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Jonglei governor calls on renegade George Athor to respond to presidential amnesty


By John Actually

September 26, 2011 (BOR) — Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang Juuk called up on the renegades, particularly his political rival George Athor Deng, to positively respond to the presidential amnesty granted during the proclamation of South Sudan independence in July 9 in Juba.

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George Athor Deng delivers first campiagns speech in Bor on March 1, 2010 (photo ST)

In his first speech as president of the independent South Sudan on 9 July Kiir offered amnesty to the different rebel groups urging them to lay down their arms and rejoin the national efforts to build the new state.

Speaking before the state assembly on Monday, Juuk said the amnesty was an opportunity for peace building among the people of the Republic of South Sudan. He further said the positive reponses from general Peter Gatdet and David Yau Yau are commendable.

Both have signed peace agreements with the government and returned to Juba recently. Yau Yau similarly to Athor rebelled in Bibor after the results of the local elections and accused the SPLM of rigging the vote.

However, Peter Gadet, who joined the SPLM after the Juba Declaration in January 2006, spoke about tribalism and nepotism. He also called for more development and equity among South Sudanese.

The governor Juuk pointed out in his speech that Athor remains adamant and refuses the presidential amnesty and the need to stop war in the newly established country.

Athor rebelled against the government of South Sudan after losing April 2010 elections in which he contested as an independent candidate for the post of governorship in Jonglei. He accused the local authorities and the SPLM of rigging the results.

Athor set up his bases in Pigi and Fangak Counties in northern Jonglei where he waged a number of attacks against the government forces before to dislodge him in February this year.

Athor’s whereabouts is unknown. However, it was rumored to be hiding in Khartoum till this month when he appeared again for the second time in greater Lou Communities, Uror and Nyirol Counties in Jonglei. Unconfirmed reports say he is re-arming the local population to fight the government forces, besides their traditional enemy, the Murle.

Local leaders estimate that Athor provided over 1000 guns to the Ayod County youth.

Besides weapons, analysts warn also against propaganda and disinformation that the rebel groups seek to disseminate across the South Sudan to mislead the local population and create a feeling of insecurity among them.

The rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement/ Army (SSDM\A) led by General Athor issues regularly statements alerting civilians to avoid such areas in the state because of military operations they intend to undertake.


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  • 27 September 2011 08:29, by George

    Athor Deng should be accepting the amnesty like the rest of rebels. Mr Athor need to know that he is encouraging crimes against the South and its citizens when supplying weapons to the civilians who are always against the other civilians like Murle and Dinka in Jonglei. This guy must understand the message clearly and if not then he will carry his own cross.

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    • 27 September 2011 13:39, by Force 1

      The person like Athor should know the only way to come to power in the modern and civilize society is to come to the people and convey your message of how you would like to change their lives to be better than what they currently have.
      You don’t need the gun to come and killed them and the same time wanting to be their leader, which sound senseless! Isn’t it?
      Accept the amnesty and come to the

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    • 27 September 2011 15:37

      I don’t the responsibility of the governor.No peace among his communities and no development,but only in Greater Bor.His position now is to accuse Nuer Civilians that they are armed by Athor to fight Murle.He is not weeping for the death of his people rather he promotes wrong statements by accussing them.Mr Kuol did you try to calm down the problems among your communities.When did you do that?

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    • 27 September 2011 18:30

      don,t compared Athor with Peter Gatdet. Athor is liberator who had found side by side with people of South Sudan during the civil war. He will not just join the Government, because Amnesty has been offered to him. He will joins the Government of Kiir when there is guines peace and grantee peace. He is not there in the bush my friends to Amry the civilain to kills themselves. He is onely employing the conterinsuregency strategy against the corrupted systems. Who army tribe to fight tribe. Example, what happened lasts two weeks in Unity State in mayendit County.

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    • 28 September 2011 04:09, by omoni Jr.

      Athor need to lay arms down and join his coleaques in juba or jonglei state.

