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Machar: Kiir is not Interested in Peace

South Sudan Vice President Dr Riek Machar has broken silence amid claims of being arrested or harmed in the recent bombardments of his base at Jebel, what is ed saying he is safe and committed to a peaceful country.

Fighting broke out this past Friday as Machar was meeting with President Salva Kiir at State House commonly known as J1.

At least 150 died in the clashes near the presidential villa. By Sunday morning, more about the death toll had hit 270.

The hostilities escalated Monday morning with heavy bombings around Jebel where Machar’s barracks and residence are located.

Reacting to the unfolding developments, salve Machar observed: “In the last two hours, we went through heavy bombardments by Pres Kiir helicopters.”

He said this “tells that our partner is not interested in peace.”

President Kiir has since called for peace and restraint to maintain stability in the volatile country.

ChimpReports understands Kiir also met today morning with opposition generals to deescalate the conflict.


Machar today in a brief statement urged “calm and restraint throughout these skirmishes,” adding, “I’m safe; no one should take laws in their own hands to destabilise this country.”

Speaking to Al Jazeera last week, Kiir said the peace agreement was made in such a way that it would not be implemented and blamed Machar for conniving with the international community to fail his government.

“And that has been our problem. Dr Riek Machar refused to come to South Sudan. He stayed outside. He might have been assuming that if he doesn’t come, there will be no support to the government from the international community, and the government will fall. Because the saying was that, there is no money,” said Kiir.

Meanwhile, Machar has expressed optimism that stability will reign.

“In all these, I have hope that we have a future as a country. We came to Juba knowing that a country needs all of us. I’ve not lose that hope.”

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