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September 7,2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday vehemently downplayed fears and concerns that it would slide into becoming "a lawless state" if the country’s leadership takes no immediate corrective measures to address the rapidly rising crimes rate in its capital Juba, and across the ten state capitals.

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A SPLA officer keeps an eye on crowds in April, 2010.( AP/ file photo)

The government made the remarks a day South Sudan’s Police killed a man it believes was smuggling weapons to Jonglei from Central Equatoria State.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said it captured a taxi carrying small fire arms and ammunition of various types equally destined to the troubles state. No suspects have been identified although senior government officials including President Salva Kiir have in the past pointed accusing fingers to politicians of fueling tribal conflicts in Jongeli and elsewhere in the country.

Colonel James Monday Enocka, spokesperson for the South Sudan Police on Friday quickly dismissed fears and concerns from the public suggesting that the country’s crime problems will increase if no immediate corrective measures are taken to address growing crime rates and cattle theft related incidents in the country.

“The government is doing everything possible to control criminal activities not only in Juba but across the country. We have now started with these operations here Juba. We now have divided Juba into quarters and zones in order to ease operation and track down criminals”, Colonel Enocka explained.

He was speaking at a media briefing on Friday after inspecting a vehicle he said was used to smuggle weapons to Jonglei.

“We will never be a lawless state. How can that be? We have fully functions institutions. There is a parliament. There is judiciary and there are law enforcement agencies working day and night to enforce and law and order”, he said while responding press questions asking why it is proving difficult for police to control crime.

Citizens in Juba have expressed disappointment over growing crime despite government efforts to provide law and order in the country. Many accused police of involvement in criminal activity, although the authorities deny this.

“I think you are bearing witness of what is happening in Juba. People are being robbed and killed on daily basis in areas around Muniki, Gudule, Lologo and even within Juba town people are killed openly like chickens by armed groups and they are not caught. Sometimes people are killed within vicinity of police stations", David Majur, a resident of Atlabara B told Sudan Tribune on Friday at Custom market.

Majur cited the incident in which two people, all of them foreign nationals, were killed in July at Nyakuron culture center without police intervening, despite the facniity of the police station. He claimed police came to the scene three hours later although they were notified of the criminal activities one week before the incident occurred.

“It is important our government draw up strong strategies to address security challenges not only in Juba but also in the whole country because we are hearing similar complaints being raised everywhere otherwise we would risk being a lawless state if no immediate corrective measures are taken”, Majur explained.

Majur, who runs a successful business at Jebel market, said his wife’s restaurant was attacked by armed criminals on Thursday night and no police force came to the scene despite being called.

“Some armed groups wearing police uniforms attacked restaurant of my wife yesterday night. It was at around 11:30 pm when they came as people wanting to eat and drink beer. They were dressed in Police uniform and had guns. They ate the food and refused to pay and then started to quarrel among themselves. When they started quarrelling, my wife instead of asking money for food and beer they had consumed, decided to leave them because she had realised that they were criminals and started to close but they refused and started attacking her. Some went directly to a drawer where daily transactions were kept, taking away 36,000 South Sudanese pound and $4000”, he explained

He said the money was withdrawn from the bank on Thursday afternoon because it was to be used to buy food items and other supplies to support operations of the restaurant and bar.

Officials and residents of Juba town have long been expressing concerns over widespread violent crime, including armed robbery and burglary. The security risk is high in Juba, which has seen regular outbreaks of violence and lawlessness as well as an increase in crimes involving guns.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 after waging repeated civil wars against successive Khartoum based regimes. The conflict, which saw the death of over 2 million people and displaced more than four million others, was fought over equitable resource and power sharing as well as complaints over governance and justice.

Although it has been an independent state for over a year, the country is still struggling to exert full control in remote areas.

Inter-tribal clashes often occur in remote areas, especially in Jonglei, Lakes, Warrap and Unity states without warning, and fighting between the army and tribal militia groups has always continue to raise concerns about the government’s ability to manage the affairs of the country without international support.

Despite concerted efforts by government troops and the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations with chapter VII mandate, to provide adequate security, frequent tribal confrontations over land ownership and cattle rustling have led to child abductions and reprisal attacks against women and children.

