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December 12, 2013 (JUBA) – A senior member of the South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has ruled out the possibility of addressing the leadership crisis and reconciling two rivaling groups of the party during the upcoming meeting of the National Liberation Council (NLC) scheduled for Saturday.

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SPLM senior leaders holding a press conference to discuss the actions of party chairman and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, on 6 December 2013 in Juba (ST)

Martin Majut Yak, the secretary for Popular and Syndicated Organizations in the national secretariat said the meeting would be strictly for passing the four basic documents namely the party constitution, manifesto, code of conduct and rules and regulations.

He explained that there will be no item on the agenda in the NLC meeting to try and resolve the current differences between the two groups in the leadership until the third National Convention next year.

Speaking to Eye radio FM on Friday morning show, the party official further explained that after the NLC meeting, the leadership will go ahead and organize congresses in all the states in preparation for the next year’s convention.

“The meeting will be for passing the basic documents. If there are any differences in the party leadership, they will be tackled in the National Convention…After NLC meeting the party will go ahead with the organization of congresses” Yak said.

On 6 December, dozens of members from the SPLM’s highest executive organ, the Political Bureau (PB) and NLC called on South Sudan’s president and party chairman, Salva Kiir, to first call for the PB meeting in order to set the agenda for the NLC in accordance with the ordinary party procedures.

The group which included the former vice president, Riek Machar, suspended party secretary general, Pagan Amum and Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of late SPLM founder, John Garang de Mabior, among others, also accused Kiir of “dictatorial tendencies” by dissolving or ignoring the party’s official organs.

They decried Kiir’s unilateral actions in which he instead directed the state governors to select their respective party committees of their liking to organize for various party congresses prior to the National Convention.

They called for a public rally on Saturday, 14 December in order to enlighten the public about the party’s affairs.

Observers say Kiir has got no significant support in the 19-membership of the Political Bureau organ, which explains the intention to avoid its meetings.

Yak however said it was up to the other concerned SPLM group to whether or not participate in the Saturday meeting of the 160+ membership of the NLC, saying the meeting will go ahead as planned.

In a counter-press conference by the other group led by the vice president, James Wani Igga, also second deputy chairman, they accused Machar of trying to imitate the 1991 split.

Robecca Nyandeng de Mabior, presidential advisor and member of the Political Bureau, however responded on Bakhita radio FM on Tuesday, rebuking those who were still recalling the past differences in 1991 in order to blackmail others, urging them to instead address the current challenges facing the party and its leadership.

The Saturday abrupt schedule was seen as disrupting the planned public rally by the other party officials.

REACTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

The revelations by the SPLM official on the status quo raised a number of questions and concerns from the citizens who threw various questions directly to him.

Alfred Gai Thot, a resident in Juba, wondered why some in the party leadership don’t want the politburo to meet first and set the agenda for the NLC.

“Why do you avoid Political Bureau meeting first before the National Liberation Council takes place? Will you resolve differences in the NLC meeting?” he asked the SPLM official.

“I don’t like the way the vice president [Wani Igga] responded to the press conference held by the other group, dismissing their concerns as those outside the government. I hope the NLC will be reconciliatory,” commented another, Charles.

Ezekiel from Central Equatoria state was also concerned that the “rushed” meeting of the NLC without PB organ setting the agenda first may not bear the desired fruits.

“Why do you meet as NLC before meeting as PB? Will this not bring problems? Secondly, the language used by the vice-president [Wani Igga] was not a responsible language,” he told the official.

(ST)

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  • 13 December 2013 07:43, by Rommel

    Salva Kiir should allow the politburo to elect a new chairman and should then gracefully leave the political environment altogether. If I was in Salva’s shoes, I would convene a meeting with Pagan Amum and Nyandeng De Mabior and their respective factions; I would then inform them that I have instructed members of my faction in the politburo to support Pagan’s election to the chairmanship...

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    • 13 December 2013 07:48, by Rommel

      .. while urging Nyandeng De Mabior and Deng Alor to do likewise. The deputy chairman should also be a non-Dinka — preferably an Equatorian. I don’t regard Pagan or any other political figure in the SPLM as competent by any stretch of the imagination, but Pagan’s ascension to the Chairmanship and thus to the presidency, would be a means of making the best of a bad situation.

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      • 13 December 2013 08:07, by Ming Dhal

        You the same Madam Nyandeng said people should forget the pass b/c you wanted to bring stupid Riek into power by your own default! Do it but remember it’s the same Bor that will suffer under your stupidity for stupid greed.

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        • 13 December 2013 08:11, by Mi diit

          Oh, my...Martin Majut Yak? When did he become a senior official in SPLM? The man left us here in Canada when he was a watch man at night standing at the gate to protect burglars into companies. His uncle Kiir called him to Juba and appointed him his office manager. The next thing now is head of party organizations. And now talks of NO reconciliation. Wow, what a mess!

