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South Sudan president denies regretting secession from Sudan


November 3, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir did not regret the secession of South Sudan from the Republic of Sudan, according to his spokesman. Presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny said the comments of President about secession vote, were taken out of context.

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South Sudanese Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny addresses journalists following renewed fighting in Juba July 11, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

“What President Kiir said was in line with the mutual notion of one people living in two independent sovereign states. In other words, the President meant the peoples of the Sudan have always been one, and because of the political and socio-economic injustices that led into two devastating civil wars against marginalization, the people of the then Southern Sudan were eventually given the right to self-determination– of which they including the President, proudly voted for,” said Ateny in a statement.

The presidential aide was attempting to make clarifications to statements in which President Kiir is widely recorded saying secession was not the most choice of everybody but people had to follow the decision of the majority in a democratic situation.

The remarks received many interpretations, with government critics and opposition supporters calling for President Kiir’s resignation from the power if the secession was not his choice.

However, Ateny, in what appears to be an attempt to deflect public attention from growing, said President Kiir would not regret secession because he was one of those championed the right of the people of South Sudan to Self-determination which calumniated into secession in which he became the first president of an independent state of South Sudan.

“He proudly became the first ever South Sudanese to be President of an independent nation-state. the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit has never said anything that intends to play down the hard-won sovereignty of South Sudan,” he stressed

President Kiir, according to his spokesperson, is proud of South Sudan being a sovereign state and his visit to Khartoum for bilateral talks cannot change his vast legacy.


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  • 3 November 2017 20:53, by Resolution

    I can’t blame my president Kiir, he is very small near to most experience president and thought that he might be targeted. couple to that I do blame president Bashir of side-lining my president from red carpet which was mend for him to walk on and Bashir was enjoying his own red carpet leaving my innocent president aside. let`s wait Bashir will come to ss and we do the same to him.

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    • 3 November 2017 21:24, by padiit gaga

      Sorry uneducated president words he was choking before well educated president he was even not know what to said it was easier for him to insulted his country to love with it.
      Shame to Dinka president better for him to resign. Go to Hell unwanted president.

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      • 4 November 2017 19:57, by Mr. Right

        There is nothing to deny, Sudan Tribune. Just stop your naked propaganda. The guy fought for secession for over two decades and cannot just throw it way in a day. It is no brainer to grasp, idiots? Just a mere propaganda.

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    • 4 November 2017 08:45, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Resolution:To avoid future 🔮 imbrusement I suggest president ’s red carpet be transport to countries of 👆 higher risk of humiliation such as our neighboring countries
      And this should be included in the legislation 🙊👹

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  • 3 November 2017 21:05, by dinkdong

    Ass-kissing supporters and corrupted spokespersons like Ateny Wek can say goods things all they want, but Kiir ain’t that good. He was a curse to South Sudan. He will remain in history as the first and worse president.

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    • 3 November 2017 21:33, by jubaone

      This jienge Kiirminal can sugar-coat shit 💩 with peanut butter but it will always stink and remain inedible. Kiirminal never wanted the separation of SS, he is a unionist and glorifies the jellaba. Ateny Wek, the half-blind luak savage may look like an academic, but yet a smart idiot.

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      • 4 November 2017 00:28, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        This is a total an abomination for those who
        manufactured words putting unsaid things into president 👄 mouth 👄. I knew from the very beginning that folks will tried anything to draft down president and this is what normally happen if folks have bad perceptions about you.
        But this manufactured wordings even though those who were born
        After CPA could have not regret sessions leave a lone Preside

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        • 4 November 2017 00:38, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Those who manufactured words are so powerful though, they goes a deep as inner your inner wear if you are not careful with what you say,in particular the social media, they have gone so far nowadays even they have altantive facts if they are defeated.
          President Kiir,can’t said that, I know 100% sure beco3, the fact that he was skinny and bornless skeleton in that struggle
          Will not allowed him

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          • 4 November 2017 00:46, by Don-Don Malith Rual

            Those who manufactured words! 😂 even Dr John Garang said; "Though we are separated with Arabs but the musical 🎶 songs will have that attachment 📎 with them"
            (Allah arummu) who doesn’t know how president Kiir was skeleton in the struggle? Media should become careful when it’s come to issues of a greater concern like this.

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      • 4 November 2017 01:16, by Khent


        You can call Kiir a lot of things but he has never been a Unionist. Anyone with two brain cells can refer back to his pleas to Southerners to choose independence over unity prior to the Referendum. You’re clearly not being objective here. Also, stop getting ’news’ from partial and unreliable outlets.

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        • 4 November 2017 06:55, by Eastern


          You write as though you are Kiir’s mind! Kiir’s call for independence was not meant to free South Sudanese but to enslave them under his totalitarian rule. Getting news from whatever sources is not the issue here as some of use are sources of their news anyway...

