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South Sudan president cancels church service over security matter

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July 25, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir last Sunday cancelled without prior notice a planned church service for peace and reconciliation over security concerns.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir shares a moment with archbishop Danie Deng Bul (Photo: Moses Lomoyat)

The administration of Emanuel Church in Juba had planned that President Kiir, a number of government officials and prominent community and religious leaders would deliver peace messages to the congregation.

Despite preparations having been completed Kiir later failed to attend the service. It was not immediately clear what caused the change of mind without prior explanation from his office.

However, Sudan Tribune learnt that the President cancelled his participation in the mess after reports that a group of aggrieved victims of recent communal feuds in Jonglei had planned to stage a protest.

Emanuel Church, located in Hai cinema in Juba town, is an Episcopal Church whose congregation is predominantly members of ethnic Dinka Bor, some of whom have seen their areas brought down to ashes, when communal and political conflicts occur, resulting in Bor town and villages changing hands between fighters. The impact of conflicts caused anger and bitterness among family members of the victims.

In May 2016, a politically oriented, influenced and self-selected group caused a commotion in the same Church after Riek Machar, then first vice president in unity government had left after responding to the invitation to deliver a message about peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and how citizens can live harmoniously together.

One of the religious pastors who were in contact with the office of the president to make preparations for the reception told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday they were surprised the president decided to cancel the plan without prior notification not only to the church administration but also other government officials were expected the attendance and had to attend to listen to the message he would deliver.

“If you had come to the church on Sunday, you would have seen for yourself. The church was full to the brim because many people, especially government ministers came. I don’t know the motive for those ministers who used not to attend but I believe they came to listen to the message the president was going to deliver. When we contacted the office of the president, they said received information that there were people planning to sabotage the message of the president and it was cancelled on the advice of the security information,” said the pastor who did not want to be identified.

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  • 26 July 01:15, by Kush Natives

    That’s so unfortunate! Canceling the church mass because of the security reasons, where in a world would a president do such? Why not if you die in the church? Jesus Christ did it for the sake of peace, why not you?

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    • 26 July 02:25, by lino

      Death of a President is a red line in SS ya Kush!!!

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      • 26 July 05:56, by Kush Natives

        lino,
        No one have an intention kill President Salva Kiir, if there was a such plan, he would dead a long ago. He just tried to predict everything that’s not even there. What let him think that way, we’re in ND already, so that prayer should been a blessing for the people of South Sudan. I didn’t agreed with his plan!

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    • 26 July 06:29, by Tilo

      Kush Natives,

      That is the big problem in SS. Kiir will rather kill to maintain the presidency, He doesn’t care if the citizen are safe or not as long as he is still in power.
      People with no humanity in their heart should not be nominated for leadership in the country.

      I hope SS can learn from the current crisis

      So that SS can choose right leaders in future to lead the country in right path

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    • 26 July 08:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Church are not politician why by they can insecurity to the president.

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  • 26 July 01:20, by Theone

    That is funny Mr. Kuch! LOL.

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  • 26 July 03:25, by Kuar Junub

    Dinka president is right because he believes in Ngundeng prophecy that one day something terrible will happen to him that’s why he’s concerned about his life, remember what happened to Dr John Garang his best friend M7 set him up to his demise so Kiir is not stupid enough guys he knows his best friend is his best enemy now he’s coming back to his senses

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  • 26 July 03:37, by Kuar Junub

    For those Dinka folks who still support the evil president & his disciples remember S Sudan is bigger than Dinka,Nuer,Equatoria & other tribes please stop supporting evil things ya Dinkas don’t just support Kiir because he’s from your tribe or history will judge u

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  • 26 July 05:14, by Sunday Junup

    Where is the National dialogue you were talking about ya Kiirimnal Mayardit?

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  • 26 July 06:45, by Eastern

    Kiir is even biginning to fear his OWN SHADOW.....BWAHAHAHA!!!

