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South Sudan’s Kiir pardons holdout opposition leaders


January 28, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has given an amnesty to all the holdout opposition leaders involved in a peace process brokered by the Roman Catholic Sant’ Egidio peace group.

In a republican order read on the state-run television on Tuesday evening, Kiir granted a general amnesty to all the leaders of the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA).

The presidential pardon comes as the government and SSOMA agreed on 13 January to resume talks "under the auspices of Sant’Egidio in consultation with IGAD" to achieve an inclusive peace in the country.

The SSOMA includes the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM), National Salvation Front (NAS). South Sudan United Front (SSUF) and the United Democratic Revolutionary Movement/Army (UNDRM/A), National Democratic Movement-PF (NDM-PF), and Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC).

SSOMA leaders are Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Paul Malong Awan Anei, Pa’gan Amum Okiech, Amanuel Yoanes Yor Akol Ajawin, David Tut Kuiy, Vakindi Unvu and Henry Dilah Odwar.

The Rome Declaration includes a cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access to civilians in the conflict-affected zones. Also, the signatories committed themselves to "discuss and evaluate together - in Sant’Egidio - mechanisms to resolve differences".


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  • 29 January 2020 07:26, by South South

    Real peace is coming to South Sudan. This is great news to all of us.

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    • 29 January 2020 09:22, by Midit Mitot

      This does not make sense, those are the crooks clients who have upper hand of destroying this country.

      Kiir appeased them thinking that they will come and fight the real IO since is now planning another deadly war.

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      • 29 January 2020 16:30, by Kenyang ll

        Midit Mitot,
        If powerhungry Riek Machar who has destroyed generations since 1991 is awarded over and over, why not other South Sudanese esp these men who liberated and had never stabbed us at the back? I will oppose any collision (including SPLM/A) with Riek as long i’m alive.

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        • 30 January 2020 06:31, by Midit Mitot

          Kenyang II,

          Dr Machar is not power hungry, is change roles model, compare to those crooks generals who are messing-up the country. Try to look the SPLA/M 1983 hierarchy you can not get any one on the list.

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    • 29 January 2020 10:47, by Malakal county Simon

      South South/slave

      Nothing being about great about lure in tactic.... Those of Thomas Cirrilo, Paul Malong, Pagan, Oyay and the rest of holds-out group are the most wanted by Kiir by any chance to jail them for good!! (Take it at your own risk) Read between the lines foolish majority!!!!!

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    • 29 January 2020 22:23, by jubaone

      South South
      I thought you’d gone to Abyei to receive some UN goodies after your jellaba masters busted your jienge shitholes. Now yapping for peace? Only when Equatoria is at peace, SS will know NO peace. Jiengelands don’t matter, after all, 90% of all jienges have fled and hiding their shitholes in foreign lands. Jiengelands are now animal reserves and for the weak, sick, starving and dying jieng

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  • 29 January 2020 07:42, by Games

    South Shit.
    You have long way to go before the peace back to your shithole South Sudan. Your low thinkers President should be the ones that would be pardons not one way another, because he (Salva Kiir) started all these messes in the country.

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    • 29 January 2020 09:47, by South South

      Games/mentally retarded,
      ALMIGHTY Nuer never been defeated( I’m laughing a little bit). Come back to Juba, we have many free Nyantits and many free hotel rooms for Nuer rebels.Woh, who, who, GAARMA, MAlAMADIT. South Sudan is under controlled. Anyone lives in swampy areas of Upper Nile MUST and lives like human beings.

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      • 29 January 2020 10:34, by Games

        South Shit
        Keeps singing your songs, after the February, the White Army are going to round you up from your hiding across the country and brings all of you to court for trails. Almighty were Defeated Eastern Africa and North Africa rebels that were hired for our public money to fight your wars. You are lucky, you would have been history if without our oil money.

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        • 29 January 2020 10:51, by Mayendit

          White Army Nuers youths have been defeated long time ago. Some of them have returned homes and others are became part of the SPLA IO. All Eastern Nuers communities leaders and their members politicians have been agreed that, they have been misused by Riek Machar Teny from the Western Nuers communities. So now the White Army are not known any more trust me.

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        • 29 January 2020 16:14, by Khent

          Do you really want to talk about oil money? Did the Nuer not guard the oilfields for Bashir in the 90s? The same oilfields that gave the SAF billions of dollars in weaponry; these advanced weapons were used on the Dinka, Nuba and the people of Blue Nile at the heels of your defection. Why did you not win at that time?

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          • 29 January 2020 22:34, by jubaone

            Now you jienges have the oil money, but have not developed your luaks to anything worth for human habitation. Does it matter to a monkey 🐵 having a gold chunk in its hands if it doesn’t know it’s worth? I bet, you haven’t been to your village (if any) in years cuz there’s nothing to call home. Neither the Equatorians nor the Nuers are responsible for your sad state. You jienges are!

