Kiir, Machar should tour country together – political analyst

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 24th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) –  A political analyst said on Friday that South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, and opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, should tour the country together to build confidence between the civil population and to convince them that the war has ended.

President Kiir on Tuesday will start a tour to the western region of Bahr Al-Ghazal. He will start from Terekeka state in Central Equatoria and end at Lol state in the Bahr Al-Ghazal region.

Kiir is also expected to visit other states later in the year according to the minister in the office of the President, Mayiik Ayii Deng, who announced that the tour will kick off on February 26th during a press conference last week at the Presidential Palace.

In a interview with the VOA’s South Sudan In Focus on Friday, Abraham Kuol Nyuot, a Political Analyst and a Lecturer at the University of Juba, said President Kiir should tour the country with SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar adding that President Kiir should have first visit most affected states by the ongoing civil war.

“There are three major hotspots. One is Unity State especially in Bentiu. He is supposed to go to Malakal in Upper Nile [state] and then is supposed to go thirdly to Yambio,” Kuol told the South Sudan In Focus.

“It might be a good idea if President Kiir after celebrating peace with Riek Machar on 30th of October last year all of them were supposed to go across all states,” he added.

The analyst added that if the two are not able to conduct their visits jointly, then “Kiir us supposed to arrange for his own visit and Riek is supposed to arrange for his own visit.”

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