Odinga to mediate face-to-face talks between Kiir, Machar

This effort to end the civil war tearing Africa’s newest country will entail Machar returning from his shelter in South Africa.

Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition leader Raila Odinga gestures after swearing-in himself as the "people's president" on 30 January 2018 in Nairobi. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has offered to mediate in face-to-face talks between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

This effort to end the civil war tearing Africa’s newest country will entail Machar returning from his shelter in South Africa.

The prospect of having Machar involved in talks is a positive development after the breakdown of South Sudan peace negotiations in Addis Ababa.

Offering his proven bridge-building skills, Odinga has seen South Kiir to offer his mediation services.

Machar’s team say they’re looking forward to having their leader meet Odinga so that peace talks can begin before the African Union summit on Mauritania on 1 July.

(Edited by Leto M Khoza)