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Kiir says SPLM reunification key to ending S. Sudan war


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)
August 4, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir Friday said reunification of the factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) would stop the war and return the country to the path of peace and unity.

President Kiir told members of the political bureau of his faction that the former detainees and SPLM-IO under Taban Deng Gai have indicated commitment to return to the fold of the party under his overall leadership.

He further said he has no personal problem with anybody and welcomed those who want to return to the party through the reunification and reconciliation process.

“The Arusha reunification is clear and we have implemented it because it is one of the key initiatives to ending this war and return the country to the path of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness”, said Kiir.

Presidential adviser on military affairs Daniel Awet Akot told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the meeting of the members of the SPLM Political Bureau was chaired by president Kiir in his capacity as the Chairman on Thursday at the SPLM-House to discuss the Agreement on Reunification of SPLM factions.

“It was a briefing on the meeting which took place in Entebbe, Uganda. It also touched issues related to the implementation of Peace Agreement. So it was an important meeting. The president made clear that reunification and reconciliation of the members of the SPLM family are the keywords for ending this war, which is true because this war started when leaders disagreed over issues which have now been resolved through the Arusha agreement and that is why the initiative of the president is important. It is a commitment to implementing the agreement”, said Akot, himself a member of the political bureau.

The Acting SPLM Secretary General Nunu Kumba said Kiir briefed Political Bureau members on his recent meeting with former detainees and his meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

All the factions, she said, have started working on a work plan as agreed in Entebbe, Uganda. The top party official appreciated President Kiir for initiating reunification and the National Dialogue.

“We as the SPLM members both in IG, FDs and IO are the only ones responsible for bringing back the unity of the Country”, Kumba told reporters on Thursday evening after the close of the meeting.


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  • 5 August 2017 08:53, by Agany Malim

    People lost trust in you simple if you unite you loots and if you seperated you kill pple of ss. The important thing for you to do as splm parties is to: 1 stop war 2 go for election in 2018 to elect new president so that pple feel free from poor leadership

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  • 5 August 2017 09:53, by Eastern

    Reconciliation with the sole aim of consolidating power at the centre won’t end the war. It may pacify the country momentarily but won’t end other efforts fighting dictatorship. Read Nhial Bol Aken’s piece with sobriety to see the logic.https://paanluelwel.com/2017/08/03/south-sudan-dont-tribalize-everything/

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  • 5 August 2017 10:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Of course, You Salva Kiir have no problem with anyone as long as your leadership that promotes nepotism, tribalism, corruption and non-dissolution of power is not affected. And this we oppose.

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  • 5 August 2017 20:18, by john locke

    The same man who started this war and seprated the party is now the same man calling for reunification. Haha. The man is stupider than he looks.

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