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January 14, 2013 (WAU) - The leader of the youth wing of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal was arrested on Sunday night, according to youth members and relatives.

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Garang Valentino Wol Kon Amoi told Sudan Tribune from the detention centre where he is being held that he was arrested while on the way to his house from Aweil town, capital of the state.

“I have no idea of why I have been brought here. I do not know what I have done to be arrested. They just got me and declared that I am arrested. And because I do not to want cause chaos I complied”, Amoi told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

The state government has not released any official statement and Sudan Tribune has not been able to independently verify the possible cause of Amoi’s arrest.

However, friends and relatives claim he is accused by some elements of the state administration of failing to relax his campaign against the inclusion of a key border area in the Safe Demilitarized Buffer Zone (SDBZ) South Sudan agreed to create on the border with Sudan in September.

The border area, known as Mile 14 due to its size, was controversially part of the buffer zone negotiated in the Cooperation Agreement between the two sides under African Union mediation.

The demilitarised border zone is aimed at easing tensions between Sudan and the South, which seceded in 2011, as part of a 2005 peace deal, creating the world’s newest international border.

Much the oil-rich and fertile border remains is yet to be demarcated, with many disputed areas, including Abyei, claimed by both sides

Police sources in the border state have told Sudan Tribune that they were acting on instructions from figures in “high authority”, without giving details of individuals or the position of those who ordered Amoi’s arrest, which appears to have occurred without a warrant or letter of arrest.

N. Bahr el Ghazal’s Deputy Governor, Madut Dut Yel, reportedly told relatives that he received a call from the youth leader about his arrest and has directed relevant the security services to investigate the cause and report back to him.

Amoi’s arrest on Sunday came after he organised a successful youth meeting attended by various N. Bahr el Ghazal youth groups, including women’s organisations, calling for the promotion of peace, unity, tolerance and reconciliation among citizens and neighbouring communities.

Although the area enjoys relative peace, citizens and some members of parliament have long blamed the state administration for failing to address concerns relating to arbitrary arrests by security forces, who are often accused of acting on directives by individuals in the administration as a means to silence critics.

Nine political opponents were arrested in March 2011 on allegations that they participated in the drafting of a memo which was circulated in Aweil protests against the state administration.

The opponents including military officers, all of them members of the former rebel movement turned governing party, spent three months behind bars before being released without charges a month before the secession of the former southern region of Sudan on July 2011.

The recent controversy caused by the inclusion of Mile 14 in the buffer zone with Sudan, however, appeared to have reconciled many of the internal political differences with the state.

Critics of the state administration are among those to have given strong backing to the reservations raised by Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor, Paul Malong Awan, who has questioned why the area was included in the SDBZ. Awan has argued that Mile 14 has never been an area in contention with Sudan and vowed to fight anyone who tried to take the border away from his state.

N. Bahr el Ghazal Youth Call For Peace and Reconciliation

Ahead of Amoi’s arrest, youth groups from the border state stepped up campaigns calling for the promotion of peace, love, tolerance, unity and reconciliation amongst people in the area and with neigbouring communities across its border with Sudan.

The call made at a meeting organised by Amoi in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) youth wing in the state.

Before his arrest, Amoi described the gathering as a very important event during which youth were able to interact with their peers to talk about their activities and how to work together with other groups in the area.

Amoi said different speakers repeatedly emphasized on the need to promote peace, love, unity, tolerance and reconciliation.

“We did not do it during Christmas and so it was the opportunity to come together. The important message everybody has gone with it from the meeting is the need to promote peace, unity, tolerance and reconciliation. Many people repeatedly made emphasis on it”, he explained.

Mayuol Diing, the Secretary General of SPLM Youth League in the state told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the gathering was called with support from Northern Bahr el Ghazal’s Governor, Paul Malong Awan.

“It was warmly attended by [a] good number of youth groups. We had county chairpersons and secretaries. We also had participants from other political organizations in the state.”

“I must thank Governor Malong because it was him who made it possible. Without him we would not have succeeded”, Diing said, adding that the meeting emphasized the need for unity and reconciliation.

"We were not calling for unity and reconciliation because we know people who have differences but because we know year is long it may be some people may have missed each other over something. With the New Year, it will be good if such things are left to go so that we begin again because there a lot of things we need to do together as a community”, he explained.

Young people, defined as being between 18 and 40 years old in South Sudan, make up 70% of the young nation’s eight million population, according to a 2008 census.

