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South Sudan’s civil war keeping me in power: Kiir

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December 31, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said on Sunday that ongoing civil war, now in its fifth year, continues to keep him involved the country’s affairs against his will and the family.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

“There are people talking about me all the times and I am tired of all these nonsense. If it were not because of this senseless war, I would be resting already with my family”, said the South Sudan leader.

President Kiir’s unusual statement was reportedly in response to the first lady’s request for him to reconcile with the country’s former army chief of staff, whom she described as a brother, not just a colleague.

“Kiir, [Paul Malong Awan] is your brother and if you know people who were with us. Malong is one of them. The government is big and like I heard John Garang once said, the government has so many rooms, why don’t you accommodate Malong so that all these talks are stopped”, the first lady, Mary Ayen, reportedly told the president.

The first lady is also quoted to have requested the South Sudanese leader to lead the country well, citing the role he played during the liberation struggle.

Meanwhile sources within the presidential told Sudan Tribune that the ex-chief of staff has stepped up lobbying and the use of associates to rebel in order to draw Kiir’s attention to his grievances.

“Paul Malong is using all strategies. He is using friends to rebel and talking to people to talk to the president. The family of the president, particularly his wife and his brother in law are the one championing his return to the government campaign”, a presidential aide said Sunday.

“Now someone called Manut Awek, or Manut Yel Lual and certain Kuol Athuai Hal have rebelled in Aweil. I understand he was one of the county commissioners when Malong was the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Manut was the tax collector in Warawar. Now there has been this nonsense that Garang Chan and his group are around Juba and they will attack anytime. All are parts of the political propaganda to persuade the president to appoint Malong back into the government so that when he is appointed he will talk to them to return. These are outdated strategies”, he added.

However, the former army chief, while speaking at last week’s thanksgiving prayer service held in Kampala, Uganda advocated for dialogue, despite some of his close associates taking to the bush.

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  • 1 January 07:30, by Eastern

    Good and very good! Which power is Kiir talking about when the country he claims to LEAD can’t those labouring for it. The economy is in shambles and Juba is a very dangerous place for the ordinary poor. Kiir must be compelled by all means to cede power to his enemies that he refers to as nonsense.

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  • 1 January 08:32, by Sunday Junup

    So that is why you don’t want peace to reign among South Sudanese right? Don’t ever claim again that you were elected to stay in power forever after knowing that it is this war you instigated that keep you in power

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  • 1 January 09:27, by One grandson

    We need Federal Democratic Republic of Equatoria, we cant’t exist with stone age. What you doing in Juba? Go Ramcel, we don’t you and your oil.

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    • 1 January 10:09, by Augustino

      Narrow minded, Equatorians are capable of leading others, why not claiming to be our leader, going to Ramcil does not warrant Federation of Greater equatoria. we are all looking for better south sudan not division of South Sudan. The issue in south sudan is about leadership and system not separation. you have wrong dream man. Equatorian can also be good leaders or bad leaders.

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    • 1 January 13:33, by jubaone

      One Grandson,
      You don’t ask for but you fight for it. Then neither jienges nor worthless nyagateen are interested in going back to their luaks.

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  • 1 January 10:22, by One grandson

    I see, so you like Elias Lomoru, I stand with women and children.

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