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Machar describes late Daniel Jumi as national icon who deserves honour


October 21, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar said the late Daniel Jumi Tongun, who died last week on 11 October, deserved a special honor as a freedom fighter and the oldest veteran politician who saw the birth of the nation on 9 July 2011.

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South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar (AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

Late Tongun was born in 1904 at Gwurusoki village, the current location of Juba International airport, northern Bari payam of Juba County.

Machar on Sunday after attending a memorial service on Saturday in honour of the late said Tonngun was a national icon that deserved a special burial organized by the head of state.

The late, he said, could be the longest surviving leader as he died at the age of 110.

The late spent most of his life fighting for the rights of the people of South Sudan and was the first elected president of the Southern Front in 1963, the only political party in Southern Sudan by then.

He joined Anya-Nya I in 1966 after the failure of the 1965 Roundtable Conference in Khartoum in which he participated.

The former vice-president explained that senior citizens such as late Tongun who have lived for over a century and fought for the independence of the country should have been given a special status and cared for by the head of state and his government.

“This man is an icon in these two aspects. Despite the hazards of political life in Sudan and in exile he lived 110 years. I am aware of the fact that those who live beyond 90 years get congratulations from their head of state. This we did not do to late Daniel Juma,” Machar recalled.

Other senior citizens such as Simon Mayan Tut in Upper Nile state, he said, is another example of those who have lived for over 100 years and still living.

He urged the government to begin establishing a ‘Guineas Book of Records’ in which to record senior citizens who have attained the age of 90 and beyond.

Machar also said a monument should be built in honour of the late Daniel Jumi.

“These are the people who implanted in us the importance of independence of South Sudan and should be honoured. During his time he led the whole South as the only party leader. That recognition needs to be made by the government. A monument should be built for him,” he further suggested.


1930 – 1934: He attended C.M.S Elementary School.

1935 -1939: He was teacher and preacher in Kaji Keji.

1940 -1943: Attended Nugent School Loka as student and teacher.

1947: He was detained by the British Administration for leading a strike.

1948 – 1949: Attended Juba Training Center

1951 – 1952: Was in Yambio Institute of Agriculture.

1955 on 17 Augus:t Was detained because of Torit Mutiny and taken to Khartoum Prison.

1956 April: He was released from prison after Sudan got independence on 1 January 1956.

1957: He was nominated by the Liberal Party and elected as Member of Parliament.

1958: He was confirmed as Member of Parliament in the second Sudan parliament (Khartoum).

1963: He was elected president of the Southern Front party.

1965: Led a delegation to East Africa to convince Southerners to come for a Roundtable Conference in Khartoum.

1966: He joined the Anya-Nya I Movement.

1972: He rejected the agreement signed between Gen. Joseph Lagu and Sudan government and remained in exile in Congo till the emergence of the SPLM/A where he played an active role.

1994: He became a chief campaigner to mobilize youth and SPLM/A deserters where he enhanced mobilization of a big army that led to the fall of Yei and other places in Bahr el Ghazal region. He continued to play an advisory role to the SPLM/A leadership till the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in January 2005.

Late Tongun is survived by several children and grandchildren.


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  • 22 October 2013 07:29, by Akol Liai Mager

    Truly National Icon as you can see the consistence of his struggle for the freedom of his people which lacks any indication of deseerting his brothers & sisters and join hand with Khartoum. That consistency alone places him 2nd national Icon to none. May Almighty God rest his souls in peace.

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    • 22 October 2013 07:37, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Using funeral services as a campaigning ground is unexceptable, we were being told that Riek pout Nyuon was absolutely complaining for political louring than mourn like relatives of the Daniel, that was a shame and one of the relatives almost laches out to insult him, we were told,

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      • 22 October 2013 10:51, by Mayom County Boy

        @dinka domaninatedsplm Dr Riek does n,t think that is life become worst than die
        look how can you can campaigning over some thing related to death. if riek realy is not because is mad .
        look you can be ashame full because you are campaigning from funeral to funeral .

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        • 22 October 2013 11:42, by Mi diit

          Gogrial County Boy,
          When Garang died people talked about his heroism and being a great man. Was that politics! Will Dr. Machar not talk about incompetent Kiir’s whatever greatness when he dies? Will you also accuse Dr. Machar of describing Kiir as great during Kiir’s funeral???

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        • 22 October 2013 11:55, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

          Stupid County Boy brother you are Really very stupidly Enough , who are you and who is your Idiot Primitive Illiterate or Alcoholic Kiir Majiong dit please you thinking about all of your Life here in South Sudan is Dr. Machar Teny who is always Saves your life here in Capital Juba.

