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“We Must Go To Juba To Save The Country” Dr. Riek Machar Speaks in Nairobi, Kenya

South Sudan's Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Chairman of SPLM/SPLA, Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, The Chairperson of National Committee for Foreign Affairs and Mabior Garang de Mabior during a public briefing in Kampala, Uganda, on January 26th, 2016(Photo: supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan’s Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Chairman of SPLM/SPLA, Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, The Chairperson of National Committee for Foreign Affairs and Mabior Garang de Mabior during a public briefing in Kampala, Uganda, on January 26th, 2016(Photo: supplied/Nyamilepedia)

March 24, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Briefing his leadership council this morning in the Kenyan’s capital, South Sudan’s First Vice President and the leader of the armed Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, assures the SPLM/SPLA-IO leaders that they must travel to Juba in the shortest time possible to save the country.

According to the deputy chairman of SPLM-IO Youth Leaguer, Mabior Riiny, the former Vice President could arrive in the capital within the next few days.

We were briefed on his travels to African countries. He then said we should go back to Juba in 10 days if our forces are deployed in Juba.” Said Mabior Riiny, the Deputy Chairman of SPLM-IO Youth League.

Dr. Machar whose return seems to be the only hope to save the country from collapsing, assures the meeting that they must return to the capital to reform and restore the country through democratic means.

Dr. Machar also shared the results of series of consultative meetings held across the continent from Cairo, Johannesburg, Abuja to Addis Ababa in the last few days. He said he has briefed IGAD-Plus leaders and partners on the challenges facing the implementation of the peace agreement.

The IO leader said he had written to IGAD regarding continuation of war by government in Equatoria and Bar Elghazal and the refusal by the government to accept cantonment areas in those regions.

Machar also mentioned the lack of resources to expedite the implementation of the peace agreement and particularly the issue of airlifting the IO troops from various parts of the country to Juba.

He also urged the regional body, IGAD, to press on president Kiir to lift his state of emergency because it effects freedom of movement of the people in the country.

Without forgetting the issue of “28 states”, Machar is confident that IGAD and the United Nations are supporting the stand of IO on the issue of 28 states because 28 states are unlawful and against peace agreement.

So concluded by saying “we must go to Juba to save the country from collapsing and bring reforms through political struggle and not guns”.

A few hours after the briefing 22 SPLA-IO police generals landed in the capital, Juba, to join the integrated police to take over the security of the capital from the regular polices in accordance with the peace agreement and the formation of the Transitional Government of national unity.

The returning officers were welcomed at the airport by two delegations led by Micheal Makuei Lueth, the Minister of Information and the government spokesman, and Gen. Taban Deng Gai, the Chief negotiator of the SPLM/SPLA-IO.

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Beek March 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

To save who than only himself, Our Rural areas are not like Dr.Riek areas,a century to survive. I don’t want you boy and i had never heard of you.

Akot Mathiang March 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Oh my God! Is Dr. Riek Machar coming to save the country from collapse or he is coming to demonstrate his faithful commitment to full implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan?
Anyway,Peace will once more bless us with the returns of IDPs to their homes and disappearance of unknown gunmen on the high ways.
But I want to remind Dr.Riek Machar that the 28 States ‘re the dividend of peace to people of South Sudan as power and positions are dividend of peace to the rebels.
Don’t try to make another political blunder of opposing 28 States and bury your head in the sand or you continue but don’t come to my state.I.e Aweil State.

Bol Gatjang March 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Dear Akot and Beek!

The coming of Dr.Riek to Juba is always as one of you has acknowledge. It was Dr. Riek who claimed self-determination from Arab while SPLA ideology was to liberated the whole Sudan. It’s now Dr.Riek who is claiming for federalism which is obvious and substantial for development of South Sudan. Therefore, the coming of Dr. Machar will totally ease the anguish of IDPs in country please cease from spreading your diabolical lied to people.

Bol Gatjang March 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

I mean the coming of Dr.Riek not problem as one of you has acknowledge,it’s always peace. You notices very clearly that Kiir has failed the country by not restoring laws and order by hiring those so called unknown gunmen in South Sudan. Majority of intellectual from different ethnicities including the journalists had been murdered in cold blood and tortures.

Bol Gatjang March 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm

The world know pretty well that the future of South Sudan is uncertain under Kiir who applied fist iron dictatorship. Kiir’ s political ideology is mystery to all tribes he attempted to silence people by threatening them and the same time killing them.

Longutu Samson March 25, 2016 at 4:49 am

”What a good news”, Machar has to come so eventually we reach to an election point. Idiot ”kiir” does is not the person South Sudanese need as their leader, mentally dirty man.

GatNor March 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The probability of some one being accuse of coup plots is even higher than before now. comorades I advice you to not get comfortable and to sleep with one eye openned and one ear sound.

Goweng Torbaar March 26, 2016 at 4:08 am

When you were a way people will get worry and when you are around, those of brave will get cow ward. Dr.Riak is only hope to safe the remaining country from collapse.

Eastern Equatoria March 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

Bravo, SPLM/SPLA in Opposition. The country is going to be good. those who do not want opposition let them go to Bush and then they will also the consequent of this war.


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