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President Kiir pardons SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar


President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar in Khartoum on 26 June 2018 (Photo SUNA)

August 8, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has pardoned the leader of the main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, Riek Machar after nearly five years of fighting, said a presidential decree released on Wednesday.

In accordance with the Republican Order Number 14/2018 the President granted a "general amnesty to the leader of SPLM-IO Dr Riek Machar Teny and other estranged groups who waged war against the Government of the Republic of South Sudan from 2013 to date."

Kiir and Machar signed on Sunday an agreement on the outstanding issues of governance chapter concluding a series of talks to revitalize a peace deal signed in August 2015.

President Kiir was strongly opposed to Machar participation in the 30-month transitional period but under regional pressure, he accepted to appoint him as First Vice-President.

The negotiating teams of the South Sudanese parties resumed talks on the modalities of implementation of the peace agreement. After what, a final peace agreement will be signed in Khartoum.

The South Sudanese TV which reported the pardon said the President reiterated his full commitment to the peace agreement including the ceasefire and its implementation. However, he directed the army to remain vigilant to defend the country and to repel any aggression in self-defence.

Presidency keen to implement peace

Following a meeting of the South Sudanese presidency including President Kiir, FVP Taban Deng Gai and VP James Wani Igga, the leadership stressed its support for the peace agreement and its full implementation.

Vice President James Wani described the toughly negotiated governance and power-sharing agreement as ’’historic" and pointed that South Sudanese are the real owners of the revitalized agreement.

He further disclosed that the President will brief the governors of the states in a date to be determined very soon instead of next Wednesday.

In a related development, Kiir met with the splinter rebel leader Maj. Gen. Julius Tabuley Daniel who broke away from the National Salvation Front of Thomas Cirillo Swaka.


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  • 9 August 2018 01:32, by Theone

    How many times do South Sudanese have to forgive this Khartoum RAT?

    • 9 August 2018 07:13, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Mr. president, that is not how Uhuru Kenyatta and Ralia Odinga did it. If south Sudanese are to forgive themselves, it should be you to be forgiven first by South Sudanese, both those who died and those that are alive and suffering. Do you have any family member killed by Dr. Riek to forgive him? Salva Kiir, you are a shame to South Sudan!!!

  • 9 August 2018 01:42, by One people

    Amnesty. I hope those who received amnesty from president Kiir shouldn’t be afraid again and they should come back home like leaders, not to come back like criminals...leader rules people and protect people and to show people a good body language. Leader should arrest criminals. A leader shouldn’t get arrested for doing crimes against none leader

    • 9 August 2018 03:02, by South South

      President Kiir is doing the right things to make peace works. Forget about the past and start the new page.

      • 9 August 2018 10:40, by jubaone

        South South
        No new page. Revise the old page.

    • 9 August 2018 03:08, by The Rhino

      One people

      Have you ever heard of the word "Kiirminal" from our gleamy word inventive Equatorian brother Jubaone?Your Kiir is the criminal,one who is precisely defined by his actions in slaughtering innocent South Sudanese across the nation,let alone the documented massacres in Juba Dec.2013,Yei Nov.2016,Pajok April 2017 or Riak’s home town Leer where human flesh was forced to be eaten?...

      • 9 August 2018 03:15, by The Rhino

        One people,
        ...worthless Kiir is the one to beg for amnesty from South Sudanese.This man is not a ’president’...not even a leader who protects his citizens from any danger but one who jails,tortures and murders South Sudanese without impunity.You jienges will one day get on your knees and repair the shit you’ve created in this country.Now f**k off!

        • 9 August 2018 09:14, by jubaone

          Great! The Kiirminal can’t be trusted by his words but his actions. Riak would be an outright idiot to return to Juba without a strong military backup. Already his army wants about 12000 strong army to avoid the 2016 attempted murder. Riak must take NO chances this time

  • 9 August 2018 04:27, by Games

    Idiots, he doesn’t even know the meaning of the word amnesty. You pardon someone you have jailed, but Salva Kiir and his JCE had never Jails Machar. They actually tried three times to kill Machar but all failed because Machar has done nothing wrong. Machar was only restricted his mobilities in South Africa by IGAD countries. He was never been in jail in South Africa. If he has, he prison location

    • 9 August 2018 05:30, by Nairobimitot

      To Game.
      The action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense is pardon. The President has pardoned Riek Machar and forgave him for what he had done. He was the only first Vice President, and that was his job. The people of South Sudan now understand the previous post for Riek Machar was maybe too much for him because he was the only Vice President. Perhaps that was the reason he rebelled.
      We fight each other and we forgive and forget so that the life can go on. By Pardoning Riek Machar on national TV, the President is a good man, and he wants all the people to know that he accepts Peace, if this peace holds, it is going to be the people of South Sudan who will reap from it. The real winners are the people of South Sudan, everything we need will come because of Peace and forgiving of each other. A man who does not forgive is a dead Man.

    • 9 August 2018 07:17, by Jongo

      What about 1991 Khartoum agreement who kills who FYI Kiir/Machar both are criminals Riak is jailed in exile thousand KM away from home putted in a small room 2x3mtr what do you call that Hotel stupid Now accept the amnesty & come out from your hiding or to hell with your pangak until you got rotten both Nuer & jenge are criminals

  • 9 August 2018 04:29, by Games

    If he has, he prison location would have been tourist destination in South Africa

    • 9 August 2018 05:36, by Nairobimitot


      I think you are a crazy person. Go back and drink your alcohol and after that, go to sleep. When you wake up, tell us your stories again and we will see and decide if they will make any sense.

  • 9 August 2018 04:31, by Games

    Salva Kiir is going crazy at the moment, but the good news is, the whole world are watching him closely.

