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Machar calls for confidence-building measures before to take part in peace celebration in Juba


Kiir (R) speaks with Machar during the signing ceremony of the revitalized peace agreement on 12 September 2018 (UNMISS Photo)
September 24, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - South Sudan main opposition leader Riek Machar welcomed an invitation extended by President Salva Kiir to take part in a peace celebration the government plans to hold in Juba and called to take some confidence-building measures before his return.

Since two years ago, Machar’s movements have been restricted by the IGAD and he was confined in South Africa. After the signing of the revitalized peace agreement, the regional body decided that he can stay in a country of his choice "until his final status is determined at the upcoming Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Assembly".

SPLM-IO Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Information and Public Relations Manawa Peter Gatkuoth said President Kiir last Sunday extended an invitation to Machar to participate in a big rally the government plans to organize in Juba within its efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.

Manawa who is currently in Khartoum with the group leader added that Machar suggested to President Kiir to lift the state of emergency, release the political prisoners and the end the speech of hatred in the state media outlets.

"Such measures would contribute to build confidence and promote reconciliation because the continued deployment of the army soldiers everywhere and restriction of freedoms under the emergency law by the security agents are no longer justified after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement," he told Sudan Tribune.

He further pointed to the situation of Machar who has to abide by the IGAD’s decision banning his return to South Sudan for the time being.

"Machar asked President Machar to ask the IGAD leaders to end the restriction imposed on his movements," he said.

The SPLM-IO says they released all the prisoners of war they have in their jails across the country and wonders why Juba still holds in jails its members to start by James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesperson.

On a related development, Manawa said they called on the ceasefire monitoring body and the IGAD countries guarantors of the peace agreement to ensure Juba commitment to the ceasefire agreement.

He accused the South Sudanese army and its allied militias of continuing to violate the ceasefire agreement pointing to the fresh attacks reported by the group’s military spokesperson.


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  • 25 September 2018 09:44, by Joseph Canada

    That celebration will be greatly be your last supper.. I never thought in my entire life that you would be this dummy. Now it’s clear that you have no leadership direction.

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  • 25 September 2018 11:04, by Games

    He will go to Juba by himself and Henry will take over when this crazy man shot at the head by Salva Kiir’s national security agents

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    • 25 September 2018 11:28, by Eastern

      So what will stop the same national [in]security agents from shooting Henry? Is Henry that stupid to take up a seat left by the goons in Juba posing as national [in]security agents? Is the seat of the FVP that very important such that one could lay down their life for? Taban Deng learnt his lesson when he traded Dr. Machar for the coveted seat. Where’s Taban Deng if not under Kiir’s dinning table.

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    • 25 September 2018 12:39, by Malakal county Simon

      The games,
      Stop the negative behaviour brother.. what will you gains if he got shot by kiir security guards?

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      • 25 September 2018 13:08, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        No one will shot Riak. He is making peace in our country which we are desperately want. Leave Games alone. He does know what he wants.

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        • 25 September 2018 14:41, by Eastern

          South South,

          Malakal county Simon,

          No one will shot [shoot] Riak [Riek]. He is making peace in our country which we are [which we desperately want].....So with your desperation for feace you now want peace?! Thouth Thudan is desperate for feace! We want feace...! Bwahahaha!

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  • 25 September 2018 18:27, by Nairobimitot

