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The Garang I Knew: African icon of visionary leadership

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By Luka Biong Deng

July 19, 2012 — The people of South Sudan and the marginalised people of Sudan will remember their great leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, on July 30, the day he died in a plane crash seven years ago. Garang, a thinker, a freedom fighter, a military officer and an intellectual, will be remembered for generations to come as a leader who laid the foundation for the new nation of South Sudan and set the agenda for transforming Sudan. Certainly during his entire life of struggle, Garang has left unforgettable and positive marks and memories with many people of South, Sudan, the continent and the world at large. During the last seven years, I came to value the profound impact and legacy our great leader left behind. His name has become almost synonymous with the struggle of the marginalised people of Sudan.

Although there are people who knew Dr. Garang better than others, I strongly believe that every South Sudanese has come to know our great leader in different ways. Based on my personal recollection, I would describe Garang as the African icon of visionary leadership. Yasir Arman described Dr. Garang as a gift to humanity and the most influential Sudanese leader in the twentieth century. We, the people of the South, should be exceptionally proud that we produced such a charismatic leader during the final stage of our liberation struggle that resulted in the birth of our new nation. The seventh anniversary of the commemoration of his death is special as it came at the time when we celebrated the first anniversary of our independence. As we struggle to build an effective and successful new nation, we need to reflect on the virtues and thinking of the founding father, which can inspire and enrich our efforts for building a prosperous and peaceful South Sudan.

I came to know Dr. Garang as a strategic thinker and politician when I was at the final year in the University of Khartoum in the early 1980s. We organised ourselves as students into secret cells to disseminate and popularise the political agenda of the SPLM. I was struck by his diagnosis of the problem of Sudan as a problem of the centre and not the problem of the peripheries. Garang remarkably shifted the dominant thinking about the Southern problem to the Sudan problem. He did not only diagnose the problem well but he also skillfully prescribed a solution in the context of the New Sudan vision. By doing so, he managed to mobilise all Sudanese behind the goal of the New Sudan, regardless of region, religion or race.

Garang looked at the bigger picture rather than being bogged down by the Southern problem which he saw as a symptom. Without this strategic thinking, the South would not have gained its independence. In fact, the political agenda of the New Sudan is also useful for building our new nation. Building a cohesive and tolerant nation, as well as meeting the aspirations of rural communities and move the towns to the people, are valid points for building our new nation. My nephew, Daniel Francis Deng, always reminds me whenever we discuss any issue of “The Eagle Wisdom”. The eagle lifts itself high in the sky to see better and then swiftly comes to the ground

with clear targets and it avoids muddling itself on the ground where it cannot see well. Garang used this wisdom well. It is even relevant to our daily life and in building our new nation. Sometimes we waste our energies with past and trivial issues without looking at the bigger picture. It is that bigger picture and vision we need to see for a better future of our new nation.

I came to know Garang also as a people-centred developmentalist when he designated me to be in charge of the SPLM National Economic Commission for Western Equatoria in 1991, after it was liberated by the SPLM. It was the first time he shared with me face-to-face his vision of how the SPLM can develop Western Equatoria during the war. He asked me to make the Nzara agro- industrial complex work and engage farmers in supplying cotton for the Nzara textile industry. He was passionate about rural agro-industry and saw it as the most effective way to economically empower rural communities and take services to the people. Garang articulated his vision of development around his popular statements of “taking the town to the people” and “using oil to fuel agriculture”. This agenda will continue to be the economic path through which we can build a prosperous and peaceful South Sudan. We are still a long way from realising these commitments as our people are paradoxically attracted to towns where there are services and agriculture is being neglected.

I came to know Garang also as a skillful and shrewd negotiator in 2003 during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) negotiations in Kenya. Garang excelled in showing leadership and knowledge, and managed to incorporate most aspects of his vision of a New Sudan in the CPA. Without his leadership, the CPA would not have been signed. I remember the time when he was receiving a lot of pressure from the international community and even some SPLM leaders to abandon the issue of Abyei and the two areas since the South got the right of self-determination. But Garang stood firmly behind the cause of the people of Abyei, the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Garang was also very humorous. He used different stories and jokes with his counterpart, Ustaz Ali Osman, to create a conducive environment for negotiations. Sometimes we could be waiting impatiently outside the room where they were meeting and were surprised to hear only laughter. Although the South got its independence, we should not abandon our solidarity with the marginalised people of Sudan. It would be ethically and morally a crime and a betrayal if we turned our back to our people and comrades in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, eastern Sudan and Darfur.

I also came to know Garang as a religious and meticulous leader when he gave me his own Bible, printed in his name, for his swearing-in as the First Vice President on July 9, 2005. I was shocked going over the Holy Book to realise how deeply he read it. When I informed the Minister of Presidential Affairs that Dr. Garang would use this Bible for his swearing in, he tried to argue that the Palace had its own bibles. I argued how some Southerners were made to falsely swear in using the Quran instead of the Bible. This simple act showed how Garang was meticulous. He paid attention to details, which is necessary in leadership. I observed this also during the peace talks. He followed in detail the drafting of all protocols of the CPA and read carefully the entire CPA before it was finally signed.

Dr Garang traced the history of the people of Sudan in the Holy Bible and started with ancient Kush. He often referenced the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 18, where the prophet addresses “an aggressive nation” of “people tall and smooth skinned” in a “land divided by rivers.” Ominously, Isaiah foresaw events that the whole world would “hear” and “see,” when the people of Kush would die in droves, their corpses consumed by birds of prey and wild beasts. However, Isaiah goes on to call this period “the harvest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becomes a ripening grape,” and the gardener must “cut off the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches.” Garang situated the greatest tragedy of South Sudan’s war in a bigger picture of renewal and birth. Like the Phoenix, the destiny of the people of the South is to prosper in a time of peace after having been born again from the ashes of war.

These are few examples of my interaction with Dr Garang as a leader whom I admired and I
looked up to as a model for visionary leadership. When he suddenly died in a plane crush on July
30, 2005, I was in Rumbek with a committee that was drafting the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, whom Dr. Garang met three days earlier. I have never seen a nation mourn the way it did for Dr. Garang. It showed how he touched the heart of every citizen in Sudan, particularly in the South. When his body was brought to Rumbek, I was at the airport, where I came across a 10-year-old boy crying. I sat down with him and asked why he was crying. He said: “As he has died, I don’t know who will look after our education”. During these difficult times, I was exceptionally moved by the courage of his wife, Rebecca de Mabior. She emerged as a true mother to the nation and her words greatly consoled the people. One would have wished Comrade Rebecca to continue to play the role of mother for all the people of the South while paying due attention to the issues of Twic, Bor and Jongeli.

There were, however, people who paradoxically enjoyed the death of Dr Garang. One of my colleagues of the Constitutional Drafting Committee and who holds now a key position in our government told me in Rumbek and without remorse immediately after the sad news of the death of our Great Leader that “Luka you are now orphaned and your time is gone with the death of Dr Garang”. As we will remember our great leader, the only way we can mark such event is by working to realise his unfinished business. President Salva did a lot, not only in attaining independence and protecting the territorial integrity but also in building the mausoleum and honouring him by having his feature on our new currency.

However, the biggest challenge is how to realise the dreams of Dr. Garang of “taking the town to the people” and “using oil to fuel our agriculture”. The other challenge is to look after the families of our martyrs. We should honour their selfless sacrifices that made us what we are today. The birth of South Sudan marks our increasing responsibilities for economic governance and accountability, human rights and the rule of law, and socio-economic development. Without these and visionary leadership, the fruit in Isaiah’s vision, which Dr. Garang saw early on, will be bitter and elusive. With them, however, the sweet fruit of the people of Kush will be enjoyed not only in our lifetimes, but also for many generations to come.

Luka Biong Deng is a leading member of the South Sudan ruling party, SPLM, former minister and he is currently a co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee. He can be reached at lukabiong@kushworld.org. This article was published by the New Nation Newspaper-Beijing, China.



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  • 20 July 2012 10:47, by viper

    Coward Dr Luka Biong Deng, I have understood that you want to say that you are really orphaned due to the death of Garang. Also you want to prove that SPLM has got two fronts as it was preached by Arabs, the front of AWLAD Garang which you belong and the one of Kiir and his close associates which you are against. Your current statement has nothing to say but only the few I have mentioned

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    • 20 July 2012 10:56, by viper

      If you deny what I have told you, then why recall the man who told you that you are orphaned? Do you believe that you are the only orphaned south sudanese? Who are you in SPLM? Which front did you command during our times of manhood in the bush? Just praise your God for the chance that you have not worked for. Please keep silent instead of preaching those nonesence of orpanage and the two fronts

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      • 20 July 2012 11:03, by viper

        Salva Kiir has not abandoned Abyei and cowards like you should not talk much when they don,t act. Who do you think were pressuring Garang in the SPLM to leave Abyei since south sudan has got the self determination? Please stop lying. Be men like Edward Lino, the only man among the sons of Abyei

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        • 20 July 2012 11:23, by abraham

          A mindless thief does not even appreciates the very people who brought the oil whose money you are stealing. Thank to John Garang who negotiated the CPA and thank to Omer Bashire who open up oil wealth to world market.

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        • 21 July 2012 02:05, by George Bol

          Viper,
          Without Dr Garang and the SPLM/A you would be in trouble my dear. You will have such a person in your society since I know that you are all food lovers and nyagats.

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          • 21 July 2012 02:06, by George Bol

            u will not

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          • 22 July 2012 14:41, by Mi diit

            Don’t worry. It pays to praise John Garang and belittle Salva Kiir and the rest who are alive. Lots of money from Nyandeng if you can write just one page about John Garang. But do we know we really championed self determination which fruit of independence we all enjoy now? Luka Biong and cohorts are not among the champions for sure!!!

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            • 22 July 2012 15:07, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              I got it now mi too,
              no one can be praise in your uncivilised trible and that blind you to like the good judgement of Dr John Garang by Dr Luka Biong Deng,
              Viper is a coward from nuer who hidd under the shadow of Dinka and i know him very much, if he is really a man why can’t he expose his really name here and his location, that foolish dog called viper will be find and tough good lesson,

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              • 22 July 2012 15:21, by Mi diit

                Dinka Dominated Corruption is the only pride of Garang’s vision. Luka Biong is among the list of 75 together with the majority of your uncles. Is this the praise you are talking about? You are so rubbish. The world sees you as rubbish!

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                • 22 July 2012 15:34, by Mi diit

                  I have never seen coward people who are heartlessly proud of being greedy and corrupt and at the same time claim imaginery wisdom and achievements. FACTS: Luka Biong worked hard to divide the leadership of South Sudan when he was the minister of presidential affairs...What wisdom was that! From John Garang’s wisdom and vision? May be not....

