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Visit of VP after 100 killed “of no use”, say Akobo residents

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February 17, 2013 (BOR) - South Sudan’s vice-president, Riek Machar, visited Jonglei state’s Akobo county on Sunday following clashes that killed over 100 people on 9 February, receiving a negative reception from some angry residents.

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South Sudan’s vice-president Riek Machar and Jonglei governor Kuol Manyang Juuk arriving at Bor airport from Akobo county on 17 February 2013 (ST)

Machar visited the area to call for calm and express condolences to the families of those who were killed in the attack, which has been blamed on an armed group from the Murle tribe in Pibor county, but his government has been criticised for its slow response and failure to protect civilians after the they were disarmed last year.

The Akobo community is increasingly frustrated over the failure of the government to protect them from such attacks, submitting a petition of demands to the governor’s office on 12 February last week in the aftermath of the raid which killed 118 people and 14 soldiers, according to local officials.

Akobo residents say that the neighbouring Murle tribe was not properly disarmed in a campaign that began almost a year ago, leaving them vulnerable to attack. They have called for the whole state to be universally disarmed to stop the cycle of violence.

A senior member of the community in Akobo told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that there was “no use” in the vice-president visiting “us after hundreds were killed, that will not bring them back”.

Preferring to speak anonymously, the community leader said: “We told [Machar] that [the] South Sudan government is not protecting us and that since we were disarmed, we are now exposed to threats from our neighbouring Murle communities, little has been done about it by the government”.

The attack on 9 February has been blamed on armed Murle youth and elements of a rebel group led by David Yau Yau, who rebelled against the South Sudanese government for a second time last year.

“We are visiting Jonglei particularly Akobo west where the incident of over 100 people were killed in a cattle raid by the criminals coming from the Murle land so we have visited the place to give our condolences to the population there and in expressing our condemnation for what had happened”, said Machar.

“We really called for calm in the area and we will also be visiting Pibor to talk to [the] Murle so that they can caution these criminals if [they] have the way to access them”, he continued.

Machar said that the criminals who carried out the raid were affiliated with Yau Yau’s rebellion but expressed hope that “the population will see the importance of having peaceful coexistence with their neighbours such as Nuer and the Dinka”.

He said the government was urging Murle chiefs and elders to isolate the rebels and “bring them to book so that justice is served”.

Up until Machar’s visit, the Juba government had remained silent on the incident, which took place in Akobo county two weeks ago. Jonglei’s governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, was among the political figures who accompanied the vice-president.

Akobo has suffered a series of attacks by either militia or suspected Murle criminals since the signing of the Jonglei inter-communal peace agreement in May last year.

(ST)

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  • 18 February 2013 15:30, by Ahmed Chol

    If Lou wants freedom, they need to think more about ways to terminate Bangoan, the Wife of Late Nyacigak. She is the number on enemy of Lou. One of the people arming Murle to Kill Lou.
    The problem is also fueled by Kuol Manyang and his friend Salva Kiir. They both don’t want to see any progress in Jonglei.

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    • 18 February 2013 15:43, by Tong dut

      Let more killing take place again, so that money should enter to KIIR.

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    • 18 February 2013 17:49, by padiit gaga

      I am very sad for GOSS who disarmed civilians while she did not protect them, while we know that southsudan has tribes conflict. Goss is guilty for civilian death.

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      • 19 February 2013 03:47, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Right Padiit
        Goss is guilty neglecting people unders their protection they have promised to. Junglei Headquater should be moved to the Middle in Ajak Ageer bt Akobbe and Pibor. State Goss can look closed to the people. Leave that discriminate Bor Town where the land is a problem like in Equartoria for southern Civillians to build their dwelling.Goss must have traditional leadership feel people lif

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    • 19 February 2013 07:19, by ngadodo

      Ahmed chol, you call for destroying of the land, what announced Lady doing she doesn’t has link with any violence, you mad dog Dinkas if you don’t know leadership you talk nonsense. Stop calling more violence Ngacigak wife she is not your simple things to talk on her, shot your mouths don’t ever bring her name into your discussion again.

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    • 20 February 2013 00:10, by ngadodo

      vice-president, Riek Machar his TRIBULISM man, his responsible for killed of Dinka Bor during his revelation in 1991, and also responsible for Murle killed 2011 his also he illiterate politically don’t make any mistake and give him chances of presidency ever his South Sudan most silence killer man, president Salva Kiir better then him.

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  • 18 February 2013 15:32, by Ahmed Chol

    If Lou wants freedom, they need to think more about ways to terminate Bangoan, the Wife of Late Nyacigak. She is the number on enemy of Lou. One of the people arming Murle to Kill Lou.
    The problem is also fueled by Kuol Manyang and his friend Salva Kiir. They both don’t want to see any progress in Jonglei.

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    • 18 February 2013 18:34, by Nuer Empire

      Robot:Thank you for your wise suggestion.There will be no peace with Kuol Manyang still holding the hottest seat of Jonglei State.Kiir Should bring him to National if he likes him.@Amhed:Tell us what this woman is doing against innocent popn of Lou Nuer if what you said is an evident.Ismail Konyi is not very far,he is the master plan.Kuol should resign as pple are crying about him though he is not

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      • 18 February 2013 21:00, by Ahmed Chol

        Nuer Emperor,
        Ciek mi coali Bangoan, e ciek mi thiele loc! Jen nyiire Lou kene Bor. She is waging a media propaganda. She is the one who impeded the disarmament in Pibor. She runs to the UN and told them that majority tribes of Lou Nuer and Dinka Bor are ganging up to kill innocent Murle in Jonglei. Then UN talks to Kuol Manyang and Kiir and they become afraid because S. Sudan is ruled by UN & U.S

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        • 19 February 2013 06:32, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

          Ahmad Chol well done, the one who plan that attack is really Banguot b/c she is prostitute of Shulluk who was no used in Shulluk areas.
          Look she jumped Nuer and Dinka agone to married by Murle,
          how far for Murle and Shulluk?
          Okey She have right b/c no body love her in Shulluk land for her prostitute.

