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Twic East community in Jonglei say services can avoid conflicts


April 19, 2013 (JUBA) – Community leaders from Ayual community of Twic East county in South Sudan’s largest state, Jonglei, have urged the leadership to provide services at the grassroots that will avoid the competition over resources that causes communal conflicts.

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Vice President Riek Machar meets delegation of Ayual community of Twic East County, Jonglei state, April 17, 2013 (ST)

The visiting delegation of administrators and chiefs from the community in Twic East, home county of late leader, John Garang de Mabior, delivered the message to the vice-president, Riek Machar, on Wednesday, telling him to ensure provision of water in their area for both humans and cattle.

They narrated a rare conflict which recently emerged between the Ayual and Dachuek communities of the same area over land dispute in which a number of people were killed from both sides, adding that although the two sub-clans had already reconciled, it was good to take preventive measures that will avoid any future conflicts over water points with any other neighbouring communities.

The community also said the Murle neighbouring tribe was causing havoc to their peaceful community, stressing on the need to dig wells in their grazing areas for their cattle and avoid frequent movement of their animals in search of water during the dry season.

The community leaders clearly stated that attempts of reconciliation among communities in South Sudan may not succeed if tackled in isolation without also addressing the relevant factors of development and service delivery that will avoid competition over the resources.

The leadership has initiated a journey of healing for national reconciliation which, according to Machar, would also address issues of good governance, development and service delivery as well as justice and land disputes in the country, in addition to the violent conflicts among the communities.

A consultative conference involving all the stakeholders from the ten states was scheduled to take place in June this year in order to strategize on how to achieve the program, pending its official launching in December this year.

President Salva Kiir on Monday however issued a presidential order suspending the preparations for the holding of the proposed conference on national reconciliation until he formed a committee that will revive the process.


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  • 20 April 2013 07:33, by Mi diit

    I can now see that even villagers think better than Salva Kiir on how to achieve peace and reconciliation in the country. They know that without addressing issues of development, no peace will come.

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    • 20 April 2013 07:47, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Out of your arrogant, villager are not dumb like Riek who cause all this chaos to the country,
      Riek can never be a president otherwise Bashir will be batter rule south sudan,

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      • 20 April 2013 08:09, by Mi diit

        Get my comments right. I have not said Riek becomes president. I just said the villagers know better than Kiir. But your fear of Riek will not make you develop this country because you think any good idea will only benefit Riek Machar. You are really a bunch of confused people. Go on stealing as the best thing you can do.

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      • 20 April 2013 10:41, by Nyachebe

        Mrs. Suzan Jumbo;
        Your piece of writing explains it all. A country with no clear defined foreign policy is like a self-sailing ship on ocean. And the most challenging always is tribalism and nepotism as you alluded in your last paragraph. When Dr Lam was appointed the foreign minister of Sudan a bunch of illiterate Shilluks were appointed ambassadors, and the same was imitated by Deng Alor, Wiyai

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        • 20 April 2013 10:41, by Nyachebe

          Deng and the worst among them is Nhial Deng Nhial, who happened not to be ashamed of appointing his own brother to Dubai.
          Look at it sister Jumbo; these ministers appointing their own brothers/sisters and kinsmen to diplomatic missions! Internally also is another setback, and where are we heading to?
          Dr.Riek Machar has right to challenge the cowboy. Cowboy is hated not only by humans also even

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          • 20 April 2013 10:42, by Nyachebe

            animals hate him since they become the only source of food for vulnerable citizens Kiir has failed to feed them big time. Cowboy is hated not only by humans also even by plants and grasses who are drying up daily without them being watered to bloom with flowers and beautiful green leaves to prove their colorful gratitude. The list is too long to say but time has come. Kiir as a president should no

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            • 20 April 2013 10:43, by Nyachebe

              not just wait to come out for a decree; he failed to address the nation when the oil was shutdown of the associated future consequences of such a decision. He abruptly attacked Panthou and withdrawn forces in no time. Ya Abudigin Jinuub Sudan de is not for you alone, and please for God’s sake the whole nation is crying!

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      • 20 April 2013 11:20, by Rommel

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M:
        Ah, so Dr. Riek Machar is the the cause of all the ills afflicting our Nation!? Dr. Riek Machar is not and has not been running this country into the dirt since 2005... that illiterate sap Salva Kiir has. I don’t support any particular figure on the political chessboard... but Salva Kiir must go! Our very survival depends on it.

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  • 20 April 2013 07:59, by Kenyang

    By providing those and other developmental works, true reconciliation can be easily achieved. Reconciliation thru deed not song of "national reconciliation project" which will achieve nothing other than being exploited by powerhungry groups in which Riak is one. Gee- they stand to be disappointed once more. Many S. Sudanese aren’t this much stupid to trade Kiir with Riak? Fox vs wolf? No to any!

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    • 20 April 2013 10:10, by Mi diit

      Which South Sudanese are you talking about? You must be a foreigner somewhere in the neighborhood. We the South Sudanese love Dr. Riek Machar because he is a visionary leader like Dr. John Garang de Mabior.