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                  • 22 July 2012 15:38, by Mi diit

                    Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior corrupted the budget for the ministry of Transport and Roads. She was silently removed to avoid public embrassment to the wife of the "visionary" leader. We all know without roads and transport the "towns would never be moved to the people." But the inheritance of the vision and wisdom did the contrary. The rest is history...

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                    • 22 July 2012 15:42, by Mi diit

                      The club greedily squandered the oil money from Unity and Upper Nile states in fulfillment of the vision of self enrichment. The list of 75 most corrupt begins with Arthur Akwen Chol, the most favorite finance secretary of the visionary leader, Garang, who took part in the stealing of th first $60 million with Garang’s blessing... What is new Luka Biong?

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                      • 22 July 2012 15:47, by Mi diit

                        Corruption? Does Biong want us to re-visit the Rumbek minutes of Nov 2004 when the quarrel between Garang and Kiir revealed Garang’s weaknesses including charges of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement of movement, dictatorship etc, etc. Well I love his wisdom which accepted correction of vision from unity of Sudan to self determination for independence of South Sudan.... Is that it? Don’t forget..

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                • 22 July 2012 18:42, by Loko El Pollo

                  MIDIIT,IS AN ANIMAL WITH A MONKEY HEART AND A DONKEY BRAIN?HE WILL NOT UNDESTAND THE SIMPLE FACT THAT,YOU CAN’T CREATE HISTORY OUT OF HISTORY.IF YOU WANT TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS SOMETHING? YOU NEED TO WORK FOR IT INSTEAD OF CARVING OUT OUR GREATER AUTONOMY TO YOUR USLESS FOOD FAN RIEK MACHETE OF POUT NYOUN.HIS DREAM OF STEALING OTHERS PEOPLE EFFORTS WILL DIE WITH HIM SOON.

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              • 23 July 2012 21:00, by viper

                Foolish and tribally oriented Dinka Dominated SPLM/A, Iam not so much concerned of the tribe that I belong to, Iam a S. Sudanese and proud to be one of the freedom fighters. Luka Biong is another fool like you. A PHD holder suffering from psychological inferiority complex. Is he not equal to late Garang educationally? Why waste time telling nonesense? Is he not able to do the things Garang did? I

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                • 23 July 2012 22:23, by viper

                  Is this Garang a prophet? Does he posses supernatural power or this normal human thinking capacity? Iam very familiar with your network of AWLAD Garang connected with the interests of Bor, but mind you that you will never succeed with this known Network of corrupt thugs that are led by Nyandeeng with her in-laws. As long as iam still breathing,you will never get this chance that you are looking f

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                  • 24 July 2012 00:00, by Loko El Pollo

                    THE SYSTEMS BELONG TO YOUR REGION,IT IS FAILING AS YOU KNOW IT.GIVEN THE LEVEL OF HATRED,GOSSIPS AND LACK OF COMMON SENSE ABOUT HOW TO REEL THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE CURRENT CRISES.I DON’T KNOW IF THERE IS A BOR SON OUT THERE,STILL BELIEVE THE COUNTRY CAN BE SAVE FROM INTERCONECTED MONEY SCHEMES.WE SHALL WATCH TO LET IT FALL FLAT AND SEE WHAT NEXT FROM THE BRAINS OF THE RULING ELITES?

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                    • 24 July 2012 02:13, by Loko El Pollo

                      OMISSION, LAUNDERING.

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                      • 24 July 2012 23:11, by viper

                        Yes, the system is in our region as you have just said it but there is nothing messing. It is because it is in our region that made south sudanese to unite for the first time. It is because of our leadership that all Nuer militias were integrated. The only window of mess in this gov’t is the presence of many officers from Bor but we will soon get rid of them

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                        • 25 July 2012 02:14, by Loko El Pollo

                          IF EVERYTHINGS IS GOOD THEN WHY ARE YOU YOUR BROTHER SIR KING CRY EVERBODY? DO YOU USED TO CRIED AND LOST YOUR MIND WHEN GARANG’S WAS THE CHAIRMAN? I CAN SEE JEALOUSY IN YOU VIPER IF YOU WANT PHDS HOLDERS TO BE LIKE GARANG IN EVERY ASPECT.BOR OFFICERS WERE LET GO BACK IN 2007 BRO.WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS NOT TRUE.WE ONLY HAVE FEW POLICE SPLA OFFICERS LEFT AFTER AWET AND MANOLDIT STARTED THEIR GOOD

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                          • 25 July 2012 02:24, by Loko El Pollo

                            AND FAIR ACOMODATION OF THEIR TRIBE MEN.PEOPLE FROM BHAR AL GHAZAL ARE GOOD ANALYST,SOME KNOW THE INJUSTICES BEING IMPOSED ON BOR BECAUSE OF GARANG LONG TENURE.ONE THINK YOU SKUNK NEED TO IS,AT THE TIME THERE WAS NO SALARIES AND CORUPTIONS IS NOT IN OUR BLOODS.I KNOW YOU ARE JURCHOL TRYING TO PUT A WEGDE BETWEEN OUR HUMBLE PEOPLE OF WAW AND UPERNILE.THOSE FEW OFFICERS WHOM YOU FIRE ARE THE ONE

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                            • 25 July 2012 02:32, by Loko El Pollo

                              SUPPORTING YOUR SORRY GOVERNMENT.IF WE LEFT TO DAY,YOU WILL THROW A WAY YOUR UNIFORM AND GO BACK TO KHARTOUM WHERE YOU GOT YOUR PATHETIC PHDS.REMEMBERED THE PORGUE PEACE YOU SIGNED WHILE SPLA WAS STILL FIGHTING.

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                              • 25 July 2012 11:17, by viper

                                No No No LOKO. Your officers are not gone. They are still the directors in the SPLA at large and are still the ones holding sensitive positions in the army and this is now one of the threats to the leadership of Kiirdit. They are the ones making our soldiers angry with Mayardit day and night due to their hidden agendas being masterminded by Nyandeeng, the corrupt. Any way, you are more better t

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                                • 25 July 2012 11:29, by viper

                                  ..........than the so called Dinka Dominated SPLM because you have that small human reasoning gift. The only obstacle to the lradership of Kiir is still and shall forever be that domination of officers from Bor. Getting rid of them will help alot and is now going to be the priority.

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                                  • 26 July 2012 00:27, by Loko El Pollo

                                    kick them out slowly if they are still causing you pains,all of them are aliens who shouldn’t be allowed to take part-take in your new found fame.they are corrupts.Bor is still a slum,i don’t know where they invest their loots.viper,after they are gone,the same purging will start within your sections.that is how tribalism permeat and spread through the systems.you think you are strong,and can

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                                    • 26 July 2012 00:33, by Loko El Pollo

                                      control your positions is laughable,bor,ngok and nuer conpiracy will uproot your loose conglomerate in only 72 hours.keep dreaming about how large and populous your kingship is.

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                                      • 26 July 2012 08:09, by viper

                                        Do you think that your alliance is not known with Ngok? It is this fake alliance that this Dr Luka is still writing like this. You have this alliance with the Ngok of Abyei only and the rest of Ngok are not with you. Secondly Nuer cannot and will never join your alliance but you have falsely included them now. The fact is that LOKO, you have a hidden agenda which is currently being masterminded by

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              • 23 July 2012 23:42, by viper

                Muony, Teaching the Viper a lesson will not be easy like taking food from hand to mouth. But I want to know who can teach me that damn lesson? Is it you or someone else? Only God can teach me a lesson in this Country. Iam a freedom fighter who is still for the right of innocent ss like Deng Athuai who was kidnaped in Juba and taken to Bor road. Iam the one searching for those kidnappers. No body c

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            • 22 July 2012 15:51, by LL Reuben

              Midiit (gat-witch),

              Sleeping with Bashier in bed as Riek did isn’t championing ’self-determination. Shame shall aways sit upon you for choosing to be ignorant. Sorry Gat-witch but Nuer don’t have to acknowledge what Garang has done, the whole world know who Garang was, and that is what count.

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              • 22 July 2012 18:37, by Mi diit

                Garang and kiir also slept in bed with Bashir. Just enjoy my independence in shame.

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                • 22 July 2012 19:13, by LL Reuben

                  Midiit (gat-witch)

                  You taught yourself well how to dodge shame. A special skill much needed by those who spent most of their time under Khartoum service during the libertaion war. I am pleased that you atleast acknowledged Riek’s affair with his former boss and lead man, Umar Bashier. Kill yourself gat-witch if you think Garang didn’t bring the independence, or live in shame. The only two choices

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                  • 22 July 2012 21:21, by Mi diit

                    LL Reuben, stop claiming the independence you did not work for. You and your uncles hated separation. You were Bashir’s fans for unity. Thanks God that it was Riek Machar who implemented his self determination in all aspects until independence was achieved by the vote of the people without Garang’s vote. God had that plan.

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                    • 22 July 2012 21:33, by Mi diit

                      I love Kerubino Kwanyin Bol, Arok Thon Arok and Martin Majier Gai who stood for Independence and joined the King David’s strategy.

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                      • 23 July 2012 00:28, by LL Reuben

                        Midiit (gat-witch),

                        Stop being unreasonable, I didn’t question the love and affection you possessed for those traitors you mentioned. "King David’s strategy" is an insult to Bible. Explain why and whose statue and a mausoleum are in Juba? Primitive debate isn’t healthy, forget Riek he is irrelevant.

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                        • 23 July 2012 11:52, by Ruach

                          The strategy of self determination is an inborn and we fought for it and got at last!Garang ’s disciples should shut up for something they didn’t.We let them to corrupt with things they did not do and never understand.Deaths to those Disciples!!

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                        • 23 July 2012 12:04, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                          It is very funny when little and small paresis clime to be the champion of freedom of south Sudan,
                          If defection and rebelling and sleeping with Bashir in the bed was the championing of self-determination for south Sudan, than there were defectors from Dinkas who want to Khartoum before Riek and they can be awarded the championship of self-determination if that was the case, shame cannot be

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                          • 23 July 2012 12:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                            change by lairs and confusion among dying hopelessness people,
                            Shame is always came from uncivilised community of Nuer,
                            So bad that there is nobody to be praise in your community due to great number of nyagateen,

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                        • 23 July 2012 12:27, by Mi diit

                          LL Reuben, so your only claim is about having statue of somebody. Oh, my...Even hyenas can have statue for the purpose of zooing. Get that! At least in Juba of separation and not in Khartoum of Utopian united new sudan vision. Appreciate the work of champions of self determination and enjoy it in shame. Kerubino Kwanyin and Arok Thon Arok are my visionary leaders and late heroes.

