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South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)
October 15, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese rebel leader, currently exiled in South Africa, met the religious leaders who were part of the national dialogue steering committee delegation that visited South Africa for a retreat last week.

Riek Machar, South Sudan’s former First Vice-President-turned rebel leader, had failed to honour a meeting with the delegation during their visit to South Africa.

The group, however, said although the rebel leader rejected meeting its leaders, his discussions with religious leaders was of interest to the national dialogue committee.

But the dialogue steering committee’s co-chair, Angelo Beda said his committee will not relent in its work even when Machar has shown lack of interest to participate in the process.

“We will not relent. We will continue to knock at his door because what we want is nothing but peace. We need the war to stop and for our people to return to their homes and live in peace and harmony normally,” Beda told reporters in the capital, Juba Sunday.

The official further said his committee will rely on what transpired at the meeting between rebel leader had with the country’s religious leaders in the dialogue process and in preparation of the document.

“I also want to underline, Riek Machar actually did meet with us through religious leaders who are part of the process. So his views will be transmitted to the committee by the religious. We hope what he has told the religious leaders would be the same thing he would have told the leadership of the national dialogue if the meeting with him did take place. We wanted either he comes to us or we go to him but that did not happen,” said Beda.

“So will use what he told the religious leaders”, he further stressed.

Members of South Sudan’s national dialogue steering committee that travelled to South Africa for a retreat earlier issued a statement regretting the failure to meet Riek Machar, the leader of the armed opposition faction, on the second attempt.

The team, in its 12 October statement, said it failed to meet Machar despite a request passed through South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Regrettably, this time again, we have received a word back from deputy president Ramaphosa’s office, that Dr Machar has again turned down our request to meet him. Despite this latest turn by our brother and son of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar Teny, we wish by this statement, to reassure our downtrodden people, that the doors of the national dialogue remain open to Dr Machar and to any other South Sudanese political and military leader, who has a point of view that may enhance the process of the national dialogue leading to peace, security, reconciliation and national unity for all the people of our beloved young republic of South Sudan”, it read in part.

Several opposition figures allied to Machar said the latter turned down the request, citing lack of credibility of the process and non-impartiality of the group that intended to meet him.

The dialogue initiative, officially launched in May, is regarded a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

Since mid-December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced from the East African nation.

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  • 15 October 21:17, by South South

    Well done team of ND.

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    • 15 October 21:33, by jubaone

      South South,
      These church clergy are hypocrites and satan’s bastards without conscience. Archbishops Paride, Lukudu Bishop Loku have since day one criticized the Kiirminal for all the mess caused. Whereas such bishops like Daniel Bul Deng are nothing other than security agents. Recall how he was rejected by Cobra Faction of Yau Yau in 2012. A clergy can’t be part of this ND bcoz it’s bogus.

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      • 15 October 21:38, by jubaone

        Where were these church hypocrites as thousands were raped, killed and displaced? Where were these hypocrites not to vehemently criticize the Kiirminal for terrible human rights abuses? These church hypocrites are either for God in defense of our innocent civilians or for the devil and the Kiirminal. There’s no midway. Risk should not have met them.

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        • 16 October 20:14, by chot nyang deng

          fake pastor do not do it like the way ur destroying juba short up u will never see him.

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      • 15 October 21:46, by jubaone

        Remember: Bishop Paride Taban rejected to be chairman of this ND; Rev. Clement Janda rejected also bcoz this was a jienge ND which from start excluded Riak. Now the very Kiirminal and drunkard turns around to send his worthless lapdogs and hirelings to meet Riak. No. The SS is not Kiirminal mother’s property. It’s for all of us. If the jienges or kiirminal thinks differently, then we must fight.

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      • 16 October 00:55, by South South

        jubaone,

        Please leave the church men to do their job. Peace is very important to us.If I were you, I would shut up and leave peace loving people to try hard and bring peace to our country.

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        • 16 October 05:59, by Newsudan

          Jubaone
          your idiot Dr Risky has no Christian name,he is known of practicing witchcraft, his militia tie red ribbons on their foreheads enchanting Riek, pathetic

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          • 16 October 07:39, by Eastern

            Newsudan,

            This is grand display of smart aleck..! What’s in christian name? So one must be called John or Mary for them to known to profess the christian religion. Get a life, dude. In many countries in the world and Africa, including to closer to home, in DR Congo, those English or Hebrew names are no longer the requisite for baptism. Ignorance is a disease..!

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            • 16 October 10:06, by South South

              Eastern,
              I agree with you, christian names have nothing to do with God. It’s killing me to agree with wicked person like you. By the way, I have big trouble with your English sentences. "So one must be called John or Mary for them to known to profess the christian religion"

              What is to known in English ? poor English phrase. In English we say " to know"

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              • 16 October 10:54, by Eastern

                South South,

                You got the gist of message is all that your miserable low life should agree and appreciate, douchebag..!

