President Salva Kiir says the ten years he has spent in office since 2005 have been the worst part of his life.
The president made the remark before giving a speech at the parliament on Wednesday on the peace agreement and the economic crisis.
He did not explain why the years in office were the worst, but his reign has been marked by issues such as the implementation of the CPA that led to independence from the Sudan in 2011.
Other issues include skirmishes along the border with the Sudan, rebellions against his government, tribal clashes, and the current conflict.
He told MPs that his time in the uerrilla war from 1983 to 2005 were even better.
“The 21 years I spent fighting in the bush of South Sudan are preferable than the last 10 years that I have spent [in office],” he told the lawmakers.
His reign has also been characterized by corruption.
In 2012, Mr Kiir sent out a letter to 75 officials who he thought stole and stashed billions of dollars in foreign banks, to return the monies, in vain.
Ready to tolerate opposition
Meanwhile, in his tolerance of opposition, President Kiir says the government has set up committees to receive the advance team of the SPLM in Opposition and the Former Political detainees.
The President says the team is expected in Juba in the next few days, as part of the implementation of the peace agreement.
In an address to the national legislature on Wednesday, the President appealed to members of parliament to welcome home the delegates of the SPLM factions that are still outside the country.
“Welcome them with open hearts; reconcile; forgive each other; forget the past; open new pages; create trust; build confidence among yourselves, and leave in peace and harmony,” Mr Kiir said.
The president also called upon the people displaced to the UN camps to return to their homes.
The Leader of Minority, Onyoti Adigo, says the president fell short of addressing the creation of more states.
But Mr Onyoti hails it as a compromise on the peace agreement.
“The language of the president this time has changed to calling the rebels, ‘brothers’ and he thinks that there is need for welcoming them, which we appreciate all of us,” Hon Adigo told Eye Radio.
“But he ran short of trying to say what is going to happen to the 28 states which he has already made, which I think is up to the parliament tomorrow [Thursday], or up to the people of South Sudan, to decide whether people go for 28 states, which I think is going to be chaotic, or the we talk of the implementation of peace, which is the one needed by our people.”
In the speech, President Salva Kiir also said the government is securing supply of essential food items and fuel to reduce rising market prices.