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CORRECTED: Former US envoy blames S. Sudan’s Kiir for violence


December 23, 2013 (JUBA) - The former United States special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan has offered an rare criticism of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, saying he was responsible for current violence that has engulfed the country.

Former U.S. special envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman (Reuters)

Princeton Lyman , in an interview with the BBC on Monday, said Kiir’s reluctance to accept democratic transformation within his ruling party (SPLM) "unfortunately” resulted in the current chaos.

On 15 December, violence erupted between the Presidential Guards of the South Sudanese army in the capital, Juba as sporadic gunfire went throughout the night.

The battle, later spread to other parts of the country, with those loyal to president Kiir up against forces opposed to the current regime.

The South Sudanese leader, however, blames his former deputy, Riek Machar of carrying out a coup attempt, an allegation the latter denies. Machar told Sudan Tribune that the incident was a ploy by Kiir to get rid of those opposed to his leadership style.

Over 500 people were reportedly killed and nearly 60,000 displaced as fighting escalated in Juba and various parts of country’s largest state of Jonglei.

Multiple eyewitnesses and relatives of those killed told Sudan Tribune how the president’s Special Forces; mainly comprising recruits from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states, allegedly targeted Nuer ethnic groups in Juba.

In Bor, there have been reports - which have not been independently verified - that members of the Dinka community were summarily executed on the streets, in what has been as the worst form violence since a 2005 peace deal led to independence from Sudan in 2011.

The government has tried to play down the violence.


Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Monday, Machar said plans were underway to deny Juba access to oil revenues, adding that his group would create an extra account to manage the funds.

He further said his group would hijack the implementation of the September 2012 cooperation agreements between Sudan and South Sudan, which focuses on border security, border trade and oil.


Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the South Sudan on Monday expressed concerns over thousands of people affected by the violence of the last week in other parts of the country.

"The situation is particularly bad in Jonglei and Unity states, where fighting has displaced thousands of civilians. I just returned from Bor, where an estimated 17,000 people have sought protection in the UN peacekeeping base", he said in a statement.

While in Bor, Lanzer said he witnessed firsthand the harrowing results of the intense violence that has swept the area.

"I heard heartbreaking accounts of people’s suffering, including tales of children separated from their parents," he noted, adding "Aid workers are also under intense pressure, with humanitarian compounds looted in several locations".


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  • 24 December 2013 06:38, by Bentiu son

    Yes,I’m appealing to International Community, UN Peace Security Council,Arabs League n IGADD regional body to stand tall as to give more pressure to Salva Kiir’s brutal administration for sake of peace South Sudan. Salva Kiir shoul refrain from blindfolding the South Sudanese in particular n world at large.Kiir painful regime is anti democrats n authoritarian in nature from top to bottom.

    • 24 December 2013 06:54, by Bentiu son

      We need freedoms of (speech,expressions & movement),democracy,Human rights provision,good governance, rule of laws n responsible government with transparency n accountability.Salva Kiir’s genocidal admin is reluctant to reform: SPLM,corruption government,growing tribalism, widen insecurities in the country.Salva Kiir is in messes, political limbo n directive less with no vision at all.

  • 24 December 2013 07:44, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Kirr, you brought independence to South Sudan, we respect you. You can control the SSTV and mind of South Sudanese but, you cannot fool the world that, what happened was a coup plotted against you. Get your acts together and go to your village and live your life. People of South Sudan need a really president who is competent, and well turned-out on world stage. Please take your stupid cowboy hat

    • 24 December 2013 08:33, by Joseph Canada

      Hahahaha!! Kiir is going to Jail for life!!!! This is so shameful!!!!. The truth have come out. You encourage Nuer to use the Govt. Resources to kill Murle. You said it using your mother tongue. hahahaha.. everything is out. Now we know who Dinka really are. You and the likes of your type will perish. Dr. Riek is the new President!

