South Sudan's Kiir Grants Amnesty To Riek Machar

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has granted amnesty to rebel leader Dr Riek Machar and others across the country.

South Sudan's Kiir Grants Amnesty To Riek Machar

SOURCE;The EastAfrican

By Joseph Oduha

JUBA, 09 Auugust 2018 [Gurtong]-
"I declare Republican order number 14 for the year 2018 for the grant of general amnesty to the leader of SPLM-IO Dr Riek Machar and other estranged groups who waged war against the government of the republic of South Sudan," reads the order, in part, broadcasted by the State media late Wednesday.

President Kiir ordered the army to allow unrestricted access to humanitarian agencies to respond to massive humanitarian needs across the country and to respect the ceasefire truce.

President Kiir and Dr Machar last Sunday signed an accord on governance and security arrangements after a round of peace talks in the neighbouring Sudan's capital, Khartoum.

This is the second peace agreement after a similar peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a year later in a deadly clashes that saw Machar flee into exile.

The two have committed themselves to implement the peace deal.

The war erupted following a power wrangle between President Kiir and his former deputy Dr Machar.

The war has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises in the continent, according to the UN.

About 2 million South Sudanese have become refugees in neighbouring countries.

The International Crisis Group estimates that more than 100,000 lives have been lost in the young nation from from 2013 to 2015 alone.

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