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Gen Kiir Meets Machar’s Tribesmen


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Kiir hails from the largest Dinka tribe which the Neur believe is dominating the political and economic spheres of the two year-old nation.

President Kiir invited the powerful political figures from Neur including the Minister of Education John Gai Yoh, speaker of the national assembly, Magok Rundia, Unity State Caretaker Governor, Joseph Nguen Monytuel and Upper Nile State Governor Simon Kuch Puoch among others.

According to the presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek, Kiir told Machar’s tribesmen that the deadly events that unfolded in Juba on Monday leading the loss of over 11 lives (media reports indicate 63 deaths) was “nothing but a coup and not a tribal matter as it is being portrayed.”

“There were also coup leaders from the Dinka tribe which the President named. He asked for the spirit of Unity,” added Ateny.

Machar, a powerful figure in South Sudan politics, recently said he would stand for President in 2015.

The SPLM crisis hit peak levels in July 2013 when Kiir issued a presidential decree, sacking Machar and the entire Cabinet over widespread corruption.

The event turned bloody on Sunday night in the party conference when Kiir and Machar disagreed, leading to the walk out of the latter followed by gunshots and the lockdown of the whole city.

In his address the next day, Kiir, who was clad in full military uniform, said a coup plot had been foiled before ordering curfew in Juba until further notice.

The Tuesday’s meeting reportedly had only one item on the agenda – forging a way for dialogue to end the animosity in South Sudan.

It is thought Kiir is pushing for dialogue to unite the divided nation as required by international community.

Observers say it is also possible that Kiir is working hard to isolate Machar from his own tribe and strong political base.

The events in Juba have seen dozens of flights cancelled and business brought to a standstill.

Thousands of frightened South Sudanese continue to flock the United Nations compound for refuge, food and water.


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