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Embrace tolerance and forgiveness, Kiir tell citizens


December 25, 2012 (WAU) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Tuesday urged the population in the young nation to embrace peace, tolerance and forgiveness during this festive season.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (AP)

Addressing thousands of Christians, who turned out for prayers at Kator church in Juba, the South Sudan capital on Christmas day, Kiir assured them that security in the country remains under control, despite recent incidences of violence witnessed in some regions.

Members of the security force, the president assured the congregation, remain on high alert to control any outbreak of violence and restore calm.

“Security forces have been put on maximum alert across the county before Christmas to provide adequate protection so that citizens would be able to celebrate peaceful without fear. You have heard the minister of interior talking to media and in the public about measures being put in place to the address the issue of insecurity during Christmas and the New Year,” said Kiir, in a statement broadcast on the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV).

He added, “These measures have already been put in place and they will continue to remain. Therefore, people should not be worried about security. It will be taken care of by the security forces during this season. This is my message and I want to assure you that whatever incident that may occur will be addressed. But let us hope that nothing happens.

The South Sudan leader, during the prayer event, also encouraged citizens to assist government in identifying criminals, many of whom he said, come to the country from neighbouring countries and all over the world to “destabilize” the new nation.

“We are not alone. They have come from all over and this implies that we must work together to identify people who harbor criminals instead of engaging ourselves in blaming games and avoid acts of spectators and helpless criticisms,” stressed Kiir.

Meanwhile Santo Laku Pio, auxiliary bishop of Juba diocese said he was disappointed by the rising insecurity levels in the country, and wondered whether the perpetrators were the same people who fought to free themselves from all forms of violence and discrimination.

“Until this moment there are people who died and not able to celebrate this season with us even though we attained our independence. We have suffered a lot. The British left us confused. The Arab left us in destitute. For 55 years, we have gone through all hardships,” he said.

“We thought this has gone when we obtained our independence but it is unfortunate that we still have people who tell our people to sit down today, tell them to comply, rob them, harassing them and do all kind of mistreatment. People get to houses at night and kill people because of telephone. They kill people because of computers, because of food. Why?” asked the Bishop.

James Wani Igga, the speaker of South Sudan National Assembly, Hilde F. Johnson, the Special Representative for Secretary General of the United Nations to South Sudan, senior government officials and foreign dignitaries also attended the prayer service.


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  • 26 December 2012 06:58, by Johndumo14

    South Sudan President Salva Kii,must tell all russians pilots operating uder UN must withdraw not 2 mor but now!!
    Or they must be monitered by CIDS.This tactic of lion wearing
    a goat`s cloths is not new to us,because we caught them before.If they are wise men from east,they can`t be wise men in south-Sudan.Russian president was angry,only death of 4 pilots.How many civilians killed by russian?

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    • 26 December 2012 07:26, by Johndumo14

      The FBI must Investigate not only the death of Isaiah Abraham: But all the killings took place around the country!!
      The FBI must also look into Russia involvment in sudan and south sudan War!! There is a clear evidence that Russian`s pilots piloting sudan war planes or even UN Helcopters are working for khartoum interests. The evidence must be put open. We stil have no trust the Russians!!

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      • 26 December 2012 12:12, by ngadodo

        That right Johndumo14, even shouted took places in the Pibor on Christmas Day, Solders went out to shots civilians around Pibor County. What so Call SPLA every time going out and shooting civilians when ever they’re finding them includes yesterday’s shoots villages’ livings nearby in manyierany Areas by SPLA Without meanings of shooting, after came back from shouted their found three men with

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      • 26 December 2012 13:43, by Tutbol

        Brother it is sometimes best if we evaluate the implications of what want other people to do for us. FBI is another country’s law enforcement agency & we are an independent country with different set of laws & cultures, but if we just let the FBIs swarm into our country, i bet some of us will take to the street within one month of the FBIs arrival that they are welcome. Believe me!

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        • 26 December 2012 14:06, by Tutbol

          Just look at the UN troops in our country, they were invited by our clueless leaders who have no idea of what the real UN’s peace keeping army ulterior motives are. UN peace keeping is all about stoking more violents in countries where UN peace keeping troops are on the grounds. & that is what we are noticing now in our state of Jonglei! You will notice the UN peace keeping mission is a pure sham.

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          • 26 December 2012 15:39, by ngadodo

            Tutbol, because you want to hide what yours brothers doing in Pibor Areas its atrocities acts, so nothings to complains about that its. When government has tribalism, nepotism corruptions and killings nothing’s going to be good in such government.

