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S. Sudan’s Kiir says rebel leader Machar uses “spiritual” powers


July 14, 2014 (BAGARI) – South Sudan president, Salva Kiir on Monday accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar of allegedly relying on “spiritual” powers to mobilise youth against the national army.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, speaking at the opening of the Wau county headquarters at Bagari on 14 July 2014 (ST)

“What has he [Machar] done when his forces entered Bor? They killed those who were under medical treatments and raped old women who were working in the church, women who are even at the ages of their mothers,” Kiir said during the opening of the new Wau county administrative headquarters at Bagari.

The transfer of the county headquarters from Wau to Bagari sparked violence and arrest of politicians opposed to the move in 2012. Till now, two lawmakers are still in detention for allegedly instigating the violence.

The president said acts committed by rebels on innocent civilians, such as rape, killings and displacements were “unacceptable”

South Sudan descended in to turmoil late last year when violence broke out in its capital, Juba and later spread to its Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states. The conflict, now in its seventh month, has killed thousands, displacing over a million people both internally and in to neighboring countries.

Last month, peace talks mediated by the East African regional bloc (IGAD) hit a snag and were indefinitely suspended after rebels boycotted talks.

Despite these setbacks, however, president Kiir said his government was ready to resume negotiations with the rebels, whom he accused of “lying” to the international community.

“We are moving to achieve peace, but to achieve everlasting peace, let both work hard together with the international mediators to agree that war stop and we deploy monitoring committee to observe the signed ceasefire and allow the humanitarians needs to affected population”, said Kiir, who was flanked by the Western Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap state governors.

Also present were several officials, including the ruling party (SPLM) acting secretary general, Anne Itto, cabinet ministers, advisors and lawmakers.

The president, in his address, emphasised the importance of Wau’s development, but claimed such efforts were being thwarted by those opposed to his regime.

“Wau was not with a single development, but since the elected governor Rizik comes on power, he came up with a decision of implementing the SPLM party vision of taking towns to the people, making the development we are seeing today,” Kiir told the crowd.

“In 2012, violence erupted in Wau town and claimed many lives of people of which there was no reason of their death. Let it not occur again,” he stressed.


Power, the South Sudanese leader said, should be attained through the peaceful elections, criticised those prefer “short cuts” to rise to the helm.

“You cannot enjoy your leadership if you use short cut to power,” observed Kiir.

“My brother [Riek] believes on propaganda that this government must be reform and anyone in this government should go so that he can come in,” he added.
The ongoing talks, analysts say, provides the best option to end the country’s raging conflict, which has killed thousands and displaced over a million people.


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  • 15 July 2014 10:46, by Sir King

    Salva Kiir, though you talk, talk,....... still you remain a weak leader. People of South Sudan prove that you are just a weak leader. You are leading a friendship leadership but you are not people leader anymore. All your mistakes flying everywhere. That is completely a great shame upon you. I advice Dau Aturjong to make his separate movement.

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    • 15 July 2014 10:55, by Sir King

      - Because of the following reasons:
      1. Kiir and Malong Awan are using Aweil sons for their own purpose.
      2. Aweil communities are denied their choice, so there is no need of Supporting Kiir administration.
      3. Kiir’s leadership is not helping Aweil state in any situation.
      4. Aweil people are used as tools in the workshop.
      5. Kiir does not honour Aweil people since Aweilians are just power defenders.

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    • 15 July 2014 11:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I believe to the president
      in fact Riek Machar is using spiritual norms in order to promote youth ambition to fight against the government for power gain.
      looked at rampant trips to IGAD countries in order to convince the east African countries leaders to watch out spiritual culture from public understanding.

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      • 15 July 2014 12:16, by Mi diit

        But in the article there is nothing which Kiir said to do with Dr. Machar’s spiritual powers. Is kiir having a nightmare again like when he said late John Garang was entangling him, catching his throat in dreams? Ahahaha, the man is sick, or he was misquoted since the article is not clear. No mention of what type of spiritual power.

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        • 15 July 2014 12:27, by Mi diit

          Or may be because Kiir Kuethpiny and Malong Awan used Ugandan magician to mobilize poor youth in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states and took them to Juba and armed them to massacre innocent Nuer civilians on 15 December, he thought Dr Riek did the same to the Nuer youth by magic. Oh, poor Kiir, you can run but you cannot hide. Your end is nearing by the day.

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          • 15 July 2014 16:24, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Mi Diit
            History is one of the best tools dat u don’t want to revisit. If Dr. John Garang De Mabior were to surrender the popular SPLM/A to Khartoum in 1991 as Dr. Fool Riek Machar did with his Nasir Faction, where would we/RSS have been today? Leadership conflict would have emerged between Junubin on who should Bashir appoint to lead South Sudan in exchange of the very Khartoum Oil Agreement-1997

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            • 15 July 2014 16:25, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Unlike the so-called "white army", why and how do u expect reasonable citizens to emotionally join the murderous movement in the history of South Sudan since 1991? Junubin desperately want peace, security, development and stability, not positions or top leadership position dat Dr. Fool Riek is obsessed with since 1991. Any Junubin who needs position can easily join Riek, but not me.

