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Unity state condemns ‘defection’ of SPLA Maj. General Peter Gatdet

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 30, 2011 (BENTIU) - Unity state’s spokesman for state government Gideon Gatpan Thaor confirmed to the state citizens on Wednesday that Maj.General Peter Gatdet has left South Sudan’s official army (SPLA) in an apparent rebellion against the southern government.

The state official condemned the move saying that resorting to violence is not the right way to resolve South Sudan’s differences.

The defection of Peter Gatdet Yaka from the southern sudan army is added to the growing list of rebels taking up arms against Juba government ahead of independence in July.

Thaor said that the Unity state government condemned Gatdet’s saying that the South should be looking to embrace peace and harmony ahead of the regions secession after the overwhelming vote for seperation in January.

The spokesmen said that any grievances should be achieved through a negotiated settlement.

Peter Gatdet was the deputy SPLA divisional commander in Northern Bahr el Ghazal before his defection but has a long history of switching sides.

During the Sudan’s second civil war (1983-2005), he became militia leader under Paulino Matip’s top commander in the battles for Unity state and its oilfields. Nonetheless in 1999, he then returned to the SPLA before defecting back to the Khartoum government’s side in 2002.

His defections during the war always drastically shifted the balance of power over who controlled Unity state. Since 2005, he was used by the SPLA as a field commander both in Abyei clashes in 2008 and the clashes in Malakal with forces loyal to Gabriel Tanginye in 2009.

According to SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer, Peter Gatdet took an official leave to Nairobi for medical treatment, but once arrived there, he took a plane to Khartoum. Since he did not respond to SPLA attempts to contact him.

The SPLA accuses the Sudanese Armed Forces of being responsible for his flight to Khartoum, but SAF Spokesman Al Sawarmi Khalid has denied General Gatdet is in the northern capital. It is assumed that the renegade commander will try to mobilize forces in his home area of Unity state, where he fought throughout the war.

It is not clear if he will join hands with other rebels in the state – Gatluak Gai, Bapiny Monytuel and Gai Yaoch, all of whom also fought under Paulino Matip during the war. That rebel force are thought to currently be led on the ground by Matthew Puol Jang. Matip has not defected and still retains his position of Deputy Commander in Chief of the SPLA, which he gained in 2006 when his forces merged with SPLA after the 2005 peace deal with Khartoum.

Thaor said that the Unity state’s security organs have established contact with Gatdet’s close allies, who acknowledged their defection but have refused to disclose the intentions of their rebellion.

Thaor added that General Gatdet is known as a charismatic leader and talented mobilizer, and the state hopes he chooses other means to express his discontent. The state spokesman said that these issues should be addressed through national consensus and constitutional means instead of violence.

The political situation remains tense in Unity state since April 2010. Many citizens rejected the election of Governor Taban Deng Gai, believing that the vote was rigged against his main rival Angelina Teny the wife of South Sudan vice president Riek Machar.

Gadet joins a growing group of rebels across South Sudan, which appears to be forming a coalition under the leadership of former SPLA deputy chief of staff George Athor, who accuses the government of rigging last year’s elections.

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  • 31 March 2011 06:37, by Hero

    Good on you guys! Condemnation only will not change this traitor’s heart.He must be killed.Bad man love food alone.

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    • 31 March 2011 06:57, by thieleling

      Dear Readers,

      Very simple explanation here, folks. Any decent human being should despise the tribalism and corruption practiced under Kiir’s leadership for the last six years of the CPA. The south sudanese people conducted a successful Referendum after biting a bitter pill for all those years.

      It is big time to correct ourselves before we start a new state on a wrong footing. The rule of law must be applied for all. Otherwise, there is a great cause for revolt across south sudan.

      There is gross ignorance in Kiir’s leadership circle. The dictatorial & tribalistic leadership has to face the revolutionary music.

      No more manipulations, and operating with impunity after conducting the Referendum successfully.

      No one has a monopoly of violence in south sudan. Let’s restore hope and peace, even if it means war at the meantime. The so-called real SPLAers have no violence monopoly in south sudan. Period.

      Peter Gadet is an humble, charismatic military leader. He is well respected among his peers, and the reasons for his revolt are non other than SPLA’s practices of tribalism, nepotism or corruption.

      Sane, and non tribalistic individuals would understand his motives.

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      • 31 March 2011 07:07, by Hero

        Hi Thieleng,

        Too ridiculous for you, to go down the same road of your Uncle Athor.

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        • 31 March 2011 13:20, by Liberator

          Dear: all our Martyrs

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

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

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

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      • 31 March 2011 07:26, by Arop Mawien

        Bravo! to Unity state for condemning the defection. Off and on defection by Peter Gadet undermines stable peace in the South.Peter does not foresee the future, he is a man of hand to mouth, if not enough, he resorts to violence as his only solution he knows.

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      • 31 March 2011 07:59, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

        hey dog this is how you got confused like your father peter gatdet, i think you are not a nuer if you don’t know what is the caused of peter gatdet defection. it is not from Dinka nor Equatria, if i could tell you that that gatdet and polino matip are never be along one table. you will said that i am lying but my nuer dog lat me tell you that peter gatdet is having a big problem with polino matip since they did not event jioned the SPLA
        I event hear in juba three week ago that when polino matip order gatdet to came to juba you know what gatdet said. he told polino matip that he better listern to dog rether then listern to the coward.
        Dr riek machar try to make peace among them but it endup with nothing. Taban Deng Gai was called in to make peace but matip was not ready to talk at that time as he refused to talk.
        i am a farid there is big issued going on in nuer brotherhood living and i will not talk about itas the government is not allow any one to talk about. and if you are not agreed with me. go and ask nuer individual he or she will tell you what is going on there thank

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        • 31 March 2011 08:38, by actiongatkuoth

          you dinka dominated SPLA.
          you are wrong please never attempt to create such aspeech.
          you confused that is why you talk like mad ,
          schame on you dinka,
          schame on poor leadership of dinka.
          thank

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          • 31 March 2011 15:55, by Chol Deng A

            Please if you are lacking professional ethics,you better go back to school instead of instigating tribal conflict. The leadership of the GOSS is not for tribe as you think, it is for the political party.

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        • 31 March 2011 12:45, by Paul Ongee

          Folks,

          These militia Maj. Generals do not really get mixed up together when put in the same pot. You know why? History has proven and will continue to prove it over and over. Some defected together from SPLM/SPLA during the war but later separated for reasond best knownn to them and returned on individual basis; one on his own or with his clanical supporters. Khartoum knows individual ambition and mental difference and still uses them on individual basis as usual.

          Khartoum calls meeting at late night to discuss how individual militia Maj. General should flex his muscles on SPLM/SPLA while promising them false prominent political positions, money, luxurious accommodation (Apartment/Sahga) and car. When they fail in their endeavor, they automatically switch side as usual that’s why they have become so cheap to be toyed with.

