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Juba welcomes Kenya’s decision on seven SPLM leaders


February 10, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government on Monday welcomed Kenya’s decision not to allow the seven politicians currently on bail within its territory to take part in peace talks scheduled for Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta (AP/Ali Ngethi)

“The agreement we know between the government of the republic of Kenya and the government of the republic of South Sudan was that these officials released on bail go to Kenya, as requested by its government, after some people expressed serious concerns about their safety, South Sudanese justice minister”, Paulino WanaWilla Unango told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Unango said any movement of these officials outside Kenya before they are cleared undermines the basis of understanding, which led to their release two weeks ago.

Minister Unango, however, declined to comment on whether the government would seek an explanation from the Kenyan government should the later succumb to the international pressure demanding participation of the former detainees in the talks.

Analyst and human right advocacy groups on Monday expressed serious concern over Kenya’s decision, arguing it to demonstrate principle of neutrality in the conflict.

“The people of South Sudan feel the government in the region which has tried to play principle of neutrality is the government of Ethiopia and Kenya, and they expect these governments to maintain these positions," said Anthony Sebit, a political analyst.

Actually they [Kenya] were the ones which came out with the initiative to reconcile and address the current conflict in the country, he added.

The South Sudanese analyst advised the Kenyan government not to falter its stance.

“According to the reading, the change in the position of the government will have some impacts on the negotiation. Many are therefore feeling that it would not be right if the Kenyan government is tempted to abandon the principle of neutrality in such matters," he emphasised.

Meanwhile, the government confirmed on Monday its delegation arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday for a fresh round of peace talks with opposition representatives.

An official, however, said the government delegation were yet to receive the agenda of negotiation from the Intergovernmental Authorities on Development (IGAD) mediators. The government delegation is headed by ex-foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial with information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth as its official spokesperson.

Other members on the government delegation, include the leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change, Lam Akol Ajawin and Joseph Ukel, leader of Sudan African National Union who is representing all the other remaining political parties not on the table.

Initially viewed as negotiations between the two warring camps within the ruling party leadership, opposition figures, religious leaders and civil society groups have argued their inclusion was necessary. They claim issues to be discussed at the talks were of a national nature.

The first round ended with cessation of hostilities and the status of political detainees’ agreements, seven of whom have so far been released, while four others remains in detention on treason charges.

A diplomat told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the government’s lead negotiator was due to meet IGAD mediators to find out the schedules of negotiations as well as agenda for the discussions.

Members of the opposition delegation, according to the mediators, were expected in Addis Ababa on Monday. A rebel source, however, said some members of the delegation had arrived in Ethiopia, but it was not yet clear if Taban Deng Gai who leads rebel delegation was among them.

The two South Sudanese warring sides appear far from reaching any compromise.

While the regime appears interested in the talks focusing on resolving the differences, the opposition demands are expected to include an agreement on a transition that excludes President Salva Kiir from power.


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  • 11 February 2014 08:11, by LL Reuben

    When Riek rebelled and declared a military campaign on the government of RSS, Riek had thought he would win the war by the use of force. For as many times as I don’t even bother to mention Riek has been reminded again that Ngundeng did not prophesied about him taking the leadership one time in contrary to what he had preached to his very primitive base of supporters in the Lou and Gatjaak lands...

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    • 11 February 2014 08:21, by Mi diit

      Mrs. Akiir Mayardit wrongly thought that by securing military support from her husband Museveni he would start the violence and destroy Riek Machar in a day and abandon democratic process leading to 2015 elections. He was damp wrong. Now he must resign or face the consequences.

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      • 11 February 2014 08:25, by Mi diit

        Kenya should not be tempted to abandon its ever wise neutral positions since the time wars began in Sudan for the last decades. Kiir is a fool and visionless killer of his own people and will go by all means. Kenya should not invest in a future loser.

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        • 11 February 2014 14:54, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Paul Chadrack,
          Do you expect the article to begin supporting the violent rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar Teny? It’s still one of the best articles ever written by Beny Gideon Mabor although it represents his opinion about the genesis of the problem and ends with recommendations but you need to write yours so that readers can analyze it and make comments whether they agree with you or not.

