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Dialogue committee pushes for meeting of S. Sudan rival leaders


South Africa's Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa receives members of South Sudan's national dialogue committee in South Africa, July 2, 2017 (ST photo)
July 2, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s national dialogue committee is now seeking the intervention of regional and continental leaders to bring the country’s rival leaders for face to face meeting.

An elderly politician, who preferred anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said a delegation is in South Africa to meet the leader of the armed opposition faction chairman, Riek Machar.

“The objective of going to South Africa is to meet Dr Riek and his group to seek their views to see how from their perspectives they would like the current situation to be addressed. The team will also talk to the ANC [African National Congress] leadership, particularly President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa,” he said.

According to the official, optimism is high that the South African leaders will convince President Kiir and his main political rival to that the two can come together and talk as part of confidence-building.

“We are pushing for this because it will raise hopes and boost the dialogue itself”, he added.

The official, however, claimed there were some “people in the middle trying to frustrate their efforts to bring the two rival leaders together, but added that all efforts were underway to success.

The dialogue body is reportedly considering the return of the South Sudanese rebel leader so he can participate in the upcoming general elections to take place at the end of the interim period.

“Our people want peace, they want stability and those who fled needs to return but they cannot return if the conflict is still continuing. It has to stop and to stop; some painful decisions have to be made and we are asking brother Riek to lead the way. He should open his heart,” the official exclusively told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

He added, “It is not easy, but the country should be rescued. We are telling the president to exhibit leadership and painful decisions”.

Sudan Tribune has reliably learnt that, during their visit to South Africa, the dialogue committee delegation met Ramaphosa, but not Machar.

The South Sudanese rebel leader, who fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in August last year after fierce fighting, lives in South Africa.

The official said another high-level delegation meeting the exiled leaders will visit Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia and other East African countries, including Sudan to meet the country’s former political detainees, Lam Akol and General Thomas Cirilo.

Over a million people have fled the world’s youngest nation since conflict erupted in late 2013 when Kiir sacked Machar from his post.


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  • 2 July 2017 22:32, by Sunday Junup

    You already exiled him, is it not what you wanted? Now why begging him? If you understand that our people needs peace and there is conflict still going on, then let Kiir and Taban step aside then it will be easy to begg Gatnyagonyang to rescue you! Dr.Riak is very humble man but kiir made advantage of him

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    • 3 July 2017 15:44, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! I tell you forks, peace without DR Machar is red-line, struggle continues.

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  • 2 July 2017 22:34, by gatkhor Nueri

    Why you go to S.Africa to talk to him while Kiir Said that I don’t want Riak in to ND,and some of you they are claiming that Riek Machar he don’t have have?

    I have told you that in s.sudan as whole no one who have a miracle heart like Dr.Machar, if you include him the the ND soon problem s.sudan will finish believe me 100%.

    Ka lielun.


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  • 2 July 2017 22:35, by gatkhor Nueri

    Why you go to S.Africa to talk to him while Kiir Said that I don’t want Riak in to ND,and some of you they are claiming that Riek Machar he don’t have have?

    I have told you that in s.sudan as whole no one who have a miracle heart like Dr.Machar, if you include him the the ND soon problem s.sudan will finish believe me 100%.

    Ka lielun.


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  • 2 July 2017 22:39, by gatkhor Nueri

    Dr.Machar Don’t accept them all they are thieves

    "a great part of his army perished of hunger and disease"

    Bia te mal Cie nyaruop

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  • 2 July 2017 22:53, by Ranmediit

    H.E.Dr,Machar was forces by Kiir and Taban in juba and you don’t even call for international intervention.It’s good to feel pain for meet Machar and you learned that without Dr,Riek South Sudan would be continues suffering.

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  • 3 July 2017 00:16, by lino

    Kiir must repent from what he has done to South Sudanese People to date before an inclusive ND commenced!!!
    Enough is enough. Riek was in detention since last year but nothing improved which means he is not the only problem!!! If there is a wiseman in the country, the problem would have been solved without Riek!!!

