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South Sudan president seeks maintaining Machar in Pretoria


January 21, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir, is currently visiting South Africa in a bid to advocate for maintaining in confinement his main political rival and the leader of the armed opposition Riek Machar and to exclude him personally from future interim arrangements.

President Kiir who arrived on Friday to South Africa is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Defence, Kuol Manyang, the Minister in the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii Deng, and Minister of Petroleum, Ezekiel Lul.

“The president is visiting South Africa for two main reasons. One he is going to deliver a unified message of the transitional government of National Unity that Riek Machar should continue to remain outside the country during the interim period of the revitalized peace agreement," a presidential aide told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

The official who preferred anonymity stressed that the implementation of the peace agreement needs cooperation and this was lacking from Riek.

"Now his Excellency is cooperating well with the First Vice President Gen Taban Deng Gai and because of this cooperation, there has been a significant improvement and in the working relations and progress in the implementation of the peace agreement has been made," he further said from Pretoria where he is part of the presidential delegation.

In October 2016 Machar left Khartoum to Pretoria officially for medical treatment. But in fact, his travel had been decided in a common agreement between the IGAD countries, South Africa and Washington was involved in the decision.

One month later, the former first vice-president successfully escaped his residence in Pretoria and reached Khartoum and Addis Abba. But he was forced to return to South Africa as the Sudanese and Ethiopian authorities refused to allow him to enter into their territories.

The South Sudanese presidential aide said the other message Kiir has delivered to President Jacob Zuma, for his government and the leadership of the African National Congress is to continue to talk to Riek Machar to denounce violence.

He further said that President Kiir and the transitional government of national unity accept the representation of Machar’s faction in future arrangements but not himself.

In June 2017, Machar called on the UN Security Council to end in order his forced exile in South Africa and to allow him to engage in a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Juba government believes that Machar should be kept far from the country during the reviltalization process and the end of the peace agreement implementation in a way that he can only run for the presidential election.


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  • 21 January 22:08, by Mayendit

    Mr. president Salve Kiir Mayardit:

    This is what I thought you should be lobbying South Africa president Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress lawmakers. Riek Machar must not be allow to use satellite phone to communicate with his rebels generals on the ground. Now is still causing more and more problems because he is telling generals what to do while, under-house arrest. Please tell them.

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  • 21 January 22:19, by Mayendit

    Now we have been told that, there is a huge SPLA IO estimated about 15000 thousands including White army moving a cross to Tonj North and the goal was to attacked Tonj communities because they believes President Salve Kiir has been back up by Tonjes people and its communities so let governor Akech Tong Aleu prepare for that. They are carrying 12.7mm machine guns moving to Lou Mawien community.

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  • 21 January 23:18, by john locke

    Kiir fear machar so much that he lobbies to make sure he doesn’t come back. I wonder how much he’s paying south Africa while his own people starve? Kiir spends all the countries money on weapons, yet loses battles to the white army and the IO. In fact the IO controls close to 75% of the country. Wait until juba falls, either military or economically. Than what? Kiirs is walking dead man. He fears

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    • 21 January 23:44, by Mayendit

      John Locke
      I don’t belief with that wrong Idea always saying, Nuers are controls 75% in the government and now you guys still using that wrong concept that, Riek Machar’s rebels are controlling more land this is absolutely Ideas of Idiocy people. Machar lost war in 2015 when all his bases were taken by pro Juba’s gov, I know some of you belief in letting destruction continues which is bad things.

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      • 22 January 05:18, by choldit

        Mayendit, ur comments are not parallel to someone in need of peace in South Sudan. Those bodies who support keeping Dr Machar in South Africa are those who want to prolong the war inexpensive of south Sudanese pple, USA govt involved. Tell me as ur prove changed in war in time Machar is there. Kiir keep killing innocent pple. Today Kiir statement angry many peace loving nations and our civilians.

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        • 22 January 05:33, by Mayendit

          I am actual want to see Southern Sudanese loving each other than tearing them apart. The under-house arrest of Riek Machar is the combination of things. 1 The way he conduct his SPLA IO is terrorist style for example road side ambushed on buses, killing civilians. 2 He gave 6000 his SPLA IO to Omar al Bashir and Bashir send them to fights in Yemen this is crimes. 3 He never listen.