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                          • 23 July 2012 12:47, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                            Most influential leader in south Sudan,
                            Dr Riek Machar Puot Nyuon, [Teny Dhurgon was a names of his grandfather witch craft, Vice President
                            He was a senior member of the SPLA and became the leader of the rival Gangs faction during the split of the SPLM/A in 1991.

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                            • 23 July 2012 12:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                              In 1997, Dr Riek signed a soft Khartoum Peace Agreement which is also known as Khartoum food agreement in Bashir owns words, after failing to secure arms for his gang rebel faction during the split.

                              Dr Riek re-joined Dr John Garang in 2002 when the agreement he signed with Khartoum was dishonoured.

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                              • 23 July 2012 12:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                                Today, Dr Riek is the fake deputy chairman for the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). In 2009, Riek took a low profile from his party when he agreed to a 66.7 per cent threshold for secession in the referendum which give more doubt to the citizen and the SPLA/M as governing party in the south. He was pushed out from leading the negotiation team and was replaced by most

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                                • 23 July 2012 12:52, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                                  and well-known influential leader called Pagan Amum.

                                  Dr Riek has been named in numerous controversial matters, including running parallel to decisions passed by the Council of Ministers in which he is the deputy chair, most notably rooting for his own version of the constitution in 2011 which he tabled to parliament. In some instances, he was accused

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                                  • 23 July 2012 12:54, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                                    and proved to be wrong of running “a government within a government.” His influence was at stake when the Lou-Nuer [called nyagateen in Dinka words of calling those who stabbed them at the back] marched in his face in Likwangole in Pibor, Jonglei state, to kill thousands of the rival Murle tribe in December last year

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                                    • 23 July 2012 12:56, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                                      . Dr Riek also admitted criminal responsibility for the deaths and abuses of human rights of attacking great Dinkas when the 1991 split turned into a tribal rivalry. Dr Riek is now said to be a wicked and useless dumb gangster leader in the country and within the intellectual writing on the net,

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                                      • 23 July 2012 13:04, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                                        I am a senior official in SPLA/M and cannot be in the same boat with him and i am not interesting on his duties, he is just a piece of garbage man who shad the blood of our martyr, innocence and SPLA/M officers,

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                                        • 23 July 2012 13:13, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                                          Some idiot can praise a dead fish but we have already closed our hears of who he is, even Ugandan president advice the SPLA/M to either get rid of him in the government or tell him to behave himself in discipline manners, or he will destroy the people party, [SPLA/M]
                                          In the SPLA/M we know who is a right hand man in the south after Kiir, Lt Gen Kuol Manyang Juuk is, we are loyal to him,

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                          • 23 July 2012 16:04, by LL Reuben

                            Midiit (gat-witch),

                            ’Take it or leave!’ (Lokorai Machar supporter). What else need to be said gat-witch born in the cattle camp. Nyagatism will always haunt you and your people beyond graves. You MUST change now! We don’t credit Garang because he is a Dinka but simply because of what he has done. The’re many Southerners who have done well for the good of all, we praise them too.

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                • 23 July 2012 02:43, by panom lualbil

                  MIDIIT ?

                  GARANG AND KIIR did never go to khartoum since spla declared war except RIEK MACHAR plus most of nuer’s nyagate.

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      • 20 July 2012 14:29, by Ruach

        Luka Bonge!"Infact,the poletical agendas of New Sudan is also useful for building our New Nation."The New Sudan Visions of uniting Sudan has no value and can’t be remembered,rather it a rubbish!Garang has a wisdom?Which wisdom?I don’t see and can’t believe with dev’ts with his Agro-Economy which he didn’t skillfully use!He taught his boys to loot including u.Deaths to all Garang boys for a lie!

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        • 20 July 2012 19:54, by panom lualbil

          VIPER & RUACH ?
          You self-claimed warrior while coward and back stabber of spla and militias of ARABS under your DISDAIN leaders, what fucking wrong with you? LUKA BONGE is honor by spla/m and all citizens of s sudan ]except enslaves folks like you] to express himself on anything without question, or you suck my dick, fucky!

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          • 20 July 2012 20:34, by panom lualbil

            Although the death of AFRICAN ICON OF VISIONARY LEADERSHIP [DR. JOHN GARANG DE MABIOR] is still shocking ppl as nation was during his death’s time, we all appreciate MR LUKA that he brought useful history for his ophans to relearn it. Why somebody hate it? Would you love him to write about traitors?

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      • 27 July 2012 11:45, by Paul Chadrack

        very good article Mr Biong, Viper or what every corrupt name you’re known by, Salva Kiir is really a problem to south sudanese, very corrupt,very weak and tribalist at the same time. all these will come to and end, come 2015 elections.

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    • 20 July 2012 21:07, by Loko El Pollo

      VIPER AND KATNYOKARIEU,YOU TWO FOOL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT LUKA HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS HIMSELF LIKE ALL OF US?CALLING SOMEONE WHO HAD DISPLAYED COURAGE SEVERAL TIME IS PURILISH,UNCALLED FOR AND A DIRECT ATTEMPT TO DISCOURAGE SOMEONE YOU WILL NEVER MEET AND HAVE A COFFEE WITH.SHOUTING AT THE TAIL LIKE WHAT OTHER CDRS DONE TO BOR DURING THE STRUGGLE IS A PAIN THAT WILL NEVER HEAL FROM OUR HEARTS

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      • 20 July 2012 21:15, by Loko El Pollo

        .WHILE TRYING TO DO GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY,SOME LOOTERS WERE USING THE PRESENT OF THEIR KIDS IN THE ARMY TO SCORE POINTS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVED THEIR HIDEN A GENDA OF TRYING TO DIVIDE AND EVENTUALLY SHAMED BOR SOCIAL IMPROPRIETY.

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        • 21 July 2012 11:35, by viper

          Foolish LOKO EL POLO, Luka Biong is the one trying to divide pple in this statement if you don,t know. He is still encouraging the two fronts, the one of Awlad Garang and the one of Kiir. Due to that division, I have rebuked him not to divide us since he is a fool with phd in his hands. Secondly, those with narrow minds like you cannot talk much with me, i mean those who are concerned about Bor

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          • 21 July 2012 13:37, by Loko El Pollo

            KIIR MAYARDIT HAD NEVER HAD ANY GROUP APART FROM GARANG,THE ONLY PERSON WITH SYMPATHIZERS WAS MALUAL MADUT.HIS FRIENDS WERE GO-IN- BETWEEN MEN WHOSE AIM WAS TO GAINED HERE AND THERE.YOU CAN CALL ME FOOLISH,COWARD AND DUMB.I WOULD BE GLAD IF THESE WORDS WILL RESOLVE YOUR SEEMS TO BE GROWING FRUSTRATION.IF MALLON CI MACH DOHMFAILED IN THIS CASE,THEN A YELLOW PLASTIC BAG AROUND YOUR NECK WILL RID

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            • 21 July 2012 13:43, by Loko El Pollo

              IT ALL? BE WARNED,APART FROM MOBILIZATION,I DO CRIMINAL PROPILING TOO.ONLY A LETTER TO YOUR GOVERNOR AND YOU WILL BE A DONE DEAL.TAKE CARE OR REGRET LATER.

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              • 23 July 2012 15:05, by mohammed ali

                (ONLY A LETTER TO YOUR GOVERNOR AND YOU WILL BE A DONE DEAL.TAKE CARE OR REGRET LATER) WAW , what a threat!Just because he has a different point of view, then he is " just a done deal"! You seem to be proud to say! Just with a letter to his governer! Are u the Boss of the Mafia? God help the innocent ,decent, poor & marginalized pple of SS.This is very frightening! No law, just a letter from you!!

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                • 23 July 2012 15:43, by Loko El Pollo

                  MOHAMMED,OUR KIDS ARE OVERSTEPPING THEIR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.I JUST WARNED HIM BECAUSE WE USE A COMPUTER THAT CAN TRACKDOWN THEIR IPS,IF YOU THINK YOU ARE ELUSIVE BECAUSE OF YOUR ALIAS,THEN YOU GOT IT WRONG.TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT DUMBNESS EVERYDAY IS NOT YOUR RIGHT.YOU CAN BE CAUGHT UNLESS IF YOU ARE OUT OF THE COUNTRY.CRITICIZE AND GIVE CREDITS SOMETIMES.MI WILL BE FORCE TO ACT IF PERSONAL

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                  • 23 July 2012 15:45, by Loko El Pollo

                    ATTACKS ON LEADERS NEVER CEASE TO BE THE DAILY NORM.

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                    • 23 July 2012 17:58, by mohammed ali

                      Pollo, what about your criminal threat of eliminating or killing somebody!You could easily be tracked if someone who you threaten died even accidentally! This would be investigated internationally. You should be worried.I will put it to my lawyer as from today to sue you through Sudan Tribune.What you are doing is criminal punishable under all laws!

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              • 23 July 2012 22:01, by viper

                LOKO EL POLO, How dare you intimidate me? Do you know who iam? Where I work? Please take care. Intimidating me will not be like taking food from hand to mouth. We are now secretly trying to bring those who kidnapped Deng Athuai to book and mind you that you will be victimized in this secret operation. I cannot, and will never be intimidated in this country and if you are a man like me, meet me to

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                • 23 July 2012 22:12, by viper

                  ...... To see who will first be masked with that plastic bag. Is it because pple are on the web that made it possible to those who cannot afford a sitting with you in one room to intimidate you or what? Who are you now to intimidate me? Are you really okay mentally? Take care young boy. Don,t risk your life just because we are on ST otherwise try to meet me with you brother Dinka Dominated shit

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                  • 23 July 2012 23:30, by Loko El Pollo

                    MOVE ON VIPER,NOBOBY IS AFTER YOU? YOUR ANGER AGAINST THE SYSTEMS THAT PAY YOU WILL HAUNT YOU,IS NOT YOU THE SAME VIPER WHO WROTE THE OTHER DAY THAT THERE IS NOTHING ON THE PRESIDENT HEAD,APART FROM HIS BLACK HAT.VIPER I KNOW A FOODIE LIKE YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE ANY TRUTHS AFTER INDEPENDANCE.I EL POLO, IN 1989 TO LATE 1990 FOUGHT AND DESTROYED JUNTI AL WATTAN IN THE JONGLEI SAVAHANNA.YOU CAN TELL ME

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                    • 23 July 2012 23:36, by Loko El Pollo

                      ALL YOUR CRAP,BUT I KNOW YOUR REAL NAME,YOU SHOUT IN WAU AND SOMETIME LIED ABOUT BEING IN PANTHOUS.FOOL YOUR WIVES BUT NOT PEOPLE WHO KNEW IT ALL LIKE ME.FEEL FREE TO FIGHT FOR DENG ATHUAI?IAM ALSO ANGRY ABOUT THOSE WHO DID THAT.

