JCE wants president Kiir-Riek to step down

Members of Jieng Council of Elders briefing the Dinka community of AustraliaMembers of Jieng Council of Elders briefing the Dinka community of Australia

The infamous Dinka elders commonly known as Jieng Council of Elders finally let the cat out of the bag. They are demanding President Kiir and his First Vice President to step aside.

The council endorsed the outcome of the National Dialogue released last year, calling upon Kiir and Machar to step down from the country’s leadership.

In a press release sent out to media on Tuesday, JCE distance themselves from the South Sudan civil war, saying they were “misunderstood” by the people while their intentions were good.

According to the top five leadership members, who signed a letter of notification and general concern to the people of South Sudan, the council retreat its commitment to the national dialogue which initially proposed.

“In our view, the South Sudan National Dialogue has come with a very clear way forward, and ignoring it would be a recipe for discontent and could have negative and far-reaching consequences. In our view, the aspirations of the South Sudanese people have been clearly articulated through the National Dialogue resolutions.”

JCE has been accused of instigating the South Sudan civil war. The critics believe they control the president-Kiir is doing their bidding. However, their latest press release preaches a different message. They call and endorse the National Dialogue committee’s final resolution.

“We applaud the National Dialogue for pointing out the truth and for sharply dissecting and pointing out state and leadership failure as the root causes of the current crises in South Sudan. We are in agreement entirely with their assessment and call upon President Kiir and 1st Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to listen to the voices of the people.”

“All the nationalities, ethnic communities, and religious communities have talked, and they have listened to one another and they have charted a way forward. The Jieng Council of Elders fully endorses the outcomes of the National Dialogue, including the Covering Note of its Leadership.”

The council congratulates the people of South Sudan for embracing the National Dialogue. 

“The JCE, therefore, wishes to congratulate the people of South Sudan for embracing one another and for ultimately deciding on the future of their country through the National Dialogue.”

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