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April 23, 2013 (RUMBEK) - "Those who are writing negatively about this state government will be crucified like Jesus Christ if we capture them", Lakes state’s deputy governor, Mabor Achol Kuer, said on Sunday.

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Mabor Achol Kuer, Lakes State’s Deputy Governor and Education Minister, April 21, 2013 (ST)

Politics is Lakes state were thrown in turmoil earlier this year when South Sudan’s elected governor, Chol Tong Mayay was sacked and replaced by caretaker military governor, Matur Chut Dhuol.

Many citizens have complained about Dhuol’s tough stance on security issues, accusing him of implementing martial law and holding young men without charge in secret military prisons without access to lawyers or their families.

Dhuol’s critics have also pointed out that under South Sudan’s interim constitution an election should have been held 60 days after the caretaker governor appointed. This deadline passed on 21 March and no plans have been announced to hold an election before the 2015 national elections to the disappointment of some activists.

Speaking during welcoming dinner organised by newly-appointed Director General of the state;s Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry, Mabor Achol Kuer said: “those who are writing negatively about this state government will be crucified like Jesus Christ if we capture them."

The dinner was attended by most of the ministers and Director Generals for thank given appointed by the caretaker Governor in his recent reshuffle of the state executive.

Referring to the many critical articles and blogs that the governor’s policies have triggered online the deputy governor warned that those who continues to write negatively: "We will catch you and crucify you on wood. It is better for you to cooperate to save yourself".

The most recent incident to draw the criticism of activists was Governor Dhuol’s first cabinet, which failed to meet the SPLM’s ambitious target of having 35% of government positions taken up by women.

Governor Dhuol, has also imposed a recess on the Lakes State parliament. In opposition to the failure to hold Gubernatorial election after 60 days of Dhuol’s appointment many lawmakers boycotted the swearing in ceremony of the new cabinet and other officials.

In February Dhuol ordered the mass arrest of all young men suspected of taking part in recent violence between pastoralist groups in Rumbek East county, with unconfirmed reports that those being held were being ill-treated at various military prisons.

On 20 April 12 of young men, managed to escape from Langcok military prison and appeared to verify the reports, telling Sudan Tribune that the suspects were being tortured and denied water while in detention.

“We are human beings and we deserve to be respected, we voted for them to be in power. Not everyone arrested in Langcok military prison had committed crime, [the] majority [of them] are innocent,” one of the escapees, who wished to remain anonymous told Sudan Tribune by phone on Saturday.

The escapee said that there was no indication that was any intention to bring the men being held to court to defend themselves, adding that he witnessed people being beaten on a daily basis.

Since the breakout there have been reports that the police and security services have started harassing the families of the men who escaped.

PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

The appointment of Lakes State’s new minister of Culture, Youth and Sport has proven far less controversial, with Madong William Mading being widely welcomed across the community.

On Monday the Mading said that would try and use culture and sport to stop insecurity across the state. Sporting activities, he said are a friendly forum than can bring together the three main ethic groups of Lakes state.

“Sporting competition and cultural activities will promote peace in the state. We will bring entire three ethnic groups of Lakes state to compel for peace through sports”, he said.

Focusing on cultural activities was the best way to restore peace among the Jur-Beli, Dinka (Jieng) and Dinka Atuot (Atuot Reel) of Rumbek he said.

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  • 24 April 2013 08:04, by Mi diit

    Wow! What a weird idea brought by the new military leadership in Lakes state recently appointed by Gen. Kiir Mayardit and removed the elected governor. I pity the people of Lakes state. Good luck guys!

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    • 24 April 2013 08:07, by Mi diit

      South Sudan is led by semi-literate leaders who do not even understand the implications their statements mean in the world of human rights. This confirms the recent US statement describing South Sudan as a country violating several human rights, including the freedom of expression.

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      • 24 April 2013 08:11, by Mi diit

        And this primitive deputy governor also forgot that Christians believe that Jesus did not commit any crime that led to his crucifixion. He was telling truth about God. So it also means that military leadership will crucify journalists who have not committed any crime. They simply write the truth about what is actually happening.

