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S. Sudan president rushed to hospital after “stress induced’’ illness


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 28, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir was rushed to hospital in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, on Wednesday after he fell ill during a meeting.

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)

Kiir arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to attend the 24th ordinary session of the assembly of head of states and government of the African Union (AU).

He was also expected to attend the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) leaders summit due to kick off on Thursday to discuss the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Kiir’s sudden illness interrupted a meeting between the president and rebel leader Riek Machar, which was being hosted by Ethiopian prime minister and IGAD chairperson Hailemariam Desalegn ahead of the leaders summit, which was due to be held on the side lines of the AU assembly.

The direct talks were aimed at securing an agreement between the rival leaders on a series of contentious issues, particularly on the structure of the agreed interim government.

The meeting was also being held to brief African leaders on the progress of the IGAD-led mediation process and to reports on the outcome of consultation meetings between the government and rebel faction held in Juba and Pagak during the recess.

An IGAD source later told Sudan Tribune that president Kiir had suffered a nosebleed brought on by “stress”.

As a result, IGAD was forced to cancel the meeting between the two rival leaders.

IGAD has also been forced to delay the regional leaders meeting.

IGAD officials told Sudan Tribune that if Kiir’s condition does not improve by Thursday, the leaders summit may have to be postponed indefinitely.

According to medical doctor Yonas Yohannes, one of the main causes of non-trauma induced nosebleeds is an increase in blood pressure caused by either stress, excessive consumption of alcohol, dry climate or heavy smoking.

However, he cautioned that the causes of Kiir’s illness could not be properly determined without a thorough medical examination.


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  • 29 January 2015 05:02, by Developer

    Too much blood of innocents people of South Sudanese got spill and millions of them are suffering during this senseless war.God bless you Kiir.

    • 29 January 2015 07:32, by Ayuen deng

      It’s a normal illness brother that ever human being must fall sick a time! i wish him quick recovery.

      • 29 January 2015 13:59, by Realist

        People are praying for you Mr. President. Be strong and overcome that illness. There are a lot of wolves around and we need you to get us out of them. We know you want peace but you must do what you have to do.

        • 29 January 2015 15:35, by Ahmed Chol

          God, help us!

    • 29 January 2015 16:27, by Muorcienggok

      Damn developer of whatever the hell you called yourself. let me educate you, Kiir has no blood in his hands like your greedy and traitor riek machar whom you are loyal to. He turned against the movement in 1991 and killed people along ethic line and repeated it in 2013. Tell me when has kiir ever turned against his people? In fact if God punishes people according to their mistakes.

  • 29 January 2015 05:11, by Developer

    Baba president Kiir, this job is overloading you, for the sack of your health condition and suffering of your dear people in this war, just announce to step down and you will be the world hero.

    • 29 January 2015 05:20, by Dinka-Defender-General

      It was normal routine check up. So, don’t worry. President Kiir is fine Developer. It happened to Machar last remember. Kiir will rule the South for another 5 years than I will take over. I will rule for 10 years and give to my son who is not born yet. He will rule for 10 years than your president will come afterward.

      • 29 January 2015 05:40, by michael coma

        This is a mere lie from rebels camp.It was cooks by some Nuer propagandists just to gain ground with lies.Salva Kiir is fine and healthy.I talks to him 30minutes ago.Kiir oyeeeeee,South Sudan oyeeee.

      • 29 January 2015 15:32, by hamil

        @Dinka Defender,

        If you dream that the leadership of South Sudan is going to be hereditary, you must be enjoying a day dream. I would advice you to wake up and wash your eyes leadership is God given if you blow your chance by making a mess of it, someone else gets it; don’t worry if you die your brother can have your wife and your elder son or even your uncle can have her but not South Sudan pleb

    • 29 January 2015 16:32, by Muorcienggok

      cont: in fact if God punishes people according to their mistakes then riek would be dead long time ago, and there is no doubt that it is only the hell he would be thrown to by the time he dies. you nincompoops wish kiir to die when he is the very man who forgave your evil acts of 1991 and took your greedy riek to the height he was never going to achieve in his life given his bad records against.

    • 29 January 2015 16:39, by Muorcienggok

      cont: he gave you everything that you people did not work for but still you turned against him, don’t you people have sense? The ugly song you sing that he must step down will not happen through the barrel of the gun neither should it be decided by one greedy tribe; it will only be decided through elections and by all the tribe in South Sudan. Author:wen kucbeny Wek

  • 29 January 2015 06:35, by George Bol

    Media war will not help rebels -when thing went out of control and amok, they will not stay in the south -let them rebels keep provoking the situation

  • 29 January 2015 06:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    please rebels, don’t take it seriously.
    the medical check up by president, is a yearly.
    nothing affect president as I can see your jubilation on president medical check up.
    what is dangerous illness, Riek, eye problem and Kiir, knelt problem? I think Riek, eyes problem is very dangerous.

  • 29 January 2015 10:30, by Ambago

    On January 27, 2015 (JUBA) President Salva Kiir warned that South Sudan will soon ignore threats for sanctions and embark on full-scale war against rebels if they continue violating the ceasefire,. The following day on January 28, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) the same South Sudanese president Salva Kiir was rushed to hospital in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, collapsed during a meeting. Now is this....

  • 29 January 2015 16:12, by Kim Deng


    As a result of facing Mighyt Nuer Warriors (MNW), your King’s life is now in danger. When the MNW gave peace a chance in 1987 and 2002, they (Jaang) assumed that it was a surrender to their Kingdoom. Now, it’s a right time to burn down this Jungle (South Sudan) to ashes until Jaang realize that it’s not their Kingdom.

  • 29 January 2015 22:38, by Kim Deng

    The peace talks in Addis Ababa or Arusha is a waste of time and energy altogether.


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