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Lagu’s appointment as Presidential Advisor welcomed by SPLM-NS

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By Ngor Arol Garang

August 19, 2010 (RENK) – The appointment of the former president of the regional high executive council, Joseph Lagu Nyanga, as special advisor to President of the autonomous region of southern Sudan has been welcomed by a representative from the northern branch of the party that governs the region.

Joseph LaguThe regions President - and Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - Salva Kiir Mayardit announced his new advisors in August 18.

Lagu was the leader of the southern movement which rebelled against the central government before signing the 1972 Addis Ababa agreement. He became President of the High Executive Council of the Southern Sudanese Autonomous Regional Assembly in 1978.

Aleu Deng Jok, a member of the SPLM - Northern Sector (SPLM-NS) told Sudan Tribune that appoint Ladu as a special Advisor to the President, was one of the wise decisions President Kiir has ever taken.

“The appointment of General Lagu means a lot to us and our enemies. It is one of the best and wise decisions our president has ever taken”, said Jok.

As a long serving southern leader Jok said that there is a lot to be learned from Ladu’s experience of the 1972 peace agreement and dealing with the central government.

“I am happy about his appointment because I believe he has details of what led to the abrogation of Addis Ababa agreement which can help SPLM and the government of southern Sudan in dealing with current holdups,” in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the SPLM and the ruling National Congress Party, he said.

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  • 22 August 2010 03:14, by thieleling

    Dear Readers,

    Joseph Lagu Nyanga was a veteran politician. He was the Anya Anya I paramount leader. But south sudan Anya Nya I leadership was betrayed by William Deng Nhial’s abrupt defection to Jellaba at the time.

    Joseph Lagu Nyanga’s regional high executive council leadership was again betrayed by Abel Alier once the 1972 Addis Ababa Peace Accord was signed. Now, Kiir is dragging him into his already miserable leadership at this late hour of the CPA.

    Why at time when almost everything about the CPA is messed up by the same corrupted, worst betrayals in south sudan? Part of the reasons for the 1972( Addis Ababa agreement) abrogation was the divisions among south sudanese leadership; same like what’s going on now among south sudanese.

    This would have been the best and wise decision Kiir ever made if it was 2005, the beginning of the CPA. Kirr rarely makes best and wise leadership decisions since his accidental leadership.

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    • 22 August 2010 03:56, by Jamus

      To Thieleling,

      You are not even aware about Lagu’s 1972 politics out of ignorant.You don’t know about the divisionist politics that led to the demise of Addis Ababa greement.He champion the division of South Sudan into three regions of Bhar el Ghazal,Upper Nile and Equatoria.This idea was supported by Numeiry because he knew that, a divided South will be of political insignificant to him.He set the equatorian againts people from upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal region on a collision.People from these regions were seen as occupiers.They were subjected to worse treatment than criminals on the streets of Juba.They were harrased,stoned and even lynched.After they were forced to move to their regions,the agreement was abrogated.

      Kiir’s administration is trying very hard to unite South Sudanese.It is one of inclusive gov.in the region.He put Lagu on board,because he is conscious of his political blunders ever,by allowing South to be divided into weaker political units.He will work hard to not let this happen again.He has learned a great lesson from this mistake.Equatorian were not spared by the Jallaba when others left Juba.They were subjected to inhumane treatment.Killing and raping was the order of the day in Juba under SAF soldiers.We don’t need that thing to happened to any of us again if we are UNITED.Kiir appointed him at important time beacuse,if we are not carefull,CPA can be trashed .anytime now,he will be in a good position to advise Kiir,on the best way out

      Jamus

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      • 22 August 2010 05:14, by thieleling

        Jamus,

        Kiir ONLY cares about the best-interests of Dinka people in south sudan government today. Look at this key positions controlling the inner core system of SPLA/ GOSS in south sudan today.

        - Supreme Chief Justice (Dinka)
        - Defence (Dinka)
        - Finance (Dinka)
        - Governor of the Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) (Dinka
        - Ministry of Energy and Mining (Dinka)
        - Regional cooperation (Dinka

        Minister of Legal affairs and Constitutional Development is an important post, but can be overrided by the Supreme Court which is under the Supreme Chief Justice.