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  • 3 July 2017 00:19, by Kush Natives

    That’s the only thing that I don’t wanna to hear. "Participated in coming election" Riek Machar will never participate in coming election, this is a RED line. Riek Machar is no longer a South Sudanese, just by birth, the man is completely a serial killer. The name "Riek" is a cursed.

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    • 3 July 2017 03:08, by lino

      Ya Kush,
      I have nothing to do with Riek, Nutrition, or FD’s, but the records must be set straight!!! Is the problem the man who is being sit on, or the man who sitting on?! Answer is question for Dr. John Garang please!!!
      Riek has been chased on gun point always; so who is the killer here?
      Why killing of people never stopped after he was confined away from the region for over 8 months?!

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      • 3 July 2017 09:11, by Dengda

        @ lino
        very wise of you, a lot of problems facing South Sudanese are unprecedented. Riek is not the problem, since 2012 I studied his moved. The man was only interesting in leadership challenges like the rest of democratic world do, example USA where party contest nomination fiercely. 1991 was mistake, however, it shouldn’t be hold as ID card for him, he was 36 then and now he is mature 60 yrs. ol

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        • 3 July 2017 09:17, by Dengda

          The only thing Dr. Riek do, is to acknowledged 1991 incident as mistake and move on, that can’t disqualified him to lead country, or if it does citizens are the best judge not politician themselves. scapegoating 2013 and 2016 war on him is foolishness and shouldn’t be entertain. It like comparing apple and orange( Kiir& Riek) who better than other, my opinion is Riek is better Kiir.

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          • 3 July 2017 09:24, by Dengda

            @Kush, Kush native and SouthSudan.
            please challenge me by bring election in 2018, I can’t afford to be just Dinka by name and not by virtue and tangible action. I am typical Dinka and I believe the current leadership hold by Dinka has failed the entire country full stop. The really Dinka by virtues and values are Dr. John Garang Mabior and Abel Alier Kuei. Riek has to be judge by citizens.

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    • 3 July 2017 06:40, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      Please forget about Dr. Machar and continue spinning the fallacy you are at. You are posturing about a red line which you obviously are unable to sustain...

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    • 3 July 2017 07:38, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Tell your Kiirminal uncle to recall his murasileen from SAfrica. Riak is not a fool to meet messengers. He is President of IO and protocol has it that the Kiirminal as president of IG meets him on equal standing. Period. No need of jienge bullshitting.

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  • 3 July 2017 00:47, by john akeen

    Well you Rebels sounded like president Kiir is not a South Sudanese problem, and that is right president Kiir is not a country problem, according to what you had said, you said if government of SS refused to included Riek Machar in to the government or to reinstate him to high position of the first vice president or in the government, then peace will not come to the peoples of SS, but if>>

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    • 3 July 2017 01:08, by john akeen

      government agree with those ideas or those things, then peace will come to the people of South Sudan or war will be over 100% So tell me; Why leaders of South Sudan are not supposed to go talk to Riek Machar? Is he not one of the South Sudanese leader that can be included into the country national dialogue or is he not a South Sudanese citizen? It is the country government job to bring all the>>

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      • 3 July 2017 01:19, by john akeen

        country citizens together and it is the government rights to talk to any lost minded leader in the country or outside the country

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        • 3 July 2017 02:00, by john akeen

          and also any leader who turned himself to a serial killer, it should be the country government job to talk to that serial killer because serial killer has no heart. Riek Machar he is a serial killer and I believe Riek Machar will never be president of South Sudan and he will never stop killing the people of South Sudan because he is a terrorist and a serial killer and also>>

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          • 3 July 2017 02:17, by john akeen

            this is the last chance for Riek Machar and his Rebels to accept national dialogue and peace and also not just him, it will be a last chance for country’s former political detainees like Pagan Amum. Thomas Cirilo. Lam Akol and all the other formers detainees or else South Sudanese peoples will be tired of war and they will put their weapons down

