The President of South Sudan Salva Kiir is now calling for national dialogue to enhance reconciliation after the youngest African country was caught up in a sprawl of clashes between the two top leaders.
He said this on Thursdays during his first public appearance as he call for a cease-fire between his forces and those of Riek Machar.
“I am ready to protect Dr Machar if it comes where I am, I am ready to protect all the ministers of the IO and all senior officers who think they know that they are vulnerable, I have worked with them for a long time and I do not want more of bloodshed in South Sudan,” said Kiir
Despite repeated warnings from the United Nations, South Sudan’s leader President Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar have failed to peacefully lead the country. On Thursday, President Kiir urged for calm as fighting continued outside the capital Juba.
I have worked with them for a long time and I do not want more of bloodshed in South Sudan
According to World Vision, one of the many humanitarian organizations working in the country, thirty thousand civilians have been displaced since the latest fighting broke out last week between the rival factions of Kiir and Machar.