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S. Sudan’s Machar declines IGAD offer to move him out of South Africa


Riek Machar poses with the IGAD Council of Ministers delegation after the meeting outside Johnny Makhathini Diplomatic Guesthouse, Pretoria on 15 may 2018 (Photo Kenya's FM)
May 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Riek Machar has declined the decision of the IGAD to move him to another country, reiterating his demand to allow him to circulate freely, said the Sudanese acting foreign ministry

On Tuesday a delegation from the IGAD Council of Ministers led by the Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene met with Machar to discuss their decision of last March to lift his confinement in Pretoria and to move him to any country out of the IGAD countries and not a neighbour to South Sudan.

In a statement released in Khartoum, the spokesperson of the Sudanese foreign ministry Gharib Allah Khidir said the delegation which included Sudan’s Ambassador to Pretoria listened to Machar’s ideas on the structure of the government institutions, the parliament and the number of states in South Sudan.

Khidir further said that the three hour-meeting in Pretoria discussed with the former first vice-president the IGAD’s resolution to move him to another country as they wanted to get his point of view and eventually the country he prefers to reside in line with the decision.

"For his part, Dr Machar expressed his desire to be unconditionally free in his movement and his choice, preferring to continue residing in South Africa despite his inability to circulate or communicate, until he gets a better decision than the offered one," said the statement.

South Sudanese government sought to convince the IGAD and South African to keep Machar in Pretoria saying his return would contribute to the continuation of the war in the country.

Also, Juba criticized the IGAD decision to end his confinement in South Africa saying his participation in the peace process would "frustrate the momentum and confidence being gradually built by the negotiating teams".

In a statement released in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian foreign ministry said the meeting with Machar was part of the Shuttle diplomacy by the IGAD council to bridge the gap between the parties to the peace forum -HLRF".

The peace revitalization forum will resume in Addis Ababa on May 17, 2018.

The IGAD Council members were recently in Juba for similar exchanges with the South Sudanese government on the outstanding issues in the revitalization process particularly the power-sharing during the transitional period and the security arrangements.

Machar has been residing in South Africa since October 2016.


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  • 17 May 2018 01:50, by lino

    Confinement of Machar proved that he was not the real problems of SS, but Opposition Groups have tripled and quadrupled after he was chased out of Juba by Kiirdit and Malongdit on July, 2016!!!
    Now it looks Kiir is the problem for SS to move forward!!! Latest Opposition Group leads by Malong confirmed!!!

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    • 17 May 2018 07:44, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      This IGAD policy toward Dr. Riek is unfair, Dr. Riek didn’t start the war, Salva Kiir started the war, killed 20,000 innocent civilians in Juba, Salva and Malong planned assassination attempt against Dr.Riek Machar on July 8 2016, Salva and his IGAD friends confined Dr. Riek in South Africa yet the war continue to worsened, genocide, ethnicity targeting killing didn’t stop

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      • 17 May 2018 07:58, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        IGAD and Salva government completely failed to solve the conflict, they only know how to tactically delay the war so that TRIOKA continue to fund them.
        Thus the international community should know that peace without Dr.Riek Machar is like a chip in Ocean without compass, it could never get into port.

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        • 17 May 2018 15:59, by dinkdong

          When did the prisoner choose which prison to stay in?

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          • 17 May 2018 22:57, by lino

            Ya Dingdong!!!

            What charges brought against him? If he is really a prisoner why consulting with him about peace?! IGAD is wasting time, but they maybe saving the Dr life for worst days to come in South Sudan!!!

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  • 17 May 2018 03:31, by Kenyang ll

    Everyone, including power-hungry Riek, and if possible entirely country ought to be allowed to attend that peace talk. Unless we intentionally want excuses for continuation of war.

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    • 17 May 2018 07:05, by jubaone

      Kenyang II,
      There is NO country cuz we have no national ethos, nothing that brings me or Equatorians with jienges together other than the recent history. Equatorians DONT look, speak and act like jienges or vice versa so what country? The only viable and reasonable solution is EQAUTEXIT. You take care of your shit, we ours. What is difficult here? KOKORA/FEDERALISM is the lesser evil, if you wish.

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      • 17 May 2018 08:41, by Kush Natives

        There’s a great need for you to complaining every here and then on media about Dinka, stop blah blah blah! Take the gun and fight harder than you always noises around, there’s no country given on social media, you got to struggle for equaexit. Nobody give a shit about you exiting. The only things I will endorse from you is migration. Where were you in 80s-90s?

