Juba, 22 February 2020: President Kiir apologized to the people of Equatoria and asked to be forgiven for the devastation brought on the people of Greater Equatoria by the war.
President Kiir said, the swearing-in ceremony this afternoon marked the significant official end of the war. This is in a dream of fulfilling the African Union of silencing the gun by 2020.
"I and my brother Dr. Riek are now partners in peace," said Kiir.
The President who appeared fragile but stable seemed to have difficulty in reading out the hand note seemingly have been written by his aide.
"For those of you who have followed the peace process to this day, we got to make painful compromises, and for those of you who are angry for losing your states I ask for forgiveness," said Mr. Kiir.
President Kiir proudly promoted himself as a champion of peace throughout his military career, " My entire life I have been making compromises to give peace a chance to prevail in our country, the journey of final peace is difficult but I want to assure you today, the peace we signed is irreversible," he added, " it is no longer in Khartoum, Ethiopia but peace is here in all corners of our country." said Kiir.
He urged the people who are still in protection camps to begin to prepare to return to their homes.
“To get to the future we must first forgive, and I would like to forgive my brother Dr. Machar and I also ask him to forgive me.
"I ask Nuer and Dinka people to forgive one another, and also, I would like to ask the people of Equatoria who have suffered significantly to forgive, and people of Bor and Malakal which has been the epicenter to forgive one another," said Kiir.