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December 24, 2012 (WAU) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit instructed the army Monday to immediately take control of situations when the police are unable provide security; such as the recent violence in Wau.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (Left) accompanied by the Western Bahr el Ghazal Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan (C) and Nyandeng Malek of Warrap on December 24, 2012 (ST)

Security had been stepped up in preparation for Kiir’s visit after a series of clashes between communities and the police. Estimates on the numbers killed and wounded vary greatly but the government has confirmed that 15 people have died. Other sources put the figure much higher.

Kiir said that the controversial the decision of the Western Bahr el Ghazal cabinet to relocate administrative headquarters of Wau County, which has caused protests and clashes with police, would not only benefit the local population.

Speaking to a large crowd on Monday, Kiir said that the Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan had not take the decision to relocate the county headquarters alone; he was simply implementing the policy of South Sudan’s ruling party.

"It is the policy of the SPLM to take town to our people in rural areas and must be implemented. And if there are people who refused and was the reason they caused chaos that resulted to the loss of lives of innocent people, they must live with this reality”, Kiir told crowd in an authoritative tone.

The visibly annoyed the President said he would have fought with the people who refused transfer of the administrative headquarters from Wau town to Bagari if it was the reason for fighting.

On 8 and 9 December, eight people were killed, according to the government, when police attempted to remove road blocks around Wau that had been established in protest against the transfer of the administrative centre.


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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) initially put the death toll at ten before revising this down to nine. Former Wau County commissioner, John Peter Miskin, claimed that 25 people were killed and 21 others were wounded in the protests two weeks ago.

Ten days after the initial violent protests a further 12 people are reported to have died in the second protest on Tuesday 18 December with more people wounded. However, South Sudan’s deputy interior minister, Salva Mathok Gengdit, said that only seven people died and 32 been have been wounded in that incident.

Despite the opposition Kiir said: "The cabinet decision was the right choice which the governor has made. It will benefit people in so many ways. It will take services closer to the people".

"The county headquarters will not function in isolation of essential services providing institutions. There will be [a] police unit. There will be health facilities. There will be schools. There will be road connecting the county to the state and agricultural extension services will be provided when agricultural extension officers are deployed to the county", Kiir told the crowd at Wau football Stadium.

While in Wau, Kir addressed various groups, including top-level military and police officers as well as representatives of the diplomatic communities and religious leaders after his heavily guarded arrival on Monday.

“The SPLA should immediately take charge in the situation where police is overwhelmed to provide and maintain adequate security until when police is able to handle it”, Kiir told the army.

He called on traditional leaders and youth groups to avoid being used by politicians and instead strengthen traditional values and ancestral relations among community members in the state. He urged the state administration to arrest those suspected of instigating the protest and the killing of innocent Dinka civilians in Parajallah locality in Bagari area.

The attack on civilians 48 miles south west of Wau town in Parajallah killed 26 people according to local authorities, when Balanda youth groups set upon migrant workers from the Dinka tribe carrying traditional weapons, including sticks and hurling stones.

Authorities initially have arrested eight suspects in connection with the deaths in Parajallah, which is located in the Bagari area; the proposed new location for the headquarters Wau County.

Bagari is inhabited by the Balanda tribe, also known as the Fartit, whose youth groups and intellectuals have rejected the proposed relocation of the Wau County administration.

Reacting to the Parajallah killings Kiir condemned “this culture of killing people because of their identity" asking: "Where did this culture of killing innocent people come from? Where did this culture of hacking people come? If you have already killed people why again cut them to the extent that you even cut their private parts. You cut women, killed children and put them to feed on dead mothers. People have been crucified like the way Jesus was killed. Why?"

"This is strange and must not be entertained. Those who instigated this must be identified and brought to book”, he instructed.

Kiir directed the security apparatus to help the state administration identify the suspects and called on legislators to educate their constituents to observe their rights as enshrined in the national transitional constitution.

Meanwhile, traditional leaders from different communities in Western Bahr El Ghazal State expressed condemned the recent violence and called for peaceful co-existence. Chief Joseph Stephen Fougi from the Kalfario Fartit group condemned the killing of innocent civilians, calling for thorough investigation. He said Fartit tribes have no problem with other tribes and that they are committed to the Mabil Peace Accord that prohibits violence.

