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Kiir, Machar pledge to work together for peace implementation


Kiir poses with Mchar, Wani, De Mabior and Taban Deng after the swearing ceremony on 22 Feb 2020 (ST photo)
February 22, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president and his newly appointed first vice-president Saturday pledged to work together for the full implementation of the revitalized peace pact.

First Vice President Riek Machar and three other vice-presidents: Madam Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, James Wani Igga and Taban Deng Gai took the oath of office on Saturday in a ceremony attended by regional leaders who brokered the peace process.

Speaking after the swearing-in event, Machar said pledged to work with the Kiir during the upcoming 36 months to implement the peace deal.

"For the people of South Sudan, I want to assure you that we will work together to end your long-suffering," he said at the beginning of his speech.

"I would like to reiterate my commitment and the commitment of the SPLM/A-IO to work closely with the peace partners and particularly President Kiir Mayardit to implement the agreement in letter and spirit," he stressed at the end of his speech.

The ceremony which was held at the South Sudanese presidency was attended by the head Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. and the Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza also, attended the event.

President Kiir started his long speech by saying that "peace has come and it has come to stay not to be shaken ever again in this nation" before to add "My brother Dr Riek Machar and I are now partners in peace."

"We solemnly swear that we will work together to preserve the lives of our people and preserve their unity. It will be our responsibility to restore people’s lives and to inspire them once again to believe in the Republic of South Sudan and in a future that is full of promises of prosperity, peace, and stability," he asserted.

The 4th Vice-President

Until Saturday the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) did not announce the name of its nominee for vice-president.

The spokesman for the South Sudan Patriotic Movement Stephen Lual Garang who is also the SSOA deputy spokesman said they continue their deliberations on the matter.

Garang confirmed that five leaders signed a letter of proxy authorizing Kiir to pick one of six candidates for the position. He added that five have signed it for the time been.

The National Democratic Movement of Lam Akol on Friday said the peace agreement provides that every block has to communicate its nominee to the president.

The SSOA leaders from Bahr el Ghazal province says it is the only region from the three greater provinces in the country to not be represented at the collegial presidency of the transitional period.

The Shilluk ethnic group of the Upper Nile province says they are the third ethnic group in the country and also they are not represented at the presidency. The two senior officials from the region - First Vice President Machar and Vice President Taban Deng Gai - are Nuer.

Calls for national reconciliation

President Kiir in his speech made a strong call for forgiveness and reconciliation in the country stressing South Sudan’s people should now form a single nation.

"I want to appeal to Nuer and the Dinka communities to forgive and reconcile with one another. I also appeal to the people of Equatoria, especially those who have experienced much of the devastation to forgive and reconcile".

The people of Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and Wau, who bore the brand of this conflict, have their hopes restored through forgiveness and reconciliation.

He indicated that the South Sudan National Dialogue process that he had initiated two years ago will hold its final conference.

"It is our strong belief that this process and the peace Agreement we have signed are the beginning of repair to the damage we have done to our country".


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  • 23 February 07:25, by South South

    BS talk from Shilluk tribe, who says Shilluk is the 3rd larger tribe in South Sudan? Azande of Western Equatoria is the 3rd larger tribe in South Sudan. If the position of vice is to be given to 3rd bigger tribe in South Sudan, It will go to Azande. Those wicked Shilluk need to stop making shit.

    • 23 February 09:15, by The Rhino

      South South,

      Wrong!Its the Dinka greed that has set bad examples for hungry politicians to gamble for gov’t positions in this country.Now every single tribe in S.Sudan is demanding to be represented by a VP.Five damned VPs,what for really,as the country is economically down on its knees?Shit,all of them must be removed and replaced by new technocrats..1P,1VP and a parliament not exceeding........

      • 23 February 09:21, by The Rhino

        South South,

        ..189 MPs!Rest of the savages can go home and become fishermen, cow followers, or develop crops, etc not waste time wearing suits looking like gorillas in Juba!

  • 23 February 14:03, by Eastern

    The Rhino, jubaone,
    Now that the foolish jenge have coopted the 2 nuers, Kiir brought on board the little known man from Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Wani as usual will remain the comedian. Henry Odwar is becoming the speaker on that bloated house full of Kiirist and he would regret that he did not become a speaker!!

    • 23 February 14:37, by South South


      No one is as good at lying as Eastern. Not only Henry Odwar will work with us, the thief of NAS, Cirillo will be given nice position too. Country is right, peace is right, Kiir is right and we are right.

      • 23 February 15:51, by jubaone

        South South
        Jienge kaffir, so what if TCS ever stole some money. After all if jienges can steal cows, stealing state resources is like self service. That is why they call it Govt of Self Service (GoSS). TCS should not waste time with savages and primitive giant gorillas.

      • 23 February 19:09, by The Rhino


        Comedian Wani is not only a comedian but a comic figure to jienges and nyagats occupiers.His early life in Tonj had given drifters like jienges a green light/ticket to come & settle in Equatoria.He himself had not only been a fake KARO man, but had long sold out his soul and betrayed our dignity in KAROLANDS!People always laugh when he tell jokes, the irony is, he never understood why...

        • 23 February 19:16, by The Rhino


          ..others laugh..they are amused b’cos the man is short and has teeth like a shark(every time he opens his mouth).James Wani Igga never used his position in office to stand tall for the people of his ’origin’(disputed).Well,some readers would ask, why is The Rhino so mad at Wani?..well,I hate thieves,rapists,murderers,savages,land grabbers and especially those who stand by and say........

