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South Sudanese President commits to stabilizing his war torn nation

NAIROBI—In another political promise, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir pledged to restore lasting peace to his country and called on warring parties to pursue unity to help advance development in the world’s youngest nation.

Speaking on Thursday in Nairobi during a national prayer breakfast, the South Sudanese President and warlord said he was committed to ensuring his country accomplices total stability, adding that he has begun a national dialogue process to foster peace.

President Salva Kiir said he looks forward to a future where South Sudan will become prosperous and will play an enhanced role in the affairs and unity of the Eastern Africa region.

The South Sudanese warlord president bemoaned the fact that South Sudan leaders are busy jostling and fighting for power while innocent citizens are suffering.

Several African leaders including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta participated in the national prayer breakfast.

Speaking during the occasion, President Kenyatta urged the South Sudanese leadership to demonstrate the willingness and selflessness in resolving matters that are denying the South Sudanese people the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the independence that they fought for.

“Peace is possible but there must be the intention to have peace. The people of South Sudan need peace to get the service of the freedom fought for,” Kenyatta said.

The Kenyan leader said Kenya is always willing to help South Sudan to realized stability. “Kenya is ready to help you achieve the dream of a prosperous nation,” President Kenyatta told President Kiir.

After independence, South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013 and the conflict has since created one of the fastest and devastated growing refugee crises in the world.

In August 2015, the warring parties signed peace deal that subsequently collapsed following renewed violence in the country’s capital Juba in July 2016.

Under the 2018 peace deal, opposition leader and a major warlord Riek Machar will once again be reinstated as Kiir’s deputy president.  

Meanwhile, international human rights are urging the International Criminal Court (ICC) to file war crime and crimes against humanity charges against the two leaders to send a strong message to the people of South Sudan.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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