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Machar to attend South Sudan peace celebration in Juba: SPLM-IO


SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar speaks to the NPTC members during a meeting they had in Khartoum on 23 October (Photo South Sudanese Govt)
October 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The leader of South Sudan’s main opposition group (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar will take part in the national peace celebration the government plan to hold in Juba Tuesday 30 October.

The announcement was made in Khartoum on Tuesday. following a meeting between Machar and the members of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) who came to brief him about the progress, they achieve in their meetings.

"Machar announced his participation in the national celebration on 30 October pointing that the Revitalized Peace Agreement is the last chance for the political leaders to assume their national role to prevent the collapse of the country," told Sudan Tribune Manawa Peter Gatkuoth SPLM-IO Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Information and Public Relations.

According to Manawa, Machar through his decision to take part in the celebration wants to send a reassuring message to South Sudanese about his commitment to the revitalized agreement and to contribute to creating a suitable atmosphere for the implementation of the peace pact.

"Restoring security and stability in the country faces great challenges but needs a strong political will," Machar told the NPTC members, according to Manawa.

The opposition leader further said that his call for the lifting of the state of emergency, the release of political detainees and the prisoners of war and renouncing the hate speech aimed at promoting a climate of peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

The South Sudanese government started the release of political detainees and prisoners of war as the Red Cross announced the release of 20 prisoners on 19 October. However, some key detainees are still in jail and Juba keeps silent on the fate of others creating a climate of suspicion between the partners.

The celebration of the revitalized peace agreement, which will be attended by the IGAD leaders, is seen by the South Sudanese authorities as a confidence-building measure to show its commitment to the peace agreement.


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  • 24 October 2018 01:31, by Nairobimitot

    Machar has to come to Juba to help the government raise the country and lift the country up. His contribution is missing big, and our government needs him, the people need it, and the country needs him to help our President Kiir Mardiit take this country forward. I wish South Sudan a very happy peace celebration and let the peace fill your hearts wholeheartedly.

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    • 24 October 2018 02:52, by One people

      this time you didn’t speak legally, not every one in gov want Riek Machar back and not everybody in SS wants Riek Machar back including myself, but because of peace, I will accept him back just to let South Sudanese leave in peace even once in their life, since 1813 until today South Sudanese people are suffering and plus we went and add more to it our self

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      • 24 October 2018 03:02, by One people

        this people are not a good leaders, South Sudanese people deserve to have good leaders and smart leader

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        • 24 October 2018 04:19, by Games

          This country is in big messes because, Machar is not in it. Over half of our populations are Marcher’s supporters, but scares to open their mouths due to their lifes’ threats from Salva Kiir’s militias.

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          • 24 October 2018 07:13, by Kenyang ll

            Riek Machar started this mess in 1990s out of nowhere because he wanted to replace John Garang. Lately, he wanted Salva Kiir out of power so he can be president. If Riek Machar didn’t start this mess, we all shouldn’t be here.

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            • 24 October 2018 07:46, by Kenyang ll

              ..good Cdrs Pgan Amum, Oyai Deng, Pieng Deng, Gier Chung, Madut Biar...are silenced while Gen Athor Deng and his delegation was grabbed from Rwanda hotel and executed for not following orders. Gen Malong among many is essentially banned to come to South Sudan for not attending ceremonial removal. Amaze Kiir, Wani, Kuol or Awet Akot manage to pull this, Hopefully, it wouldn’t hunt e’m.

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              • 24 October 2018 11:20, by Malakal county Simon


                Cut the crap ya Malong supporter!!

                If you agreed as you’re, that unwanted president Kiir has failed to lead the nation and than what’s wrong with Dr Machar having the ball to take over since you all scared??

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                • 24 October 2018 11:21, by Malakal county Simon


                  Grow up, and cut the hatred against the innocent man!!

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                • 25 October 2018 01:28, by Kenyang ll

                  Malakal County Simon,
                  That selfish and reckless dog named Riek Machar solely endangered and set South Sudanese generations aback decades after another, he would and should be easily kill then becoming President. He don’t have votes, so no way. I’m for peace, have no problem him attending or being reinstated as VP. I’m trying to point out if you reward culprits like Riek, no men should be punished.

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      • 24 October 2018 03:19, by Marco A. Wek

        One people or I can rightly say, one person, who cares who and what want or like? South Sudanese people want peace and Dr. Riek Machar is more important than you nobody.

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        • 24 October 2018 05:27, by Kush Natives

          Everything happens to have an End, now South Sudanese leaders are coming to their sense except few. Now, we’re giving up on war and we’re taking in peace. Indeed, South Sudanese have to take peace of mind. Bye bye war and welcome peace! God bless people of South Sudan and the land of cush.

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      • 24 October 2018 07:00, by Midit Mitot

        One people,
        You are completely wrong and deserve not to be name one people, if we all need peace for South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar is the right person to bring it rather then all those fake opposition, let us preach for peace.

