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South Sudan Kiir urges opposition to prepare for elections


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 14, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Monday urged the hold out armed and political opposition groups to stop the fighting and to prepare themselves to take part in the general elections after the end of the transitional period.

President Kiir made the comments during a meeting with Koma and Gajaak communities at the presidential palace on Monday during which he called on the traditional leaders of the two communities to unite and move forward together in order to overcome the challenging security situation in the country.

“There is nothing you will gain in splitting Maiwut or moving away from Maiwut and go to another area. You have to understand that your union has a lot of strength than division,” said President Kiir.

He further asked the communities to reconcile and embark on peaceful sensitization campaign to bring people together in the area.

Kiir took the opportunity to call the whole South Sudanese to embrace peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and unity, stressing that because of these needs he launched the national dialogue process which should allow them to chart together their future.

"We are now calling on the people who are still advocating for war to denounce violence, stop fighting and come back to participate in the dialogue process so that people go for elections after the end of the transitional period. Elections will people give an opportunity to make their own choices,” further said Kiir.

Following a series of attacks and counterattacks, the government forces last week captured the SPLM-IO stronghold town of Pagak which is part of Maiut state.

The government plans to use t this victory to generate a new dynamic to discourage those who joined the rebellion or the opposition hold out groups to join the government-led dialogue process.

Meanwhile, the Maiwut state parliamentary speaker told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the meeting was fruitful, saying the Koma and Gajaak communities were brought together by the president.

“The community of Koma and Gajaak held a meeting with President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E General Salva Kiir Mayardit this morning in J1about the creation of Maiwut State.

He further announced that the Koma who were opposed to the new state have finally accepted to remain in Maiwut State and abandoned their demand to join the Northern Upper Nile State.

"The Koma community members who attended the meeting are directed to unite themselves and to nominate a candidate for Deputy Governor position,” said speaker Choul Dep Kiir.

The President Kiir, according to speaker, advised Gajaak not to mistreat Koma Community.

"The President directed Gajaak to share the State Government with Koma fairly. He told Koma that he will try his level best to take the development to Koma County," the speaker said.

The population of Maiwut State, which consists of Maiwut, Longochuk and Koma counties, is composed of the Koma ethnic group and Gajaak who are a sub-clan of Jikany Nuer.

Following the establishment of Maiwut, the Koma split into two groups some of them said hostile to be part of a new administrative entity dominated by the Nuer who killed their tribesmen in other states when the conflict erupted in December 2013.

The Koma group headed by Hon. Ali Adlan, an MP in the National Transitional Legislative Assembly was opposed to the new state but it is accepted by a group headed by Hon. Col. Baryach Uluch who is the leader of Koma community.


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  • 14 August 2017 23:51, by Kush Natives

    First and foremost I don’t know what’s the hell is called Koma, is it Nuer language or is it a name that I have just emerged from no where? Back to Mr. President Salva Kiir, FYI, those two subtribe of Gajak and ***K**a will not delay this post election. Focus on how this will conduct this 2018 election!

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    • 15 August 2017 10:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That good news.

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      • 15 August 2017 16:05, by Mr. Right

        Good news, indeed! We need a new face.

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    • 15 August 2017 13:27, by Mi diit

      Incompetent Kiir is now over ambitious simply because of his friend Uhuru’successful result in the elections.
      Don’t compare yourself with the senior and competent dictator Uhuru Kenyata. You are surrounded by primitive interest group called JCE whilst Uhuru is surrounded by big minded people.

      Incompetent Kiir must go!

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    • 15 August 2017 13:31, by Mi diit

      Those are not Gajaak but few disciples of Lol Nyakier and criminal Taban (an adopted Fallati orphan).

      Gajaak are hand in hand with their suffering people.

      Viva Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhur-gon.
      Viva SPLM/A I.O
      Viva the bleeding Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 15 August 2017 01:54, by Theone

    I’m telling you right now,Mark my words!

    It is Khartoum money first, Just ask Riek.

