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Participants in Entebbe meeting pose after reaching an agreement on the power sharing on 7 July 2018.
July 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - South Sudan opposition groups Monday distanced themselves from Entebbe Proposal saying it ignored the core issues and was just a bargaining between warring parties over the allocation of cabinet and parliament seats.

South Sudanese government and opposition groups including the SPLM-IO, South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and Other Political Parties (OPP) were in Kampala for a meeting with Presidents Omer al-Bashir, Salva Kiir, and Yoweri Museveni.

The meeting agreed to reinstitute Machar as the First Vice-President and amended the Revised Bridging Proposal by creating a fourth vice-president. The compromise was seen as a major breakthrough in the process as Kiir vetoed the participation of his former FVP threatening to collapse the whole peace talks.

Also, the cabinet ministers have been increased to 55 ministers: 30 for the government, 10 for the SPLM-IO and 5 for the remaining opposition forces. The same for the parliament which will be composed of 550 members: the government 400 MPs, SPLM-IO 100 MPs and 50 seats for the other opposition factions.

The opposition SSOA and OPP groups were reportedly involved in the discussions, but the spokesperson of the opposition alliance said, in fact, the discussions were between the three presidents and the SPLM-IO leader.

“The leadership of SSOA and Other Political Parties (OPP) were officially invited to Entebbe for the July 7th meeting but kept out of the 8-hour proceedings,” said Kwaje Lasu SSOA spokesperson in a statement he issued on Sunday and confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Monday evening.

“The Entebbe meeting of 7/712018 turned out to be a bilateral agreement between two of the warring parties, namely; the Juba regime and SPLM/A-IO,” he added.

Asked if things have changed since the return of the delegations to Khartoum Lasu stressed that things remain the same and even they have not been officially notified the extension of talks to next Thursday 12 July.

However “ We have had submitted our counter-proposal on governance but we’ve yet to be engaged on. It’s the same tactics used in Addis,” he said.

In Khartoum, Sudanese foreign minister El-Dirdery Ahmed met with the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Khartoum Steven Koutsis and U.S. Ambassador to Juba Thomas Hushek and briefed them about the Entebbe compromise and ongoing efforts to settle the outstanding issues.

Lasu recalled the need to be committed to inclusivity principles as the only way for a lasting peace in South Sudan.

“ln our informed view, any bilateral agreement to the exclusion of other parties will not bring about sustainable peace in South Sudan,” he stressed.

The Sudanese mediators said the extension of the talks aims to draft the points agreed in Entebbe and to sign it on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, it is not clear if a compromise will be reached on Tuesday paving the way for the signing ceremony on the governance chapter or the discussions will be extended until the next week.

The parties have travel for the third round of talks in Nairobi after agreeing on the outstanding issues in the governance and the security arrangements.

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  • 10 July 09:31, by Eastern

    Museveni has been handed South Sudan as its 122nd district by Kiir...! What did you expect from the Kiir-Museveni meet other than reaffirming the entrenchment of the unsustainable status quo? Over to you regime apparatchiks....

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    • 10 July 10:31, by Midit Mitot

      M7 interest will finish these honesty citizens for sure,why leaving Khartoum agreement and come-up with another fake plan? shit!!!!

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      • 10 July 10:36, by Eastern

        The Entebbe proposal was soaked into the nearby Lake Victoria, if Museveni likes it, he can serve of it to Kiir or still provide him with warm shower of the soaked proposal.

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        • 10 July 11:00, by South South

          Eastern,
          Here we go again with coin rebels. All security arrangements were signed in Khartoum. Khartoum is a territory of Riak and coin rebels, no one refused it because it comes from Riak and coin rebels home. Peace is give and take, Kiir gave Riak to be reinstated. Riak gave Kiir Taban to be vice president, give and take, no is going just to take without giving.

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          • 10 July 11:05, by South South

            Eastern,
            The problems of South Sudan are not in Uganda or Sudan. They are inside South Sudan. When you 16 factions against government, against each other’s, God can only unite them. They are joke, stupid and meaningless. Our government should focus with Riak only at this time and if coin rebels attempt to undermined peace, crush them. Go peace, go South Sudan.

