Kiir says Former Detainees destroyed South Sudan more than Machar

Kiir arriving at SPLM house in Juba for a meeting with members of SPLM Caucus in Parliament (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 8th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, said on Thursday that the SPLM Former Detainees – also known as ‘FDs’ – have destroyed South Sudan more than SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar did.

Kiir was speaking to hundreds of members of  SPLM party Caucus in parliament during a meeting held at SPLM House in Juba.

“I told the Former Detainees when I was meeting them that the distractions that they did are worse than what Riek Machar has done,” he said.

“He (Machar’s) wanted to uproot us violently, which he did not make, but for you, [you] went to Western capitals to backbite us and stop all the money [from coming] to us, so it is you who have really destroyed South Sudan,” Kiir added.

The American ‘wait-and-see’ approach

Kiir further said the European countries have followed the United States’ ‘wait-and-see’ approach to funding South Sudan peace agreement and so they believe that the government will fight the opposition as soon as they arrive in Juba.

“The implementation is facing difficulties because there is no funding.  If America has refused to recognize the agreement, the other European countries and Western countries will not pay their money, so everybody has adopted the position of ‘wait and see,’ because they think we will fight as soon as the opposition comes in,” he said.

Kiir further urged the leaders to focus on the implementation of the peace agreement and work for the future of the country.

“Let us focus now on the future of our country.  We will do this through peace implementation, sending out positive and reconciliatory messages that [are] aimed at repairing our social fabric,” he added.