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Unity State’s Leer County Commissioner denies corruption claims

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July 27, 2012 (LEER, Unity state) - Leer County Commissioner, Stephen Taker Riak Dong, last week dismissed allegations of corruption against his leadership, made by former commissioner, Franco Duoth Diu.

Dong told Sudan Tribune on Friday that “Diu is a great threat to the stability of Leer County”.

Dong denied the recent allegation that his government confiscated huge areas of land from people of Leer county to build a hotel. However, he failed to show relevant land documents to Sudan Tribune.

He said that his appointment was a decision made by the governor of Unity State Taban Deng Gai.

He accused the former commissioner of lacking faith in the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and rebelling against it after the April 2010 election grievances.

“I’m honest, respected, popular” asserted Dong.

The commissioner claims those who recently demonstrated in the state headquarters are relatives of the former commissioner, who will not succeed in disrupting the state’s affairs.

Diu told Sudan Tribune on Friday that demonstrators were not his relatives and that the state speaker, Simon Maguek Gai, had recommended Dong for the position for personal reasons.

In 2005 after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended the Sudanese civil war there was an interim period semi-autonomous government formed in Southern Sudan.

It was not until 2010, when the Sudanese general election took place, that people were elected according to their constituencies. The Unity State speaker has denied that he held a seat for the commissioner in the assembly, but claims that he was an official candidate in the 2010 election for the Guat constituency 23 in Leer county.

“How can I share my constituency seat with commissioner and I competed with 14 candidates in 2010 election with different political parties, including independent candidates in the state?”, Gai asked. He denied Diu’s claims.

He added that his appointment to the position of county commissioner came after a series of consultation meetings conducted in 2010 by the SPLM Liberation Council, County Local council, Leer County community through 16 paramount chiefs and Leer Member of parliament and Adok intellectuals.

“The following were recommended to be post-holders in the state government including the late John Buoth Puok for Minister, Mr. Kuong Thor Maker for advisor, Mr. Gabriel Doh Liah for independent commission and Stephen Taker Riak Dong for commissioner which was handed to Unity governor for recognition and endorsement as approved by the State legislative Assembly speaker Simon Maguek Gai”, explained Dong.

Diu was removed from his position because he was among those supporting groups led by George Athor and Gatluak Gai who were rebelling against the government.

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  • 28 July 2012 07:48, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Mr. Taker
    Take care, SPLM party isn’t wanted in unity state, these peoples they will try every possible means to assassinate you. I’m feed up of these types of human being, confusion everywhere; even most of their students who failed to passed examination of form four (4) want to enter universities by force not by brains, I won’t be in peace with them if they don’t change

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    • 28 July 2012 09:02, by Jeti

      Alfredo,

      Tell your mum to stop confusing you here and there. Going out with this man, that man has really affected your reasoning.

      You’re mentally disturbed!! Who told you SPLM is not needed in Unity state.
      The main politician of Unity state is none other than Dr. Defector ’Riek Machar’s SSIM died some decades ago and is an SPLM member.

      Please stop your kitchen assumptions!

      Fangak county

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    • 28 July 2012 09:24, by CHUOLJBOL

      Dear Alfredo let me assure you, SPLM Is not a South Sudan that can denies some tribes. it’s an individual interest to joint it or to leave it....if you say like this who liberate this country apart from nuer tribe? how many nyamnyam contributed during gurila (struggling) two decade back? what you say don,t make sense to all educated human being in South Sudan...

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      • 28 July 2012 18:25, by panom lualbil

        HEY GUYS !

        Here he go nyamnyam stabber saying splm is not ’S Sudan’ but party of individual with interest to join it or leave it. It sounded funny fucky but anyway, your flip plop here wont grant you life this second time from splm except you hide your identity. Which mean you enslave yourself if you really won but not led.

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        • 28 July 2012 19:07, by panom lualbil

          HEY, DR. LIVING DEAD!