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            • 10 July 11:20, by Games

              South South
              How would you exclude 15 Oppositions groups from peace talk, while you’re talking about the peace at same time? These all different groups left the JCE regime with same objectives like IO. You are sounds idiots when you obviously said that the JCE should deals with Machar to join them.

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              • 10 July 12:22, by South South

                Games,
                You mentally retarded need to stick with Riak only, you can have it both. Riak likes what he gets from Uganda. 15 rebels have no the same objectives, they would unite at least and speak with one voice. They have to accept peace or they are gone, done and finished.

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            • 10 July 18:01, by jubaone

              South South
              Riak should just quit these worthless peace talks with these jienges. Nowhere have jienges kept their words even at the clan level. They follow no rules and are unpredictable. Equatorians should not waste their time but rather forge unity among themselves for a free, progressive and civiled state of Equatoria. That is the goal.

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              • 10 July 19:46, by South South

                Jubaone, we would not be talking about this today if we have one rebel in South Sudan. Agreement would be reached long time ago, but when you 16 factions, thirty and very hungry, what do we expect other than confusion and nonsense. Anyway, we are sitting around table of peace for them to come back, only peace is the hope for rebels.

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          • 10 July 11:11, by Games

            South South
            Coin rebells are operating independently. They are fighting for well objective to free our citizens from Uganda colonisation. The recent security arrangements were signed in Khartoum were fairs for all parties and IO and groups are actually comprises some of the unfairness deals we do not like in the security arrangements, but we still signed the documents because we want peace to ret

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          • 10 July 11:50, by Eastern

            South South,

            Are you dreaming? Dr. Machar has already pronounced himself on the Kiir-Museveni Tomfoolery conduced in Uganda. The letter on this is out there for all and sundry. SSOSA which was invited but kept out of the talks also rejected the said Tomfoolery in a letter which is also out there. In sum, the Ugandan attempt was efforts in futility. More money stew please...!

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            • 10 July 12:16, by South South

              Eastern,
              Please take a stand and support peace In South Sudan. There is no way 16 factions of hungry power rebels will be satisfied by anyone in the world. Peace is about compromise and that’s exactly what Kiir and Riak did in Kampala. Riak got back his position and Taban works away with something, this is what we call peace, no one will get what he wants 100%. 16 factions, God alone knows how to

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              • 10 July 12:29, by Eastern

                South South,

                Just to jolt you out of your slumbers, South Sudan is not just about Kiir, Machar and Taban! The country has about 12 million stakeholders ably represented out there. The fallacy of tying the solution to the SPLM-instigated crises is now beyond SPLM other South Sudanese stakeholders MUST be involved or the status quo is maintained. Case closed!

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              • 10 July 12:34, by Eastern

                Of course I have TAKEN SIDES with the masses against the SPLM bloodsuckers. I have taken sides against the tomfoolery of believing that maintaining of the status quo in Juba and co-opting those opposed to the regime offers the panacea the political malaise afflicting the country. It grand naivety at display to think that way. The Eastern Rock.

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                • 10 July 12:52, by South South

                  Eastern,
                  You are not Eastern Rock, you are Eastern coward, your real name, speaking about South Sudanese been stakeholders, Kiir and Riak have o million people out of 12 million, 3 million people will not lead, but to follow majority. This is how countries ruled. A tiny minority can not sit in the corner and make a lot of empty noises and think they will force majority to follow them.

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                  • 10 July 13:07, by South South

                    Eastern,
                    Correction: I mean Kiir and Riak have 9 million people in South Sudan. Of course, no one will go back from this peace agreement. Riak knows very well this is his last chance and he can not ruin it just to satisfy hopeless coin factions who have no any agents, but to bark like dogs every night. Riak lost all his VIP to Taban Deng, Riak knows that peace will make him something in South Suda

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                    • 10 July 13:31, by Eastern

                      South South,

                      Too many corrections. Just calm down when you are dealing rational beings.

                      Let me repeat this: the political problems of South Sudan have spiralled out of the control of Kiir and Machar. There are other South Sudanese who have a stake in the country called South Sudan. I leave your 9 million supporters of Kiir and Machar as your own baggage to carry.

