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Rumbek Correspondent beaten brutally by SPLA soldiers

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July 22, 2008 (RUMBEK) — Manyang Mayom, the Sudan Tribune correspondent in Rumbek, has been brutally assaulted by some Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldiers on July, 20, 2008.

The assault occurred while he was back to Rumbek from cattle camps at two kilometres from the capital of the Lakes state after covering the ongoing six month disarmament operation in the state conducted by southern Sudanese army troops.

The SPLA soldiers, who are belonging to some former militia leaders from outside the state and mostly do not speak Arabic or Dinka, stopped Manyang while he is back home during the night and asked him to get out of his car.

When the journalist who is known by the local authorities introduced him self, the soldiers immediately started to beaten him with guns without any exchange.

Late on the day after the attack, SPLA officials from Rumbek brought the journalist to Rumbek Hospital where doctors decided his referral to Khartoum for further treatment.

Manyang is the son of a SPLA soldier who scarified his live for the cause of southern Sudanese people and he is one of the first journalists working with the Sudan Tribune.

"Although this could be said to be an isolated incident, we condemns in the strongest terms such attacks on our staff members, who are doing their best to keep up with their reports about the daily implementation of peace in the country,” said Mohamed Nagi the Editor in Chief.

To put and end to decades of armed violence and cattle rustling, the Government of South Sudan has recently started a six month campaign to forcibly collect firearms from southern citizens. The forcible disarmament started in the Lakes State on July 10.

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  • 23 July 2008 04:08, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    You should be carefully in this point of incidence because in South there are three well know violence clans first dinkas follow by Murle and lastly nuer, therefore if that action was not done by a dinka man it would have been a murle or nuer. Please check out and you will find it to be truth because those three clans are most attackers in South and we already knows that they are stilling revealing their secrets from each other. But one of the major things is that we need Kiir to open his eyes with problems of insecurity in South because this is absolutely stupid act.

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    • 23 July 2008 04:51, by Abuoi Jook

      Mr logic, why don’t you take time and understand the article before you comment? it seems like you alsways put down what is in your mind rather than the content of articles.

      If you have read the article, you would have known that the author mentioned "the attackers hardly speak Dinka and Arabic" how can they be Dinkas in that matter?
      Please read before rushing on board and thanks.

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    • 23 July 2008 07:54, by Ajuong Ayany De puorgook

      Good Morning My friends Please tell Logic Boy not to say rubbish .
      SPLA are not all Dinka,Nuer or Murle.they belongs to the Southerners.So By saying these words ,i prove you to be a village idiots who does not know about South Sudan.

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    • 23 July 2008 10:04, by Bior-Makech

      You Big boy,

      You must be very careful your days must have been numbered. Where is that logic of reasoning things? you are out of mind and I hereby advise website users not to respond to whatever you are writing. I have proved you are sick in mind. It was well stated that they don’t speak Dinka nor Arabic. You always comment Rubbish comments on this web against Dinka. Please change your character otherwise you receive the outcome of it.

      View online : Rumbek Correspondent beaten brutally by spla

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    • 23 July 2008 10:08, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

      Watch out Brothers.

      Mr.infarmous logic boy is an arabs tool aimed at inciting southern Sudanese communities. The above communities whom he hete most are the same communities hated by the arabs!. We must say shame on him and his arab masters in unison.

      Be bless.

      Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism.

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    • 23 July 2008 10:27, by Reuben Ngooth

      Mr. Logic, I think you are a madwoman in a man clothing. How can you reason simply like that? I will not blame you but where you come from. You are just but an outcast to the community you come from and south Sudan at large. How can you blame the three innocent tribes of what they don’t know? The army is comprised of all citizens drawn from all corners of the country. I think if you could happen to be a soldier, you could do something worse than that. This is a great time to piece our divided communities together. My dear lacking bull, you are just but a white elephant in a Chinese market. You deserved to post an apology on this site to the three communities you had defamed. Your community might be great in the south but you are a rotten onion in a store of onion. You deserved to be a Somalia. That is were chronic tribalism is found. Or you might have been malnourished when you were a child that might have tempered with your thinking capacity. Don’t be a thorn in south Sudan. Convert and be baptized in the name of south Sudanese citizen. Or you might be a motamar el wathoni in the name of south Sudanese. There is a lot to do with you than to read from your simple words. Shame on you MR. LOST BAD. You are lost and deserved not to be a south Sudanese. Southerners are for peace MR.BAD LUCK. May the red bird of south Sudan unity struck you tonight. I’m proud of those who preach our unity in the south. Wake up you are still sleeping kleptomania

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    • 23 July 2008 16:37, by Thokidine

      Dear Mr. Subscriber,

      You must be blind in judging thing. the matter is not that they do not speak either dinka or Arabic, but as long as they felt like torturing him, they could use any means that would let them not to be recognized. take an example, a person could make him/herself deaf while s/he is not a natural deaf. at that point, how do you reactify it when you are not told that s/he is deaf or not?