        Kiir’s tribal appointment of the ministries appointed Dinkas at the heart of all key sovereign positions. Do you call this fair and honest leadership? Does this support Kiir’s south sudan unity propaganda? NO!!

        It is always tribal with Dinkas. If it is not because of people waiting for the Referendum to take place, south sudan would have already been engulfed in major tribal war.

        People are patiently waiting for January 9, 2011. George Athor already pre-empted this through his state level rebellous. The worst is yet to come. MARK MY WORDS!!

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        • 22 August 2010 06:04, by DOOR

          Thieleling,

          I haven’t ever hear a woman like you crying so desperately.
          All those positions you mentioned were given to Dinka based on their qualification which Nuer do not have.
          Where were your people when Dinka went to school? blame yourself.

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        • 22 August 2010 06:09, by Jamus

          To Thieleling,

          Other state positions you did not mention belongs to the second largest poitical grouping,the Nuer.In defence docket,Chief of Staff post is paramount,you know who holds it.Deputy Commander in Chief is headed by Matip.The position of Vice president belongs to Naath.What else do you expect,when we have other Junubin to get posts as well.Do you want them to be shared out 50-50 between Dinka and Nuer,whatabout the rest.The posts that Dinkas currently occupy are not even 40%.It is 20%.

          Jamus

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        • 22 August 2010 06:23, by Dinka Boy

          Thieling,

          Why do you complain now, why not during the war?
          Dr Garang, Karbino , Salva, Arok,etc. Yes, i know we have brought food for any body in the South. Thanks

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        • 22 August 2010 06:50, by Achiek Alier Jr

          Thieleling,

          What you always contribute and post on this website is a gross distortion to the history of the SPLM and Dinka people in particular. Thieleling, Dinka did not do anything wrong since war time up to now, and you need to appreciate that.

          The key positions you are complaining day and night are not the only strategic positions in the Government of Southern Sudan, how about post of Vice-President, legal development and imposition, and many other positions rough-faces are currently running. Stop provoking leadership crisis.

          You do not even know that rough-faces corrupt all senior Civil Service posts right from top down the system in Goss.

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        • 22 August 2010 07:16, by makalier

          Thieling
          Please recheck the ministries you just stated. Some of those are held by Nuers and as equatorians as of now, but you are right to critised kiir because some of his appointments are unbalanced. However, you seemed to inflamble the situation by blaming kiir for any problems that is happening in southern Sudan government and I do not see your reasons for doing that. Other southern sudanese are not sleeping either. They know what is going on, but this is not a time to bark like a dog when the food is still on fire and when we are waiting to gain our independent state first. Then the really president will be elected by the people and present constitution of GOSS will be revised for the future leaders to follow. So Shut your big mouth and wait for next year.

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        • 23 August 2010 06:07, by Aduol Liet

          People like these Thieleling and Gatwech Tu will never learn.

          I don’t know why their relatives are not teaching these people, this is just become more than being a stupidly people not to mention that, you are so shameful to make such unprofound statement and most importantly the history of Southern Sudan will tell us a lots of things. There is a song from Mour Mour of the SPLA And that song was saying, for us to built Sudan, there should not be Near or Nyangat in the land of Sudan unfortunately, people like these Thieleing and Gatwech Tu are so lack in everything and their comments always supporting negative attitude.

          If you guy was not stupid enough then, you couldn’t come up with nonesenseness of dividing people at this time that, people are talking about unity of Southern Sudanese people.If you against Dinkas particular, you should first have to ask yourself before you came to cluison and attacked Dinka tribe. Ask yourself how did that peace agreement reach us.? Who are they people left to follow SPLA/SPLM Movement especially during the Nasir defection in 1991.? Do you think taking side to support your tribe only will benefit Southern Sudan if found tomorrow as a nation.?

