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Kenya refuses to allow former detainees to attend Addis Ababa talks: rebels


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 9, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The government of Kenya refused to allow the seven freed Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-In-Opposition) leaders leave Kenya to Ethiopia to attend the second round peace talks with the South Sudanese government, a rebel official said on Sunday.

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In this photo released by the Kenya Presidency, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, center, receives seven of the 11 leaders accused of plotting a failed military coup in South Sudan in December on 29 January 2014 (AP)

Nonetheless, rebel sources from Nairobi say the freed political leaders would eventually fly to Addis Ababa on Monday to join the talks after clearing a misunderstanding with Ugandan authorities.

A member of the rebel negotiating team in Addis Ababa, who preferred anonymity, late on Sunday told Sudan Tribune that Kenya declined to allow them leave for Ethiopia claiming their bail terms demanded that they stay within Kenyan territory.

The official opening of the next round of talks is slated to resume on Monday, February 10, 2014 despite the decision taken by the Kenyan government.

The rebel official said his negotiating team is demanding that they come to Addis Ababa and attend the peace talks.

He further warned the SPLM-In-Opposition negotiating team would not engage in the talks opening Monday unless the seven political figures arrive in Addis Ababa at least Monday morning.

"This is because that they [the seven leaders] are the only delegation we have so far," he added.

The seven political figures were freed on 29 January and arrived in the Kenyan capital the same day following a ceasefire agreement signed in Addis Ababa on January 23.

Following their release, South Sudan’s minister of Justice, Paulino Wanawilla Unago, told Sudan Tribune that the seven leader were moved to Kenya for safety reasons.

He however added, "presidents from our neighbouring countries had promised (…)" to bring them back to Juba "when there is a need for further investigation, especially if they are found later to have participated in the failed coup attempt", he said.


Few days ago, mediators from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) traveled to Nairobi where they met the seven SPLM-in-opposition leaders and invited them to take part in second round of peace talks aimed at ending weeks of violence that has killed an estimated 10,000 people.

In a statement issued on 5 February, IGAD said the seven freed political leaders have expressed their commitment to be part of the talks.

However, South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth rejected the participation of the SPLM-leaders saying they will be considered as rebels.

"If they want to participate [in the talks], we will count them within the insurgency," said the minister in statements to the London based Asharaq Alawsat published in its 10 February edition.

Lueth further said "We do not accept any third party in the negotiations", alluding to a proposition examined by the mediation to include them as a third party in the peace talks.


The South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar, criticised the decision to prevent the seven leaders from travelling to Addis Ababa to attend Monday’s planned peace talks.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, Machar questioned the neutrality of Kenya, saying "they should not have heeded to the demand by the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to confine the leaders to Kenya".

Machar also ruled out the possibility of creating another third party in reference to rumours that the mediation team may float the idea of creating another third neutral body besides that of Kiir and Machar.

"The seven leaders should be allowed to travel to Addis and decide which side to join and represent in the conflict," emphasised South Sudan’s ex-deputy president-turned rebel leader.

Kenya has been playing a neutral position even during the 21 years old conflict between SPLM/A and Khartoum government as well as during the factional conflicts within the South in which it accommodated all groups on its territory.

The next round peace talks will focus on the root causes of the conflict, political dialogue and national reconciliation for the world’s newest nation, which proclaimed independence from Sudan in 2011 under a 2005 peace deal, after decades of bitter war.

Currently, there are four other political detainees in Juba, including the former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum, but Juba insists they should be tried for treason with preliminary investigations reportedly linking them to alleged coup d’état.

President Kiir accuses his former deputy Machar, of staging a coup attempt in the South Sudan capital on 15 December last year, an allegation the latter denies.


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  • 10 February 2014 07:56, by Mi diit

    Kenya should not be tempted to abandon its usual brotherly neutrality in such factional conflicts. Kenya was neutral when SPLM/A fought Khartoum. It was also neutral when Dr. Garang fought with Dr. Riek. What is new now. Is stolen money of the people of South Sudan affecting the rationale of Kenya like it did to Uganda?

