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S. Sudan’s Kiir reiterates rejection for Machar’s return


September 14, 2017 (JUBA) - A meeting of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and his first deputy the coalition government held on Thursday reportedly resolved that the exiled ex-first vice president, Riek Machar should not be allowed to return in his official capacity.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

“The president of the republic, his Excellency, General Salva Kiir Mayardit and the first vice president, his Excellency General Taban Deng Gai met today and held a meeting on number of issues regarding peace, stability, unity, forgiveness and the reconciliation of the people of this country,” the minister for the presidency, Mayiik Ayiik Deng told Sudan Tribune.

The two leaders, he disclosed, also met to discuss and agreed on the kind of messages to be relayed before the United Nations General assembly meeting, which Gai will attend on behalf of the government.

“So they [both leaders] agreed that the first vice president should carry the message of the commitment of the government to ending the war and bringing peace to the country,” said Deng.

According to the official, Kiir and his first deputy stressed that the Juba government was not opposed to the return of Machar to the country as a private citizen.

The first vice president told reporters after the meeting that he went to brief President Kiir on the current activities of the faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition under him in the town of Pagak, as well as Central Upper Nile and Akobo States.

Gai further said the governor of Maiwut is currently in Pagak and that people are returning to their villages in those States, whilst the National Dialogue and preliminary grass root level discussions are taking place between the local communities.

He confirmed that he will be travelling to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in which he will address the international community in on the current peace process status in the country.

Gai said Machar has the right to return to the country because he was the citizen but he must denounce violence if he wants to return.

“If he wants to come, he can come. Nobody has a problem with his return after all he is the citizen of this country. What the people don’t want is his use of violence as the way to solve problems. People are telling him to denounce violence,” he stressed.

The former rebel chief negotiator urged Machar to put down his weapons and return to South Sudan to take part in the national dialogue.

“If he [Machar] has issues, he will raise them through the dialogue. Also if he wants to come back, people are saying he needs to come as a normal citizen because when he comes in an official capacity, it becomes a disaster to the people and people do not want a repeat of the past”, he further stressed.

The South Sudanese civil war has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million people since it broke out following political disagreements in the country’s ruling party in December 2013.


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  • 15 September 2017 09:16, by South South

    Riek Machar can come back to South Sudan as a normal person, but first he needs to denounce violence. Country is moving on without him, no big deal.

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    • 15 September 2017 10:37, by jubaone

      South South,
      The Kiirminal is blind and cant see, Taban Gai (aka Mohammed Alhag Hassan) has no legs to walk. Nothing will happen in SS. Only fools and idiots think, starting a car without wheels will move. Dr. Riak can fix that. He´s a Dr., smart and a thinker, that is what SS needs, not drinkers and drifters.

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      • 15 September 2017 14:08, by South South

        We will not give Riek permission to come back to South Sudan, whether you like it or not, is not our business. Let Riek fix your problems in DIASPORA. You are an old man who lost power of thinking because of your age. Aging person like you need to eat and sleep, nothing good you can offer to South Sudan. We are holding it, we are controlling it, we are developing it and we are owning it.

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        • 15 September 2017 17:09, by jubaone

          South South,
          Thank you for calling me old man though you have not seen me. You’re perhaps young, ignorant and disrespectful. Anyway that is typical for jienges and I forgive you for that. May be one should just smack you "boy" and please leave we old men decide for you while you eat, drink and shut peacefully.

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          • 16 September 2017 18:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

            South South, please don’t argue with Jubaone. He is fool by Machar title Dr. Machar. How many doctors around the world who don’t know anything? He thinks if you about things in 70s you are an old man. I have read the history of 2,500 years ago before Jesus Christ. Is that make me an old man. Smart leaders always learn from the past to avoid present and future mistakes. Jubaone is blind fool by Mac

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        • 15 September 2017 17:10, by jubaone

          South South,
          Thank you for calling me old man though you have not seen me. You’re perhaps young, ignorant and disrespectful. Anyway that is typical for jienges and I forgive you for that. May be one should just smack you "boy" and please leave we old men decide for you while you eat, drink and shit 💩 peacefully.

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          • 15 September 2017 18:22, by South South


            You see when I say you are an old man who lost power of thinking because of your age. Do I need to see you to know whether you are an old man or young man? No, I have read your comments for more than 3 years. You always talk about things you experienced in 1970s. AS a person, I just form my personal opinion and conclude that you are an old, there is no way a young person could know 1970s

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            • 16 September 2017 12:10, by jubaone

              South South,
              Anyone who grew up in Juba knows these stories narrated by our fathers, friends and relatives that most jienges from Bor used to look after Bari cows in the late 60s-70s and were given milk in the evenings as reward. They also used to ride on donkeys to fetch us water from the Nile. Chief Anderea Gore used to whip those who dared to come naked to Juba,so the word aryan jienge.???

