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S. Sudan opposition leader arrested over rebel links, 2 killed in W. Equatoria


November 4, 2011 (JUBA) — At least two people were killed on Thursday when South Sudan’s military - the SPLA - battled forces loyal to a key southern opposition leader, who was arrested after army intelligence linked him to one of the country’s rebel groups.

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Peter Abdul Rahaman Sule addresses a press conference in Juba, March 9, 2011 (UN photo)

SPLA spokesperson, Phillip Aguer, said Peter Abdul Rahaman Sule, the leader of the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) was arrested in Jambo payam, Mundri East county of Western Equatoria state, after a brief exchange of fire between his forces and the army.

“The army and its intelligence have been monitoring his [Sule] activities from the time he was removed from government over a year ago. Some of the intelligence reports showed that he had plans to rebel against the government,” said Aguer.

The army spokesperson also identified an SPLA Major attached to Bilpham headquarters in Juba, the country’s capital, as a key figure behind the formation of the new rebel militia. The army officer, whose identity remained unclear, reportedly disappeared from the army headquarters three weeks ago.

“I can confirm that the UDF leader has been brought back to Juba. The army will investigate the matter and appropriate actions will be taken in due course,” he told Sudan Tribune.

A day before his arrest, UDF party officials had reported that its leader, who previously served as South Sudan’s minister for cooperatives and rural development had been missing for nearly three weeks.

According to David William, the party’s secretary general has resolved to elect a new chairman during their next convention, an indication that the members no longer recognised Sule as the party’s leader.

Founded in 1998, UDF was among the five southern opposition parties that boycotted the endorsement of South Sudan’s transitional constitution.

The other parties included: South Sudan Democratic Alliance (SSDA), Sudan People Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), United South Sudan Party (USSP) and South Sudan Democratic Front (SSDF).

Leaders from the five parties accused the south’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of allegedly violating rules of procedures adopted during their meeting and deviating from resolutions adopted during the south-south political dialogue held in October 2010 ahead of South Sudan’s successful referendum on independence.

The controversial constitution which was sworn in on July 9 when South Sudan seceded from north Sudan has been criticised by opposition groups and some members of the ruling SPLM for centralising power in Juba.

President Salva Kiir has the ability to sack any elected official in South Sudan if he deems it a matter of national security.


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  • 5 November 2011 06:16, by omoni jr.

    Peter Abdul Rahaman sule,
    Very suspicious man because of the name he acquired when he is in Khartoum .His name is bearing a true message for the enemies of southern sudanese.
    Anyone got christian and muslim names is considered to be the enemy of sout sudan

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    • 5 November 2011 18:50, by ebony

      what logic is this? is this democracy? you criticize people because o their name? Obama has Hussein as middle name, so what..i tell you as far as people think this way, democracy wont be easy to achieve in this country

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  • 5 November 2011 06:21, by omoni jr.

    Anyone called:
    john mahammed.
    mark Abdul.
    Garang Ahemed
    chol Ahamed.
    All are considered to the enemies of south sudan.
    Do NOT mixed christian names and muslims names.

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    • 5 November 2011 06:38, by Southerner

      How many of you belly-driven dinkas are called abdallah chol? The man’s father was converted to Islam at gunpoint. The Qur’an is clear, "there’s no compulsion in religion." Do you now hold the man accountable for being a son of someone who was converted by force? Illiterate dinkas. This man is the founder of South Sudan separation. Juba will burn on you if anything happens to him. Disgrace people.

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      • 5 November 2011 07:55, by akot

        Juba will not burn on us your uncle is in our hands

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        • 5 November 2011 08:12, by Southerner

          Let’s see how long you can hold out with your oppressive policies you ignorant despised people. You are a disgrace to this nation.

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          • 5 November 2011 15:13, by Sir Bleak

            Southerner? No!! you are a Sudani who is hopeless, because your master have been convicted and evicted.
            You used to get bread with that vague pride of being Sudani, an identity used by your master to lure you into killing your fellow countrymen.
            The ignorant, despised and disgrace to this nation as you said, are so because they have barred you from your master and are unwilling to enslave you.

