Kiir says use of violence as short-cut to power led to civil war in South Sudan

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

May 16th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) –South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit said on Wednesday that attempts by many unnamed leaders in country to use violence as the shortest mean to go into power resulted into ongoing civil war.

Kiir was addressing – yesterday – the nation at the state house in Juba on the eve of the SPLM/SPLA

“This is the path we chose in 2010 to go for elections. And another election was due in 2015, but those who think violent usurpation of power as the short-cut ruined this opportunity and dragged the whole country into war, in pursuit of self-gratification,” Kiir said.

“We have now seen seeking power in this way is not viable and not tenable,” he added.

He urged that people in the world’s youngest nation to set aside the greed for power so that stability returns to the country.

“Let us set aside the greed for power, stabilize our country, return to democracy and give our people a chance to live in a country they deserve,” the president added.

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