          Khartoum knows pretty well that these militia Maj. Generals will never achieve any significant goal on both sides of the camps (SPLM/NCP). It has become a habit of survival for these militia Maj. Generals and nobody knows if their children would follow the same pattern when they grow up.

          They are well-known for lack of determination to stay the course no matter what side they are on. Today here, tomorrow there depending on how one feels comfortable with the specific environmental factors. They never analyze that tough times never last but tough people do. Tough people are dependenton tough times. These militia Maj. Generals never care about that but want to be considered tough people on their fellow Junubin.

          To guarantee a steady, free and comfortable life one must accept the reality of the specific situation down the road. You need to have the desire, consistency, integrity, perseverance, determination, you name it. I don’t see those things in these militia Maj. Generals who desperately want to rule South Sudan.

          When they are on SPLM/SPLA side they talk about getting their freedom from Khartoum-based discriminating Islamic government as if it will be all easy down the road to get it. Sooner or later they will give up and switch side to NCP/Khartoum and start singing along the same message labeled against SPLM/SPLA. The question is for how long will these militia Maj. Generals will continue playing their survival game on this planet without staying the course of their choice?

          Paul Ongee
          Khartoum, Sudan

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        • 1 April 2011 08:37, by Odingo

          To Son of Bitch Dogka Dominated Bones/SPLA
          Don’t be a liar ya useless Dog dogka Bor Boy. Peter Gatdet and Paulino Matip were cousins. LT. General Peter Gatdet has been working under his cousin LT. General Paulino Matip since 1996 witthout any single argument between them. LT. General Peter Gatdet defected becaused he doesn’t want to work under coward Dinka Commanders who know nothing about military rules. I believe that many more commanders will follow him.

          LT. General Peter Gatdet defected because this SPLA run by PAgan Amum and that coward spokeman dinka, is full of political corruption, nepotism and tribalism.

          Forks you can not expect things to run smoothly while the government is runing by these coward Dinka.

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      • 31 March 2011 09:03, by Biar-awumbeny

        Theiling or whatever you called yourself,
        You are too shortsighted to listen to but let me honestly react to your barbaric and baseless claim. Buddy, no body lack knowledge of who Gatdet is, his multiple defecttion is not new to Southern Sudan or to the ruling party SPLM, and this has caused nothing other than seeing him returning in shame.
        Remember, Matip, Riak, Gordon Kong, among others turned against the movement and none of them have succeed. However Late Dr. John introduced South-South dialogue simply for all Southerners to join hands for common interest and build their own state, and he did not suppressed or ruled out behaviours of none patriots like Gatdet and mind you, we who have been in this struggle still believe that still those defectors will come abck and say "forgive us" in shame.
        No doubt that paople like Gatdet have nothing in mind apart from where they can take what they want and that is the meaning of corruption Mr. Intellectualizer. 75% of you guys went because of a clear reason and that did not hindered the struggle. When will you guys look at life as something cruciial and one’s history. Mind you, nobody fears Gatdet and even Arabs know very well that he is a "Man of short-term inverstment. Theiling, time is coming soon for all these to stop either by hook or crook. Time will come when all these wars of proxies will never yield what it’s meant for. The money give to traitors will be consumed and it will yield nothing to them aprt from shame and disgrace.
        "Eventhough my one hand defected, I will remain one handed" Says Dr. John Garang De Mabior.

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      • 31 March 2011 09:12, by Land-of-Cush

        It is painful for people to run up and down without knowing what causes Gatdet to defect from government.
        Gatdet was defect because of Kirr and his allies from Juba. Gatdet was used to fight for protection of Abyei’s civilians in 2008. In recent attack on Abyei, Gatdet was order again to protect Abyei’s people after they have fleas away. Gatdet went and approached Abyei until he get into Abyei town and other areas. Two Weeks ago after Sudan government has been accuses by Pagan Amum’ present Kiir went to Khratoum and met with Bashir; after meeting Kiir order Gatdet to pull out from Abyei areas. But Gatdet argues that he should not pull out from Abyei; these people must be protecting from Arab and it government said Gatdet.
        Because he was told as he must pull out from Abyei that is the reason why Gatdet defected from government and condemn Kirr and Riek Machar as they don’t about the life of civilians.

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        • 31 March 2011 09:41, by Biar-awumbeny

          Land of Kuch,
          Does your comment make any sense? "Because he was told to pull out of Abyei, that is why he defected". Can you correlate these issues of defection and order of pulling out? Is Gatdet himself a war? Was Gatdet making operations without directives? I think you missed the right onformation.

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          • 31 March 2011 09:46, by Land-of-Cush

            Sorry
            To tell you about all these!!!

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        • 31 March 2011 10:12, by Garang

          If that is the case why should he run to the people that he was ordered not to fight with?

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      • 31 March 2011 09:28, by Biar-awumbeny

        "Humble and Charismatic Leader" absolutely a good personality to a wrong man. I am afraid that Mr. X doesn’t know what a humble person and who can really posses a charisma.

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      • 31 March 2011 09:37, by onlysonmabi

        Hi my freind you are a great enemy of the SPLA, you Nuer are the one controling the SPLA please maid of the general you have .simply defection you in your blood, the only Nuer who can not defeted is the death one.

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      • 31 March 2011 12:53, by Paul Ongee

        Folks,

        These militia Maj. Generals do not really get mixed up together when put in the same pot. You know why? History has proven and will continue to prove it over and over. Some defected together from SPLM/SPLA during the war but later separated for reasons best known to them and returned on individual basis; one on his own or with his clanical supporters. Khartoum knows individual ambition and mental difference and still uses them on individual basis as usual.

        Khartoum calls meeting at late night to discuss how individual militia Maj. General should flex his muscles on SPLM/SPLA while promising them false prominent political positions, money, luxurious accommodation (Apartment/Sahga) and car. When they fail in their endeavor, they automatically switch side as usual that’s why they have become so cheap to be toyed with.

        Khartoum knows pretty well that these militia Maj. Generals will never achieve any significant goal on both sides of the camps (SPLM/NCP). It has become a habit of survival for these militia Maj. Generals and nobody knows if their children would follow the same pattern when they grow up.

        They are well-known for lack of determination to stay the course no matter what side they are on. Today here, tomorrow there depending on how one feels comfortable with the specific environmental factors. They never analyze that tough times never last but tough people do. Tough people are dependent on tough times. These militia Maj. Generals never care about that but want to be considered tough people on their fellow Junubin.

        To guarantee a steady, free and comfortable and secured life one must accept the reality of the specific situation down the road. You need to have the desire, consistency, integrity, perseverance, determination, you name it. I don’t see those things in these militia Maj. Generals who desperately want to rule South Sudan through continued switching allegiance.