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    • 22 January 06:02, by Mike Mike

      John, Kiir doesn’t fear of machar and u have seen he defeated machar in several battles. Kiir was only fearing for the lives of civil population that Machar used to target in any battles with his notorious soldiers that were been killing innocent people in indiscriminately manner. machar left Juba twist while Kiir never ran away because of him since war started itself.Who is a coward now?.

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  • 21 January 23:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    South Sudan is not all about Salva Kiir and Taban. Let the people of the country decide their fate otherwise the game will continue. The people resisted Arab forced rule there is no doubt they will do that again with Dinka leadership monopoly.

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    • 21 January 23:57, by Mayendit

      The Dinkas which you hated so bad now, they were the one fought very hard than all these cats claiming. Only Dinka themselves will take out president Salve Kiir if they wanted but if you guys are still generalizing the whole Dinka tribe guess what, that president Salve Kiir Mayardit will rule South Sudan for another 20 years belief me my friend. We do know Nubian people who participate.

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      • 22 January 01:17, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        It is only that your hands are on the resources of the country that makes you politically arrogant. However when the monetary resources of the country wither you will have nothing but to run for your lives. Just boast with the money you are bribing others to remain in power but you must learn that as there is a beginning there must be an end. That end is coming close.

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        • 22 January 04:50, by Mayendit


          Keep signing about the end of Dinka’s rule in South Sudan. I am wondering why all these tribes complains have had kept quite themselves during 56 years when Arabs were ruling Sudan? Remember one thing, there will be no any government formation in South Sudan without Dinka in charge. The majority mean every thing even when you are in bushes thus, you will be always fearing for yourself.

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      • 22 January 01:26, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        No one hates Dinka as a tribe. Note that what they detest is Jengeism, rape, mass murder, land grabbing which those who perpetrate them from individuals from that community has brought into our political and military landscape. So if you are not one of them you are exonerated. Remember there is time to enjoy those evil acts but also there is going to be answers for those acts.

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  • 22 January 00:12, by @you

    The reporter fear to tell his name
    Because tomorrow they will deny it:

    Before he return back to the country
    Ask him why he say that:

    I don’t know why he talk like that
    While VIVA fighters near to his
    J kusum or j1:
    This time is not like the beginning
    Things will change pray for god to bring you back
    Leave DR machar alone

    Yala amchi num

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  • 22 January 02:53, by dinkdong

    He too need to be in a confinement. They are both destructives.

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    • 22 January 02:59, by dinkdong

      ...simply for the personal greed of power.

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  • 22 January 03:11, by Majesty

    Peace talks aren’t automatically peace till they bring peace, and peace can’t be genuine (one) if others are (intentionally) left out. War advocates who pretend to be the other should image being on the other side,Riek supporters. President Kiir can’t bring peace next month if rebels walk out. 2015 peace was bad, dangerous one in the 1st place and repetition in 2018 would produce similar results.

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  • 22 January 03:30, by john akeen

    Good job Mr. President Kiir, law & order must be working very well in our country, and please My president Kiir, make sure no one goes above the law of our country and make sure every single person in the public office of our country must obey the law, and make sure Riek Machar is jailed for life, he has a lot of devil in him. We don’t want him and he must go for good

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    • 22 January 08:05, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      I fully support Riak´s continued house arrest/detention. It would be completely stupid and untinkable that such a PhD holder would work under a semi-literate "shithole" who has outsourced his thinking to a tribal group. That is defying common logic and an abuse to education and intelligence. Only half idiots like Gen Taban with little education feel graced working under Kiirminal

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      • 22 January 13:24, by South South


        Please put that PHD into your pocket. This is country was liberated by fighters, not PHD holders. Israel, British and South Africa have been ruled by people who have no college education. A leader is a leader. Kiir is a leader and he has something no one else has in South Sudan. He gave up the best part of his life to liberate South Sudan.

