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Bishop warns over Machar’s exclusion from peace process


July 29, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese Catholic Bishop said efforts to resuscitate South Sudan’s peace process would not be successful, if the rebel leader, currently in exiled in South Africa, was excluded.

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Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Juba, Reverend Santo Laku Pio (ST Photo)

Bishop Santo Loku of the Auxiliary Catholic Dioceses of Juba said President Salva Kiir and his main political rival are responsible for the more than three-year civil war in the country and must be personally involved in resolving it.

“I hear IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] want to revitalize the peace agreement by evaluating the whole agreement so that they see where progress has been made and where there is a need to conform to the provisions of the agreement, which is encouraging,” the Bishop told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

He added, “But I also hear one of the leaders, Riek Machar will not participate in revitalization forum. I don’t know how true this information but if it turns out to be true, the IGAD needs to reconsider their position because the war was not started by civilians.”

The cleric blamed President Kiir and Machar for peoples’ suffering.

“The people are now dying behind these two people,” he stressed.

Ten of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s civil war, which started after disagreement within the ruling party (SPLM).

The outspoken cleric, however, said any process that excludes one of the parties in the conflict would undermine the objectives for which the efforts were being made, equating attempts to deny either of the parties to the conflict an opportunity to participate in the process as taking sides against those with common interests.

The religious leader called on the regional leaders to step aside for the international community to take over the process, saying some leaders in the region have direct interests in the war to perpetuate.

“Clearly people South have lost faith in the process because some of the leaders in the region have interests in the conflict. IGAD has failed to stop war and bring peace in this country because some of the leaders have interest in the war and they are benefiting from the death of civilians,” further stated the Bishop.

He added, “I think they should now give it up to the international community”.

His comments follow a proposal by South Sudan youth leaders who requested the African Union to take over the process, accusing regional leaders of lacking impartiality and interest in the country.

The youth called for an all-inclusive forum through representatives of different stakeholders would participate in contributing ideas and make proposals aimed at ending the conflict in the country.

However, the IGAD foreign ministers said after a consultative forum in Juba this week that they would not guarantee participation of Machar in person, but said he was free to send representatives.

“For the time being, physically we shall not be inviting Machar,” the Ethiopian foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu said, adding that their objective was to evaluate the peace process and prepare grounds for elections in which Machar and other leaders would participate.

The Machar-led armed opposition faction have dismissed IGAD’s proposal, describing it as a plan to legitimize and consolidate Kiir’s regime against the will of majority of South Sudanese.


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  • 29 July 2017 21:41, by Mi diit

    Bishop Santo Loku of the Auxiliary Catholic Dioceses of Juba is one of the faithful Bishops in the world if any is there.
    I have been following his remarks before and after July incident.
    No peace in South Sudan without Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhur-gon.

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    • 30 July 2017 02:08, by Kush Natives

      Mi diit,
      This bishop is a rebel. Why would he always keep preaching Riek Machar in the church? Let him Riek in South Africa period or move his church over to South Africa. We have no room for Riek herein South Sudan.

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      • 30 July 2017 03:27, by Malakal county Simon

        Kush Natives

        You’re primitive thinking has gone beyond frustration.... Maybe you need to define the word rebel, before you throw it Bishop Santo.... There is an extinguish between the word rebel and disagreement .....

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      • 30 July 2017 07:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Hey Native Kus,

        The whole of South Sudan dpes not belong to your mother or father. Neither does it belong to Kiir or his mother. The Bishop is sincere and honest on the issue that is killing thousands of innocent people and causing massive exodus of civilians to foreign countries. Yuo should be a damn fool to criticize the noble Bishop.

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        • 30 July 2017 13:56, by Augustino

          This Bishop is my voice in true sense, no where in this world you have one side of Problem present for presentation and not giving other side enough chances.

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      • 30 July 2017 09:07, by gatkhor Nueri

        Bishop is telling the truth to the world that,
        Peace without Dr.Machar is not Peace,
        Dialogue without Dr.Machar is not a Dialogue.
        A greement without Dr.Machar is not a Agreement.

        now many people in SouthSudan they are not happy for the regim of president Salva Kiir Mayardit.

        Dr.Machar is coming Soon

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  • 29 July 2017 22:41, by john akeen

    Who is this Bishop? Is he a politician or a preacher of god message to the people? Because he seem like he is adding more fuel in the fire, and wish side is he on? Government side or Rebels side or on the citizens of south sudan side? Somebody help me understand this bishop

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    • 29 July 2017 22:46, by Eastern

      He is an auxiliary bishop in Juba; whatever that means, please find out for yourself. What I know is Kiir and Taban are working together harmoniously and implementing the ARCISS. Taban has just called the inhabitants of Maiwut to return home..! Things are normalising.

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      • 30 July 2017 06:36, by South South

        What happened to advance weapons rebels have to bring down any gunship, did they run away with them. By the way, this bishop is a rebel. I have more to say about him if he open his mouth again and says stupid things.

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        • 30 July 2017 12:01, by Eastern

          South South,

          Open your mouth to say anything and everything. It’s your right to do so.....

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      • 30 July 2017 09:58, by jubaone

        Taban and the Kiirminal have made peace and so revitalization of ARCISS 2015 is absolutely stupid. Let IGAD just go ahead and it’s up to Junubin to sort out their shit. Africans are too weak and foolish to suggest reasonable solutions. Who cares if all Junubin die and foreigners takeover our country in 5-10 yrs?