    To all Anti-peace lovers
    Nobody is going to shoot Dr. Riek Machar in Juba, after Dr. Riek arriving in Juba he will be protected by his older brother President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and they will both rule the country for a very long time until when they will both decide to call it a quit. These two politicians are the icon for our country; they have nothing to hide from the people, and personally, have nothing to quarrel. They will get along well so do not worry about people who are saying that this peace is terrible and will not produce any fruits for the suffering people of South Sudan.
    The next two months will concentrate on the confident building, and the trust for each other between the two leaders will pick up in slowy in the begging, and it will eventually continue to materialize, and that will be good for the people. People who have doubts for this peace will start to hope and believe again about the optimistic of this peace. So, do kill and overwhelm yourself with negatives thoughts that are going to affect you, your fellow citizens and your country and even the unity of your country.
    The only havoc that will collapse the peace is if the first vice president keeps on staying outside the country for too long. So, if he waits outside the country for far too long, it will collapse the peace. But if he comes to Juba very quickly, the national government will get stronger and will start functionally efficiently with stability. So, nobody is going back to war again unless Dr. Riek calls for meetings in Juba to overthrow Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit for accusations of lousy governance in which he always in it as a First Vice President. But I do not understand thing Riek will cause problems again. He has learned his lesson of acting personally without forgetting about the consequences and the outcome which could turn into the destruction of the country.
    When you are a politician, and you are in the government, you have to understand that you own that government and it belongs to you. So do not sweep dirt to your government with a broom while you are still alive and supporting it by working within it. And most importantly, think first about the people of South Sudan and think about the consequences that the war would bring to the people. Forget about yourself interest and think about the people first next time.

    As a citizen of South Sudan, I need only to live in peace where nobody is going to steal my goats and cows and chase me away from my wife and children. I need peace in South Sudan so that I can farm my land. I do not need anything from the government even if they are doing corruption. I only need peacefull coexisting between us so that I can settle without worrying about someone attacking me while I am farming my farm. Security will improve if we have peacefull coexisting and I would not have to worry about anything. That is what I want to happen, but it will depend on the new peace agreement that has been revitalized.

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    • 25 September 2018 20:53, by Eastern


      You can create your version on Nairobi in your filthy mosquito-infested village and create a JUBAMIDIT there..! What is anti-peace lovers..?! Don’t worry for Dr. Machar; worry for Museveni and Al Bashir. Pray and wish that these two goons remain where they are for the next 3 years...!

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      • 25 September 2018 21:12, by jubaone

        We Equatorians only trust dead or dying jienges. Living jienges are the personification or embodiment of the devil. They are liars, fornicators, evil doers and untrustworthy. The jienge saying "rather pick up an upturned calabash that you may need to scoop water when thirsty than help a dying man who will turn against you".

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        • 25 September 2018 21:17, by Eastern


          The problem with Nuer is their insatiable appetite for food. I have come to believe what the Dinka say about the Nuer love for food. Nuer land experience extreme weather conditions: too wet during rainy season and extremely dry and hot during dry season.You can’t imagine what Taban Deng did July 2016 after the December 2013 onslaught on Nuer in Juba...!

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  • 26 September 2018 03:24, by Nairobimitot

    Eastern and Juba one

    Nuer people are warriors; their only problem is if they do not have any bullets or guns to fight; 2,000 Nuer fighters or white Army can fight the whole equatorians. Second, Nuer people are only second to Dinka in term of population, and also, the Nuer cannot fight and resist the entire world because it’s size. The more nuer people were fighting, the Whole South Sudan, Uganda, and the rest of the world and we are tired of war. We will only react if the Nuer are killed again in Juba. Also, there was Nuer fighting against Nuer, those in the government and those in the opposition.
    You equatorians did not rescue us when we were fighting. Also, you NyamNyam were busy looking for food from Jalaba during the liberation struggle.
    Nuer is a big nation to jubaone or Eastern whoever you are and where you live. The first vice President will, or the Presidency will always be Nuer. Talking about Nuer and saying bad things about Nuer by you equotorians is very weird because equatorians cannot talk to Nuer in face to face or fight to a Nuer person.

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  • 26 September 2018 06:42, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    You leaders should not confuse the citizens, if you have signed peace and reconciliation amicably,than should celebration of the peace accord need confidence to be build?
    You guys have to be honest with so ever you have agree and signed. But if it was your own his a lone then find somewhere you and your counter part need to build your own confidence, we the citizen we are tired of this blamed game

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