        When they are on SPLM/SPLA side they talk about getting their freedom from Khartoum-based discriminating Islamic government as if it will be all easy down the road to get it. Sooner or later they will give up and switch side to NCP/Khartoum and start singing along the same message labeled against SPLM/SPLA. The question is for how long will these militia Maj. Generals continue playing their survival game on this planet without staying the course of their choice?

        Paul Ongee
        Khartoum, Sudan

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      • 31 March 2011 13:55, by Chol Deng A

        I don’t think that Peter Gatdet has any reason for his revolt.He is and has been a militia since his lifetime.He thought that he will live in lawlessness and anarchy as he did with his former militia leaders like Abdal Baghi Ayii and Paulino Matip.All these militias have no room in any state where there is rule of law.Let the people of South Sudan be free from militias and their supporters.

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      • 31 March 2011 21:05, by jubaone

        Either GoSS is simply overwhelmed by the speed of mounting rebellions, or it has simply adopted a head-in-the-sand ostrich attitude. GoSS assumes, the rebels will by default die out. Sadly enough, where there are so many lazy-thinkers in the government, without clear crisis management capabilities, the South is walking down the path of desaster and "somalisation". The Jellaba can now relax and tell the entire world, look we said the Southerners are incapable of governing themselves. The question is: what is wrong and what do the Junubin want? Only a question of time, before some discontented SPLA from Greater Equatoria goes into the bush and ---BING!

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    • 31 March 2011 07:37, by HONEY

      REIK WANTS THE TOP JOB

      am not surprised about any of the rebellion going on in south sudan. It will all lead to a coup to overthrow Kiir’s government. Riek Machar is behind all this mess and many people may not accept this at the moment but it will come to life. Currently tension is high in Juba before july 9.

      Riek has done it before and will do it again. His deals with the LRA is to destroy Equatoria, Athor’s forces will handle Jonglei and Gatdet will work in unity state. Riek’s plan is to distablise the region and keep SPLA forces busy in many different fronts so that he can get the top job.

      What Riek is forgeting is that Kiir and majority of the Dinka executives in the government are not from Dinka Bor and this will not be another 1991 event.They are not just going to stand there and watch people being murdered.it will be an eye for eye situation where the majority will still win.

      As an individual i prefer no war but this hatred against Dinka is out of control. instead of killing our own people why dont you just move to the North if you dont like SPLA/M and enjoy being a slave. How can people like Riek hate Dinka when they came back empty handed for Dinka’s forgiveness and Dinka opened its arms to give him the second highest job while there are other southerners from any tribe worthy of that title.

      Dinka this Dinka that will only take us backwards. Stop the blame game and show your country that you are a worthy human being that can serve them right.

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    • 31 March 2011 07:38, by Kur William

      All the above guys I would like to acknowledge you that SPLA has a capacity to crush all rebels who are now existence in South Sudan territary.

      Absolutely it very unacceptable to adjust this situation which is always plagues our region, how wise these selves interest men who act in stupid ways to destabliize the administration all the time.

      To me, what is seem to be a solution on ground for this rebellion is just to press them down by military means because these traitors failed their ears deaf not to listen to any advise given to them all along by the government.

      kur William

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    • 31 March 2011 09:20, by HONEY

      Dinka is not playing with life this time. Currently they are saying that if Nuer defectors initiate war in south sudan this time, they will be crushed and their numbers reduced to a population that will not threaten southerners in the future.

      Nuer’s hate for Dinka will do nothing but hurt them. Monyjaang have a good criteria of choosing a leader and violence is always the last resort of a Dinka man. But what i know is that Dinka is sick of Nuer being a pain in the arse. Nuer is too selfish, always giving our enemies the upper hand.

      The SPLA/M has four founding fathers who stand together in a picture. Garang, Nyuon, Karbino and Kuol most of them Dinka, most of them still serving their people in their respective posts and some of them lost their lives to deliver the peace Riek is trying to steal away from us. Where are you in the picture Mr Machar?

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      • 31 March 2011 09:39, by Land-of-Cush

        Yaa, Madam Honey?

        Bear children first to fight against Nuier and reduces their number instead to use Dinka men to get kill from Nuer while you do no fight.

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      • 31 March 2011 10:42, by Garang

        Dreamer Honey, rest assured that Southern Sudanese are still united despite all these short term storms that your likes are trying to manipulate and portray as Dinka- Nuer issue. Such dreams of dividing the people along tribal lines and not on who thinks what as an individual, will not land you in the elusive dream land that you aspire for. Dr. Riek is a great leader who does not entertain shallow trend of thinking such as some of our miss informed brothers do on this forum, you the first. He is for the people of South Sudan. President Kiir and Dr. Machar and the entire GOSS levels officials are steadfastly driving the people of the South towards the long awaited objective: The Independent republic of South Sudan ROSS. Those who fear the future with their past full of dirty games are the ones trying to create troubles. The Presidential Amnesty is still holding.

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    • 31 March 2011 10:58, by WendeMajok

      Actions speaks louder than words!

      The president and the so called advisers should open their eyes and see how coup is done and how to overcome it, use a simple and smart methodology of removing the unwanted elements (common or rare sense needed here......think about it) because there is no need of making one person perish with so many people on no reason but for greediness.

      I wonder how merciful is the South Sudan Government for allowing these wrong elements gets into powers again after simultaneous defection, Don’t you have a sense of humor? The point of you securing/getting the position after becoming Nyigat/adu is "We are brothers and sisters who love peace and unity in our country South Sudan". To me, it’s a blander (own goal) to bring in these cockroach-minded brothers. Just eliminate & nobody will weep.

      There is no different between South Sudan, Pakistan & Somalia in terms of security and general behaviors i.e. Suicidal and Terrorism is indirectly coming into us as you witnessed how former Minister for Cooperatives and Rural Development Mr. Jimmy Lemi Milla was murdered, WATCH OUT!!

      If you point a finger on a whole tribe, you got NO difference with those who defect, believe me because you need to change this attitude.

      Think of tomorrow before making today’s action!!!

      Wen-de-Majok

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    • 31 March 2011 12:55, by Paul Ongee

      Folks,

      These militia Maj. Generals do not really get mixed up together when put in the same pot. You know why? History has proven and will continue to prove it over and over. Some defected together from SPLM/SPLA during the war but later separated for reasons best known to them and returned on individual basis; one on his own or with his clanical supporters. Khartoum knows individual ambition and mental difference and still uses them on individual basis as usual.

      Khartoum calls meeting at late night to discuss how individual militia Maj. General should flex his muscles on SPLM/SPLA while promising them false prominent political positions, money, luxurious accommodation (Apartment/Sahga) and car. When they fail in their endeavor, they automatically switch side as usual that’s why they have become so cheap to be toyed with.