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            • 3 July 2017 02:47, by john akeen

              also if you Rebels and the former political detainees refuse the country government call for national dialogue and refuse the people of South Sudan call for peace, then UN- AU- EU- IGAD and the countries around the world will know that you just want to kill until you get kill or position in the government by any means, then from there they will not tied up our government hands anymore or>>

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              • 3 July 2017 03:06, by john akeen

                to treat our government with sanctions anymore, so be careful don’t let that happen or you will not going to like it. THE CRASH OR THE SMASH THAT YOU GONNA GET AFTER REFUSAL

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                • 3 July 2017 06:11, by jubaone

                  John Akeen,
                  It is in the nature of jienge savagery, they destroy and want the rest to fix it so they can destroy it again altogether. Riak came in good faith to implement the ARCISS sbd these savages conspired to kill him. Riak say NO. Let them be responsible and fix this jienge shit 💩 alone. Blood4blood. They wanted it that way.

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                  • 3 July 2017 06:16, by jubaone

                    John Akeen,
                    Non jienges have been killed, raped and have lost everything and have nothing more to care. It’s payback time and the jienges MUST experience that too. No Reconciliation until jienges get killed, raped and lose everything, then we al make a fresh start. Otherwise NO.

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                    • 3 July 2017 07:01, by john akeen

                      Stupid Jubaone or whatever you call yourself pussy.

                      let me ask you something, what is the important thing have you ever talk about on this website other jinga jinga jinga jinga? you’re so stupid man, don’t you know that?

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                      • 3 July 2017 07:32, by jubaone

                        John Akeen,
                        Relax, ya jienge! Cool down and drink some cow 🐮 milk, it will bring back your senses. I don’t like this "pussy" thing as if the jienge only think around genital organs and sex. There are higher issues to worry about. Leave this "pussy" thing to nyor rapists, unless of course you are one of these bastards.

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                      • 3 July 2017 07:44, by Eastern

                        john akeen,

                        Because jinga, jinga and jinga is the main problem of South Sudan....

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                      • 3 July 2017 07:52, by Theallseeingeye

                        John Akeen
                        "let me ask you something, what is the important thing have you ever talk about on this website other jinga jinga jinga jinga? you’re so stupid man, don’t you know that?"
                        if you r not the stupid now where is your question here?

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                        • 3 July 2017 19:13, by john akeen

                          Theallseeingeye and JUBAONE
                          jinga people are very important people and important people and important people should not get angry of nonsense talk so you can say aryan-jinga MTN or jinga as you want, but all I want to tell is that jinga are ruling the country and chasing monkeys back to the bushes, so I want you monkeys to stay in the bush and don’t come back

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                          • 3 July 2017 19:26, by john akeen

                            we just want humans back to rule the country with us, but not you Riek Monkeys. Anyways president Kiir and Taban and Igga are in the office and you Riek is in person

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                    • 3 July 2017 15:25, by Mapuor


                      Why are you so obsessed with the word Jenge ?.This word is a Baggara corruption of the word Jieng.If you dont need Jenge bear in mind that Jenge too do not need you.Government and nation are based on social contract.If there were no international dimensions to splitting the nation we would have accepted what you want and we destroy our buildings in Juba and pack back home.

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                      • 3 July 2017 15:29, by Mapuor

                        Lets do the split gradually by accepting our 32 federal states and then take the next step later.Tribal rebellions are extremely dangerous and since Equatoria is not a tribe but hundred of tribes there are high chances that Equatoria will never be united if left to go so soon.Brother there are people who like your idea everywhere but lets do it gradually.

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                        • 3 July 2017 16:08, by jubaone

                          Let the Equatorians sort it out alone. We as Equatorians collectively stood for kokora and it worked. The 3 Equatorias came up with Equatoria Conference 2012-2013, it worked. Any Equatorian can freely settle anywhere in Equatoria without problems. We are a nation and we can establish our own state. We don’t need jienge for that, they badly need us.