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    • 26 July 08:22, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern,
      This is a usual SUDAN TRIBUNE propaganda chap. ’Divide & conquer’ is what your fools who *often post your SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMAZUJ* trolls. Why would Mr. Salva Kiir without giving a reason to the Church authorities? The message your SUDAN TRIBUNE trolls want to tell other people here is: That Mr. Salva Kiir is a ’Catholic’ and Emanuel Church is a ’Episcopal/Anglican church’>>>

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      • 26 July 08:33, by Kuch

        In the US, they don’t use the word ’Anglican’ but ’Episcopal’. Some lowly Europeans came to Africa carrying their damn ’Bible on one hand & their damn guns on the other’ and bully the African people. The fools do not know we were Christians before them. Probably the *Bantus* of West Africa, Congo & others Bantus which they EVEN SHIPPED to Americas & the Caribbean during their slave trade>>>

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        • 26 July 08:40, by Kuch

          Some Riek Machar lowly informed supporter are informed time & time again that their evil corporate America, English people, their evil juus & some of their evil allies in between are desperate to crawl their evil selves into Africa. The British people considered themselves to have colonized the Dinka/Jieng people. The French people did not even moved their damn evil selves out of Bantus of West>>

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          • 26 July 08:46, by Kuch

            Africa, not even next to us, Central Africa republic (CAR), and the French people often change their their former West Africans & Central Africans elected governments at whim. If the elected West Africans or Central Africans’ government don’t ’kowtow’ to the lines of their *former French masters* that was what the French army did>>>

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            • 26 July 08:56, by Kuch

              in Ivory Coast and even our neighbor & Central Africa Republic (CAR), a few years ago. Fellows, some South Sudanese with shred of Education might be aware of what is called "the Fashoda incident" outside our Malakal. *The french people & British people* http://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/britain-and-france-face-off-in-the-fashoda-incident/

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              • 26 July 09:08, by Kuch

                Fools, the evil corporate America, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evil allies in between want to recolonized Africa. The so-called French people, have gone back to French West Africa or Central Africa. Even the newly elected French president first visit was *Mali* to show their west African *french subjects* that France is in control>>>

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                • 26 July 09:13, by Kuch

                  Here in our country, the evil corporate America, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evil allies in between want to colonize our country through their damn *humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their so-called human rights business bullshits* And some of our Riek Machar’s Nuers & some of their lowly informed>>>

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                  • 26 July 09:19, by Kuch

                    fools want to bring their damn evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan and some of their evil allies in between into our country. Good luck fellows. We have have informed the Riek Machar fools that, the Dinka/Monyieng men would never ever ever allow the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus>>>

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                    • 26 July 09:28, by Kuch

                      and some their evil allies in between in our country with their dirty intrigues, never ever. Fools, get the hell out of our country. Have you ever seen a Monyjieng/Dinka marry a *juus, Bantus, white American, English rubbish?* Not really. Be very very careful fellows, we are here.

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      • 26 July 08:45, by Eastern

        Kuch,

        Emmanuel Jieng church is a political church. Dr. Machar, a professed Presbyterian was also attacked by this congregation when he took his peace and reconciliation message to that church. Kiir wanted to avoid that kind of humiliation...

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      • 26 July 08:49, by Resolution

        Hahahhahaaaaaaaaaaaa fool, how can he start fearing his cohorts and his own shadow, all victims of this south Sudan civil war including SPLA senior military commanders who fought along with him and at last detained them and put them under house arrest are looking for him its matter of time his life will perish.

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    • 26 July 09:30, by South South

      Eastern,

      You are lying like Sudan Tribune, nothing really is correct about this fake article. We are here in Juba and we know more than you internet warriors.

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      • 26 July 14:05, by Eastern

        South South,

        Don’t worry about the so called internet warriors - perceive them as virtual. Why should a general in Juba worry about internet worriors when a large proportion of his followers don’t have access to the internet. Please continue to support Kiir through ways your best able to; with the internet thing, you are a big loser!!!

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        • 26 July 15:47, by South South

          Eastern,

          I am a big loser? Tell me where I lost? Who is sitting n Juba? Eastern or South Sudan? Who is making decision affecting Eastern’s life?. Please check the word lose and what it means?

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          • 26 July 16:34, by Eastern

            South South,

            Naivetes continue arguing with EASTERN...! I have been here before the current crises and I will be here long after it has ended. I am in Juba, Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa, the cities that matter. I am at J-One, the NSS, the foreign affairs, etc. South South, you are a novice. You better stand back Kiir and go down with him - Kiir is going - going into oblivion...!!

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  • 26 July 11:27, by Maguto

    plz avoid abusing your president, he will continuous messing if you don’t honor him

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  • 26 July 22:48, by JUR ATHÏT

    Kuar Junub, you are stupid. who told you that kiir is Dinka president? He is a president of south sudan. Do you still believe the fake prophecies of your magician ngundeng? You are fool enough.

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