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Central Equatoria Governor returns from Germany dispelling rumours of his death


August 30, 2012 (JUBA) - Clement Wani Konga, the Governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state on Wednesday returned from Germany, putting an end to rumours alleging he died while receiving medical care in Berlin.

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Clement Wani Konga, governor of Central Equatoria state delivers his keynote speech in Juba. April 14, 2011 (ST)

Konga has been rarely seen in the public since the beginning of the year and has been out of the country for more than two months, leading to the spread of rumors that he was dead.

No official statements have ever been made about his health status although he has been shuttling between Juba and various foreign hospitals seeking medical care for over a year.

Konga made no press statement upon arrival at Juba International on Wednesday though he was seen greeting ministers from his Central Equatoria State administration, who showed up at the airport to receive him. His deputy, Manseh Lomele, was among those who showed up at Juba International Airport to receive him on arrival but also made no statement to the media.

However, Francis Barson Yousa, Central Equatoria State minister of information dismissed reports alleging that the governor had died. “As you have seen him yesterday, the governor is extremely in good health. He is in good shape. He will soon resume his duties. Those rumours that he died were nonsense. They were just bad wishes by enemies of peace”, Yousa told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

The minister said the return of the governor brings "a huge sigh of relief amongst us all."

"The people of Central Equatoria State and the general public is pleased to learn that the governor has safely returned home and will soon resume duties," he adds.

Konga’s return comes after the death of the Deputy Commander in Chief of South Sudan’s Army, Paulino Matip Nhial, on 22 August in Nairobi, Kenya. Matip was buried in his home county of Mayom in Unity State on 24 August.


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  • 31 August 2012 01:45, by panom lualbil

    In most Africa’s beliefs, rumours such as of Mr. Clement are bless that he could life longer. Anyway, Mr. Wani is a true hero of spla during struggle. He wont be compare to Matip who stabbed Anyaanya and SPLA.

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  • 31 August 2012 02:52, by George Bol

    I am not supporting someone to die but You might not familiar with Clement Wani. Even the medical treatment he is pursuing occur as a result of his rebellion against the SPLM/A during the war. The bullet of our army spla doesn’t lie. Just remember that. Thanks

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    • 31 August 2012 06:12, by omoni jr.

      Dinka like George Bol,
      will never appreciate the hardship of our great leaders in south sudan, They only want to hear more about John Garang and Dinka Bor followers ,but other tribes are treated like dogs.
      my Dad is veteran of SPLA,AND he never defected or fired bullet against the movement.

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      • 31 August 2012 06:52, by Dhong Bang Aweil

        Dear all
        This is not what we want in souht Sudan. You always leaves what you are suppose to comment on and move to the point of insulting yourselves, tribes and leaders. Will all those things solves your anger? You are developing hatred instead and we shall be friends forever and ever unless we avoid this.

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  • 31 August 2012 09:22, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear All,
    May God Almighty bless our Governor Wani Konga who recently back from Berlin, Germany after his absent in the state for so long without us hearing his voice and also after hearing his death.
    Though we no of his voice, we said his health is better than before and soon all residents in the state will soon here him.

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  • 31 August 2012 12:16, by MKee

    I am just currious about treatment overseas. When will our leaders be ever treated in south sudan? Upto when should we continue doing this? Is it something sustainable for the country? What about those who can’t afford medical treatm overseas?
    Government should invest in healthcare and avoid wasting going to other countries for treatment when sicknesses are beyond treatment capacity.....

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  • 31 August 2012 12:23, by MKee

    (Contin)if there are local healthcare in s.s such sicknesses that develop into major sickness could be easily controlled. there is saying that goes ’’ preventtion is better than cure’’. leaders gerally in Africa go for cure while they leave prevention behind.
    shame on them...

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  • 31 August 2012 20:08, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Most African leaders are characterised by deceipt,concealment of facts and lies.Clement Wani is a very frailed and terminally sick man and suffering from an ambiguous illnes. Yar’Adua of Nigeria did the same. So Gen. Clement Wani is no exception.Clinging to power is one thing and the toll of nature another.Clement Wani should have resigned long ago.Where is the SLA of CE?

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  • 31 August 2012 20:25, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The State Legislative Assemby, SLA of Central Equatoria State should take drastic measures to institute a vote of no confidence against Clement Wani. Central Equatoria is a very important state for all South Sudanese and should’nt be governed by a frailed and terminally sick man.

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  • 31 August 2012 20:54, by panom lualbil

    That was ok too, becos his rebelionshit cannt be compare to such of naath, let’s laud him on behave of whole Central Equatoria. It’s becos spla was dominated by really warriors during its struggle, that why it won war against North and nyagates, but almost all had likly to defect, however, let’s bypass of gone past, bro. The war we fought so far, we fought it sucessfully becos of God

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