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          • 13 December 2013 08:17, by Mi diit

            Incompetent Kiir’s group will not accept reconciliation because they don’t want to address the root causes of the differences of leadership. They will not even listen to the church. Example they chose Sunday, 8th Dec with Wani Igga as the day for their press conference where they insulted the other group of Dr. Machar. They didn’t go to church, b/se they didn’t care about that day being for God..

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          • 13 December 2013 08:28, by Monydit

            @Mi-Diit riek machar was in Khartuom Killing his own pipo and given now position in south sudan as VP What wrong With the Appointment of Martin Majut Yak in to SPLM notthing wrong with that @Mi-Diit your uncle riek plus his Groups they are gone Cause in the party my dear MDiit

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            • 13 December 2013 08:37, by Mi diit

              Monytot,
              Let Kiir form his own party called Kony Beny or Beny Kony or whatever which he wanted to form in Yei 2004 when he rebelled against Dr. John Garang de Mabior. He is now planning to quit SPLM and form a pro-NCP party. Kiir wants to resume his task as SAF spy man in 1980s in Malakal when he betrayed and killed thousands. He also killed hundreds of leaders when he was SPLA security chief.

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              • 13 December 2013 14:23, by Machiek

                @Mi diit, when did the SPLM become so sweet like this as everyone wanted to be proud of it? this is the same SPLM u & ur uncle Riek had rebelled against it and ran to Khartoum.Kiir will not form any New party but you will go back to activate your old party splm-Nasir period.And for Nyandeng will be question by the soul of Bors that Riek had killed in Bor.Bringing Riek into power is an abomination.

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                • 13 December 2013 15:31, by Naath

                  Machiek,Bor massacre is propaganda from criminal Garang to won the war againist the self determination founder Dr Riek Machar.I can see you now desperate and struggle to get to the basic point.Riek action against Garang is not a rebellion it’s of getting your mum and dad from danger, don’t you understand that,now your uncle is enjoying self determination that Dr riek fighting for,now you are free

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                  • 13 December 2013 23:53, by Bak Akec

                    If Riak Machar comes to power, I can tell you the whole country will rebel. Riak killed thousands in Bor, and left the victims traumatised. Garang is a hero, unlike your cowardly Riak.

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          • 13 December 2013 09:34, by Nyachebe

            Once upon a time, was a Lou-Nuer prominent paramount chief who was in disputes with Dinka-Chuor and were in the verge of war, and here is what he had to said, “This season I am going to fight one of the fiercest wars ever in history with Dinka-Chuor, and those who reside far after they heard the breaking news of such a war, they will be defecated”. Think about it those who live far will defecate,

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            • 13 December 2013 09:35, by Nyachebe

              , what about those who will be participating in that war meant a score of human demises.
              It’s not surprise for people like Martin Majut Yak and Telar Deng to one day sink the country into abyss, and this is at the door awaiting you, sirs! Please Martin; go back to Canada where you were patrolling malls and shops working as security guard. Martin; wasn’t you who said thanks God Dr.John Garang is

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              • 13 December 2013 09:36, by Nyachebe

                dead after the crash, and flew to Juba right away to start this dirty politicking you are admiring now. Martin; is it bad for you sitting at Juba bridge Hotel for years with beautiful wife in the name of peace in the country or you wanted Juba to be in destruction and end up in Canada where your wife will be taken from your hand once again. Martin at el Telar; which tribe owns 80% of most luxurie

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                • 13 December 2013 09:37, by Nyachebe

                  luxuries houses, business, and modern cars in Juba, yet you are begging for the down fall of this country? Adage goes; “No matter how one fed his dog fully, that dog is still remains a dog and can harass the owner instantly”. This is exactly what Martin at el Telar and cohorts like SPLM Dinka dominated are doing to themselves. But it is here for you brothers now than ever, and don’t look for it fa

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                  • 13 December 2013 09:38, by Nyachebe

                    far!!!!!!!!!
                    These Gogrial kitchen advisors will only wake up to their senses when they heard the rattles of bullets in Juba. Imagine, David Yau Yau used to panic them and have gave them nightmares, what if mightiest South Sudanese said enough is enough….Martin and dog pop (Kiir Malieldit) will not make it this time instead.
                    I don’t understand how Martin at el Telar and cohorts like SPLM Dinka dom

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                    • 13 December 2013 09:39, by Nyachebe

                      dominated judge things. Dr.Riek and group are not telling dog pop (Kiir Malieldit) to resign from presidency but to compete a healthy democracy exercise within the party for chairmanship for the upcoming 2015 election. In a nutshell, Kiir remains the president of the Republic until 2015, and should he also win the chairmanship of the party democratically, he will still remain the flag bearer for t

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                      • 13 December 2013 09:43, by Nyachebe

                        the Republic until 2015, and should he also win the chairmanship of the party democratically, he will still remain the flag bearer for the SPLM party ticket. What is wrong about that now, and why dissolving the structure of the party hierarchy? Instead, Martin at el Telar and cohorts like SPLM Dinka dominated plus dog pop (Kiir Malieldit) himself are deceiving people of Greater BarelGhazal that pe

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                        • 13 December 2013 09:44, by Nyachebe

                          people of Greater Upper Nile are aiming to take your seat. Who gave you that damn seat yah…foolish majority? Anyway, it is here for you brothers now than ever, and don’t look for it far!!!!!!!!!