Chief Santo Deng, a member of Greater Bahr el Ghazal Community Association described the incidents as sad and that perpetrators must be arrested. Wau’s communities are very peaceful, Deng said, and have no problem with each other. He pledged commitment to work with the state government to track down the perpetrators behind the violence and all other incidents. He appealed to all communities in the state to respect each other and maintain law and order.

Speaking at the same gathering, Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan commended the governors of the states neigbouring Western Bahr el Ghazal for showing solidarity during the crisis. The group that killed the 26 innocent civilians in Parajallah were a militia group that must be tracked down and brought to book with immediacy, he said.

“Our president, allow me [to] tell you that what happened was not just a mere expression of an opinion by the citizens. It was [a] clear act of criminality. Those who killed innocent civilians in Parajallah are rebels and they must be hunted and brought to book immediately. The committee has been formed and they are being hunted”, Hassan said.

Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Minister of Health, Michael Milly Hassan, who was part of the presidential entourage who spoke at the gathering to welcome Kiir, said "he was shocked" by the incident and called on the community to follow the rule of law.

Hassan said Western Bahr el Ghazal was badly affected by the decades of civil war that preceded South Sudan’s independence last year and people were "still traumatised". He called for the establishment of peace and reconciliation committees in the state to address differences the tribes of the area.

Hassan is a member of the Balanda community whose intellectuals and youth groups have rejected relocating Wau County headquarters to Bagari, some 12 miles southwest of Wau town. The minister has kept a low profile, while some prominent figures in his community including senior military officers have been implicated in the protest by security reports.

Kiir will also meet with the Governor of Warrap State Nyandeng Malek, Governor of Lakes State Chol Tong Mayay and top-level military and police officers. The President held meetings with the state security committee, as well as the peace and reconciliation committee. He also held meetings with youth representatives and traditional leaders.

The president also opened Wau airport during his six hour stay in Western Bahr el Ghazal.

(ST)

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  • 25 December 2012 06:30, by master

    it’s clear who is head of the snake
    kiir backing his community to grab other tribe land in the name of taking town to people
    shame on him

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    • 25 December 2012 07:47, by Toney Toney Matot

      Master,
      you are stupid and very stupid idiot.what a hell are you talking about here.why do you wish to remain in Wau instead of you moving to bagari and develop it to be like Wau?who have grabbed your land if your are not a useless liar and power hungery person.you must shut up now ,other wise your days are numbered.

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      • 25 December 2012 08:03, by Eastern

        Toney, it is unfortunate for your likes to easily direct a barrage of insult on free thinking South Sudanese. Who told you that ’taking towns to the village’ is the panacea to our woes in South Sudan. Yes, I agree with Master the ultimate message under the deception of taking towns to the villages is land grabbing by Dinka dominated SPLA/M government in power. It happened in Malakal, in Komiru and

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        • 25 December 2012 08:07, by Eastern

          now in Wau. The Dinka government goes around decieving the world that the republic of South Sudan is ’starting from scratch’. What a lie. The current legislative assembly is housed in a building used by the former Southern Region government. The sycophant SPLM ministers sleep in building put up by the former government. Which starting from scratch are we talking about? A government of liers!!

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          • 25 December 2012 08:56, by Chol A.

            To master and Eastern both of you are idiot and empty minded, are you guys think that Dinka tribes have no land? Do you guys know what Wau mean? i believe you guys have no sense and full of hated against Dinka. please there is no what so call dinka government accept fool people like you guys are always use this term and that would not grand you any chanceto overcome your problems at all fuckers!!

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            • 25 December 2012 09:08, by Eastern

              Who is an idiot; one quick to apportion insult or one that can debate and reason. Move around the world and make your conclusion if Dinkas are not hated for their crude behaviours and manners. Go back to your stinky and flooded villages. Go back to the toic and soak yourself in cow dung. I am not used to insulting people!! I am truthful to the core!!!

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        • 25 December 2012 14:34, by Mawa Alson

          Dear Sudan tribune readers, could you help me put down all the reasons for the chronic deep seated hatred of the Dinka people by most tribes in South Sudan. i believe every thing has a solution. this hatred must not be allowed to continue beyond this generation as it is threatening to tear our young nation apart.

