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Sudanese Christians celebrate Christmas and Salva Kiir warns against divisions

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By James Dak and Isaac Vuni

December 25, 2008 (JUBA) – Tens of thousands of Christians in Juba, the capital of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan, today, 25th December, celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by matching and singing on the streets and preaching and praying in their respective congregations.

On the Christmas Eve, the First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, congratulated the Sudanese people in general and Christians in particular for the celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ.

In the congratulatory message, President Kiir called on the Sudanese people to embrace peace and warned against those who try to divide the people of Southern Sudan based on regional and tribal lines.

Kiir called on Southern Sudanese voters to elect a right people in the coming forth general election scheduled for next year.

He also thanked Southern Sudanese Churches leaders for their support to liberation struggle d and urged them to continue supporting the southern Sudan government in the implementation of the CPA.

Anne Itto SPLM deputy secretary general for southern sector urged southerners to work to bring peace where there is conflict, unity where there is division, happiness and hopes where there is desperation.

State minister of social and religious affairs urged mothers to seriously educate and advice their children to refrain from "negers" or "dikertimelo" groups practices in Juba especially pastors children misbehaving during big occasions.

Meanwhile the host County Commissioner of Juba, Pius Subek said that GOSS has granted freedom of worship to all people and that every person in southern Sudan particularly in Juba is allowed to practice any faith including Muslims brotherhood with their collaborators from Ugandan Lubwari and Kenyan who decided to fully open their shops on Christmas morning.

Meanwhile the Catholic Archbishop, His Grace Paulion Lukudu Loro appealed to faithful Christians to refrain from evil practices and celebrate Christmas with the spirit of love and forgiveness.

The Prelate emphasized on the need to discourage of ethnical promotion within government of South Sudan and to stop land grabbing by senior officials. He also urged the government to consult with the respective communities to give them land for developmental purposes.

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) most Reverend. Daniel Deng Bul urged all political parties in Sudan to work together for implementation of democratic practices for effective development of Sudan.

The message of unity and forgiveness was also echoed by the Vice Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church of the Sudan (PCS), Rev. Paul Bol Kuel.

Preaching the Bible at the Nuer Congregation in Juba while surrounded by thousands of people, Vice Moderator General, Rev. Paul Bol Kuel, urged all the faithful to pray for the sustenance of peace in the Sudan in general and among Southern Sudanese communities in particular.

The Vice Moderator General also urged the Church to pray for the year 2009 to be peaceful and prosperous and for the safety of the armed forces and other organized forces in the South when carrying out their duties.

Rev. Paul Bol called on the residents in Juba to be clean both hygienically and spiritually.

“I urge our Sudanese people in Juba to clean this city of God, not only environmentally but also spiritually in our hearts and minds as well,” he strongly urged.

He called on political and military leaders to work for the interests of the people and to seek consultations with the Church leaders on mutual concerns whenever necessary.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Major General James Garhoth Mai, member of the Presbyterian Church of the Sudan, lauded the spirit of the Congregation and asked the Church to keep on with the preaching and promotion of peace and unity among the people of Southern Sudan.

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  • 26 December 2008 06:55, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    My thanks to church leaders not savage president of junglese who claim himself to be in charge of this country, but leaving his wild junglese to mis treat other states and tribes. Kiir your acting like a dictator, but you will never have any chance of being a dictator in South, your the first triblism man in this country. You deserve to dominate every state with your barbaric junglese. Am sick of you, please resign and let the right man take over to finish the on coming victory. Dude you will never lead South to achieve in 2009, you lack 80% of the particular skills and knowledge that is need for the specific policy of this country. The devision is from you because you have been acting blind to the entire matters in Greater Equatoria. See yourself as triblism man, last time a little fight was arised within your dinkas in Lake State, by then as a triblism you have respeond to that issue and you have settled it within 12 hours. But here in Greater Equatoria people are crying day and night, lives are been threaten by your barbaric children of dinkas including here in streets of Juba. Kiir you need to think wisely and logically, this is not a moment for military. It is time to act academically otherwise give chance to the right person rather occupying a space for nothing. A huge timber cannot be used as a bridge without a piece of metal, not just Big for nothing, lets see that little but strong.

