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Prosecute those responsible for torture of anti-corruption activist, calls Machar


July 22, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, has strongly condemned the kidnapping and torture of a leading anti-corruption activist, saying those responsible for the crime should be brought to book as soon as possible.

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Deng Athuai, the chairman of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance, was kidnapped and held for three days by persons unknown, after he led a campaign demanding that the government released the names of 75 corrupt senior officials, whom the President of the Republic had written to and asked to return $4 billion of stolen money.

Athuai was lured into a car on the evening of Wednesday, 4 July near his residence, blindfolded and driven for several kilometres outside the capital, Juba, to a forest area where he was tied inside a sack and severely beaten until he lost consciousness.

After three days of interrogation, he managed to escape and was found by passing soldiers who heard him screaming inside the sack beside the Juba-Bor road and brought him to Juba Teaching Hospital.

Speaking in Juba on Saturday to thousands of people gathered for a thanksgiving prayer organised by the church in the name of Deng Athuai, Vice President, Riek Machar, said those who nearly killed Athuai were trying to intimidate and blackmail anti-corruption and human rights activists in the country.

Machar said Athuai had done no wrong in campaigning for action against corrupt officials, adding that the anti-corruption activist was supporting the statement and letter of the President, as well as the resolution of the national parliament on the matter.

The parliament has passed a resolution calling on the president to suspend all officials who received a letter from him suspecting them of corruption.

The country must learn to apply the rule of law and respect human rights, Machar said, adding that if anybody felt that Athuai did something wrong by campaigning against corruption he or she should have taken him to court.

Athuai, who was present during the thanksgiving prayer, told the large crowd that God spared his life because he had done nothing wrong and announced that he had forgiven those who nearly killed him.

Awut Deng Acuil, a member of parliament and one of the senior officials who received the letter on corruption from the President, decried the attempt on the life of Deng Athuai, and appealed to the government to quickly bring to book those responsible for the crime.

Acuil and the former minister of petroleum in Khartoum, Lual Deng, were the only two among the more than 75 officials who publicly announced that they received the confidential letter from the President and asked the rest of their colleagues to reveal their identities.

Machar informed the gathering that investigations were going on and that a final report would soon be published.

The South Sudanese vice-president also called on the churches in the country to always condemn corruption and educate people about how bad it is during their gatherings and prayers.

Since Kiir and Machar’s SPLM came to power in South Sudan, as part of a peace deal in 2005, no official has been prosecuted for corruption despite an estimated $4 billion going missing. This figure is around one third of all the oil revenue received in the last seven years.

In his letter to senior officials Kiir said that senior members of the government had become greedy in power and forgotten the ideals that the former rebels fought for. Addressing corruption was key to South Sudan’s international credibility, Kiir said in the letter.


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  • 22 July 2012 07:44, by George Bol

    I was so happy when reading the article about 10 most influential in the south Sudan. riek machar is was push out in negotiation team because he always contradict himself. And it clearly narate the reason why he join Dr Garang de Mabior. Haaaaaaaaaa, he is a man of contradition and just laughing the bright light. Too bad

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    • 22 July 2012 07:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Hay Bol we have to keep down brother, Garang know what he was doing otherwise we can just let him said the truth, he is now working for the SPLA/M no problem with him on this very point, he is doing good, even though this cannot change his really name Nyagat, he still a lost son of south Sudan and is found, we fought for reform and now we reform Arab friend to be our brother once and for all,

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    • 23 July 2012 08:09, by Paul Chadrack

      Our brothers from Bhar el Gazal are like Hyena,if crossing a river full of soup and meat they can’t missed catching as much as they can. so putting them in power was very big mistake which will be reqreted for generations.

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  • 22 July 2012 07:54, by viper

    Dr Riak is a big part of this current MAFIAS gov’t and so he should not talk like somebody who is out of the gov’t by saying that "those who kidnapped Athuai should be brought to book" He should order the team of former SB, though they are not trained security personnels, and former NISS to find those culprit and if not, they should be relieved of failure. He is now the second man.

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    • 22 July 2012 08:10, by Sir King

      Riek Machar is the leader of this country very soon. We want somebody who is radical and sensative leaders in South Sudan. Kiir must go this time round. But for those who take this simple must put in mind that Kiir is doing nothing.

      He has hat on his head only but nothing else. He has to go and rule his cattle camps in Awan Chan Nyal. We are tired of his foolish ruling. Shame on him!