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    • 10 February 2014 08:29, by Gogrialboys

      When did Riak come to know that he cannot lead this nation by always depending on his tribe men support. How did he feel now seeing only Nuer surrounding him, and also are the one talking in Adis Ababa. You should be shame to your self fool. Nuer never think that no tribe here in South-Sudan that will take leadership through force. This is now why he cried to at least get those dinkas

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      • 10 February 2014 10:32, by Thokidine

        Gogrialshit, why ar u Dinka never tried of lying, Nuer as a tribe has toppled ur Dinkaism govt had it not been Uganda who rescued ur assholes? Were where Dinka when Nuer were approaching Juba? Ur president and Kuol Manyany has acknowledge this fact and why now crying in web when it already known that Dinka are women who just lean on other countries to tackle rebel which is only one tribe? Remember

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        • 10 February 2014 10:37, by Thokidine

          It is not finish yet, stopping the fight doesn’t mean defeating, we jus want to prove it to the world that we are fighting genuine war with a dictator, let ur cowboy continuous refusing all the demands, we will have the upper hand in the analysis and will topple ur bloody govt since u also have associated with women. Who is Kenya and Uganda? Which war/battle have they ever fought in the world?

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        • 10 February 2014 12:35, by Awei-ngok

          Thokidine, you sounds as if you are defeated! Are you? So regrettful you, you cannot do anything unless Dinka change its mind to transfer power peacefully and willingly to other tribes apart from Nuer. Nuer man will never rule this country as president. This is a fact and we Dinkas are working days and nights now to evadicate that in the future. Fuck your ass, and be submissive to us please!

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    • 10 February 2014 10:05, by Johndumo14

      Kenya has the right to deny the 7 SPLM leaders to head for Addis Ababa .Do you know how much money kenya has lost during that war because of the Actions of these stupid S.sudan`s politicians?KBC(Kenya commercial Bank ) used to borrow money to Army generals,Business men,contractors,for building homes and government offices,in these3states,borbentiu,malakal,but now is gone,who will pay these loans?

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    • 10 February 2014 17:12, by Mapuor

      Hahahaha just go to London,Australia and America and enjoy your loot.Mr Riek is suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder and will develop another more complex condition called dementia soon,just forget about him.Majority of highly educated Nuers are with the government and nobody need rebels any longer.They will face defeat in just one month.Kiir Oyee

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    • 10 February 2014 17:17, by Johndumo14

      The United Nations, the European Union and the Troika – US, UK and Norway.
      These world powers must leave African alone to handle their
      own problems!!
      These world powers want to dictate who who should be the next president in any African countries?
      T%he are sitting in London ,NY york and telling the African`s president do this,dob`t do that ,those days are over!!

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    • 10 February 2014 17:35, by Johndumo14

      The rebels are giving conditions after conditions,they are not serious about peace,they want Ugandan troops to withdraw
      so what can they do? To defeat the government so that they install Dr Riek Machar to the next s.sudan presidet? This is their dream? The more this war continue the more Nuer will suffer,because most of rebels are form nuer,generals,rebels army,all leaders are from Nuer,tribolism

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    • 11 February 2014 01:21, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Mqachar must understand that those governments jobs ,
      like ministers,presidents,vice presidents,are not permenant.When you are not doing your job right,the perliment has right to fire you,without any complains.
      You DR Riek Machar is showing a wrong example to our people,means any body from the top government position,when fired must rebeled or join rebellion,this is wrong!!

