Uhuru bids South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar farewel

0fgjhsvjsl12ojf6k_r800x600_bc32e41b– South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar met President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday evening to bid him farewell, after deciding to go back to his home country

– Machar was the South Sudanese vice president from the birth of the nation in 2011 until July 2013, when President Salva Kiir fired him together with other members of the Cabinet

– The young nation shortly after plunged into violence that has reduced greatly since the August 2015 peace deal that Uhuru and other IGAD members assisted broker

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday evening March 24 bid South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar farewell when the two met in State House.

Machar, who was South Sudan’s Vice President and has been re-appointed to the post, will be returning to his home country after the August 2015 signing of a peace deal with President Salva Kiir.

“I will return home imminently to take up the responsibility of helping grow and rebuild our country,” the vice president told President Uhuru, according to a statement from State House.

Uhuru expressed his backing for Machar’s decision, and reaffirmed Kenya’s support to South Sudan to attain peace fully.

“As a neighbor and friend of South Sudan, count on my support in the restoration of peace in your country,” the Kenyan president said.
Machar thanked President Uhuru and other Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) members who participate in talks to see that the peace deal is brokered.

“We remain indebted to you,” the south Sudanese VP said.

Machar was the South Sudanese vice president from independence in 2011 till July 2013, when South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir sacked him together with the rest of the Cabinet.

The political differences erupted into ethnic conflict and violence in December 2013, and has never completely ended.

After the August 2015 peace accord, President Kiir reappointed Machar as the vice president.

In an interview with VOA in February 2016, Machar said he was yet to speak to Kiir about the peace deal they signed, but that he would consult with colleagues and stakeholders upon his return to Juba, South Sudan, before discussing the agreement with Kiir.


7 thoughts on “Uhuru bids South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar farewel

  1. ….a say in fula community during my time in maiduguri, that a person who manage to tie the hyena is the veryone to release it. So let oga come to release the nation from the bondage he tie it to.. Anyway you are welcome but i will still be in hiding.

  2. Oh God!
    May YOU guide these two leader of ours to come togother as brothers,so that south sudanese may have Peace and dev’.After decades of war shortly as we got our independ Lord!we also turned to kill each other without mercy-Hear us lord,lead our politians in every national decision.AMIN

  3. For the sake of innocent people who are suffering and confused for personal interest, he is welcome back to home. He is responsible for the prolong severe suffering of the South Sudan people since 1991. A lot of people were thinking that Dr. Riek is educated person and he will not and can not do anything harmful to the people of the South Sudan but he did it twice which mean nature control everything. As a highly educated person, you can not put yourself in the line of the tribalism but Riek involved with those who are not knowledgeable with modern society. Let him come back to stay but one day people of South Sudan will realize the truth about this catastrophe and backwardness since.

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