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Kiir cancels South Sudan independence celebration due to economic crisis


President Salva kiir speaks at the anniversary of South Sudan independance file photo
July 9, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir said on Sunday his administration was forced to call off the celebration of 6th Independence Day because of the economic crisis with which the country was battling to address since the eruption of the armed conflict in December 2013.

“We did not feel that it was appropriate to spend whatever little funds we may have to celebrate when our people are hugely affected by the economic crisis that has made it difficult for many people to afford even one meal per day,” announced President Kiir in a message issued in commemoration of the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence.

"Although the famine, which was declared in some parts of our country, has now been contained, still thousands of our citizens are under threat of food insecurity," he further said.

No military parade or other public events took place as war ravages the economy and inflation hits almost 300 percent. The young nation is struggling to stop rising inflation caused by the war, rampant corruption and the near collapse of the oil industry, which accounts for 98 percentages of government revenues.

President called on the international community to support the national dialogue which he declared last year, saying it was the only option for the country to address all the differences which caused the war.

“ I want to appeal to all our international partners, the IGAD countries, East African Community, the African Union, the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, to support the National Dialogue process in South Sudan,” appealed Kiir.

“The only viable option is for us to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, which was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 17th of August 2015 and in Juba, South Sudan, on the 26th of August 2015, respectively. That is why it is important for the parties to the agreement to persevere in its implementation. Meanwhile, other armed groups and disgruntled entities should get on board and embrace the national dialogue as a forum to make their case," he adds.

But the president said about 90% of Chapter I, on the Transitional Government of National Unity, has been implemented and about 54% has been implemented on Chapter II, dealing with the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements. He attributed the challenges to little progress in the security sector to lack of the full establishment and funding of the Cantonment Areas and the threat by anti-peace elements that attack and kill those who want to report to the cantonment areas

He rejected the renegotiating the agreement, saying it would be unproductive, citing the 2015 peace agreement and the reunification agreement of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement as the basis of the existence of the transitional government of national unity.

“We have the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan as well as the SPLM Reunification Agreement. These agreements form the governing framework of the Transitional Government of National Unity. In light of this, it is our considered opinion that any further renegotiation of these agreements would be counterproductive,” he explained.

Government officials reject calls by the IGAD countries and the African Union for a revitalization process involving the armed opposition groups to negotiate the implementation of the peace agreement which provides they should be associated with its implementation and their forces be integrated at the end of the transitional period in line with the security arrangements.

Also, armed and political opposition forces argue that the agreement has collapsed and call for a new inclusive process to end the over three-year war.

Mabior Garang de Mabior, head of information committee of armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) under the exiled former First Vice-President turned rebel leader Riek Machar said the regional proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was the only way in the right direction to coalesced efforts to end war.

“The focus should be on initiating an all-inclusive peace process; which will include the negotiation of new security arrangements. These security arrangements will include cantonment of forces and ultimately a comprehensive ceasefire. This is the practical way to end the war,” said Mabior.

Majak D’ Agoot, former deputy defence minister and a leading member of the former political detainees said on Sunday that the young nation was still deep in a cesspit; more fractured, insecure and hungry.

The opposition figure said revitalising ARCSS (Agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan) was the only way the differences and obstacle facing the implementation could be resolved as the quickest way to end the conflict.


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  • 9 July 2017 19:47, by Newsudan

    the crises ever witness in Sudan history.
    1.300000 refugees Darfuris in Chad, 1.2m idps
    2.2m refugees southerners:Uganda,Kenya, Sudan n Ethiopia
    1.8m idps
    3.500000 refugees of two areas of Nuba mt n Funj

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  • 9 July 2017 21:59, by Magisto Ohisa

    Nice speech by Mr president
    Let us work together with our leader
    for peace,liberty and prosperity
    by joining the national dialogue........
    those who are not interested in peace must reframe and
    join us advocating peace, war kills and those who have test
    it’s bitterness have withdrawn and later become great
    nations................. I wish all South Sudan wherever
    you are a happy celebration of

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  • 9 July 2017 22:23, by john locke

    Everything kiir says is a lie. How can you want peace but yet continue attacking us in uppernile. How can you start a war and blame it on others. Kiir needs to step down immediatly. If he really wants peace hed reinstate the 2015 peace deal and step down. He hijacked southsudan

