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S. Sudan’s unity government likely to rule till 2021: official


February 27, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) could, after implementing the 2015 peace agreement in good faith, remain in power until 2021, a prominent member of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) has said.

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)

The peace agreement, Aldo Ajou Deng Akuei said, still requires total restoration of national security, the unification of South Sudan army (SPLA), the reconciliation process, accountability and hybrid court, national census, the election commission law and the making of the permanent Constitution before any elections.

The JCE is a group of veteran politicians who advise President Salva Kiir on political issues.

“Two years will not be enough to get the weakened country back on its feet. Let’s be sincere, elections will not take place in 2018 if we mean genuine implementation of the peace deal in good faith. I think there are very strong reasons for TGoNU to continue into 2021, to be fair to ourselves and others”, Akuei posted on his Facebook.

The JCE official also cast doubt on whether the elections could be held on time because the people of South Sudan are not in their homes.

“Thousands are internally displaced. About 450,000 have crossed our borders to neighbouring countries, seeking refuge. And about 5,000,000 are facing lack of food in the whole country. With all these problems, we have no money to implement the peace deal. The international is not ready or committed to assist South Sudan”, he said.

The accord, Akuei stressed, has been overloaded with “a very huge national agenda”, requiring time implement it with care and trust.

In August last year, President Kiir called for an early election, two years ahead of schedule and before the completion of the implementation of the peace deal, which recommends a lot of institutional and political reforms for two and a half years of the transitional period.

He said the reason for calling for an early election is to avoid attempts to ascend to the office by other means than elections, claiming some people may take advantage of the lack of a new mandate from the people.

"We need to hear the voice of the people. If [we] don’t do so, maybe someone will wake up one day and declare a coup,” Kiir told country’s lawmakers, without hinting on whether he would step down from power.

Elections in the war-ravaged nation, in accordance with the timetable outlined in the 2015 peace agreement, are to be conducted in 2018.


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  • 27 February 2017 22:38, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal gangs advisors to Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir are making all kind of accuses for their criminal leader to stay in power for as long as he is alive. Your mismanagement of country’s resources, your loot for money, your killings tactic, divided and rule, and your lies is known worldwide. It is just a matter of time you will be defeated no later than 2020.

    • 27 February 2017 22:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      President Kiir, also does not mean to be in power or in politics more than beyond than 2018,
      Kiir, will step aside through ballot not by war or dirty politics being axecrisse by army’s group in the country.

    • 28 February 2017 02:50, by Atemjak


      If you overthrow the government of the day by using arms then it become recicle bringing more suffering, more lost of lives and more destruction of properties and you have not addressed the problems that faced S.Sudanese people. I will like to advise you to use most powerful tool; the ballot box, it causes no harm and shame the president of the if incase he rigg election and citizen went

      • 28 February 2017 02:57, by Atemjak

        It causes no harm and shame the president of the day if incase he rigg election and citizen went to the streets to demand their. Think about it if all things happen in South Sudan because Kiir rigg election do you think Kiir will have stay in power up to now.

    • 28 February 2017 08:02, by Midit Mitot

      This is JCE long term plan for sure, they want to keep this unwanted president on power because they need to achieve some things on his time.
      1.To prepared themselves for the next time election,
      2.To send their children to Military training in abroad so that they will be the one driving Tanks
      3.To loot money for themselves.
      4.To weaken other tribes before election so that no body will talk

    • 28 February 2017 16:34, by Paul Ongee

      I think this is good news to those (IO-forces and ignorant supporters of Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Dr Lam Akol Ajawin) who like using violence as a means of “peaceful transfer of power.” The country gotta be peaceful first before Diktoor Riek Machar and Diktoor Lam Akol run and fail as usual.

      • 28 February 2017 16:35, by Paul Ongee

        The choice is theirs either to continue with the “path of war” or join peaceful forces. The choice is also for those in the Diaspora who prefer contributing money for sustaining the senseless war of positions and fake military ranks instead of contributing money for “peaceful transfer of power” through democratic elections.

        • 28 February 2017 16:36, by Paul Ongee

          Those fake politicians who prefer “short-cut” approach to becoming presidents of RSS — H.E. the President of the Republic of South Sudan --- the title given to one person at a time, not two or three presidents like Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol who want to become presidents today before they die tomorrow because they feel like “time is running out.”

