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S. Sudan’s Kiir says elections an opportunity to choose leaders


September 21, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir says any polls conducted in the young nation will give citizens opportunity to choose their leaders, reiterating earlier calls for the holdout opposition leaders to denounce violence and return to the country

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Salva Kiir casts his vote in the 2010 elections.

The president rejected the use of violence and all forms of incitement, saying it undermines the cause of the liberation struggle.

“We continue to call on them; those are who continuing to advocate for war that peace was in the interest of the country. And because of this we have been extending our arms and a hand of peace, a hand of friendship, of forgiveness and for them to use the national dialogue and other peaceful means and mechanisms to end this conflict”, Kiir told reporters in the capital, Juba on Wednesday.

According to the South Sudanese leader, several amnesties to those who took up arms as a guarantee against the Juba government were declared, but very few armed groups responded to them.

The president, however, said his administration will support initiatives aimed at addressing peace and security, stressing that no community can establish lasting conditions for peace and tolerance unless it finds ways of building mutual trust among its people.

“We know the quest for peace has never been an easy process. But we are working hard to ensure that Members of society need to be oriented toward peace and tolerance. At the same time, social, economic, and political systems must be re-oriented to the same peace and tolerance,” said the South Sudanese leader.

He added, “Inclusively, the discipline of peaceful co-existence must shape our way of life. Having common goals promotes mutual understanding, respect, tolerance and dialogue”.

The President made the remarks during a function at which he received credentials of the newly appointed ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Norway, Germany and South Africa. The new ambassadors included, Alison Blackburne from Britain, Abdullah Fahd Ali Al-Kahtani from Saudi Arabia, Lars Andersen from Norway, Jan Hendrick Van Thiel from of Germany and Major General Gordon Mwandile Yekelo from South Africa.

Meanwhile, the undersecretary in the foreign affairs ambassador, Baak Valentino Wol said the Juba government and its administration were committed and ready to closely work with the ambassadors.

The new envoys, he said, expressed their appreciation and gratitude to President Kiir for accepting their credentials while assuring him of their commitment to work with South Sudan government so as to find ways of ending the nation’s civil war and restore peace and stability.

Last month, the South Sudanese leader called upon the country’s opposition groups to prepare for the country’s general elections, earmarked to take place after the end of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) period in 2018.

To fast track processes leading to the polls, Kiir officially declared his national dialogue initiative and declared unilateral cease-fire with rebels in May, albeit it has repeated been violated.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in South Sudan’s conflict triggered by political differences between President Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar.


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  • 22 September 2017 03:52, by Malakal county Simon

    Unwanted president Kiir himself need to denounce violence and stop the war at once and this case, people’s probably accept the election other your called for an election will always fall in the deaf ears because without stopping the war first, the environment is not conducive enough for fair and free election!!!!!!

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    • 22 September 2017 05:38, by Malakal county Simon

      Correction to above statement:

      Unwanted president Kiir himself, need to denounce violence and stop the war at once...... In this case, people’s may probably be willing to accept the election otherwise, your called for an election will always fall in the deaf ears because without stopping the war first, the environment is not conducive enough for a fair and free election to be hold!!!!!!

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      • 22 September 2017 07:50, by Midit Mitot

        JCE president, how will you conduct the national election while you had chased away all citizens to the bush? You had advised by the World body not to attempt any kind of election but don,t listen. sorry! God punishing South Sudanese through poor leadership.

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    • 22 September 2017 08:46, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Mr. president, if true that elections allow citizens to choose their own leaders, then why have you been choosing for us governors that are not citizens’ choice? An example is your so called Matur Chut Dhuol in Rumbek as well as other state governors which I’m sure are not the choice for the people of those states. I lost trust in your words long time ago Mr. president.

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    • 22 September 2017 14:12, by Dinka Fighter

      Election is the only way to get good leaders. Whoever is opposing elections will tell South Sudanese on how to get new leaders.

