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It took time to convince world Machar is not for peace in S. Sudan: Kiir

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President Salva Kiir greets First Vice President Riek Machar before to start a meeting at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 3 June 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

August 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Saturday said it took him time to convince regional and international leaders that Riek Machar is not a man of peace and that he should be kept away.

The former South Sudanese First President has been forced to live away from the country in South Africa where he is currently after the bloody clashes in July 2016 between his troops and the South Sudanese army forces loyal to President Kiir.

President Kiir says the rebel leader should not be personally involved in any peace process and his group be represented by any representative he designates. for his part, Machar wants to be allowed to return to South Sudan and his groups participates in the implementation of 2015 peace agreement not the splinter faction led by First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

In a speech to members of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of elders who visited him at his residence, Saturday Kiir said he told regional leaders and the international community he was not worried about threats being posed to his presidency by his rival Riek Machar. However, he added, they were sceptical when he rejected calls to associate him with the implementation process of the peace agreement.

“The region has now realised the truth in what we have been telling them and the international community that Riek is not a democrat because democrats would not advocate war. But they did not seem to get us at first. They thought I was being personal. It took them time to realize and now they are the ones talking to him to denounce violence but what did he do? He refused,” said president Kiir.

The South Sudanese leader said he declared a unilateral ceasefire last May not because of regional and international pressure but to demonstrate his commitment to peace despite the fact that he was aware that Machar would not reciprocate.

“I told them in several fora that declaring unilateral ceasefire is a not a problem. We can do it like I have done it several times but it did not work because one side ceasefire does not hold. And whenever we declare a ceasefire, Riek and his group (would) take it as an advantage. That was why our forces have to go to Pagak and take it so that we see where they will come again,” said Kiir.

He stressed that IGAD leaders who decided his confinement in South Africa would not respond positively to his request to return to eastern Africa countries.

"The region will not allow return him if he does not denounce violence, which he will not do," he said.

The delegation of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of elders visited President Kiir at his residence in Juba to extend him thanks and appreciations on behalf of the family members of former presidential aides released on bail by the high court.

Kiir who is accused by his detractors of ruling the country with the support of his ethnic group used the visit as an opportunity to call on the Dinka elders to work with elders from other communities to disseminate messages of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness, saying peaceful dialogue was the only way to end the conflict and restore economic situation in the country.

“You need to work together with elders from other communities. Reach out to elders in Yei, in Torit, Kajokeji, Mundri, Yambio and all other places so that together you talk peace, reconciliation, unity and forgiveness."

"Those waiting for Riek, let them know what they would get from Riek, the government will do now. Riek is not coming in any official capacity," he added.

"I held talks recently with elders from Lou Nuer and elders from Gajaak and Jikany, all of them pledged to work with the government and to support peace. You need to reach these elders and start working with them to disseminate the message of peace," he concluded.

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  • 27 August 00:40, by Adok son

    The world is just busy to isolates Dr Riek Machar Teny and like Salva Kiir to retain on chair of South Sudan while he(Salva) has finished the civilian even most of American people like an international journalist Alan Boswell,who was killed in Juba by Salva Kiir’s forces and at the US ,UK and UN makes things like they don’t know what is taking place in South Sudan. They’re just busy with closing>>

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    • 27 August 01:44, by john akeen

      My friend, just stay away from Riek Machar Teny and then see how good president Salva Kiir he is. Anyways elderly people job in the country is to educate the country nation about the history of their country, elderly people job in the country is to write books for schools, elderly people are suppose to put all of their children in one place and not to separate them or to divide them

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    • 27 August 06:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That is very true.
      World today is confuse and it is late to study the individual psychology, like Riek Machar, can’t preside South Sudanese people.

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      • 27 August 07:35, by Rumbek S. Sudan

        Ayuiu Makuac,
        Who do you think Salva Kiir is? He’s also not for peace. A mere word do not have a weight than practical action. Both Kiir and Machar have ashamed all South Sudanese but to my personal opinion, Salva Kiir is the worst of all, otherwise he would have not appointed all illiterate generals as governors.