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          • 13 December 2013 14:35, by Dr Manago

            Mi dit you seem not knowing the meaning of education, some one can be a cook but later he or she will be big person

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            • 13 December 2013 16:10, by Dr Manago

              Your nyagat called riek machar will never get to power ,wait and see after the approval of splm’s basic documents ,riek will be kicked out of splm party and hand over icc to answer charges of attrocities he committed in bor.

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            • 13 December 2013 16:21, by Dr Manago

              Your nyagat called riek machar will never get to power ,wait and see after the approval of splm’s basic documents ,riek will be kicked out of splm party and hand over icc to answer charges of attrocities he committed in bor.

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      • 13 December 2013 08:08, by Mi diit

        Rommel,
        Reserve your choice. Let them sort it out by themselves. Pagan Amum may not be ready NOW to take the seat. He might have chosen somebody else to be the chairman. So don’t impose on Kiir to appoint Pagan Amum. I don’t have a problem with Amum, but this should not be imposed on him by Kiir alone.

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        • 13 December 2013 08:19, by Rommel

          Mi diit:
          How is merely tending my perspective on the matter an act of imposition!? Surely even you understand that posts on the Internet are more than insignificant in the grand scheme of things. You’ve evinced your position, and you’ve certainly not reserved your choice... so why should I?

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          • 13 December 2013 08:33, by Rommel

            Pagan Amum Okiech has expressed a willingness to lead, and so I doubt that you are privy to whether or not he’s ready. Pagan Amum, Nyandeng De Mabior, and Riek have individually expressed interest in the SPLM chairman-woman position, and so the importance of building strategic alliances cannot be overstated.

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            • 13 December 2013 08:43, by Mi diit

              Rommel,
              Consult with Pagan Amum NOW instead of relying on his past interest to compete for the party chairmanship. Doesn’t that make sense to you. What if he said I instead nominate X to be the chairman, what would you say? So, please try to have plan B. I thought you were "intellectually" neutral in this, but good that you have given up and painted your color clear. Good luck!!!

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              • 13 December 2013 09:08, by Rommel

                Mi diit:
                There’s absolutely no evidence that Pagan Amum no longer covets the Chairmanship of the SPLM. Do you have evidence that would justify categorizing and tagging his current political ambitions as those of the past? Please provide the requested evidence.

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                • 13 December 2013 09:12, by Rommel

                  I’m a patriot, I cannot at all be regarded as "neutral" in matters pertaining to my country. The fact that you assumed that I could be in anyway neutral in these matters, demonstrates that you have the mind of an infant. You really do have the attention span of a fruit-fly.

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      • 13 December 2013 08:08, by jijury

        Retarded Rommel, South Sudan is not a Dinka organization where your inept King salva can pick which tribe he wanted to work with and leave the others. You need to store that in your empty brain.

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        • 13 December 2013 08:26, by Rommel

          jijury:
          Where have I even indicated a wish to exclude and marginalize any tribe (s)!? I didn’t even speak of tribes. I merely affirmed the fact that there are factions and alliances in the politburo, and that it would be wise for Salva to step down and lend his factional support to Pagan in a legitimate, fair and transparent voting exercise.

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          • 13 December 2013 08:48, by Rommel

            I’ve often said that the Dinka should acknowledge and embrace others as equals. Our representation in the government is far too high; it should drop from its current 59% to 10-15% at the very most, in order that the constituent sixty-four [64] tribes of South Sudan get proper representation in government.

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        • 13 December 2013 14:55, by Machiek

          @ jijury,let me not go deeply, who kept-on in the movement in 1991? was it not the Dinkas whom u h’ve forgotten today.I guess u shd praise the Dinkas with ur hands straight up & louder tone saying ’’ lord God,u h’ve given strong community among us to liberate us from slavery’’. without Dinkas, South Sudan would h’ve never been called a country today.We shd appreciate the role some had played.

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      • 13 December 2013 12:18, by Mapuor

        President Kiir is a good leader,just look at the way he treats disgruntled elements,no threats of arrests,no charges such as sabotage,dissemination of subversive literature,enemies of the people,insubordination,defamation etc.Bravo Mr Kiir,if it were those thugs,they would have shot people in broad day light as they did during the war.Kiir oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • 13 December 2013 08:34, by Tong dut

      Things is very hot, Dinka Bor and Dinka rumbek.

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      • 13 December 2013 08:48, by Mi diit

        Rommel,
        Jijury is right. But how unfortunate your easily forget your own statements. Let me remind you BELOW with your tribal segregated statement posted up there:
        "The deputy chairman should also be a non-Dinka — preferably an Equatorian." What does this mean if not a tribal thinking?

