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December 18, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army launched Monday a "successful" attack on the forces of Dak Kueth, a self-proclaimed prophet from Jonglei State, the military said on Tuesday.

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Uror County spiritual leader Dak Kueth before the Jonglei disarmament campaign began in March 2012 (ST)

Initial reports said the 19 members of Kueth’s militia were killed but this was later revised up to 29. The army captured two people armed with AK47s and 22 guns, including 2 PKM light machine guns in the Monday attack which occurred at 2pm, the army said.

Kueth fled to Ethiopia in March 2012 after South Sudan’s army (SPLA) began a civilian disarmament campaign in Jonglei after a series of violent cattle raiding-related clashes in South Sudan’s largest state.

The SPLA surrounded the group of armed young men who act as Kueth’s bodyguards on 23 March but the group refused to surrender, leading to a battle that killed at least five people. After this confrontation, Kueth and his followers crossed into Ethiopia to avoid handing over their weapons.

The head of the disarmament campaign in Jonglei State, Lt-General Kuol Deim Kuol, said that the clash with SPLA forces based in Akobo County occurred in the Wechlual across the border in neighbouring Ethiopia.

During the engagement with Kueth’s militias, the SPLA lost five soldiers, while nine others sustained bullet wounds and were evacuated to Juba for medical care. The injured soldiers are in a good condition, Kuol said.

The head of Operation Restore Peace said that the two militia men captured with AK47s were now being held at the SPLA barracks in Akobo. "They are in good condition and SPLA will take measures against them”, he said.

Kueth and the remainder of his men are fleeing towards Nasir County with the SPLA pursuing them, Kuol said.

The SPLA say that over 15,000 weapons have been collected since the disarmament campaign was launched nine months ago. However, many communities complain that they are now vulnerable to attack from neighbouring groups who have managed to avoid to the process.

Human rights reports have criticised the SPLA’s treatment of civilians during the operation. A human rights official from the United Nations in South Sudan has been forced to leave the country after an August report was highly critical of the army.

Kuol said on Tuesday that the SPLA was able to protect all its citizens and asked people to continue to cooperate with the military in order to achieve peace in the state. He called upon citizens to provide information to the SPLA to enable them to respond to incidents of insecurity.

Jonglei’s Pibor County is also suffering from a insurgency led by a disaffected member of the SPLA, who failed to become an elected official for the area in 2010.

Dak Kueth is thought to have influence among some Uror County’s population, according to local officials. Known locally as a "magician", Kueth does not use spears in his spiritual practices like the "spear masters" of other states in South Sudan.

People who have escaped Kueth’s group after being abducted claim that he has political influence in Uror County administration. Nurah Borotus, a woman abducted on 1 January 2012 from Pibor County and taken to Uror County managed to escape on 23 January to Waat, the county headquarters. She claimed that she was taken to Kueth’s compound by police.

It is unclear whether Kueth still has such influence after the disarmament campaign was launched in March and a peace was signed in May between Jonglei’s tribal groups to end the cycle of cattle raids, abduction and violence in state that has killed 2,000 people in the last two years.

(ST)

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  • 19 December 2012 08:12, by omoni jr.

    Kueth is a devil,and must be brought to justice ,whether a live or dead.

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    • 19 December 2012 08:15, by omoni jr.

      How the devil manage to killed the army of God SPLA.
      Thorough investigation must begin right now.

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      • 19 December 2012 08:26, by Kurnyeil The Junior

        Ahahaha haahha haahha haahha haahha haahha haahha haahha ahahaha
        Army of God Lol, you are very funny kid, both the SPLA and dak kueth are both devil

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        • 19 December 2012 08:28, by omoni jr.

          kurnyeil,
          you deserve nothing but cock in your damn mouth.

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          • 19 December 2012 09:24, by Kurnyeil The Junior

            You talk like gay, are you gay?

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    • 19 December 2012 09:13, by Chuol4nation

      You are the Devils not Kueth. What is in your Mouth? Kalig ta mut barak yaa sabi

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    • 19 December 2012 15:19, by MOHAMED ABDELATIF SAIED

      yeah, any one who kill SPlA is devil not human being according to you. language of cowardice. wait for dry season, SAP will finish off these hungry SPLA lol. we will soon united sudan again

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      • 19 December 2012 17:01, by Ruach

        Fuck you mr fake Arab!you dream a lot to unite with Africans.isreaali are waiting for u in Eritrea. Too bad for terrorists!

