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W. Bahr el Ghazal Governor denies deaths, pledges dialogue over Wau County dispute


December 12, 2012 (JUBA) - The Governor of South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Rizik Zachariah Hassan, contradicted his Minister of Information and Communications on Monday maintaining that no people have died in recent clashes between protestors and police in Wau County.

Minister Derik Alfred Uya said Monday that eight people had died in a dispute arising from the state cabinet’s decision to transfer Wau County headquarters to its original place in Bagari, some 12 miles south west of Wau town.

Uya did not give figures for the number of wounded in the clashes but multiple medical sources told Sudan Tribune on Monday that 21 people wounded in the clash have been admitted to Wau Teaching Hospital.

Governor Hassan pledged the commitment of his administration to peacefully resolve the dispute but describes reports that ten people have died, quoting a UN spokesperson in Juba, as “unverified”.

While the United Nations has reported that 10 people have died, a former Wau County Commissioner has put the death toll at 25. South Sudan’s army also say that no one has been killed.

The Governor said Tuesday that he has formed a nine-member committee headed by his security advisor, Rizik Dominic Samuel, to conduct an investigation into the incident and report to him within 72 hours.

"I want to take this opportunity so that I can talk to our people, the people who have gone to the street, those protesting decision of the cabinet, that the state government remains open for peaceful dialogue", Hassan told Sudan Tribune on Monday from Wau, capital of the state.

He called on the state’s youth to join him in the projects of state building and avoid negative feelings against cabinet decision aiming at taking services to the rural areas to reduce urban migration.

"We have come too far on this journey to weigh ourselves down with pettiness, intolerance and negativity. It is time we work together as people and as government", he added.

Eyewitnesses said security forces on Sunday and Monday flooded Wau town in attempt to secure the city after more than 2,000 people, mostly young people clashed with security forces. The opposing sides still wrangle over the need to accept dialogue and work together as citizens and government.

Sources in Wau say at least 5,000 SPLA forces are out in force in Wau town and surrounding areas of Baggari, with soldiers manning road blocks and monitoring key intersections to prevent further demonstrations. Police and security officers sealed off streets to the disputed area searched cars and enforced an order banning unlawful assembly. No rallies or unrest were reported on Monday and Tuesday.

State Security Advisor, Rizik Dominic Samuel said the governor has called on youth to come for negotiations with the state administration in order to allow peace and stability in the area.

“The governor has asked those carrying guns and treating people using roads to stop their activities and accept coming together and sit on the table. We believe in dialogue as way to resolve differences. The state authorities have now sat with religious leaders both Christians and Muslims to intervene”, Samuel explained on Tuesday.


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  • 13 December 2012 08:47, by master

    he is lying at mid afternoon

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    • 14 December 2012 07:11, by Peter Nhiany

      Yes Master, the governor is purely lying. He must give an explanation of why innocent unarmed protestors where despersed with live bullets into the crowd. Al-jezeera broadcasted it exactly the way it happened on that very day. South Sudan’s officials have been invited by Al-jezeera to explain what happened and Juba did not response. Someone must be held accountable for the death of 9 people. Shame

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    • 14 December 2012 10:40, by Ayuen deng

      somebody had to explain what was happening by shooting live bullets at un arm civilians,who were this is shooters? are they from wau? were born in western Bahr el Ghazal and if yes why should they shot down their own brothers in the name government.

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  • 13 December 2012 08:55, by master

    mr / governor
    you said dinka were eleted you & u would serve dinka interest
    do u know that furtite burned your spy in the cemetry
    ly & ly

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    • 14 December 2012 07:14, by Love for the Nation

      Mr. master the best thing you can do is going back to English school such that your views can be understood.you always involve yourself in politics when you really know nothing.like what u have written even boy in nursery can,t write like."you said dinka were eleted you"who would this kind of english in S sudan pliz give us a brake we donnt need ur nonsense.

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  • 13 December 2012 10:24, by Bazia Alex

    Mr Governor you mean the UN are lying when everybody so what was on the street of Wau and on Jebel Rabi and u say no one was killed.U n ur security advisor r joking.Let me hope both of u will say de same to GOD.

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  • 13 December 2012 11:29, by sudani


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  • 13 December 2012 13:39, by Raanchol

    Dear Governor,
    It is said in the Bible that say the truth and the truth will set you free,this is a big genocide beyond your denial,accept what you have done and just explain the reason why you did it,the blood of those people will cry out to God and he the almighty will judge you!
    Shameeeeeeeeeeeeeee on you bro.

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  • 13 December 2012 19:28, by Whortti Bor Manza

    This bastard is exactly like his cabals the arabs. The so called national army the SPLA are good at unleashing brutality at the poor civilians. Panthou (higlig), Jaw, Kifiagenze, Maginis, Kaka Tizaria, why dont you liberate. If anything most feared by the SPLA these are the Arabs. Rizik Zacharia, your days are numbered.

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  • 14 December 2012 07:06, by Peter Nhiany

    This is such a shame on the leadership of a governor who has been praised time and time again for leading WBS. Right now, his contradicting with his officials the barbaric killing of unarmed protesters. He needs to shut the hell up. This has been broadcasted on international news outlet. Al-jezeera aired it live with soilders firing life bullets at the protest. You could see people falling.

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  • 14 December 2012 13:46, by jienge

    Love(hate) for the nation, you stand to be corrected, you fuckwit. People of your kind is dragging this nation through mud day in, day out. I have watched this slaughtering of these innocent (unarmed) civilians on YouTube in the hand of your army. Tell your Uncle "Ayuan" Malak on sstv to stop your propaganda using public resources, and leave your little project of grapping other people’s land.

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  • 14 December 2012 17:43, by Philosopherking

    Liar! Liar!
    Watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxHQYQn9JY8
    He needs to resign for taking innocent lives!

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  • 14 December 2012 17:44, by Philosopherking

    Liar! Liar!
    Watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxHQYQn9JY8
    He needs to resign for taking innocent lives!

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