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South Sudan Kiir rejects return of Machar, declares unilateral ceasefire


President Salva Kiir addresses delegates during the swearing-in ceremony of FVP Taban Deng Gai at the Presidential Palace in Juba, July 26, 2016. (Reuters/Jok Solomun)
May 22, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Monday rejected the return of his former first deputy and rebel leader, Riek Machar to the country to participate in the national dialogue.

President Kiir, who spoke at the swearing ceremony of the members of the dialogue committee which he formed earlier this year, claimed the return of Machar would lead to another conflict in the country.

Machar, he said, would only participate in the dialogue through people he would delegate to represent him and his movement in the dialogue. The security of his delegates, he adds, will be guaranteed by the government.

The South Sudanese leader cautiously declared a unilateral ceasefire, instructing army to fight back in self-defence in the event of an attack against their positions by rival forces.

“I am also once again declaring a unilateral ceasefire effective immediately. I further order the SPLA command to immediately observe this in their defensive positions”, said Kiir

“Of course all us who are soldiers in this hall know that unilateral ceasefire cannot be binding on the other side. But you the same who on the side that you declare a ceasefire from, you deserve the right also to defend yourself if you are attacked,” he lamented.

He explained that the objective of the unilateral ceasefire would create an environment for an inclusive dialogue and to facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid to famine-stricken areas.

“The dialogue should start with those that are willing while the committee continues to engage those who are hesitant or have concerns. The government stands ready to accept and implement the outcomes of National Dialogue process,” he said.

The president further called on the regional and international partners to work closely with the steering national dialogue committee and support the dialogue process for the sake of peace in the country.

The inauguration of the steering committee for the National Dialogue was attended by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Speaking as “a special guest” President Museveni, a regional ally of President Kiir, slipped in his speech by saying that “I thank President Salva Kiir for killing you.”

The Ugandan leader quickly corrected the statement to say “I thank President Salva Kiir for calling me.” Uganda sent thousands of soldiers to fight alongside President Kiir’s SPLA against the rebels at the onset of conflict in 2013.


President Kiir said he will pardon prisoners of war.

“As a gesture of goodwill and in the spirit of national dialogue, I have directed the prosecutor general to immediately review the cases of those who have committed crimes against the state, commonly known as political prisoners, and ensure the necessary steps are taken to lead to their release,” he said without mentioning any political prisoner by name.

The national dialogue committee is co-chaired by Abel Alier-wal Kuai, former President of High Executive for Southern Sudan and Angelo Beda, a veteran South Sudanese politician.

There are more than 90 members on the committee but armed opposition groups are not represented.


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  • 22 May 2017 22:52, by Eastern

    Museveni "thanked" Kiir for KILLING South Sudanese! The chief executioner of the Al Nakba was in Juba today to gauge progress!!!

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    • 22 May 2017 22:59, by South South


      What are you talking about man?

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      • 22 May 2017 23:06, by South South


        Museveni is not God, anyone can make a mistake like that. Let’s focus on peace through National Dialogue.

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    • 22 May 2017 23:07, by Mi diit

      Speaking as “a special guest” President Museveni, a regional ally of President Kiir, slipped in his speech by saying that “I thank President Salva Kiir for killing you.”

      The Ugandan leader quickly corrected the statement to say “I thank President Salva Kiir for calling me.”

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      • 22 May 2017 23:09, by Mi diit

        I ever say, what happens under water will appears on the surface of water.

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        • 22 May 2017 23:12, by Mi diit

          President Museveni has finally spoken.
          The words uttered by Museveni show that God is in everywhere and in everyone’s tongue.
          You can’t hide the truth.

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          • 22 May 2017 23:16, by Mi diit

            That so-called National dialogue is nothing but a scapegoat to blindfold the world. To me it is a bleeding to an alread bleeding nation. The good thing is that, our boys in Yei will soon reach the outskirts of Juba city.
            Stay tune.

