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S. Sudan’s Kiir, Machar briefed on security arrangements


October 20, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Riek Machar were on Sunday briefed by the Joint Defense Board (JDB) on the security arrangement in the country.

President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in Juba, October 20, 2019 (PPU)

The information minister, Michael Makuei said he meeting focused on addressing outstanding issues related to security arrangements and number of states hindering implementation of the peace deal.

The two rival leaders, he said, were also presented with security reports concerning implementation of the security arrangements.

According to the minister, Kiir and Machar will agree on the whether the transitional government of national unity will be formed or not.

The opposition leader was in Juba on the invitation of President Kiir to address the outstanding issues on the implementation of the peace deal ahead of the formation of a unity government on November 12.

On his part, Machar said he met Kiir to discuss the security arrangements, but failed to reach an agreement on the issue.

“The security arrangement has to be in place,” he remarked.

Both Kiir and Machar were also unable to conclude negotiations on regional states, another crucial component of the peace accord.

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said the army chief of general staff, General Gabriel Jok Riak assured the two leaders that 3,000 members of the protection force would be ready before November 12.

He said 900 of the forces will be from the armed opposition group.

“Machar should not complain about the delay in implementing some of the key mechanisms because he has representatives in all the committees,” noted Lomuro.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

In May, the two sides agreed to form a unity government in six months and in September said that they will establish a transitional government by November 12 as part of the deal.


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  • 21 October 2019 13:18, by Garang Akeen Tong

    We met but failed to reach an agreement. What is wrong to reach an agreement? Dear south sudanse let’s keep pray for peace from now.

    • 21 October 2019 15:09, by Kenyang ll

      Weakness invites provocation, look at the picture. Salva Kiir is simply too weak to lead a nation, lousy to make sensible decisions. It’s this that was and being constantly exploited by power grabs and position seekers. South Sudanese ought to face reality physically like Sudanese did with Al Bashir. Or we’ll be paying for very long time if not forever.

      • 21 October 2019 15:36, by South South

        Kenyang !!,

        Picture can not tell you whether a person is a good leader or not, unless you have magic to read his mind. What happened in South Sudan will not happen in South Sudan because IO and NAS make it about Dinka tribe and that gives Kiir too much power to rule as he wants.

        • 21 October 2019 16:50, by The Rhino

          South South,

          Wrong!Kiir has no power.He has tribal army that is weak,malnourished and only sustain themselves through robbing civilians at night(unknown gunmen).Kiir is only benefiting from the chaos he created,giving foolish followers like yourself the impression he is powerful,no he is not.Your tribal drunkard will soon be chased out of power.Museveni will not help him this time,done!

          • 21 October 2019 18:54, by South South

            The Rhino,

            Mundari man, we need to deal with this shameful behavior I see from Mundari women. They urinate standing like men, what is wrong with them. All civilized women sit down when they urinate. Leave country for us to run it the way we want.

            • 22 October 2019 07:06, by Midit Mitot

              South Sudan,

              Did,t I tell you that South Sudan National government will not be form since all these outstanding issues are yet resolved?

              We must make sure that 2016 Dog fight will never come back to South Sudan, we need durable and comprehensive peace.

              • 22 October 2019 07:15, by South South

                Midit Mitot,

                Riek will be our vice president. People mix things when they hear that. Riek and his supporters want him to be in the same chair with Kiir. This is what led us to civil war. Now, let’s take the issue of security arrangement. There are 3000 soldiers to do that. IO will 900 soldiers. This is very good for all. With CPA, SPLA and NCP agreed to send to Khartoum 3000 SPLA soldiers,

                • 22 October 2019 07:19, by South South


                  Khartoum accepted only 1500 SPLA soldiers, did we abandon CPA? No, because Garang was second man in the ticket. There is no pressure on us, we can wait for 10 more years for Riek to come back to Juba or he can stay in Khartoum in his cage and gain weight ( Fat man).

    • 21 October 2019 15:16, by Kenyang ll

      .... Nothing will change even if said government is formed tomorrow because the regime and system is too corrupt and cripple. Anything outside Kiir and Riek can bring anew and fresh hope.

      • 21 October 2019 16:55, by The Rhino

        Kenyang II,

        Kiir has sold out the country to foreign leaders and organizations.Its high time for armed groups to take back their country!The fucking status quo must end!It must be destroyed by all means!!!

        • 22 October 2019 00:52, by Malakal county Simon

          This monster fish or the bootylicking so called lomuro will pay his own price very soon for accepting lies and being an obstacle to peace.. 900 IO and 2,100 IG out of 3,000 trained protection force and he think it is ok to go a head to form a new Transitional government on 12 November?? He need to slow down is hunting for because it’s too obvious and when is too obvious, it’s become too dangerous!

        • 22 October 2019 05:23, by Pakuai

          The Rhino.
          What part of South Sudan has Mr. Salva Kiir sold to another country? Tell us piece of trash. Mr. Salva Kiir weakness is only in his leadership. Mr. Riek Machar and his goons shouldn’t have been allowed to toy around with our country with their ’Nguendeng Buong magician piece of trash’.>>>>>

          • 22 October 2019 05:29, by Pakuai

            Mr. Riek Machar was went to ’Jerusalem in 2011 after country’s ’independence and declared that our country’s embassy would be established in Jerusalem’ after his his evil juus (so-called israelis) who even told him in New York that there were no infrastructures in South Sudan to come and invest in them>>>>>

            • 22 October 2019 05:40, by Pakuai

              and the same evil juus (so-called israelis), white people, white Americans, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) and even some Bantuses. Who are being desperately wanted to be settled here in our country in the disguise of the so-called ’AFRICA UNITY and REGIONAL INTEGRATION nonsense’. Losers, Mr. Riek Machar would have been killed long time ago>>>>

      • 22 October 2019 08:09, by Joyuma John

        KenyangII, there is nothing outside kiir and Riek that can bring change to south Sudan, all rebel movement were once inside Kiir and Riek, and if we should not identify ourselves and remove Jieng phobia we will send south Sudan as a country into abyss of mess and great.

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