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    • 26 December 2008 08:00, by Gatwech

      When you cry and wail the Dinka will just enjoy your cry instead of responding to address your concerns because they were subjected to inferiority complex historically and they now feel to be liberating themselves from that. They feel happy when people talk of them stealing, grabbing lands and practicing tribalism, etc. To them they think it proves that they can rule over people in the South. Unless you study their culture, you will not grasp how they interpret things. Torturing Equatorians proves manhood to them, period!!! It is like a woman torturing a man for the first time, because it brings joy to her instead of feeling the pain the man goes through. They don’t see the other side of the coin which brings their downfall.

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      • 26 December 2008 09:51, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        Well as a wise and brave move you should always send an alert, a wise man usually put his plans into steps before action. Because turning over something without a signal shows that your coward. For them they are coward, during the war most of them were in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda and even now they are stilling leaving their villages to murle and jallaba. I just call them Equatorian puppies, because they are here due to the delicious foods and clean environement which they lack to do for themselves. This cowards clan of junglese will one day surrender this region like a dog who surrendered to smell a tobbacco. Just watch out !!. I wonder why some of them dream that the city should be transfer to their state. For me i will say yes, take it, its just a title of city not a development. But believe me if this city is taken to Bor, Jungle, Tonj or whatever. there will be a mess killing in jungle state, beside this and that will be an end to have a beautiful city which attrack foreign investment in South. Who will risk their lives to live in a place with babaric and having a cruel governor. This people are just puppies who will never share a single bone as a family. They know how to liberate food infront of them (eat) not pointing a gun to a real enemy cowards, looking at some innocent Equatorians who have no guns as their enemies to abuse. arrogance Shame on you.

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        • 26 December 2008 10:40, by Charles

          Hey!
          NO,No,NO,completely NO,
          I think this time Logic and Gatweck are absolutely telling the truth.We don’t need to always condemn them,instead we should totaly condenm the leaders who are causing this harvoc amongst Southern Sudanese people.I condemn any Southern Sudanese leader who causes disunity and hatred amongst my fellow country compatriots,(the Equatorians,Dinkas,Nuers,etc ,sorry I can’t mention all the other tribes but remember you are not forgotten).May the Almighty God brings justice through his miracles to South Sudan one time so that I will atleast not be reading such e-mails from Mr.Logic and Gatweck so frequently!

          I must tell all my people of South Sudan that we are really in total error and harvoc!we need leaders who can treat the citizens equally,whether the problem is in Equatoria or in Bahar el ghazel state. Though I’m from diaspora I always keep my self updated with all the current events that are taking place in South Sudan,and its really a pity and naive for Mr.Kiir to pay death ears to the problems in the Greater Equatoria.How long does he want the problems to continue? what a hell is he doing now!!

          I wonder if this website is really designed for collecting people’s views.Why not not consider the opinions of the people who are dire need?

          I wish you all a happy x-mass and a prosperous new year.
          South Sudan Oyeeee SPLM oyeee Equatoria Oyeeeeee!

          The writer is a concerned Equatorian from Abroad and writes occasionally.

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        • 26 December 2008 21:26, by DUT DONGRIN

          merry Christmas every one back home and happy new year,
          first let me say,is there anyone that can help these two guys in any way possible to let them know Christmas is not politic ? even if you have that kinda hatre leave it behind for now.people are praying for peace and unity amongs southerns and two of you are still talking shit.if Juba was not for example a capital of south would be talking like this? some should do thing about this two guys cause i’m tied of there bullshit talk.may 2009 be a year of peace amongs our people and may GOD blessing them with love and mutual understanding.

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    • 26 December 2008 12:38, by mr x

      hi god blessing people of southeren sudan and happy x mass
      we are understanding so much that there is people who are be took to destory they unite of they south and we can not excpt that to happen.please you two guy shuold have to quite this web because we are not the childer to play with you guy in the way you are comment every day time and we knowing that you are stil our brother weather you have bein pay is not the matter and one day you will fint for what you looking for and not they of southeren sudan who commite bad things than you guy i do want to name your but every body can understand that thank so for good information that i give to you and god blessing southern sudan and happy Christmas

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      • 26 December 2008 14:31, by matur majok