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        • 24 April 2013 10:00, by Bungachier 50

          Brother Mi diit,
          Thank you so much for your comments. You have justified yourself to us all on this website that you are a "PATRIOTIC" citizen and we are proud of you. It means those who will be crucified will die for the "TRUTH" like Christ. He may go before crucifying any one in Lakes State. I appreciate our State, at least people cooperate and understand each other.

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        • 24 April 2013 10:02, by Bungachier 50

          Brother Mi diit,
          Thank you so much for your comments. You have justified yourself to us all on this website that you are a "PATRIOTIC" citizen and we are proud of you. It means those who will be crucified will die for the "TRUTH" like Christ. He may go before crucifying any one in Lakes State. I appreciate our State, at least people cooperate and understand each other.

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        • 24 April 2013 10:31, by Lorolokin

          Mi Diit
          You are the most capable person to contribute in this site, I really enjoy your comment. we need south sudanese of your likes not those of cattle wrestllers and turned politician in the day.

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        • 24 April 2013 10:34, by Big Boy

          Dear
          Mi,Kennedy, and amongs other’s friends I send my congr..to all of you taking place or comment on this side about violate in Lakes state Rumbek, first since Maj-Matur took over office in Jan-13 up date the security has improve now not like be4 former Eng.Chol Mayei who look smart to their people’s Agar...Bravo guys for good comments and keep it up...have good day guyz...and where’s Jallaby?

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      • 24 April 2013 09:16, by Wunditda

        Hi Bro--- you really commented greatly. Gen. Matur is making a lot of intimidations now in Lakes State. And Kiir is keeping silent in Juba.

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    • 24 April 2013 08:28, by Foxtail

      Mi dit,
      you’ll be crucify if you write negatively about lake state government. the president declared a state of emergency in lake state without telling the citizens. I think the deputy governor was drunk otherwise.

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      • 24 April 2013 08:50, by Mi diit

        Foxtail,
        I do agree that some people’s mentality will not accept democracy and its principles. But they must be forced to swallow the bitter pills. They should not take us back to the stone age. The people of Lakes state must stand up for their rights even if it means not electing a drunkard governor next time if that is the case as you expected.

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    • 24 April 2013 10:00, by Kur William

      Of course the deputy governor has right because writing negative articles,irrelevant stuffs to the agenda which government dose not focus is a cause of turmoil in Lake State,Journalist should mind the code of constitution of Lake State when they come to post some articles otherwise the word crucify used by governor is not a offend to public is a warning for punishment to those who breach the code.

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      • 24 April 2013 10:12, by Bungachier 50

        Kur William!
        Is the Deputy Governor right to threaten the activists and the Journalists about crucifixion? Yesterday is not 2morrow and vice versa. One day, my uncles from Lakes State will get a true leader not wealth lover.

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        • 24 April 2013 16:11, by Muordit machol

          Bungachier 50,you are stupid person knowing nothing about poliics within the State. i would like to invited all the readers to share your ugly comment on the website.i have quoated your dirty commment here,"Is the Deputy Governor right to threaten the activists and the Journalists about crucifixion"? what do you mean with the statement here?
          if you don’t know what to write please ask me? for more

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    • 25 April 2013 00:34, by Ankh

      CRUCIFY?!?!!! This is not why i voted for a Southsudan. This deputy govenor is not even supposed to be in this position as it has already breached the constitution.

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  • 24 April 2013 08:08, by wang

    Take it easy old man.
    When you shut your mouth up and stop terrorizing youth in that state then those journalists will leave alone.

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  • 24 April 2013 08:16, by Maker Deng Nyang

    "Crucify"! That is a very inhuman word to be said by the deputy government. Not everyone would be happy with your government but the only thing you need to do is to govern according to human standard. Even Jesus was critised and challenged, why not the government? Freedom of speech is why we voted for independence. People of Lakes State need security not threatening the writers. Don’t spoil Matur!

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  • 24 April 2013 08:22, by Mabor Malou

    Jesus was crucified to take away the sins of the world. The jounalists and activists whom you will crucify will take away ruthless leadership in Lakes and eventually the votes will crucify majority in 2015.

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  • 24 April 2013 08:26, by Turism

    Are these forgotten that they were elected to calm down the security situations in state not "Crucify" the citizens? do they know the charges that led the crucification of Jesus christ, it is meanless to use this word here!