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          • 4 November 2017 08:09, by South South


            Making up news is an issue here and nothing else. Government critics and opposition supporters are the one who came up with this stupid accusation that Kiir regretted for separation of South Sudan from Sudan. If the war is very hot for you to win, then come back to around table and let’s talk about the best way forward for our country, simple and clear.

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            • 4 November 2017 10:26, by Eastern

              South South,

              It was neither wise for Kiir to make that statement in the first place, douche bag..! Why is Kiir finding the war option too hot for him to pursue? Why are you running around like headless chicken forum shopping: national dialogue, etc...?

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          • 4 November 2017 19:01, by Khent


            What on earth are you on? How did you distort the refutation a demonstrably false assertion into me supposedly claiming to be privy into Kiir’s ’mind’? I don’t know Kiir’s motivations and never claimed any special insight into the workings of his mind... but you did — making your accusation all the more perplexing and ironic...

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        • 4 November 2017 09:56, by jubaone

          Your attempt to extricate Kiirminal from these allegations is fatal. His statements have been captured and are viral. Presumably, the Kiirminal wanted to appease his host to restrict the IO’s activities in Khartoum. He has never had SS at heart, rather the SS is a pawn to enrich himself and his jienge surrogates whilst doing nothing for the masses. See where the country is currently.

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          • 4 November 2017 19:57, by Khent


            You can’t convict people on *allegations*, hearsay and rumours. You need concrete evidence. Produce the recording of this *allegation* or be dismissed. I patiently await this recording.

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      • 4 November 2017 08:04, by South South


        The very stinky thing I can remember is monkey poop which is all over your body. This wicked accusation of Kiir regretted for South Sudan separation from Sudan came from government critics and opposition supporters because SPLA taught them very dear lessons in very corner of South Sudan, now they start to make up stories from nowhere. jubaone, an old man speaks Arabic Juba, no Bari.

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  • 4 November 2017 02:54, by john akeen

    Citizens must unite themselves in order for them to fight for their right together, and in order for them to vote for the leader that they want. My question to IOs, why are you talking bad about Dinka tribes all the times if you have Dinka people in the IO with you? Or you are just talking about Dinka because you don’t have any reason to fight about? your problem is with Kiir not Dinka

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  • 4 November 2017 05:06, by Mayendit

    Press Secretary Mr. Ateny Wek Ateny.
    We have to tells the truth about the weakness of the president of the Republic of South Sudan he gen, Salve Kiir Mayardit. There is no smoking without fire,’’Riek Machar. This statement came out from inside Sudan’s meeting and it will be hard to defending him or denies while, he has been saying thing back and forth in years. How many times did he said something

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  • 4 November 2017 05:18, by Mayendit

    To be fair, the president is not doing his homework, leadership planning, study the speeches before airing this is why he was been caught up most of the time saying thing but backing away from his own statement. The case of withdraw in Pan-thou, he said, he is not under command of UN, but later in the middle of night, he orders SPLA to withdraw at mid night and it was too poor plan,too quick.

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  • 4 November 2017 05:27, by Mayendit

    Continues showing proofs on why many Southern Sudanese are feeling good. The president was been seen giving speeches in Wau city and Juba respectively about signing peace agreement with the former vice president who turned rebel leader. He said, we are going to signed peace this time but later he came back without his signature from Addis Ababa. He was supposed to make suggestion as a leader.

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    • 4 November 2017 05:59, by Mayendit

      Correction on the above, proofs on why Southern Sudanese are not feeling good.
      Thanks readers.

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  • 4 November 2017 05:37, by Mayendit

    Let us continues why many Southern Sudanese people are always left with doubts. The president was been fools by IGAD mediators peace, all what SPLM party signed were changed before heading to Ethiopia and the head of States stand up and told him to signed but thank God, honorable Nhial Deng Nhial read and told president to look it before signing it. President Salve Kiir should hand power to Nhial.

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  • 4 November 2017 05:46, by Mayendit

    SPLM former SG, Pagan Amum signed deal and run away to built his Hospital oversee because he thought that, the president will be fools and he is going to signed the jail time however, when the hon, Nhial Deng Nhial notice and informed his BOSS then, he felt threaten by his own SPLM right wing this is why SG, Pagan Amum did not return till today but he has the point saying, I signed it.

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  • 4 November 2017 05:54, by Mayendit

    The cut and run SPLM SG, Pagan Amum said, I signed it because the president told them to signed peace agreement before coming back to Juba and it is true, the president went around cities in the country telling his citizens that, we are going to signs peace agreement with rebels. Being a president of the country, you must control your mouth and knowingly your tone because small thing will affect

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    • 4 November 2017 06:05, by Kuch

      Anyone is liable to criticism but misplace criticism of others without facts isn’t helpful at all fellows. Mr. Salva Kiir was/is a staunch proponent of an independent South Sudan from North Sudan. He can be criticized for his leadership style of the independence South Sudan. But regretting of the independence of South Sudan isn’t one of them. The losers like Machar & Lam Akol who>>>>