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  • 14 January 2013 22:11, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    To: south Sudan youth in general.
    This is the second times now witnessing this incident against our youth. There was a one intimidation occurred likewise in Unity State few months ago. Why are we (youth) subjected to a abuses n intimidation by our authority? Why? What’s the problem? If youth have decided to promote peace n reconciliation among themselves, it’s gud. Anyway, we call for the real---

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    • 15 January 2013 03:51, by omoni jr.

      Look at you who put their nasty comments against the republic of south sudan. Do you have any clue why the little mule was arrested? just ask yourselves simple questions before you uttering nonsenses here. That little creature did some crimes somewhere and tried to escaped like squirrel.most of you who act like brave men on this site,here, you need to come home and open that dirty mouths and see

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      • 15 January 2013 03:59, by omoni jr.

        if you can make it for two months without visiting jail -hell-in juba. The youth leader was arrested for some important reasons that related to conspiracy and spy,these are considered as felonies class A.Therefore, for you as thugs defenders you need to know that south sudan is state with its own obligation ,constition,and policy-making. you can not do a crime and ask for pardoned because you

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        • 15 January 2013 04:06, by omoni jr.

          are in big position as youth leader,but you forgot that there is NOBODY is above the law. The only person we is above the law is God. am not defending the government for arresting its citizens without any reasons.All in all ,those who are always arrested are at least link with something,there should be no reason for security personel to conduct arrest without warrants on you.

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          • 15 January 2013 06:55, by Mike Mike

            Mr. Defender can u arrested someone n u decided to stepdown alone with out standing with the one whom u arrested in the court?. Now they have arrested him and they released him with no legal procedures made aganst him to specified whether is guilty or not and that’s what can proven it that our govt use to arrested pple n later release them without telling them any thing which is not fair.

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  • 14 January 2013 22:27, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    An investigation! Not claim said by " friends n relatives" this practice will progress n resulted into a political isolation against youth. I urge Northern Bahr El Gazal state authority to investigate this arrest n make a corrective and put a preventive measures.
    Good luck Mr. Garang! Politics is a dirty game fellow.

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  • 14 January 2013 22:29, by Moral Agent

    In military terms, a demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an area, usually the frontier or boundary between two or more military powers Demilitarized Buffer Zone known as 14 mile size,south sudan government know what demilitrized zone means that stupid to agreed on that because abaddon 14 mile on you own land so if there any tention between two power is putting our land and life in jeopardy

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    • 14 January 2013 23:57, by ANYANYA1

      Hello Brothers,our government always don’t get shame on worldwide eyes. and they don’t even correct themselves from first mistake. the only thing they to do is to kill they own people like what was happen in WAU and Juba, and they even don’t care about people lives, they always saying we can do investigation, and they don’t release the report of investigation to public like what say in public sham

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      • 15 January 2013 01:39, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

        Anya anya1, I agree with you bro! I don’t know why we’re not allowed to express our right? While Bashiir is given a green light to fly overhead of us,

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    • 15 January 2013 02:28, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      I know bro, I have no doubt about what all you mentioned about the what so called demilitarize zone. I am telling bro! Day n night Bashiir is gaining an acres of lands from south Sudan. Oohoow darfur rebel were here, SPLA-N were here, Blue Nile and so forth. Kiir Adem, werguet, panthou, kerisanna, kaka, magenith n Abyei. Bashiir will show us other places like these places before he take them.

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  • 15 January 2013 02:41, by James Maker Akok

    President Kiir with his Leaders should be careful if he is a once who doing that, we are all not happy and no hope for what they doing.

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  • 15 January 2013 07:13, by barbayo

    International anlysis ,said the weak person looking the point and interest, it mean that the convention of SLPM is nearer ,and weak people thoungh Garang is Contesting that is why call youth to united make reconcelition it good to be arrest, here i done see Garang committe crime becues of reconcelition even now Government of Republic of South Sudan looking National Reconcelition lead by Dr Riek

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  • 15 January 2013 07:22, by barbayo

    those elements need to find out, for the arrested Garang ,if they want to arrest people who make reconcelition first they should arrest Dr Riek Machar becuse now running National Reconcelition ,but if not they will against National Reconcelition lead Dr ,Riek.

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  • 15 January 2013 07:56, by william

    Arresting without warrant is a violation of law, if the freedom of speech is omitted from south sudan constitution then the public should be awared about that. Otherwise, the citizens have unalienable right to critize wherever necessary.

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  • 15 January 2013 11:35, by Garang

    "What you do to others can also be done to you" State authority has really released what Garang has been doing. In 2010 election, he defected from SPLM to independent candidate Dau Aturjong, when the independent candidate was defeated, he run back to Paul Malong and collided him with youth who were supporting him during the election and took over the SPLM youth league leadership.