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  • 24 April 2013 08:28, by Wen Majokweng

    Dear mabor u can,t compare jesu christ with sinfully leaders of some state of south sudan i which if i were u never try to says such words in the media.

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    • 24 April 2013 08:39, by Mabor Malou

      You are absolutely right brother.The use of Jesus’s crucificion by D.Governor is a clear indication that our leaders are ignorance of laws inacted and now reaching the level of misinterpreting the Bible.

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  • 24 April 2013 08:39, by Mary

    They must be doing some wrong, otherwise why do they worry about what journalist will write? If I were a journalist,I’d write more and more articles about them. A shame on lakes State!

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  • 24 April 2013 08:42, by moses matur

    Lakes State government is running crazy, this is a big threat to democracy, were is Manyang Mayom Meen to pick up this lip to defend us. Rush hours govt is tough. Matur Chut with is Agarism govt must noted that we will sack him by all mean. Salva Kiir also must noted that 2015, we will crucify him if some of us remain alive. God help Looting state self service government (GOSS). Manyang help us

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  • 24 April 2013 08:46, by sammartin

    This threat is not acceptable!

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  • 24 April 2013 08:47, by Mary

    Can he tell us what happened to those who crucified Jesus?

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  • 24 April 2013 09:00, by Turism

    hahahahahahahah he who will found abusing the govt will be crucify they said, What a mess state is like lakes with undefine governing it?

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  • 24 April 2013 09:11, by Wunditda

    Waaaaaaw! My God. What is this intimidation? Mabor Achol Kuer is advancing his madness.

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    • 24 April 2013 09:39, by Maker Deng Nyang

      Not only is he advancing his madness, but an indication of high level of ignorance. I don’t know whether he one day read the Holy Bible.Writers are not your circle of wives whom you make as gardens to produce children. You have invited critism to yourself old man, we where looking at the positive side of Matur’s government.Mob! Jesus died for the sins of the world likewise to journalists. Apolgize

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    • 24 April 2013 09:40, by Kurnyel

      The best way to start this process is to crucify Manyang Mayom in public, this man have sold Lakes State in a cheapest price even seen on earth. This will be a good start and if you government of Lakes State don’t have enough nails, I will provide you with Long nails and strong, bigger than the one the used to crucified Jesus Christ.

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      • 24 April 2013 10:01, by Maker Deng Nyang

        @ Kurnyel, Sorry dear! Manyang Mayom Meen will never be crucified. He is atleast representing the voices of youth. You are like Jews who demanded My Lord’s crcifixion. There are many things in South Sudan which need your nails even your own roof may not have finished. Use your long nails for yourself not for Journalists. Mabor Achol betrayed the government, he need be sack to follow his other thie

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      • 24 April 2013 10:10, by Mabor Malou

        Mr. Kurnyel, think outside the box. This is 21st century where democracy and freedom of expression is entertained at all levels of government. Killing journalists and activists will never advance you and your masters to modern system of governance. Manyang Mayom has done nothing wrong. He is telling us the mess. Why did he win the award few years ago? The world recognizes his good work.

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    • 24 April 2013 10:26, by Bungachier 50

      Dear All,
      Jesus said to Judas Iscariot the man who betrayed him that "HE WISHED JUDAS WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN BORN". Master! you have heard what Mabor Achol said about your honorable death on the cross for our sins, him inclusive. May you claim his life soon for the case hearing in Heaven at the end of the year 2013 possibly.

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  • 24 April 2013 09:49, by moses matur

    Kuyuel, you have fuckan up you mud though. Manyang Mayom is your window to freedom in Lakes state. Fuck you with your uncle and your in-law govt.

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  • 24 April 2013 09:49, by moses matur

    Kuyuel, you have fuckan up you mud though. Manyang Mayom is your window to freedom in Lakes state. Fuck you with your uncle and your in-law govt.

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    • 24 April 2013 10:33, by Bungachier 50

      "I wish Kurnyel would have not been born". Do you want my uncles from Lakes State to suffer in a dignified silence? It will never happen man.