        Mr Logic or whoever you called your self,stop your barbaric act, imagine people are talking of peace and unity instead, you idiotic Eguatorian is taking the irrelevancy and use your little time for doing nothing but only to insult the heart of the nation, that is to say Dinkas. my suggestion is people especially church leaders should sacrifice their time and go to your homeland, do everthing other than organising prayers for you, otherwise you may end up committing offences and at the end get curse.besides, don’t forget that dinkas are the right people to rule this nation because they fought for it and at the end should deserve the chance to excell over other tribes since you all know they are not coward like you co-arabs.infact, Logic boy, if i am not mistaken if Kiir may step down as you wish, nobody from your fake background will fill the position.it will be for the p’ple who really sacrifice their lives so far for the benefits of this nation, therefore denying chance to you great Equatoria exclusive of Wani Igga’s family who in numerous occassions fought along side Dinkas without fear aganist the Dominant Arabs (Logic boy’s uncles). don’t waste your time later to deny this fact, because they arabs used your Mum,sister, even your dad as sex objects when you were young. contributions were made out of humans weekly and you dude is trying to pretend to be the hero,nonsense we all know your background stop talking aganist Dinkas otherwise you will not enjoy this peace brought about by Dinkas you turn them into your enemies now. dear logic boy your flexibility will harvest some thing big for you Equatorians. Arabs were your masters and Dinkas and other tribes in south sudan have become again your masters.so please if you have thought of your life, then you better pull up your socks and be loyalt to masters. from there, Dinkas will sympathise and stop torturing you. remember, land in South Sudan is not divide,if so then, you will be deserted within no time. thanks. By matur Majok.

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    • 26 December 2008 15:40, by cansellor

      sorry mate!!

      Mr Logic with your partener, can you please! hault your wailing in minute and try to concentrate here.We are approached by uncertain disaster more complicated than your Dinkaphobia anxiety.penetruation of bloody Islam to new Sudan by South citizens will do more harm than the present tribalism we are facing unless we surrender and vote for an impotential unity with NIF regime. Believe this or not? Example, have a look to what was cause by a mixture of regious in Nigeria between muslims and christian. I couldn’t believe! that our fellows Africa are not yet satisfied with roles play by Islam in Africa and around the globe. What happen in 1998 in Nairobi? What advantage of Islam we have gained when we were in North rules? My advices to GOSS are to stop placating some Islamic intruders intended to stablish Islamization in New Sudan. for this reason, I think all of us learned it in history that Islam was preach by sword in the past. but now they change to different strategies. bribery, is found to be an efficient way to converte Infideles to Islam, as well as in Jihad And terrorism. And I do believe that we are not prospher enough to resist this kind of deception. If you are a politician optimistic for the future of new Sudan, The right thing for you to do is to help build the Churches and other religious that are not associate with violent. because chritianity will guide the future generation to cancells wrong ideologies . But fitting of Islam in this sensitive communities ’ll be a huge disaster that all of will regret!

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      • 29 December 2008 19:16, by william Kur Makur

        My people let us live logic to bark like the dog who does not recognised its owner.

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        • 30 December 2008 04:35, by Emo Tongun

          ’Kulu Dorin Izza-matamat Yankalip’

          Jallaba (Mundukru) tortured Junubin more than 50 years, but at the end they sign CPA. As late Dr. Garang said neither SAF nor SPLA wins this war. Southern Sudanese intelectuals knew that we can not leave out those who stands with SPLA such as Nuba Mountain, and Southern blue nile people.

          Critisms to Salva Kiir Mayardit is because People expect he would do alot of corrections to the trible promotion styl of leadership stublished by the late Garang.

          All people participate in this war, either by Gun, pen(writings), Political ralies compaign, money contributions, this is just to mentioned few,but there was so many ways South perticipate in theis war.

          Look what Kiir is doing only recycling people from position to another position, and to make it worst only one ethnic tribe in the key decision making positions while not important posts were given away. Silmilar style Jallaba did until their time come now they will test it.

          Sudan Must be taken out from Jallaba but through UNITED SOUTH inclusivity but not exclusion, trialism, nepotism, corruption.

          Bishops wanted to tell KIIR please free General Mobutu Mamur Mete, Send Dinkas IDP’s back, make decentralizatons atractive.and so on......

          Emotongun Top.

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