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      • 22 September 2017 15:55, by Landlord

        There are people saying Kiir is a mountain and should remain a president forever, why are you requesting election again today? Let him (Kiir) stay in the office for thousand years.

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  • 22 September 2017 04:26, by Kuch

    "the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Norway, Germany and South Africa"
    Here we go, was this a coincidence that the ambassadors from these five countries were appointed in their own respected countries in one day; posted to South Sudan in one day & then visited president Salva Kiir for their ambassadorial credential in one day? Ami the only one in South Sudan seeing the same dirty>>>

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    • 22 September 2017 04:34, by Kuch

      game or intrigue that almost destroyed our country & our people in the last years being connived again? To be honest fellows, diplomacy has never been a bad idea. But our Salva Kiir & his bunch of lowly informed advisers have let our country & our people down on this front. Countries like the UK, the US, Saudi Arabia, North Sudan are our enemies some of these days. The US, the UK, North Sudan>>>

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      • 22 September 2017 04:56, by Kuch

        Saudi Arabia & all the gulf Arab states, have alliance with Al Qada, Al Nustra, ISIS/L, Wahabis, Boko Haram, Islamic Brotherhood & our own so-called SPLA-IO. And these same terrorists have been the ones that almost destroyed our country through their Riek Machar puppet/stooge & some of their Nuer & some Equatorian pawns or foot soldiers as their tools to regime change the government of South Sudan

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        • 22 September 2017 05:15, by Kuch

          >>>with their Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo & their other puppets/stooges that they hoped they would micro-managed them in Washington, Wall Street, London, Paris, Brussels, Dubai, Johannesburg or some of their other shady capitals where these *hyenas behind the current mess in our country bank their loots in*. Fellows, a country like Germany doesn’t have a hand in the mess>>>

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          • 22 September 2017 05:24, by Kuch

            in our country that killed our people & almost destroyed our country. My fellow South Sudanese, our country is being Geo-politically chess game toyed around by the greatest evils on earth---the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between like their then so-called *cold war* they hoped, that they will eventually re-unite our country with their cloned arab North Sudan>>

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            • 22 September 2017 05:47, by Malakal county Simon


              Just because these countries ambassadors were in the function when this unwanted president make this remarks, it’s doesn’t meant you have a tangible evident that’s they were involved in our country mess.... Kiir himself is confused, and don’t know what to do simply as that!!!!

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            • 22 September 2017 06:28, by Kuch

              like their then ’East & West Germany’ & then the *evils can then go & pat their evil backs & toss their champagnes glasses* and say, western civilization. Some of our South Sudanese seem not to be very keen of as to why the evil countries like the UK, the Norway, Saudi Arabia, some lowly criminals in South Africa & some of their evil allies in between who killed our people through>>>

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        • 22 September 2017 07:46, by jubaone

          Your sickening and ludicrous comments that are often out of context and irrelevant to the topic are a manifestation of your limited cognitive capacities to analyze and give appropriate critique. Either you are a hopeless academic impostor repeating the same shit 💩 all over hoping in turns into peanut butter, or you are simply an idiot. That is work of idle, lazy thinkers.

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          • 22 September 2017 07:53, by jubaone

            The Bari say "kin Ko kak, koimot Ko lo ki" meaning "shit 💩 below peanut butter above it". They may have same color(assuming you didn’t eat too much kwedkwed, but smell differently. Your rants are disgusting and expose your limited jienge analytical skills. Take some time off, go back to school to do more training.

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  • 22 September 2017 06:21, by Eastern

    The war in South Sudan will continue until such a time that those claiming to lead come to the realisation that ALL PEOPLE in the country ARE EQUAL....As it is now, some South Sudanese are more equal than others. What blinded Kiir in 2013 not to see what he’s claiming now..?

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    • 22 September 2017 07:43, by South South

      Who will keep fighting for you while you are roaming in refugee camp for free food?

