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South Sudan president to continue nationwide peace campaign drive: governor

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President Salva Kiir shakes hands with Governor Louis Lobong at the presidential palace on Wednesday 28 June 2017 (ST Photo)
June 28, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir Wednesday met with the governor of Kapoeta state in what is described as continuous consultations with the various segments of the society in order to complete the ongoing national dialogue process.

"While this set of consultations has been interrupted by other important engagements, the President will continue to actively engage with different segments of the population at different stages and formats," said Kapoeta State Governor Louis Lobong Logore after meeting Salva Kiir at the presidency in Juba.

The long-serving governor said the meeting was convened to provide a "platform for frank and open discussions between the concerned stakeholders and by extension the public on issues relating to the unity, peace and security of the country".

Logore gave the assurance that President Kiir was not deaf to grievances in parts of the country and would address them. However, he urged that such grievances should be expressed with grace. According to him, interactions began following the recent spate of agitations pitting some groups against others in the country.

International observers say the South Sudan is another Somalia in making, pointing to the difficulty to end the armed conflict despite the signing of a peace agreement nearly two years ago. They further say the multitude of protagonists inside the country and divergent interests of regional forces involved in the peace process, all these factors complicate the resolution of the crisis.

The governor explained that the president used such visit to gain firsthand information from the leaders of different states and communities and to douse inter-ethnic tension using political, religious, traditional and media leaders.

He said such meetings established some common ground on a number of issues such as the condemnation of hatred and divisive rhetoric by the concerned groups.

"They affirmed the need for all leaders and elders, regardless of political or ideological persuasion, to speak out more forcefully to counter divisive and hate speeches and any form of warmongering".

He stressed that the meeting also affirmed the primacy of the country’s constitution, as the ultimate basis for the unity.

According to the governor, it was agreed during the meeting that the constitution guarantees freedom of residence and of movement for all South Sudanese anywhere in the country, without fear of discrimination or prejudice. They also affirmed the need to draw a line between the freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution and the degeneration of such expression into hate rhetoric and prejudice.

The president expressed appreciation to all the leaders for their time and commitment to the unity, peace and progress of the nation.

He also assured the people of the determination and resolve of his administration to ensure their well-being and security of all the South Sudanese.

(ST)

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  • 28 June 22:43, by Eastern

    Two former Roman Catholics alter boys meeting....

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    • 29 June 07:16, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! peace consultation since 2014 and yet any fruits, wasting time for sure.

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  • 29 June 00:16, by Theone

    Before you kick off the nationwide tour,some advisers of yours most go
    If not,please don’t waste the money we don’t have

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  • 29 June 02:19, by Newsudan

    dialogue can work better not violence

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  • 29 June 06:17, by Sunday Junup

    Which one is which Mr Kiirimnal? Today ND tomorrow peace campaign! Fake president

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    • 29 June 07:33, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      What’s the difference between PC and ND? I personally think those TWO words mean the same thing.

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  • 29 June 08:04, by john akeen

    Salva Kiir is the president of the people of Southern Sudan people and Reik Machar is the president of Southern Sudanese Monkeys or commander in chief of the Southern Sudanese Monkeys, so please Monkeys stay in the bush your monkey commander in chief fake Reik Machar said he wants you to continue on hate Kiir and continuing on say anything so that way you won’t loose supporters. Fake Reik I’ll get

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    • 29 June 08:10, by john akeen

      you when you come back to JUBA. Anyways Monkeys they like to mass up things

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  • 29 June 09:47, by Eastern

    Folks,

    Kiir is buying time as JCE get his replacement from Bar Kalas (Bahr el Ghazal). Either revive the dead ARCISS or South Sudan splinters to where the parts will be at peace....!

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    • 29 June 12:12, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      If this nationwide campaign or whatver it is does not explicitly address the issue of FEDERALISM, then we MUST go for plan B. I have said, we Equatorians are better off and can establish a democratic, progressive and humane country of our own. We DONT need oil, cows or handful of fools, we have the brains, will and determination and that is what matters NOW.

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  • 29 June 10:05, by real Dinka

    Mr. Prezo, if you really on peace please make sure your allies are on right tracks not attacks any concern citizen who have that capacity to advise on how to achieve the lasting again in this country where you and Riek has destroyed.

    Kiir and Riek must go to give peace achance.

    to hell with them

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  • 29 June 11:51, by gatkhor Nueri

    Kiir Mayardit always campaigning for nothing and let him not surrounding himself with food lovers,
    simply let him call back Gatmachar and the peace will go forward.
    my view country without Dr.Machar while he is still a life,I am fearing.

    THREE THINGS WILL HAPPEN DAILY
    1.Serious Hunger it will attack us seriously
    2.Serious Diseases
    3.More Unknown gunmen and looting will happen always.

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