Hundreds of deaths and injuries have been reported and thousands of people have been displaced. A campaign to disarm civilians in Jonglei state began in early 2012.

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  • 8 September 2012 06:37, by Madina Tonj

    I think it is very hard to deny the weakness of laws in South Sudan from the beginning. It is up to Southern Sudanese people to decide in 2015,if they would like to continues in this direction for new nation or find someone layer who knows what is mean to make a good establishment of government in all levels and alos it must be the person who knows on how to lead the nation by example. Follow up

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    • 8 September 2012 07:36, by omoni jr.

      To be honest,south sudan is lawless and failed state.
      Do you know why????
      cattle keepers are appointed as law enforcement,and all are from Dinka and Nuer.
      And most educated people in Equatoria Region are left behind to be deputy or bodyguards. Guys let leave tribalism behind and choose the right people who can lead this country .

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      • 8 September 2012 08:12, by Eastern

        The country is ALREADY A FAILED STATE. Denial would not help matters. A country that cannot borrow a good leave from others thinking that it all knowing is certainly a failed state. Look at the magnitute of corruption, crime, nepotism, TRIBALISM, ineptness, arrogance. Decide for yourself. I agree with you Omony Jr.

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      • 8 September 2012 08:41, by Dinkawarrior

        Omoni Jr!
        Your right about cattle keepers as laws enforcement but you missed something important in behave of Equatoria people. First of all, Equatorians are not trusted for some reasons: Most of them are hypocrites with such a shameful degrees they bought from Uganda and Kenya. They refused to let government take responsibility of the city but they’re bucking like a dog.

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        • 8 September 2012 10:55, by Anyang.

          I don’t think whether South Sudan can be categorized as a failed state, failed state does have functioning organs period. I don’t think whether the democratic activists are more objective about South Sudan comparing it to any other democratic country, twelves months down the line since independence and we think thing would be done as in US or in UK it is being mediocre.

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        • 8 September 2012 11:06, by Nyanjuan

          HEI YIN !! Ya JengeWarrior. Let me remind you that; though I wasn’t from Equatoria, but let me asure you that, these people are extremely smarter than you people. I personally leave with many Equatorians for many years, and I noticed that, even if one of them didn’t atained any education, but man these guys have a great commonsence (Wiseness) NOT cleverness that, you aquire from school. Knows food

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        • 8 September 2012 11:08, by Nyanjuan

          HEI YIN !! Ya JengeWarrior. Let me remind you that; though I wasn’t from Equatoria, but let me asure you that, these people are extremely smarter than you people. I personally leave with many Equatorians for many years, and I noticed that, even if one of them didn’t atained any education, but man these guys have a great commonsence (Wiseness) NOT cleverness that, you aquire from school. Knows food

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        • 10 September 2012 09:18, by Eastern

          Check within the ministries and other government departments in South Sudan for the qualifications of some of your dinkas who are holding offices. They mostly carry papers without any authenticity; these are the same groups that sent Madam Awud packing from government!!

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        • 10 September 2012 09:18, by Eastern

          Check within the ministries and other government departments in South Sudan for the qualifications of some of your dinkas who are holding offices. They mostly carry papers without any authenticity; these are the same groups that sent Madam Awud packing from government!!

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        • 10 September 2012 09:19, by Eastern

          Check within the ministries and other government departments in South Sudan for the qualifications of some of your dinkas who are holding offices. They mostly carry papers without any authenticity; these are the same groups that sent Madam Awud packing from government!!

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      • 8 September 2012 11:04, by Anyang.

        The issue of security in South Sudan does not need one person or a tribe, it has nothing to do with being either equatoria, Nuer or Dinka, it is every citizen task to keep all of us safe. These politicians may try their best to divide us for their interests but at the end of day we are South Sudanese.

