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Kenya’s Odinga heading to S. Africa to meet Machar


June 7, 2018 (NAIROBI) – Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Amollo Odinga will this Friday travel to South Africa as part of the diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the civil war in South Sudan.

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Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga meets President Salva Kiir in Juba last week (Nation Photo)

Raila, who earlier met President Salva Kiir, is expected to meet with rebel leader Riek Machar, in an effort to reconcile the rival leaders.

The meeting comes barely a month after peace talks mediated the regional bloc (IGAD) ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia without the rival parties agreeing on governance and security arrangements.

Raila is expected to meet both Machar and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss South Sudan’s situation with hopes of striking a permanent peace agreement to end the current civil war.

President Kiir has already expressed willingness to meet his political rival with Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir set to mediate between the two.

Analysts say the involvement of Raila, a key figure in Kenyan politics, clearly indicates the warring factions in South Sudan are dissatisfied with the mediation efforts of IGAD, an eight-member regional bloc.

IGAD had earlier proposed that Kiir-Machar meeting takes place before the African Union Summit to be held on July 1 in Mauritania.

Meanwhile, the deputy chairman and chief negotiator of the Machar-led armed opposition faction, Henry Odwar has welcomed Raila’s new role to have the two leaders hold face-to-face meeting.

He, however, demanded that the exiled rebel leader be released.

“They are saying he [Machar] is a violent man. How then could he have formed this committee to negotiate peace? He should be released, and that will shorten the peace talks. We have taken a year now, and we are not making much of headway,” Odwar told The Standard newspaper.

He urged Kenya and other regional countries interested in a peaceful South Sudan to push for Machar release so that he can fully concentrate on the talks.

On the other hand, South Sudan’s Information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told Voice of America he expects Raila to convince Machar to denounce violence and re-negotiate some of the rebels’ proposals that have hindered agreement on a peace deal.

“The first and most important thing is for Dr Machar to denounce violence. Some of the proposals the opposition has presented are almost impossible to implement, and they don’t in any way amount to reaching peace soon,” said Lueth.

He added, “Mr Odinga should actually work to soften the position of the opposition”.

Last month, the rival parties involved in South Sudan’s peace talks concluded the Second Phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia without striking a deal on the implementation of the governance and security arrangements.

Tens of thousands pf people have been killed in fighting between troops loyal to Kiir and forces led by his former deputy Riek Machar since 2013. The conflict has also left a quarter of South Sudan’s population of 12 million, either internally displaced or as refugees in neighbouring countries.


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  • 8 June 2018 07:49, by Malakal county Simon

    Good move!! I,m sure if this senseless war of salva kiir ended by raila Odinga, sure he will derserve a noble peace price for 2019.... Anyway, all the best

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  • 8 June 2018 08:02, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Mr Odinga is simply trying to inject sense to these belligerent leaders of the country who have decided to put their interests above the ones of the country. It is by being sincere, honest and humane that peace in the country can come to fruition through negotiation otherwise abuse of power, misinformation and lies can not take the country anywhere.

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  • 8 June 2018 08:28, by Theallseeingeye

    Kenya is behind the whole Odinga meditate scenario, because, since Odinga has submissively surrounded to Kenyatta and partially quit Kenyan politics, Kenya wants to irreversibly divert his(Odinga) mind from the state politics by making a peace-hero status out of his on behalf of South Sudanese. hence, Kenya wants is all after "putting her house in order" but not about South Sudan.

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    • 8 June 2018 08:34, by Theallseeingeye

      ...... making a "peace-hero status" out of him(him)on behalf of South Sudanese.hence, Kenya is all after "putting her house in order" but not about wellbeing of South Sudan.

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  • 8 June 2018 09:06, by Theallseeingeye

    once again IGAD is taking one big foolish step towards another mistake, unless the IGAD wants to solve this South South crises through trail and error they should just declare their failure and hand-over to the AU or UN. it seems like IGAD on the coming round is now to much more focusing on Kiir & Riak while ignoring the Opposition alliance. IGAD should know that South Sudan problem is now much...

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    • 8 June 2018 09:12, by Theallseeingeye

      bigger than the enmity between Kiir and Machar. and if in indeed it is, why can’t IGAD just eliminate both if they can’t work with each other, they are not the only two who can lead South Sudanese after all.