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              • 15 July 2014 16:26, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Do you believe dat touring African, Asian, Middle Eastern, South American and European countries including USA or Canada would make Dr. Fool Riek Machar popular or would lure Junubin to join him? Do the political math correctly without excluding Bor massacre of 1991, KPA-1997 and Riek’s return in 2002 to the very popular movement/SPLA/M dat he branded undemocratic. Who is fooling who here, please?

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                • 15 July 2014 16:27, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Don’t u realize dat Junubin are tired of tribal war of Dr. Fool Riek Machar orchestrated to look like a national war of 1955 or 1983 regardless of few ethnic representation on his diplomatic/political front designed to attract national, regional, continental and international audience? I am not worried so long as whatever Dr. Fool Riek does makes him smile & looks presidential to his followers

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                  • 15 July 2014 16:28, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Why do you complain that Junubin are not decisive or reluctant to join the murderous and tribal movement composed of one military ethnic group? Do u think dat Junubin often fail like “white army” to do their political calculations before joining murderous movement that brought Bor town (twice), Malakal town (twice), Bentiu town (twice) to rubble? Stay in you cozy Addis Hotel “berrah”.

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                    • 15 July 2014 17:02, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Dr. Fool Riek Machar knows his political history pretty well more than his blind supporters since 1991 after he dumped all of them in Khartoum only to be rescued by the Late Gen. Paulino Matip Nhial. Otherwise NCP/SAF would have murdered them in cold blood. Reliance on spiritual powers is proving an uphill task. His friend LRA Leader Joseph Kony tried to use it several times but failed.

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                      • 15 July 2014 17:04, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        Before December 15th, 2013, Riek knew that general elections were just around the corner in 2015 but worried how could he win given his background that every new and unborn South Sudanese child even knows? The only option left to his political calculations to top leadership position was to plan a coup so that he enters into the history book of coupe d’état like Omer Hassan Al-Bashir & predecessor

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          • 15 July 2014 18:34, by Force 1


            Remember; the only way your rebel leaders going to stay alive is to stay in Ethiopia indefinitely! I hope you people are wise enough to take it seriously!

            And so far so good because your leaders have been in Ethiopia since and that’s the only way to live for them to live for a while!

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      • 15 July 2014 14:21, by Mr Point

        This talk of spiritual powers is nonsense.

        Kiir started Salva Kiir’s war by the massacre of Nuer in Juba as documented by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty etc.

        He did this to avoid elections in 2015.

        All the things he complains of are crimes he committed six months ago.

        The ICC should call him to account.

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    • 15 July 2014 13:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I’m not a stupid, am telling you a truth. The 63% of troops defected as you are exaggerating is one tribe, it is only Nuer community and these are people whom Riek are using through spiritually under the leadership of:
      Ngundeng Buoong and Dak Kueth. The Nuer youth are dying indirectly in order to pave the way of leadership to Riek. By the end of the day, the whole Nuer will cry 100%.

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    • 16 July 2014 02:31, by Augustino

      Declaration of the end of war. The war is over, Nuer will never win this war again after Juba war. Nuer did not asked themselves that where were those SPLA proper who fought this war for 2 decades? Were they disarmed or not? You see the Juba war was fought by men in civil clothes and have now returned home. They need nothing but defend their legacy. Over runing Kiir is a dream that may not come.

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  • 15 July 2014 10:57, by Malakal county Simon

    Kiir is lying and forgot what he did that’s let’s to rebellion!! Sincerely, he should blame his unproductive advisor and most of all, Dying Museveni for fooling him to committed war crimes....

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  • 15 July 2014 12:44, by Simpleman

    So kiir himself is using demons. That’s why he is always been defeated when they go to the battle field

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  • 15 July 2014 20:18, by Kerem

    DR Machar told the Nuer Lou in December that "Ngundeng" had told him that they will fight without guns and they will capture Bor and other towns in Upper Nile and only five will be killed. The poor men accepted that without analyzing it and they got what they wanted (death)

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  • 15 July 2014 20:22, by Kerem

    But why does the Nuer reason. Machar left his home area just to go and finish up Nuer Lou. Lakes state, Western Barghazal, NBG and Warrap are not following Kiir because they believe that this war is only for SPLM members and those who work with them. Brothers, it is not late to realize this fact

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  • 15 July 2014 22:58, by Jubawe

    I can not take any speech of Kirr any more, it’s very poor and boring speech that make your stomach sick, 99 % of people doesn’t want to listen to Kirr speech, it’s prove to us Kirr is not leader and can not be a leader, people South Sudan can not wait to see a Qualify leader not Kirr, Telar, Benjemen or Malong, Uganda will not accept them for asylum seeker, South Sudan will be better without kirr

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