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S. Sudan’s Kiir, former detainees recommit to SPLM reunification


July 25, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir and a group of the country’s former political detainees have agreed to reaffirm their commitments to the reunification of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in order to end the ongoing conflict.

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A South Sudanese rebel delegation meets Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in Kampala on 27 November 2014 (Photo: Mabior Garang)

Last week, the South Sudanese leader led an eight-member delegation to a meeting in Uganda and was joined by the former detainees.

The officials, according to 24 July statement, agreed that uniting the SPLM was paramount and vital for bringing peace as well as uniting the people of South Sudan.

They also agreed, during the meeting, “to expedite the implementation of the Arusha agreement which is the agreement that addresses differences that arose among SPLM leaders in 2013”.

South Sudan’s Defence Minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, senior presidential adviser and special envoy, Nhial Deng Nhial, acting SPLM secretary Jemma Nunu Kumba and the minister in the president’s office, Mayiik Ayii Deng accompanied President Kiir.

However, the delegation of ex-detainees that met President Yoweri Museveni comprised of Nyandeng, foreign affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol and transport minister, John Luk Jok. Other opposition figures who took part in the meeting on the former detainees’ side were former finance minister Kosti Manibe and former national security minister, Oyay Deng Ajak.

Museveni facilitated the meeting on the request of Kiir to enable the SPLM reunification as stipulated in the Arusha agreement.

The faction of South Sudan’s former First Vice President Riek Machar did not attend and it remained unclear as to why neither Machar nor a representative attended the meeting for the third time in a row.

Meanwhile, Museveni has been tasked to invite Machar to either attend or send a representative for the next round of the meeting.

In May this year, three factions of South Sudan’s ruling party agreed in Kampala to set aside their differences and work out a roadmap to reunify the historical party.

The meeting was, however, boycotted by the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by South Sudan’s former First-Vice President, Riek Machar.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between Kiir and his then-Vice President, Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. The fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over three million people fleeing their home.


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  • 26 July 06:24, by Kuar Junub

    a man who kills your husband inherits his wife I now believe that quote M7 said some years back, very shameful indeed Nyandeng Garang still pumping around the man who set up the demise of her husband Dr John Garang. Very shameful to still call her mother of nation

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  • 26 July 07:21, by Eastern

    The former detainees are more concerned with their welfare; returning to the cozy lifestyles they led during ther heydays in Juba. However, what is not in doubt is, once SPLM reunites, which I doubt, the citizens will be at the receiving end....

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    • 26 July 09:36, by South South


      We are doing great to bring back peace to our country, if you don’t like that go to the near ocean and drink from it.

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      • 26 July 10:15, by Eastern

        South South,

        The reunification of SPLM won’t bring peace to the country what will certainly bring peace is the reunification of the masses who being driven appart every day by the action of the tribla regime in Juba. Peace within SPLM doesn’t translate to peace to peace in South Sudan.

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        • 26 July 15:52, by South South


          Any innocents South Sudanese are welcomed back to their country and they will have equal rights like others South Sudan. Peace is built one by one until your reach the top. I am so happy with reunification of SPLM. It’s a very good start. What we will not tolerate are wicked rebels who want to force themselves to power, they not welcome, period.

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          • 26 July 16:40, by Eastern

            South South,

            The common masses, especially those in Uganda are being enlightened - the largest part of Kiir’s so called Yei River state was bombed to deny those who were in support of Dr. Machar’s leadership - this fallacy has been exposed!!! The fight against DINKOCRACY is on!!!!

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            • 26 July 17:50, by South South


              You will die dreaming of Dinka. It’s a pain in the neck.

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    • 26 July 10:57, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern,
      Former detainees like Pagam Amuom, Riek Machar, & Lam Akol etc & some of their criminals in between are not going to come back to our country. Mr. Eastern, the evil corporate America, the UK, their their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evil in between have been playing games with us, the Dinkas/Monyjiengs are back fools>>>

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      • 26 July 11:03, by Kuch

        The reason the so-called *former destines* are being used by the US, the UK, their evil juus, their cloned arabs and some of their fools in between as hostage *because* the evils think that they can use "our country and our people" as their *Geo-political football* & then our counrtry can be re-united with the so-called arabs of North Sudan>>>

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        • 26 July 11:12, by Kuch

          just like what "evil corporate America, English people, their evil juus & some of their dirty allies did* during their so-called *cold war* and then the SOUTH SUDAN can be re-united with their cloned *ARABS of NROTH sUDAN*. Just like they did with their "East & West Germany*. Mr. Eastern, Mighty US, their UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their criminals in between>>>

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          • 26 July 11:17, by Kuch

            will a apologized *to us* after we *bombed the evils out of our country with their dirty intrigues* Fellows, ’watch this space’, we are here fools.

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            • 26 July 14:12, by Eastern


              Nobody reads your rants here!! For your information, Dr. Machar has never been detained by SPLA/M; Africa is now being used to detain him. The Former Detainees where released due to efforts of Dr. Machar engaging with Kenyan and Ethiopian leaders. The rest as they say, is history....

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  • 26 July 08:24, by Mike Charlie MC

    Peace Implementation has nothing to do with reunification of two SPLM,,, if political detainees had agreed to joint the SPLM In Juba ,, let them go ,,,, the SPLM IO will remained....on agenda of reform ,,,,

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  • 26 July 10:33, by Sunday Junup

    Those former Political detainees betrayed Dr.Riak from day one of their detention. Let them go to Juba, they are not Military wing anyway

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  • 26 July 15:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This Kampala meetings are nothing other than means of sidelining Mr Riek Machar from political landscape of South Sudan. If really Museveni and Salva kiir genuinely support peace in the country ARCISS would have been implemented without fuss. ARCISS encompasses all that national dialogue and SPLM reunification ingredients. These two leaders should stop playing with citizens of South Sudan.

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  • 26 July 16:51, by JUR ATHÏT

    The Former Detainees are recommited for reunification to SPLM? Well! What about the Current Detainee? Is he recommited to bring peace to south sudan???

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