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      • 24 April 2013 16:32, by Muordit machol

        Bungachier 50, your fucken deputy governor of the Lake State is not a right person to be choose in that position of deputy governor.Matur Chut is very confuse person from cattle camp to governorship leave alone where he went. Matur need to be send for training in order to accquire the skils and knowledge for his leadership. being a governor of the State you need show your ethics and professional.

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        • 2 May 2013 18:15, by Willy Maliir

          I don’t know what the fuck is d.gvnor talking about?

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  • 24 April 2013 10:37, by Tura Acuse

    WOW! this is the real government leading by Gen. H.E Dr. Salva Kiir Mayardit. I were to be kiir, I would crucify the D/governor before I did that. Inhuman...

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  • 24 April 2013 10:48, by Madingthith

    Oh! Oh my goodness, the D- Governor need to be sacked by practising blasphemy in our own state of Lakes Rumbek.He should not suppose to speak like that because journalists are doing their job assigned to them, that is why they report any governments’ wrongdoings and there is no need to threat them of crucifying like Jesus, what a fail D. Governor. He said this knowing that he is very tough in his

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  • 24 April 2013 10:52, by Samuel Malual

    Mabior Achol Kuer is a retarded leader who is only known of stupidness, foolishness and tongue twisted leader. In
    2009 he was sacked in his commissionship post by Daniel Awet which make him half mad over many years of unemployment. On that day, the Deputy governor was so drunk at the time of his remarks. He walked by wall to wslll in order to support himself to reachs the toilet.
    He also urnined

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  • 24 April 2013 10:56, by Madingthith

    Office and he does not know that he is abusing his powers.
    We are christain and there is no point that we bring Jesus name to threaten the journalists. If I were you Mabor I better resigned before the christain clergies summoned you to explain yourself of saying this" is it becoz of defending your position as D. Governor or what is exactely the reason? I appeal to Bishops to summon him to court

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  • 24 April 2013 10:56, by Joseph Michael

    To the believers, be moderate as Christians, the Muslim brothers would have reacted violently to this assertion by a semi-illiterate person who does not have ground to defend his biblical allusion to the how they would kill their opponents, a normal South Sudanese intimidation of those who have different views of the ruling SPLM. Mabor Achol Kuer is known for bad utterances a trait passed onto him

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  • 24 April 2013 11:32, by Mary

    The triumph of evil is for good men to stand by and do nothing-Edmund Burke

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  • 24 April 2013 11:35, by Baakgol Makoi

    It is a statement that can actually be said by somebody like Mabor Achol. His picture (above) itself portrays what kind of aleader he is.Journalist don’t just write things for the sake they want to be heard, but are the voices of voiceless. Could you pliz elaborate clearly your word. Jesus was not a criminal but a saviour who gave his life for our sins. So do journalist for that matter, if at all.

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  • 24 April 2013 13:25, by Lecture

    I hope the caretaker Mr.Mabor of Lake state was the Idiot man having no humanity,with no patriotic and doesn’t understand the work of journalist in the communities. This illiterate theft, we gonna shall eliminate you one by one. They are the wrong element who cannot bring this nation.Always most of you base on misusing public funds.

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    • 24 April 2013 14:13, by Peter Mading

      Please allow me to intervene though i was late. Mabor Achol Kuer is one between the old Testament and New Testament era who crucified Jesus. He is right to say that becoz he worked with manslaughter Chol Tong-Fake engineer and Master Degree holder of Dialect and Arms- Gen Matur Chuot. We need Fair Journalism to air out wrongs thoughts/actions of the Governments.Otherwise,thxs for calm of situation

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    • 24 April 2013 14:19, by Kurnyel

      By the way I am not part of your rotten country why you angerly do react to me in that way. Ask your minister Kuer am just reinforcing inadequate tools in Rumbek.

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  • 24 April 2013 14:39, by Jong Anthony

    Shame on you Hon: deputy Governor,
    if you crucify any one who speaks the truth then you will fine yourself kicking against hard stone.
    the truth it self will crucify you before you crucify any one

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  • 24 April 2013 16:33, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will normalize and stabilize soon and that the safety and security of citizens will be guarantied.

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  • 24 April 2013 16:44, by Andrew Ojok

    Thanks
    Deputy
    I hope your time is wasting, do you really crucifies your people including your family, are you sure you understand the word of crucify mean? if so you try to be Jude scrip when he sell Jesus during his prayer, you try to sell your governor Dhuol instead of waiting next reshuffling you could be next uncle. shame upon and i know everyone’s have his/her own chance to lead. Please!

