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Joint community meeting in Wau hosted by Lakes and WBEG governors

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December 27, 2012 (RUMBEK) - Thousands of South Sudanese from Lakes State attended a meeting in Wau, the capital of troubled Western Bahr el Ghazal on Wednesday to hear to Governors of both states urge people to remain clam and not seek retaliation after migrant workers from Lakes were killed earlier this month.

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Speaking at Wau Peace Hall, Governor Chol Tong Mayay urge citizens Lakes State to protect their image by not involving themselves in the recent Wau violence which he said was carried out by enemies of peace.

There have been protests in Wau after reports that 26 Dinka civilians were killed by members of the Balanda ethnic group in Parajallah, located 48 miles south west of Wau. Parajallah is a locality in Bagari - the area where the new headquarters is Wau County is being transferred despite resistance and protests from local people.

Governor Mayay, who has been in Wau since last week, has been urging the people of Lakes State, which is predominantly inhabited by the Dinka ethnic group, not to become involved in the Wau violence.

According to the United Nations nine people were killed when protestors clashed with police in Wau town on 8 and 9 December. Several people sustained gunshot wounds and were admitted to Wau hospital.

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


Al Jazeera English | Protestors shot at by South Sudan army | 13 December 2012


Rizik Zechariah Hassan, the governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal state, expressed his happiness that the people of Lakes State were not involved in recent demonstrations and violence, describing them as ambassadors of peace.

“Thank you people of Lakes State for great support you offer me during dark days of demonstration in Wau. You never joined those enemy of peace. Your protection had serve the situation and I will be always stood with you” said Rizik.

During the meeting, Lakes State community leaders raised several concerns over their land being confiscated by Western Bahr El Ghazal citizens. They also complained that the Lakes State school administration compound in Wau had been seized by state government and given to army without permission. They also alleged that the Lakes State coordination office and residence of the Lakes State government in Wau had been confiscated.

Governor Rizik declined to comment over the matter raise by Lakes State community during the meeting.

However, Governor Chol asked his counterpart to handle the case with great care and attention. He explained that Western Bahr el Ghazal is a state for all South Sudanese and therefore all facilities should be shared through consultation with any unit concern.

“Wau belongs to all of us", he said, adding that all South Sudanese have the right to own and in any part of the country, including Wau.

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  • 28 December 2012 08:18, by George Bol

    No one has a right to chase people away from town. We know who fought and who just love to eat with the enemy. I hate when people talk loud when food is available on the table but scare to death when eventuality occur.This is what happened during the war.

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    • 28 December 2012 08:28, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      They will go to that dogtown called Bagari,whoever refused the directives of the ruling party must be pull by the ears to go to that place and never come back to Wau even for shoping.

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      • 28 December 2012 09:01, by viper

        Lol, u r really funny with your long name. Pull pple with ear till they understand! Indeed they should go to Baggari but should not be pulled with their ears. I think mayardit has taught them a lesson that will never be forgotten. Even Miskin said "yes" for Baggari as county HQ

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        • 28 December 2012 13:53, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          shut up Lual Uchalla.

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      • 28 December 2012 10:13, by Ahmed Chol

        What goes around comes around. When everything is set up in the top with a tribal perspective, then it spiral down to the home base. If we are not careful, then Wau will be a fresh base for a rebellion.

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      • 28 December 2012 11:19, by Costa

        Lot, I can see you begin to disclose the real intention of your uncle kiir, sending people to Bagari for good in the name of Garang vision, and grab their lands in Wau. Then eventually move to other states you better do it quick before the next election.

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        • 28 December 2012 13:50, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Costa,iam not part of the splm think-tank.so don’t worry about what i wrote.iam a jester who may sometimes try to infuse humor in a bad or good situations depending on the vibe.

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    • 28 December 2012 13:23, by Kur William

      This is abosultely wrong because the decision made by government can not be shifted to any single group,what make Balabda to killed Dinka people and relocation of county came out from central authority. William.

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  • 28 December 2012 08:30, by George Bol

    fertet/Balanda murder 26 Dinka?

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  • 28 December 2012 08:35, by wang

    Balanda you must protect yourself like Murle are doing at the Jonglei State, otherwise Dinka leading govtz will finishing you all minority ethnic groups off in face of South. You should have been killed more than 26 of from those greedy people.

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    • 28 December 2012 08:41, by EES Kingmaker

      Good description the actual nature of human beings. Many in their lifetime want ready-made things. Last war was fought a few determined sons ans daughters of sons. The rest waited for the elephant to fall first and shout noisily over its meat. But do you think this justifies how power and resources should be shared? What happned in Wau may be related to war but it is a pure tribal antagonism.

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  • 28 December 2012 08:54, by Born viri

    Chol of Lake State is a man of wisdom if u analyse his speech to his pipo.Rizig Hassan is the trouble causer for all the events in Wau Ferti were killed on jebel Rabbi and peacefull protestors were Massacred during the daylight on sunday and no body said any thing, the 6 Dinkas killed in farajjalah were by Governor and security advisor in order to calm Sunday killing and Kirr is blind of th

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  • 28 December 2012 09:14, by viper

    Rizik has really forgotten that the very pple who elected him are the very ones that he is now terming as enemies. How come an elected governor terms his pple who are demonstrating against him as enemies? Does demonstration to SPLM mean rebelling? Or is this a principle in the SPLM that when pple r against the governor, the party sticks on that person, what a great mess?

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  • 28 December 2012 09:17, by jay b

    This idea of taking towns to people is not going well with some communities. Why forcing people to going where they don’t went to go. The idea was designed for they people who craved for town and development around them. This is ridiculous decision at all. Lets they people have their freedom that why we fought hard to win our independence. I thought that mr. Cow boy will get this right but he

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  • 28 December 2012 11:10, by Costa

    Rizik declined to comment on confiscating properties of Lake states community. Yet some still scapegoated Balanda for everything. Many more lives will be lost and it will be too late until people realize that Rizik Hassan Zacharia, has planted the sits of tribalism in Wau and has been fooling the president and the entire people of South Sudan. AS emotion rise at the expense of rationalism.

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    • 28 December 2012 14:32, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      What are lakers doing in Wau,is Wau close to Rumbek than Juba? in anarchy properties like money and clothes will be more attractive to cowards who don’t helped during the fighting.bear with the losses,the poor start chaos to rob the rich.

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  • 28 December 2012 15:00, by dugsham64

    Governor Chol Tong Mayay, is a good man with a big heart and cleaver mind he is a man of wisdom.
    He is my university mate sharing one room with him in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) former Soviet Union. Once he was chosen to be the leader of the Tashkent Sudanese Students Union, while he was the only student from South Sudan,and all the rest were from North Sudan just because he was a good leader.

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  • 29 December 2012 02:49, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Political relationship among the states will influence peace and prosperity in Southern Sudan.Interenal conflict had no praise value a mong the communities.An objective of freedom are peace,love,unity,cooperation,development,equality, respecting Human Rights,Southern Sudanese similarities to support their leadership such as president and vice,governors,commissionars and all Christianity in South-S

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