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South Sudan’s Kiir urges citizens to unite, shun violence

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September 5, 2019 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir on Thursday urged the country’s citizens to start shun the use of violence, unite as one and speak the language of peace.

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir greets Rebecca Nyandeng Garang during the 64th Veterans Day celebrations in Juba, September 5, 2019 (PPU)

Speaking during the 64th Veterans Day celebrations in Juba, Kiir said people have had enough of civil war, hence the need for peace.

“Let us not talk about war in the country but speak about peace and development. War used to destroy the country and we have seen it as our people are suffering now,” he remarked.

Kiir, also commander in chief of the national army, said he would continue awarding medals to soldiers for their tireless contributions towards the liberation and freedom of the people of South Sudan.

The South Sudanese leader also called upon the people to welcome the opposition groups as brothers and sisters work together ahead of the formation of the transitional government of national unity.

He assured that the government of national unity would be formed in a few months, which will mark the end of conflict in the country.

“That government will run for three years and then the nation will go for general elections to choose near leader in the country,” he said.

In September last year, the rival factions in South Sudan’s conflict signed a revitalized peace agreement to end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million.

However, in May, the rival parties agreed on a six-month extension to implement next steps in the country’s fragile peace agreement.

A number of senior army officers, government officials, lawmakers and senior opposition figures attended the Veterans Day occasion.

Meanwhile, Colonel Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, a representing of the veterans, said the award is in recognition of roles veterans played to liberate the country.

Okwaci, also the minister for Roads and Bridges, urged the president to consider promoting veterans before they are retired to give the young generation a chance.

This year’s event, which took place at the defense general headquarters in Juba, was under the theme, “Thank you veterans”.

(ST)

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  • 6 September 07:56, by Malakal county Simon

    Peace start you Mr unwanted President.. Release the funds for peace to be implement as you promise.. Accept 10 States as the majority of our populations wanted.. Speed unify forces and if you can do those important points above, then we will see a genuine peace you.. Remember, peace start you and than other follows..

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    • 6 September 08:21, by South South

      Malakal county Simon,

      You are talking like you won the war, what the hell of 10 states you are talking about again? What majority do you have loser? You are talking like a small boy.

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      • 6 September 15:51, by Eastern

        South South.

        The minority are still struggling the majority; the losers against the winners. Is that not what you think is the equation? The ’defeated minority’ are DEMANDING for 10 states and that’s what will haunt Kiir and continue to KEEP THE CITIZENS APART, just because there are citizens who believe they are the majority and winners while other citizens are defeated and minority....!

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        • 6 September 21:42, by South South

          Eastern,

          Please be a real man who understand how the government works. Majority rules and make decisions. If you are minority, you will work very hard to win election then you can change things, 10 states are dead for life. If people want to open that we can go for referendum, you get it. Election results have consequences and you need to swallow them like that.

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          • 7 September 11:41, by jubaone

            Eastern
            Not only do I strongly advocate for 32, but even 64 states. Each ethnicity must go and develop their own regions. Jienges will have absolutely no reason to idle around in Equatoria cuz they have their own states. This is big time kokora now the jienges are swallowing it without realizing this is our strategic plan.😁.

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            • 7 September 11:52, by jubaone

              Employment will strictly be a federal state matter and only to state nationals, each state to prioritize its state nationals in terms of education, issuing of businesses and trade licenses, cross border trade to be state matters. Issuing of plots for residence, business will be state matters. In this way, we will curb this innate and migratory habits of the jienges significantly.

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              • 7 September 12:00, by jubaone

                Only state nationals will be allowed to vote their representatives within a given consitueny e.g. jienges in Juba will never be allowed to choose their representatives to state parliament. So Eastern, lets go for 64 states, this is federalism (kokora) at its best. We’re grateful that the kiirminal started this. He has made life easier for us. Just think of it. 😞

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  • 6 September 21:47, by Kenyang ll

    Reversion to former 10 States will not happen. It would be like asking South Sudan to return to Sudan. Once individual, group or entity gained certain autonomy, it’s common knowledge they will resist going back.

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