South Sudan

President Kiir Appoints National Dialogue Committee

The South Sudan President, remedy Salva Kiir has constituted a National Dialogue Committee to root for the healing of the nation that degenerated into a bloody internal conflict three years ago.

A republican decree read on the national broadcaster, SSTV last evening named seven eminent persons and a secretary to venture into the possible areas that can help the youngest country now polarized by ethnic difference and a divided heavily armed army to reach common positions.

The Committee is going to be led by Abel Alier and deputized by Bona Malual.
Other members of the Committee include Joseph Lagu, Francis Mading,
Magok Rundial, Rachel Nyadak and Mathew Mathing.

The Secretary to the Committee that is expected to start work with the immediate effect is Simon Kun Pouch.

President Kiir during the last IGAD Heads of States Summit in the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa assured his counterparts that he was soon going to put in place a body of national character.

The Committee has both the rival Dinka and Nuer tribesmen though all are from the SPLA/M (In Government).

The members of the armed opposition SPLA/M(IO) are not in the Committee and it remains unclear how it is going to execute its duties in the areas held by the rebels.

The war that broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 quickly took ethnic inclinations as soldiers and militia from Dinka where Kiir comes from and Nuer where Dr. Riek Machar hail from, carried out targeted killings.

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