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                      • 23 July 2012 23:57, by viper

                        Jonglei fighter, LOKO EL POLO, I have nothing to say with you since you were among those who said last time that (hen ci ben thou te ci madingbor dom) literally meaning I will never die again if Madingbor is captured. Leave me alone man. I fought for the whole S. Sudan unlike you who fought for Bor and this is always the worst of you in Bor. You always like yourselves more than other ss. I fought

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                        • 24 July 2012 00:07, by viper

                          .......for this Country as a whole because I love it all. My history of love towards this country is still continuing, that is why iam still in the thick bushes and tall grasses of this country serving the country that I love. Those who are always proud of their counties are a curse , but blessed are those who are proud of their country and not their counties or payams. God bless our patriots, dea

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                        • 24 July 2012 00:28, by Loko El Pollo

                          OUR VETERANS DON’T WRITE BETTER LIKE YOU?UNLESS IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO TELL ME YOUR FAMOUS BATTLE OF THUUK ABAHT OVER THAT ROTTEN MADONGPOJJO.

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      • 21 July 2012 13:31, by katnyokarieu

        Mr.lok el pollo. Re u adverising ur self to Luka Biong by dismaying us in forum, u better read the article than digest before reaching to the key board abusing people like me.what luka biong in this article,i hope u did not understand.now his grandfather sold Abyei to messirya neither kirr, u nor was there to be blame now for the fate of Abyei.

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        • 21 July 2012 13:55, by Loko El Pollo

          MY APOLOGY TO YOU BROTHER KATNYOKRIEU,I THOUGHT U WAS GOING TO SHOW UP WITH YOUR USUAL HATRED OF ABYIANS.TAKE IT EASY BRO.I HAVE NOTHING A GAINST YOU.I LIKE YOUR CALM AND THOUGHTFULNESS.BROTHER VIPER IS WELL EDUCATED BUT HE IS ALWAYS NEGATIVE WHICH MADE HIM ABNOXIOUS HERE ON THE WEB.

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          • 21 July 2012 14:10, by katnyokarieu

            Lok el pollo u misunderstood me,why should i hate people of Abyei?, in Abyei there is an old mother ,father and innocent infant.my issues is three people ie Luka ,Ali Deng Aloor and this grey hair called Edward Lino.Lino misinfo.Garang .and if would be alive .he would have regret the deal signed in naivashia was not right the same with what luka is doing to kiir.

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        • 22 July 2012 20:51, by Loko El Pollo

          KATNYOKERIEU,THERE IS NO NEED OF ADVERTIZING MYSELF TO YOUR BIONG,IAM A WELL PAID ATEET SON.MY JOB OF LOCATING AND KILLING BAD SPERMS IS ENOUGH FOR ME AND MY WIVES.I INSTRUCT TEACHERS[ INDUCTEES ]IN MY HOMETOWN OF MAKUACH CI YA WEER.MY HOBBY IS WALKING NAKED IN THE RAIN.

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      • 24 July 2012 22:57, by Loko El Pollo

        OMISSION,COWARD

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      • 24 July 2012 23:00, by Loko El Pollo

        OMISSION,COWARD

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  • 20 July 2012 11:46, by Wichea Winya Wango

    Great artical Dr Luka but the question is who and how will we continues to build on what he has taught us while many in Juba are enriching themselves and forgetting the suffering which all people of south Sudan had gone through?. Dr Garang was indeed a God given gift to people of Sudan and in particular Southerners. How will Juba honours his sacrifices while being polorised with kleptocracy?

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    • 20 July 2012 12:55, by Robot

      Wichea,
      Nice comment, anyway it looks so ridiculous when we start exchanging blames at this moment..... the focus should be e.g how do we make children like the little boy he mentioned go to school... just to mention a few.. Viper, i understand your comment but remember no matter what happened Abyei issue should be resolved once and for all, we should forge ahead with a clean resolution.

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      • 20 July 2012 21:00, by panom lualbil

        ROBOT?
        Quote: How do we make a children like boy he mention......? Answer: Your father married your mother and there you’re through sexual intercourse. Are you fucky ?

        Anyway, ppl called COWARDS are really evils,becoz they are hatreds. When they heard DR. JOHN saying, I needed s sudan plus b nile + nuba mtn + kordofan + etc, however, this is where word ’nyagate’ came about which mean rebel.

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        • 20 July 2012 21:31, by panom lualbil

          ROBOT ?

          They thought if we would fought to transform ’SUDAN’ we would all have been killed. Cowards, do you think nobody is still alive in USA or in South Africa through civil uprising ? Also, spla has been fighting ARABS and MILITIAS, [nuer] do you think no spla is still alive? Do you see president KIIR like another BASHIIR?

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    • 20 July 2012 13:16, by Gae Ajak

      Great piece Dr Luka, i’m glad today that historical facts are being told,that is exactly John Garang,John Garang is being branded day and night as a person who didnt do anything at all for all the people of the Sudan and more especially to the people of the south...but though he in his resting is being insulted and abused, God of the marginalised people who now fell moisturised air will judge them

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    • 20 July 2012 13:21, by Lokorai

      Viper,

      You are also lying, just mean a mentality of people around that place, the born to rul...

      Who doesn’t know that your cow boy (Kiir) was the first among others who wanted the issue of Abyei dump. Kiir did nothing about Abyei matter.

      Dr. Luka thank you; that man was exceptionally smart human being, and that was why he was killed by those around and elsewhere

      Lokorai

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      • 20 July 2012 14:30, by viper

        Lokorai, Kiir has never misplaced a word about Abyei being a home of Dinka Ngok if pple want to accept the facts. Second to that, he has never pressured Garang about leaving Abyei. The only difference that arose between him and Garang in 2004 was a sort of power struggle when Garang was dreaming of sending home to Awan Chan as a retired officer. That was it.

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        • 20 July 2012 16:09, by Robot

          Viper,
          Leave these politics aside, it isn’t time for us to talk them over, please have a heart to the situation of all South Sudanese and our African Brothers (SK,BN) in the North instead of talking on a monopoly of tribal interest... i know from your comment and understand exactly who you are, but don’t feel more in a buoyancy with your titbits, Gods knows all our colors.

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      • 25 July 2012 09:57, by Ruach

        Who is he?

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  • 20 July 2012 14:34, by peter Marial

    Thank u so much Dr.Biong,you have really pointed out all the good things did by Our late Prophet Dr.John What lacks currently are not wise people;yes there are! but the way ahead is blocked by the so called gov’t top corrupt officials who i can’t get good adjectival phrase to describe them.may God keeps up Dr.John in his right hand and throw those corrupt ones in hell,who took advantage of his dea

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  • 20 July 2012 14:39, by sudani ana

    Dr Luka

    "It would be ethically and morally a crime and a betrayal if we turned our back to our people and comrades in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, eastern Sudan and Darfur." You said.

    This paragraph was cleverly disguised to make it sound as though it came from Garang. How dare you say "our people" when you are talking about Sudanese, unless you accept that you belong North.

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    • 20 July 2012 14:44, by sudani ana

      Its alright for corrupt SPLM leaders now to talk about Garang to gain favour with the public, but if he was here today he would have probably been sickened and disgusted by your corruption and what you have done to South Sudan after him.

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  • 20 July 2012 16:34, by Kim Deng

    Garang’s disciples,

    Garang’s “New Sudan,” vision did not accomplish anything, but setbacks, chaos, death, subjugation by terror and epic conflicts.

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  • 20 July 2012 16:36, by Kim Deng

    And of course, as a result of Nasir move, Garang divorced and abandoned the alliance, called SPLA/M 1st National Convent at Chukudum in 1994 and the self-determination for South Sudan was the first agenda in that Convention. The movement changed from its former name SPLA/M as it was well-known back then to SPLM/A. Garang put self-determination for South Sudan to be the first agenda/priority...

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    • 20 July 2012 20:49, by Loko El Pollo

      GARANG IDEA OF NEW SUDAN WAS THE BEST FOR US SOUTHERNERS TO ACHIEVED OUR GOAL.WITH OUT THIS CLEVER,LONG AND COSTLY IDEAS DINKAS WOULD BE WIPED OFF THE MAP BY NOW.THE TRAITORS WHO LEFT THEIR BROTHERS IN THE FIELDS OF DEATHS ONLY TO END UP SIGNING A SHORT TERM FOOD CONTRACT.WOULD STILL BE SLAVES TO EVEN IF THEY CONVERTED TO ISLAM AND GAVE UP THEIR ASSHOLES FOR ARAB’S PLEASURES IN EXCHANGE FOR MORE

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      • 20 July 2012 20:57, by Loko El Pollo

        FAVORS TO EXTERMINATE DINKA WHOM THEY SEES AS A ROADBLOCK FROM THEIR LUCRATIVE SLAVERY BONANZA.I LIKE GARANG AS A PERSON,ALTHOUGH I DO BELIEVED HIS IDEAS WERE FAR-FETCH AND WOULD HAVE FINISH OFF THE DINKA POPULATIONS,WITH NO ONE INCLUDING GARANG KNEW WHAT IS OR WAS A WAITING US AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

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  • 20 July 2012 16:37, by Kim Deng

    whenever there is a peace talks with Khartoum government and Garang himself eventually signed for it, the self-determination for people of Southern Sudan in CPA. Garang gave up his “New Sudan,” vision, a vision he always refers as a “vision of no-return.” This raised too many unsettling questions from his allies especially the inner circle of NDA, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile who were oblivious...

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  • 20 July 2012 16:37, by Kim Deng

    .. and betrayed at the same time by his self-observed “New Sudan,” vision until they realized that Garang shamelessly made a U-turn which left them in illusion.

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  • 21 July 2012 01:44, by Mohamed

    All talk of Garang and no talk on bringing his killer to justice!
    Why is nobody investigating Mussevinis involvement in Garangs murder?
    Is it because his vision for South Sudan and North Sudan is better than that of John Garangs vision?
    Wake up people, Mussevini killed Garang====Fact.
    Garang was guaranteed to be president of a unified Sudan, that didn’t fit well with Musseveni and his associates..

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    • 21 July 2012 02:02, by George Bol

      Mohamed from coward tribe/Nyamnyam!
      If we understand that Musseveni assassinate Dr Garang, my friend we can go to Uganda in the daylight and castrate him in front of Ugandans,but you keep up rumors.

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      • 21 July 2012 11:29, by Mohamed

        Bol from brave Dinka tribe. Don’t castrate him, just find out who killed your leader...nobody in your mighty SPLM seems to give a f___.
        They are too busy in development of South Sudan....or development of there bank accounts....
        They really seem happy that Garang is out of the way.
        No need for bad talk. Just show some respect fo Garang and find the truth.