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      • 22 July 2012 08:17, by George Bol

        Sir King!,

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        • 22 July 2012 08:27, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          wicked King/queen shut the hell up and die slowly,
          Dissolved all your talking carp in to water and drink it, leave greater Awan Chan Nyel out of this, no coward in this section of Gogrial

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      • 22 July 2012 08:25, by Madina Tonj

        Sir King

        I belief both leaders have failed for what they were promising to South Sudanese people that, they will built road, schools, Hospitals and creates job for citizens.

        Either President Salva Kiir nor Dr. Riek Machar not going to get re-elected if it is going to be real democracy system. I have a problem with Salva Kiir because of alluding policy on Warrap State’s capital transfer to Kacjok

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      • 23 July 2012 01:38, by panom lualbil

        sir king

        I agreed with you, nothing wrong with DR REIK being the next president. Although he looted 5000 millions cattles from his civilians fellow dinkas in exchanged of $ 36 milions USAD offered to him by OMER BASHIIR during spla struggled. I too would be the next VP although I have had never told any of spla to stand still during military parade. I am the VETRAN of anyanya from koryom in spl

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  • 22 July 2012 08:20, by MKee

    these traitors are talking as if there is another government apart from themsleves. Instead of saying we as government will bring to book those who kidnapped Deng Athuai, vice president and minister are ’’saying those responsible for the crime should be brought to book as soon as possible’’ Who should bring these to book if the government talk like they are persuating someone else...

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    • 22 July 2012 08:37, by Madina Tonj

      The VP is lacking leadership and capability, you can see most of the time when people sitting in the PM and majority agrees in any issue such as the consitituational then, later when he went out side Africa he misspoken to air supposedly, he has to tell PM and his president that this is my view but he kept quiet waiting to escape away and blame others most of the time what a PhD of this kind?

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      • 22 July 2012 09:10, by daniell

        Thank vice president,Dr Riek Machar for your strong condenmation and urge need for culprits and corruptees to face rules of law.Majority of citizens are illitrate that means they aren’t corrupted.Among those who are educated majority of them want to do good thing for their beloved country;these people too are not corrupted.That means it’s just afew people in government who are corrupted.Best regar

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    • 22 July 2012 08:42, by Sir King

      First of all, for you to allow me talk free without prejudice. I am not Nuer but I am Dinka.

      1. Kiir as a weak leader, he always accuse Riek of toppling him in case Mr. Riek ratifies any thing in the leadership that is why subordinate leaders under him keep quiet.
      2.Kiir’s is the leadership of a fool whereby everybody he brings fool like him e.g. Taban Deng of UNITY, Nyandeng of Warrap,

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      • 22 July 2012 08:48, by Sir King

        .............Malong Awan of Aweil, Rezigit of Wau and the list continues. A fool looks for a fool for them to confuse this nation. We are tired of this man.

        For those who say Dinka, please avoid that because Kiir is the only one who fail not all Dinkas. I am sorry to say that but we should unite and oust this man call Kiir Mayardit for him to go to cattle camps. Kiir can’t even manage marol-wut.

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        • 22 July 2012 08:59, by Sir King

          .......... Kiir leadership is like that one of monkeys, whereby a big money always rob rob fruits of young ones and he(male monkey) doesn’t mind of what will keep young ones survive. Such a person must not be allowed to lead South Sudan. The government of self services, V8, GXR,TX,GX,MX,NX,KX,HUMMER X, LANDCRUISER X, DISCOVERY X, and everything is x, and this is the sign that everything is crossed

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  • 22 July 2012 08:41, by Gäär

    Corrupt Dinkas are the one masterminding the kidnapping of Athuai. they dont want him to live. Wait, you will hear the next big story on him. they are out to kill him.
    who cares anyway, though he looks nationalist, he is a Dinka. their death don’t matter. Foolish Nyagats who stabbed nationalist Gai Tut on the back while fighting for the separation of South Sudan, only to come back later in shame.

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    • 22 July 2012 09:21, by Madina Tonj

      Gaar or car

      You atitude of hateful on tribalism this is exactly make you all failed because of negative behavior on others people. The whole Equatoria States were about to be captured all and Nuers were united with Arab in Khartoum government.