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          • 11 February 2014 14:55, by Adodi Jotuwa

            You, Mi diit, Kim Deng, Omoni jr. name the rest, have become addicted to making negative comments on government. You know very well that Dr. Fool Riek Machar has been looking for leadership position only since he joined SPLM/A and proved it in 1991 without sustaining the war in the bush but ended up in Khartoum and returned alone to SPLM/A in 2002, leaving his followers in Khartoum.

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            • 11 February 2014 14:56, by Adodi Jotuwa

              If SPLA/M was not democratized, what about SSIM, the Nasir Faction? Why did Dr. Fool Riek Machar come back to undemocratic movement? Just to prove what Beny Gideon’s put it in his own words that “They know every well that there will be no justice and accountability at end of the day, but rather the Government will pay back by appeasement, pardon, general amnesty and finally integration…

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              • 11 February 2014 14:57, by Adodi Jotuwa

                …into military and political structure of the government as commanders and constitutional post holders.” You yourself know this perfectly well which tribe in South Sudan involved in this kind of proxy war fought against their own brothers and sisters in the South through formation of militia groups compared to other tribes. Where did it take them and what did they benefit from it?

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                • 11 February 2014 14:57, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  We know how it was perceived by the people who undertook the destructive project in Khartoum to be a life-line but not for alleged democratic forces because the project continued even after inking CPA. They did not or never dream of dialoguing with their political opponents at the end of the day, but to continue to dream of winning the unwinnable battle/war because of self-proclaimed warriors?

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                  • 11 February 2014 14:58, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    If we live in the West or in one of the developed countries, let’s read, understand and analyze the political history of individual countries whether we’ll find some people in the like of Dr. Fool Riek Macahr won any battles other than destruction or later won election regardless of track record or ended up in prison or sentenced to death in a court of law?

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                    • 11 February 2014 14:58, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Among those who have been shifting allegiance at their disposal or resorted to forming militia groups, nobody identified himself as a nationalist because of continued engagement in competitive destruction and killing of their own brothers and sisters in South Sudan just to win Khartoum’s support. The time has already come to prove their nationalism,..

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                      • 11 February 2014 14:59, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        ... abide by the rule of law and stay peacefully with their families as South Sudanese in South Sudan and to be ready to defend the country from foreign aggression and its Constitution for the next generation. Failure to stay peacefully on one side during the war and interim period to learn how to reason politically, culturally, socially and economically...

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                        • 11 February 2014 15:00, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          ... or position themselves and participate in nation building is a chronic problem that must be resolved through justice and accountability. Where I disagree with Beny Gideon is how he describes the NCRC as a flawed process. If constitution were to be written permanent, there would been no amendment made in the US Constitution because all men are not equal.

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                          • 11 February 2014 15:00, by Adodi Jotuwa

                            Constitution can be written and reviewed regularly to fit the political, economic, cultural and above all social environment. We don’t need to remind ourselves why it’s called Transitional Constitution (TC). Does it not mean that it’s in the process of becoming permanent in the future? When did US attain its Independence and why did its Constitution become permanent in the 1960s.

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                            • 11 February 2014 15:01, by Adodi Jotuwa

                              Regarding Dr. Fool Riek Machar, he’s a friend of the Ugandan LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony, who committed war crime and crime against humanity. If RSS’s Government, IGAD or AU and international community fail to handle Dr. Fool Riek Machar effectively, he will continue creating preconditions over preconditions while the people of South Sudan will continue bearing the brunt.

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                              • 11 February 2014 15:04, by Adodi Jotuwa

                                In the end we will all blame ourselves after historic and catastrophic destructions of lives, properties and livelihood are done on the very watch of RSS Government, regional or continental bodies and international community because Dr. Fool Riek reads the prospects of his poor political career better than anybody else as his friend Joseph Kony has been comfortably playing with peace talks.