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          • 16 October 09:52, by Sunday Junup

            South South/New Sudan,
            Dr.Riak has rejected ND delegation meeting but met with religious leader. They went to him as a religious leaders. please leave terrorism to Kiir and his thugs separate from religious who has mandate to meet anyone. If they were spy of ND as claim by ND committee then son’t cry next time if Dr.Riak will turn down their meeting.

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            • 16 October 10:11, by South South

              Sunday Junup,

              Riek is nothing to us in South Sudan. To meet with ND team or not to meet is not the end of the world. We are ready:
              1- We are sitting around table waiting for him to join us and make peace in South Sudan
              2- We are waiting with our tanks, drones, jet fighters and SPLA. If he chooses that route, he will smell it from us.

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              • 16 October 10:29, by Sunday Junup

                South South,
                It is very shame write that you are ready and waiting with tank etc mean while it is always foreigner and Nuerwew who fight for you. Why don’t you talk to those ND committee to leave this South Sudanese leader a lone and move with your plan. Why they show themselves that they are desperate of meeting Dr.Riak? Follow your dinka terrorism way instead of involved Church leaders to be spy

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                • 16 October 10:39, by South South

                  Sunday Junup,

                  Call it with any name you want to call it, but my message is very clear like the sky. Anyone who has vision can see the sky.

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              • 16 October 19:11, by jubaone

                South South,
                Drones, jet fighters, tanks are operated by learned and trained people who command English language, have knowledge of mathematics, physics and other natural sciences. Given the idiocy in most jienges who prefer law, business administration and other worthless social sciences, your hope is UPDF. Nyors are just primitive foot soldiers.

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            • 16 October 11:21, by Newsudan

              south Sudan
              internet militias: the like of clever fool Jubaone, militia Wutkhor, Idiot eastern, Malakal county fool, White man toilet cleaner Sunday Junup,
              you guys are barking dogs,it doesn’t matter how loudly they frogs croak,cows can still take water.Gen. Kiir Mayardit is still in Juba,doing normal routine at J1.Your idiot Dr Risky languished in SA prison

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              • 16 October 13:13, by Sunday Junup

                NewSudan,
                Check this article very well before you declare who is barking. Your JCE thugs are the one barking here not us. We told you from day one that we don’t want your ND, why sending spy? go to hell with your ND, South Sudanese are not comfortable with your evil deeds. Leave dr.Machar a lone, why do you needs approval for ND from him if he is not your leader?

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              • 16 October 18:14, by jubaone

                Newsudan,
                Hopeless and homeless jienges who used to shine shoes 👞 in the streets of Khartoum or worked as domestic slaves can’t now turn to be rulers No. First learn how to wear underpants and carry water for us, ya Aryan jienge.

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          • 16 October 15:00, by jubaone

            Newsudan,
            You jellaba bastard, what does having a christian name bring about? Your jienge kiirminal is called "Salvatore" has it made him any religious? Fuck off with your jienge idiocy. Religion or christianity for jienges is like cigarettes for dogs, NO meaning at all.

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            • 16 October 16:00, by Newsudan

              Jubaone
              you sit there,pressing computer keyboard,it can’t change anything on the Ground nor will it bring back your jailed idiot Dr Risky,I know, you will not get tired of barking at Gen.Mayardit.you are like dog barking at moving camel.

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              • 16 October 19:19, by jubaone

                Newsudan,
                Did you know that Riak commands his forces from a computer 💻 keyboard? This is technology. I know Jienges have problems with computers and so fear it. Your cow-like brains are not created for hard sciences rather for looting and looking after cows. No logics are required here except sit, shit 💩 and idle all day.

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        • 16 October 09:03, by jubaone

          South South,
          What church men? The only jienge churchman who recently criticized the kiirminal is Bishop Moses Deng Bol of N. Bahrelghasal. Bishops Daniel Bul, Gabriel Roric and all other jienge clergy have NEVER criticized the kiirminal at all. They are complicit to this massacres and are satan´s messengers. They cant be God´s People, they are devil´s people.

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          • 16 October 10:01, by South South

            jubaone,

            Please come down, try to control your hatred toward Dinka tribe for at least a few weeks to give peace a chance in our country. You are way alone with your views and that show me you are a very crazy person in your normal life. I do believe your wife and children know that. No single person on the face of earth can refuse peace and put up nonsense conditions, all world will be again you.

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            • 16 October 10:57, by Eastern

              South South,

              Did you want to say "calm" down instead of "come" down....? Douche bag!

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              • 16 October 11:03, by South South

                Eastern,

                Yes, I mean calm down, sorry for error. I always make mistakes, I am not perfect and I am not an advance English learner. Some people in this forum said that they are Advance English Learners, but they make fatal mistakes in English language, Hum!!!!!

