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South Sudan army vows to remove illicit firearms from civil population

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By Ngor Arol Garang

March 5, 2012 (JUBA) – The South Sudan army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has announced its readiness to conduct the ”peaceful” collection of illegal arms from the civil population across the country but primarily in Jonglei, Unity, Lakes and Warrap states; all of which have recently been subject to increased tribal conflict.

Majak D’ Agoot, South Sudan’s deputy defence minister, said the SPLA has the mandate to remove arms from the hands of the unauthorised civilian population by “all means” but is to be carried out in a “peaceful” manner.

“Arms should be left to those who are legally mandated to carry them as required by law”, Agoot told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

D’Agoot said the SPLA was determined to clean the country which is awash with firearms, in order to restore peace and stability.

“The army knows how to conduct these operations. It will be a one-time and comprehensive exercise”, Agoot said.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the South Sudan’s minister of information and broadcasting services said in a separate interview that the exercise should not be misconstrued but rather be seen as positive exercise to restore peace and stability in the country. “This exercise is going to be different. It will generate hope and optimism for a brighter future,” said Marial.

He underscored that the achievements made within the past six years by his government are incomparable to the years of Khartoum-rule which left a legacy of depleted resources, inappropriate national institutions and organisational structures that did not match the realities of the social context.

“One may posit, therefore, that there is little merit in commending the achievements of political independence without putting it into context, for political independence has led to the struggle for economic independence. The war we waged for more than 55 years was a struggle to attain an economic superpower status, for which all hands must be on deck not to kill ourselves in meaningless tribal conflict,” he stated.

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  • 6 March 2012 07:05, by Madina Tonj

    I think Murle and Nuer are the worst people in the beginning in the history of Sudan following Topposa and Dindiga. Even if the SPLA disarming them yet, they might find another guns. The government must set up a strong law and punishment to those looting property not belong to them.

    Responsibility also must be taken by those represented them to make sure they talks to them otherwise, no benefit

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    • 6 March 2012 07:44, by Ruach

      @ Madina Toung/Tonj/egg.Your comment is not true.There is no dangerous thing more than a terrorist and canival! Otherwise,ur sick bald man who died with his wrong visions taught u badly.Look the president comes from ur own village & u don’t respect the life of pple.My qualification may suit me to work in your State,but I can’t choose it,it is like working in the hell!Malual Gier-Nyang are the best

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    • 6 March 2012 07:45, by Otong

      Madina,can you please tell us which history Nuer become worst people in the history of Sudan?I think you lack knowledge from our history in the beggining of Sudan history.

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    • 7 March 2012 10:05, by South Dengjok

      u guy, u are damn and shite becoz u do not know the history what u are talking about,Nuer are very humble and Goverment lover their problem alway is from canable who are call dinka who loot the sorghum, goats and who influence other tribles to loote the cattle of Nuer like murle becoz by them self, they fear,Dinka will be dis arm first next will be Murle and don,t mess up I will fuck u.

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  • 6 March 2012 07:08, by John Bharmil

    I actually do see it that,such a significant exercise could eventually fail if it is not coupled with parliamentary legislation(s) about the ownership of guns/ firearms in S.S. otherwise,reining in the SPLA of which its personnels aren’t trusted by some locals is just a show of force to an iron.
    First make the law(s) on guns/firearms,enforce it and regulate it,and be justified to persecute.

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  • 6 March 2012 07:21, by bior angeth

    Thank to South Sudan Government once more for pursuing disarment decision; this is what we were expecting. This decision will be beneficial to all southerners. A true leader cannot sleep while his/her people are in danger. Keep up you are doing a great job.

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    • 6 March 2012 07:36, by bior angeth

      Do not forget, unethical people and the enemies of the South Sudan will object this fruitful decision, but be proud of your decision. You are doing it for the safety of all southerners and their future success.

      Who can succeed economically in destabilized country? Nobody.

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      • 6 March 2012 08:03, by Majoknok

        Bior you are right man. Guns belong to law enforcement only in a civilized society. Our people must learns to obey and abide by the law of the country. We are not arab who belief only in killing,God has deliver us out of them.

