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December 16, 2013 (JUBA) – A former minister in South Sudan’s government has been arrested for instigating the alleged coup attempt in the country’s capital, Juba.

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South Sudan’s former minister Gier Chuang Aluong (MDI)

Gier Chuang Aluong was reportedly arrested on Monday morning by security personnel supposedly acting under the directive of the country’s president, Salva Kiir.

Kiir told a press conference that the limited fighting in the military barracks in Juba was an attempted coup and vowed to bring to justice those responsible.

The president directly accused South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, who is currently in Juba, of having soldiers allied to him attack the military barracks.

The president said those involved in the attack would be pursued and vowed to ensure they faced justice, if found guilty.

However, it remains unclear how the ex-minister was directly connected to the said coup attempt.

Aluong, who hails from Pigi county in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, served as the national minister for interior prior to the country’s independence and later as minister for roads and bridges in the new government formed after July 2011.

He recently allied to Machar’s group that has been openly critical of Kiir’s leadership style.

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Meanwhile, a number of key South Sudanese officials have reportedly been arrested for allegedly instigating fighting which erupted on Sunday night within the presidential guard forces, bringing business to a standstill on Monday.

“A number of the disgruntled soldiers and politicians who lured them into shooting have been found. They are now under our control. It was a clear coup but we have foiled it”, a military source told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

He did not, however, disclose where the suspects are being held nor their exact number.

Majak D’ Agoot, a former deputy defence minister, confirmed that he had been told to remain in his house until he is picked up, but did not know when this would happen.

“I have been informed that they (government agents) would come to [take] me. I have been waiting but I don’t know when they will come”, D’ Agoot told Sudan Tribune.

He said three officials had so far been arrested, but their whereabouts remained unknown.

“I am ready. I have asked that the house be opened to them when they come. This is why I have been in the house. They have already taken General Oyai Deng, Gier Chuang and Dr Cirino Iteng”, he said.

“The whereabouts of [suspended secretary-general] Pagan Amum and the others remain unclear. Nobody knows where he is at the moment, but I think he has been taken”, he added.

The whereabouts of General Alfred Lado Gore, a former environment minister, Chol Tong Mayay, former Lakes state governor, as well as Unity state’s former governor, Taban Deng Gai and ambassador Ezekiel Gatkuoth also remain unclear.

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  • 16 December 2013 14:30, by Dengdittueny

    Riek,Nyandeng, pagan, Deng Alor and Chol Tong should be arrested. They are the very people who plan coup attempt. Riek promise Chol the former governor of lakes state that he will take the position of Vice President if Riek becomes the country president. The law should take it course against these criminals.

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    • 16 December 2013 15:59, by Ahmed Chol

      Dear Dinka People,
      I am a Dinka people, I live here in Juba working in the army. What has been done by Gokrial militia should not be supported by any wise Dinka person. Tell all our youth in the army and the states to support democracy and not the Gokrial stupidity. They kill ISAIAH ABRAHAM to kill democracy. Democry should be allowed to die like this, that is what we fought for

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      • 16 December 2013 16:00, by Ahmed Chol

        Dear Dinka People,
        I am a Dinka person, I live here in Juba working in the army. What has been done by Gokrial militia should not be supported by any wise Dinka person. Tell all our youth in the army and the states to support democracy and not the Gokrial stupidity. They kill ISAIAH ABRAHAM to kill democracy. Democry should be allowed to die like this, that is what we fought for

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      • 17 December 2013 13:04, by Wani khooto

        dear fool,
        you are stupids and u don,t even know what is democracy and we as nation can not achieved it using coup as those guy are trying to do.i am not dinka nor nuer but dr machar is a fool like you,shame on you if you are supporting the coup. 2015 is almost for election why coup now.killing innocent pple like 1991 again,is that what you want from dr machar?

