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S. Sudan against Kiir’s exclusion from future leadership


October 30, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese official said the Juba regime would not accept any attempt to exclude President Salva Kiir from power without elections, saying such a move would set the ground for a bad leadership example.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir speaks at a public rally in Juba on 18 March 2015 (Photo: AP/Jason Patinkin)

“The sovereignty of this country is in the hands of the people and it is the people to decide through votes, not anybody. The current president was elected by the people and it is the people to decide again”, cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said on Monday.

Kiir, also chairman of the ruling party (SPLM), defeated Lam Akol, the leader of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), in the 2010 elections.

Deng Mawien, the presidential adviser on decentralization and intergovernmental linkage said excluding Kiir from power is “flagrant interference" in South Sudan’s internal affairs and thus unaccepted.

“This country is holding because of President Salva Kiir’s leadership and if care and caution is not taken, the kind of situation we have seen elsewhere would not have been avoided. Making a change which does not come through legitimate means amount to sudden removal of a cap from a bottle,” Mawien told Sudan Tribune.

He further added, “If it is not done with care, the pressure introduced by the sudden change [Kiir’s exclusion] will empty the content of the bottle and the objective for opening it will not have been served”.

According to the presidential aide, unity of the country and peace are paramount and forms the basic foundation for nation-building.

“These values cannot be achieved through a rush,” he explained.

In 2015, a report by the African Union Commission of inquiry into the South Sudanese conflict recommended that Kiir and those who served the government before the cabinet was dissolved in July 2013, be excluded from the country’s transitional national unity government.

Headed by ex-Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, the commission was to investigate crimes committed in South Sudan during the country’s civil war.

The report, instead suggested that an AU-appointed and United Nations-backed three-person panel should be established to oversee a five-year transition and creation of a transitional executive.

South Sudan has been embroiled in a conflict that has taken a devastating toll on its citizens. Over two million people have fled the world’s youngest nation since conflict erupted in mid-December 2013 when Kiir sacked his then deputy Riek Machar.


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  • 30 October 2017 22:22, by Khent

    "Bad example"? LOL! How about the bad example of sparking a tribal contingent civil war? killing tens of thousands of civilians? What about creating an artificial famine? Displacing millions of civilians? Killing journalists? Destroying the economy through endemic corruption and nepotism?

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    • 31 October 2017 00:04, by Nairobimitot

      The government of South Sudan including some of your rebels generals has learned greate lessons and wrongdoings from the past. Why are you still talking about killing in the past? Do you think that the innocent people will be killed again if the rebellion starts again? No innocent people will be killed yet because of Riek Machar. King Paul Malong Awan did not kill civilians in Juba when Riek Machar and his supporters were kicked out from Juba to Congo. Do not be too scared and shaken because the killing is not going to retake place. We now have a new government and many people are too blind to see. Open your eyes and see.

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      • 31 October 2017 08:42, by Tommy

        You’re right SPLM utilize proposes of the movement base on tribal line, which brought all these mess. There is no need for them to stay and lead the people, S. Sudanese are under situation which we never dreams about since we became independent state.

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    • 31 October 2017 04:53, by Newsudan

      Lomuro,Equatoria stooge,there must be election in 2018: You and your uncle Kiirdit must give southerners a chance to chose their leader,idiot Dr Risky be brought to took part in election fullstop.

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  • 31 October 2017 01:19, by lino

    Haha! Any other bad example that we saw in Kiir’s leadership?! South Sudan needs change, best change and for good. SPLMers leadership is a failure to the country. Where the New Sudan values that we fought for! Enough is enough. South Sudan needs restructuring and government of technocrats with experience.

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  • 31 October 2017 03:37, by spidah

    The sovereignty of this country is in the hands of the people and it is the people to decide through votes, not anybody.

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    • 31 October 2017 03:57, by South South

      It looks like those who were ready to push Kiir away from power by waging the war have been taught very dear lessons about war, now, they are moving around the world demanding Kiir leaves power, what? International community can not tell South Sudanese people who should be their president. Why would he leaves power while is winning war?

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  • 31 October 2017 06:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    South Sudan is not Ateny. Neither is it Lomoro nor is it any parasite that depends on Salva Kiir. Kiir must go by all means.

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    • 31 October 2017 08:01, by South South

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

      What all means do you have to forced Kiir to leave power? war? You tasted it and your uncles are in refugee camps.International Community to fight for you? Then you have to wait two millions years for it to happen. Maybe wishful thinking is left to be used to force Kiir out from the power.

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      • 31 October 2017 08:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        Believe me it will happen in your presence. Kiir right now commands nobody. He is fixed. Watch as time rolls on.

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        • 31 October 2017 08:10, by South South

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

          You are wrong and you have wishful thinking only. No one can fight Kiir in South Sudan now. Ask those of your uncles who rushed to rebel against him. Where are they now? They are in refugee camps and some of them are roaming in Khartoum and Addis Abba.

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      • 31 October 2017 08:06, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        Believe me it will happen in your presence. Kiir right now commands nobody. He is fixed. Watch as time rolls on.

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  • 31 October 2017 06:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The damage Kiir has done to national cohesion, economy and freedom of the country is beyond description. Kiir must go for the sake of security of future generation.

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  • 31 October 2017 07:08, by Sunday Junup

    South Sudan needs more sanction,
    America was very clear that there is a need for action not talking, why start talking? It is a big shame for S.Sudanese to have Dinka as a President. First time in the history to have PoC hosting 200,000 persons in a country. What shame do you wait again?

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    • 31 October 2017 08:07, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      You see what we told you guys that war is not good for our country. People were rushing to rebel against our government thinking that they will over throw it very quickly. Now we know that is not the case. This is the only reason now people like you are talking about America to impose more sanctions on South Sudan. If you do not like our government go to refugee camp.

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  • 31 October 2017 09:27, by John Wetjunub

    its better to surrender your self now mr Sunday rather than calling more sanction from U.S. and for your information US Government is not there to support criminals or Rebel no, you delete that out of your mind.secondly what happen with your Dr Risky strength ? we told you last time to stop raining after criminal vision-less leader and you failed to understand that. anyway you enjoy the bush life

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  • 31 October 2017 09:39, by Wutkhor

    Look at this old idiots of Dinka’s insects n half human being n their stooge equotoria slave, u re just making empty noise everyone have reach a cross points with u idiots in juba n ur Dinka’s tribal illegitimate government, we will fights u till kiirminal is dead with all his jce gangs. Period.

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  • 31 October 2017 09:55, by Meguaar-loong

    No smoke without fire, It was this backdrop that the USA ambassador to united nations came to Juba and threaten the president and the entire leadership of the country to explore all chances of peace and bring back the country to it’s normalcy. Carrot and stick language policy is on. Juba’s regime could either admit the reality or forced to the grave. The politicians fear their seats.

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  • 31 October 2017 10:00, by John Wetjunub

    we will fight you the word from Idiot Wutdog !

    to fight with who idiots of vision less & criminal leader.
    you don,t feel shame when telling lies ya idiots ? am still in Juba where you ran away twice and now telling me that you will fight us. where will you get that heart of fighting me in Juba ya criminal.

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  • 1 November 2017 01:14, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    War of words isn’t the solution here folks,we need a constructive criticism for the benefits of others to a 😍 lovely nations state,? stop backbiting each other here,you look like 🐶 dogs fighting for one bone 🍖 and of course this is the reality here whenever I followed aur comments.

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