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S. Sudan rebels back interim government without Salva Kiir


March 2, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM) – South Sudanese rebels fighting the government in Juba since mid-December said they accepted "in principle" the proposal of forming an interim government in South Sudan pending elections, but added “this should be minus Salva Kiir.”

South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, gestures as he talks to his men in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Reuters: Goran Tomasevic)

The SPLM-In-Opposition rebels were responding to the proposal put forward at the Addis Ababa peace talks by the mediating team of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in order to end the three-month-long violence conflict that erupted within the ruling (SPLM) party and has rocked the nation.

"We have agreed in principle to the proposal on formation of an interim government in South Sudan pending elections. But this should be minus Salva Kiir because of his experienced dictatorial and violent-oriented leadership style which has now resulted to chaos and bloodbath in our new country," said Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak.

"With Salva Kiir leading the proposed interim government, this will mean continuation of dictatorship, tribalism, corruption and return to violence, which nobody should accept," Dak further stressed.

He said the "best gift" Kiir should offer to the nation is to "step down" and allow democracy, good governance and development to bud and take root in the country under a democratic visionary leader.

When asked whether Machar would equally step aside and give way for a neutral personality to lead the interim government, Dak said the matter needed further study, further stressing that his boss has been a "bold voice of the voiceless" on issues of democracy and good governance.

“Well, Dr. Machar has been very vocal over the years about the need to build a democratic state in South Sudan. I believe the people of South Sudan want him to lead such an interim government in order to ensure free and fair democratic processes toward elections,” Dak said, adding that they would not accept a “masquerader” to seize the opportunity only to turn into another "dictator".

However, President Kiir’s spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny, rejected rebels demands, saying they will not accept an interim government without the South Sudan leader.

"There is no way Salva Kiir steps down, save that he fails to win the coming presidential elections," Ateny told reporters while in Khartoum on Saturday.

He however added that Juba government would welcome the rebels to participate in the coming presidential elections.

While revealing the economic bite on the government, Ateny further said Juba has so far lost 29% of its oil revenues as the result of the rebels’ advances in the oil producing state of Upper Nile.

"South Sudan is producing 175,000 barrels per day, down from 245,000 barrels a day before the fighting broke out," he revealed.

The two sides are yet to agree on the details of the formation of the interim government as they adjourned the talks in Addis Ababa for consultations with their superiors while fighting continues on the ground.

Fighting started in Juba on 15 December and spread to three other states after President Kiir, a Dinka, allegedly attempted to disarm Machar’s Nuer soldiers in the presidential guards unit in the capital.

Kiir has, however, accused his political rival, Machar of allegedly attempting a coup, which the latter denied, saying the former instead used the violence as a pretext to destroy his political opponents within the SPLM ahead of elections slated for 2015.

Over 10,000 people have died and nearly a million displaced, according to the United Nations estimates since the violence started in mid-December.


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  • 3 March 2014 07:44, by dinkdong

    Yep! Minus Kiir, minus you too Riek. We all supported that idea.

    • 3 March 2014 07:50, by Chol A.

      The should lay down their arm n Kiir has to finish his term than intrim government will work otherwise let’s continue fight n see who benefit in this war.

    • 3 March 2014 07:54, by Lotodo Awino Odug


    • 3 March 2014 08:09, by Lotodo Awino Odug


    • 3 March 2014 08:21, by Sir King

      That is very good proposal. Interim Government without Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, to allow peace to prevail. Please, do that quickly. Leave alone nonesense from those of Ateny Wek Ateny!

    • 3 March 2014 08:28, by mathem jech amer

      Riek spokewoman
      "South Sudanese likes him" can you mention which tribes like Riek to be their Leader, we can only support government without both leaders, or we can still wait Kiir term to finish, these are two options, Riek can never be SS president better Yau Yau

    • 3 March 2014 08:33, by Johndumo14

      Most of these rebels leaders are the top dismissedofficials,because of corruptions ,or abuse of power,or they simply do not know the job.Like rebeka nyandeng,was the minister of road and transport ,but she couldn`t do the job.These are very few Group of people ,making too much noice emty drum.The want interim government without Salva Kiir,so they can come and steal more,s.sudanese majority say no!

    • 3 March 2014 08:45, by Kiir

      Intrim without Kiir and Machar is the best decision to save the life of S.Sudanese. Later both of them go for election in 2015 with exception of interim leader. By the way Kiir has abuse himself with to much use of alcohol and drugs.

