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June 8, 2018 (JUBA) - Raila Odinga, Kenyan former prime minister and head of has on Friday held talks with South Sudanese former First Vice President and rebel leader, Riek Machar in a private initiative to narrow the gaps between him and President Sava Kiir.

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South Sudanese former First Vice President and rebel leader, Riek Machar greets Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga in Pretoria on 8 June 2018 (ST Photo)

The Kenyan politician met recently with President Kiir in Juba and informed him of his plan to reconcile him with Machar pointing to his experience with President Kenyatta following last year’s bitterly contested presidential election.

Sources with direct knowledge of the meeting in Pretoria told Sudan Tribune that few details came out of the discussions between Odinga and Machar, but it mainly focused on how the conflict in South Sudan should be ended so that the sufferings stop and the displaced people return to their home areas.

“We are still waiting for more details, but I briefly spoke to our chairman, Dr Riek Machar, and he told me the meeting went well. It all centred around how to stop the war and bring peace to the country," a top opposition figure told Sudan Tribune from Nairobi, Kenya.

"Machar was receptive and appreciated the initiative of comrade Raila Odinga,” the rebel official further said.

Odinga’s initiative is not part of the IGAD-led efforts to settle the over-four-year conflict but reportedly aimed at building confidence between the two leaders and bring them to make concessions on the outstanding issues that prevent a political deal.

Also, it is not clear if President Uhuru Kenyatta is backing his initiative as the two men reconciled last March and the opposition leader has represented his country in the funerals of funerals of Winnie Mandela in April.

Kiir and Machar have agreed to meet in Khartoum on 17 June before another meeting with the IGAD leaders on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Mauritania at the beginning of July.

The second phase of the peace revitalization forum ended last month in Addis Ababa without agreement over governance and security arrangements. The opposition groups blamed the draft agreement for neglecting their demands and endorsing Juba positions.

(ST)

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  • 9 June 01:56, by Mayendit

    Raila Odinga

    Let him try but the former vice president of South Sudanese is known for cut and run in term of peace agreement. The Nuers people should leave Dr. Riek Machar alone because what he had done to his own people was totally betrayed the whole Nuers society. A politician always avoid trouble if she or he want to lead the nation but in his case, he think by using Nuers bloods to lead.

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    • 9 June 08:57, by padiit gaga

      Mayiendit

      Don’t lie about Riek he did not betrayed Nuer. Nuer were killed by Kirr and Paul without reason which is hatred and malicious. Dinka leader kirr must be taken to ICC unless he accept peace this coming meeting bn kirr and Riek, Kirr will not talk only by his by his hands bc his tongue is numb by bear and Drygine.

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      • 9 June 15:26, by Mike Mike

        Padog, What instigated that killing which you were talking about if he Machar have not betrayed his own people to face the gov’t for unknown reason?. You need to accept your own mistakes then to keep in denying it while they have been witnessed by many people at regional level. Machar is quilty 100% even if you ask someone from deep local village about this he or she will judge Machar quilty.

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    • 9 June 09:30, by Malakal county Simon

      Dr machar never betrayed Nuers people’s what Judis STD did.... Foolish unwanted Salva Kiir made a very big mistakes by targeting the Nuer population’s which have nothing to do with SPLM politic.... That’s the caused of senseless war, and he simply need to apologize to Naath nation or we have a long way to go....

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  • 9 June 02:10, by Mayendit

    There is a little sign indicated that, our problems would only be resolved by ourselves, because the peace which will be imposed by foreigners wouldn’t bring a lasting peaceful in South Sudan. President Salve Kiir must continues upgrade National Dialogue as the only tool and also Dinka----Nuer community initiative is needed. I am encourage by Equatorian, the majority now have to realizing peace.

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    • 9 June 13:34, by padiit gaga

      Mayendit

      Who will accept Dinka dialogue? This is for Dinka and Nuer wew the foriegner who brought s.and N.sudan peace are people who will bring peace in s.sudan not Dinka dialogue don’t wast your time for it. Dialogue is to impower dictator but 2015 revitalization is for power charing.