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      • 20 April 2013 11:21, by Foxtail

        Out of bullshit, Riek is just a gold digger in that government. he has nothing to offer than to allowed himself by Dr. Lam Akol in 1991. so don’t compare him to John Garang. what has Riek achieve since he got his phD? NOTHING!

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      • 20 April 2013 18:07, by Turism

        Mi diit, which Riek are you talking about you mean the current vice president my friend he a visionlless leader in this country let me tell you the fact.

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      • 21 April 2013 07:12, by Kenyang

        Mi Diit, what indicates to you that i’m a foreigner? Is it that I don’t ’love’ Dr. Riek? Let me say it again, many South Sudanese still don’t like this power hungryman and i don’t think he’ll be able to quench his thirst but has every right to contest any post of his choice. Until then, take it easy and wait for the poll- you love him, i don’t. Nothing personal against Dr. Riek.

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  • 20 April 2013 10:50, by steven

    Hopefully all issues will be resolved and the entire country can progress further.

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  • 20 April 2013 11:59, by wang

    This guy everybody like him and this explaining it that every villages man or woman always go there and seen him when they have some issues are concerning them, relates to services and their well-being. But they forget one thing; the actual village guy who calls himself is a head of Republic of Southern Sudan has consumed everything that could spend on infrastructures and industrial developmen

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    • 20 April 2013 15:11, by Rommel

      So because the leaders of Twic-east met Dr. Riek Machar you think that this is somehow evidence that they like the man!? Ridiculous! To his credit, Dr. Riek Machar is campaigning early as a candidate for Executive Office; and so he would only be too thrilled to appear genuinely concerned, resolute, empathetic and magnanimous.

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  • 20 April 2013 11:59, by wang

    Let us join our together, Kiir must go! He is a chronic disease to South

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    • 20 April 2013 15:14, by Nuer Empire

      The SPECIAL ONE Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon had paid his visit to traumatized Twic East communities who are still fighting among themselves.He went to save there to save them from their wrong doings.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 20 April 2013 15:52, by Rommel

        Nuer Empire:
        Do you not realise just absurd this sounds!? "The special one" has a well documented history of igniting rather than diffusing tribal or sectarian tensions. When the Jikany reasserted their exclusive claims to the Sobat in 1992 [to the detriment of the Lou Nuer]... was it not Riek that recognized these claims!?

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        • 20 April 2013 16:01, by Rommel

          By the end of 1992 the Lou Nuer had numerous grievances: they felt that they had been excluded from access to necessary riverain pastures and fishing grounds. These grievances were presented to Riek personally at the end of 1992, but he took no action. Fighting between the Lou and Jikany Nuer broke out in the dry season pastures in 1993, resulting in the deaths of over 2, 000 people.

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          • 20 April 2013 16:12, by Rommel

            Around forty [40] or so people died in the Ayuel-Dachuek conflict the last time I checked. This is significantly less than 2, 000, people needlessly dying, wouldn’t you agree?

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            • 20 April 2013 19:49, by Nuer Empire

              Rommel or Dr Biong:Lou and Jikany fighting was 21 years ago unlike fighting among dinka clan in Lake,Warrap and Jonglei States currently taking place.Who would want to reconcile for Dinka slaughtering themselves now!? They have Salva Kiir who stopped the national reconciliation to go on recently! He dropped it! I think only konkooc will intervene and heat it up there!!

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              • 20 April 2013 20:03, by Nuer Empire

                Salva Kiir might do some solid works,but his best days are behind him.Nuer are not fighting among themselves nowadays,but see Cueibet County 30 men killed per day and 80 sustained serious injuries,30 were killed in other different clashes.Where do you get the statistic of 2000 men killed both side of Jikany Nuer? You are just a liar!
                The Nuer Empire

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              • 20 April 2013 20:04, by Rommel

                Nuer Empire:
                Ah, so the Lou and Jikany Nuer didn’t kill hundreds of their own innocent women and children in 2009!? All those reports of women and children being surrounded and subsequently killed in cold blood at the riverside are all just figments of my imagination, are they!?

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                • 20 April 2013 20:43, by Rommel

                  I’m only too glad to provide evidence for my claims. Will you do the same? Provide evidence for your assertion that thirty [30] people are being killed daily in Lakes State. In 1993 there were clashes between the Lou of Waat and the Jikany of Nasir, that led to the destruction of Ulang and Nasir and the deaths of over 1,200 people. The Lou were also in conflict with the Gawaar.

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                  • 20 April 2013 21:04, by Rommel

                    Throughout the early part of 1994 there were clashes between the Lou of Waat and the Jikany of Nasir, leading to the destruction of Ulang and Nasir itself and the death of some 1200 persons. (The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars, Douglas H. Johnson)

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    • 21 April 2013 07:48, by Kenyang

      Spend your extra hours in school, instead. If Kiir is a chronic disease & so is his VP.They both failed South Sudanese in many ways and why would anyone think Riek be different if elected as president? If you want to compaign for him, start with his failures not achievements. Stopping by a nation’s VP office & chatting with him about community issues is because he’s VP. Nothing else.

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  • 20 April 2013 19:44, by panom lualbil

    RIAK MACHAR will supper from humiliation after humiliation till death.

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