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    • 21 July 2012 12:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mohamed, point your finger of accusation to Bashir and his henchman Osman Taha. The wedge u wanted to drive against the cemented good relationship between the people of Uganda and South Sudan in immaterial. It serves no purpose and can never be heeded. South Sudanese know what is happening and what they stand for as a nation with all these difficulties.

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  • 21 July 2012 01:48, by Mohamed

    ...This investigation only needs simple investigation.
    Why have all parties escaped this investigation?
    Who is behind this cover-up?
    For the war mongers, NCP is not capable of covering up something this easy to uncover.
    Please...somebody push for this investigation and bring Mussevini and his masters to justice.

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    • 21 July 2012 02:18, by Loko El Pollo

      MOHAMMED,GARANG DEATH WILL NOT BE INVESTIGATED,HE WAS KILLED BY THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS WITH EACH HAVING 5 TO 6 REASONS WHY GARANG’S MUST DIE.HE WAS OUR VICE P OF SUDAN,SO WHAT THE FUCK YOU KHARTOUM GAYS NEVER RAISED ANY QUESTION REGARDING TO HIS MYSTERIOUS PLANE CRASH ON THE MONTEINE.WHEN PRONOUNCEMENT OF HIS DEATH SHATTERED NEWS WIRE A CROSS THE GLOBE.NUERS KILLED THEIR BULLS,DRUNK AND CELEBRATED

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      • 21 July 2012 02:28, by Loko El Pollo

        HOPING THAT THEIR LOSER,FOOD LOVER WOULD TAKE OVER THE CHAIRMANSHIP.THIS EUPHORIA WAS LATER THWARTED WHEN KIIRDIT WAS USKED TO TAKE OVER,WITH SOLDIERS ON MAXIMUM ALERT.READY TO FIGURED OUT WITH ALMOST HALF A MILLION MILLITIAS.WHO RAN BACK FROM KHARTOUM’S WAREHOUSES AS THIER LIVING QUARTERS.IT WAS SUCH A HIGH TIME SHALLOW HEARTS,THEY THOUGHT THE DINKA DOMINION WAS OVER,ONLY TO REALIZED IN KALDAGI

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        • 21 July 2012 02:31, by Loko El Pollo

          THAT WHAT DEFEAT THE ENEMY IS NOT THE NUMBER OF YOUR SOLDIERS,BUT THE BRAINS EMPLOYED BY THE FEW COULD ACTUALLY THREW THE MULTITUDE IN TO UNFATHOMABLE CONUNDRUMS.

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      • 21 July 2012 11:20, by Mohamed

        Your great leader, John Garang Di Mabior. ...leader for over 30 years gets murdered and nobody in South Sudan ask for an investigation.
        But because he was vice president for 21 days in Sudan it is our responsibility to investigate?
        Why are u losing your mind Loko? Why so angry? Were you also involved in the murder?

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        • 21 July 2012 14:10, by Loko El Pollo

          MOHAMMED,I DON’T KNOW WHO KILLED GARANG? ALL I KNEW AS A SENIOR OFFICIAL IS,GARANG HAD KILLED HIGH AND LOW PROFILES COMMANDERS FOR MINOR DISAGREEMENTS.AFTER CPA,HIS HIGH SECURITY VANGUARD BEGUN TO SHED OFF.HENCE CAME THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE HE OFFENDED UNKNOWINGLY.

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          • 23 July 2012 14:03, by mohammed ali

            polo:((GARANG HAD KILLED HIGH AND LOW PROFILES COMMANDERS FOR MINOR DISAGREEMENTS)) Yes , he was the most brutal leader and if he continued to be VP he would have been the most brutal dictator. Garang murdered & killed so many highly educated,well trained & highly skilled SS to remain on the helm alone.He kept only Abeyei son’s around him.One of the main problem of SPLA today ....con

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            • 23 July 2012 14:26, by mohammed ali

              con: is that the SPLA is controllod by the less educated & less experienced SS plus Abeyei son’s who are now the most hated group among the SPLA herarchy.Garang used them to convey his message of " New Sudan" as they speak Arabic perfectly and were well educated.Now they turned to be the most corrupt ( Deng Alour "Ahmmed Alour" had already got a chain of hotels run by his Ethiopian wife...con

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              • 23 July 2012 14:47, by mohammed ali

                con: she also planned, masterminded & skillfully crafted the impregnation of Slva Kiir’s daughter & subsequently marriage of her brother to the daughter of the president of SS!" Now Abeyei son’s are under pressure from other SS who want to pursue peacful neighbourhood with Sudan.Other SSudanes feel that Abyei son or so called Garang son are over represented in the SPLA and dragging SS ...con

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                • 23 July 2012 15:16, by mohammed ali

                  con: into unnecessary conflicts & war so as to maintaine their grip over the SPLA.Their main allyes in the SPLA are Garang son’s in North Sudan " Agar, Arman, Al Hilue", this why Luka Biong saya "It would be ethically and morally a crime and a betrayal if we turned our back to our people and comrades in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, eastern Sudan and Darfur." ...con

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                  • 23 July 2012 15:25, by mohammed ali

                    con: Maintaining conflict means maintaing Abeyei son’s grip over the SPLA & hence the government of SS. The situation is now becoming more dangerous after Deng Alour " Ahmed Alour" through his Ethiopian wife succeded in putting their man inside the President’s den!In essence they don’t care neither for SK, BN, Darfur or even Abyei! They have looooted enough money to maintain their families ...con

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                    • 23 July 2012 15:34, by mohammed ali

                      con: generations to come.Their families & children SS will be old history & old memorries as what is happening with Dr.Francis Deng. Maintaining the grip over the SPLA will leave them like monarch " the son’s of Deng Majock" ruling SS from far away.Their greed made them include Heglig into Abeyei area and eventually a loss to SS.This hapened despite Machar opposition to include it to unity state!

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                    • 23 July 2012 23:50, by Loko El Pollo

                      MOHAMMED,SO YOUR JOB IS TRACT AND TELL EVERY GOSSIP FROM THE SOUTH? your pumpkin head insinuated that i would be implicate if anything happen to anybody here.tell you what,you need money to go after a hot shot like me.if you don’t have money and conections,then you are wasting your time.

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                      • 25 July 2012 16:03, by mohammed ali

                        Pollo, it is gossip because nobody dare to say it in public & there is no freedom of press. Mind you Edward Lino was the man who was running the intelligence unit for Garang. He did most the killings for him, now he is doing it for the Gang.Now they have somebody inside the lion’s den; then the lion himself is under focus!

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        • 21 July 2012 20:21, by panom lualbil

          MOHAMED ?

          You’re just HOMOSXUAL JALABY who doesnot know any better than to be fuck in ass by another man. Dr. Garang on other hand, was the political leader and freedom fighter. Where were you when hundrens of jalabs in khartoum [cities] were slain with vandalism of properties due to his death? It was helicopter crash where none of them was alive. Dont reply this post, I dont talk 2 homosxual.

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          • 22 July 2012 02:39, by Mohamed

            Message to the administrators.
            Interesting choice of words...homosexual....ass....Fu_ _.
            shows how intelligent this young man is!
            I wonder where the controllers of this site are...
            Please get rid of the trash.

            Thank you

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  • 21 July 2012 01:59, by George Bol

    Dr. Biong,
    You have mentioned everything about our visionary leader Dr.Garang. He has seen our problem beyond reasonable doubt in the opaque. The problem of Abyei mainly is equated to another war if the North failed to allow the referendum so that the Dinka Ngok can come and join the rest of Dinka in the South. Plus the problem of South Kordufan and Blue Nile.Thanks for your article.

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  • 21 July 2012 04:25, by panom lualbil

    KIM DENG ?

    You always fake history that [in 1805 or so] nuer was one time invaded dinka, anuak and burudi but if you were really doneit, you should have been having somebody to be remember like DR. JOHN and JOSEPH LAGU today. In reality, smart leader is the one whose words are notice sensity sooner or later. I mean DR. GARANG suggested, that there is NO short-card to freedom. However when

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    • 21 July 2012 04:48, by panom lualbil

      KIM DENG ?

      heard ’COWARDS’ they began incorporating with ARABS and your victory known was having done away with foods and animals of civilians [bor]. But what stupid in the world when a political leader decided to wipe off fellow tribe’s civilians so he would then take over the leadership? And here I read that you called it a win. haven’t you common senses?

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  • 21 July 2012 05:02, by panom lualbil

    KIM DENG?

    You wont believe me becoz of hatred but I am telling you, DR. JOHN is a true leader who love all his black sudanese. That was why he decided he would better transform sudan like south african and so. In fact, if he was like president numieri, the rests of nuer & anuak wont be sold to ethiopia.

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    • 21 July 2012 05:31, by panom lualbil

      KIM DENG?
      Your being selfishness and jealousy against DINKAS would fool yourselves plus generations to come to learn our true history with arabs [north] while GARANG has already got it perilous to you FREE OF CHARGE b4 we missed him. Although we still scuffling with [nuer] militias by bashiir while others joined splm and began stealing of money, [$4M] it wont like b4 we get none from arabs though

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  • 21 July 2012 06:57, by MKee

    To those who are opposed to what Luka said,
    domocracy means that you have a freedom of speech and expessing of one’s ideas. If we can expess our feeling in south sudan as some internet fighters are doing, what is then freedom??
    Those who deneid what Garang did want credit for what they have n’t done. If someone need to be popular he/she has to do something for the country and not looting p fund.

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  • 21 July 2012 12:44, by Akol Liai Mager

    My message to the leaders of South Sudan, especially SPLM ones including Dr Luka Biong is that NIF must be denied access to political weapons such as withdrawal from Peace Negotiations. If the news of today is true that South Sudan government has with drawn its deligation from Addis Ababa talks, then that decision may not serve any interest of South Sudan.

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    • 21 July 2012 12:52, by Akol Liai Mager

      Conts. Withdrawal is a sign of weakness in my view. I remember the best days when SPLM says; "the enemy can attack us and we would counter it and the talks continue". I also remember the Arab saying; "if you want to deny rights to a South Sudanese person, just slap him at the bottom, then he will react violently and the Police will take him to custody and the judge will jail him for a very long...

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      • 21 July 2012 13:01, by Akol Liai Mager

        conts. the judge will jail him for the very long time" and therefore that person will pay 3 times going to jail, compensating and losing his first rights. This is exactly what they have done in their provocative attack on civilians knowing that South Sudan’ deligation will be withdrawn from talks which will result in AU & UNSC condamning South Sudan for withdrawing from peace-talks.