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      • 10 July 10:42, by Games

        Midit Mitot
        M7 is still taking side and I think Uganda should be deleted from this peace talk. But thanks to IO and others Oppositions groups for betraying the citizens of South Sudan

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        • 10 July 10:46, by Eastern

          ......for NOT betraying the citizens of South Sudan.

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      • 10 July 14:23, by The Rhino

        Eastern,
        The main IO and SSOA have taken good stand in squashing Museveni’s ’self-interest’ proposal.It was a joke and another way of reassuring chaos and status quo in South Sudan to continue.The Opposition will always reach out for peace but must categorically refrain themselves from signing a rotten peace that will never yield reforms in the government.They must keep a vigilant eye on and firm.

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        • 10 July 14:28, by The Rhino

          Eastern,
          ...grip to their bases.There’ll never be peace until there is a REAL PEACE,no jokes!

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          • 10 July 14:43, by Eastern

            Rhino,

            Agreed yet....Those who naively think having Kiir, Macahr and Taban around will automatically translate into peace and stability in South Suadn better rethink! The prospect for breaking up of South Sudan the Yogoslavia style are becoming more real by the day.

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            • 10 July 15:42, by The Rhino

              Eastern,

              The rifts and cracks on the cake called Republic of South Sudan are already there,they are widening and materializing with time.Yugoslavia was a perfect historical example.The Yugoslav wars and political upheavals were primarily driven by inter-ethnic bitterness which resulted into chopping up of former Yugoslavia into six republics and two autonomous provinces.South Sudan will...

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              • 10 July 15:57, by The Rhino

                Eastern,
                ...certainly incur the same fate.Equatoria,Upper Nile and Bahr El Gazal will go separate ways,whether forcefully or otherwise.

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                • 10 July 16:16, by Eastern

                  The Rhino,

                  That historical accident is about to repeat itself in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tribal supremacy is the main ingredient at play.

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            • 10 July 17:34, by jubaone

              Rhino, Eastern
              The writing on the the wall is clear to see. Both jienges and nyagats are complacent, amnesic and easily screwable once promised any worthless political positions. Like slaves who’ve been denied dignity and esteem, they can go for anything as long as they are "benydits" that gives them leeway to becoming "bandits"

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              • 10 July 17:41, by jubaone

                I’ve often stated that, Equatoria must stop babysitting jienges and nyagats who in my opinion add no intellectual, economic nor cultural values to us. Taban has 2 yrs on not delivered any tangible developments to his Nuers who still are scared like chicken, hiding in the PoCs. Riak will neither do that. Without Kokora/federalism, all is bullshit

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                • 10 July 19:10, by Eastern

                  jubaone,

                  Agreed! Agreed! Jenges and Nuers are the ones now crying for UNITY....The main audience of Kiir, the JCE are playing ethnic politics the way it was in Yugoslavia; all and sundries know what was the outcome/products...KOKORA is the way! Thanks a bunch jubaone.

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                • 10 July 19:29, by The Rhino

                  Jubaone,

                  Absolutely correct! The goodwill accommodation period is extremely exceeded and its over with.The ungrateful abusive nature of what is taking place in Equatoria has reached limits beneath tolerance.Conscious human beings can’t live like this no more,f**k this shit."A wise man once whispered,never ask nor beg for what is yours,use all means to take it back,...

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                  • 10 July 19:39, by The Rhino

                    Jubaone,
                    ...for God in heaven wasn’t a fool to bless you with it".Enough already with all the charade in Equatoria.A liberation war must commence!

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  • 10 July 09:58, by Games

    Well calculated decisions to IO mains Offices and Oppositions alliances for not betraying the people of South Sudan. M7 is not different from Salva Kiir and his JCE and anything that comes out from Uganda is not for peace, but extended the suffering of those who haven’t left the country yet to Refugees camps

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    • 10 July 10:10, by Redeemer

      Games and Eastern
      The Entebbe talks have created two situations only
      1. Riek to his former position and
      2. Created a space for Taban
      Which one of the two is a problem to South Sudanese?