          • 23 February 19:24, by The Rhino


            ..nothing against such practices.Wani is one of those timid worthless figures who never concentrate on his constituent/people or raise up and say NO when things go wrong!Such people are dead to my eyes and so shall they similarly be punished like the jurön/enemies/foreigners in our ancestral lands, full stop!

    • 23 February 16:19, by jubaone

      I hear the 5th VP has been awarded to the jienge-jellaba hireling Hussein Abdel Bagi Ayii. Bahr el Ghasal has now 2. Ofcourse, Dr Wani is after all not a Bari but a Congolese by birth. He is from the Bangwetu people who settled around 1890-1904 during the era of Lado Enclave. His mini stature and sharpened teeth are evidence enough.

      • 23 February 17:07, by South South

        Kurko !!!!! jubaone, Lam Akol is out forever. He can’t join our presidency office. I am not a big supporter of this man called Hussein, but he will work with president Kiir. Lam Akol, enjoy shit.

        • 23 February 21:11, by jubaone

          South South
          Jienge kaffir, Dr Lam Akol is best without joining this jienge-nyagateen circus. He would be too bored to even discuss matters needing real brainstorming. That is demanding and expecting too much from dull-minded kiirminal and the rest. Dr Riek would be a match. A govt of learned academics not idiots. Sorry😉

      • 23 February 19:38, by The Rhino


        Honestly,I have never seen a Bari man that short like James Wani.That man is absolutely not from our genuine BARI/KARO Nilotic gene.People like,Alfred Lado Gore,Thomas Cirillo Swaka,Martin Elia Lomuro,Clement Wani Konga,etc are the truest KARO/BARI identity and offsprings.Every researcher and connoisseur of endogenous tribes in South Sudan can confirmed/reveal/testify these facts!As.....

        • 23 February 19:48, by The Rhino


          ..you have intelligently narrated,it is undisputed that, that short man is indeed a pygmy(short bush tribe from Congo forest).His behaviors and attitudes in betraying our BARI/KARO people in Lobonok is questionable!The damned chihuahua even went further in instigating tribal conflicts between our Mundari and Bari brothers few years ago,just imagine!Dinka occupiers are still using him....

          • 23 February 19:58, by The Rhino


            ..to gain more access to fertile lands and properties in Equatoria.We know everything!!!Untill our ancestral lands,belongings are not totally secured into our own legitimate hands and our beloved people freed in Equatoria,there will NEVER be peace in South Sudan,full stop!

          • 23 February 21:05, by jubaone

            Didn’t you know that jienges have often used Dr Wani as an excuse to slander true Bari/Karo People as Congolese? This is precisely the reason. Wani’s sharpened teeth was NEVER part of our culture. Even his stature and demeanor aren’t Karo-like. He is just a joke, entertainer.
            You remember the Congolese who burnt charcoal in Rejaf?

            • 23 February 22:20, by The Rhino


              Touche’!You pinned down the point.Charcoal burning in Rajaf was Congolese main enterprise,and I suspect those people were without any doubt James Wani’s truest ancestors.Now the other division and group of people with similar projects were Dinka with donkeys in water distribution,in and around Juba.Particularly these two groups/misfits share the same common thing,i.e. ill intentions.....

              • 23 February 22:32, by The Rhino


                ..and patterns of evil/hostile behaviors towards endogenous communities across our territories.Their recklessness since they hijacked power in South Sudan tells it all.They are purely after revenge policies & governance which promotes overtaking our properties and distort our own history.These bastards will never succeed!We will revert their shit and put them to where they belonged!

    • 23 February 16:40, by Marco A. Wek

      What? Regret he did not become a speaker or will regret he become a speaker. There you go; and some people claimed to know it all.

  • 23 February 16:22, by Mayendit

    Pledge to work together that is totally joke.
    Did the President Salva Kiir Mayardit know the reason why Riek Machar is always desperately going back and forth on first VP position?. He is hoping Kiir Mayardit will die any time so that, he will grab the position of president Salve Kiir Mayardit. How Will you work with such a person who want you to die in any way at any time?.

    • 23 February 18:58, by Amazing

      Dr. riek’s not a man that can wish anyone to die. Salvakiller will die a natural death, Dr. Riek’s a man of Peace. he’s not there to secure his position, if he wanted he should get it long time ago, he just wants the south Sudanese to have a long-lasting peace.

  • 23 February 16:35, by Mayendit

    From now, the vast majority of South Sudanese people strongly believe that, mom Rebecca Nyandeng Garang is another desperately woman whose willing to destroy the foundation of her late husband Dr.John Garang. She should be ashamed for abandoned her late husband’s foundation of the SPLA and SPLM. The most person I had a high respect is James Wani. Dr.Nhial Deng Nhial. Molan Makuei Malueth and Atem

  • 23 February 16:51, by Mayendit

    Continue: There are very educated people and once again, these people I have known for long time patriotism and nationalism are 1.Dr. Nhial Deng Nhial 2.Dr.Benjamin Barnaba Marial 3.Molan Makuei Malueth 4.Atem Deng Garang 5.John Jok 6.Anei Kueidit 7.Dau Deng Dau 8.Dr.Martin Lomoru and 9.Prof Akec whose is currently living in South Sudan. One of these people will be a good leader.

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