Flamboyant Joshua also aknowledged the presence of Malawi President Joyce Banda,
“We have here with us Her Excellency, the President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda, the First Gentleman, Retired Chief Justice, Richard Banda, other family members and their entourage – we welcome you, in the mighty name of Jesus
In July, Kiir fired Machar, weary of his ambition and stinging criticism, and purged other political rivals from his cabinet as well. A week ago, after a faction of presidential guard soldiers loyal to Machar clashed with a group loyal to Kiir, the president publicly accused his former deputy of attempting to overthrow the government.
Since then, the fighting has spread, leaving hundreds of soldiers and civilians dead. Nearly 40,000 South Sudanese and foreigners, including Americans, have taken refuge at United Nations bases. By Sunday, soldiers who claim allegiance to Machar controlled the remote town of Bor and several other areas, reportedly including Bentiu, the capital of the vital oil-producing state of Unity.