I’m safe, Machar says after fleeing home


First vice president Riek Machar has urged calm and restraint throughout the skirmishes ongoing in the capital Juba.

“I’m safe. No one should take laws in their own hands to destabilise this country. In the last two hours, we went through heavy bombardments by President Kiir helicopters. This tells that our partner is not interested in peace,” Machar tweeted.

Machar’s home in Gudele neighbourhood was bombarded by SPLA airforce, killing hundreds of his soldiers.

He was reported to had fled his home into a French ambassador’s residence.

“In all these, I’ve hope that we’ve a future as a country. We came to Juba knowing that a country needs all of us. I’ve not lost that hope,” he added:

Earlier Monday evening, Machar called for a ceasefire ordering his commanders to stop fighting.

“The President has declared a unilateral ceasefire. I want to reciprocate to the declaration of ceasefire as from eight o’clock. And I’m informing all the troops that have been fighting, defending themselves, to respect this ceasefire and to remain where they are now,” Machar told Eye Radio.

“The result of the details as to how we effect it will be done. We already have our leadership inside Juba which I have already given, point for discussions. But the most important is that the ceasefire will take place, will take effect as from one hour from now, that I’m speaking. I have instructed all the commanders of SPLA-IO forces to respect it. I have met with them and they are now transmitting it to their forces.”

He denied that he has not lost control of his forces saying that the idea is “absolute rubbish” and blamed the government for fighting.


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