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      • 4 November 2017 06:14, by Kuch

        are often cited & credited by many of our lowly informed so-called SPLM-IO supporters to have been the champions of independence South Sudan, have proved time & time again the opposite of what they are accredited for to have championed. Both Riek Machar & Lam Akol wrecked up the SPLM/A in 1990th in name of championing for the cause of independence South Sudan and surrendered themselves>>>

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        • 4 November 2017 06:21, by Kuch

          to the same enemy, North Sudan that they claimed to extricate the South Sudan from with their 1997 fake agreement. Their North Sudan slapped the fools in the face & abrogated their damned 1997 foolish agreement. And these same fools of Riek Machar & Lam Akol came back to the same SPLM/A that they helped wrecked in 2002 & were accepted back & given their high positions>>>

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          • 4 November 2017 06:28, by Kuch

            when the traitors should have been rounded up & fire squatted in front of all South Sudanese they had badly betrayed to give an example. But the traitors were given a second chance however. Some South Sudanese who like to record what happened in the past should know that a traitor like Lam Akol did even campaigned for a unified Sudan during our referendum in 2011>>>

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            • 4 November 2017 06:47, by Kuch

              and a great chunk of his Shilluk community voted for unified Sudan during our referendum but his Shilliuk community cannot be vilified for this because in a democratic system, there are always differing views. But the majority view is always taken. But if people are to be honest to themselves, then why are the so-called champions (Riek Machar & Lam Akol) are always the same traitors who always>>>

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              • 4 November 2017 09:28, by Kuch

                create problems to South Sudanese people & then run to North Sudan??? I know our Riek Machar & Lam Akol supporters wouldn’t>>>

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          • 4 November 2017 06:34, by Mayendit


            There are facts brother and we have to be frank when it come to national issue. The things which I am talking about were all true. The Nuers people like to cover up this is why the former vice president has been repeated over and over again but for ours no, we have to challenge him and he must quit this leadership if he is unfit to lead.

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  • 4 November 2017 06:13, by Mayendit

    Continues showing evidence. The South Sudanese president is leading us by luck or the SPLA/SPLM concept of seniority but not academic ability. I have been supporting him for number of things however, the failure is making worry most. The tone of any president is to be observed, because any statement like this statement will affect feeling of citizens. The president has led his daughter to be

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  • 4 November 2017 06:23, by Mayendit

    His daughter was married by immigrant from Ethiopian while, there were three men within Gogrial communities and other men. He doesn’t know that, the family of president some time, they are reflected to nation and indeed, the journalist was jailed because of that. Southern Sudanese people are still not knowing how that happen, there were many questions left without answer but some says,

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  • 4 November 2017 06:24, by Mayendit

    His daughter was married by immigrant from Ethiopian while, there were three men within Gogrial communities and other men. He doesn’t know that, the family of president some time, they are reflected to nation and indeed, the journalist was jailed because of that. Southern Sudanese people are still not knowing how that happen, there were many questions left without answer but some says,

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  • 4 November 2017 06:44, by Mayendit

    Some Southern Sudanese were saying, maybe the president was trying to buying good relationship with Ethiopian people unfortunately, it did not work at the time when rebel leader made base in Addis Ababa. Others suggested that, maybe Kiir want to shown he is a democratic leader but removed governors frequently is none of democracy system.

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  • 4 November 2017 06:54, by Mayendit

    Finally, the president said, he will not accept 4000 strong Regional forces to come to South Sudan yet, he back away and now there are Regional forces arrived in South Sudan well, the press Secretary have a choice to defend his BOSS but the fact the matter is, there are people following leader whatever, he said went to his recorded and he will be judge by his own statement and failure to lead

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  • 4 November 2017 08:29, by Kush Natives

    It was one of those days anyway, but Mr. President MUST be very careful in the future, being excited in the media is problematic. That’s why people like him need a strong advise before they look into an invitation letters firstly, people of South Sudan are getting out of control over him always. Why always making a crazy intention talking as such?

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  • 4 November 2017 10:53, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Kuch natives: these are just algession, the public need a replay of the president’s speech 💬 in Khartoum.
    To sealed or zip the big 👄 mouth of crtic

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  • 4 November 2017 17:47, by Fair Man

    Don-Don Malith Rual
    The fact couldn’t be denied. That’s why your Dinka President is leading 10% of the country, having lost 90% including from his immediate relative to the revolutionaries. All, including his poor and unpaid soldiers are praying for his departure. A conditional amnesty waits him, the early the better. He said it and kneel down before Bashir. What a shame morons JCE!!

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    • 5 November 2017 15:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Fairman: On what scale have you come with your per centage of 10% and 90 %? To what extent do you think President Kiir could knell down to worship the Bhasir with what?

      Last but not least, where you there in person?
      Let’s not manufactured things out of nowhere.

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  • 6 November 2017 10:13, by Landlord

    You are very well known of denials, who asked you to clarify president’s speech. did someone complain to you? did someone tell you that president regretted in Khartoum?
    Ateny or what ever bull, you will one day cry like Malong.

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