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        • 22 January 13:54, by jubaone

          South South,
          What short memories you do have, that is real "chicken brains". Riak, Garang, Lam, Nyaba, Kok et al were all PhD holders and shaped the SPLA. The kiirminal was one of the "foot soldiers" who simply took orders from the learned. Like all people with chicken minds, they´re amnestic and forgetful. Tell me what schools the kiirminal and you attended, ya jienge!

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  • 22 January 04:11, by Nairobimitot

    Excellent Mr. President, good job and keep the good work. Isolate Riek Machar because he does know how to run the government. He always causes problems when everybody is tired and relaxing.

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    • 22 January 04:22, by Malakal county Simon

      Kiir suggestions against Dr Machar is clearly against people’s of South Sudan and the revives peace!!!!

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      • 22 January 04:38, by Mayendit

        Malakal Simon County and Lou Nuer.

        Keep signing about Riek Machar. He will not be allowed to come South Sudan till he officially denounce his rebellion meaning, he must surrendering on arms rebels then,maybe gov, will accept to come back as normal citizen. This is what Juba’s gov, want him to do but I would to see Riek jailing for lifetime as much as possible. There are educators Nuer than him

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    • 22 January 20:05, by Wutkhor WichNueri

      Nairobimitot, if Dr.Machar kept away from this peace process that means there will be No real peace in the country and the suffering of the people will continue till 100 years. Better Mr. Kiir to step-down, this will be easy way for us to get new progress/development from our country because he failed to run the country affairs.

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  • 22 January 05:02, by john locke

    Mayendit, you sound like a very uneducated person. The very person your hoping kiir will keep in South Africa is the same man who’s idea created south sudan. Even your Garang disagreed about separating sudan. He wanted a united sudan. Riek was the one who fought and made sure that south sudan became it’s own country. One day the tables will turn and it will be the kings turn to face genocide. You

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    • 22 January 05:50, by Mayendit

      John Locke
      According to your statement, if I am against Riek Machar then, it sound to you that, I’m not educated right? Well, you can say whatever come to your mind but doesn’t mean you are smart than I do. The narrow minding people can rush and say, the last separation of South Sudan was brought by Riek Machar but failed to tell us how? He surrender to Omar al Bashir. He signed Khartoum peace.

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  • 22 January 05:57, by john locke

    Mayendit, I know your uneducated just by how you speak.. You make no sense. To hope that the man who helped south sudan become a new country to be in jail in South Africa is stupid. Your kiir killed Garang, where’s your outrage? The jiangs will one day face a genocide worse than what kiir did to the nuer in juba. Mark my word. Your lucky riek was to forgiving to not allow gadet yak to wipe all jia

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  • 22 January 06:50, by Sunday Junup

    President went to S.A for only one man issue, why disturbing yourself if peace is progressing? All those act of terrorism will eat you up one day!

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  • 22 January 09:01, by Ranmediit

    IGAD and former US administration they’re destroy our country because Kiir and gony Taban they don’t have mission in South Sudan, they are looting the resources and briebry Poor Africa leaders while population deserted the Country very soon you you will rebuke decision.

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  • 22 January 11:13, by Fair Man

    Peace is already at the door. I absolutely agree with you. Kiir should be detained in South Africa together with Riek and SPLA must take over temporarily, invite all armed groups for sincere talks and elections without any General running. IGAD and TROIKA should not miss this golden chance. The two must be sent to ICC right away. Oh my God, save this country!!

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  • 22 January 19:15, by garrak1520


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  • 22 January 20:15, by Wutkhor WichNueri

    How many peoples suffering for this senseless war Ya uneducated president? We have tired with your maladministration. I hope, this message which you delivered to South Africa president will not help you. How many months did Dr. Machar spent from South Africa while the war still continue? This stupid act will not help you with your brother Ibrahim Taban Mohamed..

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  • 23 January 04:15, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Maintaining him in South Africa 🌍 is not going to cost the government of the day a lot of money 💵!?
    I think this is not a good idea to keep him hostage there, we need him to come and participate in the peace accord if we want a permanent peace ? 🔥 fire.
    There is no peace and reconciliation without forgiveness!
    We need to come to the table and resolve the issue

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