          • 28 February 2017 16:36, by Paul Ongee

            The question is “Does Dr. Riek Machar and Dr. Lam Akol deserve such title when election season kicks in? No. Why? Because of their poor political record and constant campaign on violence approach, senseless war of positions and constant shift of allegiance since 1991. Today with their brothers in South Sudan n tomorrow in Khart… complete it, please. Thank you.

            • 28 February 2017 16:39, by Paul Ongee

              The question is “Does Dr. Riek Machar or Dr. Lam Akol deserve such title when election season kicks in? No. Why? Because of their poor political record and constant campaign on violence approach, senseless war of positions and constant shift of allegiance since 1991. Today with their brothers in Juba and tomorrow in Khart… complete it, please. Thank you.

  • 27 February 2017 23:06, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Those who are claiming to over throw Mr. Kiir by force are dreaming negativitly
    Kiir, will be ousted through democratically change. meaning that election
    Let us listen to Mr. President national dialogue which he scheduled in last year

  • 27 February 2017 23:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Those who are friends to Riek Machar, should convince Mr Riek Machar to come back for nation building with Kiirdit, one cannot claps itself.
    South Sudan, will change itself automatically without leaders if Riek Machar accept president calls for peace in war ton country.

    • 28 February 2017 05:40, by jubaone

      Ayuiu Makuach,
      Dr. Riak is educated, Kiir is not. It’s Riak that must lead Kiir and not the reverse. It’s like putting an illiterate luakjienge into a Boeing 737 cockpit and expecting the half idiot to fly that plane. It just CAN’T work, however much he tries. Kiir was born and remains a loser. Fighting alone doesn’t matter cos fools do that. We need good brains which Kiir doesn’t have.

  • 28 February 2017 02:57, by john akeen

    There should be no election until 2050 and that will be 32yrs start from 2018, election from 2021 wish’s 4yrs it’s not enough, south Sudanese people they still don’t know that they are very impertinent in this world

  • 28 February 2017 03:22, by doot

    In elevens years of ruling, president has already used all his privileges as citizen.This means that his term to this is over.Over the top,he need to step-down.To him stepping down is a joke because they are many jokes about him. No president ever,yet,people of South Sudan need a fresh person to make this country great again.

  • 28 February 2017 03:27, by john akeen

    Is batter for us to keep president Kiir in the office ratter than someone else, because if we put somebody else in the office that person mid do same thing like president Kiir did according to what Nuers and equatorians are saying

    • 28 February 2017 05:20, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      As long as there are so many semi illiterates and half idiots like you who have little education and skills (your deplorable English), Kiir will rule for life. Kiir himself has no formal education and doesn’t know what to do with himself, if removed from office. He might not be able to herd cows any longer, the "urban cowboy".

      • 28 February 2017 05:55, by South South


        It’s good that Kiir has cows, not monkeys. Kiir will leave official voluntary if he decides to leave. Who can remove him? Monkeys’ eater like you? There are very strong leaders behind kiir, if you make comparison with kiir, Kiir is an angel. You have Kuol Manyang and Malong Awan waiting anxiously. The will crush traitors and monkeys’ eater.

        • 28 February 2017 06:15, by jubaone

          South South,
          Well, if eating monkey meat makes me more intelligent than cow meat, the evidence is there to see. Malong, Kuol and whichever jienges may use their "feet and hands" but I use my brains and that will remain so. It’s just a question of time when such tailless monkeys will be relegated to "cages" or flushed off to their luaks. I am sure of that.

          • 28 February 2017 06:21, by jubaone

            South South,
            Ofcourse such half idiots like you who have no or little education glorify such monsters like Kiir. No wonder jienge hirelings like you are terrified and fear to rebuke a "benydit". He could order you to kiss 💋 his feet or a** and you submissively would do that. This is the reason why jienges can’t rebel. They are terrified and you are a good example.

            • 28 February 2017 06:45, by South South


              What education you are talking about? Is eating monkeys something we should call good education? Dinka fought for South Sudan and if you are waiting for them to rebel to help you destroy South Sudan, then you are dreaming. It is you one day will come back to South Sudan and kiss Kiir’s feet for forgiveness. I will be watching monkeys’s eater from very close with very angry face.

              • 28 February 2017 06:50, by South South


                Take it very straight from me, you are like an insect under our shoe. We can do anything with you anytime we want including crushing you. Mark my words, we are not angry yet because you are nothing, but loser who use internet only to make very empty threats, who care?

