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South Sudan’s Kiir says hate speech is a red line

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August 24, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Friday called on governors to create a suitable atmosphere for the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement stressing that hate speech is a red line.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir arrives in Khartoum on September 3, 2013 (AFP Ashraf Shazly)

Peace advocacy groups and activists say hate speech - especially in the social media - is a considerable factor contributing to the violence in South Sudan.

Also, they point out that the hate speech and calls to kill the former First Vice President Riek Machar had been spread in the country and pushed Machar to delay his return in 2016. After what, tensions and mistrust between his loyal forces and the SPLA army precipitated another round of hostilities in July 2016 for two years.

In line with different statements about his commitment to implement a peace agreement that his government negotiated with the opposition groups, Salva Kiir took the opportunity of the swearing-in ceremony of three governors to recall the need to create a conducive environment in the country before the return of opposition groups.

"The President urged the governors to sensitize citizens about peace, adding that hate speech against the opposition members is a red line," said a statement issued by the presidential press unit after an oath of office ceremony for the newly appointed governors of Aweil, Northern Upper Nile and Twic states.

South Sudanese officials, particularly at the level of local governments, are also accused of spreading hatred and tribal antagonisms between the population.

"The conflict is more about historical grievances that people have towards the other tribe," said Saskia Baas, a South Sudan researcher in a report by IRIN last year about hate speech.

In this respect, the local politicians and leaders are accused of contributing to stirring up hatred and traditional conflicts between the different ethnic groups.

In a statement released on 10 August after the signing of the agreement on the governance chapter, the Troika countries called to involve the different components of the South Sudanese society.

"We remain steadfast that the best hope for sustainable peace is a process inclusive of ordinary men and women, civil society, religious leaders, ethnic minorities, and other excluded groups," said the statement.

For his part, UN Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan Nicholas Haysom called to create a peaceful and safer environment in the country and to supplement the Regional Protection Force to ensure the protection of opposition leaders.

The IGAD mediators are preparing to resume discussions on the implementation matrix and some bracketed issues by the end of August in order to sign the final revitalized peace agreement during the first week of September.

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  • 25 August 01:02, by Theone

    It is about the time,all haters should be known by public and that includes north Sudanese who pretend to be South Sudanese.

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  • 25 August 01:24, by Nairobimitot

    To President Salva Kiir Mayardit
    The people of South Sudan stand with you in denouncing hatred speeches. Those who are spreading hate among south Sudanese should be brought to book. They should be delivered and face justice for destroying the unity of the people and also for causing the nation to have political chaos. Those people are in Australia, Canada, and the United States and most of them are inside our country because some of them are officials who are here in the country with us.
    The people of South Sudan want you to sign this into law as soon as possible. The law should state it very clear that, when you are talking about division and classifying the people as tribes, you or whoever you are must know that you will be qualified as well as someone who is betraying his or her nation.

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    • 25 August 04:52, by Sunday Junup

      Nairobimitot,
      Kiirimnal Mayardit is number one to be judged follow by Makuey Lueth. Kiirimnal airport speech when he return from Khartoum deserve court

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      • 25 August 05:48, by South South

        I am with president. Let’s respect all leaders who signed the peace.

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        • 25 August 09:42, by jubaone

          South South
          Bullshit, these are still negotiations and not peace deal. You stupidly interpret such deliberations as peace? Once peace comes, we want jienges to return to their luaks cuz we want to start real development in Equatoria. This is impossible with lazy idlers and unskilled village fools hovering around. They are just a nuisance and stumbling block

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          • 25 August 11:10, by South South

            jubaone,

            No more hard words, I will do what Mr. president wants us to do to bring peace to our country. Real peace has been singed on August 5, 2018. People are just now talking about the details. Real development will come to South Sudan when there is peace. Of course, 1, 2 people will not be happy with peace and that’s natural. Peace, win, win for South Sudan.

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  • 25 August 05:49, by Mike Mike

    For Sure what has been said by the President of the nation is true hates speeches should be declined or avoided by our people for the recent fragile signed peace in Khartoum to happen as expected for the stability to be restored.Reckless throwing of unverified words is not allowed and whoever may do that must have to be subjected to face the law.Laws are to be apply to govern our people.

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  • 25 August 06:28, by Mike Mike

    Opposition elements were the one whom are well known of this reckless talking without controlling their tongues not to insults all government supporters. The more they learns to control their grievances will be the way forward to achieve a lasting peace and our people may reconciles once and for all if we take care to avoid releasing of hates speeches in any conversations.

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    • 25 August 07:50, by Pakuai

      Of course no one benefits from the hate speeches but tell that to many innocent South Sudanese who have been wronged by many of our half-baked politicians with some nasty & reckless lust for power at all costs. And those greedy half-baked politicians are again at it again. They are cowering in foreign capitals & they are negotiating themselves to re-instated back to their old positions>>>

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      • 25 August 07:59, by Pakuai

        so that they can come & start again where they left it in 2013. What are the innocent South Sudanese who have lost their relatives after being used as firewood by those greedy half-baked politicians going to get out of all these? Anger is a natural human being response to a bad situation created by others unto others. I am one of those who is angry with some of our lowly informed politician>>>

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        • 25 August 08:05, by Pakuai

          who brought our country & our people to this situation. A traitor like Mr. Riek Machar & others are not ’endangered species’ and they should have been removed to let other South Sudanese people enjoy their lives in peace. How many times are these useless politicians going to be forgiven for their reckless politicking after they have killed innocent South Sudanese just because the criminals think>>