    • 24 December 2013 08:33, by Joseph Canada

      Hahahaha!! Kiir is going to Jail for life!!!! This is so shameful!!!!. The truth have come out. You encourage Nuer to use the Govt. Resources to kill Murle. You said it using your mother tongue. hahahaha.. everything is out. Now we know who Dinka really are. You and the likes of your type will perish. Dr. Riek is the new President!

  • 24 December 2013 08:49, by Kenyan the cushite

    i hope south sudanese enjoy living in hunger and poverty. what will tribal war bring? only starvation and death. it will not bring education and roads. all those calling for tribal wars. you are a shame to africa. killing civilians who are not the the enemy will bring you bring you nothing. you only bring shame to africa. enjoy your poverty fools

  • 24 December 2013 09:18, by Simpleman

    Guys!! We keep on talking and talking, meanwhile killings and fighting continuous. Mr. Kiir is been misled by his counterpart Mr. Idiot Yoweri Museveni who uses the same tactics to maintain his power. But Kiir doesn’t know that South Sudanese are not like the fearful Ugandans.

  • 24 December 2013 10:41, by wang

    Off course…it was Kiir and he is dead man walking….I am feeling sorry for those poor Dinka Bor who are losing their lives for Kiir faults

  • 24 December 2013 10:57, by Gang-Bang

    Kill is a bafoon fool, he is the one to be blame for all the mess he caused in the country. The way he mannaged ss sudan affair, very bad. He act without reasoning the outcom, narrow minded fool. The country is now back to zero, what else can we expect from useless leader whose policy is base on ethnics idiology. without peacefill settlemt with your opponent Riak, south sudan will never develop

  • 24 December 2013 11:08, by Gang-Bang

    Can South Sudan follow the footsteps of South Africa? The answer is big noooooooooooo simply becase some part of south sudan are uncivilized bafoon, we cann´t differnciate with animals cuz we have a lot of subhuman. Even cow can understand . south africa are peacefull people and the don´t live in cattle camp likewise our subhuman

    • 24 December 2013 22:09, by australian

      Gang-Bang (horrible name): South Africans are peaceful? Tell that to the Afrikaners, especially the farmers who are being brutally slaughtered even as they grow the food the people need. Not to mention that SA has the highest murder rate annually in the world, blacks killing blacks.

  • 24 December 2013 11:09, by wang

    The developments is long a dreams bro…one group b/t Dinka and Nuer have to be eliminated in order the South will develop…as Kiir attempted to do, but was miserably failed to wipe-off Nuer…longer Nuer

  • 24 December 2013 11:43, by Black Africa

    If I was President Salva Kiir I will resign for the sake of the people of South Sudan. I am really very, very mad , how comes your own people are dying in your own eyes and the are still dying in your own eyes. Come on Salva. You have to do something , I mean to do something , if you can understand Mr president , if you care about your people, I know you don’t care.

    • 24 December 2013 17:42, by Knight In Shining Armor

      If Kirr resins today, most Dinka will not forgive him because, that may mean, the whole Dinka was defeated. Kirr’s resignation is the only quick solution out of this mess but, Dinka will never accept Kirr to resign as part of solution. that is why, some of us are asking the current Vice president to send them strong message by resigning from this dirty government.

  • 24 December 2013 11:50, by Black Africa

    Mr president you are the cause of the problems don’t blame it on Macha.I am not Nuer or Machar support , but you are the cause problem firing people like you own South Sudan.

  • 24 December 2013 14:51, by Konan

    To find an amicable solution to the current crisis in SS. nor Dinka neither Nuer should assume power. A man from Shulk ethnic group, which is the 3rd largest tribe in SS, should be the interim president of SS for next year to prepare for the coming election in 2015. Surely Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, and not Pagan Amum Okech, is the best choice and acceptable to all Southerners.

  • 24 December 2013 17:10, by Reconciliation

    Stupid and hopeless envoy.blaming kiir for what reasons when you Americans are the causes of this not only in S:Sudan but equally in other african countries.you don,t feel happy when your interest is not implemented.But because of narrow and shallow behaviors of Riak Machar,he though Americans will do him something good which is not correct.riak and this american envoy are fool.

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