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        • 20 December 2012 07:37, by dinkdong

          Fuck the SPLA and his unprofessional soldiers. Because when it come to anyone against theirs corrupted government among Nuer or Dinka, they do all of their efforts to pursue and killed 29. But when it come to Yau Yau and his followers, they are like a dog who have seen a lion. Fuck Kuol Diem and his disament campaigns in Jonglei. I want those rapist soldiers of his out of Bor.

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      • 19 December 2012 20:53, by P.K.M

        MOHAMED,
        You need to start with your rebels that are shooting down your bombers and jetfighters; after that we will take what you’re saying seriously. Other than that; you’re just making noises.

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  • 19 December 2012 08:38, by Murle agent

    Good job Mr kueth, you have done tremendous achievement by killing those untrained bugs called themselves SPLA army. while they lacking proper training to be known as Soldiers. Now what’s their excuses for attack on kueth’s militias men? now look at them cowards they’ve been defeated and scattered all over the bushes by kueth’s militia men... What a loosers SPLA army??

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    • 19 December 2012 08:51, by omoni jr.

      Murle Agent.
      you got nothing to said ,rather than supporting kueth who trying to wiped out Murle out in the face south sudan. Now you are dumbass murle,Kueth white army killed uncountable murle last year,now you stupidly praised him as your hero.??????????????????????

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      • 19 December 2012 12:51, by Murle agent

        Omoni .....
        Kueth is part of yau yau’s rebel if you didn’t know that. So therefore we strongly support him to kill SPLA ARMY as many as he can.

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        • 19 December 2012 19:52, by Peacocktail

          Murle must be sure that Kueth to have ally with Yau Yau Satan, are both a living dead in Suoth Sudan. SPLA is working to sure this useless community calls Murle to be wipe out from Jonglei, Dry season comes and they all rush to Juba under Ismail Koth for protection to wait for rainy to start the thieft and roberry. SPLA must disarmed Murle and blocks all the roads leading to Juba.kueth& Yau are de

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    • 19 December 2012 10:30, by Nyakuzuny

      hey Murle you are happy for kiiling SPLA Force by Civilian am not happy about this issue because we are just waiting for fighting from Arabs. if SPLA Force will end up; what you will do?

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    • 20 December 2012 07:02, by dad1

      Well done Goh Deng,
      SPLA are just lied like their masters, the report last time that Dak has been captured on Ethiopian and taken to Juba and today he has been attacked by SPLA, long live to Dak and his army we are with you. let the government of Juba know who you are.

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  • 19 December 2012 08:43, by Snipper

    Gen. Kuol Deim should accept his poor military performance and quit that job and give it to another Brig. Gen. How can you lose five soldiers to militia in just a single attack? Recently 24 soldiers were killled by Yau Yau just like that!

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  • 19 December 2012 09:02, by Guandong

    SPLA is a tribal army not profesional one. how can they always runs after one tribes instead to deal with the whole country. Arabs are here attacking our ppl, Yau-Yau also n SPLA is killing innocent children n women.But the time has come for none SPLA/M to get seat again including their stunting group who are following them.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:26, by john deng

      To: Guandong.
      what do you meant by majak Agot and mach,that they are plotting coup? you are always creating the problem in south Sudan. telling the nonsen in this web wil lead you no where guys and you will be known by history that, and history would not forgive you in your own evils lives.
      Your prophecy Kueth Dak is evils spirituals that will not agreed with God people so take him to your home

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      • 19 December 2012 17:07, by Ruach

        John Liel fuck your rotten mouth away!!!!!!!!

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        • 19 December 2012 17:42, by panom lualbil

          Nuer is the only community who still chasing illusion, death to them all.

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    • 19 December 2012 14:44, by Panda Odhie

      Brothers you will bite your tongues by lying to the public,which tribe is not in the SPLA ,with high ranking,if your were minority, nobody that prevented you not to join in large quantity. So you are lying by saying tribal army that is not true.

