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S. Sudan’s Kiir “relinquished” control of National Dialogue patronage


June 2, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has recused himself from being the patron to the national dialogue, a process he launched last week, in a bid to bridge gaps created by three years of conflict in the young east African nation, a leading figure said.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir arrives in Khartoum on September 3, 2013 (AFP Ashraf Shazly)

“He [President Kiir] has relinquished the patronage over this [political] process because of the criticisms that have come around and has left it free for us. We, the two chairpersons, should see to it that we are the ones moving with it ahead,” said Angelo Beda, a co-chairperson for the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue.

Beda applauded President Kiir for relinquishing the “patronage” and appreciated steps taken by the leadership including releasing a journalist last week as well as other political leaders.

The co-chair of the process was speaking at a workshop attended by civil society activists and religious leaders in Juba on Thursday.

He and his other co-chairperson, Abel Alier-wal Kuai, said at the launch of the national dialogue last week that the process must be inclusive stressing that “no one dialogue alone” in a complete rebuttal to President Kiir’s rejection of the participation of his political rival and rebel leader Riek Machar.

The opposition groups criticised the chairmanship of national dialogue process which is supposed to achieve reconciliation and endorse democratic reforms by President Kiir saying he cannot be both judge and party.

Beda reiterated that the process will include “all South Sudanese”, echoing the committee’s decision earlier in the week to approach armed oppositions groups to take part in the process.

He said South Sudan’s 64 tribes will be accorded space to speak freely.

“They are going to discuss the war, they are going to discuss the conflicts, they are going to discuss the killings either for cattle rustling or for land or by the government’s army, which is supposed to protect us and is [now] killing us,” he said.


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  • 3 June 2017 04:32, by South South

    Great, great, great move from Mr. President. I like what Mr. Beda said that 64 tribe voices will be heard through National Dialogue. Please go ahead and let’s have peace in our country.

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    • 3 June 2017 08:08, by Eastern

      The Anericans you hate so much have already designed a set of punitive measures against Kiir following the rape and looting of American citizens at Terrien hotel in Juba even after America invested billions in South Sudan. Kiir’s belligerence is responsible for the current political problems in the country. Some of you fools think Kiir is always right!!!!!!

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      • 3 June 2017 08:23, by South South


        Fools and stupid people are those who follow Riek, are those who still dream of Kokora. Time for Kokora had passed and will not come back. No single one hate Americans in South Sudan government. Yes, there was one incident of rape, but that is a work of one person. Dumb people would like to make it general, stupidity." do you mean Americans " or Anericans"

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        • 3 June 2017 15:58, by Nyesi Ta

          The cow dunked brain tribal leader started the senseless war, he must finished it through the barrel of the gun but not through a bogus national dialogue. The nd dialogue called by this jengetot means he has been defeated and cannot win the war. The relinquishment of the patronage of the nd is nothing but a hoax. "Kiir Al Awiir must go". Kokora through peace or the gun for Equatoria is now armed.

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  • 3 June 2017 06:33, by Tilo

    It could be good to fully implement the outcome of the Inclusive dialogue, not one side dialogue, Taban Deng Gai and Kiir need no dialogue, They already have "Good working Relationship" Dialogue should be done with enemies and people who are not in good terms. Both Gov’t n IO should be tired of fighting by now.

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    • 3 June 2017 12:44, by Redeemer

      The started dialogue is not a position giving, Riek will not buy. He only need a dialogue which can create a position for him and his thugs not what is needed to bring people together

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      • 3 June 2017 13:11, by Mr Point

        Can you just explain exactly how the National Dialogue will succeed if it only includes the parties who are not in conflict with each other?

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        • 3 June 2017 14:30, by Redeemer

          Mr. Point
          National dialogue is different from political dialogue. We need to let our people know the importance of coexistence. I know what politicians want to hear is a political dialogue. We are not against it but it should takeplace parallelly

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          • 3 June 2017 14:48, by Redeemer

            So, Mr. Point National dialogue is not about Kiir and Riek problem and solution, the most dangerous problem is communities seeing each other as enemies and this is what the national dialogue is about. If Riek come to power because they don’t Dinka and Dinka do you think Dinka community will cooperate? This are the issues we need to talk of

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            • 3 June 2017 14:59, by Redeemer

              We need to let other communities know that we need change not because Kiir is a Dinka but because of his personal weaknesses. If you look at the new politics of Riek adopted by Equatorians, it is making change impossible in the country believe me or not, there is need to change that out of the mind of our communities

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              • 3 June 2017 15:05, by Eastern


                I like how you STRUGGLE to explain thinks! Do you believe Kiir national dialogue is divorced from politics? Both Lagu and Alier are South Sudanese in their evening years, who wish to die home in grace and who have benefitte from Kiir lately; please check those facts if you haven’t! What will bring stability and co-exisitent among South Sudanese is political equality and nothing else!!!

