Kiir appeals to Machar to ‘urgently return’ to Juba to prepare for interim gov’t

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, delivering Easter message at the Presidential Palace in Juba (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

April 21st 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, has appealed to his main rival turned peace partner, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to urgently return to the capital Juba to prepare for the formation of the transitional government of national unity expected this May.

Kiir who made the appeal in his Easter message argued that Machar’s return to Juba and that of other opposition leaders will help in expediting the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement and would help as well in the formation of the unity government.

“Even now it’s not too late, I am inviting Dr. Riek Machar to urgently return to Juba so that we can work together to expedite the processes of formation of a revitalized transitional government of national unity,” Kiir said ahead of Easter holiday.

The Easter, also called ‘Pascha’ or ‘Resurrection’ Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary during the 30 century AD.

The President further said the return of all opposition groups to the country’s capital where the war began more than five years ago would mean an important milestone in the commitment of the parties to the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

“Nothing could have been a great gift to our people this Easter than for Dr. Riek Machar and all opposition leaders to be in Juba and reassure our people of our commitments to the agreement we have signed and to total peace to our country,” he said.

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