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        • 5 November 2011 08:39, by Antigraft

          Good though gentlemen, take good care of him as this will be the beginning of the unexpected that will befall south sudan. Juba will see the unwanted and those which has never happened in the twenty years of liberation- wait and see.
          Some tribes are destined to extinction if they are not aware.

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        • 5 November 2011 09:04, by monythai

          You’ve pinpointed it my boy (Akot), I think there is no rooms for rebellion in South Sudan any more. Negotiations and act of patriarchs are the only way out, but if you guys thing rebelling is the options that won’t gone a walk.

          Congratulations to SPLA and its intelligent staffs, please shine your eyes on them we need peaceful country.

          All the best.

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          • 5 November 2011 09:23, by Southerner

            Negotiation with whom, with people who until yesterday were walking around naked? The only way rebellion can be prevented is for Kiir and his cohort to end the reconfiguration of the same oppressive power structures that existed in Khartoum that we fought to liberate ourselves. The dinka is misled to think he can now replace the arabs as another colonial master. They are digging their grave.

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        • 5 November 2011 15:22, by SSLA supporter

          Dear Akot and Southerner!!

          Keep away from tribalism. If one has personal problems or issues with a member of a particular tribe let him/her avoids generalisation. Resolve your differences like adults without involving our peaceful southern tribes that have nothing to with your personal problems! SPLA/M is not a tribal institution but an unfortunate government of RoSS.

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          • 5 November 2011 16:15, by Southerner

            Fellow countrymen, let me extend my sincere apologies for my irresponsible, emotionally charged reaction to the news of Sule’s arrest. Please forgive me for my unthoughtful choices of strong words and tribal generalizations which are not conducive to building peace and helping our nascent nation move forward. I am only concern for the good of this nation, but I have done so with anger and not love

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          • 5 November 2011 17:19, by akot

            to SSLA supporter i don’t have problem with anyone but this Dog call himself Southerner is always insult Dinkas, he said that Juba will burn on us including you, why Juba didn’t burn on Arab that time?

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            • 5 November 2011 18:13, by Southerner


              This is a false accusation. Except today and due to the heat of the moment, my comments were never directed at any tribe, but against the unjust establishment. The arabs were our common enemy. All southerners from all tribes and creed fought in various degrees and capacity for our freedom. Juba will burn precisely because we are southerners, and should not reenact arab policies on each othe

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              • 5 November 2011 19:22, by akot

                yes you are right Mr southerner, we are all against injustice establishment, no one can support his uncle if he is not working well. the Government is not going to kill your uncle Peter Sule, he will be investigated and go in peace.

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                • 7 November 2011 18:35, by Southerner


                  Thanks for your constructive response, but the question is not just about investigating and releasing Peter Sule in peace. The question is what is being done to address the legitimate grievances of Peter Sule exemplified in millions of disgruntled Southern Sudanese with SPLM’s draconian policies? While I may distinguish the difference, the ordinary Southerner harbors hatred toward the Dinka

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      • 5 November 2011 10:42, by Ker.


        do you called yourself like that? my friend i have never seen such a stupid guy like you,tell me what will burn down Juba? your mother? your uncle or illegal husband to your mother will deal with laws not Dinka as you put it.
        shame on you!!!

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        • 5 November 2011 12:41, by Southerner

          Ker, I am willing to be stupid, because that’s the only way you can communicate with stupid people like yourself. Do you think the disgruntled voices against your oppressive regime are just three insignificant and powerless people? What nonsense law are you talking about? A law that promotes marginalization and dinka hegemony? Creating a policing state is not the solution, it only promotes hatred.