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    • 16 December 2013 17:29, by Paul

      The funny thing is that all or most officials involved in the protest against current government are/were among the most corrupt individuals here in the government. They are by no mean better than Kiir. The fact that Kiir failed to punish those involve in corruption for the purpose of maintaining "UNITY" stands as the only most negative legacy of Kiir. Other than that, Kiir is more preparable

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      • 17 December 2013 06:07, by Ahmed Chol

        How does Kuol Manyang feels now? Why was he rejected in 2009 by Gokrial thugs as Defense Ministers and they now give him the position? Kuol is foolish indeed!

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        • 17 December 2013 06:24, by mathem jech amer

          Ahmed Chol
          Pls continue in Khartoum,you know nothing about S.South affairs, talk about your Bashir. Kiir was not elected by Gogrial people, he was elected by S.Sudanese, he hasn’t killed anybody since he came into power including malitias. Do you know how many John Garang killed? including SPLA manifesto writer.He should have killed Lam, Tang, Yau yau if he was a bed leader.

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        • 17 December 2013 09:00, by moto

          AHMED CHOL,
          HAHAHAH------YOUR NAME CAN DEFINE YOUR CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR AS YOU KNOW THE HEART OF A FOOL IS IN HIS MOUTH, BUT THE MOUTH OF WISE-MAN IS IN HIS HEART.WITH YOUR RUBRIC ENGLISH,YOU SHOULD NOT ASK HOW KUOL FEEL NOW,THERE IS WHAT IS CALL NEXT TIME IN ENGLISH.PLEASE TALK AND LISTEN TO YOURSELF,WHAT WE WANT IS TO CHANGE CURRENT GOVERNMENT THROUGH PEACEFUL MEAN NOT COUP.(ELECTION )

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        • 17 December 2013 09:03, by moto

          AHMED CHOL,
          HAHAHAH------YOUR NAME CAN DEFINE YOUR CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR AS YOU KNOW THE HEART OF A FOOL IS IN HIS MOUTH, BUT THE MOUTH OF WISE-MAN IS IN HIS HEART.WITH YOUR RUBRIC ENGLISH,YOU SHOULD NOT ASK HOW KUOL FEEL NOW,THERE IS WHAT IS CALL NEXT TIME IN ENGLISH.PLEASE TALK AND LISTEN TO YOURSELF,WHAT WE WANT IS TO CHANGE CURRENT GOVERNMENT THROUGH PEACEFUL MEAN NOT COUP.(ELECTION )

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  • 16 December 2013 14:32, by Paul Chadrack

    Coward kiir mayar, why Gier?, you should go direct to where Riek Mach is. I this will be the start of you down stupid persom

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    • 16 December 2013 14:40, by wacjak

      Motherfuckers will not get away with their plans now. Where is midit with his predictions? Your boss and stupid supporters are now hidding. Where are they? However, we need peace. Dear South Sudanese, you have seen that, it is not possible to defeat Kiir through war but with dialogue.

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      • 16 December 2013 14:57, by Msudi

        Wacjac,
        By Wednesday afternoon, there will be no splm government . Juba will resemble ghost town. FYI, Salvador and his thugs have already been defeated in three states of former great upper Nile and juba will fall tonight

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      • 16 December 2013 15:00, by Nyachebe

        wacjak,
        Wait for tomorrow bloody news on your good father(Kiir), this is not the end of the problem by arresting these politicians. If so, why afraid to arrest Dr.Riek whom I just chat with him in his House adjacent to the president house. Coward motherfucker Kiiiiir, right?

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      • 16 December 2013 16:09, by Ahmed Chol

        Dear Dinka People,
        I am a Dinka person, I live here in Juba working in the army. What has been done by Gokrial militia should not be supported by any wise Dinka person. Tell all our youth in the army and the states to support democracy and not the Gokrial stupidity. They kill ISAIAH ABRAHAM to kill democracy. Democry should not be allowed to die like this, that is what we fought for

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        • 17 December 2013 06:30, by mathem jech amer

          Ahmed Chuol
          I only respect Nuers of Upper Nile & Nuers of Jonglei not Bentiu Nuer who had been causing problem to Junubeen since struggle. Now they will soon run to Bashir to give them guns as malitias or rebels, nothing else. I heard yesterday Al Fatiab is being prepared to receive Riek & his group who failed in attempted coup.