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        • 13 December 2013 08:56, by Rommel

          Mi diit:
          Ah, so the fact that I am advocating a more pluralistic arrangement is akin to segregation!? I don’t see anything remotely pernicious in wanting the President and the Vice-President to be a non-Dinka. Equatoria is a large region, inhabited by dozens of tribes, and so it would only be fair for them to receive greater political representation in the Executive branch.

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          • 13 December 2013 09:40, by Ankh

            To suggest that the vice president should be from equatoria because of ’’large region" "many tribes" is tribalistic. Totally disregards the smaller tribes. Bottom line is, we dont need your tribe in your resume.

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          • 13 December 2013 11:47, by Bentiu son

            Rommel or Romandan stop prostitution bt Salva Kiir’s poor camp v Dr Machar’s rich camp.For me you are like a bat which didn’t know whether it is animal or a bird or seasonal chameleon animals drive by weather.I know your really name which Paul Akol Diit- the SPLM youth Secretary League. You some times turned your natter mouth to Salva n sometimes to Dr Machar.What a flip flop stance ya Maareth?

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            • 13 December 2013 11:58, by Bentiu son

              Romman,you r very coward n gossiper idiot that I had never seen.Look instead of supporting Dr Machar who want to rescue your Abyei people from long bondage of Sudan,you bark at him n hatred him to death.What treacherous stance ya betrayers? Martin Majut is also naive n traitor from Abyei brought by Salva Kiir’s failure group to distort the facts n hindrance Abyeians to rally behind their son Deng

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              • 13 December 2013 12:08, by Bentiu son

                Alor Kuol,Edward Lino n Luka Biong Deng.Romandan n Martin Majut Yak if you aren’t an opportunists drived by self interests n ambitions,ask yourselves.Where is the status of your area Abyei in Kiir’s painful regime at de moment? In hell right? Waw!gluttons wake n fight for your precious right.Salva Kiir had already sold you alive to Arabs of Sudan,Full stop.We shall not retreat whether with us or n

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            • 13 December 2013 12:00, by Rommel

              Bentiu son:
              Your vapid little analogy aside... Are you on drugs!? I have never supported Riek! I oppose Salva Kiir every time he contravenes the ’constitution’, and when he issues his self-serving, dictatorial Executive Orders. To your mentally challenged mind, these displays of dissent and criticism sound like support for Riek.

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              • 13 December 2013 12:04, by Rommel

                To you it all sounds the same, doesn’t it? Prove to us that you are not as clueless as you appear to be, explain the difference between the two. Now a small child can understand the above. So either you are pretending to lack the intellectual capacity of even a small child... Or you are trolling by making obtuse arguments you don’t actually believe in. Which is it?

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                • 13 December 2013 12:08, by Rommel

                  Given Riek’s extensive history of allying himself with Khartoum, don’t you *think* it’s a bit gauche for you to attack others by accusing them of "prostitution"? You’re obviously completely demoralised in that you would resort to such self degrading semantics; your unintelligible response typifies the last resort banalities of those looking for a way out of lost arguments.

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                  • 13 December 2013 12:09, by Rommel

                    Riek is like a *prostitute* that gets a little too attached to her client (s); she becomes smitten, builds a doom destined ’relationship’ and is swayed by unrealistic promises by her wily client; he promises to break up with his wife to build on their pseudo relationship.

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                    • 13 December 2013 12:11, by Rommel

                      Does this at all sound familiar? It should. Riek was promised control of the oilfields; Riek was promised a referendum; Riek was promised respect as an equal... but needless to say, Riek didn’t get any of these, did he now? Select your words very carefully... they might just come back to bite you.

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                      • 13 December 2013 12:30, by Rommel

                        You previously asserted that I was Luka Biong under a pseudonym, but you now assert that I am Paul Akol. You’re the chameleon. Your accusations keep changing in a manner likened to how a chameleon changes its color according to a given environment. It’s amazing to witness the human mind in the process of confusing itself via self-inflicted misdirection, convolution and irrationality.

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                        • 13 December 2013 12:47, by Rommel

                          It’s obvious you are in need of medication, or have probably stopped taking any. I am from Jonglei, so you should probably change your rhetoric, as it’s terribly impertinent.

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                      • 13 December 2013 12:31, by Bentiu son

                        Paul Akol nicknamed Rommel,If you are die-heart supporter killer Salva Kiir why do you decry n criticize his authoritarian system tendencies or brutal regime characterized by tribal,clan n regional politics.If you aren’t double agent,you should support him to death like those Idiots: DD Corruption,Monydit,Makuac Lam,Mapour n many thugs n food lovers from your neighboring Dinka tribes.

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                        • 13 December 2013 12:56, by Rommel

                          Bentiu son:
                          Now, look carefully and pretend for a moment that you are not abysmally intellectually challenged, but that you are actually capable of processing information like a normal human being, because I’m going to educate you. I don’t support Salva Kiir and I certainly don’t support Riek. The fact that I don’t support Riek doesn’t necessarily mean that I support Salva Kiir.