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        • 22 October 2013 12:04, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

          Brother County Boy if you don’t wont Dr. Machar to leading this Nation is too-late now Dr. Machar is Gaining More Popularity particular in South Sudan& whole world wide in general now 100% will votes for Dr. Machar event you b/c you are Supporting Mintuil & Mintuil now is with us to supporting Machar b/c you don’t how is going on in the Politic and Kiir will getting 0.0% of Vote in South Sudan.

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    • 22 October 2013 08:14, by Ankh

      With every move and words Dr. Riek is gaining political points contrary to our President who is proving before the world he is a dictator.
      2015 elections should truly be about what we & those of Daniel Jumi fought for.

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      • 22 October 2013 08:24, by Mi diit

        You are right. Primitive Kiir and his thievery supporters don’t understand how government works. Kiir did not even attend the burial and memory of late hero Daniel Jumi Tongun. Now they are waking up to the points made by Dr. Machar. Are these blind people the ones to lead us? They are plain thieves with historical habit of stealing. Dr. Machar oyeee.....Kiir doesn’t know all these...

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  • 22 October 2013 07:31, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    There is nothing wrong with honor freedom fighters, but when it come out pout Nyuon mouth, it sound like telling the people to burn the dead body in hell, we also being informed yesterday about his words in that funeral, it was a mere campaigning propaganda. We know it but nyagat pout should build his mum monument first before talking carb, heartbroken shit making funeral as politicle ground,

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    • 22 October 2013 07:40, by omoni jr.

      Mother fucker Dinka Dominated shitass hole.
      jealousness will eventually kill you mr. dog. just kill yourself mr idiot instead abusing your master. is that the only word "brokenheart" you know??

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      • 22 October 2013 07:50, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Omanio de otroio, why are you barking at me dog? Who let you remain in our country since we kicked out foreigners ? You must leave our country now, we do not need your bodo boda business here,shut up and go to Congo because if you were you Ugandan, you would have been kicked out but noe, I can see you are Congolese, go and joint M23 gangster or Joseph konyi. No time to talk to poor uncivilised boy

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      • 23 October 2013 15:43, by dad1

        Omoni jr.
        Two questions to ask you.
        1. was Riek not in the government when he was Vp when Jumi still alive what did he did to him as Vp?
        2. what was the range of late Jumi in the movement? don’t just come with an old man in the village and say he was in the movement. I never heard about him in Anya-anya1 or SPLA.

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    • 22 October 2013 08:08, by Malakal county Simon

      Primitive president was suppose to attended the funeral, to honor the late Daniel. But instead, the president choose to have few beers with his slave body-guard called Dinka Dominated foods/corruptions. As a result that, the president and his slave body-guard both miss the funeral due to alcohol addiction.

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  • 22 October 2013 07:33, by Gat Gan Kiir

    President await Dr. Machar, you are right man of the people for the people and by the people. Without you nobody would even think about what you have spoken. This government of Incompetent Kiir is not of the people not for the people and not by the people. You deserve a chance lead this country in order to set an example for generation to come.

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  • 22 October 2013 07:35, by Naath

    Well done Dr Riek,yes Daniel deserves the the honour that is for sure.the whole nation love what are doing keep your head down and move forward even hopeless die honoured too

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  • 22 October 2013 07:36, by omoni jr.

    The first time I recognized Dr Reik machar as very brilliant man. He actually speak the truth right away.
    These worsd are supposed to comes from the mouth of the head state rather than just MP like machar.

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    • 22 October 2013 07:54, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      So you are telling us that the contract between nyagat pout Nyuon and your mother expired during the time we fired him right? Ah ah ah ah son of Congolese_ugandan, why are you still in our country you illegal migrants since we kicked your brothers out of our country dog? Go and joint M23 or LRA of your brothers, no more bodo boda. In our country, Go leave now dog go to your country,

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      • 22 October 2013 08:07, by omoni jr.

        mr. Dog
        you are just street boy. you born on the street without a single parent. am 100% sure you do not have your mother and father,since your mother was prostitute who happened to sold her stinking ass pussy on street boys/man. That is why you are traumatised and you disrespect every leader who happened to come from another tribe. Mr. dog am true south sudanese national. I dont buy your lies.

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      • 22 October 2013 08:18, by wang

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M
        All Equatorian were from Equatoria, Dinka from Bahr el Ghazal and Nuer from Greater Upper Nile, so shut Fuck up by calling other Southerners as an aliens…

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        • 22 October 2013 08:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          You illegal migrant. Get fuck. You must leave the country to her citizens why are still here while we band bodo boda? Go home, leave the country, no more illegal migrant in our country, we say no to illegal migrants, go home you Ugandan _Congolese. LRA _ M23 nyagateens,

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      • 22 October 2013 08:41, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        You illegal migrant. Get fuck. You must leave the country to her citizens why are still here while we band bodo boda? Go home, leave the country, no more illegal migrant in our country, we say no to illegal migrants, go home you Ugandan _Congolese. LRA _ M23 nyagateens,

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  • 22 October 2013 08:19, by wang

    Dr. Riek do your best for this country….Kiir is too busy somewhere with prostitutes and alcohol…as usually business for him. With all respects, this heroes and icon man deserves more than honour from us... my God rest his souls in peace. Shame on Kiir!

