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South Sudan prepares for reception of first vice president designate


April 25, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has announced on Monday that it was preparing to receive the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, in Juba on Tuesday, and to be sworn in as first vice-president, the second most powerful position in the country.

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S Sudan’s FVP designate Riek Machar, arrives in his General Headquarters, Pagak. He was received by SPLA-IO’s Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, 12 April, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

The announcement comes following the arrival of General Simon Gatwech Dual, chief of general staff of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO), ending weeks of speculations about when he (Dual) and Machar would return to the national capital.

Machar is expected to form a transitional government with President Salva Kiir while General Dual is to participate in the overseeing of the transitional security arrangement matters with his counterpart, General Paul Malong Awan. General Awan was not in the country when his counter-part arrived.

The opposition leader, besides being first vice-president, will also command a separate army and police in the country for over one year before his faction’s national army is reunified with the army commanded by President Salva Kiir.

He will also nominate 10 cabinet ministers from his faction in addition to governing oil-rich states of Unity and Upper, while the government will have 16 ministers and other political parties and former detainees, 2 each in the 30-member cabinet.

The Monday return of General Dual follows a week of delays caused in part by disagreements over numbers of troops and weapons they were permitted to carry. The government on Saturday issued clearance permitting the landing of two flights on Monday.

But Machar’s flight could not land on Monday as it was initially announced. But government officials say they are preparing for his reception planned for Tuesday so that he will immediately be sworn in as first vice president upon arrival.

“He (Machar) wants to be sworn in on arrival but now it is already late. If he comes now, you think it will be possible to speak to the media upon arrival at Juba international airport in less than two minutes, go to J1 (presidential palace) and be sworn in in less than two minutes and go to the mausoleum of late John Garang to pay his respect as it is in his itinerary plan?” wondered a presidential aide on Monday.

“This is inconceivable and impractical. The preparation which we are making now is for tomorrow [Tuesday],” he revealed.

Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, also confirmed in a statement that the government was on Monday planning for Tuesday, 26 April, 2016, to receive Machar.

General Taban Deng Gai, opposition’s chief negotiator during the peace talks with the government and who has been in the national capital, Juba, since December last year as part of the advance teamm did not make any public comments regarding the coming or not coming of Machar on Tuesday.

Gai has, however, been heard talking on telephones and holding meetings with different officials from the government and at the meetings of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) about the return of Machar.

The internal bureau of the national security service has issued a green light authorizing officials at the airport to allow the landing of two flights on Monday which brought in a total of 195 troops of the opposition with their army chief.

But security and protocol officers at Juba airport said they would require another permit for Tuesday’s flight to bring Machar and would expect to receive a go ahead from the presidency.


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  • 26 April 2016 07:54, by Mr Point

    Back to where we were in December 2013 before Kiir’s coup, Kiir’s massacre, Kiir’s War.

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    • 26 April 2016 08:46, by Malakal county Simon

      We must have a public reception for next president of South Sudan Dr Machar and believe me, this time will never be like December 2013!!!!

      Viva South Sudan for Change
      Viva SPLM-IO
      Viva Dr Machar

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      • 26 April 2016 15:10, by Hardlinner

        malakal, if only Nuer were inhabitants of south sudan. He will never be president of south sudan mark my words. any nuer can become president of south sudan but not Riek. the guy is so tinted and had lose direction for second time. no matter how people with jungle mind may wish Riek to be president, the logic will always conspires against him. primitive can not be trust any more.

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    • 26 April 2016 09:15, by Mading Makuac

      Welcome back Dr.Machar and make sure that another war will not be repeated.The time and resources both gov’t and your rebel mov’t had been wasted for killing each and buying guns could have been used for the development of the country.Remember,western countres sometime can mislead you for the first time and the second time is when you tell them to stop it.Nuer and Dinka are brothers and there is

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    • 26 April 2016 14:24, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

      Dr.Riek Machar will not come believe me. Why because when he comes upon his arrival he is going to die immediately since he is responsible for the death of more then tens of thousands of poor and innocent civillians who lost their lives during the outbreak of war in 2 years times.

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  • 26 April 2016 09:18, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Malakal street boy
    There is no way out for RIAK Machar to be next president of the Republic of South Sudan because he killed thousands of peoples in merciless, so RIAK will not be president whether by bullets boxes or ballots box the next thing I knew from RIAK is death.

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    • 26 April 2016 10:41, by Malakal county Simon


      Nonsense!!!! who killed innocent civilians in December 2013?? And you’re here talking of killings?? Anyway, you will be surprise if you be still alive by than and witness the very moment that we all been waiting for soon!!!!

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      • 26 April 2016 14:11, by Khent

        Malakal county Simon

        LOL! Khartoum’s slave has the nerve to call other people "slaves". Your internet tough talk will not get you anywhere in the real world... it’s played and laughable.

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  • 26 April 2016 10:36, by Mapuor

    The coming of Dr Riek Machar to Juba is a curse to the poor South Sudanese who are indirectly enslaved as soldiers to serve the interests of senior Nyagats.Another war is brewing in Juba as those faithful government supporters who defeated the rebels will now be mocked by the rebel senior thugs who will always show off as ministers and high ranking military officers.

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    • 26 April 2016 10:49, by Mapuor

      Those who are now celebrating the coming of Dr Riek will soon cry.Dr Riek has destroyed everything, he has destroyed our economy, social fabric,environment and human resource. He has recruited all Nuer rural youth into the army in order to bring him to power. Those youth were farmers and were thus productive, but in the army they will be idlers who receive salaries for keeping Dr Riek in pow

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    • 26 April 2016 10:52, by Malakal county Simon

      Juba mood is longer the same since the arrival of the SPM-IO G.C.O.S and so called Paul Malong is no where to be seen.... haha

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      • 26 April 2016 11:03, by Mapuor

        Malakal County Boy
        There will be no peace in South Sudan so long Dr Riek Machar is alive.He does not care for South Sudanese but only cares for family.

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  • 26 April 2016 12:34, by George Bol

    Malakal County Boy,

    Are you still talking like before in 2013? You, Kim Deng, Gatwech, and likes have been told to not start the war other you will run to Ethiopia or into the Bush but you did not understand. this time, riek will not escaped. And by the way, riek will never be the president-just fyi

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    • 26 April 2016 12:43, by Mading Makuac

      At which time is Riek coming?Hope,he won’t keep South Sudanese waiting in Juba like the other days.The delayment of coming to Juba can be a sign of not willing to implement peace.

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