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        • 21 July 2012 13:08, by Akol Liai Mager

          In my view, the right decision should have been, lodging a written complaints to AU, UN Assembly & UNSC and the talks continue. I believe South Sudan’s interest is in an immediate return to peace-talks while the foreign minister deals with NIF recent attacks by lobbying for international condamnation of NIF. Int. community will impose new sanctions against Khtm if SSG works hard.

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  • 21 July 2012 13:20, by Eastern

    Whoever does NOT MISS Dr Garang (P.hD) in South Sudan let alone Africa MUST be very dump! Garang was one of the highest learnt African leaders; he used his sciences very ably. Dr. Garang I MISS you dearly. May your soul rest in eternal peace.Thank you Dr. Biong for this write up about the life of Garang.

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    • 21 July 2012 13:47, by Akol Liai Mager

      That’s right, but let’s move on by thinking big, being wise and act articulatively. South Sudan is so rich of wise sons and daughters and importantly, God has always been acting miraclously in our history. If we look back to God’s works for us, we will see Tokmac Deng (Abdulatif), Abdulfadhil Al-Math, Deng Nhial, Garang, Yousif Kuaw and for sure there are many others to come if not already here.

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    • 21 July 2012 13:54, by katnyokarieu

      Eastern only Garang and kirr dit mayar decieve the credit! But kirr spoiled his credit by deploying the gangs arround him.the liberate Garang was struggling wasn,t just to sit in the lucrative office as misinterpreted by this food lover called kim Deng but to liberate s.sudan from all sort of trouble in looting resource.

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      • 21 July 2012 14:01, by katnyokarieu

        Con.. Including total erdication of poverty,illiteracy,diseases, reduction of motality and morbidity rate in s.sudan and as long as salvery of arabanise and islamanise with black skin,and left over food like what nuer did after staging the war against brothers torit faction.

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  • 21 July 2012 14:49, by Madiit Magot

    Dr Biong,

    Our people hate to be lectured with facts rather than going with the wind.
    Hence don’t give heed to many shortsighted responses herein on your article. Continue to disseminate truth and only the truth that you would be hated for.
    Dr John’s demise has some plummeted into the luxury that one could not have dreamed of once eyeing it in the future.
    Without Kiir, John would be alive today.

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  • 22 July 2012 10:29, by Dhong Bang

    Viper, you have attacked Biong with a sharp knife my freind. This is an internal issue, not against those of Mohamed Ali.
    I am happy with Akol Liai Mager comments. Akol, keep up that spirit brother

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  • 22 July 2012 11:37, by AAMA

    Visionary, icon, blah, blah, blah. The guy was simply smarter than the northern poloticians and fooled them into accepting south seperation through the door of unity. He is a southern hero, FULL STOP. Please don’t try sell him to us as if he was a Mandela or Gandhi because he is DAMN NOT!!!(real leaders build their countries and don’t lay the foundations for its dismantlement).

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  • 22 July 2012 16:25, by Marolditapei

    Why is he lamenting instead of talking positively. He pretty much sounds like a betrayer. Dr. Luka please just return the stolen fund to Salva. Make you rush so that you don’t miss the dateline on your warning letter. The only two honest people now are Akuein Chol and Dr. Lual Achuek for admitting their part. Please return all the money you had stolen!!!

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    • 22 July 2012 21:29, by Loko El Pollo

      DR LUAL ACHUEK LUAL IS A NON CORUPT WELL RECORDED BOR MILLIONAIRE EVEN AT THE TIME,THE NOW MILLIONAIRE COULD NOT AFFORD SHOES FOR THEMSELVES LET ALONE THEIR KIDS? HIS BROTHER LATE MABIOR WAS MY BEST FRIEND.WHOEVER THINK THIS MAN HAD STOLLEN ANY MONEY MUST BE DELUSIONAL?.YOU HAVE ROBBED HIM OF HIS JOB,BUT NOT HIS HIGH BORN STATUS.KISS YOUR ELBOW AND REACH HIM IF YOU COULD?

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      • 23 July 2012 06:55, by Akol Liai Mager

        Thanks Dhong Bang. I think South Sudanese need to think more positively becoz we are at risk of being destroyed by our negativity more than gaining. The corruption issue has became a legal matter after the admission from the President and therefore, the SSLA, ministry of justice and Police are the right bodies to deal with it. I may direct my criticisms to the alleged individuals involved....

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        • 23 July 2012 07:03, by Akol Liai Mager

          conts. involved in corruption, but an effective way is to demonstrate my anger and rage to the above mentioned bodies. Those who were elected by people must either do the job to protect the rights of people, or prepare for their exit from SSLA with pride. Failure to do so, people will vote them out in the next elections unless they come through "guns and we have liberated you".

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  • 23 July 2012 08:03, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Beautifully! What a great and generous heart? My dream of South Sudan to be renamed as the "State of Kush" will eventually prevail since I am glad two powerful South Sudanese Statemen (Late Hero Dr. Garang and our dearly Dr. Luka Biong) seemed to favor it.

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    • 23 July 2012 14:18, by mohammed ali

      Daniel,ignorance breeds ignorance!You have no connection with Kuch. Kuch was in the far north SUDAN where it is called Nuba Land. Nilotic Tribes were mostly connected with the Massai as they share almost same culture, religous behavior and worship of cows & even inherited the same physical structure.Archeologist & historian will laugh at you if you try to connect yourself to Kuch!

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  • 23 July 2012 10:40, by Lokorai

    Midiit and Kim,

    You problem is that you want Dr. Machar to be praised and exalted through out, not because you don’t know what Garang has done. All along, you are after Machar, machar plse, though am in your camp, it becomes literally blind and tribal vein running in you whenever you hear about Garang. Machar will not be Garang, and no one will, even this idiot called Kiir whom Viper wanted us to

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    • 23 July 2012 10:43, by Lokorai

      Midiit,

      The Rumbek Meeting you often talked has nothing to do with Garang weaknesses; you all know why did the commanders talked that way. It was Garang who suggested it so, so to win back Kiir who had then contacted Khartoum, Bona Malwal, Dominic Ding, etc for defection.

      Leave that Dinka man called Garang alone, he was no equal, take it or leave it!!

      Lokorai

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      • 23 July 2012 12:45, by Mi diit

        Lokorai,

        Well to you Garang has no equal. But to me Garang has so many equals in our South Sudan. May be you didn’t know him closely well. Again, you insult Kiir and praise Machar, I praise Machar and challenge Garang. Others insult Machar. Now who is better to advise the others among the commentators? You don’t want me to challenge Garang’s supporters but you leave them to insult Machar....

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        • 23 July 2012 12:52, by Mi diit

          ...Lokorai dismissed the Rumbek meeting minutes of 2004 as fake designed by Garang to let Kiir’s anger evaporate. Well, this is a way of depending on what Garang could have imaginatively do against the very documented facts. I depend on recorded facts out of the true expression by those who talked in Rumbek. And I personnaly know that the issues they expressed were true. For you were not..,

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  • 23 July 2012 13:27, by Mi diit

    Truthteller,
    I do refer to Dr. Riek Machar’s strategy as King David’s strategy and the mother of all strategies that killed two birds with one stone; acceptance of self determination by BOTH Bashir and Garang. This was the like of King David when he was caught between the cruel king Saul of Israel on one hand and the Palestinians who were his enemy number one on the other. David was forced to...

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    • 23 July 2012 13:31, by Mi diit

      ...join Palestinians temporarily because of king Saul’s cruelty. He didn’t want to kill Saul, his bad king, but decided to join Palestinians which gave him also chance to know the Palestinians better and defeated them, killing their giant Goliath at last.
      So, Garang was a well known dictator who enjoyed seeing thousands of SPLA soldiers dying and wasting lives for a confused objective to....

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      • 23 July 2012 13:34, by Mi diit

        ...keep the Sudan united while further dividing the people of South Sudan into separatists and unionists, weakening them. Bashir on the other hand didn’t want to accept self determination for South Sudan but was lured into the club in the name of siding with Machar.
        Dr. Machar made an agreement with Bashir on self determination, knowing very well in mind that Bashir would reluctantly accept...

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        • 23 July 2012 13:36, by Mi diit

          ...it just in order to win support from Machar. On the other hand Machar wanted Bashir to publicly commit his government to self determination as the basis for resolving the conflict with South Sudan. And at the same time Machar wanted to put pressure on Garang so that he could accept self determination as the basis for reuniting the movement and resolving the conflict with North Sudan...

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          • 23 July 2012 13:42, by Mi diit

            ...That worked well. Bashir committed to self determination in a no-return situation which was confirmed in the CPA’s first protocol after Machar reunited with Garang on the same basis of self determination. He implemented the CPA, referendum, etc. Two birds killed using one stone. Anybody who will try to deny this is idiot, or stupid or simply jealous about the strategist who landed on...

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            • 23 July 2012 13:47, by Mi diit

              ...his feet as wrote by western writer. He was congratulated during the independence last year over a BBC interview for strategically sailing the ship to independence. We in the diaspora had received congratulations from our American friends for the job well done. Those who are jealous should bear it with us and should not spoil our celebrations of independence every year.....

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              • 23 July 2012 13:53, by Mi diit

                ...So Gar-Machar "ce turuk luoc." In Nuer when a child wants to be treated special, the parents would rebuke him or her by telling her whether he or she would "overcome the foreign oppressors". Dr. Machar has "overcome the foreign oppressors" by freeing the people through self determination which culminated in the independence!

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                • 24 July 2012 10:00, by Lokorai

                  Midiit,

                  No one is idiot, stupid or jealous, on the opposite it is you who is exactly an idiot, stupid, and jealous.

                  Did I hear you talked about self determination and Riek Machar as one and the same thing; plse this is a world of mind, if you don’t and only wasting other time, do it elsewhere

                  Lokorai

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                  • 24 July 2012 10:04, by Lokorai

                    Kiir didn’t attempt to rebel because of any change, rather he was fighting for his position and only cover it through what he called ’issues’.

                    Machar didn’t convince Bashir for self determination to be delivered on a silver plate; if not he couln’t have come to Garang again.

                    Lokorai

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                    • 24 July 2012 10:07, by Lokorai

                      Leave Garang alone, and try to fight him on another flat form not this matter of self-determination. Remember Dr. Biong saying that ’it would have difficult for independence’ if it wasn’t that vision of new Sudan. You will see it clearly the other time, and but not not ya traitor!

                      Lokorai

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                      • 24 July 2012 19:54, by Mi diit

                        Lokorai,

                        Why do you behalf like a mindless prostitute jumping in bed with any man in love based on hearsays? So you were told that Bashir got self determination from Garang. You are first class stupid!

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              • 23 July 2012 18:28, by Rommel

                Mi diit:

                Your ceaseless homilies on democracy and accountability are entirely divorced from reality.

