South Sudan

Kiir Speaks Out On Wanton Killings


sildenafil geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In a statement released by the government of South Sudan, information pills President Kiir blames the killings on “undisciplined soldiers and other criminals”.

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“All unruly and undisciplined soldiers who are randomly bent on killing innocent people are criminals and will not escape justice,” Kiir’s statement reads.

He acknowledges that “Innocent people have been wantonly killed” in the clashes that started a week ago as he accused his former deputy of masterminding a coup d’état.

“People are targeting others because of their tribal affiliation. This is unacceptable,” Kiir points out.

“These atrocities recurring by now have to cease immediately,” continues the statement.

Riek Machar has also responded stating that “what few individuals are failing to understand is that I was only running for my life when guards were ordered to kill or capture me”.

“No one in his right mind can stage a coup while sitting still in his house,” Machar added.

He continues: “The dispute over the disarmament on one section of the guard was created to arrest me and my comrades so as to create havoc.”

Riek Machar

Meanwhile, both parties (Kiir and Machar) have expressed interest for the much desired peace talks although Kiir insists he won’t release cabinet ministers, a condition that Machar and Mrs Rebecca Garang have stuck to.

President Kiir has been issuing statements expressing his desire to dialogue with his opponents and as such, Machar also yesterday revealed that he too is ready to dialogue and end the conflict.

The South Sudan conflict has attracted the attention of many countries both in Africa and outside the continent.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has issued several warnings condemning ethnic killings and calling upon the fighting factions to sit on a round table and dialogue.

The African Union (AU) too intervened by sending Foreign Affairs Ministers from countries like Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, among others to mediate and engage president Salva Kiir and Riek Machar in peace talks.

UN human rights and UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been issuing reports showing the increasing number of displacements as people flee their homes for fear of being killed.

Super powers like China and the U.S have tried to intervene as UN continues to provide relief to the displaced people who seek refuge at their bases.

Countries like Uganda, Kenya and many more outside Africa are still evacuating their citizens from South Sudan as fighting continues to grip this young nation.

Many religious leaders have written letters urging the president and his former deputy to ceasefire and respect human rights of the people of South Sudan.

As president Kiir condemns the killings, fresh reports have revealed that fighting is still going on in the Upper Nile where Machar’s rebels are said to have captured the capital Malakal.

We are still trying to access President Kiir’s full statement which we will bring to you as soon as we receive it.


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