          We have tried everything in the past and it didn’t work so we need to try something different a part from the tribalism Idiot. I wish most of the Neurs politicians would agree with me that, there has never been someone from Neuer being appointed as a VP, under our dominators rule of Arab Northern Sudan, but thank God the Dinka leader in the SPLA/SPLM Movement had put late William Nyuon Bany in the third position and now the real Nyugat has got VP, this is a historic that has never happen in Sudan’s history. Instead of congrulated the Dinka particular the one that has been in the leadership now under the SPLA/SPLM Then, you come up with unnecessarily that are not needed.

          Let us preaching unity of all Southern Sudanese people and we should be positive whoever, get president, VP, Secretary general, Speaker of the House, chief of the staff it does not matter but what matter most is the word Southern Sudanese and unity are they top of all everything in the mind of the good people. The wrong list which you brought up was partially correct otherwise, you should names all Southern Sudan ruling party in order for you to determine your tribalism, but you fail to do that, so I don’t see any reason to wast my time for nothing. Supporting tribe will not benefit Southern Sudan, but destruction from the development so I beg you to seek advise because you guys are very wrong.

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        • 23 August 2010 11:09, by Aparana

          Also;

          Minister of interal Affairs (Dinka)
          Police inspector general and his deputy(Dinka)
          Director of Military Intelligence MI (Dinka)
          Deputy Director of NISS whose boss is an arab (Dinka)
          Juba Aiport director(Dinka)
          Custom duties director (Dinka)
          and the list goes on.....Dinka... Dinka...

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        • 23 August 2010 12:56, by Mawa Alson

          You have really mentioned what has made all non Dinka south sudanese grieved. This untold domination is not different from what the arabs did in the 1950s before indeependence and is the practice that set the sudan ablass up to now. the same senario will not fail to happen in south sudan.

          any thing good in South sudan Dinkas thing it is only them who deserves. there is time to come for us never to tolerate this untold domination.

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      • 23 August 2010 11:11, by Aparana

        Also;

        Minister of interal Affairs (Dinka)
        Police inspector general and his deputy(Dinka)
        Director of Military Intelligence MI (Dinka)
        Deputy Director of NISS whose boss is an arab (Dinka)
        Juba Aiport director(Dinka)
        Custom duties director (Dinka)
        and the list goes on.....Dinka... Dinka

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    • 22 August 2010 04:32, by maumau

      Most people did not understand Lagu very well during Anyanya 1. It was only Nuers, Shilluk and Equatorians who understood him, the rest fought alongside Khartoum. If people had to understand him like we did to Dr. Garang of SPLM from1983, we could be having a stable government by now. He is welcome back in politics. MAUMAU

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      • 22 August 2010 07:30, by Dinka Boy

        MauMau,

        We can not support self-centered individual who has no vision for all the sudanese. He was only to secure his live in khartoum and between UK. How can some one become the advisor of enemy and become against his people. This is my first time of seeing the picture of Lago. We know who are the men and women in the South. SPLM/A oyee

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        • 22 August 2010 13:57, by emmanuel adol

          i think whatever you are saying is not logical in real sense if general lagu was a self center he would have not grand Dr garang p.h.d scholarship ,he would have not remain in the army for six years to trained is junior officials whom many of them were the founders of Splm/a including our current president general salva kiir i would suggest that general lagu is the ethic of struggle revolution in south sudan, i know what you want to say but does it provide solutions to our problems if we go back to the history of anya anya how were they before we should talk about yesterday and even yesterday there is no part of south that has not contribute during the struggle .

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          • 23 August 2010 23:11, by Machingela gai

            Emmanuel Adol,

            I don’t have any bad feeling about Lagu, but I wanted you to know that Garang’s education in abroad was not through Lagu.

            Garang’s education in Tanzania came first through William Deng Nhial when the Any-anya I base center was in Uganda, and by that time Mr. Lagu was still in military collage learning some art skills before he was ordianed to take over. Garang was a good boy to Dengdit and that was the first milestone for him to get that chance.

            After his return from Tanzania, Garang had no chance to persue his higher education abroad due to districts’ appointments. The one selected then from Bor district is by name Majok Ayuen Kur who later shared a plane with Garang and others to America, when Garang was backed up and helped by Gangdit Mathok Gang; the father of Salva Mathok Gang in SPLM/A.