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          • 26 December 2012 10:27, by Eastern

            Mawa or Makpwe, you don’t need any help here. This reminder to Dinkas that they are a big problem will stop when the Dinka people have come to accept it that they are a problem to the nation and the world by extension. Arrogance, greed, nepotism and tribalism are their hallmark. I hate people who continue burying their heads in sand, pretending not to see any problem in South Sudan like you. Wakeu

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      • 25 December 2012 08:09, by hard liner

        Toney toney matot,
        what the fuck are you talking about? which land of yours are you talking about? you are truly stupid and can’t reason because you don’t know history and geographical boundaries of the greater Balanda people who are alined to the zande of western equatoria read history and geography to increase your pathetic knowledge, the balanda have borders with south darfur for your informat

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      • 25 December 2012 08:26, by dinkdong

        Stop your nonsenses Toney. Why would your uncle Kiir stress relocating Wau a lot rather than just condemn the killing. Don’t you know it’s normal to demonstrate and that should not end up in killings. You must be one of those stupid people who killed harmless civilians

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        • 25 December 2012 08:36, by Toney Toney Matot

          Dinkdong or whatever you called yourself,you are very idiot and useless fertit.what i was talking about was the truth and am not depending any one but your stupid thinking made you believed on ies only.Jur river county accepted relocation of their County head quarters to another location and you refused and want to remained in wau.do you think they don;t have right to refuse relocation also?
          thin

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          • 25 December 2012 14:02, by Nyakuzuny

            hey Toney Toney brother be understanding the world globally , don’t make use condemn first. I comment about those who commented first ,I sort that Wau is not belong Dinkas is belong to Baladas.

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    • 25 December 2012 09:12, by Ayom Ayom

      It has happened, decrees are issued and new county commissioner is on preparation to open a county headquarter on 15th January 2012 with 5,000 troops heavily arm, go to hell if you think this move cannot work for you.

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    • 25 December 2012 10:27, by king of Africa

      Mr Master,
      You sounds confused and mad! Rizik Zechariah is not a Dinka by any sort of originality and identity. The relocation of Wau county Headquarters to Bagari was endorsed by Western Bahr El Gazhal Council of Ministers. In which Dinka cabinet members constitute a minority tribe in the Council. Please stop nonsense!
      King Of Africa

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    • 25 December 2012 13:18, by Mapuor

      Master
      There is no land grabbing in Wau.Wau originally belonged to Jurchol and the name is a Niotic name meaning sound made by running water.Go to Upper Nile,you will get Wauchuluk.

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    • 25 December 2012 13:20, by panga

      you have to back school soon guy

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    • 25 December 2012 15:08, by South South

      Moving County headquarters is must, no one can stop that because it will benefit people of the county. Wau belongs to Dinka, Balanda, Leo and others. They need to live together as brothers and sisters of South Sudan. People who killed poor innocent people must be brought to justice. Let’s learn to live as one people. Wau was built by all tribes of Bhar Gazal.

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  • 25 December 2012 07:59, by hard liner

    This Idiot president thought he will fool people by saying its the decision of the assembly, that was what you discussed in your northern bahr el ghazal forum to grab peoples’ land in the name of taking town to people! why is WBG capital not relocated to the northern counties??? I can’t wait to vote this crab out of this special seat which is sat on by a good for nothing empty headed president....

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    • 25 December 2012 08:18, by Toney Toney Matot

      eastern,
      truly speaking we should not be blinded by ribalsim and nepotism,all in all i want to assure you that Wau is not belong to balanda,Jurshol ,Dinka or fertit but belongs to South Sudan various communities start from Yirol to Raja and from Bagari to Abyei.the government of South Sudan is implemeting her policies which was out moto when were in the bush that towns must be taken to people.

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      • 25 December 2012 08:23, by Toney Toney Matot

        Con.if you think grabbing of land is simple,then why don;t you come to Dinka land and grabe also.so that the cry like you.

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        • 25 December 2012 08:57, by master

          Toney
          try to improve your knowelage
          parrot !!

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          • 25 December 2012 09:20, by Toney Toney Matot

            infact am not well eduacted but decree holder like is a symbol idol.as you pretend to be well educated, your behaviour proved you that, your educaion is nothing compare to my little knowledge because i hate supporting tribalsim,and am for south Sudan as general.

