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N. Bahr el Ghazal releases 9 political rivals over alleged attempt to hold demonstration

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By Ngor Arol Garang

March 30,2011 (WAU) – Nine opposition members, suspected by police and security in the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, to have supported an attempt to hold a demonstration against incumbent governor, General Paul Malong Awan Anei, were released on Wednesday 30 March 2011.

Their release confirms reports last week by both locals and officials that over 7 political rivals had been arrested in connection to a document written by unknown group calling for demonstration against state governor.

Anei was the successful candidate in the 2010 April elections which he contested with independent candidate General Dau Aturjong.

Both Anei and Aturjong joined Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the early days of the second north-south conflict which began in 1983 and remained active participants until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended the over two decade long civil war in 2005.

Aturjong to contest the gubernatorial race as a independent as he was one of the over 350 senior SPLM members across the country who did not secure approval of their candidature from the party’s political bureau.

He was reinstated by South Sudan’s president and leader of the SPLM, Salva Kiir, in December 2010 in the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) with the same rank as Major General but was not given a new assignment.

Notwithstanding his reinstatement to the army, attempts made by the SPLM leadership, to reconcile the two rivals and decrease tension between their supporters, since the election, appear to have been ineffective.

Tension between supporters of the two sides remains a political concern in the state. Allegations of continued intimidation and arbitrary arrest and suspension of individuals suspected to have voted against members in the current administration continues to be subjects of cocern among people in Bahr el Ghazal.

On 23 March, 2011, the state’s administration arrested nince officials from the rival group suspected to have written a document which criticized the state governor and called for demonstration in all the five counties of the state.

Among those who were detained was Lieutenant Colonel Garang Joong Akoon, who said he was initially arrested at the military headquarters in Wunyiik, North east of Aweil town, capital of the State.

"I have been in the prison for the last five days now. I was arrested both in Wunyiik and Aweil town. Wunyiik was where I was initially arrested. I do not know why I was arrested because nobody told me the reason. I did not know the reason of my arrest", said Lt. Colonel Akoon, in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Deng Amet Madut, a government official with the ministry of education in the government of south Sudan currently on family visit in his home county of Aweil East County, said he was informed of being on the list of those wanted by the state administration.

"I received oral reports and several telephone calls from individuals that I was one of the officials wanted by the state administration. I do not know why they were looking for me and nobody came with official letter. This is what I hear from the general public", said Amet, adding his colleague who works at the in the ministry, also on a family visit in the area was among the arrested officials.

"Angelo Machar Akec; a colleague at work in the ministry of education currently on the family visit is among those arrested. He was arrested with seven others," said Amet.

Angelo Machar Akec, who was reported to be one of the detainees confirmed his arrest in an interview with Sudan Tribune from Aweil town, on Wednesday, saying he was arrested with eight others and taken to the court twice without knowing the charges against them.

"Nine of us were arrested in Machar Kunyuk prison. We also heard some other people were arrested in different locations and released without trials after their arrest. In Aweil here, we were taken to the court for the second time today. And like in the first when we were taken, nobody appeared before court with charges against us.”

"It was this second time that the court told us to go home because there was no evidence and there was nobody who appeared to present charges against us before court,” said Akec.

“I was arrested with eight others. The reason of our arrest remains unclear until today", he said.

He named Reverend Moses Aguer Bol, Akol Mayendit, Simon Wieu Garang, Mario Angui Lual, Achuen Arol, Agiu Garang, Lieutenant Colonel Garang Joong Akoon, Adup Achier (Payam Administrator), as also being arrested.

Agany Deng Kawac, a member of the National Assembly in Khartoum in Aweil town, confirmed the arrests said he does not know the cause.

"Yes, I have heard of this arrest but I do not know the actual cause. What I have heard was that there were unknown groups who wrote a letter calling for demonstration against the state government."

"The letter had no names and it was thrown down from where the police in collaboration security elements found it and started looking for these groups. I do not know skills they used to detect people," said Kawac.

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  • 31 March 2011 06:32, by Hero

    Let not just walk the walk for the sake of politiking, but let abide by the rules of law, and everything will be find.I think, nobody is interested in dictatorship.

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    • 31 March 2011 13:15, by Liberator

      Dear: all our Martyrs

      B R E K I N G N E W S!!

      Within the next day or so, The Government of South Sudan won’t be the same. Your ultimate sacrifices shall never be in vain.

      Amen!!!!!!!!!!
      South Sudan Resuscitation is at the door.

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  • 31 March 2011 08:29, by Jeti

    Thank Mr. Malong Awan for releasing them. For every government to be feared, it must dictate. Please use the same system we used during the struggle (SPLA) that’s why we came out successful.

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    • 31 March 2011 09:05, by soldier boy

      well talking like that is not going to let you live like any other human being Mr Jet.. because all Malong is doing is arresting people and killing for allegetion that does not even have a prove of it..so if you are Malong supporter please don’t support him like that.pleas Malong don’t just send police and arrest people like animals... what is that meant? it’s litarlly meants i’m the power if you don’t like what i’m doing i will kill you or take you to jail as he did.so please Malong you are in the office for sake of N.Bahr el Ghazal people not by your power. don’t do it again to arrest someone who is trying to express his/her opinion toward your leadership.