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            • 23 May 2017 08:43, by lian

              @Mi diit ignorance to this national dialogue will lead to nasty consequences. If anyone fails to participate and continue violate this process than it will be end of your interest for change in leadership and Kiirdit will stay in power for decade to come. They boys you hope in Yei are dying like chicken as it will be nightmare to "reach outskirt of city please contact them and confirm how?

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              • 23 May 2017 09:41, by jubaone

                Go threaten your terrified jienges who can’t dare say anything against the Kiirminal. Things went nasty since that 2013 fake coup. If you step on shit, you expect to have some stench that is where we are. Just keep your shit 💩 dialogue to yourselves. Men have urgent business to whack the scoundrels.

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              • 25 May 2017 11:04, by Midit Mitot

                Your idiot dream will not work without participation of Dr Machar to the dialogue.

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    • 23 May 2017 06:37, by jubaone

      M7 has found the Kiirminal a "useful idiot" who is remotely controlled to destroy SS to the advantage of Uganda. Go across the R.Nile behind Sherikat at Suk Wewe (Juba Economic Free Zone) and see how wholesale and retailing had been entirely controlled by wewes. SS has become a Ugandan protectorate and the Kiirminal is just the best for M7. Garang was a smart Dinka not a jienge.

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    • 23 May 2017 07:08, by jubaone

      M7 as a refugee and fugitive in Tanzania in the mid 70s didn’t dialogue with Amin Dada, he with support of Tanzanian forces successful dislodged Amin. To come to SS and talk of convening a national dialogue with a tribal dictator and illiterate is utter idiocy. M7 has terrorized Ugandans who have surrendered, the Kiirminal can’t and won’t do that with Junubin. No. We fight back.

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    • 23 May 2017 07:22, by jubaone

      The Kiirminal is not known for statesmanship nor in possession of high intellectual capital. He is not particularly a talented talkmaster so how is he supposed to dialogue when all the best brains of SS are out? The SS is just one big open prison, more closer to a luak and the people"herded" like cows. 😓 Scary!

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      • 23 May 2017 07:51, by Eastern


        I know Museveni very well especially after he turned around to fight the Okellos after he backtracked on the 1985 Nairobi agreement with the junta in Kampala. Kiir must be fought as well!

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        • 23 May 2017 12:29, by South South

          Peace has arrived. National dialogue will allow everyone to speak about the concerns he/she may have about SS.Peace will not stop again. Those who are refusing it will wait for sometime and then join us later. This is not the right time to talk about war. I have never ever seen anyone in the world rejecting peace, never happened in the past. Peace is amended everywhere in the world.

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    • 23 May 2017 07:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That is correct
      I do agree with the president.
      The disaster of South Sudan is caused by Riek Machar through his wrong though.

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      • 23 May 2017 08:23, by Eastern

        What are Dr. Machar’s "wrong thoughts?".....

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    • 23 May 2017 09:24, by DumoMakuachdit

      ’’I thanked president Kiir for killing South Sudanese,’’ This shown that the so called president Kiir Ayuei has planned this crisis to happened to the beloved country South Sudan. M7 thanks for reminding us once again.

      King Paul must be our next president after Kiir Ayuei!!!

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    • 23 May 2017 19:47, by jubaone

      Abel Alier, Angelo Beda et al., old, senile and mentally stagnated. These octogenarians can’t retire and do something else cos we the youth and young citizens of SS have become hopeless and docile. We have let old and dying men shape our future. They have had their time. Our youth are only good to be killed in battles decided by old men. Sad, nothing for posterity.

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  • 22 May 2017 23:22, by Sunday Junup

    “I thank President Salva Kiir for killing you.”
    The Ugandan leader quickly corrected the statement to say “I thank President Salva Kiir for calling me.” Help me, do you see any correction for Killing you to Calling me? two different sentances but thank G-d he finally open his mouth!