      Khartoum knows pretty well that these militia Maj. Generals will never achieve any significant goal on both sides of the camps (SPLM/NCP). It has become a habit of survival for these militia Maj. Generals and nobody knows if their children would follow the same pattern when they grow up.

      They are well-known for lack of determination to stay the course no matter what side they are on. Today here, tomorrow there depending on how one feels comfortable with the specific environmental factors. They never analyze that tough times never last but tough people do. Tough people are dependent on tough times. These militia Maj. Generals never care about that but want to be considered tough people on their fellow Junubin.

      To guarantee a steady, free and comfortable and secured life one must accept the reality of the specific situation down the road. You need to have the desire, consistency, integrity, perseverance, determination, you name it. I don’t see those things in these militia Maj. Generals who desperately want to rule South Sudan through continued switching allegiance.

      When they are on SPLM/SPLA side they talk about getting their freedom from Khartoum-based discriminating Islamic government as if it will be all easy down the road to get it. Sooner or later they will give up and switch side to NCP/Khartoum and start singing along the same message labeled against SPLM/SPLA. The question is for how long will these militia Maj. Generals continue playing their survival game on this planet without staying the course of their choice?

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 31 March 2011 13:05, by JOINET

      Hero, shame of you,

      Maj. General Peter Gatdet is not the traitor as you think.
      He is an hero and brave man in Sothern Sudan.
      what is not happy for is all conecerning the corruption and greediness in the our goverment let Taban, Salva,Kuol Deng,Salva Mathok,Telar Deng leave the office and give chance to the Democratic leaders like DR. Riek, Benjamin Marial and many others dinkas and equotorial intelectuals but not Lam Akol.
      he is the one creating all the miases in the South.

      thanks
      OH! God save my life.

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      • 31 March 2011 16:09, by Chol Deng A

        You are out of your mind, how can you said that Gatdet is against corruption while he is the most corrupt person.There is grave corruption in the north and that is why all militias favor it.Gatdet is a slave-minded person.

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    • 31 March 2011 15:23, by Sam.Eto

      South Sudan: Will Freedom Just Lead to Civil War?
      By Alan Boswell / Khartoum Monday, Mar. 28, 2011

      Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2061927,00.html#ixzz1IBPpYXh0

      Fears of a bloody birth for the world’s newest country, South Sudan, are becoming ever more real after weeks of battles between its autonomous government and their opponents. Hundreds have died in fighting between South Sudan authorities and rebel militias. Now five rebel groups in four of the country’s ten states appear to have united under one name, the Southern Sudan Democratic Movement, and one commander, George Athor. "There is a need for the world to know who we are," Athor told TIME via satellite phone from an undisclosed location. "Our manifesto will come out very soon."

      Even without such a document, the aims and motivations of Athor and his men are clear. Athor is a former deputy chief of staff for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the armed wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), which led the fight for independence and now runs the government. Athor took his men to the bush last year after an unsuccessful bid in the election for a state governorship. In February, his forces killed more than 200 people, mostly civilians, in an attack on the village of Fangak in the northeast of South Sudan. Among his recruits are warlords who in the past have hired out their services to the northern Sudanese government to repress the southern population and clear villagers away from oil fields. Their alliance is likely as loose as all their previous fleeting allegiances, but the rebels clearly feel emboldened.

      When they voted overwhelmingly in a January referendum to secede from Sudan’s northern, Arab government in Khartoum, most southern Sudanese hoped they were turning a new page after decades of war. South Sudan’s independence, scheduled for July, is the endgame of a 2005 U.S.-backed peace deal to stop a half century of north-south bloodshed in which more than 2 million people died. But the jubilee of January was short-lived. The referendum instead signaled a new round of intra-south killings, as old warlords awoke from hibernation and new dissidents gathered strength.

      The rebels are not just driven by opportunism. If the new southern government wants peace, it will have to solve some fundamental divisions. First among them: the government’s domination by the south’s largest tribe, the Dinka. Bapiny Monituel, a beefy, boyish-faced general who joined Athor earlier this month, says that after the 2005 peace deal, he joined the northern army rather than the SPLA because he is Nuer. "Everything [in the south] is controlled by the Dinka. They don’t want us to come to power."

      Dinka leaders counter that Nuer hold deputy positions in both the SPLA and the southern government. Nevertheless, when the Dinka South Sudan President Salva Kiir named a constitutional review committee in February, 15 of the 24 members came from his tribe. Widespread official corruption and land grabbing only exacerbates the animosity. Noting the lack of development in the south since 2005, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and billions more the government has received in oil revenues, Monituel grumbles: "The oil [money] is going to the Arabs in the north and the Dinka in the south, but it is in our land." Says Jon Temin, Sudan program director at the U.S. Institute of Peace: "With the referendum complete, the old grievances and armed groups have resurfaced."

      The SPLA claims the rebels are proxies for the north. On March 12, SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum suspended talks with the north on how to handle July’s separation, accusing Khartoum of seeking to overthrow the southern government. But when he produced documents allegedly proving that the north is backing Athor, independent experts dismissed them as unsophisticated forgeries. For its part, the north does not deny that in the past it worked to undermine the southern leadership. But Al-Dirdiri Mohammed Ahmed, a member of the ruling National Congress Party’s negotiation team, says that was no worse than the support offered by the south to Darfur’s rebels in the west. "[We told SPLM:] ’We have to stop everything where it is, and let us now start a new page,’" he tells TIME.

      Whatever the sincerity of that statement, the key issue does appear to be intra-south divisions rather than northern support for any dissident faction. Carol Berger, an anthropologist who studies the SPLA and militarization, says the number joining Athor and Co. is rising: "The violence spreading throughout many parts of the south is largely the result of unfinished business within the SPLA itself."

      Only a few months ago, the splitting of Sudan looked set to be a rare diplomatic triumph in Africa. Now, as July 9, the day of secession, draws closer, it seems more likely that any celebrations will be muted. Sitting in his comfortable self-imposed exile in the northern capital Khartoum, rebel leader Monituel declares war: "Now that the referendum has gone we are dealing with our problems."

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    • 1 April 2011 03:23, by Lok T Simon

      Dear Southerners,

      Suugestion: Removal of Mr Koul Manyang J. from Jonglei county’s governorship will safe many lives from Jonglei areas and entirely Southern Sudan. I really really sorry to make this comment, but for the sack of situation stability of southern Sudan I am better to say rather than to keep quite. I suggest to put neither Koul Manyang J. nor General George A Deng in place, but any faviourite person that the people of Jonglei like or people of southern Sudan want to, will take over the governorship of Jonglei in order to restore the situation that restless under the leadership of Mr Koul Manyang J. The lives of remainder of 22 years of
      war are still at risk under Koul Manyang leadershipand it is unfair for innocent people to be still dying while the common enemy that we took arms is not any more pointing guns at our side So, it is better for Koul Manyang J. to allow any person who has no hatred at all with anybody around Jonglei county. I am not against Mr Koul Manyang, but we do not need to see another bloodshed around Jonglei county or entirely southern Sudan. Mr Koul is a great leader from day one but nothing we could do rather than safety of innocent people still dying day and night around Jonglei.