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                • 12 February 2014 05:37, by Mi diit

                  LL Reuben,
                  Do you want to mock Ngundeng’s prophesies? Don’t do that yet man. We know what is happening. Ngundeng predicted that the Dinka will first strike harder against the Nuer, but the final response by Nuer will be more disastrous on Dinka followed by Nuer’s VICTORY. Ngundeng also said he will destroy ANOTHER country in that tribal war. Could it be Uganda? I thought it was going to be Sudan

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                  • 12 February 2014 05:39, by Mi diit

                    "Gaatke cuonge ni jook luak, eke koan kuirin lath, mi wa ke maar ke tony lang, mi wa ke nyok ke yok piny" Ngundeng exactly predicted it. And he continued, "Bi jaang riaw rey hook" saying the Dinka will be no more, they will not be making noises again in my country, further adding "ba cieng dodien daak" and I will destroy another (foreign) country.

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      • 11 February 2014 08:32, by LL Reuben

        It would be wise to tell the one sitting under the trees in the jungles of Jonglei state to refrain from his insanity then to tell the one who is sitting in a magnificent facility in Juba to resign. You’ve chose to win through force you must do that otherwise except defeat, take a gamble on your life and come back home with your entire entourage and be willing to live with shame as you use to do.

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        • 11 February 2014 08:42, by Mi diit

          Oh, it would be a sign military naivity to think of defeat at this moment. What if UPDF withdraws. Do you still believe in the defeat. Riek was told by Americans not to enter Juba by force. Next time he may decide to enter. Remember that he chased you, UPDF from Bor (200km) near Juba about 90kms as admitted by your husband Museveni. Next time will be much different.

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          • 11 February 2014 14:10, by Bungachier 50

            If words of mouth were to be used as weapons, Mr. Miidit would have captured Juba earlier. Miidit! Continue to roar and nothing will change.

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      • 11 February 2014 13:15, by wacjak

        Midit, don’t cry over spilled milk. Your Traitor and you shall remain in the bushes of South Sudan or risk coming back and your head shall be axed off. Am sorry that you are fighting this war over the internet while your own fellows are dying day and night of hunger. You caused it idiots, so, reap it. His excellency shall be there forever till he chooses to quit. I like when I hear you crying fool

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    • 11 February 2014 08:22, by LL Reuben

      It appears that within the international community, some countries are corrupting every negotiation detail on behave of these pathetic rebels. And for that the rebel have embarked on the tactic of delay to allow their masters time to work and convince any of the neighboring countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan in particular) to be used as base where the rebels can get their supports.

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      • 11 February 2014 08:45, by Mi diit

        Don’t panic yet baby. So you think you have the right to monopolize begging for foreign support like you have brought Uganda. What is wrong then if we go for tit-for-tat and bring into the war theatre one of these countries. Ahahahahaha.......Fools didn’t know what they have initiated.

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        • 11 February 2014 09:04, by LL Reuben

          Why don’t you be reasonable human being and admit that you’ve lost this war. Uganda are only here to protect key installations from your sole aim and goal of looting and primitive destruction out jealousy and greedy thirst for other people properties. See what your chaotic teenagers and insane villagers have done in Bor, Bentiu, and Malakal.

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    • 11 February 2014 09:42, by Bentiu son

      LL Reuben,what war are you talking about thug? should it not your husband Museveni’s UPDF involvement in war by now Dr Machar would had had sipped his coffee in Juba say by your coward killer Kuol Manyang.Waged tribal war against Nuer dud needs regional allies otherwise it is suicide to face angry Nuer in war.Kenya President Uhuru Kenyata do not imitates regional killer Museveni genocide behavior

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  • 11 February 2014 08:11, by Wicdail

    The second round of peace talks has been postponed until when those fools respect and implement the first agreement. Which are: (1) the release of all detainees and allow them to participate in the talk in Ethiopia. (2) stop from attacking the rebel positions. (3) withdraw the UPDF from SS territory. Without doing those demands, no peace no stability.

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  • 11 February 2014 09:02, by Konan

    According to Al-Entibaha Newspaper, SPLA and UPDF besieged UN Compound in Juba and asked UN officials to handover around 20,000 Nuers taking refugee there. However, the UN officials refused their demand and gave them 72 hours ultimatum to lift their siege.