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  • 22 May 2017 23:30, by Sunday Junup

    South South, Kuch Native and Kuch,
    Your guest of honor has officially open your National dialogue with a word ’’ I THANKS SALVA KIIR FOR KILLING YOU!! Only idiot will be annoyed with this Truth because it give the reality of dialogue, i wish Kiir to confess the reality too by saying, ’’I killed dr.John and wanted to Kill dr.Riak because of presidency’’. That time we will have real peace

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    • 23 May 2017 02:31, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      Please find something else to talk about. Uganda president is the best friend of South Sudan. Sudantribune never says anything right.

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  • 23 May 2017 03:11, by Naath

    Dinka tribal gange leader Kiir is known for killing his own people. Kiir is the most foolish tribal leader on the planet that is known for destruction and killing of insance people.

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    • 23 May 2017 05:03, by john akeen

      you need to be quiet because you don’t even know what you talking about and you don’t even know what are you fighting about, so be quiet OK

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  • 23 May 2017 04:52, by john akeen

    What are you people talking about? Anyways President Salva Kiir got hired by 95 million people by vote and Riek Machar wants to get hired by 5 million people by any means. President Salva Kiir has a right to call for national dialogue and has a right to invite who ever want to stand beside SS people and has a right to defend the constitution of the land by any means, because 95M people gave>>

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    • 23 May 2017 04:53, by john akeen

      him that rights to do so

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    • 23 May 2017 05:27, by Malakal county Simon

      John Akeen/Slave

      Stop for moment and think before you say any craps.... Where did you get your figure of 95 millions voted for your failed unwanted president Kiir from and which year did we (South Sudanese) went for election?? In-fact, unwanted president today remain illegitimate president in the world because he never been elected but lucky enough as he was mandate by the people’s of-

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      • 23 May 2017 05:35, by Malakal county Simon


        South Sudan to lead them to promise land but if he failed today, why can’t he step-aside peacefully for the people’s whom have mandated 7 years ago if he is truly a people’s leader??

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    • 23 May 2017 14:49, by Dengda

      @ohn Akeen

      Please talk sense, when South Sudan population reached 95 millions? Unless you you mean 95% percentage, I don’t even know the sources of your data. Ignorance thing is the common disease we have to eliminated. admitting mistake and right suppose to be norm which would bind us.

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    • 23 May 2017 18:58, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      SS will continue to suffer as long as thus Kiirminal treats the country as his property. The SS doesn’t belong to his mother not father but to all of us including Riak. The Kiirminal must understand, he has NO rights to determine who is SS and who not. Even a jienge village can’t disown any of his subjects, even if a murderer or fornicator. Kiirminal must shut up and change.

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      • 24 May 2017 04:08, by john akeen

        I know you don’t like Salva Kiir and Salva Kiir doesn’t like you too, so tell me why do you want South Sudan to suffer?

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  • 23 May 2017 05:52, by Kush Natives

    "Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Speaking as “a special guest” President Museveni, a regional ally of President Kiir, slipped in his speech by saying that “I thank President Salva Kiir for killing you.”
    That’s a total amount lie, where in world would a mature enough man and a president at the same can pronounce this stupidity statements? Something went bias here!

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    • 23 May 2017 05:57, by Kush Natives

      Yes, I seconded president for rejecting opposition leader Riek Machar into this critical dialogue, because the man is really a trouble maker. He may ignite an another tricks. Let him seek his medical treatment first-hand. I have no time for him at the moment. We need to keeps the Nuer survival alive,there’s need for him wiped out the remaining Nuers. We reject him in strongest terms possible.

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      • 23 May 2017 06:51, by jubaone

        Bush Natives,
        This luakjieng monologue must first be evidenced by concrete development and prosperity in jiengeland. Once we see that jienges start returning to their luaks, start cultivation, develop then the rest can join. As of now, this is just political bragging and cheap public relations exposure without substance. Just a tribal circus.