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    • 16 December 2013 14:52, by Nyachebe

      Not only Gier Chuang, people like Majak Agot, John Luke Joack, and Oyay Deng are behind bars by now. Kiir is using the name coup attempt to cover up his ill intention of eliminating this group. Common, in a real sense people like Gier and cohorts are very wise and could have ensured that their security was not compromised if they meant what Kiir is falsely alleging as a coup. They are tough in pla

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      • 16 December 2013 14:54, by Nyachebe

        nning and strategies, but Kiir wanted to put the cross of the division within the Tiger presidential guards upon these politicians. Let’s wait how Kiir is going to end it up happily!

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        • 16 December 2013 16:09, by Ahmed Chol

          Dear Dinka People,
          I am a Dinka person, I live here in Juba working in the army. What has been done by Gokrial militia should not be supported by any wise Dinka person. Tell all our youth in the army and the states to support democracy and not the Gokrial stupidity. They kill ISAIAH ABRAHAM to kill democracy. Democry should not be allowed to die like this, that is what we fought for

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        • 16 December 2013 19:46, by swassy

          SOUTH SUDAN HAS BEEN A FAILED STATE FROM ITS CREATION AND BEGINNING, YOU CAN NOT CREAT A NATION IF YOU AND YOUR TRIBESMAN ARE IN POWER AROUND YOU, YOU HAVE TRIBALISTIC, NEPOTISTIC, DICATORIAL CHIEFTAIN GOVERNMENT. WE REJECTED THE ADVICE OF OUR FRIENDS IN KHARTOUM THAT "UNITY IS FRUITFUL TO US" NOW LET US FACE TO BE LEAD BY TRIBES THAT ARE NATURALLY CRAZY WAR-LORDS AND THUGS.

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    • 16 December 2013 15:28, by Runrach

      For those who had or might have questioning the arresting of CDE Gier Chuang for being behind Sunday alleged coup attempt are deadly wrong.
      Gier Chuang was a softy snake in the green grass, however Mr Gier deserve arrestment as he was knowing nothing about reshuffling.

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    • 17 December 2013 09:15, by moto

      PAUL
      WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN WAR,BUT WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERE WHERE WE BELIEVE IN RULE OF LAW.I KNOW VERY WELL MOST OF YOU ARE FROM NORTH RECENTLY AND THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED NOTHING IN THIS NATION THAT IS WHY YOU ARE INTERESTED IN IT.WE DON,T WANT ENEMY OF PEACE TO DESTROY OUR BEAUTIFUL NATION WE FOUGHT FOR. WE ARE SOUTH SUDANESE,ONE NATION,ONE PEOPLE,NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN SOUTH SUDA

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  • 16 December 2013 14:50, by michael coma

    Gier chuang Aluong is not from Bor.Is hail from Dinka Ngok of Ataar,Fiji county.

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    • 16 December 2013 15:31, by Ahmed Chol

      I urge the rest of Dinka not to support this foolish move from Gokrial. They doing this intentionally. Gier is a good man and Bor are proud of him to be their son at this moment. Death to Gokrial, the thugs spoiling the country.

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      • 16 December 2013 16:11, by Deng II

        Gier is not from Bor, but from Dinka Ngok. I don’t know why this gentle associate with Dr.Crap? Instead of good Nuer person like James Hoth. A dead person can associated with Rick machar greedy Leadership hungering. The fool don’t fell shame at all. We know that Kiir is corrupt and visionless president, but Dr. craps cannot be alternative either.

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        • 16 December 2013 19:16, by Mohammed Ali 2

          The coalition against Kiir is very fragile.It consisst of ambitious Machar, Garang sons/orphans and arrogant Abeyei gangesters and the multi-millionare widow who lost the throne! The only strong person among them is Machar whom they dislike.Pagan is weightless, Abeyei sons look down at other S.Sudanese and hardly know anything about SS as they live most of their life in the north!