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          • 16 September 2017 18:58, by Dinka-Defender-General

            Jubaone, you act like you didn’t eat your proteins such as monkey intestine, rat tests, and many other insects you eat. Just take a vacation to rejuvenate yourself, a friend since you are running out of proteins. This is an emergency vacation and cannot be denied. Tell your boss General DDG recommended. Two to three weeks maximum. We will see you back after your proteins so you can think logically.

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            • 17 September 2017 09:59, by jubaone

              Jienge Defender General,
              Oh yes, if eating monkey intestines has made me more intelligent than a Jienge who feeds on nothing, then so be it. Cows are foolish animals and must be herded and directed and jienges are no different. Did you hear that people kept monkeys like cows? No. A monkey is a free and wukd animal, a cow 🐮 is kept, whipped and slaughtered and so do Jienges with no independent min

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            • 17 September 2017 10:46, by jubaone

              Jienge Defender general,
              I know the story of jienges herding Bari cows and fetching water for us in the 60-70s bothers you, but that is true. Do you know how Nyaing and Juba na Bari was corrupted to "Thong piny?". Baris allowed Jienges to till the land and grow gnuts for themselves to sell and get money to buy cow 🐮 or an underwear known as "Abu nandhara" bcos it was colored at both ends like sun

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              • 17 September 2017 10:54, by jubaone

                ..glasses. It was strictly forbidden to walk around naked and so people would taunt these jienges and sing "Aryan jiengekudwal kudwal". They would get angry and want to hit our people with their sticks. Often kids would take aim of their genitalia with a catapult. Oh my God, those were hilarious times. But now our one time water carries want to become our masters. How? No, things don’t work that w

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    • 15 September 2017 11:13, by Malakal county Simon

      South South/slave

      We the majority of South Sudanese, we are tired of unwanted president destorying our belove country, unnecessary killings of our own people’s, man-made famine he must go if he doesn’t want peace simple is that.... Rejecting Dr Machar return will only prolong the this senseless war for a longer period.... Kiir he doesn’t give an inch about our suffering any more, he must go by an

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      • 15 September 2017 11:30, by Newsudan

        Like the story of Jacob and Esau in the Bible, the ethnology explanation, another Nuer myth justifies this order.
        Nuer and Dinka are represented in this myth as two sons of God who promised his old cow to Dinka and its young calf to Nuer,Dinka come by night to God’s byre and imitating the voice of Nuer,obtained the calf.when God Found that he had been tricked He was angry and charge Nuer to avenge

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        • 15 September 2017 11:37, by Newsudan

          the injury by raiding Dinka’s cattle to the end of time. the result noted one 1907 British intelligence report,was that’ to this day the Dinka has always lived by robbery and the Nuer by war".arrogance stood at the root of the Dinka- Nuer conflict, as it had under scored the rivalry for centuries,

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          • 15 September 2017 11:45, by Newsudan

            ,Dinka refer to themselves as mony-jang which means "men of men",in the Dinka thinking, they represented the standard of what’s ideally human and therefore best," notes historian Francis Deng,Dinkaland is the most beautiful, the Dinka race the perfect example of creation, Dinka cattle the ideal wealth and Dinka was best model of dignity, and in the face of attack, brutality was normal.

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            • 15 September 2017 11:54, by Newsudan

              the tradition was passed on in cattle camp,whose Dinka boys learned to tend their herds and how to fight at the slightest provocation, one Dinka man explained the game."the type of sport we do is war".the idea is to depend yourself and show your manhood. "I try to hit your head with a stick, you try to dodge ".The Nuer were equally as arrogant and ready to fight, noted writer Scott Peterson, in th

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            • 15 September 2017 17:54, by jubaone

              Did you say jienges were a perfect God’s creation? Oh, that’s new. I don’t see any perfection at all. Francis Deng was simply glorifying what the jienges are not. We should be seeing jiengeland as the most developed region in SS. Why are the monyjienges so backward, worst development index in SS and jienges running away to Equatoria? Satan must have a hand in all these. Francis forgot th

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            • 16 September 2017 08:15, by Free at Last Viva!

              Ahahaha! Dinka are born to rule! A 13th Century mentality. it will definitely ruin the peaceful South Sudan. Ahahaha!

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      • 15 September 2017 12:49, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        You are just shit to me. Some Nuers learn what they see and touch only. Why do you want us to give a permission to Riek to come back to South Sudan? Let him use his white army which has never been defeated in the history of South Sudan. Wicked, everything is in our hand including your headquarters Pagak. Majority is with us not with run away coward. Shut up and bow down.