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    • 9 June 15:37, by Mike Mike

      Mayendit,Nuer cant understand what non of nuer said.If Dr Riak Machar have not betrayed his people then,what triggered the killing they were been talking about now?.Always when dream for the leadership he want to relay on his people from Nuer instead of asking the all 64 tribes of SS to stand with him at election.He doesnt want to involved each and every tribes of SS to support him.He eyed on nuer

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      • 9 June 20:16, by padiit gaga

        Mike Mike
        You Dinka are tried the truth and tried what the whole world accept that Dinka president killed innocent Nuer and lied that there was coupt all 64 tribes knew what the dinka dd to them and Nuer. Must dinka don’t tell the truth even children all are trained to lie accept Mabior bc his father is S.Sudan leader not dinka leader like Kirr the wicked man.

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      • 9 June 20:18, by padiit gaga

        Mike Mike
        You Dinka are tried the truth and tried what the whole world accept that Dinka president killed innocent Nuer and lied that there was coupt all 64 tribes knew what the dinka dd to them and Nuer. Must dinka don’t tell the truth even children all are trained to lie accept Mabior bc his father is S.Sudan leader not dinka leader like Kirr the wicked man.

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  • 9 June 02:21, by Mayendit

    Riek Machar is a troublemakers and the people should abandon him. Just look the way he is always supporting rebellion, because he doesn’t care what will happen to the people as long he is alive then he will continues repeated mistake. Now he should have learn from gen, Taban Deng Gai and gen, James Wani Igga, leadership is to show people how your work done and not rebel every now and then.

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    • 9 June 13:49, by padiit gaga

      Mayendit
      Those gens you said are nothing the have No says but follow Kirr this Arab (Taban)origin doesn’t worry for Nuer bc he is not Nuer he has No story.Kirr must leave he not qualify person to leads s.sudan onl Dinka tribe Niki said kirr is tribal leader not country bc his mind is full triblism.Dinka story has been spiol by him. Thru democracy vote dinka may not wine due to Kirr not John Garang

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  • 9 June 02:52, by Mayendit

    Another Face to Face dialogue in between president Kiir and Riek will not make any different. There was a face to face in Tanzania. President Kiir made apology to South Sudanese people in front of East Africa leaders and he did accepted that, the problems were caused by him and his former VP, Riek Machar and SPLM Re-unification was signed in front of Head States but later, he rejected signature.

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  • 9 June 03:39, by Mayendit

    Games or dirty game whatever your hiding name.
    The peace agreement in 2005 was made possible because of the Dinkas who have never change their minds to join Khartoum’s government. Your uncle Riek Machar is a desperate man for leadership and he will not get what he want. I will not prevent you to hated Dinkas but we are not going anywhere put that in your mind. A president has all rights to removed

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  • 9 June 04:24, by Nairobimitot

    The SPLA, IO has emerged with the SPLA/SPLM. There is no such thing as SPLA, IO anymore. The only thing that is left to be settled is for the leftover like Riek Machar. We want him to contribute to the development of our country, and we will bring him back to the government of South Sudan but in a different assignment. He has learned his lesson, and he is now getting old.
    What Riek Machar is thinking right now is very different from before. If he wants to rebel again, he will meet what he desires, but we will bring him back to the government because he was still being supported by some groups who are South Sudanese. Our goal is to unite our people of the land called South Sudan. That is our primary goal.
    Also, the people mind has to be changed from tribal thinking to integrated mind of thinking that is based on the unity of our people. The reason who want to do that is that we do not want any foreigners to come between us and destroy us through manipulation and lies so that we will hate each other again. We will work on that after the war even though it will take sometimes. But we are very determined to achieve the goal of United South Sudan through hearts, minds, and souls.
    The assignment of Riek Machar is for him to talk to his supporters about peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. If he does not do that, we will put him back to jail. But I am sure he will do that because he ran for 45 days for his life and that was a tough unknown assignment for him, so there is no need again to make it back to Congo’s border because it may not happen again.
    Our priority is now peace, and anybody that is preventing peace will be dealt with by the government of South Sudan. Your tribal mind is not with the government of South Sudan; it comes from your own narrowed minded. The government of South Sudan only serves all its people no matter what they are or their color even though they have the same color.
    We will teach all the people of South Sudan to love themselves because south Sudan will never be a failed State or a failed country. And if there are any south Sudanese there who think that there is someone from outside the country who is more important than his fellows South Sudanese, let him, or she knows that she is carrying a snake in his head. You need to trust a south Sudanese because he is from your home country more than anybody. That is priority number one. And if you do not do that, you will fail, and you will end up in a deep hole

