is deceiving people o Kapoeta that there will be peace in the areas. if he want to bring peace in the whole country he had to allow the second tribe in the country to come in with trustful peace which will involve Dr Machar so that is where by every body will fell comfortable and live in a peaceful nation like others

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