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  • 27 September 2011 09:19, by Silver Ganni

    This is a good move by the Jonglei gorvernor, to call this reble to come back home for the seck of peace.My only advice to all this Country’s man and woman, boys and girls, don’t joint this rebellion of Athor. It’s not a wise decesion to go into the bush, to kill your own people coz you lost the position of the governor.


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    • 27 September 2011 18:00, by nuer-2

      Mr George,you are welcome back brother, let us stop killing our people.They are for us, and we are for them.
      No more war in our new sudan.

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  • 27 September 2011 09:37

    i don,t understand why Junglie Government has try her level best by accusing Great Lou COMMUNITIES by saying that Lou are supporters to George Athor and i would not agree on that propaganda in which Nyirol and Uror county youth are not really supporting Athor to fight with government and i really knew those Bor tribe have just bring in allegation to the state Government,the SPLA forces are in coun

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    • 27 September 2011 23:34, by aliny pathou

      Legitimate peace is only that Athor can take not a fake like Gatluak Gai

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  • 27 September 2011 09:53

    Athor was a distingush military leader whose his roles were acknowledged by civil populations living in his commanding zone.he is a great fighter of all time,yes i did not agree with the methodology of the amnesty given.i need the round table negotiations to be given to general Athor. a win- win solutions in return of his achievement of the past.
    By Alier42

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  • 27 September 2011 10:08, by Wen Tek

    Dear all,
    I believe we can not afford another war after 17 years of Anya Nya I war and 21 years of SPLM/A.
    May I advise George Athor and his supporters to lay down their arms and come to the table for negotiations so that their grievances are amicably addressed.We need to concentrate on reconstruction and development efforts not war.The call made by Governor Kuol should be heeded to.

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  • 27 September 2011 10:49

    Dear Jonglei State Governor

    I gave my congratulatory message to you last time because I though that,you can handle the situation of those people who are living in Jonglei in term of provision a good security to them.

    I didn’t voted for you by then but the things that Athor promised,then you also promised,so now why are you not implementing them as the leader?

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    • 27 September 2011 13:42

      Dear Brothers & Sister .

      my advised to our elder goroge Athor Deng is that we all know that Deng is good fighter durning civil war 4 21yrs .
      we all they red army .we know who is Athor Deng .
      Athor Deng ur people request to you lay down your arm and came back to your party south sudan [splm]
      Peter Gadet has came back for many time nothing did to him by splm you know very.how many time Peter Gad

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      • 27 September 2011 14:15, by Genuine Leader

        By Genuine Leader.

        Dear all south Sudanese readers.

        the big problem behind president Mayardit presidential amnesty sound more policize in first stage then sounding less political good will in second stage that is the main reason behind George Dut and others rebels leaders hesitation to accept presidential amnesty.

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      • 28 September 2011 08:43, by Majok Garang

        George Athor’s demanding conditions must be met before he could cease the armed struggle; below are the conditions:

        1. Salva Kiir must impeach Kuol Manyang from the governorship because he rigged the election intentionally.

        2. The transitional constitution of South Sudan must be repeaedl and amended democratically through public consultations. The constitution is dictatorially drafted.

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  • 27 September 2011 21:27, by joseph19

    Dear Governor, you have done a great job this time regardless of how many innocent people you have buttered during the war, which i believe you need the Attention of the ICC.
    To George Athor and the Followers, I think there are times in life where we have to accept what the majority of the people are saying, rather than the minority. This is called a Democracy.Come in peace 4 thelove of our natio

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  • 28 September 2011 08:38, by Majok Garang

    This speech from Kuol Manyang is too political and unacceptable. There is nothing like an amnesty in South Sudan. Yau and Peter Gatdet surrendered themselves involuntarily and were not issued an amnesty.

    George Athor will never succumb to a deceitful amnesty.This is not an amnesty and amnesty must be unconditional. The fact that George Athor’s conditions are not met woould not convince him.

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    • 28 September 2011 13:53, by WUNDIT

      everybody is silent why? we have been telling to comment like a mature person, i like it.

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