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  • 24 April 2013 17:26, by Samuel Malual

    After this statement, Mabior Achol Kuer should resigned or sacked by president because of his insult to christianity. We did fought the war to served christianity in South Sudan. President Kiir must choose one group eiyher our stupid leaders like Mabior Achol or citizens of Lakes State.

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  • 24 April 2013 18:07, by Joseph Michael

    I blame Salva Kiir for all these messes.
    1. referring to article that confers powers upon him always and thinking with his hat and leave the brains inside his head.
    2. Follow jungle laws whilst the constitution is explicitly clear.
    3. Hate a certain community by seeing them suffer and he celebrates.
    4. Dinka tribes sacrificed for the few corrupt Awan (foxes and vixen).

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    • 24 April 2013 19:27, by Nuer Empire

      Wow!! What a nation! Even Pailet he washed his hands that he had not found any wrong doings from this man when Jesus Christ was brought to him.If you crucify,you will die like George who used crucify Lou Nuer between Nyirol and Malakal.You will get curses somewhere else far from Lake State.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 24 April 2013 19:05, by Yic Ye Luel

    Look what Devil worshipers leaders of Lakes state said, you Mabor (deputy governor of Lakes state) you have seemed to have attended school to say that you will crucify those who express their options in the web sites like Jesus is shows that you are worse than Matur Chut Who did not go to school.It is punishment from Mr. president to Lakes state people to appoint to them an Illiterate Governor.

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  • 24 April 2013 19:15, by Yic Ye Luel

    the statement shows that Mabor and his Governor are all fools. If I were the president I should have to sacked them all because it is an abuse to our religion and inhuman to say that they will crucify human being like Jesus who we believe was crucified for our sin. how will they called that person that they crucify, redeemer or savor of Lakes people because Jesus is called with these titles.

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  • 25 April 2013 14:34, by Mack

    This guy is an adult with a child’s mentality. He must know that Jesus Christ was not crucified for talking negatively. This is a very reckless utterance from a person of his caliber. Lakes State is doomed if these are their leaders.

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  • 26 April 2013 03:03, by Jonglacke

    Mabor Achol once was setting for Sudan certicate exam. Mabor did not understand the exam. He asked the monitors if he could go to use the restroom. Upon returning from the restroom, he refused to go back in the classroom to finish the test. When asked by mointors to leave the window where he was standing watching students, he smiled/laugh and said, "mith a ngang a bi nyin lony wargagaci" meaning

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  • 26 April 2013 03:13, by Jonglacke

    children of poor will lose their eyes on papers, but him son of Achol will go back to his father Achol-Kuer cattle camp as they’re rich. This is what Mabor brought back from his dad cattle camp now, the cattle mind. Wow!! Mabor, I don’t blame for your comments, you need to take your words back and call the church to pray for you and ask God to forgive you. I will pray for you too in Jesus Name Ame

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  • 26 April 2013 04:52, by Samuel Malual

    Mr Jonglacke, I can‘t stop launching brother. So this is what had happened to Mabor Achol Kuer during his teens years in School? After all your story about Mabor is a great testimony of the real foolish, the drunken commander of SPLA in Mapourdit. Devil Mabor Achol Kuer is just an empty vessels who makes alots of noise for the sake of noise.

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  • 26 April 2013 05:26, by Odingo

    They proved it that the only goog Dinka is a dead Dinka which I dn,t think so.
    This is a speech a deputy governor cann’t give, but he said anyway because primitive deputy know that Jesus was crucified on the cross to redeem us from our sin. Jesus didn’t write negative article about Lake state government. Jesus was crucified on cross to save the world yaa barbaric deputy governor. only God know

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  • 2 May 2013 18:06, by Willy Maliir

    we should be as one behind the leader we agree-upon but as it had become very clear that most of theirs decisions are evils we must also have a serious look in every decision they made with eyes of hawks.such a statements are proves of their least-primitiveness to governed the people peacefully.We shouldn’t be crucify like Jesus because we are citizens (from HERE) and Jesus is NOT.

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