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Unity state: Rubkotna residents urged to refrain from tribal violence

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December 2, 2013 (BENTIU) – The newly-appointed commissioner of Unity state’s Rubkotna county, Col Stephen Salam Maluit, has called on residents of the area to refrain from acts of tribal violence.

Maluit was appointed last week after caretaker governor Joseph Nguen Monytuel dismissed former commissioner Thomas Maluit Hoth.

Hoth had served as commissioner for three months, but was fired by the governor after a series of deaths in the county during the past month, amid accusations he had failed to maintain security in the area.

Last Thursday, five people were killed and seven injured after a group of armed youths attacked a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) base in Chaalual village, in Rubkotna county. Eleven SPLA soldiers were reportedly killed in the attack.

The SPLA fourth division commander in Rubkotna, James Koang Chuol, accused Hoth and other local officials of being complicit in the attack.

The attack on the army base was allegedly carried out by about 20 armed Leek youth, with eyewitnesses describing the fighting as some of the fiercest the region has seen.

In a public address in Rubkotna, Maluit urged residents to remain calm, saying they must not resort to violence to resolve their issues.

“I have [to] tell you frankly as brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, elders and parents, what has happened; let it not repeat itself again”, he said.

“You should not say, ’I belong to Mr X or Y’; we are one people and should follow [the] same voice in order to work peacefully,” he added.

The new commissioner called on politicians in the area to work with him in order to address insecurity in the county.

Tuong Nguar Kuenynguong, a respected paramount chief in Rubkotna, applauded the appointment on the new commissioner, saying he was confident he could bring much needed improvements to the security situation in the county.

“You may look at him as a small person, but his mind is heavier than his body. We have to applaud his presence as the new commissioner”, said Kuenyguong.

The paramount chief urged the Leek communities to join hands with the new commissioner and work as a team.

Other senior politicians and officials in the county have also welcomed the new commissioner and called on local residents to work with him.

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  • 3 December 2013 06:54, by Justice

    Dear citizens of Unity State, please give peace a chance. Your tedency of solving your differences by fighting is one of your weakness. For peace sake please learn to solve your differences amicably without resolving to fighting. Indeed fighting will not solve whatever contreversial you start with,but it will only tarnish your image in the eye of other communities in South Sudan but also around...

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    • 3 December 2013 07:09, by Mi diit

      Good advice that should go to all the fighting communities all over South Sudan, not only in Unity state. Jonglei and Lakes states are the worst affected by tribal violence. Incompetent Kiir has failed to impose workable policies for good security.

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      • 3 December 2013 07:26, by Rezingving monynok

        shame on them fighting for nothing , because they were brain washed by those militias mafia ,
        naath , madiit , Bentiu son ,and all sick minded militias who do not like the stability of simple citizens to enjoy at least their simple life ,shame on you midiit and your mafias ,huh when will you guys come to a sense of peace and reasoning things, Iam TIRED

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        • 3 December 2013 07:31, by Rezingving monynok

          now stop posting your nonsense here ,go and preach them peace because it you who influenced them with your deadly ideas ,I have never on the face of earth where citizens armed themselves and start attacking their government ,

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        • 3 December 2013 08:01, by Wicdail

          To R, Monkey,
          You can’t shutup your rotten mouth that’s full of rotten food bought with the stolen money by your parents/masters. What stability are you talking about fool, when the country is led by an alcoholic and inferior president who can be monopolized even by his bodyguards?

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    • 3 December 2013 08:15, by Mayom County Boy

      i think all these are nonsense from civil population because goverment is the one that can take action about land issues

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  • 3 December 2013 07:39, by Wicdail

    I believe Col Salam Maluit would make a difference in this situation. Because he will act on the interests of peace between these two sections of Jikiny and leek; unlike that corrupts Presbyterian pastor turn politician. This man (Thomas Maluit) and his likes seek leaderships to grape land a long the river to build their business empires rather than development, peace and harmony for communities.

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    • 3 December 2013 09:36, by Bentiu son

      Yep! Mr Wicdail,u are correct, it is constutional right for Dr Monytuil Wecjang to fired that corrupted n clanist Rev turned into politician Thomas Maluit Hoth as the commissioner of Rupkona County n plus others gossipers who got hands on that incident which caused bloody clashes bt the two sisterly Counties Guit n Rupkona.For instant,his deputy Governor Mr Mabek Lang of Dinka Parieng County.

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      • 3 December 2013 09:47, by Bentiu son

        Yes,it becomes a norm for Thomas Maluit Hoth to cause havoc, confusion n split in any institution he is in.When,he was in charge of Presbyterian Church in Khartoum,Nuer Congregations divided n the Church splited into many groups.Oh!I remember,the man is suffering from genetic mental problem.Governor Dr Monytuil watch out carefully, there exist gossipers,natters n NCP agents in our State.

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  • 3 December 2013 16:16, by chol

    Those attackers at the base where Machar militias.A man without a shame until the day he die and I hope soon rather than latter.
    Chol Y

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    • 4 December 2013 01:51, by Bentiu son

      Stop lying Bor orphan aka Chol,your barking n hatred toward Dr Machar n Nuer community is known over South Sudan.But I assure you cowards that Nuer are majority in Jonglei,Upper Nile n Unity State as well.No need to bark at them because they will be with you till Jesus Christ return to this sinful world.Don’t blame others for your own faults,chronic hatreds, madness,tribalism,envy/jealousy in Bor

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