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                • 16 October 11:31, by Eastern

                  South South,

                  Please say..."....some people on this forum said that they are ADVANCED English [language]....." Not Advance English. Douche bag..! You reek..!

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            • 16 October 11:42, by jubaone

              South South,
              You, I and the rest junubin want peace. But peace is just not the absence of war, it is peace with justice. Peace that requires the aggrieved and perpetrators come together and sort out things. Kiirminal and other jienges cant own the South as if it belongs to their mothers. NO. We all without preconditions must genuinely come together and accept to talk.

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      • 16 October 16:17, by Newsudan

        Angela Beda, " we will not relent.we will continue to knock at his door becos what we want is nothing but peace. ",look at this Naive equatorian, knocking at the door of such idiot like Dr Risky who is still eyeing STD seat,laughable

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        • 16 October 19:29, by jubaone

          Newsudan,
          Angelo Beda kiirminal’s true house dog 🐶 didn’t meet Riak. But at least he tried. No jienge dares even come close to Riak except non-jienges. This is right so. Riak should not trust any jienges at all bcoz the honest jienge is the dead one. All are liars and hypocrites. No trust at all.

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    • 15 October 21:39, by padiit gaga

      Well done Dr.Machar for rejecting all those thug may be the poison you who know.No need for Jieng dialogue only 2015 peace of 2015 must work.

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    • 17 October 14:43, by Midit Mitot

      Yes, religious leaders should be respected though they are government oriented minded.but those thugs being sent by Kirr/Taban should be avoidance not to meet Dr Machar, the visionary person in Africa.

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  • 15 October 21:49, by Eastern

    I like the unfolding drama! Angelo Beda is now banking on what Machar and the religious leaders discussed without knowing what was actually discussed. I don’t think what Machar discussed with the clergy is exactly what he would have discussed with Kiir’s ND team that tried to meet him. It’s very naive to think so..!

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    • 15 October 21:59, by padiit gaga

      Dr.Machar did not meet any one even those evils clergy because he knew that they idea of JCE dialogue which does not work for people of S.Sudan only for Dinka. They did not meet any one the lie because their mission was failed. Risk need only 2o15 peace which for all S.Sudanese.

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  • 15 October 23:15, by john akeen

    Who said we do want to meet Riek Machar anyways, we just want to make somethings clear to the people who think our government are the problem. If Riek Machar is the men, he should meet with whoever wants to meet him and talk to who whoever want to talk to him. Stand up like a leader or like a men to prove yourself to the hull world that you’re not afraid to talk to anyone who wants to talk>>

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    • 15 October 23:24, by john akeen

      you stupid bitch, you will never be president of this country and you will never be a Vice president of this country again, Equatorians will never let you take Dr. Wani Iga site again, you are done in South Africa for good, goodbye forlife Dr. Riek Masjun

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      • 16 October 02:09, by john akeen

        enough is enough, South Sudan now has become an independent country for life with its people, so fuck Riek Machar and fuck his supporters forlife

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        • 16 October 09:06, by jubaone

          John Akeen,
          I dont give a fuck to your savage jienge attitudes which tend to force everyone to accept your stinking views. Jienges are like cows, they can be herded and controlled, we Equatorians are free and liberal thinkers and cant be forced by leaders to doing the same thing. Most Nuers share this free liberalism. So take the kiirminal and suck him. Loser

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          • 16 October 10:18, by South South

            jubaone,

            I disagree with you here. Majority of Equatorians are followers and they will never be free and liberal thinkers. What we know is that, Equatorians speak about hating fake Arabs, just talking, then they teach children to speak Arabic Juba. A free and liberal thinkers can not be raped by another man then sit without any action.

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            • 16 October 11:47, by jubaone

              South South,
              Focus your discussion on matters that are relevant. This "rape thing, fake arabs" and whatever jienge nonsesne only shows your limited ability to argue. That has been our Problem with jienges. So the only Option is now to fight to the bitter end.

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              • 16 October 12:00, by South South

                jubaone,

                Do not run away from our topic. You said Equatorians are free and liberal thinkers. When you say that I have to tell you what happened to those free and liberal thinkers, rape was one of them. To be raped then sit without doing anything and then you claim to be free and liberal thinkers? How?

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                • 16 October 12:35, by South South

                  jubaone,

                  Let’s talk about peace man. Stop hatred, it will take you nowhere.

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                • 16 October 15:06, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  You write so much about men rape, suggesting you like to be raped yourself. As a luak savages, you grew up in cattle camps (only young men) with burining sexual desires. God knows what you jineges do onto yourselves there. This is the reason most of you nyors go raping without choice. May be you also rape goats and sheep. A cow would be "large" for your uncircumcised p++++.