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                • 3 June 2017 15:19, by Redeemer

                  The mistake you are making is, why do people want strike political equality under Kiir government? and Why do you guys want to trike a change in the name of Dinka? we want the civil population to be the political players not the politicians, we want them to listen to us not we listening to them, they have poisoned our communities

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              • 3 June 2017 15:33, by Tilo

                If the National dialogue is not to sort out Kiir and Riak political / difference, what is the importance of the National Dialogue to the republic of SS?
                Kiir has mentioned time and again that ND can bring about peace to the people of SS
                How are you intending to end the ongoing fighting if IO is not part of the Dialogue?
                NB: Refugee, people in POC, IDP and famine area need peace the most

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          • 3 June 2017 16:13, by Nyesi Ta

            National prayer day yesterday: National Dialogue today. Kiir al Awiir couldn’t identify his enemies through prayers because 99.99% of the people attending will not speak other saying Amen at the end of the prayer. However, in ND ppl attending will be given chance to speak their minds freely to identify Kiir’s enemies from within and what to do with them. This ND is intended for identifying ppl.

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  • 3 June 2017 14:33, by Sunday Junup

    Please join Dr.Riak call for peace to safe life of SS. ND won’t work as you can see

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    • 3 June 2017 15:09, by Redeemer

      what you are missing here is that, we need peaceful stay of different tribes even in one room doesn’t matter whether at war time or at peace. Riek has chosen to live a life of agreements. Do you know how many agreements Riek signed just to make him stop the wars?

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      • 3 June 2017 15:21, by Eastern


        I live it! Dr. Machar loves the life of agreements - but not disagreements! Why must Kiir think that he’s always right; do you know how Dr. Garang struggle to keep his all-knowing status afloat during the liberation war? WHAT EQUATORIA AND OTHER NON-DINKAS MUST DO NOW IS TO FORCE DINKA TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SOUTH SUDAN IS FOR ALL AND WAS LIBERATED BY ALL!!!

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        • 3 June 2017 15:48, by Mr Point

          You may remember that Museveni recently spoke of the contribution by Ugandans like himself to liberation of South Sudan and he is not a Dinka.

          Many who helped were not Dinka.

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          • 3 June 2017 15:58, by Eastern

            Mr. Point,

            I agree. Many Eritreans, Ethiopians, Ugandans, etc, contributed manpower. The Dinkas want to hog it all alone!

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        • 3 June 2017 16:16, by South South


          South Sudan is for all, yes, that’s correct. BUT LIBERATED BY ALL!!! No, many South Sudanese formed militias to collaborated with Fake Arabs. There is no such thing called Non-Dinka and Dinka war in South Sudan. Nuer has its own factions. Chollo has their factions ana they killing each other, Equatorias have their own factions. Only people like you are fishing among the factions.

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          • 3 June 2017 18:09, by Tilo

            South South

            You have mentioned it all well bro,
            All the other tribes are rebelling against the same government, now can you reason from different aspect, Why is everybody ganging against one.
            Therefore the very one that other community gang against is the negative element.
            You need to look at your community, there must be something wrong with them, that is why more rebellion is against them

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            • 3 June 2017 18:52, by Eastern


              Just don’t bite your tongue, say all tribes are fighting the dinka government.....

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          • 3 June 2017 18:56, by Eastern

            South South,

            The dinka government will not rule in peace; it will be involved in fighting rebellions until its neighbors in the region will just do away with it; you people don’t reason at all!!

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            • 3 June 2017 19:31, by South South


              Sometimes you talk like someone who does not anything. Some tribes in South Sudan are fighting the government of SS. You can call it Dinka government as you want. Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Syria are ruled by small tribe presidents. If you are unable to unite your own Equatoria which has now more factions of its own. Can you unite 63 tribes? Unite Nuer factions, you united Chollo

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              • 3 June 2017 19:55, by Eastern

                South South,

                Forget about unity; what I am saying is the Dinka government in Juba will fight rebellions after rebellions. It won’t Lord it on South Sudanese all the time.

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                • 3 June 2017 21:10, by South South


                  "it will be involved in fighting rebellions until its neighbors in the region will just do away with it"

                  Just wait for another 1000000000 for your regional neighbors to fight for you.Very weak people

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  • 4 June 2017 00:36, by john akeen

    Anyways President Kiir & first vice president Taban & vice president Wany are in the office today & they will stay in the office forever & Riek Machar is in prison and he’ll stay in prison forever, and Riek Machar follower, if you want to continue on fighting for your prisoner, then stop complaining about what our government do, just do what you prisoner asked you to do

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    • 4 June 2017 00:42, by john akeen

      and we will do what our government is telling us to do

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