                • 28 February 2017 09:13, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Shoes? If you jienges don’t have pants and just run 🏃 around naked "Aryan jienges" how come you have shoes now? I even didn’t know you have human feet. I thought you had hooves like cows or foot-palms like chimps. Learn to wear pants b4 you get shoes.

                  • 28 February 2017 09:24, by South South


                    Don’t spray me with monkey’s poop!!!!! Take shower and then come back to discuss issues with us, you smell monkey’s poop. Talking about naked people, I have seen some people who eat monkeys wearing nothing and their women wear tree leaves. Ok, Chimps, I think that’s very delicious meat to you.

              • 28 February 2017 09:07, by jubaone

                South South,
                Jienges carried for us water and we taught them to wear pants. They are still "boys" and need to be herded, cared for and controlled like cows. As I said, God hurriedly created a jienge after creating flies. Thats why they are everywhere, nuisance. Easy to teach even monkeys good manners and respect than a jienge. He is still in stages of human evolution. Sorry!

                • 28 February 2017 14:36, by wacjak

                  Jubaone! Since when did you meet the Dinka to carry for you water and taught them to wear pants? We have been there. If the Dinka people are truly that weak, you idiots would have succeeded to defeat them since 1983 when you colluded with Jallaba. When you realize that these people are invincible, then you shall come back and beg for their forgiveness.

                  • 1 March 2017 05:40, by jubaone

                    B4 the AA till when Alier became HEC President,jienges in Nyaing, Juba na Bari now corrupted as Thongpiny, most jienges used to fetch water for Juba residents. Chief Andrea would beat anyone of them that carried watet naked "albis libas ya aryan jienge" ask your older uncles from Bor and they will confirm that. You are still our porters and water carriers even if try to now drive a V8.

    • 28 February 2017 05:24, by Dinka-Defender-General

      I disagree with John Akeen that President Kiir needs to stay in power until 2050. It is unreasonable argument. Would you please tell us why President Kiir deserves continue ruling. Give us 5 to 10 reasons why president needs more time. I stick with president because I did not want to create more atrocities than what Machar did with his supports, but president is making the country weaker everyday.

  • 28 February 2017 04:51, by Dinka-Defender-General

    No way for President Kiir to stay in power until 2021. What are the benefits of him staying in power until 2021? Nothing. I don’t see benefits and I disagree with government explanations. We, the South Sudan need an election soon and 2018 is reasonable to conduct it. President Kiir must go and make room for new faces in the government for developments.

    • 28 February 2017 04:57, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Continue..why do we want to keep President Kiir in power for that long time? Please don’t get me wrong. I like President Kiir, but his terms are over. We, the people of South Sudan need an election soon. Also executive power needs to be eliminated from the president. Check and balance need to be implemented between president, representatives, and tribal leaders.

  • 28 February 2017 05:04, by Dinka-Defender-General

    continue..I believe there are many leaders who can take President kiir position and do better job to people than President did since 2005. Would you please show us anything President Kiir did to South Sudan people since 2005 to qualify him for "good faith?" Nothing. Therefore, President Kiir must subside in 2018 and let other leaders take over the leadership.

    • 28 February 2017 05:14, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Continue..personally, I don’t believe in violence or war among citizens, but I believe all citizens should upraise to overthrow the President from the power any time president wants to stay in power without citizens approval in Egypt and many other African countries. This is the only solution I will support 100% in South Sudan.

    • 28 February 2017 09:02, by Chong Thow

      President kir time is over. Let someone else is taking over this position. Southern sudan new face for coming election 2018. For those who are saying president kir will stay until 2021 is a wrong decision for our country.

  • 28 February 2017 05:26, by Eastern

    It’s good to hear that the inept Kiir plans on clinging on power till 2021; how he will be able to do that remains another question. The most important thing though for his clueless followers to know that it will be war, rebellions, famine and deaths between now and 2021. Does South Sudan really need Kiir at the helm for one more day?!!!!!!

