Kiir and Machar in trouble : Pope Francis Kiss could mean a curse - Whisper Eye

Kiir and Machar in trouble : Pope Francis Kiss could mean a curse

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, said on Tuesday that the kissing of their feet by the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, could mean a curse for the South Sudan leaders though he said it could be a blessing.

Kiir was speaking at an event to mark the reopening of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) in Juba on Tuesday.

Kiir said he “was greatly touched and humbled by Pope Francis’ action in kneeling down to kiss our feet” during the spiritual retreat in April.


“To be honest, I was shocked, and I trembled, but I also knew deep down my heart that His Holiness did this to show Christ’s humility. He was telling us to be humble and to be good servants of our people,” Kiir said.
He added that the kissing of their feet by the head of the Roman Catholic Church could be a curse if the leaders do not heeds to cries for peace in South Sudan otherwise.


“Pope Francis’ act of humility is both a blessing and a curse on all of us. A blessing, if we heed to his call for peace and a curse if we play games with the lives of our people,” he said.


Kiir says he has “forgiven” Machar, invites him again to Juba
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, on Tuesday said he has forgiven his main rival, turned peace partner, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
Kiir uttered the remarks while giving a state of the nation speech to the country’s parliament, the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) in Juba on Tuesday.


In his remarks, the president also reiterated his invitation for Machar to return to Juba saying what he all need from Machar is for him to be a kind of a peace partner he wants.


“In the spirit of this agreement, and our experience in Rome, I once more extend my invitation to Dr. Riek Machar to return home,” Kiir said.
“I have completely forgiven him, and all I ask from him is to become a peace partner, for he is no longer my opponent

. We have agreed so we have to work together,” Kiir added during the reopening of the parliament.


Kiir’s government and opposition groups including Machar’s signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement in September last to end the ongoing brutal civil war, which has killed thousands and displaced millions.
He has invited Machar several times to return to Juba to prepare for the formation of the transitional government of national unity.

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