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    • 6 March 2012 07:43, by Simon Deng

      Dear Readers,
      This disarment should have been separatelly done in the country. The problem in Jongley should be started by peace between rival communities especially Dinka Bor, Lou Nuer and Murlee. Taking guns from these communities will not stop current problem because they will buy them again from Neigbouring countries or they will buy them from corrupt SPLA Generallys who are dying with anger.

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  • 6 March 2012 09:25, by Ngundeng jr

    Good job,but this should also be followed by education. We need on going inter-tribal gatherings and discussions. The idle people need something to do,taking away weopons only wont help.

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    • 6 March 2012 09:42, by viper

      Ngundeng jr ,please try to change your name if you really belief in the Nuer prophet. This name should not be displayed on this web where others will use it to develop a tribal hatred. Please change it

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  • 6 March 2012 09:58, by viper

    What I have realized in this disarmament is that, our soldiers will not collect those illegal rifles from the civil population because the government itself has made a propaganda which may send a message to those wild youths in the bush so as to hide their rifles. The disarmament should be secret so that they are not aware of it

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  • 6 March 2012 10:16, by Mila Eluzai

    Hi brothers in South Sudan,I still think politicians are only buying their posts by talking good words and in practical forms is different.D’Agoot’s comment that disarming process of civil society is the only way out.Has he forgotten that the mandated people are the ones acting unprofessionally by taking the guns given to them and shoot Innocent people unnecessarily? Take the Army for training.

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  • 6 March 2012 11:54, by siddaw

    thanks to the government of South Sudan for thinking positively, nowadays.

    let me take this little opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to DINKA DOMINATED SPLA/M and DINKA THE SOUL OF SOUTH for being so much patriotic to our lovely tribe (Dinka). names usually symbolise something hidden which can not be identified by none-Dinka. yuor names are the ones which i love from this site.

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    • 6 March 2012 12:01, by siddaw

      not just because of news but the way you Dinka from the jeolousy of other tribes. we want the other tribe how superior are as Dinka. without us, nothing could have been achieved, begining from the independant of the new born country. we gallantly fought so that the other tribes will just be eating as they are now eating like ducks.

      lets keep the fire up and thank DINKA DOMINATED SPLA/M and DINKA

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  • 6 March 2012 13:08, by Don P

    If you believe that your tribe is superior to other tribes in 2012,im sorry you cannot be helped. Try God.

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  • 6 March 2012 18:07, by Ya Habibee

    South Sudanese cannot even change their diapers,let alone changing the government in Khartoum.South Sudanese are cannibals.They eat human flesh.They say arab flesh is not sweet.

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  • 6 March 2012 19:42, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    The best way is to build schools,clinics,Admin offices in village for education. Now guns are the weapon of now a day. Murlei will remaind undisarm and come to robbed others communities Neighbours. Disarm Murlei 1, Lou 2. Murlei need to be displine first by Lou to accept peace in the state.
    Capital of Junglei need to get Move to Akobo. Madieng Bor is so hatred Town,crowded land. Akobo is the best

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    • 7 March 2012 02:16, by Kurnyel

      First removes Nuer firearms before Murles and others tribes if you GOSS want peace. Second assassinate Dr Riek Machar and Pualino Matip Nhial.Third remove James Hos Maiiiiiiii the damn and cowardice general from there the peace shall bless us for all.

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      • 7 March 2012 06:12, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Kurnyel@ you are those Jiluo murder minded.
        what would be the plot to murder those in GOSS officers?
        threatening their life;what they doing wrong now aday?. Do not tell me old dirt. Murlei are evil minded Robbers,killing,abduct people every years. Lou will not be disarm untill Murlei is disarm first. some years ago back Lou was disarm but Murlei was not. Murlei still making attacking Neighbour.

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  • 7 March 2012 06:17, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    No disarment! No disarment! for now until farther lagistilation pass. No disarment for Lou etc.

    evil Mulei will come tommorrow to kill them.
    Mijak da Agot should stop his empty words. now aday weapon are guns. everyone should protect themselves for intruders like cattles raiders.

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