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  • 9 June 06:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    President Kiir & Dr Machar agreed to meet in Khartoum! Before meeting with IGAD leaders. What is the reason behind Khartoum as the rendezvous? Is Khartoum a member of the IGAD in this peace process? This dnagerous move has to be surpervise by the expertise, otherwise I can’t see the point of meeting in Khartoum and folks are in Addis Ababa, Khartoum is known recently for hosting defactors

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  • 9 June 06:47, by Mayendit

    Malith Rual

    Sudan is seem to be one of the IGAD member and has been involved meditating the conflicts of South Sudanese. There is no doubt if the IGAD members have agrees to do so. The problems in South Sudan have also affected our neighbors countries and if the South Sudan is living peaceful perhaps, the problem in Sudan will be resolved and the economic will improved all East Africa nations.

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  • 9 June 07:03, by Ojok James

    You guys stop hate speech the country isn’t belong to your tribe only. We are all partakers without anyone direct who suppose to be in which positions. Dr. Riek Machar will return back in his position whether you haters like or not and after the transitional period he will contest for the president if he want because he is a south Sudanese and being love by 70% of the people except you Jieng.

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    • 9 June 07:13, by Ojok James

      Even some Jieng love him. You guys always look at the negative part of him but his positive side is greater than his past history. And if we continue with such discrimination speech we will all suffer the consequences, the real problems and obstacle to our miserable suffering is Salva Kiir and the JCE by putting tribal superiority over national administration which is unacceptable and I condemn...

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      • 9 June 07:20, by Ojok James

        ..in a strongest term possible. Salva Kiir has killed innocent Nuer citizens in Juba in a day brought light in front of every citizens and international community in the name of chair. He misappropriated the fund which suppose to build health institutions, schools, roads and empower agriculture and diverted it into individuals pocket leaving the country into total dilemma.

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      • 9 June 07:23, by Ojok James

        ..in a strongest term possible. Salva Kiir has killed innocent Nuer citizens in Juba in a day brought light in front of every citizens and international community in the name of chair. He misappropriated the fund which suppose to build health institutions, schools, roads and empower agriculture and diverted it into individuals pocket leaving the country into total dilemma.

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        • 9 June 07:57, by Kuch

          Mr. Ojok James,
          Your Riek machar was dead long time ago in Juba

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          • 9 June 16:58, by lino

            Ya Kuch! Did Dr. Riek becomes a new Masiah? Resurrect?!!!

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        • 9 June 08:15, by okello

          @ Ojok you always claimed innocent Nuer were killed in Juba what were they doing? Are you people sure they are innocent unarm Nuer? I believe Nuer killed in 2013 were purely arm by Riek Machar and no doubt about this unless you don’t believe fact! Please innocent civilian are those killed in Bor Town, Dinka civilian in Bentiu, Nasar, Malakal and all areas occupied by Nuer had no Dinka surviviors.

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          • 9 June 08:19, by okello

            cont...
            in those mention areas but I never heard Dinka campaigning like the way you always did on facebook, on media campaign and other website. Please your falsely claim will be back fire one day you people when time come and you will be shame and unless you are tribe who don’t be shame. Image when people talk peace you talk war and if people accept war you talk peace! Why you always opposite?

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          • 9 June 09:02, by Mookachaar Jieng

            Okello, The visionary leader is coming home very soon as a first VP of the Republic and will be followed by the national election and also he will be won the 95% vote and become the President of the nation.
            If JCE and sultan Kiir refuse peace, they will be defeated and killed all of them.
            Welcome, Dr.Machar to your country forgive them and lead peacefully

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  • 9 June 16:10, by lino

    South Sudanese supporters to both Gen. Kiir and Dr. Riek are just supporting personalities rather than supporting issues facing the country!!!
    When we all supported Dr. John Garang it was the issues facing Old Sudan!!
    Even those who are not Nuer and stand strongly with Dr. Riek, they did it because of issues he raised up and not because he is Dr. Riek!!! South Sudanese are still backward...

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    • 9 June 16:13, by lino

      ...in their thoughts processes comparing to the rest of the world!!! You better grow up people!!!

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