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October 8, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese activist says President Salva Kiir and his main political rival Riek Machar should be excluded from the future leadership of the young nation, citing their lack of commitment to end the war and failure to improve situations.

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First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir (R) listen to the national anthem following a ceremony during which Machar was sworn in on April 26, 2016. (Phot AFP/Samir Bol)

“Kiir and Riek failed to provide positive leadership from 2005 to 2013, before they fell apart. In fact, it is their failure that led them to get on each other’s throat. In spite of the availability of abundant resources and goodwill, they hardly provided any social services, leave alone any socio-economic development. Hence, there is no basis for them to continue or return to power during the interim period,” wrote Yongo Bure.

He further added, “They may return to power after the Interim Period, if they are elected at the end of the interim period”.

The South Sudanese activist, in his op-ed article, also proposed a four year future interim government to be managed by technocrats.

“Another fact that must be taken into account in setting up a new interim government, for about four (4) years, is that there are no elected political institutions in South Sudan now. The terms of the elected authorities expired by July 2015, at the latest. Their extension by ARCSS (Agreement on the Resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan) expired with the destruction of ARCSS in July 2016. During all these periods, the people of South Sudan have experienced great suffering. Hence, South Sudanese need new faces to run the new proposed interim government”, he added.

The interim government, he said, must be headed by a national figure that participants in the revitalization process should identify.

“Individuals such as Paride Taban or Paulino Lukudu, I believe can be persuaded to spend a few of their old age years in salvaging South Sudan. The running of the ministries must be entrusted to the leadership of professionals in their various fields, equally drawn from Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria, and Upper Nile, without any ethnic group dominating the pool. All counties in South Sudan have professionals, and all these potentials must be tapped”, further stated Bure.

The activist claimed the South Sudanese leader and his supporters destroyed the ARCSS in July 2016, taking the country back to war.

“There has been no implementation of the said agreement. Moreover the security, political, social, and particularly the economic situation in South Sudan have deteriorated considerably,” said Bure.

He added, “In light of the existing situation in the country resulting from the unwillingness of Kiir and his supporters to implement the ARCSS, the whole agreement has to be reviewed and changed accordingly”.

In 2015, a report by the African Union Commission of inquiry into the South Sudanese conflict recommended that President Kiir and those who served government before cabinet was dissolved in July 2013, be excluded from the country’s transitional national unity government.

The report, instead suggested that an AU-appointed and United Nations-backed three-person panel be established to oversee a five-year transition and the creation of a transitional executive.

Headed by ex-Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, the commission was to investigate crimes committed in South Sudan during the crisis.

South Sudan has been embroiled in nearly four years of conflict that has have taken a devastating toll on its citizens. Over two million people have fled the world’s youngest nation since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Kiir sacked Machar from the vice-presidency.

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  • 9 October 08:26, by DO IT

    They are the causes and solutions. They have to go to elections and whoever loses, he will be done in politics for good.

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  • 9 October 09:10, by Midit Mitot

    Everyone has his/her own leadership styles, so, Dr Machar will try his capacity first if He would act like Kiir, then the country will delete them on the list as you needed.

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    • 9 October 09:24, by Kush Natives

      Midit Mitot,
      Riek Machar is already deleted from leadership system, because he has shown us many destruction in the face of South Sudanese people, no one here will even think about trying him! If some of you still not satisfied with him, then follow him to South Africa period. You can’t build suffering from suffering. Kiir is retiring from politics sooner. No more 60s born generations!

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      • 9 October 09:49, by Wutkhor

        Kus natives, fuck u n all ur insects idiots Dinka’s, ur insects n animals thugs jieng president n his jce insects will go by all meant, no mercy for Dinka’s insects this time round unless the toothless n blinds money lovers Igad will come up with concrete processes to settle SS war, n one of those must be secessions, ICC to deal with all Dinka’s insects thugs. Full stop.

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        • 9 October 12:10, by Kush Natives

          Wutkhor,
          There’s nothing for us describe you, you immediately needs an urgent care period. Get your gun and come down here! Fighting underneath computer keyboard in Gambella isn’t giving you any success. Why do you act like you heard about Dinka today? Accept slavery in Ethiopia, if you can’t handle the government forces or Dinka as always referred. Selling bananas in Gambella market is your only

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          • 9 October 12:12, by Kush Natives

            Con>> title and nothing else Ya gatjook inta!