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  • 15 August 2017 02:46, by john locke

    This is funny.. the same man who just fsiled at capturing pagak is now the same man whos saying wait for elections. If kiir would have kept riek as vp and eaited for elections all of this would have been avoided. This man needs to be removed asap

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  • 15 August 2017 04:27, by john akeen

    I understand our people used to die because of their land was occupied by Arab since 1956, but now why are we killing ourselves for politicians? do you remember when Arab used to tell us, there will be no Christian man or women will rule Muslim man or women. I believe Arab people they used to say South Sudanese people they are not educated but they are smart, but what C in us is that we are

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    • 15 August 2017 04:43, by john akeen

      very stupid people and the people that who made us stupid, is the people that who is caring weapon against our government. I have 2 questions to ask, my number 1 is, why are you fighting for Riek Machar to became a president of the people of South Sudan by force? My second question is, why are you fighting for president Salva Kiir to stay in the office for long time?

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      • 15 August 2017 06:26, by Malakal county Simon

        is this a mockery or a dream?

        First, there is no way a fair, credible election can be hold in this world when the war still continue in the most part of the country. Half of the country population which counted to millions, has been displaced and some outside the country while majority of them are in UNIMISS camps....

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        • 15 August 2017 06:40, by Malakal county Simon


          Second, if the majority populations of the country cannot casts their votes freely, who is going to vote for you than Mr unwanted president??

          Thirdly, You Mr unwanted president need to stop your sense-less war.

          fourthly, Step-aside because your hands are tainted with full-blood of South Sudanese people’s based on tribal killings....

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          • 15 August 2017 06:53, by Malakal county Simon

            Fifthly, There is a need to form a genuine interim led-government with out your participation in it. A trusted person with good back-ground, must be chosen by the citizens of South Sudan to lead them to the election year.... By then, you can contest if you’re still interested!!!! This small piece of advice may not favour you, but it’s may help you to gains the trust back from the people’s....

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        • 15 August 2017 07:26, by Jongo

          OK Mr, County
          You get two options either one will continue, Kiir remains in power & the war continue or stop the war & conduct the elections to remove Kiir & it’s the only way to come to power not through guns points Please choose one Bra people are tired you too

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        • 15 August 2017 16:47, by Kush Natives

          Malakal county Simon,
          At least we’re keeping trying in a peaceful manner, that’s the only alternative method to get rid of president Salva Kiir, otherwise, you will stacked in the bushes for life. Why opposing the election? We in the government already have you 4 years in the bush in order to get rid Kiir, but it didn’t worked.

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          • 15 August 2017 16:50, by Kush Natives

            Opposing the election is recipe for disaster preparedness. How long will you animals remained a slave?

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    • 15 August 2017 06:20, by Tilo

      john akeen
      South Sudan have well educated and smart people in the country but chance was not given to them to rule the country. We more competent people who can lead this country to the right path.

      Kiir plz Stop the fighting now and go for general election in 2018

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      • 15 August 2017 07:35, by john akeen

        you want president Kiir to step outside for who? For Riek Machar, if you say yes, than I will declare that you’re out of your mind in this website. You have agreed that you are not in the bush to fight for some changes in the government, but you did agree that you are fighting Dinka but not the government of your country, even your boss Reik Machar agreed on that too, am I right

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      • 15 August 2017 07:51, by Jongo

        I agreed with you We are well educated people,Smart & talented but & unfortunately we are not well civilized, we are chaotic, indiscipline,angry,unstable,selfies & most important corrupted people Bad foundation but all of this can be fix in peace so let us give peace chance & work for our prosper all the above bad remarks gradually will vanish God Bless SS

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  • 15 August 2017 11:15, by Mike Charlie MC

    Shame on Your Fake Gajaak of NuerWEW,SPLA-IO will not getup because you agreed with Dinka President ,,,

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  • 15 August 2017 13:58, by lou nuer

    Mr. Kiir Mayardit which has turned to be Kiir Mayardot in mind. The Country still in war and saying Opposition should prepare for next year election? What a mysth you are doing with your wrong advisors?. You will realize lately that, what you have been doing was completely wrong.

    Lou Nuer

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    • 15 August 2017 16:18, by Mr. Right

      SPLM-IO is not the only opposition party in the country. Stop shouting in the bush and just come back and vote Kiir out, period. Like I said earlier, we need a new face.

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  • 15 August 2017 14:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The elections called for can best suit Gogrial and Aweil.

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