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  • 15 January 2013 11:46, by Garang

    In 2012 reshuffling when Governor Malong created ministry of youth, culture and sport, Garang lobbied for the post of minister and he was left out. Garang after this started abusing the state government and joint deputy governor Madut Dut Yel to campaign for the removal of Malong when he opposed mile 14 issue that was signed as part of border cooperation agreement.

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  • 15 January 2013 11:54, by Garang

    I personally supported those who arrested him because he is confusing the youth and the state leadership. We need very strong and firm youth leader and not a betrayer like Garang Wol Valentino Amoi. Now, himself and Mayuol Diing are talking of meeting which was held in Aweil town that is lying to the nation. Youth were asking themselves since yesterday and no one was in that meeting.

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    • 15 January 2013 12:43, by Panda Odhie

      Very great liarer they run after them for begging and then when they misunderstood themselves they put in jial and now he compaigning in the name of youth,youth leaders are not cooperating with youth whom they are presenting.They just politicalise youth position.

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      • 15 January 2013 12:46, by Panda Odhie

        There is no smoke without fire,a person shouldnot be arrest for nothing ,he committe something or otherwise he is nightmare-nightwalker

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  • 15 January 2013 13:25, by Paanjunub

    Dear Garang,
    Be a man of his words, you have produced very contradictory information which proofs their being nastiest. Garang Valentino Wol had been supporting Malong since the day of April 2010 election, which brought division in the family that year. It is always in Malong government that, the likes who stood with him are scrambling of over the powers and it is the reason now they are using co

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    • 15 January 2013 13:26, by Paanjunub

      conspiracy, and predatory as their living mechanism.
      Stop talking lies with your nasty mouth, you mean to tell to the nation on the web site that when MP Garang Majak was beaten up and locked on bars last year was that, he was Dau Aturjong supporter in 2010 April election? You Malong Thugs stop kidding the people; continue with your all mess-up in the state till your buttocks are kicked out late

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  • 15 January 2013 13:27, by Paanjunub

    later.
    Garang, don’t fail to remember that, Garang Wol Kon, Atak Longar, Jacob Dau, Sultan Makuei Riiny with their likes in Ayat were Malong Supporters . Talk out the right agenda why you arrested him and if people are to be arrested, then Madut Biar, Garang Ding Kuong and Abuk Abuk are to be arrested because they were and supporting fake mile 14 agreement in cooperation accord inked in addisba

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  • 15 January 2013 13:45, by Paanjunub

    To proof your being a real thug Garang, you are dennying the daylight meeting which was attended by Hon. Tong Deng where he was interviewed yesterday in National radio Mirraya. Shame on you!!!!!!!!!! we here monitoring media day and night, no where you can lie here gentleman. We are aware with your fake activities in the state. Now you forged two thing, you dennied the meeting and mentioned again.

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    • 15 January 2013 13:51, by Paanjunub

      that youth are wondering where the meeting was conducted, maybe, they could be kitchen youth... what a fake words? perhaps, you could be among them.

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      • 16 January 2013 09:42, by Garang

        Garang Might have paid you to defend him otherwise, I was with group of youth discussing it and there was no meeting conducted. Tong was addressing other gathering that was funded by H. E. Paul Malong the governor of NBGS. Garang and Mayuol requested money from Malong and used it on their personal effects.

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  • 15 January 2013 14:11, by barbayo

    Garang
    you real a good boy

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  • 15 January 2013 14:22, by barbayo

    Garang
    you real thinking like animal ,first you can do take him in position of chairperson of SPLM after that you arrest him,but now is leader of youth ,it is not simple poistion ,but for those who have poor knowledge like you.bring nonsenes charges.

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  • 15 January 2013 14:31, by barbayo

    Garang Shame to you.
    Garang, you are call Garang ,and the one was arrested call Garang ,and you brough nonsenes charges, becuse of position if you want position go to youth and declare your crimes you committe and get position .really you are a good boy

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    • 15 January 2013 16:04, by Abel

      Most of youths are now involved into politics at the moment ,wish is more craziers and stupidities , you guys! don’t even know that,all the members from SPLM party are very conservative

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      • 15 January 2013 16:35, by James Maker Akok

        Abel,
        Youth is a source of the political in Government. You see President Obama in US, he was a leader for youth communities that is why Americans people like him and elected him to be United States of America President because for his excellence work he did to youth communities.

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