    • 3 March 2014 08:49, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar is talking about democracy,that he is the right person WHO knows democracy.(Walai mitten)What does he knows about democracy? Dr Riek canot deceive the s.sudanese people,Dr Riek is thdictator NUMBER 1.
      mOST OF THE SOUTH Sudanese knows him better,he is just a failed leader ,his dream of president will fail,better now he plan how to take care of his cattle,and produce food to his tribe

    • 3 March 2014 09:14, by Johndumo14

      Most of Nuer generals WHO defected to rebels think much only about their tribe Nuer,have forgotten that they are the army of the nation ,not of tribe. Most of them now regret their actions,what happned in Juba,if dinka soldiers killing nuer civilians,this is called murder,and they have the power to investigate and arest those WHO committed the crime.Now even if Peace comes nuer will not be trusted

    • 3 March 2014 09:31, by Mayom County Boy

      there will be no goverment in south sudan with out Salva kiir mayardit .those rebels are lying

  • 3 March 2014 08:06, by Snipper

    That is why i call Nuer as myopic, visionless society and careless at their best! Who said there is an interim government arrangement? They should wait for fruits of their rebellion. These are traitors, heartless beasts who don’t know anything but violence with empty brain. How did the calculated to capture the whole nation on their own?

    • 3 March 2014 08:27, by Chol A.

      You are right Sniper, I understand what is this stupid spokesman of mrs. nyariek claim that they to get rid of " continuation of dictatorship, tribalism, corruption and return to violence, which nobody should accept," which tribes is now in army with them? They sponsor Nuer students in East African schools with corrupt money now claim to fight for it while number in corruption what a lousy word

    • 3 March 2014 08:42, by BM-21

      Interim Gov,t without Kiir & Riak.
      peck Idea
      Kiir will not be step down for personal interest Riak machar and his minority supporters . if interim gov,t without Kiir & Riak than Gen: Kuol Manyang will run this state till 2015 elected.

  • 3 March 2014 08:19, by Konkooc

    Dak you are there to speak on behave of devil riek not on behave of South Sudanese whom riek burn, destroy and loot their properties. it is only nuer who want riek not all South Sudanese. let him lead nuer kingdom as your king. riek will never lead Dinka and other tribes, there is other good nuer who can lead.

    • 3 March 2014 08:36, by michael coma

      James Gatdet Dak,who told you that majority of South Sudanese wanted Riek to rule?Don’t blindfolding us here.Interim govt without Kiir is not on our side as you decided with your ass kissing leader called Riek Machar.Even if Kiir should step down today no time that Riek will rule us with stains of innocent blood in his hands.South Sudan is bigger than anyone.

      • 3 March 2014 17:14, by Tutbol

        Here are the criminals who behind our peoples woes from the US. There is this propagandist who often claimed to be writing for the so-called ’East African Standard’, he tried to be explaining S Sudanese history & even adding our Laura Nyantung Aheng Beny in his/her laughable ’analysis’. As being closely part of Nuer....

        • 3 March 2014 17:22, by Tutbol

          The sooner the evils US, the UK & their juus; keep away from our peoples, the better. The evils US, the UK & their juus are not & will never be wanted in S Sudan. Walk with evil peoples & you will be evil; walk with none evil people & you will be none evil persons. The US, the UK & their attack dog juus are evil humans.

          • 3 March 2014 17:43, by Tutbol

            ... Here what the clown wrote about S Sudan in the ’EAST AFRICAN STANDARD’ My own great grand grand grand father was killed by the evil Brits; and they still think they have their fans in places like S Sudanese. Not S Sudanese though.

  • 3 March 2014 08:33, by Gen.Quack

    Riak macar and his rebel are ranning crazy, how can you force another man like you to resign or tobe excluded from the admiinitration that you want, even we donot want you in the affairs of south sudan because you have already killed thousand of people from south sudan sudan till 2013, are you still not satified with the bloood of inocent people of south sudan

    • 3 March 2014 08:46, by michael coma

      Riek is not our future leader whether Kiir has fails the nation,we better put another Nuer than Riek.South Sudan leadership is not for one tribe but for all who have interest in nation building than tribe own interest.This greediness soon will come to an end.

  • 3 March 2014 09:01, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Look these rebels, they talks like mad, how come to form interim administration without His-Excellency the president Kiir, i think without Kiir No peace in South Sudan Republic.

    • 3 March 2014 09:08, by dinkdong

      Now with Kiir, are we in peace?

  • 3 March 2014 09:01, by Ajongtar

    I think the best option for this Interim Gov is, Kiir must organise the SPLM and Hand over to them the government of the poeple to the people like what Mandala did in South Afrika.
    If really want to called a Hero of South Sudan.
    Secondly Kiir did a big mistake of apointing Nial Deng as a Government Chief Negotiator, this guy will kill all the relationship of the Government and its intrest.

    • 3 March 2014 09:08, by kamal

      Kii must rule south sudan with you guys like him or not

      • 3 March 2014 09:21, by dinkdong

        Not very long Kamal. First, Kiir is a fool. He lack what it take to be a [good] leader. Second, the West don’t like him. So, don’t think your uncle will last as the president of S. Sudan.

