Opinion Peace Process

What Does Coming Of Dr. Riek Machar Mean To People Of South Sudan?

By Dr. Gatluak Ter Thach,

Dr. Riek Machar and his deputy, Alfred Lado Gore at peace briefing in Addis Ababa, 22nd August, 2015(photo: file)
Dr. Riek Machar and his deputy, Alfred Lado Gore at peace briefing in Addis Ababa, 22nd August, 2015(photo: file)

April 05, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Those there are anti peace elements in South Sudan, the hope depends now on the return of the Former Vice President., the current Vice President designate Dr. Riek Machar to South Sudan’s capital, Juba.  President Kiir has made a decision to partner in peace with Dr. Riek to heal people of South Sudan from deadly killings that caused the new nation to lose numbers of extraordinary innocent lives for the last two and half years.

The decision-making practices must adhere to the commonsense of doing what one says he would do. It is crucially imperative for a communication climate, which includes information flow in media and in circles to people at all levels, is positively linked to the institutionalized commitment of the inked document (peace signed). This referred to some messages and actions that are contradicted the decisions made earlier.

It is also observed that people’s favorable perceptions in South Sudan about internal peace and security, as well an opportunity for forgiveness and redeveloping of the broken social fabrics for a common good is more than doubling. Regardless of significant challenges ahead of the implementation, which I believe could be addressed and overcome if the leadership meant what they said, the return of Dr. Riek to the South Sudan’s capital is outstanding blessing for the followings:

  • Return some hopes to people of South Sudan
  • Rebuild trusts as well as form TGONU
  • Resave some lives that could be future for the country
  • Restart the healing and reconciliation among the warring communities
  • Restart processes for people to people peace
  • Reengage national dialogs
  • Restore fragile economics
  • Reshape damaged nation image and
  • Reengage members of the world body to invest in peace and development of the country.

You can see from this short list of mine which could be expanded why the return of Dr. Riek Machar Teny to Juba in coming weeks will be an exceptional blessing, not exclusively to those that are trapped in UNMISS camps in their supposed capital—under the protection of UN international agencies, but also to the average people on streets in Juba and small towns across the country, who are begging for their lives from insecurity, diseases and famine. People who may die in few days, weeks or months because of famine and other causes could be saved, and this is what the leadership is about.


Leaders with enormous leadership legacies from Pres. George Washington, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Dr. Martin King, just to list a few, made rare sacrifices to save the lives and reshape the conditions of their people. Dr. Riek is doing just that, and I hope Pres. Kiir and others in capacities of leadership will replicate the spirit of serving the need of their people and the world to regain peace and trust in South Sudan.

Is Juba ready to welcome Dr. Riek for peace?

 Gatluak Ter Thach (PhD) can be reached through Gatluak@empowernashville.org

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JOHN YOAL CHUOL April 6, 2016 at 12:29 am

the coming of Dr machar to juba means alot to south sudanese who often to cry all the time,his coming
will stop more crying/death all over south sudan
will allow those detained in unimiss camp to move freely wherever they want to go
will let the economic of south sudan to back to its normalcy
will unify the desperate south sudanese to their usual brotherly/sisterly
will make the development of south sudan to be prioritized
there will be no random killing between tribe to tribe

chol y April 6, 2016 at 1:29 am

My mission is to kill Riek Machar.

Bol Gatjang April 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Your antipathy message for killing, Dr.Riek Machar, my buddy Chol Y, it usually reminded me of what the Bible said,” those who kill by swords ,must also kill by swords”. Iam sorry it’s so vivid in picture,but it’s true no matter how superficial we are in Christianity. You better think about thoroughly before you strike in murdering or assassinated your boss, Dr.Machar. But I know it Will never happen, you just wish and I guarantee that your wish will be negative for the death of Dr.Riek.

Naath United April 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

I totally disagreed with the article Dr Gatluak Ter,because it’s not the first time for this cowboy(kiir) to broken the peace deal.
And if all nuer are counting in falsy peace, the comming death both dinka & nuer is highly an avoidable for the last times.
I don’t trust any one,whether an orgasation,indivisual. What’s comming to Juba now, the last death of South Sudan people that nothing about the politic.But god ‘ll diverted this evil or demon taking another human lives in south sudan.

Beek April 6, 2016 at 2:18 am

The coming back of Dr.Riek Machar mean nothing,first of all look at that picture of starving soldiers. Corruption itself is going to increase.

Bol Gatjang April 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

You have said it all buddy,Dr.Gatluak Ter, I like your analysis on the returning of Dr.Machar to pur national capital Juba. We are waiting his return with all eager anticipation in order to elevated this dire situations. I hope together with current South Sudan president Kiir, they will make the different in the country. Let’s watches very closely for excited stuffs to comes to forget get about despair lives for our people.

Bol Gatjang April 6, 2016 at 8:50 am

I mean to our national capital Juba, sorry disregard those typing errors.

Thon Jacob Deng April 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Better late than never


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