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South Sudan’s Kiir writes protest letter to Ethiopian PM


June 17, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has written to the East African regional bloc (IGAD) demanding an apology over remarks allegedly made by one of its officials.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir wants a regional protection force deployed to the country as soon as possible (Photo: Reuters)

The letter, foreign affairs minister Benjamin Marial said, was delivered by a government minister to Ethiopia’s prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who is the current IGAD chairperson.

IGAD’s executive secretary Mahboub Maalim allegedly described president Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar as “stupid” for pursuing military means instead of peace talks the ongoing conflict.

Marial said statements attributed to Mahboub was “unfortunate", given the regional body’s mediation role.

“The government, specially our president, has sent an envoy to with a letter to prime minister of Ethipia with regards to the unfortunate statement which was said by executive secretary of the IGAD in the press,” Marial told reporters in Juba Tuesday.

He declined to further reveal the content of the letter or what the government expected in response.

The presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, however, said that the government needed an apology.

“It is clear that [IGAD Executive Secretary] Mahboub has insulted the Head of State and what we wan is an apology,” Ateny told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

The peace talks between government and opposition led by Machar has been postponed as government delegation demanded response from IGAD.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei told the SSTV on Monday the IGAD official’s comment was “inappropriate” and put to question the mediators’ abilities to over see the talks.

Meanwhile, cabinet affairs minister, Elias Lomoro said Mahboub visited Juba on Monday, but was denied access to meet president Kiir over comment he allegedly uttered.


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  • 18 June 2014 08:27, by Kalo

    Mr.Mahajoub,there is no difference between Sudan and S.Sudan,you are also bombing and killing your own people in 3 states,you failed to solve your problem with SPLM/N,why did you self South Sudan?Sudan was supposed not to be one of the mediators because they still have hanging issue with S.Sudan.

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    • 18 June 2014 09:37, by Mr Point

      An apology is not enough! Ethiopia must acknowledge Salva Kiir as the military and political GENIUS who

      1. Staged a fake coup without any evidence

      2. Had thousands of Juba citizens murdered

      3. Started a civil war that displaced 10% of the entire population! untold killings and violations.

      Kiir will soon form a government with Riek as his VP.

      How can that be called stupid?

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    • 18 June 2014 10:46, by Akook

      stupidity at best! Dr Marial and Ateny concern about stupidity labelling .. how about 10,000 lives lost in Kiir and Machar stupid actions? Are these lives nothing to be concerned about than a correct statement directed at the real culprits!

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      • 18 June 2014 13:22, by Ahmed Chol

        Mahjoub Maalim needs a thank you letter from Kiir labeling him as stupid. The word stupid shouldn’t hurt Kiir because he is not smart anyways.

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        • 18 June 2014 14:16, by Jalaby

          Ya Wad Al Nuba (Kalo),
          Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD (since 2008) is not a Sudanese, the guy is Kenyan LOOOOOOOOOOOOL

          Look at his image, he looks like Sudanese but he is Kenyan!!
          Marisa is a problem sometime my friend LOOOOOOOL!

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          • 18 June 2014 21:43, by Kalo

            Jalaby,Kenyan or not Kenyan but the name and the behavior shows like Sudanese,who you i am taking marisa ya abuginit.

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  • 18 June 2014 08:50, by Knight In Shining Armor

    FM Marial, I thought you are better than that but, it seems like I was wrong about you. I cannot believe you are still in this and strongly supporting stupidity. Lomoro has proven to be a professional drunkard just like Mr. President. Now who is going to save the country from claps? Igga is disgrace, who else is left in this government with seine mind to do what is right?

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  • 18 June 2014 09:10, by Ajongtar

    Kiir is already Stupid, even if the opology is sent to Mr. Kiir he still remain stupid, as he is.

    What do you think that the apology from Mr. MaahJub to kiir will benefit South Sudan. NOTHING.

    Kiir is Stupid and will remain Stupid, we are just waiting for his exile.

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    • 18 June 2014 09:26, by Sir King

      Kiir Kuethpiny Mayardit is really stupid. He couldn’t have written any letter of protest to Ethiopian Prime Minister. How can he deny his stupidity when the nation has gone stray under his management. What a stupid guy!