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    • 29 July 2017 23:31, by john akeen

      Mr. Bishop please stop acting like Muslims imams who likes to max religion with politics. SS problem is not about Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, it is all the South Sudanese citizen problem, you can ask me why? Because the citizens of our country they don’t consider themselves as one nation, our citizens they like to talk in the name of their tribes, spatially our brothers Nuer, Blanda and Equatorans

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      • 29 July 2017 23:43, by lino

        Ya Akeen,
        I am not sure whether you are a Muslim or a Christian, but anyway the world of God is to tell the truth no matter what, and the Bishop didn’t lie of anything but he said it right front without fear from Kiir or you!!!
        The Bible teaches us; the truth shall sit you free!!!
        The same words of the Bible Dr. John Garang quoted in 1997 at Cairo, Egypt when he met the Sudanese People.

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        • 29 July 2017 23:51, by lino

          God never mentioned in the Bible or Quran that clerics should talk politics!!! I am not sure what religion are you believing in?!! Even Jieng’s Nyalig / God never mentioned anything of that kind!!! You guys become even more nasty than our Northern Sudanese friends!!! What happened. Did we forgot the years of Struggle already? Big shame on all of us.

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          • 30 July 2017 00:26, by john akeen

            Mr. Lino
            I am Christian, but I tell you, Bishops are not supposed to preach the word of politics or the word of evils to the people. Bishops are supposed to preach the word of god to the people and if they want to talk about politicians or government, they should talk about all of them people that who are in the government and also the shouldn’t mansion anybody name, just like when Jesus>

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            • 30 July 2017 00:53, by john akeen

              was talking about his enemy or about the government, he didn’t mansion anybody name to the people, but he was talking about all of them without mentioning anyone name, so Bishops are supposed to follow jesus footsteps. On one in any government in this world should be a friend to the man or woman of god, but Mr. Lino; At the end. I strongly agree with you when you said SHAME ON US SS PEOPLE

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              • 30 July 2017 01:09, by john akeen

                Just listen to what this Bishop said; he said" I hear IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] want to revitalize the peace agreement by evaluating the whole agreement so that they see where progress has been made and where there is a need to conform to the provisions of the agreement. Now tell me, does this sound like Bishop speaking to you or it sound like politician speaking to you?

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        • 29 July 2017 23:52, by lino

          Correction :The words of God!!

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    • 30 July 2017 07:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      John A Kin,

      If anyone who speaks out the truth in South Sudan is a rebel then if you are a truth teller you are one. This Bishop is a man of God who is not happy with the way your system is obliterating innocent people on their ancestral lands. Those people are made in the image of God. So as a servant of God he must speak out against the the killing of people. He is 100% right.

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  • 29 July 2017 23:20, by lino

    Very brave his holiness Bishop Santo!!! Let these IGAD barks day and night; the Almighty God has it’s own way!!!
    Kiir and Taban can’t make or implement peace because they are friends. Peace and implementation need enemies to execute. Let IGAD do it their own way; next year they will be talking the same shit.
    Where in the world you can plan for elections for 2018 while people are dying every day??

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  • 29 July 2017 23:52, by Dak tak

    It is only in church where trust is being preached, you laid the line. All The countries bordering us only wish to see as remain in the present situation for life, for to them it means a great economic improvement in term of bribed and refugee money. Peace will either come from within the country or from the international community and not poor IGAD.

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  • 30 July 2017 00:01, by Gai Cikom

    He should have just avoid Church and join politics, what a bishop?

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    • 30 July 2017 01:55, by garrak1520

      You are a reel moron, without Machar no peace in South Sudan, and FYI, I am not a south Sudanese. The bishop is just telling it as it is.
      Kiir and team failed the country, the people. I am not for Machar nor Kiir. There are very capable technocrats in Juba. Time for Kiir and cronies to fed away.

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  • 30 July 2017 02:39, by john akeen

    Mr. Garrak1520
    I don’t want to know where you from, but according to you said, you said you are not a South Sudanese, but if you are from Africa that mean you are fuck ta up and I belive your country is on fire, so please step away from are problems, because we didn’t invite you to talk about our problems, just to let you that, we are one nation, but if we are not now, then we will be oneday

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  • 30 July 2017 02:45, by DHARCHEP

    I believe he must have drink liquor. Riek Machar at the first place he should not be in an exile if he needs peace. Even if he comes to Juba today, he will still go back to exile. What is being funished from Riek Machar was not his physical appearance, but was his characters. If Bishop needs Riek Machar to be in peace, let him do peace with Thomas Cirilo first and leave Salva Kiir alone. Salva Kii

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  • 30 July 2017 08:38, by Ranmediit

    Bravo, south Sudan suffering from kiir regime and they still IGAD flavour kiir regime that displaced many people.Uganda and Kenya and Ethiopia has been give huge money to flavour him in power,And they develop their Countries by our Resources,its good that you religious acknowledge that region has interested in South Sudan crises.

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  • 30 July 2017 08:57, by gatkhor Nueri

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    ???? ?? ????? ?????? ?? ?????? ????.??? ??? ???? ????.?????? ????? ?? ???? ????? ???????? ????? ??????? ??. 60 ??? ?????? ????? ??? ???? 80 ??? ???? ??? ???? ?????? ?? ???? ?????.

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  • 30 July 2017 09:05, by gatkhor Nueri

    Peace without Dr.Machar is not Peace,
    Dialogue without Dr.Machar is not a Dialogue.
    A greement without Dr.Machar is not a Agreement.

    now many people in SouthSudan they are not happy for the regim of president Salva Kiir Mayardit.

    Dr.Machar is coming Soon

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    • 30 July 2017 16:42, by DHARCHEP

      He is coming soon, but he will died this time in J2 not J1. Keep that in mind.

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  • 30 July 2017 17:54, by Majesty

    Despite my registered hatred against that power hungryman, Bishop is correct, Riek Machar has to participate in any peace arrangement. He has sympathizers and supporters and all need to be onboard. After all he’s South Sudanese. To have genuine and final peace in South Sudan, everyone is needed or all would be another waste.

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