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Kiir and Machar say peace aimed at ending South Sudanese suffering

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A man waves South Sudanese national flags during peace celebrations in the capital Juba, South Sudan Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 (AP Photo)
October 31, 2018 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir and the leader of the main opposition group Riek Machar vowed to work hard for peace implementation and stability in the country, saying they want to end the suffering of the South Sudanese people.

The two South Sudanese leaders made their pledge in a big celebration held in Juba with the participation of the Ethiopian President Sahlework Zewde, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

President Kiir who was the last speaker started his speech by apologizing to the South Sudanese on behalf of the parties to the peace agreement for the suffering that the five-year war caused to them.

He further confessed that the first thing that convinced him to strike a peace deal with the armed groups was the suffering that people are experiencing in the country.

"When I went to Khartoum (last June), I told my negotiating team I want peace I’m coming from Juba and people are in a bad shape. So in your discussions with the opposition whatever they want let’s give it to them," he said.

He added that he looked at what President Omer al-Bashir did in 2005 when he accepted the Comprehensive Peace Agreement preferring to have two countries in peace instead of one country at war.

"So this agreement is yours and you have to protect it from spoilers who should not sabotage it again," he stressed.

Kiir and Machar were largely the heroes of the day. Also, both were keen to address the ordinary people in the country as they almost spoke in Arabic. Further, both stressed their commitment to the signed peace agreement and told South Sudanese that they would not fight against each other again.

Kiir was keen to make the release of Machar’s spokesperson as a gesture of goodwill to the opposition leader who is expected to be his first deputy again within eight months.

For his part, Machar said he came to show that he is a peace lover, adding that if he abstained from coming to Juba on Wednesday people would think he is not a man of peace.

"Peace in our heart and I want to assure you that we have a strong determination to restore peace in the county. So, if you meet someone who did not come to the Freedom Square today tell him that you saw me," he said.

After thanking the regional leaders, the opposition leader directed his speech again to the people speaking about the revitalized peace agreement and its main points.

The regional leaders in their speeches encouraged the peace partners to work together to achieve development and prosperity of South Sudan and reiterated their continued support for the implementation process.

President Kiir in his speech said the war tainted the reputation of South Sudan and announced that one of the main duties of the transitional government would be to carry out an aggressive diplomacy to correct the image of the country.

During the celebration, the University of Juba awarded President Omer al-Bashir a horary doctorate for his role to achieve peace in South Sudan.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Akech said the University’s Senate decided to honour President al- Bashir with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Peace and Diplomacy from the Institute of Peace, Development and Security studies at the University of Juba.

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  • 1 November 2018 01:33, by garrak1520

    Both Machar and Kiir need to work their ass of to protect the agreement for the sake of the South Sudanese people. Important to remind them when people were roaming the country for shelter or food,protection both were well sit and served. UNFAIR isn’t it. The world is watching. Any failure this time will lead both to the guillotine. PAY BACK TIME! ENOUGH SUFFERING for Innocent people.

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    • 2 November 2018 14:30, by Midit Mitot

      That,s good step, South Sudanese leaders need to reconcile and build trust among themselves for the safe of their vulnerable s people. Let every leader leave alone her/his personal interest.

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  • 1 November 2018 03:07, by Kush Natives

    Let’s smell the peace

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    • 1 November 2018 07:30, by Malakal county Simon

      Thanks for comming to Juba Dr Machar.... Action is speak louder than words....Now let the enemies of peace hang themselves and Aluta cont..

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      • 1 November 2018 07:49, by Landlord

        Malakal,

        your statement does not represent peace. mind your wards at this time round. change your mind set to think positive once in a while

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  • 1 November 2018 07:42, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

    The speeches of both President Kiir and Chairman Dr. Riek Machar are examples to their Goodwill in restoring peace to South Sudan.

    However I personally applauded the released of my great IO comrade Cde James Gatdet Dak.
    James Gatdet is highly welcome home
    Viva South Sudan
    Viva James Gatdet
    Viva Dr. Riek Machar

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    • 1 November 2018 13:38, by jubaone

      Simon
      Empty speeches can’t fill a hungry stomach. Actions and implementations.

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  • 2 November 2018 12:28, by Angelo Achuil

    A good step in a long time since these two have done more harm to this country than they think they know. And this is not the 1st time they are saying what they are saying. If they are true to their words, there are lots of blessings in waiting but if they do not prove by actions as genuine - the resulting consequence is always obvious from the holy writ 1 Kg 1:52

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  • 2 November 2018 16:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Congratulations to my leaders President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny, for their accepting reconciliation among themselves and to their fellow citizens around the world.

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