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      • 25 December 2012 09:14, by Eastern

        Toney, I am not used to insulting people. What I am saying is SPLA/M government SHOULD NOT THINK IT IS ALL KNOWING. Let the government engage people in THE MOST CIVIL way rathern than COERCING people the way the president is doing now by camping in Wau to ensure his directives are followed to the letter. Kiir/SPLM is here today; gone tomorrow, remember. What will happen to his sycophants? Think...

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        • 25 December 2012 09:17, by Eastern

          about YOUR ACTIONS NOW WHILE YOU ARE IN POWER. Tomorrow if you are out of power, which is obvious, what will happen to your tribe (sycophants)? Remember, South Sudan is highly tribla society as most of Africa is. Some would want to dispute this fact by burying their heads in the sand. I don’t insult but point out the facts and debate!!

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          • 25 December 2012 09:56, by Snipper

            To all idiots incuding Eastern, who hate Dinka,drink beer and celebrate your christmas! There is nothing you guys can do about Dinka because we are everywhere and you can’t massacred all of us because it was done in 90s when the same Balanda tribe was arabs agents to slaughter Dinkas in and around Wau but never reduce our number.

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  • 25 December 2012 10:49, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir is the cause of the problem himself. Wau county is Wau county. There is no point to trasfer Wau county to a different place. I am not from Wau, but it is unfair for me to transfer Wau County to whatever place the South Sudan govevernment wanted it to be located.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 25 December 2012 10:52, by Costa

    Weakness in a violent environment is a call to complete obedience for survival. This is the fate of minority all over South Sudan as Kiir launches the hidden democracy of SPLA/M. I hope Dr. Garang was here to correct what is being taken out of context. Moving town to rural areas. God bless South Sudan

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  • 25 December 2012 15:26, by Lasu lo Denis

    let us stop insulting each other, hope we are all south sudanese with common goal of good to all southsudanese without making life of another south sudanese worse than yesterday. if it is an issue of moving towns to villages, let us just create another county in Bagari and leave the current county of wau in its place. Why to make our own innocent citizens die whom we have been dying for during war

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  • 25 December 2012 18:50, by Juba City

    You guys are behind the news three counties of dinka are refusing to be part of Warrap that Kuajok is far instead Wau is near to them. Now they wanted to move the capital of the county such that theirs will come in. idiot dinka.

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    • 25 December 2012 22:45, by South South

      Juba City,
      You are very behind and not the others. Wau belongs to Dinka, Balanda, Leo and others from South Sudan. It was built by these group of people, not one tribe. people need to accept each other and live as one people.

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      • 25 December 2012 23:20, by Takpiny

        In your shallow mind you thought that the origin Dinka of Wau should be moved to Warap despite they don’t belong to warap.
        Wau city doesn’t belong to any tribe, but multicultural city to all people of Bahr El ghazal unlike Juba has been dominated by one tribe.

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        • 25 December 2012 23:27, by Takpiny

          Fertit Tribe are innocents only some of their politician namely Mr Miskin and his likes were just trying to copy what is going on in Juba between the Bari and others tribes, but they didn’t win it that why they used innocents people to implemented their agenda

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          • 26 December 2012 10:35, by Eastern

            Takpiny, you Dinkas continue bragging of your large numbers (large numbers of low quality people really) dominating the whole of South Sudan. The so-called minority tribes will continue haunting you in the new country; you will not have peace and indeed South Sudan will remain fragile; there will continue to be hatrate amongst South Sudanese. The Dinkas will continue to be hated across the borders

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            • 26 December 2012 12:26, by Takpiny

              “Quality “that what you said. My friend if Dinka were not quality they couldn’t lead movement from 1983 to 2005 and brought you independent you are enjoying todayand claimed Wau city to be yours instead of being our city .
              if Dinka not quality their sons and daughters haven’t been operating on this country borders to defences this nation from north and militia aggressive.

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              • 26 December 2012 12:28, by Takpiny

                The word quality you used here is an adjective describing a noun. so what do you mean by quality? While dinka nation is better off for all aspects.

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                • 27 December 2012 21:14, by Eastern

                  Go ahead; teach me the English language you don’t know. Write to me in tok monyjieng (tok jenge). I am across the stream on the left under an old neem tree as you move from Hai Nazareth in Wau.

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