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    • 22 September 2017 09:16, by jubaone

      Don’t mind South South, who parasites on looted monies from SS by their benydits, bandits and misfits. As Equatorians, we have decided to take our own path, period. Dialogue can only take place once our boys/girls are armed and do the job. Nyor scoundrels only understand the gun and f**k the jienge ND. Our boys are already doing a wonderful job. Elections in jiengeland.

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  • 22 September 2017 06:24, by Eastern

    In any case the alliance between Kiir and Taban in Juba is no longer the the much hyped TGoNU that was to be established after Kiir ceded power as per the ARCISS...Kiir abrogated that agreement..http://www.undocs.org/S/2017/789

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  • 22 September 2017 06:27, by Eastern

    Today the dinka people who without clue supported Kiir to remain afloat in the face of the onslaught from the various opposing groups are licking their wounds. Let’s keep Kiir at J1 to the detriment of the country’s unity...!

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  • 22 September 2017 07:03, by Eastern

    Anybody who has trust in Kiir will one day in the end, fall on the same sword that was availed to him to prosper.Let Taban Deng not say that he was not warned...!

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    • 22 September 2017 07:46, by South South

      Sine the beginning of SPLA/M, Equatorians never supported SPLA, Frutit in Wau never supported SPLA, Shilluk in Upper Nile never supported SPLA, but SPLA managed to fight war and liberated South Sudan. Now cowards are roaming and running around with their big mouths open for food. Enjoy

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      • 22 September 2017 08:40, by Eastern

        South South,

        I pity this level of dinka reasoning....One time in a meeting where Museveni was in attendance, Kiir made the same ludicrous comment you are regurgitating here. South Sudanese are in for a very long haul..

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      • 22 September 2017 09:32, by jubaone

        South South,
        You jienge scoundrels joined the SPLA out of bitterness for having been thrown out of Equatoria not cos you wanted liberation of SS. This explains why jienges have "migrated" to Equatoria while leaving their stinking luaks to turn into junk villages for the starving and dying. Liberation has brought nothing to jiengeland except free access to theft, corruption and bigotry.

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        • 22 September 2017 09:38, by jubaone

          South South,
          More than 7 months ago, your kiirminal uncle threat to relocate his hqs to Yei. Nothing has happened. He has been reduced to "Mayor of Juba". Who controls the bushes and roads? Elections in jiengeland, our boys/girls have urgent matters to take care of: MTN hunting. The season has come.

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      • 22 September 2017 11:18, by jubaone

        South South,
        The SPLM/A has degenerated into a SPLAnyor and has become a jienge outfit. The IO is more a Nuer outfit and Equatorians MUST choose their own outfit that will lead to an independent Equatoria State. That is our vision. We cant babysit savages and idiots all our lives. It is time to peacefully coexist as neigbhors than live together in chaos as bitter enemies. Equatoria Free State

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      • 22 September 2017 15:51, by Landlord

        When you say SPLA, who do you refer to? I kept saying this several times in my writing that, the country we are living in today did not come as a result of bullet from single tribe. it God’s Grace through US that we all managed to vote for referendum.

        I may be wasting my time writing to Animal or idle thinking it is human being. Normal human with sound reasoning knows the history of south Sudan.

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  • 22 September 2017 17:30, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal gangs leader Salva Kiir is bitching around about election while it was election that caused choas. Kiir killed innocent people to interrupt election that was going to take place in 2015. Stop fooling people around about election tribal chief, war criminal, and the world idiot gangs leader.

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  • 22 September 2017 18:56, by garrak1520

    Who will be voting? Remember two third of the country are refugees in the neighboring countries.
    Talk to yourself Mr. President or King Kiir!!!!!!

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  • 22 September 2017 19:51, by Deng Marham

    To who ever says there is MTN, ZAIN or VIVACELL, I think the are all networks that serves the same purpose. likewise to we south sudanese. we are one people of one country that should love ourselves and try to find out how we will voteout the few individuals whom we think they are not doing anything for this country.

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