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        • 23 May 2017 07:18, by Kush Natives

          Sorry for those of sees this comphenensive dialogue as a monologue! There’s nothing Will yield fruit towards peace in this country, if rebels don’t stop undermining this process of reconciliation.

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          • 23 May 2017 09:49, by jubaone

            Bush Natives,
            The Kiirminal has failed to implement the ARCISS 2015 in word and spirit. He foolishly wants to replace it with the bogus national dialogue which will also fail. The Kiirminal is the problem and not the solution. He simply has to abdicate power and go look after his cows. That is what he can do best. Emulating M7 won’t help cos M7 is smarter.

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      • 23 May 2017 07:35, by Malakal county Simon

        Kush Natives

        Isolations of the people’s leader Dr machar is not a solution, but more problems...... And here you’re always talking about peace, is that what you want??

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        • 23 May 2017 07:50, by Dalta Cirea

          President Museveni said that, I thank President Kirr for Killing your People. It is good that Museveni told South Sudanese’s and the World that Kirr killed his citizen. It is a matter of time Kirr will be arrested to answer In Court why he Killed Elderly Women, Men, Children and unarmed men who are helpless. Thank you Ugandan President for remaining us about Kirr killing us for his own benefit.

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      • 23 May 2017 07:48, by anyanya1

        He really meant it he thanked kiir for killing s. Sudanese, he tried to correct it but he can’t, this was a true massage right there, UG president knows it is very easy to solve this mess but always refusing right way of solving it, that’s why he said it. Guess what museveni can say anything he wants like husband in his own home in their watch nobody can do anything!!!!

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    • 23 May 2017 08:47, by Theallseeingeye

      @ Kush Natives
      "where in world would a mature enough man and a president at the same can pronounce this stupidity statements?" I totally agree with your statement. Unless He (M7) literally meant it he (M7) couldn’t say something like this.

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  • 23 May 2017 08:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    National dialogue should be cancel definitely
    No need of national because forces of still fighting killing people across the country which mean they are not interested to join natinal dialogue.

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  • 23 May 2017 08:23, by EYE SEE

    UG President M7 slipped in his speech by saying that “I thank President Salva Kiir for killing you.” that’s real!
    M7 finally spoke the truth.

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  • 23 May 2017 09:05, by james awel

    "Thank kiir for killing you" said M7
    the guest of honor.
    what a hell!

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  • 23 May 2017 10:58, by Nuer Ka Nguan

    Speeches in the public always show proudness of leadership styles in front of congregation & also hidden words to the entire nation by Mistake but they ’re really true speech for the President.

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  • 23 May 2017 12:03, by Garang Akeen Tong

    You guys President M7 slipped that I thank President Salva KIir for calling you not killing you, if you do disagree, then listen that audio careful.

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  • 23 May 2017 12:25, by Nationalist

    M7 should tell Junubins how long it took him and his co-horts to take power on 26th/Jan/1986. Several agreements and peace talk initiatives had failed. Obote had labeled him as enemy of Ugandan progress and development by then, but now he is the president. Remind Kiir and his spla/splm that their days are numbered. Local uprising coming soon forget all those spla/splm fugitives in the bush or exce

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  • 23 May 2017 17:10, by garrak1520

    Mr.President: Dialogue is"discussions that antagonist groups or countries have in order to end a disagreement" so you fail.
    Require assistance from your peers or countries that have supported South Sudan not your administration for peace. Let them enter in contact with your enemy Machar, be open to dialogue and solution will be found. You can’t tackle famine, and war together.

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  • 24 May 2017 05:58, by Adok son

    He rejected Dr Machar not to join the dialogue nor to come at o South Sudan,is he(Kiir) still thinking of previous organized strategy done by Barrack Obama against Riek?
    Plz,take care for this second round for there will be real peace to be renegotiated on the table where by all means the agreed documents of Addis Ababa must be implemented with pressure without your consultation. Machar viva.

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