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Warrap governor declares public mobilisation against insecurity, economic crisis


By Julius N. Uma

April 16, 2012 (KUAJOK) - The governor of South Sudan’s Warrap state has officially directed the public to embark on a massive mobilisation to counter escalating insecurity, food and economic crises in the newly independent nation.

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Warrap State governor Nyandeng Malek addresses SPLM members at the state secretariat in Kuajok, April 14, 2012 (Uma Julius/ST)

Nyandeng Malek made these remarks on Saturday while briefing members of South Sudan’s ruling party on the resolutions of the party’s second National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting held in Juba, the South Sudan capital last month.

“Today as you know, we have challenges that need to be addressed,” Malek said, adding that “Unless we start mobilising and preparing our people now, it may be very difficult to address these challenges.”

The governor specifically cited internal and external insecurity as well as the recent austerity measures as some of the issues that require immediate redress.

South Sudan’s cabinet recently instituted strict austerity measures in the wake of the country’s shut down of oil production in January over a dispute with neighbouring Sudan over how much the nine-month-old country should pay in oil transit fees. Oil revenue previously accounted for 98% of South Sudan’s budget.

The governor, in an interview with Sudan Tribune, also denounced recent calls by the international community, including the United Nations and African Union, demanding the immediate withdrawal of South Sudan’s army (SPLA) from the oil-rich Heglig region.

The disputed area has been held by the SPLA for almost a week although unconfirmed reports say the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) have since reclaimed part of the area.

Heglig was placed outside of Abyei - another disputed area - in 2009 by an tribunal in The Hague and is internationally recognised as being part of Sudan’s South Kordofan State.

Much of the Abyei region has been occupied by SAF since May last year after a referendum due for January 2011 did not take place. Just as the SPLA claim there assault on Heglig was a response a SAF attack on Unity State, SAF say they took control of Abyei last year after one of their convoys was attacked heading north out of the area.

“When Sudan army occupied Abyei and displaced our people, the international community remained silent. Why are they now putting pressure on our forces who have the mandate to control South Sudan’s territory?” the Warrap State governor asked.

On Saturday, the youth in Warrap openly declared their intentions to embark on a voluntary mobilisation recruitment and sensitisation program as part of efforts to defend the country’s territorial integrity.

Morris Mabior, the initiative coordinator for the voluntary youth mobilisation, recruitment and sensitisation program said the one-month initiative will target all the six counties in the state. He hoped that all ‘Gelweng’ (cattle keepers) will join hands and work in collaboration with the state leadership.

Similar mobilisation campaigns to recruit young men provide supplies to the SPLA have been announced in all of South Sudan’s states that border Sudan. North of the border Khartoum has initiated its own campaign recruiting into SAF and its main paramilitary, the Popular Defence Forces (PDF), which played a large part in the fighting along the borders of the last Sudanese civil war (1983-2005).

As part of the youth drive in Warrap, 20 representatives from the South Sudan’s security forces from within the state, will make frequent trips to the counties to mobilise people in rural areas.

Sudan Tribune on Sunday witnessed two trucks full of youth in Warrap State’s Gogrial West County, apparently heading to Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, which borders Sudan’s western Darfur region. It is unclear, whether the trucks were part of the ongoing youth mobilisation campaign.

South Sudan youth, according to the 2008 housing and population census, account for nearly 70 percent of the entire population.

Governor Malek also advocated for the establishment of a media, women and youth committee, which she identified as vital tools for effective mobilisation.

“Our media is not well developed, yet they play effective roles in society today. We need to strengthen our media so that the masses are informed. In the same way, the women and youth have to be empowered if they are to help in nation building,” she emphasised.


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  • 17 April 2012 02:43, by Jijury

    It’s good Maddam to be prepared; & thanks for encouraging our youth, I hope they’ll turn your message into action.

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    • 17 April 2012 03:11, by omoni jr.

      it is hopeless to keep preaching about war every single day,we see top leaders become warmongers instead of finding the solution for this senseless conflicts,Salva Kiir need to think beyond his narrow mind,he need to consult world leaders who got at least some experiences about wars between to nations.The war between two Nations is all very expensive and costy too,so lets look for the solutions.

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      • 17 April 2012 03:26, by Joseph Makuer

        @Omoni jr

        You’re absolutely right. Remember there are no solutions when Omar al- Bashir said yesterday that there are no nogetiation with South Sudan.

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        • 17 April 2012 03:44, by omoni jr.

          Joseph Makuer,

          I do understand what you exactly you mean,Omar Bashir is one of warmongers leaders in sudan,there is No exception from here,when i really study more about the results of this war if both parties are Not reaching any agreement for peaceful solutions very soon,south sudan will be in risk for military coup,it that happens south is already gone,we will never be dreamning again.con..

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          • 17 April 2012 04:14, by zulu

            Omoni Jr.
            Do you have house, a wife, a kid or kids and thay your house is oneday burgalarized, your wife attacked as she walks home from work, your kids bullied and even you threatened, mocked stones thrown at and for the sake of peace, would walk away? Is your preaching a sincere and realistic approach to self preservation? Who is the aggressor, us? Madam, when a woman gets mad, man know that...

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            • 17 April 2012 04:18, by zulu

              it is seriouse and it deems men have become cowards in defending their territories, women and children. I know self defence means, I have the right to take every measure to preserve myself when there is a threat of life. the bombings are not a joke. today over 5000 south sudanese in darfur camps have been looted and homse burnt down. Is this ok Omon Jr?

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            • 17 April 2012 04:27, by omoni jr.

              South sudan has a full right to defend itself,so am not denying that,but lets not use excessive force beyond the international limits.About the Panthou ,we should oly claims through diplomatic way, so even right now ,our president is still remained silence and busy doing nothing instead of him contacting other world leaders,Imagin what will be consequences if the world new state is isolate

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              • 17 April 2012 05:57, by Fallensoilder

                OMONI You coward equatorian, get ready for war, defend ur land and people, there is never peace without an alright war with this Arabs. Let us mobilize and defend the nation against Arab occupation tendencies.
                SS oyeee!!
                SPLA Oyeee
                Struggle Continues!!

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              • 17 April 2012 18:02, by Ruach

                Omoni.I agree with u,but we can defend ourselves from North Sudan.Our leaders shouldn’t make war as the only option,but we must standby.We must wait and talk against agressors and even defeat them by any means.

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            • 17 April 2012 09:17, by Chok Deng

              Warrap State Oyeee,Youths Oyeee,South Sudanese Oyeee,good job!!.Kick out Fake Arabs in South Sudan lands,they deserve nothing but death and hell.

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  • 17 April 2012 03:06, by Joseph Makuer

    Great job governor Nyandeng, the war shouldn’t be the option. But at this time the war become clear to the world. SPLA had no other choice but to defends its sovareigh by mobilizing and recruit youth.

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    • 17 April 2012 08:24, by allan

      TO omoni jr if u scare please go church , we dont need ur advised in this time of war so go fuck urself some where else arab start war so we have to finished for them ,

      we have job for u too if u cant fight come cook for our soldiers it will be great help too

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