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        • 17 May 2018 09:05, by Theallseeingeye

          Kush Natives
          "Where were you in 80s-90s?" this is what we called a betrayal & hijacking question, because from 80s until cessation in 2011 there were no such questions, the SPLM/A stands for Sudan people Liberation Movement/Amry, and one of core principle SPLM was advocating for is equal right to all Sudanese people disregarding the background and ethnicity

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          • 17 May 2018 09:11, by Theallseeingeye

            in fact "Where were you in 80s-90s?" is one of the major reason that triggered this crises & could also remain the same reason for continuation of this crises as well. Kush, this question is why we say the SPLM has been hijacked by some self-interested individuals who caries tribal supremacy agenda. this is why we say SPLM/A lost its vision, because after we successful betrayed the Nuba and SPLM/N

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            • 17 May 2018 09:21, by Theallseeingeye

              because after we(South Sudanese) successfully betrayed the Nuba and SPLM/N and divide the country, some serpents who who were within the system began to deliver with poisonous tribal strikes. and that serpent is you. Kush, " there’s no country given on social media" and neither there is a country that can be defended on the social media. we have gather here on this forum to debate and seeks what..

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              • 17 May 2018 09:28, by Theallseeingeye

                a viable solution to this crises Jienge created. you have to understand that this country is not your "Jienge mama" property, if you want to mess up things Warrap, Tonj, Lake State, etc. we have no problem with that, but once that mess up threaten our life and security, its personal. Jubaone is right KOKORA/FEDERALISM is the best option, such that we see what you lazy Jienge can do in your lands

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                • 17 May 2018 09:36, by Theallseeingeye

                  Kush Native doesn’t support KOKORA/FEDERALISM because Jienge are lazy and rely on free food and stolen properties by Jienge in SPLA uniform and the know unknown Gunmen. so, to Imagine a state which is purely inhabited with Jienge looters,rapers, criminals, its going to be a full-scale robbery, looting, shitting, you name it.

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          • 17 May 2018 20:18, by Kush Natives

            Yes, it’s SPLA/M, but that alone doesn’t mean, we were all paying an ultimate sacrifice. So, shut up! Dinka existed since all those times. We only allowed migration rather than weak exit. Terrorist groups exist in any country for only hatred ideal, so keep in mind.

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        • 17 May 2018 10:00, by jubaone

          Bush Natives
          That is clear. Equatexit is not going to be negotiated with jienges. We are treating you like your jellaba masters. They had turbans (himma) on their heads, you jienges have scars on your forehead. The same shitholes who deserve death. We are already in war and it’s about getting all Equatorians on board and you start either migrating to Khartoum or fly over Equatoria to Uganda cuz w

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      • 17 May 2018 09:57, by Joyuma John

        Jubaone you seem to be having an idea, but when are you going to implement your korora movement?

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        • 17 May 2018 10:05, by jubaone

          Joyuma John
          The current 32 states are a prelude to kokora. Do you know that no jienge can work in say, Imatong, Yei or Jubek states? Do you know that each state must develop their own education standards and school systems? Why would an Equatorian even dare to work in Gok state? No. Each state takes care of itself and we in Equatoria don’t need jienges for what? This is baby kokora yet.

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        • 17 May 2018 11:44, by Eastern

          Joyuma John,

          An idea is more important than WHEN it will be implemented and realised. The idea of independent South Sudan was conceived before Kiir was born. A free South Africa was an idea from the likes of Steve Biko, Oliver Thambo, Walter Sisulu, et al. They died before its realisation. Grow up and get used to the idea of Equatoria Republic gaining currency!

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      • 17 May 2018 11:50, by South South


        We, the people who support government of South Sudan are happy with Riek to be in South Africa. South Sudan is one piece of land and if someone does not like our country, he MUST move out to DIASPORA,refugee camp and anywhere. You may choose to come back to South Sudan, but when you do that, shut up, listen and follow.Long time ago, we walked by force on KOKORA and we killed it forever.

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        • 17 May 2018 15:33, by jubaone

          South South
          This is only a name and jienges are more interested in using the country SS as a tool, system to loot and enrich themselves. You know without Equatoria SS is just shithole and no one in the world would even waste time investing in it. Today, only armed jienge soldiers dare move but not civilians who are not wanted. Much of Equatoria is de facto "jienge free" now. It’ll remain so.

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          • 17 May 2018 20:31, by South South

            Majority rules everywhere, South Sudan is included.

