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S. Sudan’s Machar to be sworn in on arrival next week


April 14, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has accepted to swear in the country’s first vice president designate, Riek Machar when the latter arrives in the capital, Juba on Monday in what appears a shift from a previously defiant government position.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a press conference in his private residence in Addis Ababa, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo AP/Mulugete Ayehe)

"President Salva Kiir has agreed to swear in Riek Machar as first vice-president on Monday April 18, 2018 without further delay," the government chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial told reporters shortly after a meeting attended by President Kiir and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) head, Festus Mogae.

Machar, who heads the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) is expected in the capital of the world’s youngest nation seven months after the peace accord was signed in Ethiopia.

Last week, 1, 370 SPLM-IO troops arrived in as part of the security arrangement in Juba during the 30-months period of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

Machar spokesman, James Gatdet Dak has earlier said the armed opposition leader would return early next week, only if the government agreed to swear him into office on arrival, allow him hold a public rally and declare complete demilitarisation of Juba to be confirmed by JMEC, the body overseeing the implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal.

The army says supervision by JMEC will be conducted on Tuesday, although other government sources disclosed that the process could be conducted this Saturday.


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  • 15 April 2016 01:22, by lino

    Great!!! The Government is thinking wisely now. Please don’t drop the ball halve way; we need peace!!!

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    • 15 April 2016 09:31, by Mapuor

      Rewarding rebels breeds more rebellions. The coming of Dr Riek Machar will never end the war. More rebellions will come up and claim for high military ranks and big positions in the government. The war that is currently raging in Equatoria and Bhar El Gazal will never stop but instead they will grow as many people who will lose positions in government to rebels will poke them.

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      • 15 April 2016 10:37, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Bravo Pres. Salva Kiir for making it possible to accept any irrelevant demands put forwards as obstacles for Riak’s coming to Juba. Let him first come with his ideology of supererogation. What good leadership is coming with Riak as he failed to control his followers? Many defections in his rebellions are indications of a failed man. We’re wasting time & resources in installing same failed leaders.

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  • 15 April 2016 06:18, by choldit

    baaw, it is good good that you sense it now. however, it is still and issue that u still put the verification of the SPLA-IG to be done on 19 April 2016 while the SPLM-IO chairman arrival is on 18 April 2016. do the SPLA-IG think the verification is for if it should be done after the arrival of Dr. Machar? think smart guys for the president Kiir. don’t complicate things because u want him out.

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    • 15 April 2016 07:09, by Bolman

      Gud indeed for Dr Machar let him swear the same day he arrived, but what about new detainees of IO whom had been detained three days ago, did they already released them or they will be released the same day Dr Machar’s arrival in Juba, plz I need someone to clarify to me before I change my mind thank

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  • 15 April 2016 08:08, by BM Bol

    Those of us who are familiar with Kiir’s state mind of knew he would change his mind the next day and give into Riek’s demand. What is the point of refusing at first knowing he would agree the next day without any condition?

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    • 15 April 2016 08:18, by Malakal county Simon

      Unwanted Kiir has no choice but to accept what he has signed in the accord with Dr Machar the powerful politician of South Sudan........

      Viva South Sudan
      Viva SPLM-IO
      Viv Dr Machar
      Viva Freedom Fighters

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      • 15 April 2016 12:46, by Khent

        Malakal county Simon

        Riek is by no means "powerful" and will NEVER be President. The war will continue (and intensify) if people insist on this TRAITOR. He will be vice president for 30 months but will never be allowed to elevate beyond that.

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        • 15 April 2016 13:46, by Mr Point

          Can you explain what has actually been achieved for the benefit of the people of South Sudan by Kiir’s fake coup and Kiir’s War?

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        • 15 April 2016 16:02, by Malakal county Simon

          He will be president in your presence because South Sudanese citizens are sick and tired of your hatred toward Dr Machar...... Who hasn’t kills or defect from so called SPLM/A including Kiir himself...... He Kiir was a security officer for Jalaba during Anyanya 1 and when he join the moment also defected in 2004 if we are talking of a person being traitor......

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          • 15 April 2016 16:10, by Malakal county Simon


            In fact, all are traitors but we have to accept them because they are our leaders...... So stop being a shadow supporter of Kiir who has the same record as Dr Machar and at the same time, you claimed to be neutral which I doubt...... Anyway, my point here, let’s us give Dr Machar what he want and see if he can make South Sudan a better country and that’s all I care about......


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            • 15 April 2016 17:08, by Khent

              Malakal county Simon

              You’re a liar. There’s no evidence that Salva Kiir ever worked for Khartoum. Salva Kiir was a member of the underground movement; the underground movement was set up by Dr. John Garang almost immediately after the Addis Ababa agreement was signed. Its members included Kerubino, Arok Thon Arok, William Nyuon Bany, Chagai Atem, Francis Ngor Machiek and Salva Kiir.

