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South Sudanese will not accept to review 32 states : Kiir

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President Kiir shows the governance agreement to the crowd at Juba airport on 6 August 2018 (Photo SS presidency)
August 6, 2018 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir said South Sudanese will not accept to review the 32 states but stressed that the revitalized peace agreement now has been signed and no one can contest it.

Despite the signing of the power-sharing and governance in Khartoum on Sunday, two groups from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) voiced their rejection of the deal.

They want that change of the territorial administrative system to be effective during the transitional period and not be settled through the Independent Boundaries Commission and ultimately a referendum if this special mechanism fails to settle it.

In his speech at Juba airport after his return from Khartoum Kiir was keen to wave the "Red File" of the signed agreement and to show it to the crowd who came to welcome him after the signing of the agreement on outstanding issues of governance.

"The red file, I am showing you is the peace agreement. I want you to see it once again. This is the peace agreement signed by all opposition groups, and if there is someone saying the agreement is not yet signed, he or she is a liar".

The South Sudanese president pointed to a discussion, probably the meeting of 8 July in Entebbe, between him and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar in presence of President Omer al-Bashir and Yoweri Museveni about the contested 32 states. He added that he told him people would not accept the dissolution of the current system.

"I told him that you have stayed in Pagak which is part of Maiwut. But if you tell people there that they will be annexed to Nassir, they will fight. If you tell Lou Nuer that Bieh should be annexed to Akobo, nobody will accept it, so I told Riek that my brother, you are just playing with fire," he further said.

Kiir further said that Machar had to drop his demand for the reestablishment of the 10 states and in return, he accepted to appoint him as the first vice president.

The discord between the government and the opposition groups was on the issue of self-rule that opposition groups see as the best guarantee to protect themselves from the "Dinka domination".

At the same time, they reject the "illegal" 32 states because it was imposed by President Kiir alone after the signing of the 2015 peace agreement while the issue had to be determined by the parties during the transitional period.

Also, the contested 32 states are rejected by the opposition groups because it does not protect the other ethnic groups from the "stranglehold" of some ethnic groups that control the power in Juba. They call for larger regional entities with more administrative autonomy and financial resources.

Until now, there are no official statements from the international community and the Troika countries that facilitate the process. Only, the United Nations chief who welcomed the governance deal "as an important step" towards a lasting peace in South Sudan.

"The Secretary-General urges all parties to work in good faith and demonstrate their commitment to fully implement and to finalize the revitalized ARCSS as soon as possible," further said the Farhan Haq, UN deputy-spokesperson.

Also, Human Rights Watch Associate Director- Africa division Jehanne Henry praised the agreement saying it presents an opportunity to move forward with much-needed accountability for atrocities committed during the war.

"The government should make it a priority to cooperate with the African Union Commission on the Hybrid Court for South Sudan by immediately signing the agreement to set up the court,” she further stressed in statements to Sudan Tribune on Monday.

President Kiir said the government negotiating team are still in Khartoum to discuss the implementation modalities, after what all the signatories will return to Juba.

"Within very few weeks, they will join us here, so that will be the time we will celebrate in a bigger way," he told the crowd.

(ST)

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  • 7 August 09:24, by Malakal county Simon

    Is this a change of mind?? Why speaking for others, and not for yourself??

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  • 7 August 09:33, by Games

    What a inflammatory language from Salva Kiir? This guy is beyond the duumbass human being haa never lives. Even his speech doesn’t even make sense at all. Mr. President has huge hater against Nuer community in a large. Why he mentioned only Nuer counties as examples in the Discussion? Akobo is part of Beih State. Nasir is not a where Machar from. There is no where it says in Khartoum peace arran

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    • 7 August 09:35, by Games

      There is no where it says in Khartoum peace Agreement that the 32 states would remain untouched.

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      • 7 August 10:05, by jubaone

        Games
        This kiirminal did NOT ask anyone for 28, 32 or 64 states. He went ahead with his jienge tutelages and distributed states lije luak cows. In his idiocy, he turns around abd wants SS to conduct a referendum on federalism. No. Let him and his peace makers head on to Gokrial or wherever. Equatorians are not part of this jienge scum.

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        • 7 August 10:38, by South South

          jubaone,

          Peace for our country. The 10 states some people are crying for were created by Omar Bashir alone. We were only 3 states at that time, but when 2005 peace agreement was signed, we took 10 states with us. No single one asked to go back to 3 states. The same situation is true now, 32 states will stay and if we disagreement, referendum is the final answer.

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          • 7 August 13:44, by Marco A. Wek

            South South, Jubaone and his crazies from his Kokra clans would not understand that logic of how 10 states came about. First, they were created by people they fear to death, North Sudanese but anything created by a South Sudanese is unacceptable to his kind. Their hates to Dinka or Monyjang is driving stupid and as a result imposed Kiir on us. Kiir would have been gone by now had it not been bec

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            • 7 August 13:46, by Marco A. Wek

              Because of their blindness from distinguishing Kiir from Dinka

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            • 7 August 18:08, by jubaone

              Marko Wek
              Other Equatorians and non jienges hate you period. And we would also do the things you’ve done to our people without mercy. Except your stinking Nyanjienges that arenot worthy for rape. We can’t stand them cuz we would turn ourselves into savages or stink outright.

