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Jonglei: Ethiopian found dead in Bor market


January 6,2013 (BOR) - An Ethiopian businessman, believed to be a driver of taxi-motorbikes - known as boda boda in South Sudan - was found dead at a market in Jonglei state capital on Saturday morning, a witness told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

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Map showing location of Jonglei state in South Sudan.

"I saw the body hanging, some people killed him, but decided to hang the body, trying to deceive others that he committed suicide", said the person who wished to remain anonymous, who was among the first people to come across the body in the market earlier in the morning.

"The cloth had blood stain on it, [if] it was a suicide the blood shouldn’t have come out", he told Sudan Tribune at the scene of the crime.

Police officials refused to give official comment, claiming that the information they had gathered was "crude" and not ready for media use before scrutiny.

However, officials in the department of investigation said they had arrested a number of people for questioning in relation to the murder. So far all the suspects have denied, the charges saying they have no knowledge of who killed him.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a junior officer who was on duty Sunday, said the investigation was ongoing, adding that another round of investigations would be launched to establish who committed the murder act.

A number of people, including relatives of the deceased and his neighbours have been summoned for questioning, some of whom are reportedly still under police custody. Their release, officials say, will only depend on their innocence.

Locals in the area, however, claimed the deceased was killed by Ethiopian traders living with him following a brawl, but no evidence exists to back this claim.

Sudan Tribune was not able to reach doctors at Bor hospital to verify the cause of his death death.

The young Ethiopian man is believed to have lived in Bor since 2010, having first worked in a bar and hotel owned by an Ethiopian businessman as a waiter, before he joined the boda-boda business. His name has not been made public by the Bor police.

Police said "nobody had shown up as his close relative", adding that most of the people who lived with him were just friends.


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  • 7 January 2013 06:52, by Chol

    The question of whether or not it was a suicide will be indicated by his financial records. If his financial records show he was struggling financially; then it will be concluded as suicide. But if his records shows otherwise then the investigators will find out who and what killed him. It will be foolish to jump into conclusion without asking questions.

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    • 7 January 2013 07:49, by Dinkawarrior

      It’s unbelievable and unhappiness news! If our South Sudanese did killed him, then it will be a blowup. You guys rember that, Ethiopians are our enemies but our friends. Our freedom was born in Ethiopia: There for, we must pay them back. When we were in their country, they treat us nicely more then their own people. Don’t let your stupidity and greediness lead you into the wrong direction.

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      • 7 January 2013 07:53, by Dinkawarrior

        Ethiopians are NOT our enemies but our friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        They’re the closers friend more than the North Sudanese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 7 January 2013 10:26, by Johndumo14

      In South Sudan there is no security at all !!Where are the police on night duty?Where are the army on duty in that day?Which means the police starts work at 6 AM ,and in the night,they enjoy sleep with their wives??We who live in diaspora will not risk and invest back homeor live in this kind of enviroment,NEVER.The way we hear in the news s.sudan becomes like somalia,or even somalia is better!

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      • 7 January 2013 11:19, by Ahmed Chol

        In Ethiopia, there is a lot of hatred between different tribes, between the Afars and Amharas or Tigray . It is worst between Eritreans and Ethiopians. What Ethiopians and Mengistu did to us by training Koriom and the first batches of the SPLA battalions free make us love all Ethiopians very much today. None among us would wish an Ethiopian a death. Arabs or his friends kill him because of money.

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        • 7 January 2013 11:28, by Ahmed Chol

          Salva lowered the flag of South Sudan to fly half- mass when Meles Zenawi died. We should lowered it for Mengistu when he dies, for he did a lot to us more than any in the world today. The beginning was crucial to the independence today and Ethiopians deserve respect for that. What they did to us cannot be done by Kenyans and Ugandans who always think of kitu kidogo before helping you.

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    • 7 January 2013 14:58, by Mading Makuac

      Why are you contradicting yourself? You said that Ethiopians
      are enemies and friends.Also you tell innocent civilians to
      stop killing of Ethiopians.Please learn how to put words
      correctly.These pple of Bor town are peacemakers.An
      accusation finger should not be pointed at them or
      any other South Sudanese unless same criminals
      who killed Isaiah Diing Chan at Juba.

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  • 7 January 2013 06:57, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Killing people for their money is unheard of in Bortown,Thank for the quick response of the security officials.we want Bortown to be a place of peace for all residents from our great state.their brothers killed him because he is humble and doesn’t overcharge customers.that be the cause of resentment and killing.

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    • 7 January 2013 13:48, by Gabriel KK

      Yes, killing people because of their money is not our character in Bortown. this town is ,more calmer than any other city in South Sudan. shame and woe on those who killed him if he was murdered.

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    • 7 January 2013 15:03, by Mading Makuac

      Awino Odung,
      You are right brother.That man might have killed by Ethiopian
      traders or Boda boda operators due to steep competition.

