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Machar asks South Sudan rebels to lay down arms ahead of referendum


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

November 22, 2010 (BENTIU) - The Vice president of the government Southern Sudan, Riek Machar Teny, has urged all eligible voters to get register for the upcoming referendum on the possible independence of South Sudan.

Machar said the vote each one person would not just be for them but for future generations of southern Sudanese.

In January the south will vote on whether it wants to split from the north as part of a 2005 peace deal that ended over two decades of war between north and south.

Vice President Machar called upon the sons and daughters of unity State to come together and fights for the secession of an independent of South Sudan, leaving behind the grievances of last April general elections results.

Angelina Teny – Machar’s wife – failed to win the governorship of Unity state in the elections losing to the official candidate from south Sudan’s ruling part the SPLM.

After the acrimonious vote, Gatluak Gai, began a rebellion in Unity state, which it has been reported the Government of Southern Sudan was backed by Teny.

A report by the Small Arms Survey say that: ‘While Gatluak and his forces have not launched fresh attacks in Unity since June 2010, the area of the state where he initially operated continues to be insecure and the situation will likely remain unstable in the run-up to the referendum.’

On his visit Machar warned those who had carry out attacks in Koch county to surrenders their arms and begin a fresh relationship with the state government so as to conducts a smoothly registration process.

While speaking during the occasion in Naivasha freedom square Teny called upon all state citizens to forget the results of April elections and asked her supporters to reunited with state government to face the challenges of the referendum and possible independence.

Machar said, the citizens of Unity state must register and choose how to vote wisely.

Unity state Governor Taban Deng Gai welcomed Machar’s calls to bring Southern Sudanese factions in the state together before voting begins on January 9, 2011. Registration for the vote runs from November 15 to December 1.


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  • 23 November 2010 05:48, by Dengcol malual

    the act of violence will never bring us salvation or satisfactory. we need to think beyond revenge ideology and be more teleological thinkers. It is time to think about the outcome and consequences before taking any action.

    as Martin Luther King said, "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Enough but not Greed “Earth has enough for the needs of everyone but not the greed of anyone.”
    — -Gandhi

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    • 23 November 2010 06:10, by MIMAMA

      Dengcol, what is col yin liel?

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      • 23 November 2010 07:34, by T.O.

        Good move VP Machar.

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      • 4 December 2010 06:38, by Ahmed Chol


        Are you are widow or what?
        Stop writing on the web when you are drunk.

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  • 23 November 2010 09:08, by Manigeu

    You know, Riak Machar, those rebel groups have terribly missed your ’muoc rotdu’ government where everyone was kuermidit. Because this reason we need 1000 governors to lead Unity state successfully.

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  • 23 November 2010 09:51, by Dmangau

    Dr, you hav been working alot for the right of south, we in the south have known your ability to ..........., you have to continue asking them to put down the arms ahead of referdum or remained with arms but first having unity of southern in their forenhead. thanks Dr you are not nuer but man for all.

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  • 23 November 2010 15:13, by Ruach Jing

    Dr. Riek is aman of peace and this is what he was looking for and every one became to love all his proposal...so he can’t allow any one to distroy it.

    Thanks Vice president time is near we are expecting you soon.

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  • 23 November 2010 19:38, by LL Reuben

    Everyone is trying to be a governor in Unity State that’s what is bringing problem in the first place.

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