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  • 22 October 2013 08:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The burial was organized as for the poltical checkpoint to express your political interest.

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  • 22 October 2013 08:41, by Marco Bul

    What do u expect from an illiterate boozer and womaniser.He knows nothing about integration and socialisation.His priorities are:

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    • 22 October 2013 09:07, by Malakal county Simon

      Kiir alcoholism and his slaves/body-guard will drag this beautiful country, to uncertain future very soon!

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  • 22 October 2013 09:01, by manyang mawech

    Kiir is drinking some beer which their expire date are October 30 /13

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  • 22 October 2013 10:36, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    South Sudanese am not happy about Abyei Issue if Abyei will Remaining to the North, while people of Abyei was Struggled with us together During the war and they have a Percent here in South Sudan & our Primitive President forgetting that Abyei is Belong to South b/cs of his Bad Leader what I believing is Let us Pray b/cs if our People of Abyei will remaining to the North Kiir Will die very soon

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    • 22 October 2013 10:51, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

      Abyei People this Message is belong to you all.Bashir is now came to Juba b/c of Abyei he Agreement with Kiir &they said there is No Referendum in Abyei & Kiir now is Summiting Abyei to the Northern Sudan.but don’t worry Dr.Machar is working day and night for it.don’t worry we have Future Leader who will lead us for up coming 2015 Election if this Foolish Dinka Kiir is forgotten you

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      • 22 October 2013 10:56, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        and their agreement they Decided to Leaves the Abyei Issue and now in Juba if you Campaign about Abyei here in Juba Kiir will Killing you very soon and you Remembering My Words people of Abyei

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        • 22 October 2013 13:09, by Ming Dhal

          Bilpam Land!
          Please go back to school and improve your English knowledge, i have been passing through your comments and its seems you are new on this forum with too small capacity to present concrete points? How would you elaborate Riek’s popularity reaching 100%? Have you forgotten 1991 Incident? You are among the fake characters who ran to Jima for refuge & claiming yourself to be fighter.

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          • 22 October 2013 18:32, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

            Ming Dhal Brother my Language is Better than all of your Family and your Idiot President Kiir and let me leave you alone because you are Primitive or uneducated person , Ming Dhal Brother Dog is better than you , if you don’t wont Dr. Machar to Lead this Nation you will die like Dog. you wait our Time is coming now .

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          • 22 October 2013 18:32, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

            Ming Dhal Brother my Language is Better than all of your Family and your Idiot President Kiir and let me leave you alone because you are Primitive or uneducated person , Ming Dhal Brother Dog is better than you , if you don’t wont Dr. Machar to Lead this Nation you will die like Dog. you wait our Time is coming now .

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  • 22 October 2013 14:41, by Nimule

    Machar is never liar nor looking for political accommodation in the funeral of the great leader who labored for decades of decades. Pliz give Machar a national honor the little he did.

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    • 22 October 2013 19:07, by jijury

      I completely I agree with Dr. Riek, Icon like Daniel Jumi deserves a national honor not only his participation during the two liberation wars but also his age. Because it’s very rare to find people like him who have reached ages of 110 in the entire Africa continent needless to say South Sudan where people are dying everyday and the leader is just sitting passively doing nothing.

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  • 22 October 2013 20:44, by white Army Commander

    Dear all
    There is a good and a bad news, good news, my army still maintaining their guns/weapons FACING BOR JUBA side, they are ready for fight. the bad thing is, got rich corrupted stupid guys in Juba gona get their assssssssssssssssss in refugeeee camp again. otherwise we are people of peace, Democracy, Unity and togetherness and you must mind your bussiness,conduct the election! @ChuolGatnyabuo

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  • 22 October 2013 20:55, by white Army Commander

    Why should YOU GUYS be so stupid addicted to tribal confrontation. when something obvious is taking place fooooools remains idiotically and primitively ignorants of the facts. Riek is our Second president after Gen. Kirr, The man is politically humble, committed to unseat Kirr democratically. stop bucking sons of bitchs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 22 October 2013 21:04, by white Army Commander

    We have already gets 10000000000000% votes from GU, 45%VOTES FROM GB and 10000000000% vote from GE. KIrr!!! you are going to hell, TIK YUAL KUOTH BI MACH DU KU LUUK E KEELE, who are going to be serious these days, DESTRUCTION or DEVELOPMENT? you have to chooooooooooooooose one YOU fooooooooooools

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