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    • 10 July 2017 01:25, by john akeen

      Mr. John Locke
      This is what President kiir said, he said, the threat by anti-peace elements that attack and kill those who want peace and those how want to report themselves to the cantonment areas. Don’t you know how to red and untristant. President Kiir will never step down because of you or because of Riek Machar, if you don’t like Kiir, than you would have to wait for election and vote>>

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      • 10 July 2017 01:33, by john akeen

        for who you would like to vote for, if you don’t want to vote for president Kiir. Enough is Enough. You need to join national dialogue so you can tell the whole world what is you problem is

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    • 10 July 2017 06:21, by Kuch

      Mr.John Locke,
      Do you idiot know that the name ’Locke’ is a Scotsman name? Next door to us, Uganda, let themselves be colonized by the British---and the Scot people were the ones that colonized you idiots---you neighbor Rwanda & Congo were colonized by the *Belgium* have you idiot ever heard of the Belgium Congo?>>>

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      • 10 July 2017 06:27, by Kuch

        Mr. John Locke,
        I don’t think you will answer this question because you Bantus are just bunch fools who just worship the Europeans & Americans and that was why they shipped most of the Bantus from Angola, Congo and whole of the West Africa to the Americas. Here Nile valley though it is a different story, we have *never ever been colonized by any rat on earth*>>>

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        • 10 July 2017 06:35, by Kuch

          Mr. John Locke,
          Do you really understand the nuances of the title of "Kiir cancels South Sudan independence celebration due to economic crisis" SUDAN TRIBUNE? Our enemies the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy evil in between think that they use our country & our people as their Geo-political chess game like their then Eastern Congo,>>>

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          • 10 July 2017 06:42, by Kuch

            Angola, Mozambique, South African countries, Asian countries and Eastern European countries during their so-called war. And again, our country and our people are being Geo-politically chess game played by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & their evil allies in between like Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan>>>

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            • 10 July 2017 06:49, by Kuch

              and Ukraine. This is what the Europeans & Americans often called the *great game*: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Game-Struggle-Central-Kodansha/dp/1568360223
              Our country and our people have been taken hostage by the greatest evils earth, the UK, the US, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their evils in between by using their fools like Riek Machar as their puppet/stooge>>>

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              • 10 July 2017 06:55, by Kuch

                and some foolish Nuers as their proxies to try to crawl their evil selves into our country like they have done in Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. But here in South Sudan though, that is not going happen under the sun. Nile is control by very powerful fools. We will never ever allowed the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN,>>>

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                • 10 July 2017 07:00, by Kuch

                  their sleazy NGOs and their creepy allies in between into our country, they must ’watch this space’ fellows. We have informed the evils though. We don’t like white Americans, English people, their evil juus, the cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan in our country never ever. Fellows, WW3 is going to start here in our country. Who says, we want the evil white Americans, English people,>>>

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                  • 10 July 2017 07:06, by Kuch

                    their evil juus and their, their so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan and their Arabs of Arabia? Who really says? Fellows, the evil corporate America, their English people, their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs and their allies love affair with our country & our people has gone too far. And we are to show the evils how much we heat them?>>>

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                    • 10 July 2017 07:11, by Kuch

                      The evils thin they can re-unite our country with their so-called cloned North Sudan just like they did with their then "East And West Germany" good look to the evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus and some of their allies & then plunder our country that is not going to happen even in million years. We are going to bomb the evils out of North Sudan>>>

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                      • 10 July 2017 07:16, by Kuch

                        to Saudi Arabia & Yemen by the way and some of them back to Nigeria. Salva Kiir & his bunch of idiots are the ones who will let evils pee into our ’throats and mouths’ with their so-called *peace and negotiations* with the evil corporate America, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus’ so-called Riek Machar fools>>>

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                        • 10 July 2017 07:20, by Kuch

                          We have been asking the government of South Sudan to let bomb the damn UN, UNIMISS and everything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus and some of their evils in between out of our country because these evils will never leave our country & our people alone without bloods>>>

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  • 10 July 2017 02:15, by john locke

    Let me ask you one question john akeen.. do you believe that kiir was the ring leader of the 2013 nuer massacre in juba? Answer that question for me