      Thank you for your patience and forgive me if I provoke you.

      Lok T. Simon

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  • 31 March 2011 06:42, by Tobiin

    Fellows Sudanese, this is the plan from Riak Machar, believe me or not. there have been some rumors before about Riak’s plan to overthrow the government of south Sudan. we also heard that Riak just got another single mom from US, what exactly wrong with him: and the single mom believe to be a CIA who is spying on south Sudan government. I believe that they’re all behind these plans. previously the British tried to use Riak but they failed. what is next?

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    • 31 March 2011 07:08, by maumau

      It is good that Unity State has distanced itself from this defection. Gadet will die unhappy man and will not be among the heroes although he protected the oilfields from exploration by Arabs. He will die and will not be listed among the heroes and he will not receive any state funeral.

      Dinka Bor

      You always associate the Vice President Dr Riek Machar with any bad thing which is happening in South Sudan, why please. This man is doing great job which none of your tribal Bor can afford to do. He is generous and steadfast. Live him alone. Forget about 1991 bloody event which was called for by rampant killings of top SPLM/SPLA leadership. You know the story very well. Dr Riek had quested for self-determination and had smelled blood because of that and that is why he behaved that way. He was already forgiven and is planning to make a formal apology to you but you keep adding salt on his wounds. Stop that please and unit with him to bring peace and development in our country. MAUMAU

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      • 31 March 2011 07:57, by Hero

        Maumau,

        If you have nothing to say, then, I advises to you to shut up and keeps collecting the leftovers from your master,the then Mr Traitor Riek in peace or do you want them in pieces. I bet, you will not like that.

        With or without Dinka Bor, still Dr traitor is not going survived all these mess.Leaves alone, the pre-empty and dubious wishes that, he might one day ascend to the top job.

        No forgiveness against Riek Machar, unless he firstly take on they podium and accept his dirty,devil and fool acts against our innocent civilians of Dinka Bor are/were wrong and he feel sorry for his stupidity, then we will be ready to forgives him, but not to forget.

        Finally, I’m happy that, the nation’s history is in making,and that is a good thing for us to know exactly who’s who, when the time comes for recognition and acknowledgment of Heroes.

        Enjoy Traitors!!!!!!!!!

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        • 31 March 2011 11:06, by Garang

          I thought heroes are those who champion noble causes including bringing unity among the people, until I come across our hero here who vigorously preach hatred and vengeance. Please Mr. hero/Hero live to your name. To err is human and to forgive is a quality that is always associated with Heroes. late Dr. Garang and others are/were Heroes because they live to what I have mentioned above. So you better join them.

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    • 31 March 2011 07:11, by Kim Deng

      Slava’s disciples,

      After receiving the bad "News," that Gen. Tiger Gatdet quit the South Sudan’s army/SPLA, Mr. coward Slava rushed to Kenyata General Hospital in Kenya for medical check up.

      Their cheap conspiracy against Dr. Riek Machar since 2008 during SPLM 2nd National Convention keep failing.

      Now, the burning question still remains, who gets guts from these coward Generals including their King to kick out/fire Lt. Gen. Lion Paulino Matip Nhial or Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon from the GoSS/SPLM party?

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      • 31 March 2011 08:25, by Deng Magot Riem

        Blame them not anymore folks since they are named tigers, lions, hyenas and many more you name them. These nuers animals; I means Tigers and lions as kim deng keep refering to them will never behave themselves no matter what the South Sudan do to them. Now the tiger has gone the next in line are lions, hyenas and eventually the cats and the rats as well. This is not a suprise and it is not worrying me either because they did it before and they can do it again. If George Athor rebeled while he stayed during hard times, what do you guys think will keep the in and out individuals Like gadet and the likes?

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        • 31 March 2011 08:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

          I love it let them go they where just ocpying the possion for no reason.
          And i love the names that kim deng called them tifers, lions hyenas and monkys.

          since they are animal as my brother Deng magot said it. they will never going to live in a really life of human being.
          They will go and kill each other for leader sooner then later i know them they fight nfor who to be gangster leader. ahahahaha good for them and i am still asking God to lat their follower follow them so that we will be freed from greedyness. but i know few of them will came back with no shame.
          death to them bron nyagat and will die nyagat

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          • 31 March 2011 10:48, by actiongatkuoth

            we all known that this useless leadership of dinka will lead to many problem in the South.
            what is the work of gonom kiir??
            kiir is eating and sleeping while he don.t know what is going on.
            schame on symbol kiir and his people.
            schame on poor tribe dinka and their useless leadership.
            useless dinka kiir cannot able to manage the South in Good manner
            thank

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          • 31 March 2011 14:43, by Wei Deng

            Their defections will cast you to the middle of nowhere, my friend.

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        • 2 April 2011 21:04, by Machingela gai

          Mr. Riem,

          You said it all my friend. There is nothing that will be preventing the routine movement of those mentioned animals from one location to another place. Every season is always a change for them, and that is the main reason why their frequent movement has been going on without system of a recognized order in place. These animals are near to face their terrible dry season with no food and water to drink. So, they are looking for a new land they will find what to eat with enough water to drink as well.
          Their little ones will do them a silly dance once they gathered in a new place of their seasonal destiny. And again when they move back to where they are quitting now, the same workable solution to their seasonal joy will be likewise seen being displayed. What a short joy from those suffering flock!

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      • 31 March 2011 15:35, by Achiek Alier Jr

        Kim Deng,

        Lion and Tiger, we will see brother.

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    • 31 March 2011 08:21, by Quol Quot

      Riek!

      a sinner, a murder, and an adulterer again.

      How can a man like him be a president. He will give people a example of committing adultery. too bad guys.

      Ngundeng proposed him, the people are opposing him and God will dispose him.

      Quol Quot, from Muony-Jang-dit

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  • 31 March 2011 06:46, by $iong mayom

    Listen those who want power from Dinka, My personal believe is that South Sudan should be a democratic country whereby anyone from any political party or Tribe can have a go at running South Sudan but here is the thing, right now there is so much at stake and we just don’t want to gamble by letting ppl we don’t trust have the top job. It’s not the right time now, people should wait for july 9th and a few more years until there is stability in our new country, once we have secured our borders and those wanting power have convinced us that they are capable of ruling the South and wont have connections with Jallaba then we might think of letting them have what they want, remember u have to win our votes to have any chance of getting the SPLM leadership. And I dont think Riak would get just 1% of our votes, maybe Taban Deng Gai. Again anyone from any tribe should have a go but u must understand that u face a hefty battle of winning our hearts and minds.