      The matter is our security with in our country. we need to be stable and self independent. we have to press hard our government to take strong action on such event which afterward will scatter us all over and we all will be useless.

      I know you are a Dinka by tribe that is why you are pinning only three tribes. if we only go about spoiling one’s name, i think Dink could not be left out because they are the more corruptist as of today. they are robbing the GOSS money and other which i do not want to mention since you did not agreed with all Dinka to post this stupidest words of yours on this website

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    • 23 July 2008 17:10, by Thokidine

      Arab League is just wasting this precious time of ICC to have Bashir hanged.

      Dear ICC, this is just an advice on Sudan’s repeative history. the Arab League is now pleading that they will hand over the Darfur’s War Criminal to you. don’t accept that offer it’s a tactic of those arab who never get tried of killing innocent people and a trick to clear them before you complete the judgement of the two.

      It is a plan for them to have chance of destruction on Darfur peaple as well as CPA in the South.

      Let him go (Bashir) and see how bad it is for a person like him killing his own people that made him a king.

      enough is enough, let Bashir be hang by the ICC instead of giving him more years in the jail once captured and let all the leaders of the world watch him struggling with the rope on his neck until his last moment.

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  • 23 July 2008 07:17, by James

    Mr Logic

    I think you are just little crazy servant who work for one of the Dinka, Nuer or Murle’s commander homes assisting women with kitchen chors, and by finding tough mistreatment from those women, you have decided to talk bad about those tribes day and night at least to take out some of your frustrations away from your skiny chest. What the hell do you think your internet is going to do to us Madi watchdoctor?

    You better be busy putting your drinking tools together for the eveing negro. Go right now and get your shabby bag, bottle opener, beer mug, and your walking stick/cane & match your way to the bar before cold beer run out. Please don’t forget your dark eyes glasses because that help protect your redish drinking eyes from the public view.

    Lastly, when you plan to visit Nuer, Murle or Dinka towns, Please leave all your traditional herbs behind otherwise, those cattle keepers will gouge your drinking eyes out off the socket. And stop insulting warmanias tiny sickish pullet.

    I hope you stop and have bitter plisner.

    God bless.

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    • 23 July 2008 09:51, by Reuben Ngooth

      It’s very regretful to hear an SPLA soldiers embarked on beating the citizens they are supposed to protect. This is not only happening only in Rumbek but in many places where SPLA soldiers exists. I was almost knocked by an SPLA vehicle one day on the road while we were coming from opposite directions. The driver left his right hand side to come and almost kill me on my right side. To make the matter worse, the vehicle didn’t have a registration number. I followed the vehicle to the barrack to be told that I will be beaten if I insisted. I told the inexperience soldier whom I got that the road is not for the army alone and all the drivers in the world are governed by the road laws no matter how many guns you own. One of the two who was there told that soldier that the guy was right and the driver was supposed to observe his side on the road. How can they be threatening people with guns? Otherwise the guns nowadays are for earning money. Our brothers in the army do not know their job descriptions. They are supposed to be given job description forms. It’s not that we civil youth are fearful that’s why we are not in the army, it’s because we are building the nation on the other side. Those who beat the journalist should be brought to book. The army is also needed to be retrained because it’s full of militia and the criminals from the roads who have never seen the inside of training camps and joined the army after peace when guns were no longer killing people and were paying salaries in addition. Our army do involved itself in the duties that are rightly for police force. I have encountered two cases of problems our army while I was doing a nutrition survey in two places of southern Sudan. In the first case, a soldier arrest one of my surveyors and took him to their barrack but luckily he was taken to somebody who knew the aim of the work and released the surveyor. In the second case, I was called to the office of military intelligent and interrogated on what my team was doing. I explained it to them but in spite of this they told me that we were wrong to do the work without informing their office. I told them directly that there was no connection between us and them to aware them since we told the local government and SSRRC. They insisted but I told them to take me to their bosses but they refused because they saw at last that they were wrong. And now, I would like to tell my fellow youth to be always on their feet for their rights and to train our brothers in the army. Anyway, not all of them are inexperienced but the majority is worse.

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  • 23 July 2008 08:43, by Ahmed Chol

    Soldiers are usually given orders by some stupid high ranking people. There are a lot of stupid SPLA generals, I mean the type of Bol Madut. SPLA will never improve when these type of commanders(now generals) are torturing and killing fellow southerners.
    Anyways, there will be no room for this in Anya-nya III.

    Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III

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    • 23 July 2008 10:36, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

      "Here we have anothe illogic"

      You wish us to have this evile call war again!, you are a retarded man!. how sure are you that you are going to leads this Anya nya III ?.

      You better joins us in taming wild people the like of logic boy, Gatwech, Gatkuoth and many more instead wishing another outbreak of Any nya.

      Thinks big before posting nonsenses.

      Be bless.
      Deng Akol Agut tungduon,a man far away from tibalism.