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    • 11 February 2014 01:45, by Johndumo14

      If iam Dr Riek Machar,I will make plan (B)
      I make peace with the government, agree to What president Kiir says,Join the Goernment,to intergrate all my rebels army into south sudan army including the white army,and when peace returned to s.sudan,and by that time Ugandan troopm have withdraw back to ugamda,in 2015 I will make the final coup detaat,this time I have to make sure i kill Kiir+Igga+wives

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  • 10 February 2014 08:06, by viper

    should they attempt to join the rebels, automatically as said by mwoalana Makuei Lueth we will consider them as rebels but I don’t think that those of Deng Alor will commit that political suicide. any wise politician cannot join Riek Machar at this moment because Riek is used to that situation of rebelling and apologizing which totally destroys the personality of a politician.

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    • 10 February 2014 08:09, by Mi diit

      And don’t be so desperate to the extent of not allowing them to move freely and choose freely. Ok??????????????

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      • 10 February 2014 09:22, by Awei-ngok

        Midiit, for the first time, you are very hopeless! Riek will never take you anywhere. Get me clear.

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    • 10 February 2014 08:12, by viper

      what I know so far is that, they will deny Riek at daylight and Riek will start crying at that moment. Riek is a cursed politician who has no political direction, a man driven by ( wanathin gaare) cannot rule the country. let him remain alone in the bush like he was in 1991 and soon will shamelessly come back begging for forgiveness as he did in 2002.

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      • 10 February 2014 08:38, by Gogrialboys

        I totally agree Viper, he has already ruined his political career. I don’t know why Nuer become enslave to only this stupid sell out thug to white bitches. He has no dignity to even lead the nation, let alone his selfish greed. He killed all the Dinkas who were even on side especially those in Upper Nile, and now trying to position himself as leader by calling the release of those in prison.

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      • 10 February 2014 09:10, by michael coma

        They have already been left out by Nuers when forming their movement leadership.Mabior Garang have been sidline too to be a deputy spokesperson.Take a look,from number one is Riek follow by Taban Deng upto nimber six are all Nuers.Do you thinks the seven freed detainees will accepted this moved.

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    • 10 February 2014 08:36, by Tut Tut

      You guys are phobic about Dr.Machar to the point of blindness.If Dr.Machar continue to rebel for the good causes, then what is wrong about that.Remember,before 1991 split, the whole leadership of the SPLM could not pronounce the term Self-Determination.Is that bad precedent that Dr.Machar had a gut to spell a new strategic focus into the objective of the movement though at the cost of lives

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    • 10 February 2014 08:59, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah mission accomplished, Riek in the bush and viper is now a Dinka, ah ah ah ah, count Riek days,

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      • 10 February 2014 09:17, by michael coma

        Welcome back to the forum Dinka dominated SPLA.I thought vultures killed you,bro.Is good if you are still alive,man.Mii dit is barking here 24/7 and you was not present to deal with him.

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        • 10 February 2014 09:35, by Mi diit

          Dinka Dominated SPLA/M,
          When did you break the prison and escape from the rebels? Ahahahaaaaaaa.......Next time you will not be lucky. You are proven women who all these time only believed in Uganda army to fight for you. Mrs. Akiir Mayardit is officially married to the mad dog Museveni. Shame on you cowards. You are scared of the Nuer and hired foreign troops to fight for you, WOMEN!

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        • 10 February 2014 09:36, by Mi diit

          Dinka Dominated SPLA/M,
          When did you break the prison and escape from the rebels? Ahahahaaaaaaa.......Next time you will not be lucky. You are proven women who all these time only believed in Uganda army to fight for you. Mrs. Akiir Mayardit is officially married to the mad dog Museveni. Shame on you cowards. You are scared of the Nuer and hired foreign troops to fight for you, WOMEN!

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          • 10 February 2014 15:48, by wacjak

            Midit, when Riek joined NCP, was he a wife to Bashir? If so, then your Traitor was Mrs. Ariek Machar. She is still a wife to her identified supporters in this crisis. Your sister is sweeting seriously in the bush. She is dead politically. May be South Sudanese should mourn for her.