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                          • 13 December 2013 13:12, by Bentiu son

                            Romandan,if you are neutral, why do you often pointing your useless fingers n nattering mouth against the populist n charismatic leader like Dr Riek Machar who fight hard to dismantle dictatorial system of Jurchol bred turned Dinka Rek Salva Kiir as to replace it with our choice- democratic system characterize by good governance,equality,justice, transparency n accountability

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                            • 13 December 2013 13:59, by Rommel

                              Bentiu son:
                              Riek has murdered tens of thousands of civilians. Riek is of average intelligence. He has the charisma of a damp-rag, a penchant for destructive political opportunism, the flexibility and impermanence of a chameleon and the loyalty of a mercenary. The only time in which I criticize him is when people like you make up congenial lies on his behalf. I will not stand for lies.

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                              • 14 December 2013 01:48, by Bentiu son

                                Romandan that means you want to choose for others, right? Who are you to determinate our choices who is to be elect n who is not ya idiot burn with jealousy,chronic hatred n tribal mindset.You Kiir’s puppet boys whenever you see or hear about Dr Machar,you burn with envy n wish him dead but I assure you morons that you are not free while we are in South Sudan with you ya selfish community(akulbara

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                                • 14 December 2013 04:59, by Rommel

                                  Bentiu son:
                                  I can’t see how you could possibly infer from my posts that I wish to dictate to others. We all have opinions, and we all make them known. I merely presented my judgement and my opinions of the man. I am entitled to my opinions; and it is my opinion that Salva Kiir should support Pagan Amum for the SPLM Chairmanship in a vote. I have absolutely no reason to be "jealous" of Riek.

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        • 13 December 2013 09:57, by Monydit

          Hahahah Stupid Food Lover are fighting over the position sorry non of those you mentioned will never get that Seat sorry and Sorry you are fighting yourselves on internet for nothing@Mi-Diit president Salva Kiir is ruling south sudan untill 2020. shamme on food lover fighting for something in darkness shamme on Nuer pipo am really sorry riek will never get that Seat until his dead came

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          • 13 December 2013 12:06, by Naath

            Monyleil, no escape roots this time, I will be in charge for the city juba, you better ask world food programs for food.1991 is nothing,The really painful one is going to come, I know dinka brothers are hopeless when war continue none stops, you can see in 1991 they left villages selling their kids this time we don’t need kids

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            • 13 December 2013 12:21, by Rommel

              Naath:
              In case you were entombed under a rock all these years, let me spell it out for you... Riek’s attempt at a coup d’état failed, miserably. His forces were defeated after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Keep your pathetic little threats to yourself, little ’man’.

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              • 13 December 2013 12:35, by Rommel

                You’re probably a war virgin with an unhealthy infatuation with war, imagining that it’s some kind of picnic. War is not glamorous! Civilians on both sides suffered immensely in the conflagration! Your position is completely ridiculous and no doubt sets the stage for many inane posts to follow.

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              • 13 December 2013 12:48, by Bentiu son

                Dear founders n senior members of SPLA/M,Dr Machar,Mama Nyadeng,Pagan Amum Akiech,Alfred Lado Gore,Dr Luka Monoja,Cirino Hiteng,Deng Alor Kuol,Moses Tong Mayai,Taban Deng Gai,Dr Aduok Nyaba,Oyai Deng Ajak,John Luk,Gier Chuong Aluong,Elijah Maluk,Madut Biar Yiel,Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth n many retired active generals of SPLA,we the entire citizens of South Sudan are rallying behind you go a head

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                • 13 December 2013 13:00, by Bentiu son

                  comrades till victory,No more dictatorship,corruptions,humiliation of citizens n SPLA forces,growing tribalism,regionalism,authoritarian system,clanism,nepotism,deteriorated foreign relations,cattle rustlings activities,wanton killings of our people in cold blooded around Juba n beyond.We must collectively remove our common virus disease- Kiir’s painful regime characterized by clan,tribal/ethnic d

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              • 13 December 2013 14:38, by Naath

                Hopeless rommel you still desperate for reality i can see.can you tell me when Dr machar attempt a coup and fails,tell me in details year that happen,month,weeks,days and on,all you mention are nonsens no basic ground about what you are talking about.If you could remember in 1991 war when criminal Garang play propaganda about the loose of his troops and call it Bor Massacre,stop lie

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                • 13 December 2013 16:09, by Rommel

                  Naath:
                  I have no idea what your incoherence aims to address, and I doubt you do either at this point. The fact that you ignore reality when it gets in the way of your fantasies shows that your argument is the product of ignorance, hate and stubborn stupidity.

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                  • 13 December 2013 16:20, by Rommel

                    The fact that you can so confidently deny that there was in fact an attempted coup d’etat and the massacre of thousands of unarmed civilians, proves that you have a screw loose in your head. Riek’s massacre of thousands of civilians is not a myth. No one believes this or thinks this, other than you. Though I doubt that you actually believe it, because, well... it’s just dumb.