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      • 10 July 10:34, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        I said over to you regime apparatchiks...! South Sudan is not a limited company OWNED by Kiir and Machar. The political equation has since spiralled out of control of Kiir and Machar only. Dr. Machar is wise to refuse the snare laid out by the real president of South Sudan, Yoweri Museveni. I did not expect you to see any problems here!

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  • 10 July 10:27, by Games

    Redeemer
    Re-read the article again, the problem is not about Taban nor Machar positions. The problems are unequal powe-sharing. The number of the States, the size of the government, etc..

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  • 10 July 11:12, by Mike Mike

    These thugs who called themselves Opposition alliances and SPLM/ IO wanted to destroy the peace again because of their baseless excuses they have been presenting to mediators day by day.All these groups never works for peace just they want to make completion in order to get their individual interests without considering the suffering of the people.Please u drop all these demand n give peace chance

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    • 10 July 11:28, by Games

      Mike Mike
      M7’s peace proposals was ripoff. It is not about peace, it’s something else, which I do not know

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      • 10 July 11:51, by Eastern

        ......it was Tomfoolery......Even with the oil industry operating at 100% of its capacity, it won’t be possible to sustain a government that size.

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      • 10 July 11:59, by Redeemer

        Games
        We all know, the main problem is the space created for Taban and I want to let u know that government without Taban in the executive position is impossible. Think where Riek will go if he doesn’t want that? No option here, you will hear yes tomorrow or so

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        • 10 July 12:11, by Eastern

          Riek will go where he has been for nearly two years. Keep Taban where he is sweat talking Kiir that the peace is holding and Ezekiel Lol will bellow out that the Economy is booming and Redeemer would be clapping when South Sudan begin circulating SSP 1,000 and SSP 5,000 banknotes. Isn’t the recent circulation of the SSP 500 banknote not a success story of EXCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE...?

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    • 10 July 13:05, by Mike Mike

      These thugs who called themselves Opposition alliances and SPLM/IO wanted to destroy the peace again because of their baseless excuses they have been presenting to mediators day by day.All these groups never works for peace just they want to make complication in order to get their individual interests without considering the suffering of the people.Please u drop all these demand n give peace chanc

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    • 10 July 17:27, by jubaone

      Eastern
      Again SS is just like an open human zoo that can be split among contending parties. While Bashir has an economic interest through Riak, M7 is puppeteering the kiirminal to safeguard Uganda’s interest. In the end, SSOA and most especially Equatorians must sieze this opportunity to quit. It’s evidently clear, Equatorians again are the losers cuz we’ve tolerated jienge and nyagat nonsense

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    • 10 July 17:47, by jubaone

      Mike Mike
      Peace has no legs nor eyes. It’s not an object but an abstract thought or idea on which man/woman has to act upon. Once jienges start quitting Equatoria for their stinking luaks, we see peace,once jienge scoundrels stop stealing and acting like lazy idiots but go develop their area, we see peace. Once each SS does his/her without interference, we see peace.

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  • 10 July 14:17, by One people

    We should no what Riek Machar IOs are looking for. Riek’s IOs are looking for IOs who defected to 1st vice president Taban Deng Gai to come back to them. Riek’s IOs Idea is that; in order for them to win those defected IOs back from 1st vice p Taban deng is to totally remove him from his position as vice p. They believe that Taban power is with them, and they have power to remove him anytime

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    • 10 July 15:05, by One people

      Riek Machar think and believe that he has a super power if he can be reinstitute to 1st vice president position all the time. If someone can believe himself like that, than what would that person can believe himself to be in his future, if he has people that are fighting for him and his family? Dr.John fought to free Sudanese people and President Kiir fought to free South Sudanese people>>

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      • 10 July 16:14, by One people

        until he president Kiir resit our flag up to the sky like any human being who resit they’re flag in this world. Why Riek Machar’s IOs are fighting him? And why they only agree with what they call for? When president Kiir don’t used to sign any agreements, you Rebels used to say president Kiir don’t want peace, but now when he open his heard and started signing any agreement with you Rebels>>

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        • 10 July 16:34, by Games

          One people or One eye
          First of all, we have so many people defected from JCE to IO every day, but we don’t report those to social media. Second, you JCE can accommodate Taban Deng as a part of your government, not IO, because he was defected from us and unified with Salva Kiir section. Even M7 was witness when that such event took place in Juba. Third, Salva Kiir got seat by default after Garang