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            • 11 February 2014 05:44, by Mi diit

              Both Riek and Bashir were Sudanese by then seeking an end to the war they fought against. Riek didn’t run naked to Kampala like Kiir to bring FOREIGNERS to help him fight the Dinka. You have done it and shame on you people of Mrs. Akiir Mayardit. Uganda is looking at you like their new slaves.

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              • 11 February 2014 07:35, by wacjak

                Midit, both Kiir and Museveni are Africans and neighbours who have supporting one another to eradicate idiots and betrayers in their land. Kiir is exercising his soveriegnity right in his country? How about your Traitor who after having been defeated in the early 1990s, decided to become a whore in Khartoum. You should be ashamed to honestly accept what you people did to South Sudanese.die trying.

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      • 10 February 2014 11:22, by viper

        I am a Dinka and still be a Dinka. I just don’t want a democratically elected government removed by Riek and his confused people so called white army. removal of kiir by force will create instability in this country forever and will also be a gr8 humiliation to Jieng which iam a part of it. we want the change through the ballot box not through force.

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        • 10 February 2014 11:46, by Ankh

          Removal of Kiir will create humiliation to Jieng?!? Really?
          So you view Salva govt as Jieng govt... Thanks for the clarification.

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  • 10 February 2014 08:09, by Marco Bul

    If I were them,they should distance themselves from Nuer rebellion.Their participation on rebels side will no doubt proves that there was a coup.
    It is better they act as a neutral third party.
    Kenya is civilize.They can not favour rebels coz they will need our help nxt tym.

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    • 10 February 2014 08:17, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Africa is a failed continent with full of theft who couldn’t even shame for themselves. How come Kenya couldn’t allow political freed? Those IGAD countries are joking. Let them leave it for UN or USA.

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      • 10 February 2014 10:55, by Rezingving monynok

        gat ngoth
        because you are hiding in UN camps after you failed bitch
        ling gare this time no ,more militias ,it is over ,you are actions are seen through the destruction that you had caused in three states upper nile, unity , jongulei , people without vision ,reik machar is criminal already because of the crimes ,you militia mafia committed , thielwic nuer reik

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  • 10 February 2014 08:22, by Gogrialboys

    Folks, I failed to understand why Riak insisted that he wants those in Kenya to join him, while at the time denying that they are not part of rebellion. What are those people he claimed to be on his side saying now? I think Makuei Lueth was right when he said, if they join Riak, then definitely the Juba will consider them rebel. I totally agree and that is the way it should be

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  • 10 February 2014 08:24, by Tut Tut

    Off course this decision is in itself a contradiction since their case is not difference than the one in front of IGAD. If such attitude continue exists among IGAD members as is now the case of Uganda, definitely such a body will lose its leverage in managing conflicts in the region of East Africa. Should Kenya fail to reverse its decision, then the neutrality of IGAD is put to test.

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  • 10 February 2014 08:25, by Tutbol

    These guys have not told S Sudanese that they are even in Riek Machar camp & his violent armed rebellion let joining his Ethiopia, the & Europeans engineered negotiation. The US, Europeans & Ethiopia are working very hard to put meat on their Riek Machar’s skeleton violent armed rebellion; But many wise African nations like Kenya read into *those the hands* behind Riek Machar...

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    • 10 February 2014 08:35, by Tutbol

      violent armed rebellion against S Sudanese people. Ethiopians are playing a dangerous game to let themselves be used by the US, EuropeanS & Arabs, if the East African peoples gang up against them later, they will find themselves back in Yemen where they hailed from. They have already muddled their liitle water S Sudanese often give them.

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    • 10 February 2014 08:46, by Tut Tut

      If they were gentlemen of no camp, then they were put in Jail in the first place? You know what, if we need a real solution to this senseless war, we must tell the truth. Even Dr. Machar is not claiming them as his own but as responsible leaders in our nation whose participation will make a different. Off course they have the right to choose which camp they are please to join in peace talk

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  • 10 February 2014 08:31, by Ankh

    It seems illegal president and IGAD are not eager for peace. If these addis talks fail how wide will you open your borders?