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      • 10 September 2012 09:59, by lukee

        Monji,
        as u hav said cattle keepers are appointed as law enforcement,and all are from Dinka and Nuer. in all round south sudan u r very coward plle who love only money and food like what Lagu did everybody knew that don’t open ur dirty mouth here and tell us nonsense boy

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        • 10 September 2012 10:03, by lukee

          Monji,
          as u hav said cattle keepers are appointed as law enforcement,and all are from Dinka and Nuer. in all round south sudan u r very coward plle who love only money and food like what Lagu did everybody knew that don’t open ur dirty mouth here and tell us nonsense boy and u can not lead in any leadership cowardice and that’s why u don’t hav generals even in the arm it cose of that behavior idio

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    • 8 September 2012 08:43, by master

      in 2015 if pp of ss change SPLM then what about SPLA . sPLA not national army so it belong to splm party and will never be under control of any other party

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      • 8 September 2012 10:54, by Nyanjuan

        Look at this idiot (Nuts)!! So call Master Janjaru. Do you really knows how government organs functions ? My dear friend you need couching for that. If SPLM party is gone, means is gone period. SPLA military is just the name, hence it is the sole property of the citizens of R.O.S.S. Actually, they are the military of SPLM (partners) dude. In my opinion, you think that SPLA are the one keeping SPLM

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      • 8 September 2012 14:33, by mohammed ali

        Master, in 2015 there will be presidential elections.It will a disaster! There is going to be massive killings, as there no yet something called " national army". SPLA is a group of undiciplined tribal & subtribal militias.Those loyal to Machar are not loyal to Kiir,among these groups there are also multiple groups with different clan & subclan loyalities....con

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        • 8 September 2012 14:43, by mohammed ali

          con:The quarrel about the elections have already started w ith forming the committee to organise the elections.Machar formed one, Kiir ooficially apointed another one, the parlimented failed to agree about it and the desision was postponed.By 2015 Machar would have waited 10 years, he can’t wait more!It will be worst than Nasir mascara or Rwanda.It will be the worst disaster to happen in Africa.

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          • 8 September 2012 21:04, by Alier

            Mohammed Ali, after your wishful thinkinf, is that going to make Sudan a one nation again, so that you will have oil to still? Here is bad news for you, your wishes will never happened in your life time and in a million years. You either stay home and cry or leave the country like your fellow Sudanese who left the country for work in foreign countries!

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            • 9 September 2012 22:11, by mohammed ali

              Alier, no this is not my wishful thinking.I donnot wish that to happen. This is a calculated analysis of what is going to happen. Many pple have such fears , even the Americans are predicting something worst than Rwanda.This why they kept UN troops in SS and a permenant very high profile to try to avoid something like this to happen.Unfortunately they were helpless during the Bipor mascarra...con

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              • 9 September 2012 22:20, by mohammed ali

                con: All western media are talking about the SPLA as groups of militia loyal to a clan of one tribe not even all of tribe. Salva & Kiir are moving in convoys from their clan inside Juba.Others are speaking about " rivalry" between the president and the VP.Which is true and evidenced by the quarrel about the formation of the election committee.This compounded by the massive theft of the SPLA leader

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                • 9 September 2012 22:26, by mohammed ali

                  con: immigration is not bad! We want as much as possible qualifid young men to get jobs and experience outside. This brings the much needed foreign currency.Nothing wrong with that!We have to facilitate and organise this.Ultimately they will come back home with money and experience.

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    • 8 September 2012 13:48, by NO PEACE

      Fuck, fuck you dinkas people every where home, government, U.S, in whole world according to your corruption.

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    • 10 September 2012 07:44, by Murle Intellectual

      It is already a failed state. When a president is himself a war criminal who murders and loot his own subjects based on tribalism and the army are genocide agents, this means it is a failed state. Kiir is a thief and murderer

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    • 10 September 2012 17:26, by sudani ana

      Look at the soldier or police man in the photo!!! You put an idiot in a uniform and this is what you get, an idiot thinking he is it, the dogs bollocks.

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  • 8 September 2012 07:16, by Junior Politician

    I think the police is not capable to control that situation in Juba, they don’t know what their duties are. They just calling themselves a federal police while they are doing nothing to protect the people. That killing and street robbery will never stop if the government is not doing enough to address that issues and end those crimes.

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    • 8 September 2012 13:54, by NO PEACE

      JUNIOR!!!!!!!!!!!11
      Are you not in south sudan? your are not see what our big people are now doing in the country please don,t b/lem our police they are working that is why you see some change in juba while their salaries are cuts by dinkas.