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      • 21 February 2013 07:07, by Peter Nhiany

        Nuer Empire, I respect your opinion, but let me just say this; we are all crying no matter who the Murle kill. Those children and women are our brothers,sisters and mothers. There is one problem we do not understand, and I don’t know if we will understand it. I know one thing, and that is the government has failed to protect innocent people. What we don’t understand is what transpire the unrest.

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    • 21 February 2013 06:57, by Peter Nhiany

      Ahmed Chol, look at you. What the heck did you just said? The problem is "fueled by Kuol Manyang and his friend Kiir." what kind of politics are you running here on ST? What evidence would you provides if you are ask to prove your claim that the problem of Jonglei is fueled the the above mentioned leaders? It would be convincing if you come with some documented claims to support your assertion.

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  • 18 February 2013 15:45, by ksimon

    The GSS must look on behave of people first and the Q? why there are so many crime while a government not do a dame thing to rescue the civilian such as in Jonglei. If there is some murlei are not identify by their leader it meant they are behind it. this a point, there is no way to stop it but Only GSS to stop it.

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  • 18 February 2013 16:05, by ksimon

    This is only way the GSS have to Q,
    find the core.
    where is the a problem locate?
    Who is behind that core?
    Look on local leader and identify them what is do and their stratus.

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    • 18 February 2013 16:12, by Robot

      Summon Ismael Konyi, period.

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    • 21 February 2013 07:14, by Peter Nhiany

      Ksimon, thank you thank you. You have made some good points. You touched on areas where the government should looks deep and beyond. If there is tough intelligence in South Sudan, this problem would have not prolonged like this. I’m sure the government has a glimpse of what transpires the insurgency in Jonglei. The government should take serious steps to investigate all incidents.

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  • 18 February 2013 19:13, by master

    lamentaions started
    all of them saying north is our enemy
    why they killing them selves
    oil shut down is big blunder
    hahaaaa

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  • 18 February 2013 19:53, by Kim Deng

    These killings will never stop unless the Mighty Nuer Warriors of Lou Nuer and the very tiny Murle are given at least three months to resolve their issues in warfields.
    Until the Mighty Nuer Warriors occupy the Murleland for good as they did to coward Anyuakl, Burunl..., the Murle will never stop their cowardice tactics of hit and run.

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    • 19 February 2013 00:28, by Jonglie

      Its a pity to see the Nuer die like uninvited flies in milk (Akobo). Investigation must be done and humanitarian assistance should reach the disadvantaged as usual. This is a curse, its a doom. Lou Nuer is cursed by Ngundeng and they will be finished by Murle, according to Legends, If they don’t stop the invasion of the Murle Land and stealing the cattles.

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      • 19 February 2013 04:52, by Nuer Empire

        Jonlie:What do u knw about Ngundeng? Tell me from which birth of Ngundeng songs did he say Lou Nuer will be finished by Murle if they don’t stop attacking Murle? I think you live in another planet.Lou Nuer have never attacked Murle since December 2011.Don’t tell lies about Ngundeng
        The Nuer Empire

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    • 21 February 2013 06:50, by Peter Nhiany

      Dear brother Kim Deng, another greeting to you. Kim, it is quite unstandable that the frustration and anger is building every day killing takes place in Jonglei. I tried not to condemn people who sound frustrated with how the government handle insurgency issues in Jonglei. Do you think if we can put oour frustration aside and forge peaceful positive talk would help in anyway? Thanks.

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  • 19 February 2013 03:30, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    I sorrow to what happen in Akobbe
    What is the SPLA protecting there? Protect need 3 divisions of police,SPLA. A week reconnaissance before cattle can be allowed to move. Areas bordering the Murlei,should not have been Disarmed. Northern American,Europe went through these 100yrs ago. everybody has a guns in America. use them for defence. Guns replace traditional weapons they use to carry.

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    • 19 February 2013 04:07, by Jonglie

      Mr Nguetbuny, you are right that people need to be disarm. Both Murle & Lou Nuer had weapons still. Do you remember when more than 10,000 armed Lou Nuer youth attacked Pibor & Lokangolo, where did they get those weapons if they were disarmed?

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      • 19 February 2013 04:20, by Jonglie

        Also we need to keep our eyes on the so called SS-NCP which is currently operating in Jonglei, they are being sponsored by the NCP in Khartoum to destablise the region..

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        • 19 February 2013 06:51, by Nuer Empire

          You don’t know what you are talking about

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  • 19 February 2013 18:08, by SouthSudaneseviews
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  • 19 February 2013 20:52, by panom lualbil

    This make no sense for RIAK to express condolence instead of urging nuers to give apology to Dinka Bor for having massacred them during civilwar. Becos these nuers who cry now had expressed deep sadness when he himself gave apology to the victims of his 1991. Wont this feel the same?

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