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                    • 13 December 2013 16:45, by Rommel

                      You share so much in common with Riek — the man is a pathological liar, just like you. The *Bor Massacre directly consumed the lives of at least 2, 000 civilians, with some estimates putting the figure closer to 5, 000. Here’s what historians have to say:

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                      • 13 December 2013 16:52, by Rommel

                        From September through November 1991, SPLA-Nasir forces raided a series of villages in the Dinka districts of Bor and Kongor in Upper Nile Province. These raids, in which some 2, 000 civilians perished, became known as the Bor Massacre. (Civilian Devastation: Abuses by All Parties in the War in Southern Sudan, Jemera Rone, John Prendergast, Karen Sorensen)

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                        • 13 December 2013 17:01, by Rommel

                          As part of its power-struggle with the SPLM/A, the SSDF attacked Bor and the surrounding villages, slaughtering civilians as they fled the violence and forcing those who remained to perish in burning huts. This massacre resulted in at least 2, 000 civilian deaths (Amnesty International 2005: 10). (Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding: The Continuing Crisis in Darfur, Johan Brosché, Daniel Rothbart

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                          • 13 December 2013 17:05, by Rommel

                            Riek denied [for decades] that his forces had in fact directly murdered thousands of civilians, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine. Allow me to cite for you yet another historian:

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                            • 13 December 2013 17:13, by Rommel

                              The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                              • 13 December 2013 17:30, by Rommel

                                The exact reasons for the massacre remain unclear and indeed, until recently, Machar described it as a ’myth’, but it is thought to have been an attack not only against Garang but also to make the SPLM less Dinka-centric: Machar and his forces were ethnically Nuer, the traditional rivals of the Dinka. (South Sudan Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                                • 13 December 2013 17:35, by Rommel

                                  (The Bor Massacre continues to haunt the new Republic of South Sudan and thus Vice-President Riek Machar publicly apologized in August 2011 for the bloodshed in an attempt to heal the wounds. ) ( Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know, Andrew S. Natsios)

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                                  • 13 December 2013 17:41, by Rommel

                                    Here’s *evidence* for the coup d’etat that you so obscenely deny ever took place:
                                    Contacts between Khartoum and the Nasir commanders began prior to the coup, and military support from Khartoum increased as the conflict between the factions of the SPLA intensified. (The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars: Peace Or Truce, Douglas Hamilton Johnson)

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                                    • 14 December 2013 17:05, by 2nd Republic

                                      Rommel, My complements on your well researched posts. Though the past should inform the present, let it not dictate our future. All armies that were operating in South Sudan were complicit or actively engaged in egregious atrocities against civilians. The differences between them were only that of frequency and scale. All have blood on their hands. All are tainted.

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                                  • 14 December 2013 02:07, by Bentiu son

                                    Paul Akol Diit-Dinka SPLM League Youth stop lying n misleading the public.It seems you just traumatized leftover orphan from Bor Gok of Makuei Lueth n dictator Kuol Manyang.Whom can you blindfolded with such cheap propaganda of your thievery uncle Salva Kiir Kuethpiny? non.Well,do you know that about 5,000 Gajaak Nuer were massacred by SPLA forces under the command of Salva Kiir Kuethpiny in

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                                    • 14 December 2013 03:23, by Bentiu son

                                      Manjaang,Jakou n Liet Nyaruach in 1985-1987.Do you know that our beloved leader n Nuer son Samuel Gai Tut after their movement Anya Anya Two was hijacked by SPLA/M,got killed in Thiacjaak n his dead body was given 100 slashes daily by Keribino Kuanyin Bol after consulted order from Dr John Garang till it decomposed completely in 1983? Moreover,do you know that the first bullet after 1991 split

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                                      • 14 December 2013 03:36, by Bentiu son

                                        was fired by SPLA forces under command of General Chief of Staff William Nyuon Bany Machar at Dr Machar’s home Adok el Bahr n Leer Town whereby thousands of civilians included Catholic Catechist James Duol Kai Dhuor,leapord skin chief Kiir Wanjaang,and Paramount chief Gei Madeng Kiir got killed before Bor attacked by White Army from one section of Lou Nuer(Goon of Waat only)under the command of

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                                        • 14 December 2013 03:52, by Bentiu son

                                          minor Prophet Wutnyang Gatkek from Fangak Nuer in 1992.Furthermore,leave 1991 atrocities,what about the massacred committed by SPLA forces under the command of C in C Salva Kiir Mayardit against Lou Nuer in 2006 which led into death of more than 2,000 civilian as disarmament campaign n 2500 lives in Jonglei in 2009 alone n 2800 in recent massacred bt Lou Nuer n Murle tribes.Who is to be blame

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                                          • 14 December 2013 04:05, by Bentiu son

                                            about madness,chronic hatred n tribalism within Jonglei State? Salva Kiir the incumbent President right or Dr Machar? Waw!Womanizers/cowards,the Nuer warriors do not cry like desperated woman about 1991 lesson,in Nuer if it happen by mistake to complain to your dad,uncles or even visitor that a boy or a girl hit or slapped you than you will forsure receive 10 slashes as rewards of being a coward

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                                            • 14 December 2013 05:13, by Rommel

                                              Bentiu son:
                                              You illustrate for us the fallacy of spamming patently foolish arguments and imagining that anyone might be persuaded into something, other than how incredibly stupid you are. There’s no historian that asserts that anywhere close to 5, 000 Gajaak civilians died at the hands of the SPLA, under the command of Salva Kiir.