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      • 9 October 10:32, by DO IT

        Kush Natives,
        You are wrong, you have to deleted the entirely IO first in order to have a Machar out from politics. Machar is bigger than combined Nuerwew and JCE in S. Sudan politics

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      • 9 October 13:59, by Midit Mitot

        Kuch Natives,
        Am doubting where-there Dr Machar name had already deleted from South Sudanese politicians list. who delete it? Dr Machar did nothing to South Sudanese communities compare to Killer Kiir who had planning civilians murder in Juba December 2013 which is very big shame to the so call president of the country.

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      • 10 October 05:24, by Malakal county Simon

        Kush Native

        In your lastnight dream maybe.... Dr Machar is innocent compare to unwanted president and no one will dare to ban him in South Sudan politics except himself if he feel to do so....

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    • 9 October 10:02, by Newsudan

      yes,Taban Paride, Nhial Deng, Both have potential of good leadership

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  • 9 October 09:52, by Eastern

    IGAD is using error and trial method on finding a political solution to the South Sudanese problems because of the ill-informed die-hard followers of some politicians. At the end of it all, we will settle for AU-appointed three person-led government of technocrats or at worst case scenario a UN Trusteeship. Trust me!

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    • 9 October 14:38, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern,
      IGAD is not our oxygen chap. Libya was bombed by the US, the UK, France in 2011. And our IGAD & even our African UN cowered to death. But when it comes to South Sudan, they always have balls to lecture the South Sudanese people. Mr. Eastern, wer are way well ahead of you fools rubbish in our country.

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      • 9 October 16:16, by Eastern

        Kuch or Kus,

        That arrogance nurtured by ignorance fuels the current crisis. Get a life!

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  • 9 October 09:53, by Wutkhor

    Look at his idiots who are calling themselves "activists" without critical technical knows how but too much hypocrisy that they are activists while activists are pples who can tell the facts to publics regardless of their tribal genders affiliations, I myself hate RMT but i can’t involves him in same category with the insects Dinka’s president kiirminal.

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  • 9 October 09:54, by Eastern

    Fighting hard to keep Kiir at the helm is very unsustainable as you can see barely four years into the conflict.

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  • 9 October 09:57, by Lenin Bull

    Idiot Yongo Bure, President Salva Kiir will leave J1 through peaceful democratic elections by South Sudan but will not be forced by any foreign agents/powers on earth to leave. Get this point clearly in your small stupid head. You are an IO rebel strategist disguised as activist and IGAD revitalization process will be a smart coup against the government as you clumsily propose.

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  • 9 October 10:03, by Lenin Bull

    Even your suggestion of His lordships Bishop Paride Taban and Bishop Paulino Lukudu shows that politically you are stupid in political affairs as your old witch grandmother because the two gentle men are religious and not interested in Devil’s arts called POLITICS. Politics and religiousness are antitheses ya political lad called YONGO BURE. Why you don’t propose Equatorian political scientists

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    • 9 October 13:57, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      Cool down aryan jienge. Yongo Bure is suggesting neutral persons who are neither jienges or Nuers. I find his thinking fine. Well, if you dont want an Equatorian, then pack your lumpen remnants and get out. Period. Jienges have NO business idling and squatting in Equatoria occupying our healthy and good spaces.

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  • 9 October 12:36, by Isaac Deng

    Exclusion of rival in future leadership of South Sudan is escalation of wars in the country since there are rivals within.

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  • 9 October 14:40, by John Wetjunub

    you will keep claiming those impossible things to happen until you leave the earth.

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    • 9 October 15:19, by Redeemer

      Jubaone
      the problem is that when Dinka leave even Equatorians leave too. take an example of Yei, when Dinka left due to the noise of Makako eaters thinking that everything will turn gold, only God knows why they left too

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      • 9 October 16:23, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        The situation of Yei was a typical blockade to the southward en masse movement of dinka. Dinkas left Equatoria in early 1980s with bitterness that was visited on the Equatorians during the war and now dinka left Yei with a lot of bitterness and the Mathiang Anyoors were sent there to kill and destroy. South Sudan will not be the same again!

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      • 9 October 20:52, by jubaone

        Redeemer,
        We have told our women to sweep our streets in Yei and other Equatorians towns clean to remove all jienge filth and stench left behind. During their presence, our towns smelled like bullshit. Thank God all is clean now. 😁

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  • 9 October 16:44, by yomdit

    Kiir and Riek let them continue the 2015 peace agreement after that they can go home.

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  • 9 October 18:49, by dinkdong

    Amen to that! Only if it will play out.

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