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          • 25 August 08:10, by Pakuai

            they are entitled to be South Sudanese people leaders at all costs? No one is entitled to anything in South Sudan. If you misuse your chance, then others are also entitled to give it ago. I remember during our genuine war of independence from North Sudan this saying "that a one stem of grass can be removed from a house thatched roof, and the whole house won’t leaked">>>

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            • 25 August 08:16, by Pakuai

              and this was done by some of those reckless politicians still around & wreaking havoc and menacing the South Sudanese people to satisfy their own greed for power at the expense of innocent South Sudanese people. Why are those few reckless politicians not reined in, kill or consigned jails & throw the jail keys away to save thousands of innocent South Sudanese people? And the whole South Sudan’s>>>

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              • 25 August 08:22, by Pakuai

                house won’t leak or even miss some of those reckless & greedy politicians. There are always some limits. In other countries around the world, you a crime, then you must pay for own damn crime. But here in South Sudan, the reverse is true, you commit the crime, and you are rewarded for your crime. Mr. Salva Kiir has been advised time & time again, that his weak leadership of trying to appease>>>

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                • 25 August 08:28, by Pakuai

                  a every piece of trash has been exploited by some criminals. They intentionally create problems and know at the back of their minds, that they will eventually be courted back & rewarded with constitutional positions. And this style of leadership was what Mobutu Seseko used to rule then Zaire (now DR Congo). Mr. Mobutu Seseko used to sack some of his government officials and when they go & make>>>

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                  • 25 August 08:34, by Pakuai

                    a lot of noises in outside the seat of power, then Mr. Mobutu Seseko call them back and re-employ them to keep them quiet. And that how then Zaire (now DR Congo) was looted. Mr. Mobutu Seseko was even Mobutu Seseko & his corrupt politicians darling were even Europeans & Americans darlings. Since they let their country’s wealth being sleekly wired to European & Americans>>>

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                    • 25 August 08:39, by Pakuai

                      For South Sudanese people in the know though, the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs would want to replicate what they did in Zaire (DR Congo) here in South Sudan. But Mr. Salva Kiir & his current government is not what their darling. Their darling are Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot & others>>>

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                      • 25 August 08:49, by Pakuai

                        And that is why the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are ganged up behind those puppets/stooges, traitors & thieves as their only hope to have a stake over South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. And that is why is they (the US, the UK & their allies) don’t want the South Sudanese people national dialogue right here in South Sudan & in front of South Sudanese people>>>>

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                        • 25 August 08:52, by Games

                          People like Pukuai must be deleted from this furoms, that is disgusting to all southern Sudanes.

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                        • 25 August 08:54, by Pakuai

                          Because, if the national dialogue were to be done here in South Sudan without the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between not a stake in South Sudan & over the South Sudanese people. Then the US, their UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between leverage over our country & our people would be gone for good fellows>>>

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                          • 25 August 08:58, by Pakuai

                            But the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between have long since lost their leverage over our country & our people anyway no how much the evils will keep our country & our people as their hostage & blackmails for their own cheap greed. The US, the UK, their UN, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between don’t know that this is South Sudan>

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                            • 25 August 09:01, by Pakuai

                              a country of people who have an absolute contempt towards any evil on earth who thinks that he/she can breath or stand over our necks. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far and it must be tackled head on>>>

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                              • 25 August 09:08, by Pakuai

                                South Sudan is not the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire, never has & will never ever be. Most of our reckless & lowly informed politicians being used by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between as their bargaining cards & blackmails over our country & our people in foreign capitals today do not know these dirty & cheap intrigues their foreign masters are using>>>

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                                • 25 August 09:13, by Pakuai

                                  but the losers, foreign puppets/stooges, thieves & traitors would eventually realized after their villages are taken over by foreign masters like what they have done in Gambella region, central Kenya, parts of Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa or Namibia, but to be honest, not even a Dinkas/Monjiengs village would be taken by the white Americans, English people, their evil juus,>>>

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                                  • 25 August 09:18, by Pakuai

                                    their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers & some of their creepy allies in between. Fellows, there are some people here in South Sudan who have an absolute bad blood towards some white people & Arabs & any South Sudanese criminal who dare think of bringing those vermins into our country would be dealt with accordingly>>>

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                                    • 25 August 09:24, by Pakuai

                                      Our country has been taken hostage by some evils from the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states financiers, their cloned arabs of North Sudan & some of their creepy allies in between just like they have been doing in DR Congo & they are still doing it to do, in Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Mali, Somalia, Burundi, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq>>>

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                                      • 25 August 09:29, by Pakuai

                                        Afghanistan, Ukraine and other countries. And this is simply because of our oil fields, vast land, our Nile waters & of course to fight the present of Chinese companies our of our country by proxy. But the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between>>,.

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                                        • 25 August 09:34, by Pakuai

                                          but the evils are wasting their damned times & our times. We keep telling our lowly informed politicians to let us kill all the evil white Americans, English people, their UN mercenaries & UNIMISS criminals out of our country & over our people and throw the evils into the Nile. But the losers & fools think, their evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus>>>

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                                          • 25 August 09:38, by Pakuai

                                            and some of their creepy allies in between are our country’s & people’s uncles, who really says? Who really says fools?

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  • 25 August 08:49, by Games

    Questions, does Salva Kiir mean what he said or another trick to try and get more from those who are opposed his administration close to him and kills or jail them as usual business. All hates are always comes out from the government supported, so Salva Kiir should have been directed his messages to his supporters, while the oppositions should do same to their supporters.

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    • 26 August 03:02, by Kush Natives

      Games,
      The president already said it to all South Sudanese, whether you’re in the opposition or in the government. So, let it be it. You can take it or go against it period. Case closed!

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