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      • 7 November 2011 09:00, by kuek madau akot

        Don’t start to be arrogant with Dinkas in S.S after you people escaped to Uganda & were given dual citizenship there leaving This JUBA for Dinkas’ to die,where was your patriotism then? Our Garang was saying in one of his speecheskt that SPLM will win and see us going,so you bark to the top of your voices & you leave to see the south going.Foolish people always resort to fight but how!!

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        • 7 November 2011 18:22, by Southerner

          kuek madau akot,
          Reading your ill-constructed comment, I think to myself, how do I reduce myself to respond to a primitive and sorry mindset like you? If this is the path you are treading, I wish you all the best, but it is a narrow and short path that you will ultimately regret. Continue to be deceived that you single-highhandedly liberated South Sudan.

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    • 5 November 2011 09:40, by Logic

      I wonder if you idiots realize that the whole world can read your stupid comments.

      Many of you can’t even correctly put a sentence together, but yet you attempt to sound more intelligent than those you’re criticizing. Learn to constructively criticize.

      Some of the comments are so childish its pathetic.

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    • 5 November 2011 15:51, by Lokeji

      please omoni jr you need to be more accurate your writings,it’s unwise to conclude that any one carrying muslim name is an enemy of the south, what about George Athor,is he is an enemy or not? please you guys mind your businesses and stop provoking religious war in south sudan. the country is over burden by the tribal war that is introduce by you guys to paved way for your corrupt and useless gov

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    • 5 November 2011 19:53, by Nuerone Mafitabu

      @ AKOT,
      JUBA IS ZUNBE, means river of BLOOD LIBYA TWO, WAIT, SEE, AND HEARD.You will see red dogs runing like rates.

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      • 5 November 2011 20:16, by akot

        Nuerone, you cannot compare South Sudan or Juba with Libya it is something different, we are Muonyjang or Muonythai, don’t try you will regret.first of all tell me what is the meaning of Muonyjang or Muonythai?

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  • 5 November 2011 07:02, by Fighter

    Any dictator, especially those who operate based on their tribes, will end up in a tragic manner. However, that freedom we all seek is usually very costly. Old men cannot lead us the youth anymore, their time has passed. Don’t become the victims of this Kiir regime. Wait a little while untill the time of the real South Sudan Spring begins shortly. The real revolution has not started yet

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  • 5 November 2011 14:58, by Lokeji

    SPLM govt is planing to send all the opposition parties into prison, it started with Dr. James Okuk and today is peter abdulrahman sule, we are now expecting to see Dr lam Akol and the rest of the opposition group in the coming days.the plan this time is well cook by connecting the opposition parties to rebellion.they thought that the southern masses will swallow it easily.

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    • 5 November 2011 20:19, by Nuerone Mafitabu

      The song is:juba is burning, juba is burning, pour on water, pour on water,dinka is burnig,dinka is burning, pour on water, pour on water.

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      • 6 November 2011 04:41, by SSLA supporter

        Keep away from tribalism because it is very dangerous. why burning Dinka? simply because of the shortfalls and wrongdoings of some few Dinka in the government in Juba? why don’t you be angery to that puppet called Bakasoro, the so-called governor of wastern Equatoria state. To my information, Dinka as a tribe has nothing to do with the corruption in RoSS but a victims of it.

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  • 5 November 2011 23:30, by Obol Sam Gabriel

    Peter Abdul Rahaman Sule,the leader whose gospel used to preach about the democracy in the RoSS now turned the rebel leader because of the post he has lost from the ministry of Cooperative and Rural development shame on him curse!curse! on him for his evil deed.And so God will interprets to security personnel more about your evil deed.Indeed,he is qualified with tit for tat death penalty.

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  • 6 November 2011 00:53, by Okach Philip-obang Ojway

    Nothing irritates me more than tribalism, you people need to stop being ignorant. South Sudan is a diverse country, Dinka is the biggest ethnic group in the South, but they’re not the majority of the population. If you ask me, we’re all the same people. I personally think that this frostiness needs to stop, immediately. There’s no way we can move forward and prosper as a nation if people don’t sta

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