      He is weak in politics and that was he opted to push some politicians out by war thinking he will claim it a coup. Is he(Kiir) not really stupid ya world?

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      • 18 June 2014 11:40, by Chol A.

        All those who are commencing here you all stupid, Ethiopia too are stupid because it indirectly helping rebels and are acting as mediators to South Sudan issues are they not stupid. They insults it not directly to two leaders who are stage war but to entire southern nations and it people following the orders of two fight each other! Please reason if you not get me you are too stupid indeed.

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        • 18 June 2014 12:03, by Sir King

          Chol A,


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          • 18 June 2014 12:57, by Lango2010

            it is prove beyond doubt that every South Sudanese are Stupid, not Salva Kiir or Riek Machar. there is no need for jubilation if you are a true Patriotic/Nationalist. and if we support this on going war on one way or the other we are stupid. IGAD to is proving to be Stupid. remember want you point someone with a finger you other four are pointing at yourself. who do you think is Very Stupid here?

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        • 18 June 2014 12:57, by wang

          Chol A.
          Provide the readers with solid evidence which suggest the Ethiopia is supporting rebels otherwise your claimed would be consider as a rubbish

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  • 18 June 2014 12:47, by wang

    120% Mrs. Kiir has had qualified to called Stupid….wait a minute, why Mrs. Kiir didn’t protest when M7 said that he would hang himself if his country reached the level the where S. Sudan is now? and against, M7 went behind Mrs. Kiir and told the whole world in Ethiopia capital that the Juba incident was misunderstanding b/t the security unit and that idiotic Kiir is still just keeping quite like a

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  • 18 June 2014 12:49, by wang

    was misunderstanding b/t the security unit and that idiotic Kiir is still just keeping quite like a babysitter….sorry Mrs.Kiir your demanding is rubbush and I don’t think anyone would apology for that.

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    • 18 June 2014 13:40, by Ajongtar

      @ Wang FYI just wait, you see that prositute food lover called Ateny Wek Ateny will deny this statement.

      Just wait and see, 2rw.

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  • 18 June 2014 13:33, by Chol A.

    Wang stupid can deny the facts claiming it not the coup! If it not coup why your dr fake Riek abdanden Juba? It the fail coup which you have organised but Dinka were ken about your dr fake attitude! You deny it because you wasn’t got a chance to succeed your coup otherwise dr fake would have declare himself as leader now yah stupid!

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  • 18 June 2014 13:55, by wang

    Chol A.
    You are honestly approved to be the most stupid human being than that alcoholic Mrs. kiir M7. Yours making up coup is lost case which was discard in the second day of the incident last year in Juba by the world experts….furthermore, have a close looks at the way the IGAD plus wider international community are treating Dr. Riek like a President and Mrs. Kiir M7 as a rebels….

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  • 18 June 2014 14:42, by Jalaby

    Well, I believe Mr. Kiir has gone back to his old lovely habit of writing letters, before he wrote 75 letters to 75 thieves in the south, he also wrote a letter to Obama apologizing to him of being a liar about supporting SPLA-N, he wrote 10Th letters to Bashir and none of it made any sense!

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    • 18 June 2014 14:47, by Jalaby

      Now he is writing a protest letter to Ethiopian PM!
      Be honest I won’t be surprised if tomorrow Mr. Kiir writes a letter to Riek Machar and apologizes to him and asks him to come back to his old position and ends the war as if nothing has happened at all!
      Mr. Kiir is amazing person!

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  • 18 June 2014 17:12, by Joseph Canada

    The IGAD General Secretary was right. Kiir is stupid, and it was a very stupid Idea to start killing the tribe just because of your personal failure to lead the Peaceful Govt. The Dinka Greed, Nepotism, and total luck of Human thinking. It’s stupidity and so he’s stupid indeed.

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  • 19 June 2014 00:21, by Knight In Shining Armor

    99% of people who commented here said the same thing that Mr Kiir is stupid so, what else? IGAD executive secretary was right. No apology is needed.

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