South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir has given a humbling extra-ordinary account of what transpired at the palace when clashes broke out between his forces and those loyal to opposition leader Riek Machar.
In an interview with China Central Television (CCTV) Kiir said his rival Machar come to the statehouse meeting with a pistol, but it was not clear what his intentions were
“I can not predict because he did not say it, whether he wanted to assassinate me.” he said
“But what happened here even if he had to shoot me, he would have not gone out of this room,” President Kiir added, implying that both of them would have been dead.
Kiir also said there were faces among his body guards who were angry with Machar and were looking for the slightest chance to kill him.
“The Officers and men who were around from my headquarters were not friendly with him. The eyes that they were looking at him, indicated that should I be missing for a minute, I would not find him alive” he said.
Kiir said he kept pointing a finger at his officers to gesture them to be disciplined and keep calm
Machar Earlier told the BBC that the shooting was a calculated move to kill him. but did not reveal detail of what transpired at the palace.