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Machar Expected in Juba for Peace Celebrations

The South Sudan armed opposition leader, Dr Riek Machar is expected to land in Juba on Wednesday morning for peace celebrations.

Machar, who has been in Sudanese capital Khartoum since the signing of the second peace agreement in agreement in August 2018, will be accompanied to Juba by members of his SPLA-IO Political Bureau and senior army commanders, according to his spokesman.

The rebel leader was invited by President Salva Kiir in a letter dated October 21, 2018.

Machar earlier gave President Kiir preconditions before stepping to Juba which he fled in July 2016 after a deadly presidential palace gunfire that claimed the lives of 300 elite guards of the two leaders.

The July 8, 2016 incident also claimed the life of Machar’s son, Gatwang Machar.

Machar enumerated three conditions to be fulfilled by Juba administration before the celebrations scheduled for today.

These he said included the release of political prisoners, detainees, abductees and prisoners of war.

Some of the detainees include; former Machar’s political spokesman, James Gadet Dak who was summarily repatriated by Kenya, Aggrey Idri, Dong Samule Luak and former governor Marko Lokidor.


The former governor and four others have been released but Gadet, Idri and Dong Luak are still under the notorious Blue House detention center in Juba manned by the military intelligence.

Machar also wanted the state of emergency lifted in Juba and the ban on opposition political party activities removed.

Kiir is however yet to pronounce himself on the two demands.

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