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President Kiir’s Full Speech After The Swearing-in of Machar.

Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Salva Kiir reunited in Juba, South Sudan, after two years of civil war(Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)
Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Salva Kiir reunited in Juba, South Sudan, after two years of civil war(Photo: file/Nyamilepedia)

April 26, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Paving ways to peace and stability, South Sudan leaders are once again united but this time only politically. While Machar and Kiir will command separate armies, the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, pledge to “cooperate” with his counterpart, Salva Kiir. In his speech below, Kiir promises the end of war and return of peace to the country.

Here is a record of Kiir’s full speech after the swearing-in of Machar.

Verbatim and complete remarks of President Salva Kiir:

Your Excellency, President Festus Mogae, Chairman the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Your Excellency President Oumar Alpha Konare, Special Representative of the African Union, Your Excellency First Vice President Riek Machar, Your Excellency James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic, Your Excellencies, it is nearly 28 months since my brother Dr. Riek Machar left Juba in the aftermath of the incident of the 15th of December 2013.

Personally, I am very happy to welcome and warmly receive my brother Dr. Riek Machar Teny to Juba to be with us, and I have no doubt that his return to Juba today marks the end of the war and the return of peace and stability to South Sudan.

The Agreement on the Resolution on the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan was signed in August 2015. Unfortunately, several deadlines for its implementation have been missed, and as a result our people as well as the international community lost confidence in our commitment to implement the agreement in letter and in spirit. Now that Dr. Riek has come and has taken the oath of office as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan we will immediately proceed to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity.

This shall restore the confidence of our people and that of our international partners in our abilities as the leaders of this country to implement the agreement. Now we must move forward in order to address the challenges occasioned by the conflict. We acknwoledge that there are unresolved issues related to the agreement, but I promise we will resolve those matters amicably.

This is the only choice for us to relieve our people from the undeserved suffering associated with the armed conflict imposed upon them. I believe this is the only way to return South Sudan to the path of peace, stability and prosperity. In the Transitional Government of National Unity, we do not expect opposition neither in the Executive nor in the Parliament. All of us who are the stakeholders have the collective responsibility to makes sure that we cooperate and work together as one team so that we deliver results. I therefore call upon all of you – and especially the first vice president and the vice president – to cooperate with me so that we return our country to the peaceful coexistence.

The reception and inauguration of Riek Machar as the First Vice President is a responsibility of the governemnt of the republic of souths udan. Having considered all the political and security implications, the government decided that the public rally should be well prepared for the time ahead when all stakeholders including will particpate in that public rally.

I take this opportunity to apologize to the international community for the delay in implemantation of this agreement. I also wish to express my vote of thanks to the international community – the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights and humanitarian agencies, UNMISS, the Troika, AU, IGAD, EU, Russia, China, Japan and our other regional and international partners – for their positive efforts and commitment.

We appreciate their genuine concerns about the situation in South Sudan and the assistance provided to our people. Now, we are determined to see into it that we comply with our obligations as provided for in the agreement and our consitution. This will enable us to meet the expectations of our people and the international community.

In conclusion, Your Excellencies, I repeat our apologies to the people of South Sudan for the situation we the leaders have created. You have been patient throughout the duration of this crisis. Though the road ahead will still continue to have challenges but we are committed and determined to move our country forward. Thank you for the long patience and I ask you to to continue to endure with us. I also ask you to join me and my brother Riek Machar in the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. I call upon our politicians and all the citizens of South Sudan to put their differences and personal interests aside for the welfare of our independence. Our people are tired of war and they need peace now.

Together we can accomplish far more than when we are divided. Our strength lies only in our unity. From this day I urge all of you to embrace the fact that we are all South Sudanese, united in love of our country and our desire to build a better future for ourselves and many generations to come. May Almighty God bless all of you and bless South Sudan. Thank you very much.

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Akot Mathiang April 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Yes Mr. president,
Together we can accomplish far more than when we are divided by our own self-interest.
However, I did not hear a satisfactory message from first vice-president,Dr. Riek Machar Teny regarding his apology and forgiveness but I’m happy that the first vice-president will defend the Decentralized System of Governance as he promised and swears by Almighty God in J1.
Now peace will bless South Sudan once more with the silence of guns and returns of our people from other countries.
Praise God! Peace has returned to our beloved country.

Bol GatJang April 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

welcome back home, Dr.Riek, and thanks very your being courageous in return to Juba, our national capital on April 26, 2016. I hope nightmare for all South Sudanese will over today and those who are sceptical about your return would relieve now. I want to also to congratulate South Sudan President, Mr.Kiir for his warm welcome speeches, I will both comply with peace principles this time around and end the anguish among our people. Thanks let peace prevail in our nation capital Juba and enjoys by all of its inhabitants.

Bol Gatjang April 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

I want to welcome back home, Dr.Riek, and I thanks you for your being a courageous leader in returning to Juba,national capital. I would also like to congratulates South Sudan president Mr.Kiir for his warm welcoming speeches his “brother “Dr.Riek. I hope both of you will be comply of peace principles and the nightmare will be over among all South Sudanese.

man of the people April 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Let’s wait for the implementation in full of the peace agreement, in which south Sudan will uphold the ten states as stipulated in the peace agreement, as well as in the constitution. Secondly, the cantonment zones in Equatoria and in western Bahr el ghazal are honored. Thirdly, the hybrid courts have to start the work on human atrocities /war crimes committed during the war. I believe, we can openly reconcile and forgive each other, just to mention a few.

chuolpur April 27, 2016 at 1:24 am

i agree with u to wait the final step of implementation to form what so calls transitional government of national unity I hope Dr.Machar he satisfy everyone if he is already breathing in Juba today very soon the change will be IN OUR NATION but the only thing which I worried so much is the reservation of those tribal states of 28 which remain as the problem for sure Kiir will very soon revoking them if we open talks the peace deal only tens states was recognized by the third mediators according to peace of an agreement which has been signed in capital A/A.


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