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        • 10 July 16:35, by One people

          sorry I mean open his heart. Anyways last continue. to bring peace to the people, you Rebels started acting stupid talking about Entebbe Proposal is not good and the country has no dollar, it has no money, but at the end of your talk you’re talking about people are suffering everyday from this war, people are dying every day, but do you think if war continues, the suffering will end, or will bring

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          • 10 July 16:41, by One people

            Money or the dollar that your talking about? South Sudanese they got used to suffering anyways. Bring 4 vice presidents and 550 ministers only for 36 month, just to end the sufferings and to bring Money that you’re talking about

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            • 10 July 17:23, by Redeemer

              Eastern & Games
              just when Riek said no to Entebbe proposals rebels started killing 4 civilians in Amadi, do you think killing will make Kiir give you all you want?

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              • 10 July 17:27, by Eastern

                Redeemer,

                That’s childish. Games and I did not state the same things. When you talk of rebels in Amadi, who are those rebels. You are indeed very naive to believe that the rebels teeming in the bushes of South Sudan are ONLY SPLA-IO and therefore dealing with Machar only will settle the political problems.

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  • 10 July 17:32, by Eastern

    To all Pro-reformers out there,

    If you ALLOW your guns to fall silent just because Kiir and Machar have declared ceasefire, you would have handed South Sudan to the monstrous SPLM/SPLA. Continue to work hand-in-hand with all pro-reformers in the country, the region and the world to press on. The regime in Juba remains a legitimate target!

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  • 10 July 17:39, by lino

    Hahaa! Taban DENG is done within Nuer Unity State! Dr. Joesph Monytuil has taken over all Unity Nuer Forces when Gen. Matip passed on; there were good relations work between Dr. Joesph and Dr. Riek that we know of since the beginning of 1990’s leading to the SPLM/A famous Nasir Split when we were in Egypt. Both men will work together and they will marginalized Taban who will always be hiding!

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    • 10 July 17:42, by lino

      The man Taban should collect his clans if any and go and find a place in Akon Kiir’s homeland; else he will be irritated living in Bantu!!!

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  • 10 July 18:39, by William

    South Sudanese didn’t understand all this time that war is the between Machar and kiir for president position. And the people have been talking all time is peace Kiir and Machar. Those who died had died for nothing.

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    • 10 July 19:41, by Eastern

      William,

      It’s your types that have failed to understand that the war is not between Kiir and Machar! You are a very confused person indeed! The war is between SPLM and South Sudanese, not what you stated! Museveni may want to keep Kiir in power in Juba to stave off Omar el Bashir, but that move is unsustainable just like trying hard to maintain the status quo in Juba..!

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      • 10 July 20:25, by William

        Eastern
        You may right according to your understanding but the objectives of SPLM/SPlA is for freedom, equality, and others related to development of the nation. What let SPLM wage war to the South Sudanese people are leaders who refuse to follow the objectives of the SPLM those are Kiir and Machar.

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        • 10 July 20:39, by William

          Eastern
          The only way south Sudanese should claim their rights is to avoid follow or support the leaders who fighting for their positions such as Machar. The world understood that these men have been fighting for president seat while South Sudanese don’t understand but just busy for killing themselves.

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        • 11 July 00:36, by lino

          If leaders are the problem, why the people who supported these 2 elephants jumped on wagon with them then?!
          All these SPLM leaders of today should be locked up in ICC as Bashir once said!!! You can be a freedom fighter and turn you guns on populated areas and cities?!!!
          I am asking? Are they bringing back our $4 billion money or do we go after Agreement signed to confiscate all these houses, cars!

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          • 11 July 00:53, by lino

            Correction: You can’t be a freedom fighters...

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  • 10 July 21:10, by William

    All rebellion in South Sudan based on positions and I guess the south Sudanese oppositions have the same concept. People suppose to focus on system that eliminate corruption in the nation. Corruption prevents peace and development. Only claiming self interest produce more corruption and war. Therefore, South Sudanese should stop blame each other and focus on creating system that prevents leaders

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    • 10 July 21:12, by William

      Continue to practice more corruption.

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