                The Nasir Declaration came into being for the stated reason (s) that Dr. John Garang and the SPLM/A was operating in the absence of democratic ideals and institutions. Riek as a man that so strenuously promulgated his (pretended) belief in democratic ideals and institutional reforms...

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                • 23 July 2012 18:30, by Rommel

                  ..it failed completely! Nasir did not introduce greater transparency & accountability in its own movement, it had in fact committed egregious human rights abuses on a wide scale. Prior to his death, Joseph Oduho lambasted the Nasir faction for being authoritarian. The Nasir faction’s commitment to Self-Determination should also be questioned and distilled for evaluation.

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                  • 23 July 2012 18:39, by Rommel

                    Whatever the cosmetic or purely theoretical aspects of SPLM/A administration (prior to the split), it can be contrasted with Nasir, where there were no similar civil administrative structures and where much of what was announced in the form of internal organisation existed on paper only. The excuse Riek offered at the founding SSIM conference was that his movement lacked trained personnel.

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                    • 23 July 2012 18:49, by Rommel

                      Mi diit:

                      If you are going to moralise by way of a Biblical example, please do so with an attendant elementary understanding of the Bible and of the matters therein.

                      The Philistines were a non-Semitic, Aegean people who disappeared after having being absorbed into the Neo-Babylonian Empire by Nebuchadnezzar II.

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                      • 23 July 2012 19:08, by Rommel

                        The Jewish kingdom of Judah (a contemporary of Philistine) was to be subjected to this very same treatment 20 years later – 2800 years before the emergence of a ’Palestinian’ people. The Romans re-named Judah "Palaestina" (in homage of the extinct Phillistines), after a large Jewish revolt (Masada) so as to conspiciously superimpose the name of these former enemies of the Jewish people.

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                        • 23 July 2012 19:21, by Rommel

                          You have an almost child-like, vivid and naive imagination.

                          The disintegration of the Nasir faction was precipitated by the desertions of its representatives and men, en masse.

                          All cited serious shortcomings in the "movement" in their reasons for leaving: the concentration of power in the hands of Riek, the lack of democratic institutions, and the rising level of violence against civilians.

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                          • 23 July 2012 19:48, by Rommel

                            You seem to always begin with an hypothesis — usually one which is emotionally appealing to you and spectacularly implausible — which you then attempt to support with unsubstantiated, ahistorical hogwash.

                            Watch (and hopefully learn) as I dissect each and every point of your spurious argumentation, including your perennial and absurd claim of Riek Machar being the champion of Self-Determination.

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                            • 23 July 2012 20:01, by Rommel

                              Machar was entirely dependent on the government for weapons, ammunition and supplies. Do you really think that Riek being so dependant on the Khartoum government at that time that he could extract such politically exacting concessions!? The 1997 Agreement afforded Riek (on worthless paper) tutelage over the oil-fields, only for Khartoum to then rescind on that agreed arrangement.

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                              • 23 July 2012 20:10, by Rommel

                                Khartoum revoked its commitment to this agreement by way of a military incursion into the oilfields, while Riek looked on ever so hopelessly as Khartoum increased its military presence, in an absolute, definite and conspicuous display of contempt and disregard.

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                                • 23 July 2012 20:21, by Rommel

                                  Security provisions in Riek’s 1997 agreement do not at all resemble the judicious security provisions in the CPA.

                                  The wording of the 1997 agreement was subject entirely to the interpretation imposed on it by Khartoum. It shared many of the same weaknesses as the Addis Ababa Agreement, in that its provisions were worded in such a way as to be open to many interpretations, and the powers devolved

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                                  • 23 July 2012 20:32, by Rommel

                                    to the Southern states were highly qualified by Federal control. In matters of economic development, the Southern states were to operate ’in accordance with Federal Planning’. Khartoum had jurisdiction over mining, while the states had jurisdiction over quarrying, which left the real control of mineral resources to Khartoum.

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                                    • 23 July 2012 20:36, by Rommel

                                      The states were entrusted with powers over their own security and public order, but the Federal government exercise power over the armed forces, defence affairs and National security. Thus all government forces in the south were subordinated to the central government.

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                                      • 23 July 2012 20:38, by Rommel

                                        The Chukudum accord resembles the CPA, and is the direct antecedent to the CPA agreement, provided by the men of the Torit faction and Dr. John Garang. The Chukudum accord mentions other regions; southern Blue Nile, Nuba Mountains, ingessana hills and eastern Sudan… A political position, which can only be ascribed to Dr. John Garang.

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                                        • 23 July 2012 20:47, by Rommel

                                          You are ascribing far too much to Riek Machar, no doubt due to your shared tribal identity. The man did not deliver Self-Determination to the people of South Sudan; he delivered internecine tribal war and our oilfields to Khartoum - that is his legacy.

                                          I will now dismantle your reverence of the August 28 Nasir Declaration as the apparent antecedent of our independence.

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                                          • 23 July 2012 20:49, by Rommel

                                            There are a great deal of historical facts that you seem to be incognizant of. There was for example the fact that on the 29th of July [one month prior to the Nasir Declaration], the SPLM/A had informed the Sudanese government that Self-Determination was to be discussed for the Abuja agenda.

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                                            • 23 July 2012 20:54, by Rommel

                                              This is confirmed by the works of scholars such as Ann Lech. Her book states on page 22: "the independence option was therefore included in the still-united SPLM’s proposal for the Abuja agenda that was submitted to Nigerian and Sudanese government on 29th July 1991".

                                              Page 22 - ’The Battle for Peace in Sudan: An Analysis of Abuja Conferences 1992 – 1993’.

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                                              • 23 July 2012 20:56, by Rommel

                                                Douglas H. Johnson’s ’The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars’ puts it this way: The SPLA was already preparing a new position on self determination in 1991 when the Nasir declaration finally brought the issue of southern Sudanese independence to the fore, not just for debate among southern Sudanese but between southern and northern Sudanese."

                                                page 174 - The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars.

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                                                • 23 July 2012 21:28, by Rommel

                                                  Mi Diit:

                                                  I have noticed something intriguing... you seem to want believe that Riek Machar was/is somehow clairvoyant; that Riek somehow knew that when the SPLM/A was pushed to the border with Uganda by the SAF (in tandem with Riek’s forces), that the movement would recapture the vast majority of our homeland without the particpation of the Nuer - except for the small handfull of men under Hol.

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                          • 24 July 2012 01:22, by Loko El Pollo

                            DON’T WASTE YOUR WISE AND WELL RESEARCHED KNOWLEDGE ON THESE WRECKS.THEY THOUGHT,RUNNING A MOVEMENT IS LIKE BEGGING HUMANITRIAN ORGANIZATIONS.LOOK HOW ILLITERATE LIKE YAKA RAN OFF TO FORMED HIS OWN GOVERNMENT,ONLY TO RAN BACK AFTER BEING SMOKED OUT IN MAYOM AND MANKIEN,LEAVING BEHIND THEIR WEAPONS AND ARMAMENTS.SSIM WAS A JOKE FORMED BY JOKERS WHO BELIEVED IN MIRACLES RATHER THAN ACTIONS.

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                            • 24 July 2012 20:14, by Mi diit

                              Rommel,

                              I know you will always have difficulty to grasp Dr. Riek Machar’s strategy because his gifted mind and unmatched personality cannot be compared with arguments of confused drunkards like you who only believed in lose Garang’s delusions. You are a million miles away from what Riek sees.

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                              • 24 July 2012 22:12, by Loko El Pollo

                                RIEK MACHAR WILL BE KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE CROOK WHO FOOLED,HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES INTO BELIEVING THAT NUER WERE BEING MASACRED BY DINKA?THIS SCAM COST THEM MILLION TONS OF STOLLEN BY YUAI DAY TRIPPERS.IN 1998,RIEK WAS QUOTED BY REUTERS AS SAYING,THE AGREEMENT HAS REACHED IT’S GRAVEST POST-INTENSIVE-CARE STAGE.AFTER KHARTOUM DECIDED TO SCRAPED THE DOCUMENTS.I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT STATEMENT MEANS,

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                                • 24 July 2012 22:18, by Loko El Pollo

                                  BUT THAT DOESN’T SOUND GOOD TO ME?FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE RESCINDMENT OF PEACE FOR FOOD ARRANGEMENTS,YOU CAN REACH ME AT ANIIK NUER AT DINKA GAY MALE THAT .COM.

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                                • 24 July 2012 22:21, by Loko El Pollo

                                  OMISSION, FOOD BY.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:38, by Kim Deng

    Garang’s disciples,

    In the Garangist mental scheme, all the “anti-New Sudan,” who still believes in Anya-Nya II vision of secession must be eliminated. As far as Garang knew, the SPLA forces under his commands had every reason to believe that they had upper hand and that they could make it all the way to Nasir.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:39, by Kim Deng

    Garang thought that the SPLM/A-Nasir faction under the command of Dr. Riek was very weak, demoralized and incapable of defending its Headquarters, Nasir let alone taking offensive operations. Shortly after Nasir Declaration of August 28, 1991 was announced, Garang declared, “the Gang of two Drs,” as he prefers to call them [Dr. Riek & Dr. Lam] “must be given their last blow.”

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  • 23 July 2012 23:40, by Kim Deng

    He went further, “we will break them down soon, and it is a matter of time before we bring the separatists to the vision of no-return.” After Garang’s statements were intercepted by SPLM/A-Nasir faction, Lt. Gen. Tiger Bol Koang declared that “the very existence of the SPLM/A-Nasir faction is in danger,” and demanded that “all soldiers stand firm and fight to last drop of blood.”

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  • 23 July 2012 23:42, by Kim Deng

    Not surprisingly, the SPLA/M-Torit faction forces under the command of CDR. Rhino William Nyuony Bany launched and assault which almost routed instantly against the Anya-Nya II position along with few soldiers who appeared to be from SPLA-Nasir faction forces, burned down villages from Nuer Genesis homeland Bentiu [Liech/Unity State] including Leer, Dr. Riek Machar’s hometown.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:43, by Kim Deng

    What CDR. William Nyuon and his forces didn’t realize at first was that in the second half of September, Lt. Gen. Lion Paulino Matip already redeploying many of his troops [Anya-Nya II] to prepare for “Operation Typhoon.” Instead of accepting their fate, the Anya-Nya II fought back with a ferocity that stunned the ill-prepared Torit faction.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:45, by Kim Deng

    Most of Torit faction soldiers were ground-up by the Anya-Nya II forces. The Anya-Nya II forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Lion Paulino Matip did not only inflicted heavy losses on Torit faction, but pushed back CDR. William’s forces and penetrated deep inside BEG. This campaign against CDR. William’s forces forced them to retreat from the area just when Lt. Gen. Paulino Matip sent in more...

