Monday December 11, 2017

Kiir agrees to Machar’s oath of office upon arrival, rejects public rally

South Sudan President Salva Kiir, left, is ready to begin talks with rival Riek Machar right (Credit: Reuters)

Juba – President Salva Kiir has ‘categorically’ agreed to the SPLMIO’s demand that the First Vice President designate, Dr Riek Machar should be sworn in on the same day of his arrival on the 18th of April.

Kiir in a meeting yesterday with the JMEC chairman, Mr Festus Mogae declared that it was not his intention to prevent the swearing in of the First Vice President designate, rather it was just a concern raised by the national security that the attention the swearing in can receive on the day can be very difficult to bear.

Information Minister, Mr Michael Makuei Lueth has this week suggested that the swearing in should be delayed for another day so as to follow government protocols and arrangement. A move the SPLMIO strongly objected.

Kiir however refused a joint rally by the two leaders on Monday the 18th as proposed by the SPLMIO saying, the environment in Juba is not conducive yet for peaceful rally. However, the SPLMIO are pushing on with the idea saying it is the only way to kick-start the reconciliation process and national healing.



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