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  • 19 December 2012 09:12, by Guandong

    Gen.Kuol Diem,must stop killing innocent children n women for they are the pillar of this country at the end of ur days,despite the fact that ure supporting Yau-Yau n pretain it by launched the war against spritual leader who is innocent.Is there a conflict b/n Govnt n spritual leader? if yes why ur Salva Kirr vowed to that WES spritual lady, why Garang did thesame also? ur victory wll be complete

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  • 19 December 2012 09:15, by Chuol4nation

    Barking Dogs!
    stop barking " ci how baaaak". Dak is not a devil by the way. He does not exploit, loot,abduct or kill civilian. he is just doing his prophecy. SPLA is the as it is a party militia not a military. they were mislead politically by those kap chiok jiay who call themselves politician. Lou Nuer will not see their son dying being kill by devils never. Dak Kueth Oyee!!!

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  • 19 December 2012 09:28, by Guandong

    Gen Kuol,Majaak Agot,Mac Puol puls 10 others are the supporters of Yau-Yau to overthrow the GOSS incolaboration with Kiir himself after he relealised that his govntal failure can’t be corrected.their structure is
    1 Majak Agot president
    2 Gathoth Mai PM
    3 Kuol Diem Chief of staff
    4 Mac Paul NSS
    5 Yau-Yau unconfirmed gen DCnC
    6 Nyandeng n his son cog of the govnt
    Kir stop arresting others we detect

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    • 19 December 2012 20:09, by Peacocktail

      Guandong:
      Interesting comedy, which position is Devil Kueth going to fit, Satan Government on earth, God is not a fool to allow the mess. Please do not preach hatred among South Sudan if you prone to hatre,Pray to God who create you. Do not smear our leaders like James Hoth with lairs and ambunition. They Love and interested to South Sudanese perpourity.Never write such message our dear Leaders.

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  • 19 December 2012 09:41, by Guandong

    Kiir What ur’e ploting is phsicaly purging out of other tribes for the Dinka to remain on power that mean the power has to rotates itself from Bor to Bargazal while killing strong-strong ppl from other tribes until they became powerless to comply with Dinka rule to remain Master of SSudan, w/c u can’t be able to achieve it.We are all awake of everything ur’e doing.

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  • 19 December 2012 09:44, by Chuol4nation

    I don’t blame Kuol Deim, Salva kirr, That political armed group SPLA.I blame God who made our grandfathers to think of not sending their wise children to school that time, instead they sent their children who were useless at home away. that is why some stupid people are playing on us because of them. HEY! the time has come for equality whereby our natural calmness will be realize as our strength

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  • 19 December 2012 09:47, by Guandong

    We are already prepared either ur coup or Election will not succes. if its through cuop u will be dismantled in to piece or if its by Election u have no ppl to suport u. u better laid down ur arm n join us or knel to Machar.

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  • 19 December 2012 09:52, by Northern Sudanese

    a self-proclaimed prophet from Jonglei State???

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  • 19 December 2012 10:28, by Makunon

    Ngunkueth or Ngundak is not a tribal leader nor militia commander, he is just a devil who situated himself between the two counties to confused citizens whom are now targeted by untrained money recruited SPLA soldiers of 2006.they deserved killing bcoz they are not professional and lacking vision of the army.

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  • 19 December 2012 10:30, by Son of Ngundeng

    The SPLA become stupit soldiers coz they have been leading by cow boy to lunch attack agains inonsense civilian, this a way of needing Lou Nuer to involve on that issue, this time if we said no one will stay stable in south sudan most of you will fleed to other countries do not play with Dack Kueth.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:45, by EES Kingmaker

      What is self-proclaimed prophet is looking for? Confronting the national army is suicidal. The Operation Restore Peace must deal with these rig-tags decisively.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:46, by EES Kingmaker

      What is self-proclaimed prophet is looking for? Confronting the national army is suicidal. The Operation Restore Peace must deal with these rig-tags decisively.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:54, by EES Kingmaker

      These are empty threats that hold no water. You can’t intimidate or frighten South Sudanese with instability. Remember when the axe you are holding falls, all shall share the eventful consequences. Prepare for any eventuality and you will reap the fruits of your clumsy actions.

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    • 19 December 2012 16:27, by Nyakuzuny

      Son of Ngundeng by leading Cow Boy of SPLA Is not good because Mr.Cow Boy during our Strugle he was not in the battle field , he was used to Murdered Soldiers of SPLA .He don’t know the Situation of South Sudan ; don’t bliame Mr. Cow Boy because he is Illitrate , event those who are cow boys in the world they know how to convinces the people with in policies and how to leads the people.