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  • 11 February 2014 09:06, by Marco Bul

    Which country is foolish enough to support rebels against legitimate presidents?? It is a matter of scratch my back and I will do so to you.Let them be seen

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    • 11 February 2014 09:52, by Bentiu son

      Bor orphan Marco Bul,stop lying,don’t you know that Dr Machar’s rebellion movement is winning international support now in comparison with your Dinka Genocidal Kingdom under your alcoholic Salva Kiir n others foolish Dinkas elders Kuol Manyang, Makuei Lueth,Alew Alew,Salva Mathok,Daniel Awet Akot,Tiller Ring Deng n dictator Malong Awan.We will hunt them down to death till they all perishes

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  • 11 February 2014 09:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    My only worried Dr. Riak Mashar will die before the Hague base court.
    Rebels can be treated as rebels.

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  • 11 February 2014 09:16, by philipdit wol

    They were going in Kenya becuase of their safety if they are allow to participate in this negotiation than they are part of coup in Juba.

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    • 11 February 2014 12:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Anthony Sebit,
      What kind of political analyst are you? Why do you expect the seven suspects to participate in the talks in Addis Ababa without declaring officially which side they belong? Put in your mind that they cannot go as mediators but as supporters of either side. Ok? As Dr. Fool Riek Machar is claiming that they are his people, they need to prove it to the world.

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      • 11 February 2014 13:39, by Tutbol

        Adodi Jotuwa,
        The seven suspects have not even requested to be in the negotiation. The only people that want involved are the US, the Europeans, the Nuer Malitias & Ethiopia that is being courted by the US & Europeans to act as Nuer Malitias strong man against the elected govt of S Sudan on behave of the US & Europeans interests, but Ethiopia is letting its self be fooled by the Europeans & the US

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        • 11 February 2014 13:49, by Tutbol

          Ethiopia, the Nuer malitias, their clowns in the Europe & will lose very badly. Our East African nations are very much aware of the cold war-like the US & Europeans countries want to play in S Sudan. And Ethiopia has grown balls that it considers its self as our East African elephant, but it will be proved wrong. Ethiopia has invaded Somalia a number of times without being invited by the Somalis..

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          • 11 February 2014 13:55, by Tutbol

            But no country in East Africa have ever threaten Ethiopia to withdraw its forces from Somalia. S Sudan invited Uganda forces to help protect airport because of mass defections of the Nuer malitias that occupied a huge chunk of S Sudan’s army.

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            • 11 February 2014 14:00, by Tutbol

              S Sudan govt can also request the replacement of Ethiopia’s keepers in Abyiei with Kenyans & Rwandans peace keepers & let those Ethiopia’s peace keepers be tossed back to their prostitutes hell-hole.

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  • 11 February 2014 22:17, by Kim Deng

    Aliel Bol,
    For how long do you think Mr. M7’s soldiers will defend coward Dinka Kingdom from Mighty Nuer Warriors? Don’t you know that Ethiopia is the only Lion in East African if not the whole Africa? Who is coward Uganda to Mighty Ethiopia? It’s a matter of time before your coward Uganda get out of South Sudan, or else.

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  • 12 February 2014 05:21, by Mi diit

    LL Reuben,
    Do you want to mock Ngundeng’s prophesies? Don’t do that yet man. We know what is happening. Ngundeng predicted that the Dinka will first strike harder against the Nuer, but the final response by Nuer will be more disastrous on Dinka followed by Nuer’s VICTORY. Ngundeng also said he will destroy ANOTHER country in that tribal war. Could it be Uganda? I thought it was going to be Sudan.

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    • 12 February 2014 05:25, by Mi diit

      "Gaatke cuonge ni jook luak, eke koan kuirin lath, mi wa ke maar ke tony lang, mi wa ke nyok ke yok piny" Ngundeng exactly predicted it. And he continued, "Bi jaang riaw rey hook" saying the Dinka will be no more, they will not be making noises again in my country, further adding "ba cieng dodien daak" and I will destroy another (foreign) country. This to me now could be the stupid Uganda.

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      • 12 February 2014 06:33, by Mi diit

        And he finally declared after the victory: "Biara cuec da ba ha ngai e wiidial", meaning, "I will tattoo my right shoulder, and I will be known by all the countries worldwide."

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