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                  • 16 October 18:36, by South South

                    jubaone,

                    Please stop lying about Dinka tribe. There is nothing called young men alone in the cattle camps. Dinka are not like jurs. Jurs love sex, party and alcohol. By the way, uncircumcised men are in Yei and they are not Dinkas. Peace

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      • 16 October 09:11, by jubaone

        John Akeen,
        Dont suggest for Equatorians who to choose, we are not like jienges who can be herded like luak cows. Take your short-legged Wani idiot who is more or less a lapdog to the Kiirminal. I wonder why even Dr. Wani is being led by a half-idiot jienge who has no school certificate. Dr. Wani should just join the rest Drs: Lam Akol, Riak,Nyaba, Wakoson, Lokuji, Lako Kwajok etc. not drunkards

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  • 16 October 02:32, by The Rhino

    Fucking bullshit,
    Strictly spoken,same people who tried to kill Mr.Machar...not once but twice on watch of the world and this so called IGAD, are now relentlessly trying to fulfill their ill intensions for the third time."...fool me once,...fool me twice,....and now what?" C’mon now,Its a dirty game,we all know this.The imposed jienge’s republic in this part of Africa is scuttling towards...

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    • 16 October 02:41, by The Rhino

      ..oblivion.It was worthless and still remains a jienge’s junk.No benefit whatsoever to the people of South Sudan,full stop!!!

      ...and to that bastard called South South, I’ll come back to you soon!.Fucking fork- teeth jieng moron, this is not over yet,bitch!

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      • 16 October 04:36, by john akeen

        Anyways there will be no site for Riek Machar in this country name South Sudan again, Equatorians will never and never allow you Riek Machar to remove Dr. Wani Iga from his site again, only stupid Equatorian like Jubaone and Eyez are the one who are on your side, anyways they are weak like you, and Riek will die in South Africa without smeling the presidency of South Sudan or Vice president of SS

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        • 16 October 09:14, by jubaone

          John Akeen,
          You jienges from Abyei after fleeing your jellaba masters have come to cause jienge shit in SS. First liberate your asses fom your jellaba masters and then later come to talk about Riak. Riak did not tell your jienge bandits to disown you in Abyei. It is your jienge greed and idiocy.

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  • 16 October 04:24, by DO IT

    At this 3rd time around, you will die alone Riek Machar if you are going to accepted that ridiculous game are playing by JCE. This Dinka national dialogue is a trap to drag you down to Juba again as there is a peace

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  • 16 October 04:44, by john locke

    Whats ridiculous is that the same people that riek machar fought for to free them from the arab are now the same ones trying to kill him. Neither garang nor kiir never believed in separating south sudan from sudan. they believed in the "new sudan" ideology.. yet people think garang freed us from the arab.. if kiir kills riek there will be a lot of blood shed that the jiangs wont be able to control

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    • 16 October 04:57, by john akeen

      Hahahahahahahaha. hahahahahahahahaha. hahahahahahahahahaha

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  • 16 October 06:15, by john locke

    john akeen.. since you feel that this is a laughing matter. do you think what kiir did to bagin this war is right? do you think its right for man to kill innocent people because he fears his innocent vice president? whats crazy is its 4 years and you still cannot crush the IO. yet you’ve paid the Ugandans, splm-N and JEM to fight us. yet weve defeated all of them. whats next?

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  • 16 October 06:16, by john locke

    whats even more ridiculous is the fact that kiir didn’t want riek in his national diolouge, even paid SA to keep him. yet now he goes looking for him to try to include him. WHY? the man thinks backwards. all of this would have been prevented if riek would have killed garang in 1991. no jiang will ever rule south sudan again after this war. believe me

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  • 16 October 08:18, by John Wetjunub

    you guys are making me laughing, talking of DR Risky that he fought to free South Sudan or South Sudanese people meanwhile he Dr Risky was a South Sudan enemy number one shame on you.
    secondly the reason why people are struggling now to bring him on board is because of country future and if he doesn’t want that then people should leave him alone after all he is a cause of all these mess in SS.

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    • 16 October 10:40, by Sunday Junup

      John Wetjunub,
      Dinka and kneeling down and making sense now a day, i congratulate your acknowledgment of Dr.Riak being vital to this Country. SPLA-IO has been telling you that with involvement of Dr.Riak mean no future for South Sudan but you rejected it. Anyway late comer is better then never. But remember this will not happen through ND but through resuscitating 2015 dead peace.

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  • 16 October 14:10, by John Wetjunub

    Sunday Machar is not more vital than others no, people wanted him in this process just for the sake of peace, unity and reconciliation and not that he is vital. secondly we have no reason to kneel for your boss Sunday because he had already left city for us and he should be the one now to kneel for us such that we allow him to come back.

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