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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
2 | National News REGIONAL PEACE | Salva Kiir hands over detainees to Kenyan President Juba frees detained leaders CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sparked weeks of violence in Africa’s newest country. Former ministers Deng Alor Kuol, Geir Chuang, Cirino Hiteng, Kosti Manibe, John Luk and Madut Biar Yel were flown to Kenya moments after their release. State House, Nairobi, told the Na- tion that President Kenyatta and the Kenyan Government would host the seven in Nairobi until the political situation in their country stabilised. “I am pleased to announce that today, the President of South Sudan, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, released to my custody seven of the 11 detainees previously held in his country. You can see them behind me,” President Kenyatta said. An extraordinary IGAD heads of state summit is expected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review the latest development. “We agreed, at the IGAD summit We are glad we got released this morning on the intervention of President Kenyatta but we left behind four of our colleagues.” Mr John Luk, former South Sudan minister in Nairobi last month, that one of the principles of engagement with South Sudan would be the release of these detainees. Today’s acts are in line with that commitment,” Mr Kenyatta said. Despite the release of the seven, four of their colleagues remained in custody amid speculations that the South Sudan Government planned to put them on trial. Western governments led by the United States and Britain have been putting pressure of Mr Kiir to release all the political prisoners as a compromise for ceasefire with rebels led by former vice-president Riak Machar Mr Kenyatta told a press confer- ence at State House, Nairobi, that IGAD leaders would continue to hold talks over the leaders still in detention. REPUBLIC OF KENYA PHOTO | PSCU President Uhuru Kenyatta hugs Mr John Luk, one of the former Cabinet ministers freed by the South Sudanese Government yesterday as part of the ongoing efforts to end weeks of violence in the neighbouring country. He said that IGAD would also put in place a monitoring and verification mechanism provided for in the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed seven days ago. Mr Luk — who spoke on behalf of the released detainees — struck a reconciliatory tone when he announced that despite being held by Mr Kiir’s government they had no grudge against him. International mediators “We are glad we got released this morning on the intervention of President Kenyatta but we left behind four of our colleagues,” he said. “We still do recognise President Kiir as our comrade with whom we struggled for 17 years to put in place a better South Sudan. We want to tell the whole world that we do not feel bitter that our President is our enemy”. He said all the parties involved had put themselves in the hands of the international mediators with hopes that talks between Mr Kiir and Dr Machar would restore permanent peace in South Sudan. Former minister Majak D. Agot and diplomat Ezekial Luk Gatkuoth are among the political prisoners still held by President Kiir’s administration. State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu confirmed that an IGAD meeting was being arranged to review the latest development. “It is expected that an IGAD summit would be held today or tomorrow to further review or discuss the latest developments in relation to the South Sudanese crisis,” said Mr Esipisu. FOR THE FULL VIDEO GO TO: www.nation.co.ke/southsudan DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 ANALYSIS| Daniel Kalinaki Release a positive first step to peace deal in S. Sudan had been in custody since mid-December when fighting broke out in Juba follows strong international and regional pressure. However, the decision to P keep four of the detainees under custody and charge them with treason shows the bullish mood in Juba where the government has seized the initiative on the military front and received political support from Uganda and other governments in the region. The cessation of hostilities agreement signed in Addis Ababa last week did not provide for the automatic release of the detainees as earlier demanded by representatives from the camp led by former deputy president Riek Machar. The detainees were all ministers or senior government officials until they were purged last July as the political crisis unravelled. The United States Government – a key ally of South Sudan – had earlier called for the prisoners’ release. In an appearance before the US Senate on January 9, Linda ThomasGreenfield, the assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, said Washington “strongly believes that the political prisoners currently being held in Juba must be released”. Mr Kiir and officials in his COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KAKAMEGA TENDER REF NO: CGKK/GOODS/013/13-14 TENDER NAME: Tender for Supply of Artificial Insemination Kits The County Government of Kakamega invites sealed bids from eligible candidates for supply ofArtificial Insemination Kits. Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information from and inspect the tender documents at supply chain office of the County Government of Kakamega during normal working hours. A complete set of tender documents may be obtained by interested candidates upon payment of non-refundable fees of Ksh. 1,000.00 in cash or Bankers cheque payable to the County Government of Kakamega. Completed tender documents (one original and two copies) are to be enclosed in plain sealed envelopes marked with tender reference number and be deposited in the Tender Box at the ground floor of the Headquarters of the County Government of Kakamega or be addressed to: The Interim County Secretary, Box 36-50100, Kakamega so as to be received on or before 11.30 am on 14th February, 2014. Prices quoted should be inclusive of all taxes and must be in Kenya Shillings and shall remain valid for 60 days from the closing date of the tender. Tenders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the Candidates or their representatives who choose to attend at the Boardroom of the Headquarters of the County Government of Kakamega on 1st floor. Interim County Secretary County Government of Kakamega. government continued to insist that the detained officials could only be pardoned after being tried through a legal process — a point the president repeated in his public comments after the signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement. However, the South Sudanese Government continued to come under pressure from the US as well as the eight-country Inter-Governmental Authority on Development to show good faith and ensure the fledgling peace process did not crumble. “We felt that releasing all or at least some of the prisoners would be a sign of good faith and create some goodwill,” a diplomat familiar with the Igad mediation process said yesterday. “Goodwill is something this process desperately needs.” In keeping with its pledge, and in order not to appear weak to the hawks within the regime, Juba on Tuesday charged Dr Machar and six of his political allies with treason. Like Machar, Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Lado Gore were charged in absentia. Four of the 11 detainees — former secretary-general resident Salva Kiir’s release of seven political opponents who of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Pagan Amum Okech, former defence minister Majak D’Agoot, former security minister Oyai Deng Ajak and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, former ambassador to the United States — were also charged with treason. Yesterday, seven of the remaining detainees were released in Juba, including John Luk Jok, Kosti Manibe, General Madut Biar Yel, Deng Alor Kuol and Dr Cirino Hiteng Ofuho. Also released were Chol Tong Majay and Gier Chuang Aluong. On Tuesday, South Sudan’s Justice minister Paulino Wanawilla had said the seven would be handed over to a neighbouring country for security reasons. They turned up at State House, Nairobi, yesterday where President Kenyatta, adding another feather to his cap as a regional power broker, basked in welcoming them. Speaking on behalf of 7 Political detainees released by President Salva Kiir. Four are still being held in custody his colleagues, former Justice minister John Luk Jok struck a non-confrontational tone, referring to Mr Kiir as “our president”, “friend” and “colleague”. Substantive talks on the political crisis in South Sudan are scheduled to kick off on February 7. After Dr Machar mocked the idea of holding dialogue with detainees, President Kiir’s camp proposed to release the detainees each morning to attend the talks and have them return to house arrest in the evenings. The idea was promptly rejected. The release of the seven builds some goodwill ahead of the talks and ensures that the pro-Machar side is represented. However, the treason charges now hanging over his head and those of his key allies put Machar’s personal appearance at the talks in doubt. While it is a positive first step, a wide gulf remains between the South Sudan leader and his political rivals. The country is divided along ethnic lines, more than 1,000 people have been killed in six weeks of fighting and half a million people are internally displaced. Attempts to apportion responsibility and demand accountability for the violence will test the centre of the state of South Sudan even further.
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