April 24th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit have decried what he calls “Western Punishments” which the country is undergoing without mentioning which western country is punishing the young African Nation.
The South Sudanese leader was speaking to a 15-member delegation of the African Union last week in the nation’s capital Juba.
“The country is suffering today because of the punishments we are getting from Western countries. They think the support they gave us during the days of the war of liberation struggle is not being paid back,” he told the African Union team.
President Salva Kiir revealed to the African Union delegation that he had been asked several times in private meetings by representatives of the West whether he still remember them.
“And they (Western countries) have asked me several times in private meetings with their business representative that whether we still remember those who stood by our side (South Sudanese) during the war and how we intend to recognize their role,” Kiir revealed.
Kiir said that his government and the people of South Sudan do recognizes the support given by several Western countries during the independence war and said we have shown them so when communicating with them in public and private matters.
“We know countries in the West and also in Africa which stood by our side during the war. We have mentioned them in our functions and through formal engagements and when writing to them on official and private matters,” Kiir said.
He added that his country do so not because they have been told to do so by the Western powers.
“We do this because we value the support they gave us but that does not mean they teach us or told us to recognize and appreciate the support they rendered us during the war,” He said.
South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 when militias loyal to the president and his then Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal governor Gen. Paul Malong Awan together with the army, mostly Dinka, went door-to-door to kill thousands of Nuer civilian sparking off protest from top army generals leading to civil war.
Thousands have been killed and millions have been displace.