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  • 31 March 2011 07:13, by Bol Achuek

    I hope it is better to consolidate and work for the development of South Sudan other than giving upper hands to our enemy - Jallaba to exploit us. You have had a long history of going in and out with no good cause. Of course, the Patriotic tribes have grievances but they see it is unreasonable to address them in a violence manner of bloodshedding but should be addressed on a roundtable manner. Riek Machar defected and rebelled against SPLA/M when all Southern towns were under SPLA except Juba, Malakal and Wau when even they were about to fall under the SPLA control. It gave the Khartoum an upper hand and exploited it till SPLA gained momentum in 1997.
    Now the GoSS is very powerful shaking and threatening Jallaba in Khartuoum yet the Nuer wants to make Khartoum regime powerful. What is wrong, why are you so jealous about South Sudan success yet it is too yours, what is wrong?????

    Late Dr. Garang and his colleagues did a slight mistake of not allowing Nuer to have a separate referandum to decide whether to be part of South Sudan or to live with Arabs as slaves.

    However, the defections of those Nuer mentioned above should not worry the Government and the public, since it had been their culture, and the good news is that, the Government will defeat them militarily just these militias under Riek, Nyuon, Luk Jok, etc were brought under control by Late Dr. Garang when he was even fighting Arabs in the bush. The government in Juba has military hardwares, airport, money etc. Therefore, it will be shocking Mr. President Salva if these stupid rebels can take a year when you have everything.

    But remember to reshufle the army (SPLA) for failure to detect all these defections. Generals in Bilpam might be the one coordinating all these rebellions and you will be surprise one day, time.

    Say it without fear or favour

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    • 31 March 2011 08:14, by Lual Garang De Lual

      Dear Readers, contributors and South Sudanese citizens

      I disagree with your views all because the law of ethics and integrity says, a person can be judge by his/her own words. To put this in a straight forward manner, Mr. Peter Gatdet Yak is upto now still an SPLA General in the sense that he did renounced the SPLA and announced his defections. Mind you the way Gen. George Athor Deng was mislead by the media and government officials who I reserved not to name. The misinformation given by these people and their stooge led Athor to believe that he now a criminal wanted by the authorties hence the only option was to stage the rebellion. The same thing is now repeating itself from the SPLA, Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak according to SPLA spokeman Col. Philip Aguer Panyang took permission for medical treatment to Nairobi. Now, he has gone to Khartoum, why are people speculating it as a defection when at all Gen. Gatdet has not announced that nor he has denounced the government of South Sudan. Mind you here, there is another conspiracy to remove this man from the SPLA or eliminate him as that of George Athor. Analysts come and analyse the case in question.

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  • 31 March 2011 07:22, by Bol Deng

    I give credit to Taban Kuich because he is a real reporter.
    He really explain the defection of militia Gadet the way it should be. Please keep it up!

    What peaceful means are we talking here?

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  • 31 March 2011 08:01, by Jeti

    Peter Gatdet is known of switching all the time. This is not his first defection. He defected and came back, so he will come back. Shame on Unity state!

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    • 31 March 2011 09:19, by acathmac

      hey guys ake sure you know the reason for the defection of Peter Gatdet but don’t pinpoint on other top leaders before we see their plans, what Government of southern Sudan needs to do is to tight down the security of GoSS and in the state
      let those who need to die because of Kir die or they commit sucide
      thanks readers
      this is son of PAN COL DE THUDAN

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  • 31 March 2011 08:31, by Madina Kebir

    The Nuers people have exposured good man George Athor Deng Dut to make rebellion against what he was fighting for.

    This is not a coincidentally in Southern Sudan about defection hitory on Nuer tribe and I should encourage the people who were in the SPLA/SPLM to take some step and be fully aware on that. It has been just going back and forth like this for most of Nuers people and I think Riek Machar Teny need to resign because he can not lead Southern Sudanese people when he can not conviencing his own tribe Nuer. Peter Gatdet Yaka maybe he was not comfortable to share things with others Southerners in army because he had a recorded of being a killer. He was the one who murdered William Nyuon Bany, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and Peter Bil from Nuer also.

    I think the most problems within GOSS itself is not about corruption and it is not about tribalism issue, but it is about desperation of leadership. The Sudan government was been misusing million and billion money for their benefit and the Southern Sudan get nothing for years why should anyone wait until the constitutional are set for this short period if it was about corruption. I agree completely that, all these people including people who run away are all corrup. I do think Riak Machar Teny is the disease who always making game and pertaining himself to be the good guy and I would like to see him resign in his VP.

    There are some people maybe looking for leadership and they done nothing in the movement why should Riek Machar Teny confusing Southern Sudanese people for leadership. If anyone want to make a trouble thing so that, he will get leadership he wouldn’t going to have it. There are people in the world that, have no position on leadership and they are alive living peaceful with one another. I think the Idea of Ngeudeng is not going to work if that is the case what these Idiocy are thinking for.

    Message to the GOSS and ROSS. Please ask those rebels if there are some willing to come back then, welcome them back and those people will refused must not be given any chance because this is just become a dancing between money and fearful not to fight the real main enemies and that is why Peter Gatdet Yaka and among others are trying to buy time and money from North Sudan. The New law must be set against traitors people because they have betraying Southern Sudan for long time. All Dinkas Officials in GOSS must start now talking to George Athor Deng Dut and bring him back period. GOSS and ROSS must tells Judges add bill that, said, if anyone want to overthrow president or governor will be deny by the law of Southern Sudan so that, the people who are desperate for leadership must understand fully there is no room for such event.

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  • 31 March 2011 09:13, by Land-of-Cush

    It is painful for people to run up and down without knowing what causes Gatdet to defect from government.
    Gatdet was defect because of Kirr and his allies from Juba. Gatdet was used to fight for protection of Abyei’s civilians in 2008. In recent attack on Abyei, Gatdet was order again to protect Abyei’s people after they have fleas away. Gatdet went and approached Abyei until he get into Abyei town and other areas. Two Weeks ago after Sudan government has been accuses by Pagan Amum’ present Kiir went to Khratoum and met with Bashir; after meeting Kiir order Gatdet to pull out from Abyei areas. But Gatdet argues that he should not pull out from Abyei; these people must be protecting from Arab and it government said Gatdet.
    Because he was told as he must pull out from Abyei that is the reason why Gatdet defected from government and condemn Kirr and Riek Machar as they don’t about the life of civilians.

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    • 31 March 2011 09:30, by amon

      So the enemies that he vowed to protect the civilians from have become his best friends and decided to join them instead, leaving his civilians behind to be killed?

      What a decision?

      Kiir has rights to tell him to pull back, because what we are doing all these time is not that the SPLM/A is afraid, but we are following CPA. War and aggression will not bring peace,or it’s just because the militia men don’t respect agreements or don’t understand diplomacy?

      Come on!

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  • 31 March 2011 09:15, by amon

    Let those who wants to rebel against the peace loving people of South Sudan who are looking to reach their destiny will be resisted.

    This is not twenty century where the murderous and violators of human rights were let to go free. This is a twenty first century and anyone who commit atrocity and violates human rights will face the ICC.

    This is not 90’s where the murderous and renegades criminals were praised as heroes.

    Almighty God will be by the side of the people of South Sudan who love peace and are working for it.

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    • 31 March 2011 10:30, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Southerners,
      Please watch out. The plans of Arabs are to expire at the last minute after raising the flag of our new nation. They will do all possible attempts to disrupt the results of the referendum where southerners voted overwhelmingly 99% votes for independent.

      Peter Gadet is having ready forces from the JIU who recently returned to Khartuom to be paid their benefits. Arabs may give them those arms and ammunitions as rewards to distablise the South. If such thing happen, it will be the time for Southerners to support the Darfurians. Arabs will not admit their bad intention towards the south.

      What is so boring with our Government nowadays it take enough time to take quick action on any alledge information. Our Government is made to believe that these defectors would not harm the South Sudan. There is no thorough check up of the SPLA forces. The old SPLA officers and men are not in the current effective list of the SPLA and this plan was endorsed by our President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He is so absent minded about how his forces were pushed away through many strategies and negative advices given by his wrong element in the SPLA like Gen Gier Chuang and Awut Deng, and General,Salva Mathok. The first step made by Gen Salva Mathok is when he transfered many SPLA officers to organised forces, Second step is when Awut and Gier teamed up to demote true SPLA officers and men in the organised forces. The SPLA, the organised forces are being administered by those who were in Other Arms Gruops. What will be possibility of the viability of the SPLM in these messes? Salva should act positively as from now.

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      • 1 April 2011 17:17, by Addit Tera

        Dear Maj Gen Peter Gatdet,
        we would like to direct you this way, Donot generalize SPLA soldiers by then put your effort to fight openly to Dinka Bor and Bhargazlal only where that stupid leaders come from, Dr.Salva Kiir who gave secret order to kill Nuer SPLA officers such col.Peter Gatkuoth Chuol [Yei], Brig Koang Tut who is poisoned recently in Narobi plus many Nuer SPLA offiers muerdered from 2006 to 2011 apart from what Dr.John Garang did forth.
        All observers see no Nuer claim for Salva Kiir and Dinka`s death at this net.
        President Salva Kiir Mayardit is the one busy for destruction of his Government, he and his wrong followers think that to stick on power forever, What about the other southerners who are not stupid? There is a big different between South Sudan Government and anything special that belong to Bhar ElGhazal, no body needed atall.
        N/B: Nuer believe to kill their enemies openly at war.
        If no war no kill.
        Gatdet must be direct better then before.
        Thanks.
        By Addit Tera
        In Ethiopian

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  • 31 March 2011 10:59, by Mapuor

    Nuer generals in the SPLA are 3000 all of whom are illiterate & all of whom were promoted by a Phd holder in engineering just to seize power & rule the South.Haaa,if at all we allow this gentleman to rule,where will he take those generals to?of course removing even one of them will mean a rebellion.South Sudanese will spent all its money paying those generals till they age & die & after that people will get services.The question is ,when will they age? the answer is difficult as some of them are as young as twenty years old.Haaaa,stupid people who creat problems that they can not solve dear Kiir, should be slain alife.Riek is the most stupid person on earth,he created a problem that is almost spreading to other parts of the South.Illiterates now believe that they should all be generals simply because their peers are already generals.Where on earth guys can a nation promote itself to the rank of general all?who will they command.Phd holders in engineering are to be kept away from politics because they dont have conmon sense.Some fools want to falsify on our struggle that illiterates were the best fighters during the war,what a stupid lie!!!!!!Institute for revolutionary war studies have never graduated an illiterate officer & that is where all officers who fought the war was produced.Shut up fools,what will you say after this?!!.Shield one oyeee,shield two oyeee,shield three oyee,shield four oyeee,shield five oyeeee,shield six oyeee,shield seven oyeeeeeeeeee etc

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  • 31 March 2011 12:47, by Thonkiir

    Why blamed General Gatdet? About his rebelion while being a rebel is something obvious in their entire Nuer’s life. Majority of whom have no version at all. The have only version of foods was the main objection for all these years.

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  • 31 March 2011 13:10, by Liberator

    Dear: all our Martyrs

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

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

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

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    • 31 March 2011 13:12, by Liberator

      typo:

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

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  • 31 March 2011 14:08, by Equatorian observer

    Mapuor,

    If Nuer have 3000 Generals or high ranking military officers in the SPLA, then it is true that they are the majority in the SPLA. Then why are you so frightened by the rebellion of only one Nuer General Peter Gadet? And why generalize all Nuer when they still have 3000 officers who have not rebelled? Please refrain from generalizations that can bring in genocide among you Dinka and Nuer. Now Salva Kiir has rushed to hospital in Kenya and this is simply one of the stress and speedy loss of weight he suffers because of your irresponsible behaviours every where on the net and in the houses or in streets. Give it a break people so that you find peace in yourselves and in your leaders.

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    • 31 March 2011 14:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      what a lies? why can’t you just names yourself nuer observer rether then Equatrian observer/ or you are so a shame to be notic as a nuer boy?
      Well for you mrs Equatrian or nuer. we DINKAS don’t give a damn about Equatrian or nuer but one things that we don’t want is to criticizes some one who did not criticizes us but since you hiding in the wrong names then i will tell you that event thought there anythings happen to president Kiir today. put in your mind that there will be no so called Dr rieck machar as you wish.
      Dr riek machar is ajoke and doom that nobody will believed on him death to him
      If SINKAS said no that is it nothing can happen because we are MONYJANG and we are the rulers

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  • 31 March 2011 15:26, by Sam.Eto

    South Sudan: Will Freedom Just Lead to Civil War?
    By Alan Boswell / Khartoum Monday, Mar. 28, 2011

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/arti...

    Fears of a bloody birth for the world’s newest country, South Sudan, are becoming ever more real after weeks of battles between its autonomous government and their opponents. Hundreds have died in fighting between South Sudan authorities and rebel militias. Now five rebel groups in four of the country’s ten states appear to have united under one name, the Southern Sudan Democratic Movement, and one commander, George Athor. "There is a need for the world to know who we are," Athor told TIME via satellite phone from an undisclosed location. "Our manifesto will come out very soon."

    Even without such a document, the aims and motivations of Athor and his men are clear. Athor is a former deputy chief of staff for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the armed wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), which led the fight for independence and now runs the government. Athor took his men to the bush last year after an unsuccessful bid in the election for a state governorship. In February, his forces killed more than 200 people, mostly civilians, in an attack on the village of Fangak in the northeast of South Sudan. Among his recruits are warlords who in the past have hired out their services to the northern Sudanese government to repress the southern population and clear villagers away from oil fields. Their alliance is likely as loose as all their previous fleeting allegiances, but the rebels clearly feel emboldened.

    When they voted overwhelmingly in a January referendum to secede from Sudan’s northern, Arab government in Khartoum, most southern Sudanese hoped they were turning a new page after decades of war. South Sudan’s independence, scheduled for July, is the endgame of a 2005 U.S.-backed peace deal to stop a half century of north-south bloodshed in which more than 2 million people died. But the jubilee of January was short-lived. The referendum instead signaled a new round of intra-south killings, as old warlords awoke from hibernation and new dissidents gathered strength.

    The rebels are not just driven by opportunism. If the new southern government wants peace, it will have to solve some fundamental divisions. First among them: the government’s domination by the south’s largest tribe, the Dinka. Bapiny Monituel, a beefy, boyish-faced general who joined Athor earlier this month, says that after the 2005 peace deal, he joined the northern army rather than the SPLA because he is Nuer. "Everything [in the south] is controlled by the Dinka. They don’t want us to come to power."

    Dinka leaders counter that Nuer hold deputy positions in both the SPLA and the southern government. Nevertheless, when the Dinka South Sudan President Salva Kiir named a constitutional review committee in February, 15 of the 24 members came from his tribe. Widespread official corruption and land grabbing only exacerbates the animosity. Noting the lack of development in the south since 2005, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and billions more the government has received in oil revenues, Monituel grumbles: "The oil [money] is going to the Arabs in the north and the Dinka in the south, but it is in our land." Says Jon Temin, Sudan program director at the U.S. Institute of Peace: "With the referendum complete, the old grievances and armed groups have resurfaced."

    The SPLA claims the rebels are proxies for the north. On March 12, SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum suspended talks with the north on how to handle July’s separation, accusing Khartoum of seeking to overthrow the southern government. But when he produced documents allegedly proving that the north is backing Athor, independent experts dismissed them as unsophisticated forgeries. For its part, the north does not deny that in the past it worked to undermine the southern leadership. But Al-Dirdiri Mohammed Ahmed, a member of the ruling National Congress Party’s negotiation team, says that was no worse than the support offered by the south to Darfur’s rebels in the west. "[We told SPLM:] ’We have to stop everything where it is, and let us now start a new page,’" he tells TIME.

    Whatever the sincerity of that statement, the key issue does appear to be intra-south divisions rather than northern support for any dissident faction. Carol Berger, an anthropologist who studies the SPLA and militarization, says the number joining Athor and Co. is rising: "The violence spreading throughout many parts of the south is largely the result of unfinished business within the SPLA itself."

    Only a few months ago, the splitting of Sudan looked set to be a rare diplomatic triumph in Africa. Now, as July 9, the day of secession, draws closer, it seems more likely that any celebrations will be muted. Sitting in his comfortable self-imposed exile in the northern capital Khartoum, rebel leader Monituel declares war: "Now that the referendum has gone we are dealing with our problems."

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  • 1 April 2011 00:37, by Quota

    TO THE WRITTERS:

    MY POLOGY,

    TO SAY THIS,BUT I THINK FEW OF YOU HAS BEEN "DEFINITELY OUT OF CONTROL, IN THIS WEDSTE," EVERY TIME I OPEN UP THIS WEDSITE, I FIND SOME OF YOU CRITICIZED "THE GOVERNMENT" INSTEAD OF FOCUS ON HOW TO DEVELOPING THE NEW NATION OR HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATION WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT. I THINK NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS GOVERNMENT AND YOU KNOW IT. I MEAN COM’ON PEOPLE, THIS GOVERNMENT ISN’T FOR ONE, TWO, THREE, TRIBE; IT’S FOR WHOLE POSS.

    PLEASE,DON’T COME UP WITH NEGOTIVE THOUGHT THAT WILL BREAK UP THE GOVERNMENT, TRY TO TELL THEM YOUR CREATIVE IDEALISM,YOUR OPINION; INSTESD OF CRITICIZED THEM BY TRIBALISM NAME. TELL THEM WHAT YOU FEEL AND WHAT WILL MAKE THEM UNITED AS ONE AS ASTRONG NATION OR GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY REACHED THE GOAL THAT THEY HAD BEEN FOUGHT FOR ALL THOSE YEARS.

    TO THOSE WHO RAN AROUND THE BUSH,PLEASE BE ADVISED; DON’T TRY TO DRAGGE PEOPLE BACK ON THE "WRONG TRACK" AGAIN, THIS ISN’T ATIME FOR WAR,IT’S ATIME FOR ENJOYMENT. LET POSS ENJOY THEIR REFERENDUM PEACEFULLY, INSTEAD OF MESS THEM UP AGAIN; FOR SOMETHING THAT HAS NO ROOT.YES, EXACTLY "VOLENCE ISN’T THE RIGHT WAY TO RESOLVE SOUTH SUDAN" AND YOU KNOW IT.YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THOSE WORDS SAID BY THE UNITY STATE OFFICIAL.

    PLEASE, PEOPLE DON’T MAKE INNOCENT/CIVIANS FEEL INSECURED WHEREVER THEY LIVE. BACK TO THE TOP, AS A POSS; WE NEED TO BE AWARE WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND THE CORNERS, SEPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE. THIS IS YOUR TIME YOUR FUTURE; DON’T LET NOBODY FOOLING YOU WITH HIS SADNESS AND TRY TO MOBILIZE YOU TO KILLS YOUR OWN PEOPLE.THEY TRYING TO MESSED YOUR LIFE SO THAT THEY COULD LIVE ABETTER LIFE INSTEAD OF YOU.THEIR TIME IS OVER, THIS IS YOUR TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING, DON’T GIVE THEM A ROOM; PEACE, GOD UPON POSS WHO LOVE HIM.

    BY INVESTIGATOR

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  • 1 April 2011 06:42, by Odingo

    To Quot Quot
    You are right my friend. LT. General George Athor Deng and his cousin John Garang Both were adopted children from Nuer.That is why people wondering of how come he is the only bravely man in whole Dinka Bor Community, since all Dinka Bor with stupid cultural mark on their faces that look like chicken legs are cowardic naturally.

    However, the Dinka raised these adopted two Nuer boys criminally like them, because that is the cultural of cowardic people.

    Back to the topic. Gideon Gatpan don’t be coward. Why all LT. Generals Nuer Commanders and Equatorian Commanders are working under these coward Dinka Commanders? General Gatdet has right to defect inorder to change SPLA policy.

    SPLA is full of polical criminal corruption. time for change or this country gonna red with blood one way or another.

    Thanks

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