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            • 26 December 2012 16:11, by Tutbol

              Brother, what would anyone hid in Pibor? All i am saying here is about our country’s sovereignity. You know Eastern Congo, it has been plundered by UN troops for over fifty years with no tangible peace to Eastern Congolese. And this same UN troops would want to do the same thing in our state of Jonglei! What would anyone like myself would want to do to anyone in our great state of jonglei?

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        • 26 December 2012 14:09, by Tutbol

          Correction.. "that they are not welcomed"

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          • 26 December 2012 15:35, by Tutbol

            Don’t get me wrong folks; Uncle Sam is our ally, but there are times when we want their helps, like when the N Sudan just kept violeting our air space & hammered our civilians with bombs. But our Uncle Sam ally just looked the other way. I for one would want our govt to balance our alliance with these big boys. Our govt can seek any mutual diplomatic cooperation with any country including Russia..

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            • 26 December 2012 15:50, by Tutbol

              ...So long as the cooperation would be purely of mutual interest & respect. Our blind trust of the USA isn’t straight forward of late,when we can clearly smell & feel Obama’s administration foreign policy to the two Sudans is partly outsourced to London, to the govt that is blatantly hostile to our peoples & our people’s interests.

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    • 26 December 2012 08:13, by daniell

      Merry christmas and happy new year.May almighty God and Jesus christ the saviour bless Southern Sudan.The year 2012 is a very blessings year and hopefully the new year will give Southern Sudan security stability and love.Thanks.

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      • 26 December 2012 15:55, by ngadodo

        Daniell, nothing’s going to be good at all if Salva Kiir and Kuol Manyang Still having they’re leaderships because Kuol Manyang driving MR Cowboy Salva Kiir. Until South Sudan it’s going to be others the second Somali. Every days Civilians has been killing by crazy dogs Powers.

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  • 26 December 2012 07:08, by Johndumo14

    Tell Russian`s president Putin that he is killing our people in south sudan or even in sudan,darfur,blue nile,south kordofan.
    Why is he angry because of SPLA shot down a UN helcopter with 4 Russians soldiers under khartoum command? He think African are stupid? Why he cry for only 4 people?
    The south sudanese civilians killed by russians pilots have no blood and can not feel pain? Only Russians!!

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  • 26 December 2012 07:37, by Johndumo14

    The SPLA must show the helicopter captured from rebels piloted by russian`s pilots sent from sudan as evidence that Russia involvment taking side with khartoum.
    How comes Russia as supper power come here and kill our people and USA kept silent?

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  • 26 December 2012 07:45, by Johndumo14

    The FBI must shown the helicopter that captured from rebels and was piloted by russian`s pilots sent from sudan as evidence that Russia involvment taking side with khartoum from 1983 up to now 2012.
    How comes Russia as supper power come here and kill our people and USA kept silent? The FBI must know ,how many russian`s pilots shot down in this war?? The FBI must find it out.

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  • 26 December 2012 09:09, by James Maker Akok

    Russians must go out from South Sudan to their country, or they go to North Sudan to stop using UN to killing Southerns Sudanese people.

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    • 26 December 2012 16:57, by ngadodo

      James Maker Akok, Guys Blame UN for nothings if your Government doesn’t know how to lead Country it’s not because for presents of UN in Country.
      Salva Kiir better off to be normal General in Army not Presidents he may be good person but position his hold it’s not his level.

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      • 27 December 2012 01:35, by James Maker Akok

        I agree about what you said about President Kiir position his holding is not his level, we are going to see that coming presidential election in 2015 but we need Russia to go out from South Sudan to their country, or to North North Sudan because they are against South Sudan as enemy.

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        • 27 December 2012 02:12, by James Maker Akok

          I mean he holding but not his holding

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      • 27 December 2012 02:03, by James Maker Akok

        Russia is using UN system to supplying weapons from North Sudan to Rebels in South Sudan. So is better for Russia to let them go out from South Sudan to their country, or they go to North Sudan. Enemy should not be staying in a country they are against.

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        • 27 December 2012 18:39, by ngadodo

          James Maker Akok, you guys making a lot of enemies by yourselves it’s not good for new Country.
          If you said Russian is yours enemy then you better to provides evident of been involved to south Sudan wars.

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  • 27 December 2012 08:00, by pacoto

    the words peace,tolerance,and forgiveness have become the order of the day to president kiir.therefore his words are always more loud than action aah.why should the prident talk of those words and he’s not able to control the peace of the nation.

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