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              • 7 August 22:46, by Marco A. Wek

                Jubaone, you and your monkey eating groups are not men enough to do what you say you do like men. Maybe hit and run when you find one or two Dinkas but if Dinkas turn on you, no dog will be spared. Keep beating the drum of war when you people don’t have balls.

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    • 7 August 10:32, by South South

      I told him that you have stayed in Pagak which is part of Maiwut. But if you tell people there that they will be annexed to Nassir, they will fight. If you tell Lou Nuer that Bieh should be annexed to Akobo, nobody will accept it, so I told Riek that my brother, you are just playing with fire.Go to Amadi and tell them to be part of Mundri or Maridi. I am sure nobody will accept it,

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      • 7 August 10:34, by South South

        Games,

        President’s quotation above had mentioned other lands, not only Nuerlands as you are trying to twist and play with it to satisfy your simple minded.

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      • 8 August 03:06, by chotnyang deng

        kiir is huge in body less in mine b/c he have no mouth to say something,he was only ask m7,like woman who ask her husband what to do.

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  • 7 August 11:11, by Games

    I with you on that referendum things, but it is not going to happen smoothly as you can clearly seen it from Salva Kiir’s speeches. Referendum would only happen when clans vs Clans and tribes vs tribes start killing each others over the lands disputes.

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  • 7 August 12:54, by Peter Mading

    Gentlemen what do you like about war? What are you benefiting form it? Do you want many lives to be lost again? If not please follow what they agreed upon than posting nonsense comments to public and stop boiling war over the media. I know you are hiding in Refugee camp/IDP camp, not in South Sudan or rebels held areas.

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  • 7 August 13:17, by Theone

    Have in mind this divisive hate language was/is the fake Arabs tactic to divide us in tribe. So be aware not all here are South Sudanese .

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    • 7 August 13:26, by Sunday Junup

      I told you last time that as long as Kiirinal Mayardit still a president there is no peace. Look how he address the nation from Khartoum where he sign peace. This is how you want your president to talk right? Count me out of that peace but i will never rebel because i don’t want my hand to have blood of my brother. i will wait hiding till kiir is no more! This will happen soon just wait!

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  • 7 August 16:53, by lino

    What?!!! Konyo Konyo Regime Chief already in a process of violating this Agreement before it started!!! This time around will be Bashir and M7 executing a coup on you as they become Godfather of this state!!!

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  • 7 August 17:22, by Eastern

    By SOUTH SUDANESE, Kiir meant Dinka and a few co-opted Nuer only; the rest of the South Sudanese are considered INSIGNIFICANT and therefore must FIGHT to have there space in South Sudan....!

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    • 7 August 18:03, by jubaone

      Eastern
      These jienges took other SS for a nasty ride during 21 yrs of war. After all was done, they claimed they did it alone. Again during referendum in Jan 2011, we voted overwhelmingly and the bastards again said, they did it alone. The same idiots simply owned and shit on others. Now the rest must act without mercy. God forbid if they lose this grip.

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    • 7 August 18:30, by South South

      Eastern,

      The bad thing about you is that you are coward, but you use big words of war. Peace is signed on August 5th as we agreed, you get it? Nonsense talks after that are nothing, but very empty.

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      • 7 August 21:54, by jubaone

        South South
        Shut up juronit. Jienges armed their tribal gangs with stolen state resources but have not defeated any opposition. In the end cowardly jienges can only sign a brokered peace in shame. Fortunately, Ugandan bantus came to their aid otherwise they would be scampering like frightened chicken. As long as jienges don’t manufacture their own weapons, I am at peace.

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  • 7 August 19:43, by Dinka-Defender-General

    P. Kiir, I disagree with you on this issue. I think 32 states are a disaster to South Sudan people. Population less than 18,000,000 should not have 32 governors. Personally, I believe South Sudan becomes a position country, not state that promotes the citizens, but leadership positions. This is bad for the country. We, just need 10 or less 10 states if we want to develop the country.

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  • 7 August 22:26, by One people

    All of you nonsense talkers needs to be quiet or shut your mouth up. We said 32 states is not what people supposed to loose their life for, later our government will come out with proposal regarding 21,10,32, or 64 states to citizens of the country to vote for it. Because all citizens they have their voice in this land too

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    • 7 August 23:04, by lino

      Let us Mr. The One!!! I always say, SS Politicians have never ever did, do or will do implement any written agreement they signed! The prove was sitting on the passenger seat during CPA of 2005 implementation; Bashir and his party monopoly worked; they never demarcated the boarders, never implemented Popular Consultations in 2 areas, never let Referendum of Abyei to go through instead engineered..

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  • 7 August 23:10, by lino

    Civil War in SS and now bring them together to get credibility from the International Community! Let see what tomorrow will bring!!!
    They will go protect the oil and pump it North wards while we will be chasing ourselves around 32 States!!!
    M7&Bashir need to open offices for their envoy in Juba to monitor the implementation!!!

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