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South Sudanese government welcomes Machar return to Juba


November 5, 2015 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government welcomed on Thursday reports that the former vice-president Riek Machar will return to the national capital, Juba next week.

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar smiles during a news conference in Khartoum, on September 18, 2015 (ST Photo)

Machar left Juba in December 2013 when the fighting erupted between his supporters in the presidential guards and forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.

“He is welcomed as a citizen of the country and as part of the implementation of the peace agreement”, a presidential advisor on decentralisation and intergovernmental linkage told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Tor Deng Mawien said he was not aware of any special arrangement being made by the government to give the first vice-president designate special reception on his first leg return to the country after signing of a peace agreement last August.

“There are no special preparations that I know but he is welcomed. His security and protection will be provided by the government. This is all I know", said Mawien, a relative and political ally of President Salva Kiir.

Machar will be accompanied by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and members of the mediation team during a one day visit, which opposition officials say would be a demonstration of commitment and seriousness to implementing the peace agreement.

The political and military leadership of the SPLM In Opposition are hold a conference in Pagak, the general headquarters if the group.

The purpose of the meeting is to brief the group leaders about the latest developments and their return to Juba to launch the implementation of a fragile peace agreement.


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  • 5 November 2015 22:45, by Mr Point

    And so we are back to where we were two years ago.

    Kiir achieved nothing with his fake coup.

    He has been discredited by the African Union report.
    Kiir is not trusted by the American President.

    Now, perhaps, political reform can save us from Kiir the Incompetent.

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    • 6 November 2015 00:14, by Mr Point

      I do regret that I supported Kiir to succeed Garang in 2005. I thought of Kiir then as the Compromise candidate, best able to unify South Sudan.

      I had no idea that Kiir was on the road to dictatorship, division, corruption and incompetence.

      I did not foresee that he would lose legitimacy by murdering the same people who voted for him.

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  • 5 November 2015 23:26, by Wiyual

    Riek Machar is a curse to all Nuer People. Anyway, his days are numbered like his boss Killer Kiir Mayardit! If one can ask; what what was the point of killing thousands and they all know that they are in one board of corruptions.

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  • 5 November 2015 23:32, by Gabriel KK

    Criminals returnees are welcome back to Juba! did they achieved anything? Yes the death of thousands innocent citizen just because of power. Riang-Machar must be ask why he left Gadet in the bush. Welcome back ya dark disaster. the blood of innocent people of 1991 and 2013 will hunt you down. shame on you!!

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  • 5 November 2015 23:37, by Wiyual

    Gabriel KK, our country will be peaceful when Riek Machar is no longer here. Dictator Salva Kiir has no different with Riek Machar

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    • 6 November 2015 00:15, by dinkdong

      Well, you are dang right about that! I thought Kiir and Riek were rather the curse to South Sudan.

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    • 6 November 2015 06:17, by Kenyang

      This has beeb our message all long. It’s this fact that we refused to insult or blame any tribe.

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    • 6 November 2015 15:57, by Hardlinner

      That is a good lesson learned by nuer youths. Atleast next time they won’t rush to war. Thousands were fooled by riek to fight his rebellions. Just like kiir, riek had hidden intentions that was why he chose rebellion over taking kiir to international court.

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  • 5 November 2015 23:40, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dr if you left people would be worried and if you came people will fear (Tut MII diit)
    Country believe your arrival will approved the country’s economic.

    Son of Prophet
    Currently in front
    Line Pathay Jonglei state.

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  • 6 November 2015 00:11, by dinkdong

    Who the hell care?! He is not returning with others.

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  • 6 November 2015 01:15, by Augustino

    Riak yengong riak baai pan waan chaa kangang riok, ye beeny yeen reec yin baai. Just like that, why coming back without a single change while thousands have been killed for becoming a president which you will not achieved until your death. come and keep quiet otherwise you will face it rough this time.

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  • 6 November 2015 05:47, by Eastern

    After pulling down South Sudan into a state of near total economic collapse, the SPLM factions decided to reconcile. What will the future say about this party that claims to have liberated the suffering masses........hmmmmm!!!

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    • 6 November 2015 06:19, by Son of Ngundeng

      Don’t forget the words of our brother Nhial Bol
      Saying if SPLM/A unite they use to loot the citizens funds,
      If they separate they kill the citizens, SPLM/A had never done any good thing to the citizens only because they brought the country out from Jalaba.

      Son of Prophet
      Currently in front line
      Pathay Jonglei state.

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      • 6 November 2015 06:38, by Tom D

        Some of commentators are lacking sense at all. Can anyone of you ask himself or herself why the country is collapsed? of Course it’s because there is no peace, Dr Machar is coming back to rescue the lives of innocents people who are at risk in the hand of Salva Kiir and his allied. Look the economy of our country, the social lives and the security all these issues are happening b/c of his absent

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        • 6 November 2015 06:42, by Tom D

          Juba is panicking of your coming back Dr. (Tut mi dit).

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          • 6 November 2015 06:56, by Akol Liai Mager

            Be advised that Riek Machar is fighting to safe his own life leave alone saving lives of others which is evident at his escape from Juba and wanting an accompany by a foreign leader. Those mentioned two reasons are enough to know that the man (Riek Machar)’s efforts are no more than guaranteeing that he is safe and getting back to his former position as 2nd to it.

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  • 6 November 2015 14:31, by Nyesi Ta

    What some of you are saying is true because it is natural for Dr. Riek to think of his safety first b4 saving anyone. He had to run for his life b4 he has to organize those men and women in uniform to face the killer monster in Juba. Now that peace is signed n the AU report is out South Sudanese in particular and the world at large know who were the perpetrators of the senseless war in South Sudan

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