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Nimule, 4 March 2018: President Salva Kiir addressed the public at Motoyo football ground on the second day of his visit to Nimule, Madi land. 

Kiir who looked visibly weak and sickly made a short speech. He said he came to pay respect to his late wife who was buried in Loa Catholic cemetery more than a decade ago.  He said he saw massive destruction the war has brought to Madiland, but the government has no money, people should bear the situation with courage. In his short speech, President never implicate his SPLA soldiers for causing the devastating destruction in Madiland including ransacking the concrete iron sheets of Mission, Loa secondary school, facilities in the company of Sudanese Gospel Mission Church, Iriya primary school, Orobe health care centre and many individuals building starting from Moli to Aswa. 

He instead accused the US government for imposing arms embargo on his country. Kirr said he came to Nimule by road and was not attacked, so there are no rebels in the area, therefore, he urged people go home. He said if his plea to people to come home is not heard, he will be forced to comb the whole bush to find and destroy any rebel hideouts. This however, was not well received by the powerless crowds who came to listen to their leader. In 2017, Kiir made similar remark during his trip to Yei, his remark was followed by massive massacred of innocent people and destruction of civilians' properties in Yei by security forces making Yei to become one of the epicentre of the destruction by the war in Equatoria.              

Moyo football play ground was packed with many people who turnout to listen to the speech of the President, but many went home disappointed as the speech of the president didn't bring hope to them.  Shortly after the speech Kirr and his huge escort left for Juba. 

An elderly man who spoke to SSLN correspondent in condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal attack on his life by security personnel. Said Kiir's speech did not bring hope, it is rather mockery, insult to the suffering of Madi people, he said it is more shameful for the President to mentioned that he came to Madiland to pay tribute to his late wife who was buried in Loa cemetery more than a decade ago. 

" Such mockery remark should have been withheld, he should have not aired it in public, it is public disgraced, what can the dead wife do to the President? President should have come to address the people and tell them that he will works hard to bring peace" 

"He says this is an indication that the president doesn't care about the people of this region and has no alternative plan B to end the war soon. He should have talked about the issue of insecurity and exit of cows and their owners who have caused havoc in Madiland for decades now." He concluded. 

Andrew Olweny 


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