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                                              • 14 December 2013 05:26, by Rommel

                                                As you very well, to get to the training camps in Ethiopia, one has to traverse the lands of the various Nuer sub-sections; exhausted and veritably unarmed recruits from Bahr el Ghazal were ambushed and killed in the thousands by Nuer sub-sections, precipitating revenge upon Nuer sub-sections by those recruits that were fortunate enough to make it to the training camps.

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                                                • 14 December 2013 05:33, by Rommel

                                                  Heavily armed by the Sudan, the Anyanya II attacked SPLA recruits on their way to the training camps in Ethiopia. In May 1984, more than three thousand recruits from northern Bahr el Ghazal were ambushed and massacred in the area of Fanjak, and in 1986 over two thousand were massacred in the Lou area. (Playing Different Games: The Paradox of Anywaa and Nuer Identification)

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                                                  • 14 December 2013 05:41, by Rommel

                                                    Anyanya II was not "hijacked". There were three [3] camps in Ethiopia that were essentially three [3] different movements; there was Gordon Kong’s Bilpam, Bukteng under Samuel Gai Tut and Akuot Atem, and the Adura Camp under John Garang de Mabior, William Nyuon Bany, Joseph Oduho, Martin Majer Gai, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and others.

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                                                    • 14 December 2013 05:47, by Rommel

                                                      The killing of Samuel Gai Tut was not tribally motivated. Samuel Gai Tut was one of our sons [from Dinka Hol and Twic east] whose family migrated to Nuer territory for reasons I cannot pinpoint. We still have their families with us in Duk Padiet and Panyagor. It was Kerubino Kuanyin Bol that treated Samuel Gai Tut’s body with such disgusting irreverence - and he did it of his own volition.

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                                                      • 14 December 2013 06:01, by Rommel

                                                        The attack on Ler was not a full assault on the civilian population; the attack on Ler was absolutely essential because fuel and other supplies were being flown in by Khartoum to the Ler landing-strips. It was a strategic assault, not a tribally motivated blood-bath. Here’s what a historian has to say on the matter:

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                                                        • 14 December 2013 06:04, by Rommel

                                                          "Garang’s SPLA (now being called the Torit faction) countered on two fronts: the first to move troops from Bor to Kongor, to push the Ayod troops of the Nasir faction back, and the second to send a contingent of troops by barge to attack Adok and Ler , Riek Machar’s home area. The reasons for this assault were more strategic than personal, as the Mayom Anyanya-2 had just declared for Riek."

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                                                          • 14 December 2013 06:09, by Rommel

                                                            The excerpt above is from from Dr. Douglas H. Johnson’s The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars: Peace Or Truce. Why is it that impartial historians don’t seem to agree with you? The Lou nuer lost 600 *armed* youths after they refused to hand over their weapons and started attacking SPLA units, and it certainly did not lead to the deaths of 2, 000 civilians.

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                                                            • 14 December 2013 06:14, by Rommel

                                                              The internecine tribal raids in Jonglei were not masterminded by Salva Kiir. The tribes of Jonglei attacked themselves, and so essentially, have no one to blame but themselves. You cannot at all compare tribal militias killing each other and civilian populations with what Riek did in 1991. There’s no moral equitability.

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    • 13 December 2013 10:35, by Gatluak

      Fuck the leadership of an idiotic people who doesn’t cares of the out come of their wrong does. If u guys will continue like this, at the end of the day all of u are gone to hell. Fool wani doesn’t know the game Kiir is doing and Kiir doesn’t know Riek Gai Kok is the first devil who cry with tears when telling liars. Only Riek Gai who is smart in Kiir group ’coz at the end he is beneficiary.

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    • 13 December 2013 11:42, by Mike Mike

      People shouldn,t bother themselves to be mingling around by telling lies and baseless messages to the public by trying all what they can to drown the attention of public to stand with them in the coming election.This time we need people that can understand the situation and we don’t want those that care for themselves with out fulfilling public needs.This country of ours need more support.

