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Fighting erupts inside South Sudan’s Presidential Palace



July 8, 2016 (JUBA) – Heavy fighting has erupted inside South Sudan’s presidential palace as President Salva Kiir allegedly attempted to arrest his first deputy, Riek Machar, official sources have said.


A batch of the SPLA-IO forces after arrival in Juba, 1 April, 2016 (ST Photo)

There is heavy fighting going on near the Presidential Palace in Juba as we speak,” James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesperson told Sudan Tribune.


He said the fighting started outside the Palace when President Kiir’s security forces opened fire on bodyguards of the First Vice President, Riek Machar, who was inside the Palace for a presidency meeting.


Dak said Machar was called to President Kiir’s office by the President for a Presidency meeting to discuss the clashes which occurred between their forces on Thursday evening.


He said after Machar arrived at the Palace and as the meeting was about to start, heavy shooting started near the Palace.


“I just want to say Dr. Machar is safe under the protection of his bodyguards,” Dak said, without giving more details.


Other sources said the meeting was a setup to lure Machar to the president’s office and arrest him.


The circumstances under which the shooting erupted remain unclear. A presidential source said he heard gunfire and explosions about two blocks away from presidential palace in Juba.


President Kiir has not been seen in public since tension began on Thursday evening, but those in his inner circle said on Friday he was at his residence and had called on the army to restrain.


 It was not immediately clear whether the authorities have ordered land and sea borders closed to seal all the exits should situation deteriorate.



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  • 8 July 2016 19:56, by Eastern

    Such clashes Rae very healthy. Since the ARCISS was signed sometime last year, both Kiir and Dr Riek and the old man from Botswana, I have forgotten his name are all sleeping. This skirmishes will make the parties acknowledge each other’s presence in Juba and indeed the whole of South Sudan. A painful reality!!

    • 8 July 2016 20:27, by Lango2010

      Dak you have to tell the truth to public, this is not just telling liars. It has become a normal practice that Dinkas have to be as sacrifice. But this time it might be a different history. There is no short cut to heaven at all. I wish our people should learned from history but our ears are in our buttocks and we choose to make white men our God. Time will tell who will be the hero.

      • 9 July 2016 04:09, by Hardlinner

        Lango, none of them will be hero. they are selfish and corrupt animals who simply does not care about the welfare of south Sudanese. their primitive soldiers are like them too. they will never know in 100 years that they are being used by Kiir and Riek.

    • 9 July 2016 01:31, by Maper

      Stop being biased. What you wrote as a news article is what James Gatdet wrote on his facebook page earlier on. On realising that his propaganda was not going to work, he deleted the post immediately. Now Sudantribune dared to claim it as from ’official source’. What a terrible reporting!

  • 8 July 2016 20:13, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    What seems impossible in the face of humanity is perhaps possible with the supreme being (God). Hopefully, a miracle would surface overnight and the fighting would cease, but if not, the outcome won’t be pleasing. God save my beloved Country.

  • 8 July 2016 20:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The spokesman of deputy president James Gatdet Dak, is a hypocracy person, president Kiir Mayardit, shouldn’t arrest Dr. Machar by force. Kiir Mayardit already called a general Amnesty for those who aggress peace agreement in South Sudan.

    • 8 July 2016 22:19, by Joseph Canada

      Stop Hypocracy yourself. Unless you were there, take the news the way it is and try to be supportive to the broken nation that we every tribe and community worked hard for. May God rest those who died in peace. Amen.

  • 8 July 2016 20:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO, shouldn’t break peace agreement in signed in August 2015 by president and his deputy for the seek of more than 62 diversity in the country.

  • 8 July 2016 21:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Kiir Mayardit, is a Shepard of different kinds of animals and insects, like, fog, dog, rat, mole, squirrels, shark, spider, and so on.

    • 8 July 2016 21:48, by jubaone


      Your comparison here is stupid and clearly shows that you´re the monkey and Kiir perhaps has to take good care of you. How can Kiir be a shepherd when he himself is an animal?

