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Machar interested in power, not SPLM reunification: Kiir


January 22, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President, Salva Kiir has said former vice-president-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar is only interested in power, not processes to reunify various factions of the ruling party (SPLM).

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A group photo of the SPLM factions in government reunification team with Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, December 15, 2017 (ST)

Kiir made the remarks at a meeting with the chairperson of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa.

“You know very well we accepted the role and ANC leadership particularly yourself played in reunification process. You remember coming here to consult with you [Ramaphosa] and President Jacob Zuma to help us sort our differences with other comrades. These efforts in which you played a vital role culminated into the Arusha reunification agreement and I was there myself,” Kiir said Sunday.

"The process of reunification was to be completed in Juba. Others like Pagan Amum, who was the Secretary General [of the SPLM] went to Juba and he became part of one SPLM, but when the peace was about to be signed in 2015, he left Juba and became one of the groups we have agreed to abandon all the different factions and camps that came to exist because of the differences we have resolved through reunification and he signed the peace agreement. And then he never returned to the country,” he added.

Kiir accused Machar, who lives in exile in South Africa, of being behind the outbreak of the violence in the capital, Juba in July 2016.

“After July events, we continued and involved President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Egyptian president, Abdel Fatteh el Sisi, but our brothers, especially brother Riek continued to show no interest in the reunification [of the SPLM],” explained Kiir.

“This has encouraged others like the former [political] detainees outside the country and [are] continuing to make demands as a condition for reunification”, he added.

According Kiir, the group allied to former rebel chief negotiator, now the first vice-president, Taban Deng GaiVand some members of the ex-detainees in the coalition government are ready to start implementation of the SPLM reunification process and move forward.

“A working group has already been formed to work out modalities of implementing the Arusha reunification and this process will proceed because people believe unity of the SPLM is very important because this was the crisis started. Those interested in power like brother Riek, the process can’t be held. It will have to proceed,” stressed Kiir.

He added, “If they are interested, they should join [the reunification process] without making other conditions”.

The South Sudanese leader told Ramaphosa that he had to travel to Kampala, Uganda in 2017 with the hope that Machar would participate in the process facilitated by Museveni, but he failed either to send a representative and travelled in person to attend it.

However, Machar has repeatedly refuted the allegation, citing his detention as having not allowed him to move freely without being released and the need to end the war a primary objective as the war has now engulfed the country and beyond SPLM differences.

In January 2015, delegates from three factions of the SPLM party signed a 12-page agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, laying out key steps toward reunifying the party.

The faction loyal to President Kiir, the SPLM-in-Opposition led by former First Vice President, Riek Machar, and a third made up of party officials detained when the conflict began in December 2013, signed the accord.

The SPLM was initially founded as the political wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). The party, in the aftermath of the civil war that broke out in the country in mid-December 2013, split into the SPLM-Juba faction headed by Kiir, SPLM-IO led by Machar and that of the former political detainees.


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  • 22 January 21:35, by garrak1520

    The reason Kiir is begging Malong not to rebel is simple: Kiir is talking to Jings : let him not exhibit to the world the authorization Malong requested that I inked prior to attacking Machar camp while in Juba (Machar in Juba). You may request from South Africa to keep the man but we are all replaceable including you Kiir.

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  • 22 January 21:49, by Koryom2

    "Machar interested in power, not SPLM reunification: Kiir"
    It is both of you idiots who are after power at all costs at the expense of South Sudanese people. Why did you let the devil get out of J1 in 2016 after he (Riek Machar) let his balls carried him away for the third time? It was because of your usual dalliance in making the right decisions---and l can bet, if it were Riek Machar>>>>

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    • 22 January 22:01, by Koryom2

      who was in your position were your body guards happened to have been mowed down like grass outside the J1 complex except the ones who were inside the J1 complex, he would have killed you idiot. Mr. Salva Kiir, when are you & your ilks going to explain to South Sudanese people as to who is really behind this so-called "revitalization forum" in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa?>>>

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      • 22 January 22:11, by Koryom2

        What are the traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Costi Manibe et al doing in Kenya if they are not being used by their foreign masters from the US, the UK & their creepy in between as their bargaining cards or blackmails to South Sudan & the South Sudanese people for their own selfish ends. The same dirt goes to other traitors like Thomas & Lam Akol, what are these criminals>

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        • 22 January 22:46, by Koryom2

          doing in Khartoum & Adis Ababa respectively? They are being used by their foreign masters in the US, the UK, and their lackeys in North Sudan & Adis Ababa as their bargaining chips & blackmails to your current damn govt & the South Sudanese people to crawl their evil selves into our country so that the evils would come & loot our country like they are currently doing in DRC, CAR>>>

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          • 22 January 23:13, by Koryom2

            Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine & other countries l failed to mentioned here. But some of our so-called SPLA-IO fools are sitting around in foreign countries & their foreign masters are bidding for them with their so-called "revitalization forum". Why is this so-called "revitalization forum" not done here in South Sudan than>>>