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              • 15 April 2016 17:10, by Khent

                The most notable of these underground movements was that of the Anya-Nya absorbed forces with junior officers like Francis Ngor Machiek, Salva Kiir Mayardit and Chagai Atem. (A Concise History of South Sudan, Avelino Androga Said, Yosa Wawa, Anne Farren and Anders Breidlid)

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                • 15 April 2016 17:15, by Khent

                  Dr. John Garang and Salva Kiir were members of the underground movement, and were planning their revolution prior to the outbreak of the war in 1983. There is absolutely no evidence that they ever worked for Khartoum. I dare you to provide evidence from a reputable third source affirming your pathetic contention that Salva Kiir was a traitor at any point from his days in Anya-Nya and the SPLM-A.

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                  • 15 April 2016 17:33, by Khent

                    Do you even know what a defection entails? A defection entails changing sides to that of an enemy... so at what point did Salva Kiir fight on behalf of Khartoum. What transpired in 2004 was a personal disagreement between Garang and Kiir — not a defection. What makes you *think* [let’s pretend that you can] that you can compare that to what Riek did?

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                    • 15 April 2016 17:46, by Khent

                      The essential difference between Riek and others in the political environment should be evident to anyone with a moral compass...Riek is a TRAITOR. His political, economic and military alliance with an enemy State contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of lives and the misery of millions more...

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                      • 15 April 2016 17:46, by Khent

                        ..Riek was instrumental in Khartoum’s ability to not only take control of the oilfields but to secure them as part of his military alliance with the Ignaz Nazis... and in doing so he enabled Khartoum to purchase billions of dollars in advanced and devastating weaponry, which was then unleashed on those that did not follow that death-deserving TRAITOR, Riek...

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                        • 16 April 2016 04:06, by Malakal county Simon


                          So you admit that foolish Salva kiir never a member of Anya-Anya 1 and but was a member of the under ground moment under John Garang but in reality is classified as a government agent fighting against Anya-Anya until his official defection to the SPLM/A moment during 1980’s right?? And what that him by having his underground moment fighting his own brothers whileggetting pay from the enemy

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                          • 16 April 2016 11:22, by Khent

                            Malakal county Simon

                            You must be clinically retarded. Where did I "admit" that Salva Kiir was not a member of Anya-Anya or that he was government agent? The underground movement was created by Anya-Anya officers; these officers were opposed to the Addis Ababa agreement and so they started making plans for a second movement — the SPLM/A. You’re an idiot.

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      • 15 April 2016 20:02, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Malakal, please stop celebrating something you are not sure. Just wait until Machar comes to Juba and spend 3 months without problems because Machar never stick to the agreement he signed. Just review his 1991, 1998, and many more agreements he signed. Machar can never be trusted.

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        • 16 April 2016 04:17, by Malakal county Simon


          If it’s mean peace has finally comes to South Sudan, why we can’t celebrate and I thought that’s what we been yearning for right????

          In relations to Dr Machar that he may turn-down the signed peace, that squarely defending on government. I,m not aware of any agreement being signed by Machar and with whom??

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  • 15 April 2016 08:34, by Paul Chadrack

    I think bor county people will not like the emerging scenarios, but they don’t have any options, whether they like it or not. soon 28 states case will be the thing of the past. where is the stupid makuei lueth now?.

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    • 15 April 2016 09:00, by Redeemer

      You are asking for Makuei but when he speaks you begin to cry

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  • 15 April 2016 09:37, by Mapuor

    Juba will be in flames soon as many people who are currently in big positions in the government will be fired and replaced by rebels. Rebels will also come to the government with very high ranks therefore subordinating all SPLA officers who supported the government, this phenomenon will breed armed clashes in Bilpam and elsewhere.

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    • 15 April 2016 10:21, by hamil


      Why are you agitating for blood shed haven’t you seen enough blood getting spilt in this useless war? You seem to be a Salva Kiir die hard supporter I have no problem with that but I can tell you I detest both him and Machar these 2 criminals are not the best solution to this country and they are not the only Dinka or Nuer capable of leadership.

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      • 15 April 2016 15:04, by Dumodit

        Dear Mapuor
        I agreed with you

        Both two leaders are always thinks and acts base on personal interest and have despised the severe suffering of innocent citizens of South Sudan. I lost interest of them and surely no CHANGE of prosperity comes when Riak be swear in as FVP. Let us watch their steps after formation TGNU.

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      • 15 April 2016 18:15, by Khent


        You’re one of the very few individuals on this site that can actually think properly — with a functioning moral compass. There will be no peace as long as people insist on Salva and Riek.

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