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Kiir, Machar agree to form committee on number of states


September 11, 2019 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar have agreed to form a committee to look into the final report of the Independent Boundary Commission IBC, number of states and their boundaries to come up with findings suitable for both parties and the people of South Sudan.

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (L) speaks to reporters after meeting President Salva Kiir in Juba, September 11, 2019 (JUBA)

The two rival leaders met on Wednesday and agreed on several issues that are seen as very significant in moving forward the process of the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

President Kiir and Machar last meeting was in April when they were invited by Pope Francis to the Vatican.

South Sudan Presidential Press Unit (SSPPU), in a press statement issued after the meeting, said matters discussed by the two leaders included security arrangements, draft constitutional amendment, security laws, peace dissemination, funding the peace process as well as engaging the non-signatories to the revitalized peace accord to come on board.

Both Machar and Kiir reportedly also agreed to meet from time to time to iron-out and accelerate the deal before the formation of the transitional government.

On Monday, the two rival leaders agreed to ensure the revitalized transitional government of national unity is formed by November 12.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader accused of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

The power-sharing arrangements under the deal were supposed to take effect in May, but the process was delayed by six months until November as both sides disagreed on security arrangements.


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  • 12 September 2019 11:30, by james john luka

    Well done Rival! Talk produces tangible solutions, so no doubt meeting often will expedite the process.

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  • 12 September 2019 11:33, by Eastern

    Kiir and Machar may choose to skirt around the issue of states, but soon they will realise that EVERY South Sudanese is a stakeholder to the land called South Sudan - those who think they can annex other’s land better rethink...

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  • 12 September 2019 11:41, by Joyuma John

    The committee that should to be tasked to study IBC report should also know how many states that are refusing to form their current states and need to rejoin their former states, if their numbers are known, then they should be allowed to rejoin voluntarily and the rest should be allowed to stay untouched.

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    • 12 September 2019 11:54, by Malakal county Simon

      Implementations is the hard part of peace.. I hope both leaders will work to iron out any obstacles issues on the way and avoid unwanted a return full_scale war by all means.... Wishes our leaders nothing but a smooth implementations of the most wanted peace in our country!!!!!!

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  • 12 September 2019 17:16, by Anthony

    So will the anyuak be given their own state and their land stolen by the nuer be given back to them?

    I also hope the Burun get longechuk county that was stolen by the nuer.

    I doubt it since riek machar is a nuer. He did say its a human right for the nuer to occupy other tribes lands afterall.

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    • 12 September 2019 20:14, by jubaone

      Will the Madi, Acholi, Bari all be given back their lands grabbed by jienge vagrants and settlers?

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      • 13 September 2019 20:28, by Justin Chicago opiny

        Anthony the question will the Madi, Acholi, Bari all be given back their lands grabbed by the jienge vagrants and settlers?.
        This is a litmus test paper question to both President Kiir and Dr. Riek machar to answer. Anything stolen must be given back to the rightful owner. That is my understanding of the law.

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  • 12 September 2019 19:53, by Eastern

    The foolery of the Juba dinka regime thinking that it can use South Sudan, the golden cow, to their satisfaction with the worshipers of Confucius, Gautama Buddha, etc while sidelining those asking the RIGHT questions while indulging in sodomy, et al - and it remains thriving, is being childish as best!

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  • 12 September 2019 20:45, by jubaone

    Not 32 but 64 states in SS. Each ethnic group must have its own state and run its affairs. Those industrious and hardworking will prosper, those lazy and foolish states will only receive aid and help from the hardworking. No more idling and hiding behind jiengeism, nuerism, barism, zandeism or whatever. Develop yourself with the availabe resources. All must return to their ancestral lands.

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  • 13 September 2019 07:28, by Ram Mi Ran

    The best option is to go back to 10 States for peace to come to South Sudan or make 79 counties of previous 10 States to become States. Jieng council of Evil ideology really destroyed South Sudanese dignity.

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    • 13 September 2019 07:46, by Eastern

      Ram Mi Ran,

      This is one of the BEST suggestions as both 10 states and the 79 counties have bases. However JCE honchos, whose families are safely tucked away in foreign lands, won’t buy such ideas as they want South Sudan to remain in bubbles....

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      • 13 September 2019 10:20, by james john luka

        Eastern, Jubaone and Ram Mi Ran,

        South Sudan conflict was not about state numbers, but about political wrangle. The issue of state numbers creeps in on 2014 when Dr. Riek Machar sought support from equatoria by coming up with 21 states since equatorians are for federation from day one, but Kiir outsmart him by adding 11 states which is now acceptable to many South Sudanese.

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  • 15 September 2019 06:00, by CDE Joseph Deng

    On my behalf as South Sudanese, I am not supporting 10 State but 32 States only.
    The creation of more State the public demand and interest not for our lovely President.
    H.E Salva Kiir is the man of Peace and Stability, let us support him in order to achieve the national interest of our country.
    I hope after 40 years, President will make South Sudan great and proud but now we are still young Nation

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