  • 9 August 2018 05:36, by Sunday Junup

    I told you many times without number that there is no peace as long as Kiirimnal Mayardit still a president of that country. Look at how he cover up his wrong deeds. I hope Riak will be careful this time

  • 9 August 2018 05:36, by Sunday Junup

    I told you many times without number that there is no peace as long as Kiirimnal Mayardit still a president of that country. Look at how he cover up his wrong deeds. I hope Riak will be careful this time

  • 9 August 2018 06:19, by Eastern

    Whether or not Kiir forgives, pardons, etc. Machar, that’s only for the monstrous party the SPLM with its nefarious militia outfit the SPLA. It’s time for the South Sudanese to claim back their country from these goons....

    • 9 August 2018 09:22, by jubaone

      Riak as FVP intends to operate from Malakal and may not wish to come to Juba. Malakal is near to where many of his fighters are based and would rapidly come to his aid should the kiirminal try something "jienge ". If he comes to Juba, then not less than 12000 fighters will accompany him. Another final showdown

      • 9 August 2018 09:47, by South South


        You are really sleeping deep or you maybe out from South Sudan for very long time. You mentioned old airport in Aweil, it makes me language and it makes me know that you have no clue about South Sudan. Aweil has new airport in Maduany area. Malakal is all SPLA. I visited it 4 times in 2017 and one time 2018. It’s well protected with SPLA everywhere. Riak is forgiven, he will be in Juba.

    • 9 August 2018 09:50, by South South


      Shut up coward!!! No one authorizes you to talk for South Sudanese. South Sudanese want peace. Talk about thief leader Thomas Cirillo if you want. Peace is cemented in South Sudan. Any coward who still making empty noises is a just a coward and should be ignored, case is closed.

      • 9 August 2018 10:20, by jubaone

        South South
        Bloody liar! Write any nonsense you wish and of course Riak is a free man. If he thinks the kiirminal has granted him amnesty and can return, that is his problem. The agreement has not stipulated the provisions by which Riak can return. Who will ensure his security? The JCE? Or SPLAnyors?

      • 9 August 2018 10:35, by jubaone

        South South
        You jienge juronit. You are one of those supporters of the jienge republic that advocated for Riak’s return to SS as a normal citizen and that he must renounce war. Now he’s returning as FVP with 12,000 IO protection force. Eh rayak?

        • 9 August 2018 13:33, by South South


          What is your problem monkey? Riak will go to Juba and he will be guarded by IGAD forces. This is because we want to build relationship with him. Unless your mind is exactly like that one of your monkey. Can you tell the world how 12000 of IO forces will enter to Juba? Monkey, relax and think again and again. Everything is in our hands, period.

      • 9 August 2018 20:04, by Eastern

        You son of a dog, your lucky that Sudantribune is preventing me from stooping low to your level.....You would have seen my obscene words directed at you in equal measures. Who are you to shut up people on this forum? Sudantribune is not Kiir’s SSTV...!

        • 9 August 2018 21:36, by The Rhino


          That sisi South South must have been terribly molested as a child by his arab masters in the north,thats why he picks and reflects same attitude like his enslavers.Jienges are showing exact patterns of traumatic experiences people with psychosis exhibit.The early exposition and extreme subjection to mental deprivation by the arabs are now manifesting themselves in this South South,Kiir..

          • 9 August 2018 21:42, by The Rhino

            ...JCE and many of their kind.In short,they are human waste.One thing these jienges must understand is,the country or territory South Sudan as he calls it does not and will never belong to these idiots.

  • 9 August 2018 07:53, by Theallseeingeye

    until I started to see prisoners of war and political detainees like Human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and writer Aggrey Idri Ezibon, and james gatdet dak are released, I ll not trust Kiir’s word.

  • 9 August 2018 08:30, by White Nation

    Every body know the plan D for Salva Kiir even Dr. Riek Machar knew what is planned by Uganda President and Salva Kiir but that plan D will fail. As we Innocent citizen of South Sudanese praying God and God will let Uganda President and Savla Kiir to faced wrong plan and also God is protector for Dr. Riek Machar every plan again him will fail in the name of Jesus Christ Amen....Amen.

  • 9 August 2018 08:34, by White Nation

    God love Dr. Riek Machar Teny don’t worry do everything in power of God.

  • 9 August 2018 08:39, by White Nation

    Savla Kiir and Uganda President planned three and all three failed remain plan D. but this plan D will fail too in the name of JESUS CHRIST Amen Amen.

    • 9 August 2018 09:36, by Nairobimitot

      White Nation.

      Do not worry about the worse coming. The worse is over it is time for the development of the country after everything was ruin and destroyed. Nobody is going back to war again. You need to stop worrying too much because Riek has agreed to work together with the President without causing problems still. Calm Down because nobody will run back to the bush again.

      All the four Vice President should be meeting the President once a month for the discussion of how the Nation should move forward

  • 9 August 2018 11:30, by @you

    Hahaha, you think you will count the bullet again?
    It is not a Obama peace that let you to dance more

    Yala amshi num.

  • 9 August 2018 13:55, by Ariik Kuol Ariik

    A good Spirit for Peace and Unity

    The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has taken a crucial step for peace and harmony in the country by issuing the National Amnesty pardoning the leader of SPLM-IO Dr. Riak Machar to return back to the country and work with him.

    This is a good spirit, because, we are South Sudanese who share the same identity, history and the same natural rights.

  • 9 August 2018 14:40, by lino

    Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba is one more time taking the wrong road and direction!!! Learn folks how to do things!!!

    • 9 August 2018 16:15, by Malakal county Simon

      How can a perpetrated for give a victim?? Some one tells this unwanted president to take a seat as he this statement does not make sense at all!!

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