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  • 23 July 2012 23:47, by Kim Deng

    reinforcements. But the SPLA-Torit faction forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir who were deployed from the direction of Kongoor and Pochalla respectively to wipe out Dr. Riek’s force as ordered and predicted by Garang, failed miserably from their suicide attempts, instead encircled and pursued like hunting dogs chase rabbits or deer by Dr. Riek’s forces...

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  • 23 July 2012 23:49, by Kim Deng

    under the command of Lt. Gen. Tiger Bol Koang and CDR. Tiger Koang Banypiny. As a result, Duk Padiet, Panyagor, Kongoor, Twic East, Mading Bor and all the surrounding garrisons and towns plus some part of BEG were burned down to ashes when the “Operation Typhoon,” was launched as two Heroes [Bol Koang & Koang Banypiny] call it. Garang underestimated the SPLM/A-Nasir faction military strength,

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  • 23 July 2012 23:50, by Kim Deng

    but his commanders on the ground knew they were often paying a heavier price for them than expected in terms of casualties-and that, in many areas, the Torit faction advance wasn’t moving as swiftly as they had hoped. Garang’s commanders were preoccupied with the more immediate goal: ensuring that their troops would maintain their progress as they prepared to strike Nasir faction from all...

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  • 23 July 2012 23:52, by Kim Deng

    directions. Dr. Riek ordered his troops to withdraw after reaching Jumeza in greater Equatoria. The SPLA forces under Torit faction suffered tremendous losses and their mission failed miserably to bring “the Gang of two Drs alive or dead and trash the self-determination for South Sudan into garbage bin for good,” as Garang declared earlier before the war widespread like a wildfire beyond his...

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  • 23 July 2012 23:54, by Kim Deng

    imagination rather than vice-versa. A staggering pace that reflected the disarray of Garang’s subordinates encountered in most of the areas under attack. Torit, Kapoeta, Yei … were on the verge of cowardice and panic mongering evacuation until the common enemy overran almost all the liberated areas without any résistance from Garang’s SPLA/M-Torit faction.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:55, by Kim Deng

    Can the unionists stand their ground alone without the separatists’ support? Many areas including major towns: Torit, Kapoeta, Mading Bor … were recaptured and/or surrendered to the common enemy as a result of split. The remaining few garrisons and towns under the control of Torit faction were on the verge of panic of evacuation either to Uganda or Kenya refugees camps as well.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:56, by Kim Deng

    Garang was blinded by his burning conviction that Torit faction had to defeat and subjugates the Nasir faction, a movement that he contemptuously dismissed as “a Gang of two Drs.” Garang himself suffered a near psychological collapse as his faction looked as though it might implode. Garang’s forces should have been crushed/break down and/or chased up to Kenya/Uganda-Sudan borders if Dr. Riek...

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  • 23 July 2012 23:57, by Kim Deng

    was for military option rather than reconciliation through peaceful dialogues instead. Garang’s “New Sudan,” vision did not accomplish anything, but setbacks, chaos, death, subjugation by terror and epic conflicts. It was Garang’s ambition in war that compelled Nasir faction to take immediate retaliatory-military countermeasures.

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  • 23 July 2012 23:58, by Kim Deng

    The burning questions are: What prompted Garang to be the first to ignite the fire which he could not extinguish? Did Garang’s SPLA/M have the political will and muscles to confront both the main enemy (NIF/NCP) and the separatists at the same time?

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    • 24 July 2012 04:13, by Mawaar

      Kim Deng,

      Dr Luka Biong was expressing his view on the good things that his leader Dr John Garang did during his life time.
      So you should have responded by narrating the good things that your leader Dr Riek Machar and his Nasir faction commanders have done. It sound unwise and illiterate to reciprocate good things said about someone with bad things about the other one. War is not history.

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    • 24 July 2012 05:42, by Tombe Kenyi

      Kim Deng,

      It is extremely embarrassing when you try to paint your leader Dr Machar with his Nashit faction in a violent perspective.
      Your war narrative just doesn’t match the better characters that must have made up Dr Machar. A war that Machar wage against his own people just doesn’t sound good to be used to describe Machar. We must think of good things to say about him because he possess them.

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      • 24 July 2012 07:42, by Akuaak

        Tombe and Mawaar,

        Don’t try to talk sense to a fool called Kim Deng, he may not understand you as he was brought up in violent way

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    • 24 July 2012 10:20, by Lokorai

      Kim & Midiit,

      I didn’t you before but now I have known who you are. By scratching Nasir scars you are doing more damage to our people. Nasir rebelion was a wrong, and if you want to put back life to Nasir Faction then you are committing a mistake.

      Your long writing has cast Machar in a wrong limelight, but big heads admit and give credit where it is due. Bot of you did a disservice...

      Lokorat

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      • 24 July 2012 20:31, by Mi diit

        Lokorai,

        Stop lying. Riek Machar will always be your leader whether you deny him or not. Ask yourself who has the guts or crazy enough to remove him. All these tribal guys who hate him will in the future confess that he is the father of this nation. His great marks are bold in how this nation came into being.
        From self determination in 1991 to referendum in 2011 he is there leading it.

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        • 24 July 2012 20:43, by Mi diit

          Your poor strategy of trying to blackmail machar by trying to demonize his blessed Nasir move while trying to silence his supporters is rubbish and has not worked for years. You are greedy, corrupt and unfair group on the wrong side. Mark my words, the man is ever going forward without your notice. You are too blind to see it. Enjoy his independence in denial fool.

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          • 24 July 2012 22:40, by LL Reuben

            Midiit (gat-witch,

            Refrain from wasting people’s times glorifying a dead man walking in Machar. I almost feel sorry for the immense humiliation you’re constantly taking from almost everyone on this forum but then when I see your absurd unwillingness to learn, I figured you deserve all of it. I think you’re intentionally hurting Machar as some point out. Who cares? Keep entertainmening us!

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            • 25 July 2012 05:13, by Mawaar

              LL Reuben,

              "A Nuer does not listen with his ears but through his eye socket." You may take the whole day or week trying to draw and paint a picture on how to ensure he understand your point but to no success." If you want to converse well with a Nuer then talk of war, that is the only language they understood better."

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        • 25 July 2012 08:57, by Lokorai

          Traitors,

          Miditt and Riek dreamers, you have never appreciated the impart of thinking before writing, it is evident that you jump to key board instinctively when you hear the word machar without cognitive engagement, your thinking is impaired, it borders on paronia and neurotic schizophrenia.

          Lokorai

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          • 25 July 2012 09:04, by Lokorai

            But remember that Machar is corrupt inept and his character questionable due to genocide, due to his human right abuses.

            Deny? Who else own huge land like him in Juba? Who else corrupted the then Coordinating Council, where 99% tops were from Nuer. Who owns large banglows in Juba, one around Jebel Kujur, the other around Hamia/Hai Tarawa and the Munuki/Kemiru flats. What is more Mr. Trait

            Lokora

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            • 25 July 2012 09:07, by Lokorai

              Midiit,

              You are a boy and know nothing about this man called Machar; I have cracked and have more...

              You and Dinka are fuck!! We will kick you out soon

              Lokorai

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              • 25 July 2012 09:14, by Lokorai

                What strategy are you talking about, strategy to sell your land out to the Munduru, and then stab your own brothers from behind, is that the strategy you are proud about?

                Start worry that your man is heading to the Hague on crimes against humanity because of his killings in Upper Nile in the 1990s. The liberation would haveb been over hadn’t Nasir dogs not spoil people march to victory

                Lokorai

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            • 25 July 2012 09:17, by Mi diit

              Slave and thief Lokorai, Riek invested in South Sudan unlike you thieves who steal money and take them to foreign banks. 1991 remains the best eye opening year whether you cowards like it or not. We can fuck you in day light if you continue to agitate.

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              • 25 July 2012 09:24, by Mi diit

                Coward Lokorai, Hague doesn’t take useless cases
                By traitors like you Against great leaders. What you always do is complaint like a woman about your hatred for the father of this nation.

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                • 25 July 2012 11:08, by Ruach

                  Mi Diit,Why wasting your golden times debating with dead headed people like LL(Liel) Reuben,Lokoroi(Unknown name in RSS)and Domshit?Please they will never understand u as they are born to loot,lie and not to work.They can enjoy the work an individual man and lastly say the did!Shameless behaviours are very far from Ney tin Naath.They deserve it really!

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  • 25 July 2012 12:07, by viper

    Dear Country men & women, why do you always jump from the point and take the whole topic to your shit tribes? Do you think that you will be respected couz of being Dinka or Nuer? There are really so many wrong elements from these two tribes who are always tribalist and not nationalist like the Dinka Dominated SPLM & Gaar. What do u gain from tribalism? Who do you think will respect you couz of tho

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    • 25 July 2012 14:30, by Lokorai

      I have wasted my time writing to people born from down under behind normal path.

      Keleb, whose name did you find from the list of shame from my tribe, and for how long will you stop betraying the people of this republic? Every year it is either you (Nuer) rebeling or Dinka with its animalistic behavior of killing or stealing money.

      Your time has come; give way to others, we have caught up with

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      • 25 July 2012 22:35, by Mi diit

        Coward Lokorai,

        Just lick Nyandeng in order to get some money left over from Garang because that is how you are born to do - worshipping somebody with money. How can cowards like you warn brave people. You cannot lead without blessing from Nuer and you know that. Just worship Garang’s tomb to get money from Nyandeng, you begger.

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  • 31 July 2012 20:23, by JohnGarangFreedom

    For your information commentators, please I would like you all to learn Dinka tribes identities here: http://splmtoday.com/docs/maps/1954.... Also, if you talk about Dinka Bor, I hope you truly mean Bor County (Bor Dinka) and not wrongly identitifies these tribes with Nyarweng Dinka, Paweny Dinka, Hol Dinka, Twi/Twic Dinka, Dongjol Dinka, etc.

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  • 31 July 2012 20:41, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Dr. John Garang, "this is my message to S. Sudanese citizens & world at large, please don’t use wrong identity against my decent people of Twi/Twic Dinka in this matter. They are always being victimized wrongly so-called Bor Dinka. During the movement people just wrongly identify me with that name. To be honest with you guys, I was using "Bor" as district town after Dinka Bor replaced "Mading."

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  • 5 August 2016 09:17, by Angelo Achuil

    I don’t know Dr. Luka well, but based on what is written here - it’s insightful. If willing, we can all push for these agenda: “taking the town to the people” and “using oil to fuel our agriculture." But this can only happens when this threat-cutting high-level stealing of public funds stops - when an accountable leaders rises in this nation.

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  • 5 August 2016 09:21, by Angelo Achuil

    Correction:
    "...only happens when this throat-cutting high-level stealing of public funds stops..."

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