South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is a tyrant and dictator, a reliable source told Moon of the South on Saturday, as regional leaders scrambled to seek solutions to stop the world’s youngest nation from sliding into total chaos.
If this report proves to be true, it will confirm Riek Machar’s claims that Kiir needed to be toppled because he was increasingly becoming a dictator. Machar is South Sudan former vice-president who launched an all-out armed battle to overthrow the democratically-elected government.
“It’s true that Riek is greedy for power, but also true that Kiir has become increasingly autocratic and nepotistic, with non-Dinkas calling his government a ‘Dinkocracy’,” the source explained.
But regional leaders, headed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, fully support Kiir, describing his government as ‘legal’. They also said that the continent will not tolerate the overthrow of a constitutional government by force.
“Of course the regional leaders support him, as they should, but they are all vulnerable in similar ways to similar criticisms! What they should really be doing is putting pressure on him to be more equitable and less autocratic. In fact, they should have done this in July,” the source added.
Kiir, a Dinka, fired Machar (a Lou Nuer) in July, after suspecting him of having ‘unconventional’ presidential ambitions.
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Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir.