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Why are we Blaming Dr. Riak Machar?

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Why are we Blaming Dr. Riak Machar for all the Problems that are happening in South Sudan?

This article is my response to Mr. Mabior Philiph Mach’s article; “Southern Sudanese; learn from the past.”

By Kong Dual

April 25, 2008 — Dear Mr. Mabior Philiph Mach, you article’s title is really good, and could have been a great article if you framed it consistently with your topic. However, I was shocked and confused in the middle with the language and the hidden means behind you article. You have mentioned many issues that are not consistent with the topic. Your topic was about reminding Southern Sudanese to “learn from the past” and yet you end up talking about Dr. Riak Machar, abduction of children by Murle, raiding of cattle by Mundari, and Governor Taban Deng’s accusation on Dr. Riak Machar. Now, tell me, which of these issues were you trying to remind us about?

Mr. Mach, can you please clarify yourself, so that some of us who might want to read your article would be clear about the message you are trying to convey to us. As far I as can remember Governor Taban Deng Gai interview, he didn’t accused Dr. Riak Machar as among the people you described as “warthogs” nor did Mr. Taban Deng claimed Dr. Riak Machar wants to “Integrates NCP” members into the SPLA. I think you should clearly research your sources.

In a frankly speaking Mr. Mach, your article has insulted many Southern Sudanese. I know you want to remind people about what had happened in Bor in 1993, but I found it divisive for you to try to confusing people with things that are happening in Sudan and blame Dr. Riak for them, like children abduction by Murle. How are these things Dr. Riak Machar’s fault? Dr. Riak did not encourage the Mundari to raid Bor’s cattle nor was he responsible for all the problems that have had happened in South Sudan.

To me, Dr. Riak Machar was not responsible for all the issues you have explained, and if he has to be blame, the entire SPLA leadership would be responsible, starting from President Salva Kiir Mayardit to bottom. In case of children abduction, I do not understand why it becomes Riak’s weakness, Jonglei state should blame their governor for not doing enough in stopping the abduction.

To give you an example, recently, there has been fighting in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and in Unity State against the Misseiriya or the Baggara. Both states took the matter into their own hands and negotiate peaceful resolutions with the help from the Southern Sudan government.

What strategy does the Jonglei state’s governor have now to end the abduction of innocent children by the Murle and the cattle raiding by the Mundari? The duty of the governor is to solve such as the ones you have mentioned, the government of South Sudanese, or the leadership of Salva Kiir and the Riak Machar is to appoint qualify governors who can make good decision.

Mr. Mach, I won’t blame you that much because based on the language and the tone you have used in your writing, one can tell that your blaming is not necessary about all the things you described in your article, rather than calculated false accusations that based on hatred against Dr. Riak Machar. Yours does not surprise me since you remind us about Dr. Garang and what he could have done if he did not die.

There are many people like you; especially from the clan you belong who does not want to see Riak Machar in the SPLA. Some of these people are not happy about Dr. Riak being the vice president in south given things that had happened in the past. But my dear friend and fellow citizen of South Sudan, I would like to remind you gain that SPLA does not belong to Garang. Given the history and the way SPLA/M was formed, everyone including the people defected away from the SPLA/M have undeniable right to rejoin the party if they choose too.

People who understand the history and how the SPLA was formed won’t accused Dr. Riak Machar without revisiting the history and the legacy of Dr. Garang. If Dr. Garang was still alive today, I don’t think people like you would be bitching around with false accusation. The bible teach us that we should always remove the log from own eyes before doing it to others. It said “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye,” (Mathew 7:5).

Now given these examples, if you revisited the history, you would learned that Dr. Garang himself has committed countless atrocities as the leader of the SPLA/M, including the killing of many intellectuals and heroes in the SPLA/M, but the victim themselves have clam down for that sake of our own coexistent as one people. I am sure these people would also like to readdress their grievances and would like the justice to be done like any other victims in Bor.

But what good would it bring to if we start tearing ourselves down at this crucial movement when our common enemy is using our own people to destroy us. Every community in the Southern Sudan, including the place you came from have collaborators who have been working with the government of Sudan in the north displaced southern Sudanese people, yet we never complain about them instead we turn our attention to the same leaders who are trying to liberate us from this tyranny in the north.

Haven’t you learn from the past too? I though you should be applauding now for having the opportunity to go to school in you own town, and doesn’t have to go far away. It if wasn’t the unity of both leaders, Dr. Garang and Dr. Riak, do you think there would be something called “Garang Institute today?

For me, the unity of both Garang and Riak Machar was a blessing for us and we should all celebrate it, because it brought us together as one people. Since this unity has began, we have receive countless help from the out side world and NGOS because we are united as one people. Why are you allowing your jealousy and hatred over taking your moral judgment and reasoning, to see and praise the good things Dr. Riak Machar is doing in the SPLA/M?

I know very well that I do not agree with a lot of things that Dr. Garang has done, but I could not also over look the good things Dr. John Garang has done to the people of the Southern Sudan. I allow myself to appreciate all the goods things Dr. Garang has done for to us we southerners, he has been a mentor to many of us we young people in the south or the red army. Can we please appreciate some of the good things Dr. Riak and our great leader Salva Kiir are also doing?

I know I have a lot of things to say, but my writing would be valueless if I continue explaining what you are supposed to do. My only hope for you is that you be a better leader of tomorrow and not a divider of tomorrow. I don’t know if you really mean what you said in your last paragraph, but if you really mean, please don’t try to regenerate negative things of the past, to borrow your words, do not be “arrogant to very body” try to be an example of tomorrow’s for the next generation of tomorrow, by being humble and tolerant to people. Our duty in the future is not tell which leader defected away from SPLA/M, but to tell to the next generation how the leaders in the SPLA/M overcome the problems they have faced during the struggle and how the managed to led us to our self-determination.

The author reside in the USA, he can be reach at dualpeace@yahoo.com.



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  • 26 April 2008 07:04, by Tito Palson

    Kong,
    I completely agree with you.
    If going back to history, horrible things had happened and I think it is the work of the historians to impartially document and later on tell what had happened. None and no one of the leaders, dead of alive is a Saint. Reminding people of what had happened is not a way forward.

    As things stand, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. There was no different between the late John Garang and Riek Machar Teny in those days because depends who you are and where you come from, you will have an answer about these two great leaders.

    Exactly, who is in charge of state affairs in Southern Sudan now? Not the President but the Governor and I urge Kuol Manyang to use his ruthless army attitude I knew back in the days to confront Murle and disarm them. Of course no one wants to hear about the child kidnapping and cattle raiding. It’s neither Riek Machar Nor Salva Kiir’s primary duty to personally go and intervene in the state affairs.
    It’s in deed a national matter but the SPLA have the responsibility to inform the political leaders about what they think is the best way to quell the Murle insurgency. After that, all they need is order.

    Coming to who is more allied to the NCP at the moment, Riek is the last man to be considered to be. He is now known as the "Bad Boy" by the NCP and the NIF because of his unshakeable stance against the Khartoum Government. So Kong, the guys have nothing to prove and let them loose birching because they don’t have a strong case at the moment.

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    • 26 April 2008 08:25, by Gordon Lam

      I would not blaming those people that put the weaknes of all southern sudanese to Dr Riak Machar as we know that is only who will give us all those situation becuase is capable to do so.As for my understanding without Riak there is no CPA nobody could denied that becuaes we all know the route of cpa
      By Gordon Lam

      View online : Dr Machar

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      • 26 April 2008 13:48, by Akol Liai Mager

        I believe, Dr. Riak Machar is one of the good leaders in Sudan not only in Southern Sudan. I just make it short of being the world best leader. This is because of the two reasons: 1. Dr Riak has done a big mistake like any other politicians in our country, but shoulder his mistake like nobody.

        I am not aware of anyone in our country politics who has done what Dr Riak did. His return to SPLM was seen by some people as a surrender to his rival in the weak and narrow point of view. Others, considered it as the sucess of his 91 failed coup attempt engineered by those who also tried their best to engineer another coup for Commander Salva Kiir during CPA negotiations or shortly after its signing.

        A success of the coup cannot be judged by a coup leader himself acknowledgements of his wrong doing as Riak sometimes gives some comments of that kind.

        I think returning to the movement he himself was a part of its establishment, Dr Riak was making a point that no leader has ever think of making it and that’s admiting the mistake and take full responsibility of its consequences.

        That made Dr Riak to me as a good leader unless we are hopping that God would send an Angel to be our leader.

        2. Dr Riak as an experience man who learnt from his past actions lead a successful mediation between Dr Garang and his then dupty leader Commander Salva Kiir Mayardit according to Rumbek’s recouncialtion Document.

        The People of New Sudan were in a real shock shortly after learning the events of yet another new conflict between Garang and Kiir, but God filled Dr Machar with wisdom and sent him to save the people of Southern Sudan from unestimated distruction of lives as he did send Garang to save the land of Sudan and its people from Northern Sectarian evilisms.

        To come to the CPA, Dr riak Machar has played a significant role in negotiating it no doubts about that. But that was because of his dishonoured Khartoum Peace With-in certificate. (the Peace With-in’s dead certificate). Therefore, I wouldn’t credit Dr Machar as CPA creator and not Dr Garang either.

        The people whom I would credit them are those 2.5 millions who loss their lives for the course of our freedom. When I see the CPA, the Government of Southern Sudan and the New Sudan Army (The SPLA) I think of those Heroes Commanders: Nashigaak Nashilluk, Peter Panhom Thanypiny, Martin Manyiel, Dawud Bellad, SPLA Comissioners and non-comissioners, Yusouf Kuao Mehki and their Commander in-chief Commander Dr John Garang De Mabior who shot his last shot with his blood for the sake of the CPA.

        Let me apologies to the families and relatives of those Heroes I have mentioned by names for either wrong spelling of their love ones’s names or other inconveniens.

        Long Live inclusiveness, Long Live our apologetic leaders and long Live New Sudan or Nile Republic!!

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        • 26 April 2008 17:28, by Nyambur

          Kong,
          Thanks you for being such a critical reader and an articulate researcher. I personally count you as keen enough at boldly and substantiately pointing out the irrelevancy and incompatibility of Philip Mach’s writing.
          On agreeing with you , I must state candidly that this is not the first irresponsible article ever posted but, that there have been a couple of them.
          Whereas I concur with Gordon that in the GOSS ther is no SAINT, it is also very true some of the contributors to this site are individuals evily possessed with deep-seated grudges against other communities. You were very right at asking Mr. Mach how the issue of Murle’s alledged abduction and the fictitious and flip-flop about Mundari cattle raiding relate to the title of his article. These guys are just mere quacks seeikg stupid recognition through the media, not their claim is something to go by. That is why I, too, agree with James James’s discontent that in essence there is nothing like Murle or Mundari but Lazy fellows from within among the Bor society wearing Murle or Mundari attire to pose and befit the accused tribes’s description sort of nature.
          The best way is to responsibly and unreservedly challenge this sinister and ashame the devil behind it. Since when did the Mundari become rustlers? Why would the Mundari raid only Bor but not say, Lokoro, Murle, Bari, Nyangwara, Muro, Yirol Dinka or Aliab? You see, every good reader will automatically know that some writers are very just trying by whatever means to vilify other communities as the cause of instability in the South yet it is pretty known who the elements are.

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          • 27 April 2008 06:45, by Mr Famous Big_Logics_Boy

            DEAR ALL,
            A RUBBISH BIN COULD LOOK SO CLEAN AND TIDY BUT STILL IT REMAIN A RUBBISH BIN WHERE WASTES ARE KEPT AND DISCOMPOSED.

            I MEAN THAT DR RIAK MACHAR/DR RUBBISH BIN REMAIN WHAT HE IS EVEN IF HE IS DRESSED UP WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES AND WORDS.

            I THINK THE DEBATEES MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND THE SARCASTIC LANGUAGE OF THE ARTICLE AUTHOR WHY HE CALL HIM DR RIAK BEFORE INVOLVING IN THE DEBATE.
            THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE DO AGREE WITH ME GIVEN HIS TITLE OF DR RIAK MEANING DR DESTROYER IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE.

            WELL I DEFEND ON HOW ANYONE VIEW THE SITUATION AND WHERE YOU VIEW IT.
            But the history will judge not words.

            MR LOGICS.

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            • 27 April 2008 14:05, by Gatwech

              Full Version: Facts About Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhurgon

              http://www.gurtong. com/forums/ lofiversion/ index.php/ t1863.html

              Dear brothers and sisters,

              I am well aware that this discussion board is infested with Colonel Garang’s disciples who will never appreciate the great contributions of other respected leaders, other than their Bor clan chief, Colonel Garang. They have been campaigning negatively against prominent and respected leaders like Cdr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, Cdr. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and Cdr. James Wani Igga, but to little success.

              First of all, I want to help the readers how to spell the name of a particular leader, the meaning of his name and some of his great contributions in the course of the struggle of the people of Southern Sudan for their freedom.

              RIEK Machar Teny-Dhurgon, not RIAK Machar: According to many elders from the Nuer ethnic group that I have consulted to confirm the spelling and the meanings of his name, below are the facts:

              1. Riek - means ’shrine’ or ’pillar’ in Nuer language/dialect, while Riak is a Dinka name, like when you say ’pan da ci riak’. This is a differ thing all together.

              2. Machar - means black bull in both Nuer and Dinka dialects, (could this be a symbol of our BLACK NATION?)

              3. Teny-Dhurgon - or Teny with Dhurgon, according to the Nuer elders, is a nickname given to Dr. Riek’s grandfather by the Nuer prophet called Ngundeng Bong, who lived and prophesised the current events in the Sudan more than 100 years or a century ago (read the book entitled: ’Nuer Prophets’.

              Those are the facts about his name for those who need some help in spelling his name correctly.

              Coming to his great contributions in the struggle for the rights and the freedom of our people, I want to mention a few of them, that relate to the good governance and the rights of our people.

              1. After several attempts to convince Colonel Garang after the inception of the Movement to well re-organize the SPLM/A, with a clear objective and functional structures, he led a historic Nasir Declaration in 1991, under its slogan ’A Creeping Revolution’, which has led to the present changes in the whole Movement, thus opening the eyes of the other leaders to see clearly what went wrong with the Movement.

              2. For the first time, Dr. Riek Machar boldly brought forward self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan as the objective for the struggle and a genuine reason to sacrifice up to two million lives.

              3. Dr. Riek Machar condemned the gross human rights abuses in Colonel Garang’s mis-management or mis-rule, of course, of the Movement, and called for respect for human rights through out the liberated areas and beyond.

              4. He called for democratisation of the Movement, thus re-structuring, properly of course, of the Movement’s then dictatorial structures and to reverse the complete lack of transparency and accountability, which was the order of the day in the old SPLM/A. Colonel Garang responded to his call indirectly in the so-called First SPLM/A Convention in Chukudum in 1994. His response was late, though. This is why I call Dr. Riek the ’Champion of Democracy’.

              5. Dr. Riek Machar has succeeded in defusing the war in the Southern part of the country by boldly pursuing the peace programme with the government of the day right from his historic move in 1991.

              6. In 1996, for the first time ever in the history of Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar dragged the Khartoum government into accepting, constitutionally, the right of self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan, as stipulated in the Khartoum Peace Agreement and in the Sudan National Constitution of 1998. This is why I call him the ’Champion’ of self-determination’ .

              7. After signing the Khartoum Peace Agreement, paving the way for others to follow suit, where he was joined by Bahr el-Ghazal group under late Cdr. Kerubino Kwanyin Bol, and Bor Group under late Cdr. Arok Thon Arok, among other groups, a programme of peaceful resolution to the conflict has now been taken seriously and agreed upon by all political forces in the country as a healthy path to end the 21 years old conflict, despite Colonel Garang’s stance that he would never, in his life time, sign any peace agreement with the transformed NIF-led government. Colonel Garang used to say that the Khartoum government was too deformed to be reformed. Colonel Garang was and remains to be the enemy of peace and democracy. He fears peace more than war.

              8. However, when Dr. Riek couldn’t change the attitude of the Northern dominated government towards the South, by violating agreements, he boldly walked out of Khartoum in a nationalistic fashion and merged with the old SPLM/A, that he knew was responding to his ideology and objectives anyway.

              9. Only within six months after Dr. Riek signed the merger agreement with Colonel Garang on January 6, 2002, in Nairobi, in which all the outstanding issues that caused the split in 1991 were addressed and agreed upon, the new SPLM/A signed its first protocol with the same government on July 20, 2002. Now the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on the 9th January 2005 is nothing more than a revised version of the Khartoum Peace Agreement. The only major difference between the two agreements is the participation of the international community - which is still under careful scrutiny, of course, given the dangerous strategic composition of the so-called UN Peace Keeping Forces in Southern Sudan, which places Egyptian troops on the boundary with the oil producing Unity State - and some clauses Colonel Garang inserted for dictatorial purposes. Ugly ones of course. Anyway, Colonel Garang can now pronounce or say the word ’peace’ many times a day. This is why I call Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon the ’Champion of Peace’.

              The list can go on and on! Brothers and sisters, these are real facts about Dr. Riek’s great and unmeasurable contributions, excluding the his great contributions in the 80’s when the Movement was still in its infancy stage and his great leadership qualities that make him respected, even by his enemies.

              You can call these achievements any thing you like, and you are free to do so. I know it is painful sometimes for the stubborn desciples of Colonel Garang to appreciate such unique achievements. You are free to be jealous, but history will never and never remove these facts from the book of liberators. When South Sudan, or whatever name we will call it, becomes independent and sovereign nation, the people of this nation will fix the history right. The history of self-imposed or self-proclaimed leaders like Colonel Garang will be subjected to scrutiny - a fair one of course.

              Deng Deng-
              South Sudan"
              http://www.gurtong. com/forums/ lofiversion/ index.php/ t1863.html

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              • 27 April 2008 18:51, by Madhod

                Dear Gatwech, thanks for your insight about this debate. I am the one with the above article you reesponse too. I agree with some of things you mention about "the facts of Dr. Riak Machar". However, I don’t think I totally agree with the meaning of his name as you discribed it. Even though, I didn’t made any research about his name, but I think it is the oppposite to your discription. To me, Riek mean trouble or problem in Nuer, and Riak is the shrine in Nuer. In Dinka, Riak would mean: something is going bad, or has gone bad. So, Mr. Gatwech, I think we should ask Riak Machar himself to clarify for us what is name really mean, otherwise we would be confusing ourself.

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                • 28 April 2008 00:52, by Mr Famous Big_Logics_Boy

                  Mr Madhod and Gatwech,
                  Did i hear that you want Dr Riak or Dr Riek to clarify his name to both of you?
                  Do you think his mediation will succeed?
                  What if he use Nuer language to interprete as usual? Will you Madhod hear it?
                  First learn from LRA peace mediation and the 22 years of SouthSudan history.

                  Do not bother yourself to seek failure.
                  The fact is that Rubbish bin is as well useful. Isn’t it? It can help people who are wise learnt where and how to put their belongings in.
                  You may not know that Dr Riak is now participating in this debate in which a real and sound fellow can not involve unless he is summoned.
                  His history is being written on minor and spams of the webs.

                  SEE THEY ARE MISPLACING MY NAME!
                  Watch out!!!

                  Mr Logics

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                  • 28 April 2008 04:54, by Madhod

                    Dear Mr. Logics, what Dr. Riak Machar’s name has to do with LRA and the Uganda government Peace Process? Please, lets respect this website, by talking about things that are concerning us we Southern Sudanese. To me, it doesn’t matter whatever name Riak is having or could have, he will still hold the same principle, personality, and dignity he has over the people he dearly loves to serve. He is a man of principles and goal oriented, that is why he would never give up to achieve what he is committed to.

                    The truth is that; peace in Uganda mean good news to South Sudan, and the same things goes to Uganda too. Any stability in both countries is beneficial to both country my friend.

                    So, leave the man alone and let him do what the people of South Sudan, Uganda, and others NGOS entrust him to do.

                    Kong Dual

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                    • 28 April 2008 05:14, by Mr Famous Big_Logics_Boy

                      Mr Kong Dual??
                      Your name of Madhod and message language are so embarassing!
                      Are you really Madhod? well your name of madhod is self-explanatory and may interpret your language.
                      Your name and message is just water and oil mixture.
                      Can you respect the website?

                      Leave riek to Southerners or else you are ruining him further!!!!

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      • 28 April 2008 21:54, by Majak-da

        Who can not group Gordon Lam, Gatwech, Liais or lair, Kong Dual or Mathod and other "foolish majority" with a dog family?

        - It is because of loyalty that dog follow it owner in rain. Like dog; this group is following Riek Tueny despite his natural weaknesses. Shame on the dog family!

        - A dog eats its own vomit. Like dog; Mr. Kong Dual comment on his article. What a mess!

        - A dog first take-off when thrown a dry meat only to return on recognizing it. Like dog; this group of people, praising Riek after his multiples failures - only to return on sensing "meat" in the South - the CPA that Omar’s government aggreed on realizing a suceeding SPLA compaigns.

        - Without Riek No CPA

        The mother army SPLA that - played a game to win, without substitution or a rest period or taking refuge to Khartuom the way Riek did, are the role model behind CPA. NOT RIEK; as you - the foolish majority; put. Who told you Omar respect shy, greedy and "eating champion" in any discussion? War or food?

        International and national heros

        Depending on source, Riek can be a person of intergrity in your residence but Southern Sudan as you exhausted on the website is squeezing horse in the eye of needle! But Dr. Garang has a self explanatory celebrity. How can you compare the two extremes of life - Hot and cold? Why kill yourselves young - foolish majority. Time is not reapen yet for Sudan’s judgement, who told you to go to America, Mr. Kong Dual and waste a lot of time on depending Riek than concentrating of eating sugar - you missed while straving during Riek ’quarter-time’ play in the SPLA war (if at all you might have heard of or he did)?

        - Arok Thon died in 1998. Riek’s Khartuom aggreement in 1998. How do the two match all together Kong Dual? Your attack against Mabior Philip is unreasonable. I thought people of your nature have changed having moved too far - up to America. but like dog, the remain who they are - a dog remain a dog whether it heads a state or vice. That is the only mistake SPLM has ever committed - to award outfits with high positions.

        My fear is your narrow mindness to comprehend that you belong to dog family. (This a sceintific classification based on adquate findings - just admit your relatives - the dogs).

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        • 29 April 2008 04:47, by Tito Palson

          You are allowed to write stupid stuff like this online because you know you will stick to the eleventh commandment which says, "I will never be found". That is your only courage to write like this because you got no balls to talk like you write in person.

          Being so abusive in your writing be-little you in front of your fellow citizens. Shame on you and all you got will never ever materialise.

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  • 29 April 2008 00:12, by Maganydam

    Peep here: Future liberators

    A true Liberator is a person whose history (past) is a vital prerequisite for development; “He, who controls the past, controls the future and he who controls the future controls the present.”

    True Liberators include: American President Lincoln,
    Who freed slaves, British Prime minister Winston Churchill who led a nation standing alone against the greatest evil of Nazi racism in the 20th century and Nelson Mandela who fought apartheid: a man whose belief in the future was so powerful than not even 27 years behind bars and barbed wire could destroy his dream and his demand-that-by fighting
    apartheid from his prison cell, millions today could be free.

    A liberator is a Nationalist who always chooses reconciliation over revenge, leads a country away from dictatorship, free from massacre/genocide and a multi-racial democracy.

    Riek becoming the future president of Southern Sudan is like squeezing water out of stone, I swear!

    Riek Machar should now remind himself that, “No injustice can last for ever”. If justice would prevail, Riek (EMMA, as his role model in Emma’s war) must be answerable to National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
    Learn a lot please!

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    • 29 April 2008 03:12, by Ladu

      "In war of words or brains, the fools spears themselves with their own words". How long will you be spoonfed Nuer? Accept the nature and learn!

      Let’s take this debate to Dr Riak Machar for his signature.

      Ladu

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      • 29 April 2008 13:28, by mack waweru

        Dear all participants and citizens of South Sudan, it will do us no good to revisit that messy part history of our struggle.I disagree with the author of this article. Blaming Dr. Riek for the events of 1993, and others is abomination and people who inspire and delight in issues that breed contempts and insurrections are all enemies of South Sudan.

        The author should produce any evident that implicate Dr.Riek as the perpetrator of 1993, massacre in Bor. Although what happened was morally and humanely wrong, one cannot blindly blame the Leader of the people.
        Dr. Riek’s intention in 1991, to split from SPLM/A mainstream was not to fight the Dinka,butLiberation of South Sudan instead of whole Sudan. Unfurnately, for unforseen occurences, bloody individuals among Nuers took that opportunity to avenge themselves on Dinka Bor because since before our struggle starts there was tribal conflict and animosities between the two tribes. All of us including Dr.Riek regret that incident and condemned it.
        So brothers, South Sudan does not belong to Dinka and Nuer. All tribes have paid the same price from SPLA/M, Torit faction, Naser Faction, Nyuon faction, Kerubiono faction,other Southern militias, Arabs Army, and LRA. NO one is to blame for all these. All these happened as a main of achieving our freedom and let us put it that always civilians in any war pay the ultimate price.

        Let’s acknowledge as educated people who will bring about changes for the better future and coexistent for our young nation, that something went wrong among our leadreship and neither is to blame, whether alive or dead. If they were all alive, we could have right to ask them what actually happened.
        We only have Salva and Riek and if we ask them now, they may deny that those dead four senior leaders, Dr. John, General Kerubino, General William and Brigadier Arok Thon Arok are to blame and will anyone among you stand to defend them? Let’s use our past for great gains we managed to achieve and not scratch the wounds.
        I myself is Dinka, but my tribe cannot blind me for what can benefit all of us in South Sudan. Let us thank God that we have accessed some education and knowledge, but let us use them for common good for all rather than engage in violent rehtoric.
        What happened to us during the sruggle, whether it was good or bad, it was destined so and if one can read the Bible or contemplate on the words of NGUNDEEG, you will appreciate that brothers. Dr.Riek, Salva and Wani Igga are the people who will led to the promised land, the independent South Sudan. God has set that course and no human can reverse it. So stop your destructive language when discussing. Let us use the webs to discuss how we can utilise our knowledge and know how to improve lives in the South.

        Mack Awer Riak Deng. mackawer@yahoo.com
        Cairo-Egypt

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      • 29 April 2008 13:53, by alfredgatot

        YOU ARE SURELY ENTITLE TO WHAT EVER SHITS THAT YOUR THINKLESS BRAIN COULD THINK ABOUT,BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY MAY BE OF IMPORTANT HELP WHO KNOWS,BUT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE ALWAYS CATASTROPIC FOR BLIND AND DIVISIVE VIEW SUCH AS DISPLAYED BY LOGIC’S COMMENT.
        I DON’T THINK ANY ONE WHOSE ATTITUDE APPEAR NEGATIVE DESERVE ANY ATTENTION AT ALL,THAT IS WHAT I ALWAYS FEEL ABOUT NONSENSE THROWN IN HERE ON THE BOARD BY THESE MANIACS,WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE IS CAUSING CHAOS BY TRYING TO DEEPEN DIFFERENCES BASED ON IDEOLOGY,ETHENIC RIVALRY OR EVEN CREATE SOME.
        LOGIC AND YOUR FRIENDS,MY ADVICE TO YOU SHOULD BE THAT APPEARING CONTROVERSAL IS NOT GOING TO HELP BOOST ANY THING THAT YOU SHOULD BE AIMING AT,BUT INSTEAD WEAKEN YOU TO THE POST OF BEING AGENTS FOR THE NAGETIVE FORCES WHICH IAM AFFRAID YOU DON’T WANT TO BE JUDGING FROM YOUR NAMES OR ELSE YOU HAVE GOT NO EXPLAINATION FOR HOLDING THAT NAME.

        ANYWAY AS I SAID EARLIER ON BEING ANTI-MACHAR IS NOT THAT BAD AT ALL,IT SHOULD BE SEEN IN DIFFERENT LIGHT THOUGH I.E IT’S CONSTRUCTIVENESS,THIS MAY SEEM IRONIC AS IT MIGHT LOOK,BUT WITH EVERY BIT OF OPPOSITION IT IS KNOWN THAT REFORMS AND CHANGES ARE MADE WHICH HELP IN THE COURSE THAT PERSON,PEOPLE MAY BE PERSUEING. IN THIS CASE RIEK MACHAR WHO IS ALWAYS PUT IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR REASON OF NAGETIVITY IS SOME ONE SO ESPACIALISED,ICONISED AND IDOLISED BY HIS SUPPOSEDLY ANTI-FORCES IN THEIR CRITISM OF HIS CHARACTER,AND THIS THEY DO UNKNOWINGLY.
        RIEK MACHAR IS OUR LEADER FOR NOW LAST ACCEPT THIS BASIC FACT AND YOU WON’T SUBSTITUDE HIM FOR ANY BODY,HE IS FIT IN HIS TIME AND SPACE IF ANY THING THAT RIEK DESERVE NOW FROM ANY REASONING SOUTHERNER IS SUPPORT AND RECOGINITION OF HIS TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR.
        MR.LOGIC UNDERSTAND THAT I DIDN’T WRITE BECAUSE YOU ATTRACTED MY ATTENTION BUT I JUST FEEL THE NEED TO PUT MY ADVICE ACCROSS TO THIS SEEMINGLY CONFUSED DEBATE ABOUT THE PERSONALITY OF MACHAR WHICH I MUST SAY IS NOT SATIAFACTORY ENOUGH TO REFORM THE LIKE OF YOU.
        NOTE,I MAY NOT RESPONSE TO ANY PERSONAL COMMENT THAT MAY COME UP AS RESULT OF MY WRITING BECUASE IT IS NOT MY NATURE TO ARGUE IN UNSUBSTANCE MATTER SUCH AS THIS ONE.

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