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    • 20 December 2012 03:16, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Son Ngundeng! haa! haaa! what motive Lou would fight for? Dak kueth lou group are dying for stupidity. Lou should have just give up some guns,hidded some. They can still get some if murlei attack again;Got police protection. Not good confront SPLA by young lou Nuer might be extinct. NguenDeng tales might be true on Lou. who will run out of south bcse of lou Nuer or Nuer generally. I don’t think so

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  • 19 December 2012 10:54, by Mr Equal

    What is going on here? I have never heard that Dak Kueth attack any other person or people.I just heard he clim to be a prophet. So,what’s wrong with that.Those relgiouse exsist long time a go befor SPLM was born. It is okay if they are not harmfull to citizen..

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    • 19 December 2012 11:18, by Chuol4nation

      The matter is this bro, Not only S.Sudanese knows what Lou Nuer do when it come in term of shooting but also the world at large, therefore those seated leaders of Lou were sworn in to their office to act against the their pipo stupidly claimking that they are doing justice. they don’t see. guys are suspicious for what H.E Dak Kueth can do in defense of Lol Land

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      • 19 December 2012 13:20, by EES Kingmaker

        Why insisting on Lou Nuer vs South Sudan? Don’t look South Sudan like miniscule Lou Nuer. This is a simple community that can’t compete with the whole society. You are nothing as far as fighting is conerned. Should communities in South Sudan breathe fire you will run to foreign lands as Dak Kueth grpoup is doing. Stop looking South Sudan from Dinka’s perspective. Dinka is one thing, RSS is another

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        • 19 December 2012 16:41, by Nyakuzuny

          hey Kingmaker shut-up your mouth by using tribal , people let us thinking globally ,could you understanding that Lou-Nuer is the one of Nuer Clan ,they will not Running to Left the lou-Nuer land . will not happening in the Nuer Land and was not happened in the Nuer Land , let us thinking to promote the peace and development in our New-Nation.

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          • 20 December 2012 08:02, by EES Kingmaker

            Nyakuzuny
            How can a militia leader like you silence me___the truth teller? Hahaha, you are thinking globally or glocally? Your shallow thinking does not transcend your Lou Nuer land. You are only intoxicated with Nuer short-sighted tribal nationalism____whose ground is shifting all the time. Yesterday you were with Arabs, today with South Sudan. Then what of tomorrow? What kind of people are you

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      • 19 December 2012 13:24, by Nibs

        It’s simple and clear on this forum that if you’re Nuer then you are STUPID!how can you support militias?the report is clear that 29 militias have be killed,5 slpa soldiers also dead,some brainless lunatic from nuer called it ’killing of women and children’!what is wrong with your brains?!Why then did spla killed Athor if it was a tribal army?was it not because he was a militia?Gn. Kong is a nuer!

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  • 19 December 2012 13:07, by Luke Chuol

    This report is completely nonsense and full of Lies. I wonder when Sudan Tribune stop being a SPLA leading online news reportBreaking News
    SPLA has been order by Dr Majak D’goot, General Kuol Dim Kuol and Governor Kuol Manyang to attacked Dak Kueth in Akoba County on Monday December, 17, 2012 during peace talk with spiritual leader Dak Kueth. At firts his group came for a meeting on December 15,

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  • 19 December 2012 13:16, by Luke Chuol

    Spiritual leader Dak Kueth came all the way from the other side of Gilo River for peace talk with the authorities. But SPLA known for this kinds of attacks and the spiritual leader Dak Kueth was waiting for meeting to take place when was attacked, please Sudan tribune you need to report facts not lies from Philiph Aguer and Kuol Diem Kuol who are Dinkas spokemen

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  • 19 December 2012 13:17, by Luke Chuol

    Spiritual leader Dak Kueth came all the way from the other side of Gilo River for peace talk with the authorities. But SPLA known for this kinds of attacks and the spiritual leader Dak Kueth was waiting for meeting to take place when was attacked, please Sudan tribune you need to report facts not lies from Philiph Aguer and Kuol Diem Kuol who are Dinkas spokemen

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    • 19 December 2012 13:37, by EES Kingmaker

      What peace talks? Who was the mediator and who were the parties for that peace mission? Please take off excuses. Such tribal animosities have no place in the newest nation if we want to build true national identity, not tribal identity. Lou Nuer, Dinka, Lokoya, Pari, Madi, Acholi, Balanda, etc are part of this collective national culture. No room for tribal maneuverings for personal interests.

