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South Sudan’s Kiir sends message of support to Machar


May 20, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir sent a message on Wednesday to his First Vice-President Riek Machar wishing him a speedy recovery.

President Kiir shakes hands with his FVP Macahr in a recent meeting at the presidency (SSPPU photo)

"I write to convey my get-well wishes to you and members of the former High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on COVID-19 who have been tested positive alongside Your Excellency," reads the message seen by Sudan Tribune.

"It is my hope and prayer that each new day brings Your Excellency and the rest of our comrades closer to a full and speedy recovery. May Almighty God envelops you in good health and spur your quick recovery".

Machar on Monday announced his infection with his wife Angelina Teny and other members of the former task force.

He had been tested negative on 27 April before a second test on 13 May where he and the High-Level task Force members were tested positive.

Since Machar’s entourage says his situation remains stable.

Kiir in his letter encouraged Machar to go through the respiratory disease with courage and zeal needed to win the battle.

"I appreciate that you have already taken swift measures to go into self-quarantine," Kiir concluded.


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  • 21 May 10:36, by Nueri Dial

    Thanks Kiir (exit president) for your quick recovery message. You show responsibility and accountability. The reply from Dr.Riek (Upcoming) president will be a condolence message to Kiir family and entire South Sudan in June/July

    • 21 May 11:38, by Games

      Bulshits, this is a fake wishes letter. He himself (KIIR) is smiling inside for what happened to Machar.

      • 21 May 12:22, by South South

        Games/Mentally Retarded,

        Kiir is too strong, too much strong than anyone in South Sudan. If he wants to kill Riek, he will arrest him in the middle of the day and hang him in public and nothing will happen. This wishes letter for Riek to recover soon is a real letter from bottom of Kiir’s heart. Don’t forget, Nuers are our cousins, only some of them are too stupid like you.

      • 21 May 23:29, by Khent


        Riek is a traitor that joined Khartoum in the 90s and was instrumental (along with numerous Nuer warlords) in Khartoum’s success in taking the oilfields. Control of the oilfields gave Khartoum billions of dollars with which to acquire a large range of advanced weaponry. Hundreds of thousands died as a consequnce, so take your faux outrage elsewhere.

        • 22 May 02:44, by Malakal county Simon


          Who is not a traitor’s amongs livings and deads SPLM/A leaders?? Salva Kiir Joined SPLM/A as a captain from Sudanese national security when he defected from it. He is not a a traitor?? Your so called John Garang from your confused Twic East, Joined SPLM/A as a Sudanese col. and overtaking Kuot Atem, he is also not a traitor? Please give peace a chance and Join your brother Mabior

          • 22 May 06:56, by Khent

            Malakal county simon

            You are hilarious in your persistent stupidity. There’s no evidence that Salva Kiir worked for Khartoum when he was integrated into the SAF as an Anya-Nya 1 soldier. Anya-Nya 1 soldiers were absorbed into the SAF and assumed the position and roles that they had in Anya-Nya 1...

            • 22 May 06:57, by Khent

              The most notable of these underground movements was that of the Anya-Nya absorbed forces with junior officers like Francis Ngor Machiek, Salva Kiir Mayardit and Chagai Atem. (A Concise History of South Sudan)

              • 22 May 07:00, by Khent

                Dr. John Garang and Salva Kiir were members of the underground movement, and were planning the revolution prior to the outbreak of the war in 1983. Salva Kiir was not recruited into the SAF. As a member of Anya-nya *1*, he was absorbed into the SAF, per the terms of the Addis Ababa Agreement.

                • 22 May 07:00, by Khent

                  Being absorbed and integrated into the armed forces, as required by the terms of a peace Agreement is not at all comparable to freely volunteering your services as a soldier of another armed force... That you would even argue this point necessarily means that you’re an idiot.

                  • 22 May 07:35, by Khent

                    Akuot Atem De Mayen was murdered by Abdallah Chuol after Akuot rejected Abdallah’s proposition that their movement should receive weapons and supplies from Khartoum.

                    • 22 May 10:53, by Khent

                      Your use of the word slave is ironic, laughable and tragic. Everyone in Sudan knows that your people were used for decades by Arabs and were their primary instrument in the South, so I’ll keep reminding you of your treachery, cowardice and slavery.

    • 21 May 12:16, by South South

      Nueri Dial,

      I don’t think Riek is coronavirus positive. There is no good system of testing in South Sudan. I want Riek to come back healthy from this virus. If he dies some wicked Nuers will start pointing their dirty fingers toward Kiir. What will kill Riek is cancer which already took off of his eye. Dr. Wangkal is just a walking body without spirit.

      • 21 May 13:40, by Nueri Dial

        South South,
        Keep barking that Dr.Riek is going to die. You are dancing the death song of your foolish village chief of Warraf community

        • 21 May 15:42, by South South

          Nueri Dial,

          Very, very stupid Nuer guy. Kiir is very healthy, fact. Riek has caner, fact. Who is high risk to die? The guy with caner, of course. Who will pay very high price to buy insurance policy (life insurance), Riek of course, why? He has caner, he’s not healthy, he can die anytime, fact. You see blind Nuer. A heathy brain is in a healthy body. Cancer is a deadly disease.

  • 21 May 13:24, by wau-wau-wau

    Kiir is just wishing him dead as you can read from his letter.

    • 21 May 15:49, by South South


      Kiir never mentioned in his letter anything bad to lead you think that he wish death to Riek. How would you come up with this conclusion? Are you from those tribes in Wau who love to eat monkeys?

      • 22 May 02:58, by Malakal county Simon

        South SOuth/Slave

        Salva Kiir should just take a coronavirus test which he will not be far from testing positive since himself is a chairman of so called HLTF instead of mokcking other’s!!!

    • 22 May 03:41, by Kenyang ll

      Thank you. It’s hearty ’from bottom of his heart’ letter. No one ever read such from Salva Kiir. Just this week, over 200 innocent civilians, true Nuer hacked to death inside their homes, did Kiir as President even condemned it?

      • 22 May 03:50, by Kenyang ll

        Here, he came out proclaiming his happiness. And i’m 100% with him with exception he (kiir) gets coronavirus and die too. Thousands of innocent South Sudanese have died because of these two men, to stay or get power. Their hands are full of blood. They are greedy murderers. We can’t have genuine peace with both or one still in our face.

  • 21 May 20:20, by Mayendit

    Nueri Dial and Games.
    Look before coronavirus happened in South Sudan, the vast majority of South Sudanese people wishing to seeing Riek Machar Teny go to to hell. A million people dies in South Sudan because of Riek Machar’s political problems and we wishing to follow those got killed for his actions. My God take him to HQ of two Williams, Nyoun Bany and William Deng Nhial

  • 21 May 20:29, by Mayendit

    Riek Machar Teny is not a human being in the ways he has been causing a problem among people in South Sudan. He is absolutely a siner man, he has a blood in his hands both Nuers, Dinka and the whole South Sudan and he should go to hell if God is really judging guilty person. I have no problem with all Nuers but Riek Machar is not human in thinking.

  • 22 May 11:57, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    This is a good news indeed! Let’s hope there is no hypocrites"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

  • 22 May 11:59, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    This is a good news indeed! Let’s hope there is no hypocrites"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

  • 22 May 12:02, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    This is a good news indeed! Let’s hope there is no hypocrites"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

    • 23 May 05:39, by Kenyang ll

      Gender Activist Ter Manyang,
      You are gentle. Hopefully their greed, arrogance and thief at J1 by now (tamed by coronavirus] will have time to reflect on your genuine quotes. Today South Sudan cost over 3 millions lives, we must find better way to live peacefully.

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