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            • 22 January 23:33, by Koryom2

              the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa? Because, many of you fools consider other countries superior than our own. You Mr. Salva Kiir even married your own daughter to an ethiopian fool and you know, the these so-called ethiopians are the ones being hedged by our enemies as superiors than us. And that is why every piece of our sh*t is always taken to their damn Adis Ababa hotels, brothels & bar

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              • 22 January 23:43, by Koryom2

                so that the criminals can always go & play our country like their then ethiopia, DRC, Angola, Mozambique, South & Central America, Eastern European countries, Middle eastern & some Asian countries during their then so-called "cold war". Good luck to our traitors though & their masters. Mr. Salva Kiir & some of our South Sudanese who love South Sudan & the South Sudanese people, prepare for a war>>

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                • 22 January 23:49, by Koryom2

                  The love affair of the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & & their arabs of Arabia, is not going to end very well. Let us, the SPLA bomb everything that is connected to evil white Americans, their juus, English people & their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan out of our country now rather later>>>

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                  • 23 January 01:03, by Koryom2

                    because the evils will never ever leave our country & our people alone just like they have in our neighbor, Eastern Congo since 1960th after they killed Mr. Patrice Lumumba, a Congolese statesman who stood up to Belgium criminals https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/patrice-lumumba-50th-anniversary-assassination

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                    • 23 January 01:34, by Koryom2

                      We informed you idiots right after country’s independence that we don’t need "your so-called then UNIMIS (the United nations mission in Sudan) to now UNIMISS, the United nations missions in South Sudan in to our country". But we were out rightly "rebuked that we were just young boys with some attitude towards white people" Now here are, our Europeans, Americans, UN & their sleazy NGOs are toying>>

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                      • 23 January 03:45, by Koryom2

                        with our country, our people & they think, they can bully their damn selves into our country from these so-called *Europeans, white Americans, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan.

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                        • 23 January 06:43, by Sunday Junup

                          Breaking News!
                          Kuch has change his name to Koryom 2 After he knew that no body read his posts. How many times he change his name from his real name to Romman again from Roman to Kuch and now Koryom 2.This habit of changing names is a crime and terrorist act itself.

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        • 23 January 01:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


          calm down. Use your brain to reason. Make proper use of this forum to present meaningful ideas.

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    • 23 January 07:00, by jubaone

      Koryom2 aka Kuch,
      Your trailers are very evidence; long writings, terse and ludicrous. Get us something new, well-thought and less jienge-like.

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    • 23 January 16:10, by above king of arabs/muslims

      they both care about position not people. if they were conscious human being, they wouldn’t have created an in fighting that led to that stupid war. open you mind black people. war cause destruction and suffering. i personally do not blame Donald Trump for calling African countries shit hole. you indeed like wars/corruption and not development.

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  • 22 January 23:30, by Eastern

    Dr.Machar represents the views of THINKING South to Sudanese. Why must the stinking MONSTERITY called the SPLM be kept alive when it’s BLEEDING the masses dry?

    ANYBODY who comments for MORE THAN ONE LINE on Sudantribune is a SHITHOLE! THINK OUT YOUR RESPOND IN ONE LINE ONLY....Over to you South South, or South SHITHOLE...!

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    • 23 January 00:15, by South South


      Your real name is" KARAMA", what is wrong MR. KARAMA? Why are you crying? Wicked, you will be crying for rest of life.

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      • 23 January 07:29, by jubaone

        South South,
        Jienges don’t give or call Equatorians names, it doesn’t work that way. It’s like a monkey 🐵 trying to call or give humans names. Shhhh! Do you have a similar name in thokjiengr for karama? I guess not. Cos you have no culture for burial and honoring the dead, they get eaten up by hyenas and vultures.

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        • 23 January 11:33, by South South

          I will not start calling anyone, only when someone attacks me first. This is the kind of the guy I am. I know how to hit back, but I am attacking your brother Eastern, I am stating the facts about him. Stay well body.

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          • 23 January 11:46, by South South

            When you guys attack a d call other people names, what do you expect as a reaction from other side? Eastern real name is "karama"

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    • 23 January 07:07, by jubaone

      Dr. Riak is either an idiot or a coward or both. Idiot: Cos he seems unable to jump over his shadow of getting a new name from this SPLM that has not moved from a Stupid Peoples Lacking Mannerisms like Bakasoro, Lam, Cirillo et al. Coward: Scared of the unknown. He’s giving the kiirminal enough reasons to attack him. SPLM got the country to this shit 💩.

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      • 23 January 07:16, by jubaone

        Dr. Riak must descend and reason like a savage if he has to survive in SS. It’s easier to get down and play the fool like the Kiirminal than trying to raise the Kiirminal to his level cos the latter is just half intelligent. Jienge virtues are bravery, trickery and treachery but NOT honesty, openness even less intelligence anyway. He has to deal with ape-like creatures.

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  • 22 January 23:34, by @you

    Don’t count their bullets like last time they Will come

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  • 23 January 03:23, by dinkdong

    The present SPLMs are bunch of looters. They might have succeeded in getting South Sudan into independence, but they will never succeed in maintaining it.