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      • 8 June 2018 14:08, by Kuch

        IGAD and the people who pay them from the US, the UK, their UN & their gulf States grand paymasters have their own take on the game being played over South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. The current government in place calls the shot. But the US, the UK, their UN and some IGAD countries like ethiopia, Kenya or North Sudan are fighting over the supremacy of our country>>>>

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        • 8 June 2018 14:12, by Kuch

          & over our people and this is precisely because of our resources, lands and influence. Traitors like Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Riek Machar and bunch of other thieves have a secret deal with the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, ethiopia, North Sudan & Kenya>>>>

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          • 8 June 2018 14:19, by Kuch

            But these South Sudanese foreign sellout traitors have no power to power on the ground, their only hope to be back again in power in our country is through the US, the UK, their UN & IGAD countries with interests in our country to be bring them back fellows. The US, the UK, their UN & their creepy allies in between will never ever again get anything in our country with the current government>>>

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            • 8 June 2018 14:22, by Kuch

              But their end game is to keep their puppets like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol and their bunch of their losers & traitors in their countries as their bargaining chips & blackmails to crawl their evils selves back into our country to come loot it like DRC & other countries>>>

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              • 8 June 2018 14:27, by Kuch

                But the US, the UK, their UN & their allies are wasting their damn times & our times. If the US, the UK, their UN & their gulf Arab states paymasters say that they are not going to pay any damn piece of rubbish in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa today, then you will see the losers, traitors & thieves like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirilo, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Majak Agoot>>

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                • 8 June 2018 14:33, by Kuch

                  and bunch of other traitors put their sorry tails behind their legs and come back to South Sudan as losers & humiliated. But they are being deliberately kept by their foreign masters and hoped that the current government would somehow be bullied & intimated to accommodate these foreign puppets. This is the whole dirty game being played over our country & our people>>>

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                  • 8 June 2018 14:41, by Kuch

                    a COLD WAR part two to be precise. Our country is called a US, the UK, their UN & their allies like gulf Arab states paymasters, North Sudan & ethiopia their Geo-strategic interests. The evil corporate America, the UK & their creepy allies in between, that South Sudan is part of their so-called ANGLO-AMERICA evil empire. And this what the traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng and bunch>>>

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                    • 8 June 2018 14:48, by Kuch

                      other thieves have signed up our country to. For our country & our people to be micro-managed in Washington, Wall Street, London, Paris, Brussels, Virgin Islands, UAE, Cayman Islands, Johannesburg, Adis Ababa and other shady countries where those thieves & their foreign masters bank their loot in>>>

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                      • 8 June 2018 14:54, by Kuch

                        But since many of our South Sudanese are bunch of fools, they don’t even ask the real relevant questions as to why some IGAD countries like ethiopia keeps a traitor and thief like Thomas Cirillo, North Sudan keeps Lam Akol, South Africa keeps a traitor like Riek Machar and kenya is keeping traitors & thieves like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son, Majak Agoot,>>>

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                        • 8 June 2018 15:00, by Kuch

                          Adwok Nyabe, Uyai Deng Ajak, Kosti Manibe and other thieves? It is simply because these countries I have mentioned above want to use these fools, traitors & foreign puppets as their bargaining cards & blackmails over our country & our people. My fellow South Sudanese fools, our country is being used as a Geopolitical football just like how DRC, Angola, Mozambique, some West African, South American

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                          • 8 June 2018 15:05, by Kuch

                            countries, Cuba, some Eastern European countries, Some Asian countries & Middle Eastern countries during the so-called COLD WAR. There is damn war going these days in our country. But the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between keep propagating their damn lies after lies that there is a raging war going in South Sudan>>>

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                            • 8 June 2018 15:11, by Kuch

                              and all these evil corporate America, Europe, their gulf Arab states’ paymasters, ethiopia, North Sudan, their evil juus & to some small extent, Kenya. I keep asking this simple question on this forum; why is every piece of trash in the whole of Africa, here in our own region & around the world is so fixated or interested on our country & our people’s>>>

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                              • 8 June 2018 15:56, by Kuch

                                South Sudanese internal small issues than other big problems in countries like Kenya, ethiopia, Somalia, North Sudan (Darfur, Southern Khardupan & Southern Blue Nile), Eritrea Libya, CAR, DRC, Northern Nigeria, Mali & other countries? Some of my lowly informed South Sudan>>>

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                                • 8 June 2018 16:08, by Kuch

                                  and South Sudanese people are not reading in between the lines, about all these creepy foreign countries’ intrigues, but they would ’eventually later on found out’ after their evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, some their gulf Arab states’ payment masters, their cloned arabs of North Sudan & their creepy allies like ethiopia or Kenya. Have taken over>>>>

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                                  • 8 June 2018 16:52, by Kuch

                                    our country & our people through our sellout traitors, thieves & losers. If some of our Nuers, Shilluks & some of our Equatorians are not very careful, then we are going to bomb them with their foreign masters----this is what their foreign masters want anyway in our country & over our country>>>

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                                    • 8 June 2018 18:14, by Kuch

                                      Many South Sudanese with brains know this-----there is no way under the sun. We are not going to welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan.>>>

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