      • 3 March 2014 12:31, by Bentiu son

        Genocidal President Kiir must resign for us to smell a peace in South Sudan otherwise our country will be bloodbath nation.Wait for coming months, more soldiers will join Dr Machar from Greater Equatorians n Greater Fertiit whom Salva brutal regime murdered them in Wau two years back.There is great suspecious now in Equatoria region since their beloved son Lt Gen Alfred Lado Gore joined Dr Machar.

  • 3 March 2014 09:12, by jacob mayen ajuoi

    Nuer are nuer, they r really focuse south sudan to only for nuer! which will not happen, who will accepted these idiot idea...president kiir, will stay for more than five years.

  • 3 March 2014 10:09, by Mapuor

    How many interim governments are going to be form in South Sudan.Tribal based rebellions were ever there in greater Upper Nile and no such suggestions.Who is going to accept Mr Riek and his Nyagaats into the government.Dare form your interim government and that would be the end of South Sudan.You are playing guys.Just contemplate the response to your recent Juba failed coup.

    • 3 March 2014 11:17, by Malakal county Simon

      Ya Jaangs/slaves/traitors
      Your all powerless to reject this proposal, because it already happening under the interest of South Sudanese people’s.... And Kiir will face the ICC, anyway wait for the more news in coming days!!!!

    • 3 March 2014 12:39, by Bentiu son

      Fuck you son of bastard Mapour,unless South Sudan will be split into two nations,one for Dinka Kingdom n other for non Dinkas in South Sudan otherwise your chief Salva is useless person to run the country.We will never never allow Salva or any other Dinka leader to be the President this time around in RSS after Salva Kiir.He is not legitimate President anymore after killed his own citizens.

      • 3 March 2014 14:39, by Toney Toney Matot

        Fuck you bentiu Dog,
        South Sudan is not for Nuer ya Jina Kelib. president Kiir will stay in power whether you like it or not. your was just for looting, killing innocent people and enriching yourself. South Sudanese people are not foolish to follow food lovers and destroyers of the nation. you have no objective at all. just chat your dirty mouth.

  • 3 March 2014 10:22, by 4Justice

    No problem, we’ll see when 175,000 barrels per day is reduced to 000,000 barrels per a day WE WILL HAVE A INTERIM GOVERNMENT WITHOUT HIM. Remember how he quickly submitted to Khartoum begging Bashir to allow his oil to flow.

    The other issue to contend with, should the oil flow come to an abrupt halt, is this, to sustain his leadership, Kiir may, in a reckless manner, secretly borrow billions of US dollars at extremely high interest rate plunging the people of South Sudan into further debt and bondage. And remember when Kiir borrows, the public never ever know who the money was borrowed from and how it was spent. If Kiir were to serves the rest of his term what is he going to accomplish anyway??? Apart from corruption scandals, more rebellions and more vultures feasting over dead bodies everywhere!

    • 3 March 2014 16:37, by Force 1

      Take your gun and make it happened; because it’s not just going to happened behind your pc keyboard!

  • 3 March 2014 16:16, by American Missile.

    If Riek Machar was confidence of his winning election, why did he thought of killing many civilians who had no interest in Presidency?. Nobody in South Sudan is still interesting in him even if he become JESUS, He will be told to return to where he come from.

  • 4 March 2014 01:56, by Paac

    Riek Machar is not qualify for the leadership anymore he wast war and murder people. Kiir is in the office of presidency what he need to do is step aside and let his vice take over the power. Our biggest problem is Denka and Nuer both want the leadership even Nuer willbe the president I believed Denka will wast a war so no Nuer, no Denka for president is fine for the country.

  • 4 March 2014 02:22, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    interim Govrt is good after 2015. Kiir need to be told not say any word of standing fro election again. Riek Machar is a criminal warlord that will never allowed to gain office again in south sudan. Both kiir and Riek are out of topic for next leadership of south sudan;otherwise let them fight for awhile. we will see who will implement the law and order over the country. Tribal Rebel losers

    • 4 March 2014 03:27, by Mi diit

      Well in this case the rebels will take Juba by force and Mrs. Akiir Museveni will be a refugee in Kampala or face the ICC. You better accept an interim government without this good-for-nothing visionless president who is now controlled by Museveni.

      • 5 March 2014 02:57, by maluach madit

        Nguetbuny de Luelpiny, you have said it well my friend. But we cannot allow them to fight themselves once and again. They are totally decreasing the future country’s defenders. Leave alone these stooges so called Midiit and Kiim Deng who always instigated the crisis by saying they would capture Juba since 2013 up to now...

        • 5 March 2014 02:59, by maluach madit

          Tongue’s warriors like Kim Deng and Miidiit can even say they will capture the New York and Beijing from America and China. Don’t compete with them, their simple brains only sees the nearest things in their lives!!. Wen Madit Maluach.

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