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  • 19 December 2012 13:24, by Luke Chuol

    On December 15, 2012 Dak Kueth met the local authorities and the army leaders. Then the area cammander Peter Gatdet sent a cow to be slaughtered as a sign of peace but have a plan B. There up on their arrival at Spiritual Leader’s camp, the army demanded that spiritual leader Dak Kueth surrendered his weapons but he insisted that he will give up his weapon only after assurance from the army

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  • 19 December 2012 13:30, by jienge

    That’s what SPLA(dinka) are good at killing civilians. They don’t want to fight in Border areas but follow civilian. Koul should go liberate his area first. These savages make me sick, did you ever heard any other tribes other than Dinka is fighting other tribes?!

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    • 20 December 2012 06:31, by P.K.M

      Jenge, if so Dinka SPLA as you suggest don’t fight at the border; what areas were you known for as fighters in South Sudan? Look, silent idiot always look smarter than the loud mouth one!

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  • 19 December 2012 13:56, by Jalaby

    Along with Abraham assassination case investigation, I think FBI is also required to investigate in this man case,Mr. Dak Kueth who claimed to be a prophet,FBI should find out the truth behind his "magician"!
    I feel sorry for Americans tax payers who ought to pay and finance all that messes in South Sudan with no real reason despite their bad economy situation!

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  • 19 December 2012 14:05, by Khor Kuet

    Dinka are just fighting cool war against Lou Nuer due to 1991. But Dinka are and already made a mistake by leaving Dr Riak Machar in Juba and carying their revenge agaist innocient LLOU NUER

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  • 19 December 2012 14:10, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Dear all,
    I think the reporter who wrote this article is a tribal minded and unprofessional, who doesn’t even know journalism ethnic. Dak Keuth is NOT a tribal leader, he is a SPIRITUAL LEADER. We Dinka talk shits and these shits provoke other people and create hostility amongst the communities.Can we be educated enough and stop talking nonsense with confident that we are warrior and we are NOT.

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    • 19 December 2012 16:52, by Ruach

      Jaang/slaves.the claim that 29 people were killed is a complete lies from killers and jaang terrorists!! Why do u attack an innocent civilians who have no political objectives?death to any thieves who lives on innocent Lou Nuer! Kuol Dick can never Arabs in the border,but knows how to fight against civilian!am completely annoyed with terrorists leading the nation to failed stages!! Death to u Kuol

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      • 19 December 2012 20:24, by Peacocktail

        Ruach,
        if your Satanic Man who pretend to be prophet and is a madman in Lou story pretending to be follower of Ngundeng who is a witch not aprophet.
        If he is A civilian with no hiden agenda of destabilizing the State, why He on run? and why come for Peace talks for What and with who? even a mad man wanted to be Rebels, then all the mad people in South Sudan should follow him to the bush, fool.

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      • 20 December 2012 03:00, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        The problem Dak Kueth walking heavily Army group; It scares civilians to. If they hidded their Guns in their areas and give some away would work to GOSS would not track them down. They look like organize Army force. Wanted to confront GOSS that is the reason while goss is after them.

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  • 20 December 2012 05:06, by Odingo

    The Bhar El Ghazal Kingdom invasion is far beyond the killing of Isaiah Diing Abraham. Folks,when Dinka Bhar El Ghazal Kingdom invaded Equatoria and Dinka Borland, the Nuer think that Bhar El Ghazal Kingdom will never reached Nuerland, but they were wrong.The Dinka Bhar El Ghazal Kingdom are killing the of people Upper nile through their own people because they have the power, the stolen money.

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  • 20 December 2012 05:20, by Odingo

    The Dinka Bhar El Ghazal Kingdom turned the page working to kill General Peter Gatdet Yaka through their own people like what they did to Wut Nyang as a revenge of killing of General Keribino Kuanyin Bol in an indirect way. Mr. Dak Kueth and his forces did not attack nobody, but because Kiir Kingdom want to kill General Peter Gatdet, they order him to kill his own cousin or his cousin wll kill hi

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  • 3 April 2013 11:49, by stefan

    Good job Mr kueth, you have done tremendous achievement by killing those untrained bugs called themselves SPLA army. while they lacking proper training to be known as Soldiers. Now what’s their excuses for Bateria Joyetech twist attack on kueth’s militias men?

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