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    • 10 February 2014 08:44, by Gogrialboys

      You and your mother fucker Riak are the one not interested in peace, but you will smell what you cooking. Juba has made mistake by giving in to Riak demand, and still Riak bullying them hoping that the West will help him ascend to the power.

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      • 10 February 2014 08:58, by Tut Tut

        Why people are so excessive about leadership than the future of our nation? Kiir has led our nation for the last nine years not to the expectation of many and with tribal hints and corruption up to the cloud,why do you still want him to lead us? Worst of all the Genocide against Nuer civilians in Juba.We cannot afford to have a vicious criminal in a high office the land.He got to leave

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      • 10 February 2014 09:15, by Ankh

        You are panicking because they will have a platform to speak during/after the talks. Right now TRUTH is an enemy you are trying hard to suppress. Fail.

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  • 10 February 2014 08:42, by Agutthon

    Kiir should have acted decisively on those renegades but because of being indecisive leader, he allowed them to contend with him in this manner. Perhaps South Sudanese should demand his resignation because he continuously puts the country at peril by any thug like Gatdet, Tanginye, Gatwich, Riek, Taban, Mar, Par, Nyandeng,etc

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    • 10 February 2014 09:16, by Wicdail

      There are two questions that need to be ask: (1) Why were they arrested, if they are not politically with Dr. Machar? (2) What was the reason of their release if they cannot participate in the peace talks? Kenyatta shouldn’t allow himself to be deterred by Kirr and his new husband (M7). But don’t forget that Kirr and his hooligans have deployed all means to win the game.

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  • 10 February 2014 09:07, by Ambago

    Dear compatriots
    One can see that South Sudanese elites are not yet ready for peace and reconciliation. Should the bottom line be that the country divides into rebels and government supporters let it be.
    Kiir started the genocide in Juba and consolidated his genocidal regime with the help of the foreign UPDF mercenaries. Sooner than latter more foreign boots will be seen on the ground !

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  • 10 February 2014 09:54, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, what is wrong with Machar? He told us last time that seven politicians in Kenya were not on his side. Kenya did the right thing by refusing to allow politicians to participate in the agreement. Also, if Machar allows these politicians to join him. His government will be dominate by dinkas again since must of the politicians are dinkas. He seems to be lacking leadership politicians on his sid

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  • 10 February 2014 11:02, by philipdit wol

    Rebels should not confusing environment of peace talks in Addis for no reason since they were released on bail and taken to Kenya for their safety again they wanted to involves before they are free How do they know that they are not part of this?

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  • 10 February 2014 11:14, by Juma El-Saidi.

    Hi Kenya i really urged you to be so neutral.
    Instead of hoping for peaceful environment,some stupid people who are having the "ANIMAL MIND" are instigating violence. Pliz learn to be peaceful in the land of the greater equatorians though am not from the equatorian region.
    Shame on the Dinka and the Nuer for fuelling the violece to continue. Just imagine the number of people who died coz of power.

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  • 10 February 2014 13:23, by petro mathou

    If criminals are release then where is the law. these seven men release to Kenya are even suppose to be tried first such that they are prove guilty or innocent by the court of law. Nuers should keep quite they do not know any thing about the law. they nuers should opt for another politician than Riek who is not concerned about the life of citizens. Riak can not and will never be our leader.

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  • 10 February 2014 17:09, by Mapuor

    The seven should remain in Kenya till their case is finished.Rebels should cease to use the seven as a condition for peace talk.I tend to think that rebels have nothing to fight for.Nuers are already well represented in the government and other nationalities will never accept giving Nuers a lion share just for killing the SPLA and civil population.Riek should just leave for London.

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