South Sudan

Machar 'Presidential Treatment' Sparks Fury in Juba


no rx geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Through his presidential spokesman, website Mr. Ateny Wek, price President Slava Kiir broke the silence on Monday, describing the pomp that surrounds Machar whenever he is visiting regional countries as aimed at “undermining his legitimacy.”

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Ateny said Kiir garnered an overwhelming 80 percent of votes in the 2011 general elections, adding, Machar remains a rebel and should be treated as such.

“Giving a platform to rebels to address a press briefing in Khartoum was meant to undermine our President. The red carpet treatment and executive welcome of Dr. Riek in Nairobi was another one.” said Ateny in capital Juba on Monday.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta recently hosted and held a joint press conference with Dr. Machar.

Uhuru told reporters that Kenya is committed to a peaceful end to the South Sudan crisis.

He further pointed out that Kenya will continue to fully participate in the peace talks taking place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Kiir and Machar were as well expected to meet in Nairobi but officials of Kenyan Foreign Affairs Ministry changed the programme to avoid being perceived as undermining the peace process in Addis Ababa.

Machar had planned to visit all IGAD member countries apart from Uganda to consult on the current peace process.

Uganda views Machar as a bandit who should not be pampered.

State Minister for regional cooperation, Henry Okello Oryem recently told Chimpreports that Uganda did not expect Machar to visit the country.


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