          Quit talking in darkness and bring it to splm, if you’re man enough. You’re coward who initiated tribalism bcoz you fear to fight arabs. You’re also a greedy who was bribed by BASHIER to massacre fellow Bor’s civilians& stole their animals, properties plus public’s funds that sum up to $360B declared by SSACC. You’re amnesty culprit who just joined splm as of cpa.

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          • 28 July 2012 19:30, by panom lualbil

            HEY,DR. NYAMNYAM?

            Remember your nasty apology to dinka bor was accepted ONLY to live and have enough grocery but not what you will do to help this country. Becoz of you, your ppl wont leave your loyalty ppl alone. Of course, it began early with MR.Deng Athuai of ssacc and it continued to those of you who committed to splm.

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  • 28 July 2012 10:41, by Alfredo christiani

    Chuol & Jeti
    Frankly speaking your fathers recorded a very bad history to entire Nuer communities during the struggles. Dr Garang integrated you in 2002 and says to the world that I will forgive them but history will remain unforgettable. Shame and Shame on you fools I don’t want to waste my time with traitors.Hahahahaha Alfredo Christiani man of vision and objectives not like SSIM. Enjoy the fru

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    • 28 July 2012 11:05, by J P Puok

      I always have low opnion on pple who write because of seek of writting, like Alfredo or whoever he is, not because I have grudges with him but the way they always killed their points under the water becfore germination. Speaking of Nuer being so and so who will your Take Riak the subject of this discussion be ? My friend, hating a group of pple can hurt your friends among them hoping that you

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      • 28 July 2012 11:11, by J P Puok

        cont. If I had a problem with an individual in a certain community say a small tribe like Ndogo in western BGZL, I will not generalised them for one person.
        Afterall what mind this idiot if a certain community had presented their grievances to their governor who valued it and promised an action to it according to the law. curse on you slave of our ancesters !!!1

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  • 28 July 2012 11:31, by Alfredo christiani

    JP PUOK Why I hated you guys,
    In 1991 Majority of Nuer went to Khartoum and joined hands with ARABS to fight southerners of which many black peoples died on both side for the sack of food and money only. SPLA were about to liberate the whole SAF Garrison in the south by force but you failed SPLA by attacking them behind. You weakened the SPLA from total liberation of the country until UNSC inter

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  • 28 July 2012 11:35, by Alfredo christiani

    UNSC interfered to mediate peace talk with NCP. After peace .you pretended to be the ones who achieved this freedom, while the world is aware for what you did during liberations. I don’t care even if thousand of nuer stand in front of me I will defeat them. Fools

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    • 28 July 2012 11:44, by J P Puok

      My dear, where were you when your then God father Garang was slaughtering Nuer Gaajak in masses? And when we punched you under your urgly belly you cried so loudly so much so that the whole stopping breathing! That was a missed brother. play with fire again no where in Dinka kingdom will be spare not even Gogrial where cowboy held mark my words. recall Gordon Koang Duoth’s wording of his wisdom

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  • 28 July 2012 11:58, by Alfredo christiani

    JP PUOK
    Hahahahaha your Gaajak peoples killed themselves over refugees food not Garang who killed them, when Will Nyoun was sent to stop them on looting food they immediately opened fire on forces of Will Nyoun who is Nuer not Dinka , we ‘re very serious this time because you will be having no ARABS to ran to ,take care

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    • 31 July 2012 14:29, by Ruach

      Alfredog!Encouraging the hates towards tribe is worst than hating a certain party like DC,SPLM and the nasty NCP!You would never stay in this world were it not Nuer.I would never stay in this world were it not other tribes of South Sudan.South Sudan was not achieved under umbrella of one tribe rather many tribe.Your little mind is only dreaming Dinka,Dinka!!Sorry,u don’t know other worlds.Continue

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      • 1 August 2012 08:36, by Ruach

        A liar will never stop his lies

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