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    • 13 December 2013 15:57, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Dear the Trueth Men
      Plse!! Plse!! u delay us alot for Kirr Gov;t Just push him down and we will be free from Kiir Gov’t

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  • 13 December 2013 08:05, by Pure Nationalist

    For sure, from its inception, PB has to meet and set the agenda for NLC, otherwise they have their own agenda. Madam Rebecca is right, we can not ignore current violations and messes within the government by recalling forgotten wrong past events as a cover for their mess with the party & national structures, Mr Comedian ( Wani) should learn the lesson he received in USA as a warning

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    • 13 December 2013 08:16, by Rami Tot

      things reached peak boiling point
      hahahahah 100 degreee celcius

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      • 13 December 2013 08:33, by Rami Tot

        Ming Dhal
        Nyadeng has no choice even kiir now has no choice you have no choice the begger of Kiir coz it is not our interest all the people of S Sudan live in corrupt country like this you those people will one day regret from all your useles activities.
        Nyadeng is wise woman.

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  • 13 December 2013 09:01, by Agutthon

    Show the group the way out of the SPLM. Remember a kingdom against itself is bound to fall.
    The said rebellious group knows its incompetence that is why they refused exit while insisting on irrelevancies.
    They have failed miserably when they held that fateful conference. They cannot convince a monkey.

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    • 13 December 2013 09:16, by Ming Dhal

      Rami Tot
      Drunkard Rami an idiot who is barking outside SS, you preach that stupid war and your ass will remain in foreign country, Kiir will be change but not by fake Riek Machar who defecate and eat his own piece alone.

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  • 13 December 2013 10:42, by garang kerubino

    you people joke less and mean your own business, no person among these idiots who call themselves senior SPLM leaders without considering Mr. president who is the current chairman of SPLM, as their legitimate president. you can not and you will not be allow to confuse the public with nonsense messages. remember all security forces will do their work efficiently tomorrow. Kiir will win.

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  • 13 December 2013 11:04, by tootke’bai-ngo

    garang kirubino,
    you are right, your uncle Kiir has already won the higher rank this year, 2 points from 2012. Congratulation to Kiir for making S.Sudan scored number 5 among the most corrupted countries in the world. Kiir also helped defamed our liberation army, now they are in a world shame list. Kiir should explain to people of S.Sudan where is the oil money since it reopening in April?

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  • 13 December 2013 11:39, by Positive Thinker

    why is Mr. President avoiding PB meeting, you cannot resolve problems within a party by shying away from them rather than taking the bull by the horn. what is this joke, Majut calling NLC meeting. Mr. president please call the PB meeting if, you wish well for this country.

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    • 13 December 2013 12:21, by Mapuor

      President Kiir is a good leader,just look at the way he treats disgruntled elements,no threats of arrests,no charges such as sabotage,dissemination of subversive literature,enemies of the people,insubordination,defamation etc.Bravo Mr Kiir,if it were those thugs,they would have shot people in broad day light as they did during the war.Kiir oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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      • 13 December 2013 12:28, by Mapuor

        Nyandeng should also know that back home,Awulians are minority whose descend is traced to Bhar El Gazal,what is she going to tell Twi people to convince them that, people from Bhar El Gazal do not make good leaders?.Hoooo hahahah sorry.No born to rule this time.OK lets forget the past in its totality including Garang and his deeds.Is that what Nyandeng means or only some past?hahaha lunatics

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        • 13 December 2013 13:22, by Monydit

          to Brother Mapuor Nyadeng De Mabior had been Blackmail by Food Lover Group untill she forget what Riek Did to her Husband which result to dead of Many Dinka in 1991 by Riek Machar for those Dinka who are in the Groups are call food follow 4Example Cde Madut Biar Yel was the minister of Tecommunication and when he been relive then Kiir is better bad person so such person cannt be consider that they

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          • 13 December 2013 13:26, by Monydit

            that they are doing some Good for the pipo of South Sudan .
            Due that they are just after Food only like Taban Deng Gai he was replace by Dr Joseph bez of his massup then kiir became bad person when he relive you position ,all of you are put in your House to be aminister forever dere .shamme on food lover pipo .Salva Kiir oyee .continue taking bad element away from your Govt

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  • 13 December 2013 13:06, by dude

    Ya, Dr. Riek Machar. please take this so Called Kiir out as soon as possible. You are the man of patient you always say that but it time you need to stop that and take Kiir out by force. he does not deserve to be the president even a small monkey is better than Kiir. leave him until Kiir goes to the bathroom.

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  • 13 December 2013 16:48, by Gatluak

    Sudantribune is good because all the comments here are the facts that we do and always thinking of. Am Nuer and had a lot of Dinka friends, we always discuss the politic crisis that we are in now. The only weakness of Dr. Riek they always said is 1991and that is what most Dinka are talking of. Yes,Risk defected 1991 but for what reason? let sound minded person asks him/herself.

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  • 13 December 2013 18:46, by Gatluak

    Dr. Riek defected in 1991 for self determination for people of South Sudan of which every now is happy a looting is in making. Now is the issue of corruption, tribalism, dictatorship and failure of delivery the basic services to people of South Sudan who brought this nation to existing. Than what is wrong with him? Who will say no to Kiir if not Riek the way we are all coward.

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