      • 9 July 2016 04:25, by Hardlinner

        jubaone, don’t rule yourself out from being animal too. you are also full hate for others. what south Sudan need is for everyone to stick together and say no to war. animal Kiir and Riek are indeed careless about the welfare of people of south Sudan. if they were human being, they would have called it a quit. but since they are not, they would rather see south Sudan going down the drain.

  • 8 July 2016 21:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I hope my president Kiir, will keep this wilder animals and insects in peace and more amnesty for aggressive people
    President Kiir, don’t wants people to die again because of Riek Machar, misplanning.

    • 8 July 2016 22:06, by jubaone


      The biblical 7 years that were once prophesied are about to come to reality. South Sudan will get destroyed all these jienge filth driven out of Juba and Equatoria will be a blooming and wonderful country. Watch out ya aryan jienge Ayuiu! Your time in near.

      • 8 July 2016 22:42, by barbayo

        Jubaone or Jubatwo
        why are you ran to Unganda if you are a man ,people want to finish Nuer for other interest, Nuer be use for getting positions, Nuer fought a war in 2013 after achieved comprise peace agreement Nuer where keep out from government now, people done not come with army are now enjoying by blood of Nuer this time Nuer should not be use again by some self interest.

      • 9 July 2016 04:36, by Hardlinner

        jubaone, do ever know that the prophecies you are talking about are only confined on people minds. open your mind. there 200-400 billions or perhaps a trillions stars/solar systems in our galaxy and there hundreds of billions of galaxies in our visible universe. so to cut it short,the future can never be predicted. only stupidity is responsible for wars in south Sudan.

  • 8 July 2016 21:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Many thanks to president Kiir, for addressing the nation with her living at.
    God, bless you Mr. President.

  • 8 July 2016 22:12, by William Atak Garang.

    is that what the international community wanted to see in Juba ? The international community has neglected the implementation of the agreement between Government and SPLM IO while the fighting has intensified in side capital!is it not a shameful story to UN and peace keeping forces on the ground ? If the UN is not supporting the implementation of peace,they must go back to where the come from.

  • 8 July 2016 22:30, by marie

    We should not hold UN and Troika as a scapegoat for the issue of the implementation of the peace agreement but our people who do not have any understanding of running a government or implementing what is on papers in that country from peace agreement to all the laws and orders.

    • 8 July 2016 23:44, by Mohamed

      100% agree with you, Marie.
      If any people are governed by law, and not dictators or tyrants, life would be perfect. Unfortunately our whole region is lawless and governed by pathetic persons who think they are ireplaceable.

  • 8 July 2016 23:17, by lino

    It is time for all these SPLMers to withdraw from power!!! You can fight a great liberation war, but it doesn’t mean you can win running the country; you all failed and it is time for change! You better believe it!!!

    • 9 July 2016 04:48, by Hardlinner

      south sudanese need to sacrifices their resource to pay for retirement of all old school generals, kiir, Riek and other old school politicians. under them, the country simply suffer from constant wars and lack of development. young generation need to set aside differences in cultivated in them by Riek n Kiir, n rather work on ways of getting rid of kiir, riek and their rest of cronies peacefully.

  • 8 July 2016 23:37, by Mohamed

    What a mess.
    What kind of a man invites another to his house and then opens fire at his bodyguards while trying to arrest him?
    Is this honourable?

  • 9 July 2016 00:24, by Mohamed

    Both Kiir and Machar have asked everyone to calm down.
    Apparently Kiir was not trying to arrest Machar. Implications like in this article are dangerous and could lead to violence.
    So please Sudan tribune try to get accurate information before publishing.

    • 9 July 2016 04:58, by Hardlinner

      mohamed, kiir and Riek agreement may have not sank in minds of their illiterate guards and officers. they are simple bunches of tribal illiterate who do not think outside the box. to me, Kiir and Riek are just primitives. they know quite well that when they recruit intellectuals to run their armies, their constant quest for senseless wars will cease to exist.

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