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                          • 3 July 2017 19:42, by Eastern

                            juba one,

                            You made my evening! The jenges want to have the Equatorians as stepping stones, ladders and such similar thinks just for them to have it all. The Bor youth have warned UNOCHA to advise all agencies operating in Bor to evacuate ALL EQUATORIANS working in their state. Let Equatoria use this opportunity to WALK OUT of South Sudan...!!!

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  • 3 July 2017 03:20, by Newsudan

    1995 scenario is happening again,Riek will demands FVP position and defiantly rejected ND or 2018 gen,election.
    his problem is about power nothing else. 30 years
    house arrest will make some senses into him.

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    • 3 July 2017 07:43, by jubaone

      So why the bullshit? Just leave Riak alone and fix this jienge shit alone. You made it, now fix it. Grow up and become responsible people. You wanted a jienge republic now you have it, so what the f**k?

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  • 3 July 2017 05:10, by Nairobimitot

    Riek Machar cannot just say he wants to become the president of South Sudan all the time. He needs to say something thing new for the people that can make his own country survive. That will show that he cares about the people.

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    • 3 July 2017 08:02, by Theallseeingeye

      why burden? has he the one who initiated these mess? u Jienge have hijacked the power given to SPLM/A in order to revenge on Nuer and claim the "born to rule" ideology, that’s why u used Dr. Riak as a skip-goat, confined him is SA under house arrest without contact to the outside world. and now you want him to clean/wipe your butts of the shit u ve created?

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  • 3 July 2017 05:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It is surprising and shocking that Riek was lured to go to Juba by the government of the day after which those in government hatched a plan to assassinate him of which he miraculously escaped it. Now what does the government want after derailing the peace agreement that formed the basis of reconciliation and national formation? A government led by illiterates and drunkards can not perform duties!!

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    • 3 July 2017 07:57, by jubaone

      The ND is NOT a replacement of ARCISS but these illiterates and savages want to have it their way. The ARCISS is the vehicle 🚗 to carry the ND and not vice versa. This is like putting the cart b4 the donkey. Illogical, stupid and foolish. Only idiots think that way. Dr. Francis Deng, the jellaba offshoot is no different. He should go and fix Abyei shit first.

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  • 3 July 2017 06:11, by Whortti Bor Manza

    I am neither a supporter of Kiir nor Riek M. But one thing is clear: it seems these South Sudan leaders do not have brains. How can you embark on a ND when the country is at What? What’s the point of talking to Lam and Thomas when they have no fighting forces on the ground?

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  • 3 July 2017 06:25, by Tilo

    An elderly politician, who preferred anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

    So every body is scared including elderly politicians, SS problem will not end soon.

    SS need to be more organised and focussed, Machar has been exiled for more than 10 month and yet no peace. Now we need to look at this from other perspectives. If gov’t was capable of bringing peace they could have. gov’t faile

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  • 3 July 2017 09:30, by Sunday Junup

    Breaking News,
    South Sudanese president dr.Riak Machar refuse to meet delegation send by former dictator Salvakiir Mayardit. The objective of the team was to beg dr.Riak in order to Pardon Salvakiir and his militia groups. Now they return to ghost city where they will ask international community,IGAD and AU to beg dr.Riak in their behave.https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/national-dialogue-d

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  • 3 July 2017 12:41, by Lenin Bull

    Instead of IO cadres crying tears for Riek’s intransigence and refusal to reciprocate the good will of the ND staff, they celebrate on the cyberspaces. Kindly know that Riek is finishing you like the way Adolf Hitler wrecked havoc on the German nation during WWII> He wants for of you to die so that the region and the world can call for peace talks in which he will be awarded FVP post.

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  • 3 July 2017 12:47, by Lenin Bull

    Tod do what with it when he has held several times in the past and what we harvested out of it is war, death, Nuer-Dinka hatred, misery not only for Nuer but the whole country. I thought Riek will accept peace and push hard for elections which will rescue not only his chance of becoming our president but the whole. Riek is bewitched forever by NGUNDAENG. Where is Dak Kueth Ya Jama?

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