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    • 24 July 2008 07:06, by YihHon Alewei

      Hope Chol, We will not have Anya-nya 3.

      But let’s work hard to change that hardship people are going through now.

      I agree with you somehow!

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  • 23 July 2008 08:45, by Majak-da

    Very sorry for SPLA behaviors and I hope SPLM must intervene if it’s not party to Manynag mistreatment.

    However, Rumbek leaders should not allow this to happen any longer. We need peace, freedom and coexistence. SPLA have done their great part and it is time we start a new phase; democracy and prosperity.

    Back to Illogic boy, you are frustrating readers and hopefully, Sudan Tribune will decide your fade. Believe me or not.

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    • 23 July 2008 09:24, by Wise Man

      There is no going to the future when the National army acts this way. I would love to see a chief of stuff, Mr. Oyai Deng Ajak to look carefully into this matter.

      Well, Majakda, your comments are good but Mr. Logic_Boy will never be overcome. Once he is banned by the website management committee, I believe he will open another account and so his comments will still stirr up and reach the peaks. I can’t find a lession to teach him to be a person for tomorrow. let’s all teach him! He is our BROTHER.

      Power of the People! Power to the Power.

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      • 23 July 2008 10:08, by Akec Mach

        Mr.logic,
        Why are you so jealous about dinka and they are the one who liberated you from Arab and even ugandan.with out these tribes,you could have been ugandan .

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      • 23 July 2008 10:40, by Hakuna Matata

        hi guys,

        please dont waste your precious time about scums of Logic’s type, there is a saying that goes..asiyefunzwa na mamaye atafunzwa na ulimwengu, the world will teach them one by one.

        cheers

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  • 23 July 2008 09:57, by Deng Gai

    dear southerners, when will these brutal guys know that we are in the transitional period, unlike the past in which the journalist were deal with.this is the right time in which the army will be sensitized on the role of the media and the respect to the rule of law,so that they remain as a displine army which can protect the citizen rather than doing them harm. if they contunue doing such a thing,then they will lose the mission in which the SPLA was meant for.

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  • 23 July 2008 12:23, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    I hope those who are fooling around by defending their tribes without clear points are the criminals who promote stupid things.i love my entire national of South but we own bad creatures,which is just like a good father producing bad children.

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    • 23 July 2008 13:28, by Biar-again

      Quote these Mr Logic

      "An empty vessel makes alot of noise", He who talks alot is the great liar". The traumatized/redispositioned one can be a trouble-maker. Deny these says crazy Logic.

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      • 23 July 2008 14:47, by richard opele

        Mr. Logic! can you please identify yourself? which tribe? the abuse now generalizing the whole Equatoria.Do you really have something to do in this World? if then why are you always the first to comments? Abusy person usually read only the article’s then comments on what is neccessary,but yours is: any article is good for you to comment & all rubbish.
        First of all Murle does’nt border Rumbek,or you are the hired people t0 sabotage reconstruction of southern Sudan? Your mine is full of TRIBALISM,NEPOTISM,SEGGRAGATION & you lack LOGIC you are claing+++++Sense.
        For sure you are very! very! very Idol.

        Anyway try your luck but don’t used abusive language,not all Dinkas,Murle,Bari,Anyuak Nuer,Shilluk ETC. Including your own tribe whom you don,t mentioned are bad.Few are but like you.

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  • 23 July 2008 18:19, by queen

    I would like to aware everyone that Mr. Manyang Mayom is the powerful journalist in Southern Sudan. He had been operating in Lakes state were there is serious censorship posted upon him by SPLM party. Manyang is saying the truth of which SPLM party doesn’t wanted it him to said so. Manyang is next hero to be remember in SOuthern Sudan by those young journalists growing up in Southern Sudan. He is the man of Journalistic ethnic and reasonable to write whatsoever around as wrong he saw. The SPLA are always confronting Manyang through heave payment been by opposition politicans in the state, but Manyang must overcome them. In 2003 Manyang report about the SPLM leadership wrong doing od which the SPLM current leadership in Rumbek doesn’t want Manyang to talk about. The SPLM leadership in GOSS should have take Manyang to work in GOSS for his safely live only. The Lakes state authority are most corrupts and Manyang is having all those secrete. Lakes state government fear Manyang interview over local Radio FM-98, Manyang ask strong question which are most wanted question by the listeners. I strong condemn the incident that Manyang fall upon it with stupid SPLA soldiers who are deprive with money by Lakes state weak politicians who have not good vision a head of them to do. I urge the Government of Southern Sudan to take care the right of strong journalists to be protect so that the can said right to the community. Let the GOSS encourage to train SPLA soldiers to respect journalist and to work toward CPA step in SOuthern Sudan.

    I wish strong journalist Manyang Mayom must recover and to resume his duty normally and struggle continue with him. We look the vision of Southern Sudan upon Manyang report aways not like the local journalist coward reporting system in Rumbek local Radio- FM98.

    Cheers and go head Manyang

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