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  • 16 December 2013 15:24, by Dumodit

    Do you tell the true of this man arrest really?
    Let’s watch what the president Kiir must do this time?
    Third Coup will not fail taking his life, if he still compromise this allegation!

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    • 16 December 2013 17:23, by Ahmed Chol

      In a tribal army, only those without their tribes carrying arms in large numbers will suffer. Gier has urge based to support him, so they will just toy with him until he die in jail. This will reduce the number of blind Dinkas supporting Kiir and his Gokrial thugs.

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  • 16 December 2013 16:49, by Majongdit

    It was Gier’s mistake in the first place to join a gang of crooks. Deng Alor, Gier, Majak and Nyandeng have gone into a wrong side of politics driven by greed. The biggest losers will be they themselves. Kiir/Wani keep going and they have the public support 100%

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    • 16 December 2013 17:38, by Ahmed Chol

      Gokrial must burn! Lovers of democracy will get you and destroy you.

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      • 17 December 2013 06:09, by Ahmed Chol

        How does Kuol Manyang feels now? Why was he rejected in 2009 by Gokrial thugs as Defense Ministers and they now give him the position? Kuol is foolish indeed!

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  • 16 December 2013 18:27, by Nhialahong’s Son

    My fellow South Sudanese....let’s not add fuel when we are at a distant. Your negative response to such deadly incidents will not either leave you or your children free for heavenly sake. Let a politician fight his right in a peaceful manner than at such heartless style. Riek has secondly spoiled his own image for good. I have now agreed the wise word "Donkey can go up to University but remained".

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  • 16 December 2013 18:52, by Kim Deng

    Coward Jaang/Slaves,
    "The source said the group predominantly of Nuer have expelled their colleagues predominantly of Dinka, composed mostly of those who were recently graduated by president Kiir at Luri bridge and deployed at the old military barracks."

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  • 16 December 2013 20:26, by SouthSudaneseviews

    I think it is time for US to give the same sanction of oil and other good stuff. Because right there is no different between South Sudan and Sudan anymore. Every citizens of South Sudan living in US, Canada, Australia, UK, etc. to needs uprising right to save our people live from dictators: Kiir and Kuol, etc.

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  • 16 December 2013 20:27, by SouthSudaneseviews

    I think it is time for US to give the same sanction of oil and other good stuff. Because right there is no different between South Sudan and Sudan anymore. Every citizens of South Sudan living in US, Canada, Australia, UK, etc. to needs uprising right to save our people live from dictators: Kiir and Kuol, etc.

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  • 16 December 2013 22:56, by Naath Raani

    Don’t laugh at this time. We need to pray not this war to be Nuers and Dinkas. If it would be then laughs should turn ungly. Remember who Nuers are.

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  • 17 December 2013 01:49, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors are now killing themselves in SPLA HQtr, Bilpam just to secure the coward Slaves’ King, Slava’s Empire. Lt. Gen. Gathoth Mai and Lt. Gen. Bapiny Minytuel decided to secure the Dinka Kingdom from Mighty Nuer Warriors’s wrath as William Nyuon did it in 1983.

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  • 17 December 2013 05:47, by Thondet Manyang

    More arrested, more will be jailed for life,more already killed and more wounded. Is that democracy Riak and his disgruntled group want? Shame on them!!! Their wives shortly begin wearing black and what clothes for mourning and finally their children remain orphans like us. That is it, lets enjoy destruction. Stupid Riak and his supporters!!!!!!!

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    • 17 December 2013 05:59, by Ahmed Chol

      How do two Dinka Men Kuol and Kiir feel when they stand before the public, terrorizing other tribes over made up nonsense of attempted coup? Who believe them is a fool. How does Kuol Manyang feels now? Why was he rejected in 2009 by Gokrial thugs as Defense Ministers and they now give him the position? Kuol is foolish indeed!

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