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    • 23 January 04:05, by Whortti Bor Manza

      Koryom Kirr
      Hold you breath. Kiir being the president is not in power? The report on the July incident is even known to insane people. Talk of disbanding SPLM not reunification.

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  • 23 January 04:09, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It is high time for these wazee to let us the new generation have affair go and to allow us to exercise our energetic power.
    Your powers are as old 👵 as you are therefore we need a chance, give it to us!
    If you really care? 😱

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  • 23 January 04:28, by john akeen

    I know most of you Rebels on this website are just to learn English, and I can C that the word Shithole it’s a new word that you have leaned, anyways the real South Sudanese Army are coming back in a big numbers, because they have learned that they’re not an army to protect Nuer or Riek Machar or Salva Kiir, they’re an army to protect the constitution and the people and the elected gov>>

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    • 23 January 04:50, by john akeen

      not Riek Machar or political detainees or any individual politician, this true armies will make our country great and they will make our country as the great land of law and order, but not for Nuer or Dinka or any trib, they will do it for all the tribes of our country. SPLA Oyee SPLA Oyee South Sudan Oyee South Sudan Oyee

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      • 23 January 05:22, by dinkdong

        Good wishes Mr. Akeen. FYI, neither Kiir nor the SPLA honored or protect the constitutions and people. Instead, they do the opposite.

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    • 23 January 05:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      John Akeen,

      which constitution are you talking about? is it the present constitution that is Jieng Council of Elders constitution that is labelled a national constitution? Please give us a break. A tribal issue should not take a national shape especially in a multi national state. Grow up.

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      • 23 January 08:22, by john akeen


        Zealand has no constitution. Israel has no constitution, so why South Sudan must have constitution? anyway South Sudan construction is you idiot

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        • 23 January 08:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          John Akeen,

          Who is an idiot me or you? A person who lacks humanity, compassion and patriotism in a way he mixes apples and oranges and then call them all apples! What a wrong type of human specie you are! You deserve to be with cows and stop using electronic media to disseminate your stupidity. One thing you can do best is to go and look after Biggara cows in Sudan. Grow up ya awalik.

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          • 23 January 17:20, by john akeen

            now you have proved that you’re stupid idiot Rebellion and dump as fuck, just read your comment over & over, you will find out that you’re a big awalike. You stupid bitch

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  • 23 January 04:48, by john locke

    John Karen, just stop while your ahead. You barely can write English. Let alone understand it. If it weren’t for kiir paying SA to keep Machar, kiir would have been chased out of juba. Don’t forget that it took 1,000 IO soldier to defeat kiirs soldiers at j1. With barely any weapons, because kiir feared the IO. Now malongs men left kiirs side to join the io.. haha

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    • 23 January 05:25, by Mayendit

      John Locke
      Instead of correcting your English then, you jump to challenge others people who are better than you. Forget about thing gone in the past, when did 1430 SPLA defeated Kiir’s soldiers? Ask your uncle Riek Machar why he run away in Juba with 9000 soldiers in 2013? If 9000 soldiers of Riek Machar left Juba in 2013 then, what do you think about 1430 SPLA IO will do?

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    • 23 January 08:08, by john akeen

      John Locke
      if you don’t understand my English, than I will make you understand my grammatical error by force. I like that president Kiir is paying SA to keep that evil Riek Machar in person and I wish he can pay more to get him kill there too, just because you’re accusing our elected president for something he did not do

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  • 23 January 05:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Why is Kiir running up and down if he is not interested in leadership? He tried to assassinate Riek because he rivaled him on leadership issue that he has mismanaged. He thinks all South Sudanese should take his internal peace initiative in order to enable him rule for life. This notion is totally rejected by the people.

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  • 23 January 05:36, by john locke

    John, you make no sense completely.. I’m guessing you are a Jiang whose also illiterate. The IO controls 75% of the country. Kiir fear Riek getting out of SA because he fears he will lose his seat to riek if elections were conducted today. The io escaped j1 with just a few soldiers killed in 2016, how many of kiirs soldiers were killed? Than taban tried to go to Lou nuer land. Look what happened

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  • 23 January 10:21, by @you

    What happen to DR kir?
    You are running up & down
    Because of power & trying
    To blame DR machar why?
    He Will be with you again
    In j kusum or j1:

    One of them say rebel are not educated
    We all know Mr kirr is well educated more
    Than you yah street boys:
    Machar is interested on power
    What about Dr kirr?
    Your color is known my friend
    Don’t waste your time:

    Yala amchi num

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  • 23 January 11:16, by Wutkhor WichNueri

    The message that has written by Kiir doesn’t makesense for sure. How many years for him ruling South Sudan while even single change has not seen by citizens of the country? Better, Kiir to step down and give president seat to wise leaders who have mission and vision about the country.

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  • 23 January 16:02, by above king of arabs/muslims

    the answer is simple. out with old minds and in with young minds. south Sudan need development not war. kiir, Riek and rest are all elements with same agenda of looting the countries resources and zero development. people of south Sudan should cease from supporting wars. a great leader is the one that think about people and development not the one that think about position.

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