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      • 15 September 2017 17:20, by Newsudan

        the man who sparked this tribal bloodletting was Riek Machar, the gap-toothed rebel officer who matched the qualification of the expected Nuer Messiah, the leader of legend who had come to liberate his tribesmen from predatory Dinka, it didn’t hurt that Riek was an immediate descendant of a renowned prophet of the Nuer divinity Teny- hence Riek’s third name, at his Spartan compound in Nassir, Riek

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        • 15 September 2017 17:27, by Newsudan

          stoked the dual imperative of his rule, on the wall of his bare mud hut, there was a primitive painting of an African snake, but sitting on his desk almost alone and surely for everyone to see was a "thick good news Bible" embossed on the cover with gold lettering, the close proximity of the snake and the Bible- both tokens of Southern Sudanese spiritual strength

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          • 15 September 2017 17:33, by Newsudan

            would be necessary if he was to fulfill the prophecy and totally defeat the Dinka, I interviewed Riek soon after the Bor massacre before the tribal spirit of the Dinka had woken and counterattack in revenge, explained Scott Peterson, the writer of book, "me against my brother" sub topic false Messiah.

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    • 15 September 2017 13:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The present of Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar, in the country is better than being his in exile. If is interested for peace to be preveal in the country, then let them together be available.

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  • 15 September 2017 09:59, by Majesty

    To make peace enemies sit down and talk. If some are not allow because they have to agree with us first, then there is no intention for peace.

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    • 15 September 2017 10:24, by DumoMakuachdit

      Wan Chan Nyal’s government must go, it is matter of time kiir kuethpiny lual will leaves us to enjoys.

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  • 15 September 2017 10:22, by Resolution

    Hahahaaa a junior politician is telling his boss to denounce violence and come back to country as normal citizen, fool with your fake degree from University of Juba, Dr. Machar will continue leading you till you died miserably son of jalabba plus your group of gamblers pretending your loyalist. everybody knows that your comprise criminals, corrupts officials, money lovers.

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    • 15 September 2017 10:29, by DumoMakuachdit

      It is upright that protest against Kiir Ayuei ‘s regime will start in his home town Kuajok soon and very soon.
      Junubians are tired of this idiot president. My dear Aweilians are ready for seizing wen Ayuei.

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  • 15 September 2017 10:47, by john steven N

    i do not understand why Kiir and his local deputy said Dr Machar could not come to South Sudan while they are the ones incited the conflict in the country as segregating one tribe Nuer, i believe Dr Machar will come back to South Sudan without any threat from you the two as he knows everything more than you politically,democratically educationally and familiarity with in the citizens of the natio

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  • 15 September 2017 10:49, by Mr. Right

    We are damn tired of your endless-empty rhetoric. Just bring on elections and we shall kick the shit out of you.

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  • 15 September 2017 11:15, by Augustino

    I am supporting government 100% but I do not agree with the policy of excluding Dr Riak in the Talk, Riek will be ready to tell his part of argument and government give their sides too. Who will disarm his forces, I do not thing forceful disarmament cannot work at all. Dr Riek has more to tell to the people of South Sudan about the current conflict for sure and we are ready to listen to him.

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  • 15 September 2017 14:32, by John Wetjunub

    your dream will never come a real,Dr Riek lost a sense of humanity
    which mean he can not longer lead this nation and Gen Kiir will lead you to death whether you like it or not.

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  • 15 September 2017 14:47, by MC GLazz

    South Sudan President ,,,,,I hope you are not digesting on what is taking place now in the country ,, exclusion of Dr Riek Machar in national Dialogues mean no peace being implemented in Juba ,,, Again the National Dialogue chair person and co chairs shall not accept such statement if we are telling the truthes

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    • 15 September 2017 15:11, by Redeemer

      People don’t see beyond their nose, if Riek was to be wise enough he would worked for the unity of IOs first, for him to return at a certain capacity. The world is knows that the Taban IO is the very IO they worked for and make them share the GoNU. James Riek Machar is a Dr who cannot think

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  • 16 September 2017 08:19, by Free at Last Viva!

    Whether the presidency likes it or not, Dr. Riek Machar will rule and lead South Sudan. He is the only one who will establish a system that will stabilize the whole South Sudan,a most democratic system.

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  • 16 September 2017 11:34, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Riak Machar will never Rule South Sudan. He will remain like Hassan El Turabi of Sudan who thought he was so intelligent enough to be the President but ended up in the grave before becoming a president. PhD does does not qualify one to be a ruler. Let him go and lecture in the University if he still have the knowledge.

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    • 16 September 2017 12:14, by jubaone

      Kwacha Okonyomoi,

      Look at what the semi-illiterates have brought to us. Seriously, Kiirminal or Mohammed Alhag Hassan Siddig (Taban Gai)are both school dropouts, with not more than 10 yrs of formal education. We Need educated leaders.

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  • 16 September 2017 16:34, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    There’s no peace without forgiveness,whom to forgive n when to do it? All the leaders of south Sudan need to vow down to the Sudanese people to seek forgiveness, then it will be upto the public to either forgive n forget or seek any other alternative as far as the leadership of the South Sudan is concerned. But if we preach the peace, or call 📞 for it then is just a worse of time, we need to work

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