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    • 10 July 2017 07:20, by john akeen

      John Locke
      if I answer your Q by saying no he didn’t, I know you will say because I’m Dinka or aryan-jinga, but if I say yes, I know you will say, than you will never stop revenge, but let me tell you arb people they have killed maybe millions of South Sudanese people and they still want to kill more today, but we have forgiven them, why because we don’t want more of iur people to die, but tell me

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      • 10 July 2017 07:34, by john akeen

        me what happened in 1991 in Bor and who was the leader? Anyway" brother John Locke I need you to come join me in the national dialogue, so that way we can address all of our problems, because we need our country to be in world level that we expect to be or what do you think? do you want to see your country looking beautiful? we need to talk. Thank you for your Q

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  • 10 July 2017 07:17, by john locke

    Kuch.. you need some serious help. You sound like a mentally disturbed person

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    • 10 July 2017 07:27, by Kuch

      For me get some help from who? What do I need some help for? I would want helps if you *Bantus go away from our country* from we are way well ahead of you idiots and white people masters. We going to bomb your masters out of our country by a way o f war. We have never ever been fans of any evil on earth who think he/she can breaths over our necks, never>>>

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      • 10 July 2017 08:17, by Majesty

        I’m afraid John Locke is right. You should blame this dumb President instead of attacking countries led by smart leaders who plan and prioritize interest of their countries. Tell Pres Salva kiir to use some millions of dollars he kept in his office to feed those families..... He’s begging the very countries you want to attack. We can’t be both, beggars and attackers.

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        • 10 July 2017 09:09, by Kuch

          No one has beg the evil white Americans, English people, the UN, their evil juus of anything. If want the evils in your village Mr. Majesty, then we would want that village in our country chap. The fools like you are the ones who want to bring the evils in to our country. Good luck fools. Get your self out our country. We are going the evil white Americans, English people>>>

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          • 10 July 2017 09:16, by Kuch

            their evil juus, their UN and some their evils in between out of our country by a way of a war. Fellows, be very careful. There is going to be fireworks in our country.

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          • 10 July 2017 11:04, by Majesty

            Indeed you have issues. But no I don’t have UN in my village nor do I support UN crowding South Sudan. Your types are real problem and we need self-evaluation to correct it. The most cowards of all can’t be allowed endlessly to go around urinating and vomiting on others and creating wars they can’t fight.

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      • 10 July 2017 13:07, by Malakal county Simon


        Much of your words are always based on frustrations and hate against the countries who help you to get your country you destroying today.... isn’t a betrayal of you? Please stop writing nonsense for your own making and point your finger to the right person which is unwanted president kiir if you truly love this country to get back to normalcy!!!!

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  • 10 July 2017 08:21, by Jongo

    Malesh Bra Kiir
    Let me help with some ideas because I’m afraid may be there’l be no next if these measures not taken seriously 1/reduction ministry of youth & sports,wild lives, fishery & live stock. 2/close some embassies like in Saudi Arabia,Russia,Sudan,Egypt.3/Stop ministers from traveling abroad especially the deputy minister of sports he is realy a waist 4/Stop living in hotels

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    • 10 July 2017 10:33, by Jongo

      Malesh Bra Kiir
      Let me help you because I’m afraid next Yr no celebration. if these measures not taken seriously 1/reduction ministries like youth,wild lives,fishery.& Ministers & their life style 2/close embassies like in Saudi Arabia,Russia,Sudan,Egypt.3/Stop ministers from Going abroad for 1 yr.especially the deputy minister of sports she is nonsense & waste 4/Stop living in hotel

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  • 10 July 2017 13:51, by Dak tak

    The good news is, the incompetent president they usually read as grade four pupil during his address will spent his remaining few days without any independence day celebration.the national dialogue and reunification of SPLM are now useless to the people of south Sudan who need peace more than unnecessary dramas.independence day celebrations are usually planned by government that had registered...

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  • 10 July 2017 13:58, by Dak tak

    Cont..considerable number of achievements and the next plans,and his government didn’t achieved any as far as development is concerned. What would salva Kiir tell the people of south Sudan when the day was to be celebrated, of course nothing at all. Or he may say I killed thousands and displaced and I will do more if you don’t join my useless dialogue. Finger crossed.

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