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2005-2015, the worst years of Kiir’s life

Author : Ray Okech | Published: Thursday, November 19, 2015

President Salva Kiir says the 10 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 guerilla 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 the letter, he instructed each of the anonymous recipient to deposit the stolen amount to Nairobi-based Equity Bank account No. 0810299067373.

It’s unclear whether the officials have returned the money, and how much.

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