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Bor Bishop regrets rebellion of his former pupil David Yau Yau


December 21, 2012 (BOR) - The Bishop of Bor Diocese, Rev. Ruben Akurdit Ngong, had thought the young David Yau Yau "was going to make a pastor" when he taught him some years ago but admitted to Sudan Tribune that "he has turned to a big enemy of his own country.”

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The Bishop of Bor, Ruben Akurdit Ngong, December 12, 2012 (ST)

David Yau Yau was studying for a Diploma in theology at Emmanuel Christian College in Yei in Central Equatoria State under Ruben Akurdit’s teaching from 2004 to 2006.

“It is strange to hear that he is a rebel leader in South Sudan. We trained him to be a good administrator”, the Bishop said.

Although he had poor academic records at the college, he used to ask us to pray for his community to doing “evil things” in Jonglei, such as child abduction, cattle rraiding and randomly killing of innocent people, Akurdit said.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on December 12, the Bishop shook his head in anger and disbelief when describing his former pupil.

“Yau Yau was my student at Yei. He could come forward and asked people to pray for Murle to change their way of life”, Akurdit said.

David Yau Yau rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement [SPLM] after elections in April 2010 when, as an independent candidate, he lost his campaign to represent the Gumuruk Boma constituency in Pibor County at Jonglei State Assembly.

The SPLM candidate, Judi Jonglei Bioris, MP, won the race by a wide margin according to electoral authorities in Jonglei State.

Before he contested for the post in general elections, Yau Yau worked as Pibor County secretary for South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in Jonglei.

In 2011, he rejoined the government with his supporters and was made a General in the South Sudanese army (SPLA). A year ago, George Athor, who rebelled at the same time as Yau Yau, was killed by the SPLA in disputed circumstances. Athor lost the 2010 gubernatorial race against incumbent Kuol Juuk Manyang.

In April this year the SPLA announced that Yau Yau had defected to Khartoum in order to launch another rebellion in Pibor County, having asked to take sick leave in Nairobi.

Khartoum deny backing South Sudanese rebels but the SPLA and United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have witnessed unmarked helicopters landing in remote areas of Pibor County. The SPLA say these flights are attempts to resupply Yau Yau’s rebellion.

On Saturday the SPLA shot down an UNMISS helicopter believing it to be a Sudanese aircraft resupplying David Yau Yau’s rebels.

In August, Yau Yau sent a team to Nanaam river to recruit young Murle men into his army in Nanaam river before launching attacks on SPLA bases in Lekuangole, Manybol, Kothchar and Gumuruk, Bor, Twice and other places in Jonglei.

His forces have also attacked civilian populations, disrupting the inter-communal Jonglei peace deal signed in Bor in May in the wake of severe clashes mainly between the Murle and Luo Nuer tribes of cattle and abductions. Over 2,000 people have died in these clashes over the last two years according to the UN.

“We are really yearning for peace, but there is no way people can get it”, Rev. Akurdit said, while "this self-promoted rebel general is killing people”.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has always offered amnesties to rebels in the young nation. Calls for peace talks with the Yau Yau have so far been turned down.


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  • 23 December 2012 07:55, by Jalaby

    It could be true that Yau Yau was going to be a pastor, I believe the evil activities of SPLA of being biased to only one ethnic group and wanted to eliminate Murle from the earth have turned Mr. Yau Yau 180 degree and became a warrior instead of pastor!
    I guess the Bishor of Bor is Dinka!

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    • 23 December 2012 08:16, by Aaban

      Kis em ick I’m here to save you from your ignorant, but don’t worried, I don’t hate what you said because I loved it when you exposed your ugly part of hiding obscene bad manners with behavior of deviances because you are not alone but the whole blasphemous Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya tribes of Hashimite attitude, I guess what kind of person should you have been if you are not that airhead person,

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      • 23 December 2012 09:13, by Jalaby

        Once again, my message to you: Respect your age, yourself and refrain of using slang language!

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    • 23 December 2012 08:32, by Dinkawarrior

      Rev. AKurdit Ngong, the Lord be with you and also be with us. David Yau Yau is a lost sheep and you have a power of prayers through the Holy Spirit, do your best by calling God to return Yau Yau wherever he hide. The destruction of evil has no different from islamic ideologies. Your prayers will make changes in his heart and to the whole community of Bheer. Thanks you and may God Bless you!

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      • 23 December 2012 09:15, by dinkdong

        "Do your best by calling God to return Yau Yau wherever he hide" dead or alive. You should put it that way.

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    • 23 December 2012 10:56, by ngadodo

      Dinka Bor, your usually having sharps mouths of changing others people speech I don’t thinks Bishop talks like that, you doesn’t respected even Bishop or somebody else, nothing’s going to help you at less your surrenders to David Yau Yau.

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  • 23 December 2012 10:16, by Lokure Ngorok

    Even Judas ate together with Jesus but he was the person who betrays Jesus to death.
    Satan is working day and night to bring such disasters.I pray that Yau Yau come to his understanding of praying good for his people as he did during his Theological year spent with the Bishop instead of suplying them with arms to kill
    Happy Christmas.

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  • 23 December 2012 11:42, by Majongdit

    For the first time I am happy with the way South Sudanese and other users of ST have presented their views. I very much want not only a changed country, but minds that have devolved to meet the demand of such a moving world. I am quite touched by the appeal of many that Yau Yau accepts and honour Cde Kiir’s amnesty. But I’d like to register that both Yau Yau and Athor made wrong choices; believe m

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  • 23 December 2012 12:03, by Majongdit

    Judas’ game is all that South Sudan experiences. I would like the Bishop of Bor to look also at this coincidence: Athor was for many years under Salva Kiir and he had to remain with him as his junior for a long time; Kiir was akin to a teacher for Athor. Just like Yau Yau, Athor led a rebellion against Kiir. South Sudan has a lot of Judases - those of James Okuk Solomon.

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