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      • 27 August 10:56, by jubaone

        Ayuiu,
        Riak is 6000 km away and the Kiirminal has just become like a mayor and governor of Juba. He can’t visit the areas in SS he claims to control. He travels more to foreign countries than to the states. What president? A bandit and bankrupt ruler? He uses Riak as an excuse for his misrule and hopeless leadership. The whole world must knows he’s a loser and must go home to drink and die.

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  • 27 August 00:50, by Adok son

    ...off the chairman of SPLM/SPLA IO, Dr Riek Machar Teny.
    We will see this time the death of Alan Boswell will be similar to the death of innocent nuer killed by Salva on the watch of the UN agencies in Juba 2013.

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  • 27 August 00:53, by Adok son

    Ignore the above errors!!

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  • 27 August 01:23, by Nairobimitot

    Adok Son
    Stop blaming Kiir for the war in South Sudan. All the people in South Sudan are dying and not only Nuer. Did you get it?

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    • 27 August 02:23, by john akeen

      Mr. Nairobimitot brother
      only stupid people are they one who always talking about president Kiir this president Kiir that, because they don’t see anybody in our country is suffering only president Kiir, he’s suffering for everybody in the country because he wants peace to come for everyone, he want everyone to leave in peace. President Kiir is a second gift from GOD to SS people after DR. John

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  • 27 August 02:56, by john locke

    Dont ever lie like that again. Kiir is a curse from God. What kond of person kills innocent nuer in juba than blames the war on other people. Hes lucky hes d3aling with riek. Because other people like gadet yaka would kill him

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    • 27 August 05:44, by South South

      This enemy of peace called Riek should be kept in South Africa for good. He is good for nothing, but violence and killing. Let government of South Sudan keep trying to reach out to all communities in South Sudan to realize peace in our country. Peace will come to our country.

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      • 27 August 10:44, by jubaone

        South South,
        Your Kiirminal has become paranoid with the deployment of RPF and Revitalization Forum intended to bring Riak on board. Kiirminal us panicking cos he fears the RPF would eventually pin him down to accept full implementation or face ICC. Arrest warrant is being processed incase the jienge refuses. Everything is working as planned.

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  • 27 August 06:01, by john locke

    What peace has kiirs government brought to the people? Over 1 million people are refugees in uganda alone. Innocent people are dieing everday because of kiirs soldiers. The man calls for a cease fire while attacking pagak. This man makes no sense. I pray to God that this man either dies soon or is captured by us IO. Kiir is a curse that needs to be dealt with with bullets.

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    • 27 August 19:27, by conservative

      These nuer die in juba it seems they been forgot to be brought to justice but people went to war immediately following reik removal which is normal procedure for any president in this world it normal

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  • 27 August 06:25, by Agany Malim

    Kiir should be treat as individual among dinka who are along way suffering in the name of kiir who will not even know that there are pple defending his position. For how long will you keep on defending him instead for you to do your own will for benefit of our country ss?

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  • 27 August 07:49, by Kat Cok

    The strange statement in this article is:’’The former South Sudanese First president.’’
    The question: When did Riek Machar became the president of South Sudan? Those who posted this article should come with correct information.

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    • 27 August 11:01, by jubaone

      Kat Cok
      So you don’t know when Riak became FVP of SS? A you really a SS or have you stopped thinking like many of your sort? Here, I can’t help you. Stay well in your idiocy and stupidity.

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      • 27 August 11:25, by South South

        jubaone,

        You are the most idiot person I have ever seen. Article is talking about: "’The former South Sudanese First president.", you are talking about FVP. When was Riek first president of South Sudan? Stupid, shut up.

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        • 27 August 12:26, by jubaone

          South South,
          If I as a Bari, I am the most idiot person, how would one then describe a savage jienge like you? I live it to the readers. We still have to find a convenient word.

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  • 27 August 15:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It is the other way around. Salva is a war monger, a war enforcer. What kind of peace is Kiir enunciating. It is a peace in subjugation but not a just peace that is based on negotiation. Peace without justice is no peace. The tribal, corrupt government is still in place. the so-called transitional government is a government of allies that is for status quo.

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    • 27 August 21:23, by Work force

      The question is which language was the president of JCE used to convince international community and the regional bodies? Why do we fear Dr.Riek Machar to return to his Country? Kiir is buying time so that can remain in power for long because with the presence Riek he and his useless so called Gai will fail badly in the coming election

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