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    • 24 October 2018 06:52, by padiit gaga

      Hey Machar
      Iam scare for your going back to Juba without your armies remember cowboy doesn’t keep his promise he just want to kill you now like he did last year when he chased you to DRC this time he will just only tie you on the neck like a lamb to slaughter where you have No soldiers to defense you leave your word Kachlora you used to say, wait for your armies forget about this invitation.

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  • 24 October 2018 07:26, by Ranmediit

    Leaders of IO should prescient on that Issue otherwise it will weaken them,

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  • 24 October 2018 07:52, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Machar should denounce his greed for being president of South Sudan otherwise he will perish. He failed in 1991 and became a traitor working against John Garang. Field Marshal Salva Kiir Mayardit is the only liberator and he will remain President. In the absence of Salva, General Taban Deng Gai will take over.

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  • 24 October 2018 08:24, by Lenin Bull

    Dr.Riek you are welcomed back after butchering thousands of our innocent citizens in order for you to reclaim your desired position in government. This empty talks about rescuing the country from collapse is nothing but a pretend to hide your selfish interests. The country is not collapsing at all. This imminent collapse has been sang since 2014 to present such that it has lost meaning.

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    • 24 October 2018 14:19, by jubaone

      Indicators of a collapsed state: Debt over 80% of GDP, runaway corruption without accountability; flagrant human rights violation; galloping inflation at over 150% per annum; breakdown of central authority; anarchy and chaos; more drinkers than thinkers; unpaid civil servants; bloated bureaucracy of semi illiterates; illiteracy rate at 86%;

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  • 24 October 2018 08:32, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan is not collapsing and it will never collapse because some few bloody criminals/rebels are in bush. No. To the contrary South Sudan can march for eternity without Riek and his bloody barbaric gangs. But to make the UN/TROIKA and Sudan happy welcome back. Young South Sudanese leaders who have learned the art of governance in class rooms are up and coming and you will regret your nonsense

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    • 24 October 2018 08:45, by Malakal county Simon

      Frankly speaking,

      It’s would be best for Dr Machar to delegate some one else instead of him....Its too early and this peace need to observe for at least another 6 months and see how things are going!!

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      • 24 October 2018 14:32, by jubaone

        Breaking news: Jienge forces overrun 2 IO bases in Lainya County. IO were caught off guard. They stupidly believed in the peace. Read Nyamile.com. Riak is done and his going to Juba is a clear sign of defeat and succumbing. He has no choice but submissively return like a house dog. I thought he had a PhD. His intelligence spies again failed to warn in advance.

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        • 24 October 2018 14:43, by jubaone

          How did the Nuers that constituted 60% of the SPLA b4 2013 not foreseen jienges evil plans that led to the massacre of 2013? How complacent and foolish was Riak to walk into Juba in April 2016 with only 1500 soldiers and light arms? Can we trust Nuer intelligent services at all? Does Riak foresee the predicament awaiting him once in Juba? Now with capture of IO bases what next?

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        • 24 October 2018 15:04, by South South


          These are a few Equatorians who does not want peace, they cannot fight real war, so, they think lying will help them. Nyamile.com is for NAS and PDM

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          • 24 October 2018 15:49, by jubaone

            South South
            I wonder how you got this far in school. It’s the IO reporting that the jienge regime overran it’s bases in Lainya county. Now to turn around to implicate NAS or PDM is being a notorious fool. Read the article again. Good luck

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          • 24 October 2018 21:02, by The Rhino

            South South,

            Keep your nonsense for yourself.The good news is,Equatorian fighters have now realized that indeed Riak Machar was only pursuing his own interests and that of his closest nyagats.Where is the fight for Federalism,10 States and Reforms?You can’t just start a war,waste human lives and finally give up like a loser.Now soon, you’ll hear our Equatorian brothers declare allegiance to......

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            • 24 October 2018 21:12, by The Rhino

              South South,

              ...either NAS or PDM.They are highly welcome to join the fight against intruders,murderers and wicked rapists across Equatoria.They must keep their guns,bayonets and all other war tools for the big show, period!

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  • 24 October 2018 09:13, by Joker Wizard

    Dear country men, it is time for us all to welcome whatever will let the poor people of South Sudan move freely and sleep with hope of waking up in the morning to strive for survival. It is time for us all including our leaders to sacrifice our TODAY, for BETTER TOMORROW of the country that will accommodate our children.

    let us all talk peace now, let us all embrace it now. God Bless South Sudan

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  • 24 October 2018 14:49, by Black Nation

    Nothing is going to happen to Machar when he reaches Juba for revitalized peace celebration. let’s think of something good not just those evil ideas you are pouring out of your minds.

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  • 24 October 2018 19:41, by garrak1520

    Rather than spending 700000000 SSP on celebrating peace, implement the peace treaty you already signed and don’t spend the money you do not have. Try to improve the life of the South Sudanese you destroyed. It is a monkey business.

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