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      • 10 September 2012 13:22, by Lokorai

        Yes No Peace,
        These people are dogs and they must be uprooted from Equatoria once and for all. The decide funny things and are animals
        Lokorai

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  • 8 September 2012 07:16, by wang

    Those who are involved in that kinds of game should be expose publicity instead of pointing figures on them. Kiir we need to know those people who do not wanting the South development

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    • 8 September 2012 19:59, by panom lualbil

      It really dont make any sense when Naath who dominated rebellions, declared war about CORRUPTION against our new nation, since they were even the most amongst 75 officials who stole the public’smoney.

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  • 8 September 2012 07:27, by 4Justice

    When will Salva kiir sit in a sstv studio with Kizito or Oyet and explain to the South Sudanese people what he is doing about issues of corruption,insecurity, lack of basic health services, poverty, poor sanitation, lack of factories,lack of oil refineries, no infrastructure...what has he been doing since 2005? who actually controls our money? we have no idea!

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  • 8 September 2012 07:33, by 4Justice

    If the money belongs to the people of south sudan,why is there no oil refineries, paved roads, clean water supply,factories, agricultural schemes since 2005?

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    • 8 September 2012 08:43, by Land-of-Cush

      This is a source of corruption that has been identically exposed by top government position.They don’t even care about the lost of South Sudanese citizens while the power of nation is in their hands.The one year old country has already cause hundred-thousand of lives after it independent in 9th July 2011. What will happen in next 4 year? Reaching year 2015 will cause more lives unlikely then 2011

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      • 8 September 2012 11:32, by Anyang.

        we have some of brothers who do not really want us to enjoy the fruits of peace, like those yau yau and his elements, if one could to be asked question for how long do you want to subject your people to the fear of terror? if given amnesty why refuse?

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    • 10 September 2012 13:28, by Lokorai

      4Justice,
      I like your pieces with all of my heart! Your are true! Kiir an idiot and must go. South Sudan deserve more
      Lokorai

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  • 8 September 2012 11:21, by Gabriel KK

    Our Government Must start a mass retirement of old veterans and repalced them with fresh educated youth to enforce the laws both in the army, police and other Government organs. And the last solution would be the change of regime or current leader peacefully in 2015 because the man is failing the country day and night.

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  • 8 September 2012 12:13, by Gang-Bang

    we need security video as well as voice recorder to to be install all over the city especially business places. It has to be secret video recorder inorder to catch those thieves. Here are some of the web u can order security video recorder; www.chinavision.com. wwww.ebuy.com. www.alibaba.com.

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  • 8 September 2012 12:14, by Northern Sudanese

    Come on, what does law mean in south sudan? do south sudanese actually know the meaning of law?
    one of the reasons why we in north are happy with your separation is because you southerners are very known in north for crimes , theft and breaking rules. but now you all returned to your shithole you started killing each other for cows.

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    • 8 September 2012 12:48, by master

      northern sudanese u r right 100% now we r waiting to see freedom,justic and so on
      ss near the end of the track

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    • 8 September 2012 16:15, by OurLand

      It maybe true that Southern Sudan has a higher crime rate than Sudan. But then again, what is worth stealing in Sudan? Sand? There is nothing in Sudan since your government took it all from you. So what you have left is your low crime rate. And sand, lots of sand. Nothing but sand.
      And empty minds

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  • 8 September 2012 13:00, by kimo

    south sudan is already labelled as a lawless state,fighting chaos every where in the state.. even big cities witness abductions,extra judicial killings,armed robbery organized crimes..etc, if this is not lawlessness, what is it then???

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  • 8 September 2012 13:32, by NO PEACE

    KIIR!!KIIR!!KIIR!! are you there? if you are there, Dinkas government is already Bad according to your leadship, you will see what will happen in your all tens states very soon.

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    • 8 September 2012 13:52, by Loko El Pollo

      ALL NATIONS HAVE CRIMES WORSE THAN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN JUBA.THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BUILD A HUGE COMPLEX FOR THESE SCUMBAGS.THEY SHOULD BE ROUNDED,JAILED AND LET THEM ROT THERE UNTIL THEIR PAROLE TIME COME.THE TEN STATES ARE DOING PRETY GOOD COMPARE TO OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBOR.LAW ENFORCERS SALARIES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES,THAT WHY WEAK HEARTS AMONG THEM ROB RESIDENTS FOR F

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      • 8 September 2012 13:53, by Loko El Pollo

        OOD AND WHATEVER THEY PUT THEIR HANDS ON.