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            • 31 January 2020 20:31, by The Rhino


              That librarian called ’Khent’ is not even a jienge,let alone South Sudanese.If so,then he must be fitting to be either a blended jienge,..that is, half this,half that,one who had luckily spent his childhood and enjoyed mellow education in Western countries with stolen S.Sudanese money or a foreign dedicated bookish and connoisseur of tribes in this country who always prompt for..........

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              • 31 January 2020 20:38, by The Rhino


                ..acknowledgements and status of his career.Either ways,..his fingerprints are all over the place and we know such characters through and through!!!

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                • 31 January 2020 20:45, by The Rhino


                  Barnaba Marial knows his values,thats why he smiles that large!We know him very well...England,Isreal..now what about his own people in South Sudan???Opposition groups must be very careful about him!

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  • 29 January 2020 08:37, by Landlord

    Kiir Please continue with your peace, don’t waste time jumping everywhere for nothing. holdout have their own issues beyond state number and boundaries which you are not able to resolve. Implement peace and form your government. the country is already in your hand. good luck

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  • 29 January 2020 09:09, by Mayendit

    General amnesty to all holdout oppositions groups is absolutely a good news and I want to thank Mr.President Salva Kiir Mayardit and also the holdout oppositions groups must response sincerely and appreciation. General Paul Malong Awan, Oyai Deng Ajak, Pagan A mum Okiech and Thomas Cirillo please welcome back and we have to sitting down ourselves and find solutions.

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  • 29 January 2020 09:19, by Mayendit

    The roots causes of the conflict is very simple. The roots causes of the conflict was the way some of politicians who were working in the SPLM Party act before the SPLM convention to started in 2013. Everyone was claimed to take Chairmanship without showing their platforms and it’s considering unlawful in any world. This was the caused of conflict in South Sudan.

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  • 29 January 2020 09:31, by Mayendit

    The former vice president Riek Machar Teny went to podium staged and said, he will be the Chairman of the SPLM Party in 2015, meanwhile he was still a vice president under president Salve Kiir Mayardit this is not the way others world did their Affairs. Pagan Amum Okiech,Rebecca Nyandeng Garang and Dr.Majak D.Agoot were competing same position of president Salve Kiir Mayardit.

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  • 29 January 2020 09:43, by Mayendit

    The former Oil Minister Lol Gatkuoth said something not only important but it was absolutely meaningful in my view. He was arguing for those who don’t want to keep 32 States by saying, him and others Nuers Officials were supported creation of the 32 States because of next-generation. He said, we will be dying all of us but we have to leave good thing instead too much disagreements.

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  • 29 January 2020 09:54, by Mayendit

    Message to President Salva Kiir Mayardit. This is about promotion which was done recently. There are many SPLA Veteran s who fought so hard during 21st plus years of civil war in the Sudan and some are even still supported your government unfortunately, you have forgotten them. To be honest with you president Kiir Mayardit, you must promoted those SPLA Veteran as much as possible. Promotion of Den

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    • 30 January 2020 14:51, by Midit Mitot


      I do agreed with you on this point of civilians promotion to be Military veterans.
      My brother, the logic behind this promotion is, President Kiir is now preparing for another deadly war despite whatever the whole world is yawn for (peace) but my question is, will those civilians fight with professional soldiers?

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  • 29 January 2020 10:00, by Mayendit

    The promotion of Deng Dau Deng is excellent. General Magok Magok Deng is always promoting civilians who have not even seen training. He promoted his two boys to Captains is that not corruption system??

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  • 29 January 2020 16:44, by Eastern

    Kiir is an old schemer!

    By appearing to ’pardon’, those actively fighting his dying regime, Kiir wants to make any outcome out of Rome overtaken by events. Kiir’s abnoxious decress can oly cause problems but not provide any solutions...!

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    • 29 January 2020 22:17, by jubaone

      Don’t mind this jienge Kiirminal. Just a congenital liar like the bunch of other jienges. The only honest jienge, is the dead one cuz he can’t lie, can’t steal and can’t move. As long as he lives, he’s a pest. His amnesty is just jienge bullshitting.

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  • 30 January 2020 07:53, by Gorjang Gany

    Why kiir usually act like mad person because when people talking for peace he talk differently, how can he give amnesty to the mentioned people while they on the peace talk in Rome.

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  • 31 January 2020 12:20, by King of Nyamlel

    Malong, Pagan and Thomas are pardoned, so what? Kiir rescued himself, alas!. If Kiir killed Malong in 2018 during house arrest, Dinka would have fought among themselves, dislodged Kiir out of J1, have new political wagon for peaceful South Sudan. Now that peace is at dawn, I applaud Kiir for being courageous, peace loving.

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