            He knew Garang through others, and he had one reason to convince others too that districts’ selections will let them miss good ones and select wrong ones instead. He argued his district to let Garang go regardless of who was then appointed in their district at that time. Wau district gave Garang green light signal to America for his education. How about that?

            Where is Lagu now in the big picture of Garang’s education?

            Absolutely no!!!

            Any-anya I credit is a special credit that does not need another weak support to be added on so that Lagu will look geart. No! We Respect him through that and what he had done during his prime time for our South, but not through other non credit to him.

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  • 22 August 2010 06:19, by Dinka Boy

    Dear South Sudanese,

    We welcome Joseph Lagu to SPLM/A because he contribution in the NCP as Bashier adviser has been the benefit of Jallaba for years. I hope he will distant himself from NCP support because SPLM/A had liberated the South Sudan,so this time is the time for anybody who fought or never fought. SPLM/A oyee.
    Thanks

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    • 22 August 2010 09:12, by maumau

      Yeah even Abel Alier should now come back to work for the benefit of South Sudan. His time of staying close to Al Beshir and betraying us is now over. MAUMAU

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    • 22 August 2010 15:59, by Paul Ongee

      Thieleng,

      We got to be thankful for the freedom of expression accorded to us in the 21st century. It’s good that we can learn a lot from each other’s positive/negative point of view about important issues facing us Southerners in particular. We share different experiences. For any reason, my own mistakes is obviously seen clearly by a different person and vice versa. One can, in most cases, say or write something positive or negative about an intellectual, leadership or fellow comrades without proving his perspective.

      Constructive criticism while making consistent contributions to our struggle is welcome but "thinking along tribal line" as you pointed out in your comment on the appointments of certain individuals is completely baseless. Your writing suggests careful analysis between democracy versus quantity. Democracy is good but we’re not interested in numbers but quality, academic credentials, experience and positive contributions to the just cause of our struggle to attain our freedom from the Islamic-based government in Khartoum.

      If you look at the people working in different respective ministries, you can’t find that it’s dominated by Dinkas, Nuer or a particular tribe on your mind. All of us are tools with different qualifications and experiences appointed or elected after last April elections with the aim of achieving our ultimate goal of freedom and human dignity in our own land. Tools cannot and will never be democratized during war whether political or physical one. Do we need equal number of people from all tribes in Southern Sudan to face our common enemy or whoever capable but volunteered to get the job done? I think you can define democracy correctly.

      But the real definition of democracy involves incredible intellectual ability and visionary leadership. The pre-Kokora thinking orchestrated by Khartoum in 1983 to "divide and rule" and eventually abrogated AAA of 1972 is not working anymore in our trying moment of achieving "freedom in a united Southern Sudan."

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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      • 23 August 2010 06:58, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        To Thielilling

        Jieng are majority formers SPLA/M who are acting as GOSS now. Also in the Khartuom Government too they have nore minister than Nuer. It is the matter of education,those who were staying in SPLA/M since are the people running the majority. But many Nuer are rejoin now are suspecious to SPLA due old away conflict fighting against. Nuer can not compare themselves with in south.

        It needs long time studying to compare with dinka. Dinka have more qualify than Nuer before and population too. If they have skills now and works for the future state will have some ministers,the matter is skills.

        shut your tribalist Ideaology, if you are educated man. I do not see different between Nuer and Dinka as Door(nyamnyam of juba say) please be civilized person. Education can help with all those pain or injustic you see,and you are feeling now and others too.

        Tone of liberator

        Nguetbuny

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        • 23 August 2010 11:12, by Aparana

          Also;

          Minister of interal Affairs (Dinka)
          Police inspector general and his deputy(Dinka)
          Director of Military Intelligence MI (Dinka)
          Deputy Director of NISS whose boss is an arab (Dinka)
          Juba Aiport director(Dinka)
          Custom duties director (Dinka)
          and the list goes on.....Dinka... Dinka

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  • 23 August 2010 21:35, by Richie

    Don’t bring this topic of Dinka up you morons. We all know what is going on and after referendum, we will clean up the mess. Let us patiently wait for the referendum to complete then we addressed our leadership problems. We are still fighting the BIG FISH (Arabs) in the north.

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