  • 28 February 2017 05:30, by pabaak

    Sudantribune on loose run like their usual business and this will make them nothing but a Xerox. A copying machine that just copy and paste without reasoning, what’s in world that a community leader will step in something not in his mandate this is something not in his responsibilities,wether election is delayed, postponed or what ever came it is election committee with Government

    • 28 February 2017 05:43, by pabaak

      whom can led the people know what’s going about the 2018 election, a kid from standard four can know this. folk be careful this webside page has its own agenda of the over internet war probably tried to collect spill milk from the ground, which a gone case, if something fought vigorously on ground did not succeed then how do they delusively think their over the internet war will turn it around?

      • 28 February 2017 07:16, by Dengda

        @Pabaak don’t blame website, read it again and see the quotation marks in post. Aldo Ajou is actively advocating for that as member of JCE.
        Secondly, you said one community can’t decide for the affairs nation, which is right of you. But you failed to condemn Mr Aldo Ajou rather you put scapegoat on Sudan tribune site, of which it their right as media outlet to interview and quote people statementt

        • 28 February 2017 09:09, by Ater

          Situation is out of control.Kiir doesnot want riek back.Nothing left but the choices is yours either to adapt the bush life or accept peace.

    • 28 February 2017 05:50, by Eastern

      So long as Makuei and Wek Wek Ateny remain mute and donot dispute this information, JCE wields more influence than any other established institution in South Sudan. Stop your myopic bashing of Sudantribune!!!

  • 28 February 2017 07:22, by Independent Thinker

    Dear citizens,
    Yes! President Kiir is silly man indeed. When Kiir says yes, it means no, when he says yes it means no and therefore, Kiir in my own understanding Dinka Communities are losers in long term for sure because of their useless son so call Kiir. How you can talk about 2021 yet there is war in within Juba. Kiir will repeats it very soon.

    My analysis KIIR will not stay in power by 2017

  • 28 February 2017 07:22, by Kat Cok

    Any one need Silva Kiir to step down peacefully let him leave rebellion and come back to join national dialogue there the peace and stability to whole South Sudan will come then election will be conducted, and then choose any one you like than Silva Kiir.

  • 28 February 2017 07:23, by Dengda

    Saddam Hassein Vs chemical Ali
    Kiir Vs Makuei Lueth

    Can we see what is coming? All senior generals defected or resigned, it could be matter of time before we see last person defect or resign and that would be Mamur. If he does! what it mean for the looters under Dinka skin? God is watching you and don’t stain our name, you few of Aweil, Warrap and Bor.

  • 28 February 2017 07:42, by Liberator

    Dear folks
    In my own calculations ,KIIR must stay in power for a good 22years starting from 2011 up to 2033, than people go for election, Riak with his group made KIIR to be powerful leader ,why I said that ,Riak group used to killed innocent DINKA because of one person called KIIR so we DINKA decided to united ourselves and defend our territory from destructions. cont

  • 28 February 2017 07:44, by Cienzhiel Lual and Lul

    stupid jce

    your dreamming to rule country till 2021 is nonsense as SPLA IO is now ready to change your rotten government by all mean becuase Mr machar is suffer calling for peace while kiir is calling for operations to continued time has come for south sudanese to overthrown the dictators and tribalist gogrial gangs who don’t even have bachelor degree certificate SPLA IO vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • 28 February 2017 07:50, by Liberator

      Lul you are out of sense , KIIR will rule south Sudan till you die dry in the bush , or refugee camp , nothing will change him in the power ,whether by ballot box or bullet box

  • 28 February 2017 07:46, by Liberator

    If Riak with his group need regime change he must change his policies , Most of the DINKAS are suffering under kiir leadership but what united them is Riak

    • 28 February 2017 09:36, by Eastern

      Change is coming; continue to sit on the fence!....,.,

      • 28 February 2017 13:36, by South South


        The alternative will be very terrible, just think twice before releasing any statement about the change.

        • 28 February 2017 18:07, by Eastern

          South Sudan,

          I have pondered over my next move not just twice, as you naively advised, but over time with well set strategies. The days of tribal kleptocrats and their accompanying machinations are numbered!!!

  • 28 February 2017 18:09, by Eastern

    Remember, the internal front operating within the network of the tribal kleptocrats will be handy in implementing part of the grand strategy.....

  • 2 March 2017 12:14, by pilot

    What kind of democracy do we have in South Sudan? Who are these people who called themselves JCE? Are they given a right to amend the constitution of the Country? Does it mean that Silva will rule this Country like Maseveni? We need to do some things before this Country turn into ash.I’m very optimistic that changes will only happens through our collective efforts.Silva must go.

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