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  • 8 September 2012 13:43, by NO PEACE

    what a dinkas government! finance dinka, police in all tens states dinkas, presidant dinkas, wildlife dinkas, prison dinkas, out of state also dinkas, do you think south sudan will be good country in this arrangement? for me i don,t think.

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    • 8 September 2012 14:31, by Good Citizen

      THE fact of the matter is majority of 64 ethnic groups in south sudan are ready to cooperate and move the country forward, but the uncouth,savaged two tribes ( no need to name since they are well known by everyone including the international community )disappoint them for them for moving the country forward...they create too much lawlessness and occupying decision positions that they don’t have cl

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    • 9 September 2012 04:40, by talentboy2

      No Peace,
      why are you protesting on the web, get out of the web and challenge almighty Dinka or Dinka-Nuer. they will tear you apart, you get what i am saying son of migrant?

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  • 8 September 2012 14:46, by Good Citizen

    they occupy decision positions that they don’t have clue of its responsibility.if south sudan is going to be a failed state, we will blame the two ragtag communities.96% of criminals come from them, 4% is distributed among the other 62 ethnic groups.these people they don’t see shame in the evils they are doing, just like apes without shame.thank God i am not borne one of them ! God mercy on them.

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  • 8 September 2012 17:28, by 4Justice


    What else can we do?

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    • 8 September 2012 21:41, by Marolditapei

      The problem lies with President Silver Car Mercedes and Unity State Governor Tavan Gary Daniel only

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  • 9 September 2012 04:21, by Samuel Malual

    It is a culture of SPLM leaders. For example, the current deputy Speaker of National assembly Daniel Awet Akot had killed person because of chicken eggs during the struggle. So now is the time for Aweil pple to bring Akot to justice.

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  • 9 September 2012 04:25, by Samuel Malual

    No Peace, Whether you like it or not you will be force to signed peace with dinka. The good things is that we know some of you on this forum and you will never escaped us by all means.

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  • 9 September 2012 07:31, by 4Justice

    ..and don’t forget Awet Akot and Nyandeng Malek are closely related, same culture same behavior now governing Warrap State!

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  • 9 September 2012 10:54, by sudani ana

    Yau Yau Oyee
    Yau Yau Oyee
    Please go all the way to Juba, we in the North and all the marginalised people in South Sudan are behind you. You can topple these Dinka gangsters.

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    • 9 September 2012 17:34, by Alier

      Sudani ana, come with Yau Yau to Juba, don’t just push him into the hellfire and stay away from him.

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    • 10 September 2012 09:38, by Murle Intellectual

      I just need some very limited numbers of pistols and some cash. Yau Yau and some of us here in neighboring countries will bring Kiir and Dinkas down

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  • 9 September 2012 18:45, by Guandong

    Salva, its better to resign before things devastated. u have no vission nor mission inw/c u dont have any system that u are following.to lead it dosnt mean that u can bring up ur own tribe but to open ideas n insights that can lead to better ways to accomblishing goals. leave us before 2015 election.

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  • 9 September 2012 21:56, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Uncle Kiir and Riek all are not wanted to stand in south sudan presidency. As me personal I do not wanted anyone to defend those two poke. South will never be lawless again as some poeple are predicting. It is just the good Governemnt will start coming after Kiir,Riek resign. They are obsticle for the south progess for Good leadership to Development Nation. SPLA will be there forever or changed

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  • 9 September 2012 22:21, by ViVa Sudan

    I feel sorry 4 southeners they wiil keep on dreaming of having Law in S.FAKE STATE RULED BY AREEF SALVA U NOW DA PROBLEM IS sOUTH IS AGOOD GARDEN WITH IDIOTS ANIMALS TOO BAD & RULED BY NEW ISREALI MASTERS STOP DRREAMING TO MOVE SALVA HE IS SUPPORTED BY WHITE MASTERS & U ARE HIS SLAVE DIS IS DA SAAD FACT NOT 4 US SUDAN BUT YOUUUUU PUPETS.

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