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    • 31 March 2011 10:25, by Adviser

      JETI, SHAME ON YOU HOW COME YOU ABLE TO WRITE ON WEBSTITE AND YET YOU DON,T KNOW WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? WHO VOTE MALONG AWAN IN POWER IS IT NOT N.BAR ELGAZEL PEOPLE?

      IF YOU ARE WITH OLD MENTALLY OF SPLA YOU ARE EITHER MENTALLY SICK OUR ILLITERATE YOU NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN TO KNOW THE CURRENT STATUS OF THIRD WORLD.

      YOU AND YOUR DICTATOR MALONG YOU ARE NOT LEARNED THAT IS WHY YOU RIG ELECTION AND ARREST PEOPLE.

      WAIT FOR 2013 ELECTION.

      ADVISER

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      • 31 March 2011 11:11, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

        Mr. Adviser,
        Malong Awan is a closed neighbour to NCP. He should adopt that system of arresting and torturing demonstrators. Our Aims is to see South Sudan in a full independents. after Independent it will be obvious that we shall rule ourselves in the same way we were rule by Arabs. There are similar scenarios to this. George Orwell wrote a book called " "Animal Farms" All animals rebelled against human rule and they had a very manifesto that had only seven rules. After man had been chased away- Pigs began to break rule one by one. Thus ending up with similar rule of a Man.

        Colonist rule us and that system of ruling is what we got from Arabs. We revolted against it and now we are leading to Independent with chanting of "Democaratic State" in our mouth.

        That April election was "said free and transparent". The world knows the truth of that election and ever southner knows however, southners are in the support of the SPLM because of the referendum that was conducted.

        I am southerner who does not believe that there will be a true democracy in South Sudan. I doubt.

        Such People like Malong Awan should not have a right choice of a leader because of his large and huge extended families. He had many wives more that 120 and many children as well. A leader should be a person of monogmy life- one wife and a few children who is already having family riches, with high profile of academy, plus his ability of being an orator or elequent speaker who is objective in expression.

        Considering the action taken by the police and security agents, it is negative because they are arresting the suspect when they do not have evidences.

        This kind of act is what is accelerating the defections of southerners. They should be allowed to express their discontents. Why should they be intimidated when SPLM pledged to have Democaracy, rights of freedoms and expression to prevail in South Sudan?

        Oh. Let us see after July whether opposition parties shall exist in South Sudan.

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    • 31 March 2011 11:26, by Paul Ongee

      Jeti is a Jallaba but posing as a Southerner who participated in the movement. There was nothing of that sort during the war time. His comment is intended to incite hatred among Junubin especially among the people of NBG. Northern government is well-known for addiction to subjecting rival politicians to house arrests whenever they try to or open their mouth.

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    • 31 March 2011 13:36, by Mike Mike

      Jeti or whatever you are called.
      it look as if you are not from Southern Sudan and nothing you know even about the war which was between South and Northern Sudan. Why i said this, because if you would have knowledge of that war plus the lives of the people lost in that war then you couldn’t talked such nonsenses on this website priasing what was done by General Paul Malong as good move. Is what Malong did to those detainees a democratic right? Is that a right way in which we are going to rules ourselves in the South if we get our independant in the coming 9 of July- 2011?. I don’t like to support some thing that has got no base in any leadership and these bad attitude of arresting people who want to express their opinion about what they seen has gone wrong in the government is not fair to be applied in what is so-called democratic government. Even Paul Malong himself if he leave this position of governorship lateron he will be talking against the government of a person who took over from when he seen some thing that has gone wrong in that leadership and he cannot be arrested. Because this kind of propagating against any ruling government is not some thing new, and it is not the people of south Sudan who started it. It was been there since the government was formed, so let not be surprised when you heard people preaching against your government, beacsue there can be no leadership that can work to win the interest of the people as whole. Moreover, Gen Paul doesn’t have strong advisors that can advise him fully not be worry about the street allegations. These are those whom have affraid that is why they wrote a letter and thrown it near police custody with the purpose to threat your impunity and of course they did it, but those whom you have arrested now are innocent people they are not they one who did that. It seems you did not find the really people who did that great mistake.

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  • 31 March 2011 13:16, by Liberator

    Dear: all of our Martyrs

    B R E K I N G N E W S!!

    Within the next day or so, The Government of South Sudan won’t be the same. Your ultimate sacrifices shall never be in vain.

    Amen!!!!!!!!!!
    South Sudan Resuscitation is at the door.

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    • 31 March 2011 13:58, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      liberator,
      Are you mad? Who are your martyrs? Do you need help? Or what do you want?

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  • 31 March 2011 16:30, by Gaddfa

    wow what ashamed? but i am not surprised about Malong’s action because it always appeared that whoever rigged election or grabbed the position in shambolic way are
    always live in fear. since they are greedy about the post he stolen they’re always uncomfortable and swear am always going to sleep with one eye open otherwise i might loose it to those who were elected legitimately.

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