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    • 17 May 2018 07:12, by Tilo

      Kenyang ll

      Truth must be said; "And You said it all" Government is scared and they know their bad deed, so they need peace not so that they can cling on power.
      Their will be no stability in the country if Machar is out and kiir leads the government

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  • 17 May 2018 04:47, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Machar offer to move him out of South Africa; How did the the idea change from joining Juba to moving him out of South Africa? I have not also heard about the election for decade or is he not interested to contest for the post as he had always been?If we need tangible peace in South Sudan we need full participation of all pressure groups and interest groups on the table

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  • 17 May 2018 05:16, by Mayendit

    IGAD and AU leaders must put Riek Machar to real jail, because this is the guy who brought disasters from the beginning in 1991. This is the time for IGAD and AU leaders to tell South Africa’s government to put him in real jail for good, thousand died in 1991 for his break away and continues now people dying just because of his political issue. Bring him back to Juba and will be jail for life time

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    • 17 May 2018 06:59, by jubaone

      That is jienge wish. Funny though, you jienges have turned the whole SS into an open prison akin to a stinking luak and the people of SS herded, controlled and slaughtered like cows. Fugitive and one-time butcher Malong is also now being hunted like a sacrificial bull. Other jienges are scampering toward Equatoria, others to their jellaba masters like scared donkeys. So?

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  • 17 May 2018 08:03, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Why do you give him a choice? He needs to be taken to wherever the IGAD chooses to go or stay in South Africa as a private citizen of South Sudan refugee. We, the South Sudan citizens do not need him to come back to South Sudan until he gives up politics period.

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    • 17 May 2018 08:20, by jubaone

      Jienge Defender General
      False, say ..."we jienge citizens...don’t speak for the rest who support Dr Riak. This is stupid cuz you think South Sudanese are all jienges and jienges are South Sudanese. Do you know the difference?

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      • 17 May 2018 11:20, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, I speak as a loyal general, patriotic, and citizen of South Sudan. Personally, I don’t see different between Jienges and South Sudan. Jingles are South Sudanese and South Sudanese are Jienges as well as other tribes. To me, South Sudan belongs to 64 tribes, not Dinka alone. To tell you the truth, Machar is not a great leader for S. Sudan or Nuer people in general. What do you see in Macha

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  • 17 May 2018 08:25, by Riek Machar

    IGAD, can’t fooled South Sudanese through deal which made by Salva Kiir.

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  • 17 May 2018 10:49, by wau nar

    Jubaone & allseeingeye
    Where is your land in south Sudan?.Equatorians please don’t talk to the men of ss Nuer are better although they were back beaters n you idiots run to uganda and reside there during struggle fretening u are uganadian shame on you coward even now adays you do nothing you know hw to talk only.and my advice to you is that to leave saying jieng otherwise the war will not help you

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    • 17 May 2018 11:51, by Theallseeingeye

      wau nar
      when did a Jienge savage comprehend and learn to pronounce the word "shame"?,I bet you even don’t know what it means because If indeed you do know, you(Jienge) will refrain from all the absurd shame you are putting the whole country through. I doubt you have the word "shame" in Tong monjong, because Jienge don’t feel ashamed at all, just look the way to overcrowded the first phase of HLRF

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      • 17 May 2018 12:04, by Theallseeingeye

        with illiterates of mediocre caliber, that is what is called shame, a shame is when you have an illiterates president running a broke country like a luak, with 2.5million refugee, another 1.5million IDPs,insecurity is the order of the day & night, high degree of starvation is potential,economy is penetrating the ground and yet foolishly believes in wining a senseless war militarily.

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        • 17 May 2018 13:30, by wau nar

          we will not leave you guys unless u stop generaling jieng in general/calling them mtn n on the other hand those delgate are not jieng ,nuer nor equatorian they are south sudanese, do jieng ve gatkuoth/gatwech by name?. jieng domination is not now it was from the begining of the spla/m in 1983 to lebrate the south sudanese including you when you pipo run to uganda & north sudan.

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    • 17 May 2018 15:40, by jubaone

      Wau Nar
      My kind advice to you if you’re a bnon jienge, pls mobilize your people and demand federalism. I know of many peace loving Bongo, Ndogo, Fertit, Balanda, Feroghe who dread and loathe the jienges. Equatoria supports you. These jienges must be left on their own. Don’t mix, marry 💑 or even associate with them. They’re highly contagious and dangerous. See what’s happening in Equatoria??

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  • 17 May 2018 11:30, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Kiir and Machar are the problem of South Sudan. Both are greedy for power. Kiir should resign and Machar should forget politics. The two are a curse to SS.

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  • 17 May 2018 13:15, by Theallseeingeye

    if the IGAD members believes in multiverse, parallel worlds and multidimensional theories they should understand that even relocating Riak to the another universe, dimension or any of the aforementioned domain WILL NOT solve South Sudan’s problem.

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  • 17 May 2018 14:22, by Games

    Machar is right on that IGAD game to decline the transfer cells to the another cell. If they IGAD mean to release Machar from S. Africa cells then he can move like free person and choose wherever he wants to lives.

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  • 17 May 2018 22:58, by Eastern

    IGAD comes out here with an egg in the face....!

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