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  • 7 January 2013 08:15, by wang

    That young Ethiopian man, he might either involves in drugs business with Dinka Dominant corruption or his own people so called just friends from Ethiopia murder him.it is a bad image for Jonglei State to kill the foreign people though

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    • 7 January 2013 08:47, by dad1

      Ask Ugandan boda bodas they are the one who killed him,
      be leave me.

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  • 7 January 2013 08:46, by Sudy boy

    Not sure of what to be done,u pple of the state should be careful oh,i know the killer is dinka boy, nuer murle or anuak,but no one from far,dinka stop foolings around the state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 7 January 2013 09:39, by Mike

    Dear South Sudanese, it is very sad to see our innocent citizen to be killed in South Sudan where we consider like we are living with our brothers and sisters.Remember our relation is by blood,we died for your freedom.

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    • 8 January 2013 06:27, by Hardball

      Mike, did you examine the dead Ethiopian victim’s body and find a gunshot wound or a knife wound on his body? If not, you shouldn’t jump into conclusion that; other people killed him, when you don’t have any evident. The only evident we know now is that, he was found hanging and was lifeless. Wait for evident and say whatever you would like to say.

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  • 7 January 2013 11:01, by master

    this most dengurous place in the world
    what the late came to do
    only bussnise in south is prostituition
    sure the killer are dinka

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  • 7 January 2013 12:39, by featured globe

    Dear country mates i ve to assure you though there is an involvement of our fellow South Sudanese in whawever corner of our country. the fact is this, "the blame goes back to ministry of interior and its wise staffs"
    Not every foreigner regardless to their backgrounds origins are allowed and welcomed to South Sudan.
    Note: "these foreigners are the ones killings themselves alone".

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  • 7 January 2013 12:45, by Jalaby

    Please ask FBI to be involved and investigate too!
    This country is crap, I advise all foreigners to leave it as quickly as possible before it completely burn out!

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  • 7 January 2013 17:51, by Wolleyewu

    Guys donot get wrong, Afars and Amharas are one nation from Wollo. May be if our loved brother is killed by some one from Ethiopia it should be Tigre. Other wise we Ethiopians donot deserve to be killed by South Sudanes, remember the scarifices paid to you by the brave leader Mengistu Hailemariam and his government

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    • 8 January 2013 10:50, by henok

      A fandya (donkey dropping) like you does not think beyond the tip of their noses. Why the hell are you hell bent talking nonsense about the brilliant and brave people of Tigray? Is it because they kicked your choma (tire siga) stuffed belly and burried you upside down so that the other poor Ethiopians live in peace and equality? Poor Wolleyewu! you vegitat here doing nothing other than

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      • 8 January 2013 10:58, by henok

        bad mouthing this immensely great people of Tigray who, along with their compatriots, are busy building Ethiopia. Building Ethiopia that you and your likes changed it into mere rubbles in your myth of 3000 or so years of history. You vegitate there insulting people. We work hard back here emancipating Ethiopia from misery and backwardness you brought upon her back. Fandya!!

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  • 7 January 2013 20:45, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Hooo , south sudanese what happen to you , how will be your co-operation of your Nighboring Countries while you are still not prepare ,and in which people who will bring the Development in your Country while you are leasyness people am very sadly for what was happened again,the Mudered Ethiopia Citizen don’t think that is very easy; you will fill Sorry about what you are doing now in Ethiopia.

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  • 7 January 2013 20:55, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Hello South Sudanese be remembering that without Ethiopia People or Ethiopia Land there is No South Sudan today this is our Link B/n Ethiopia , Nuer and some of the Small tribe like Anuak without Us there is No South Sudan believe me . that is why the people of Ethiopia they are very comfortable
    for our Cooperation of the New Nation, Ethiopia and South Sudan those of Ethiopia they workers then us

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  • 7 January 2013 21:14, by Nyakuzuny

    Dear brother Bilpam Land & Itang are roots of South Sudan for Killing our foreigners is not good we did’t bliaming those of Nonsence people of Dinka Bor . these people they are very usselles people in the World as whole because they are not thinking Golbally that is why they shooted Ethiopia Man because of the Assassinate of Asaiah Abram they are comfused about Death of Asaiah Abram.

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    • 7 January 2013 21:38, by featured globe

      whatever you can yourself, that’s not motive behind.
      as a brother and you fellow African, "i advice you to go back for more studies what you currently have is not enough."
      you need to reason high not just the way you have expressed it . sorry.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 8 January 2013 02:33, by Hardball

    The reports indicate that Ethiopian man; a taxi-motorbike was found hanging! If it wasn’t a self-suicide, who are the killers or murders that would waste their time and energy to hang the person they already killed? The body autopsy would indicates either suicide or gunshot wounds. Why not wait for report other than mindless conclusion.

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