      If you hate Dinka then, you will have a big problem forever in your life.Dr. Riek Gai he hate Dinka but now he love Dinkas

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    • 22 July 2012 16:01, by Gumbulla Junior

      To Gaar,n many others

      My dear brothers,let us stop generalizing or victimizing ethnic groups for nothing..it is not logical dat whole tribe can be corrupt..e.g not all dinkas or nuers are corrupt or not all murles or toposas are cattle raiders but few individuals practice dat evil act...Am not dinka myself but i ve traveled to almost one third of dinka and nuer lands.the poverty from the....

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      • 22 July 2012 16:05, by Gumbulla Junior

        ..grassroot can compel u from speaking like that...human suffering like of development back at our villages is beyond expression...please think positive guys...this X generation shall pass way and the fact is we shall still remain south sudanese...

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    • 22 July 2012 22:36, by panom lualbil

      GAAR ?

      yEs, RIaK MaCHaR received a letter from MR. PReSIDeNT. But whom will president himself get a letter from ? From God maybe!

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  • 22 July 2012 09:19, by Mapuor

    I think Deng Athuai is a Dinka and he almost lost his life in the process of fighting corruption,its true that Dinkas are not forgiven when they come up openly to fight evil things,Makur Alayeu,Majier Gai,Joseph Malath,Khorou etc were killed without good charges or no charges at all and this is always how military intelligence behave,just arrest the head of MI.He is the one who tortured Athuai

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    • 22 July 2012 10:07, by Marolditapei

      Thank God for our new King or Dr.Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon. Corruption must be condemned publicly by all. Student Dinka Dominated SPLM/A is mourning because the list of corrupt leaders is full of his Awan Chan corrupt boys. But president Salva and Riek Machar are not corrupt like the rest. Dom wew, dom wew, dom wew, dom wew. All the members of dom wew society should be judged one by one.

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      • 22 July 2012 10:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Your king is not called Riek machar Teny Dhurgon, He is called Riek Machar pout Nyuon [Teny Dhurgon was a name of his grandfather witch craft] otherwise you don’t know your king, this are the names we used to called him in united Kingdom UK
        And don’t Associated south Sudan loving president Kiir who is not nyagat with your bashir ass kisser called Nassir gang doom and wicked oafish leader Riek

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        • 23 July 2012 10:05, by Ruach

          When talking of food,they are there with their unshameful behaviors.They will keep talking Nyagat,Nyagat a baseless word which return back to a person who did not work and feel the pains of the Separation of South Sudan from the North which a lot bloods and orphaned Nuer and other families.Death to any one with New Sudan Visions and finally am happy with my objectives!!History will show itself

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  • 22 July 2012 13:02, by manyang mawech

    Dr .Riek is a next leader of South by selecting him by vote of choice or by bullets of gun…if the cowardices try ….

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  • 22 July 2012 13:21, by manyang mawech

    If Dr. Riek recieced letter from Kiir,then Kiir himself received a letter period …
    Ngundeng foresight that already…most cowardices human in history will hate Dr. Riek but never last long…I may ask you .. what was wrong on that articles …?
    Do you wise Deng to be victim again…what are the most crafts of Dinka talking about?…if you are supporting corruptists officials , not all Southers..support that

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  • 22 July 2012 16:50, by monyjang42

    MrS manyang You are stupid and idiot. what do you know about south sudan, batrayers. can you just go and be the leaders of north sudan insted of south sudan coz every nuer is taking arm and run to jalaba,are you not satified about the oil you sell to Bashir.

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    • 23 July 2012 11:31, by Genuine Leader

      i think mahomed Ali first name is dr okuk even though i don’t have any prove.

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  • 24 July 2012 05:08, by Odingo

    Thank to you Awut Deng Acuil and Lual Deng for obeying the president by coming out and tell the public they received the letter of corruption from president Kiir Mayar diiiiit Banydiiitdaaaaaaa.I believe these two corruptors leaders deserve amnesty from president since they did not hide themselves, but those who ignored the president will face very tough prosecution, one way or another.

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  • 25 July 2012 05:38, by Odingo

    Folks, to be honest with you Dr. Riek, Dr. Wanni Igga, all Dr. John Garang Boys who alway ignored the president Kiir, called him not qualify to be president, are among those 75 corrupted leaders who received the president letter. I don’t care how much the president stole, they stole more than president n destroyed our country economic n developmet.They deserve life in prison

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    • 27 July 2012 08:32, by Ruach

      Odingo. Sorry brother no Nuer is among 75.The names were revealed by World Bank!

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