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S. Sudan arrests 10 senior officials over failed "coup attempt"


December 16, 2013 (JUBA) – At least 10 South Sudanese officials, mainly ex-ministers, have been arrested in connection with what government says was a failed “coup attempt” in the capital, Juba.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir sits in his office in Juba December 16, 2013 (Reuters/Hakim George)

Those arrested, the government website reported, include former ministers Oyay Deng Ajak, Gier Chuang Aluong, Majak D’ Agot, John Luk Jok, Cirino Hiteng, Kosti Manibe, Deng Alor and Madut Biar.

Also detained, according to the government spokesperson, are former Lakes state governor, Chol Tong Mayay and South Sudan’s ex-envoy Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth.

“Those who are still at large will be apprehended. According to our sources, some of them have moved out of Juba town towards the Terekeka areas, north of the capital Juba, probably with the intention of moving towards the base of Dr. Riek [Machar]”, Michael Makuei told a media briefing.

“Whether they will reach there is a situation that we will wait to see”.

He said five of those wanted, including Machar, remain at large. Others are former ministers, Alfred Ladu Gore, Pagan Amum, Adwok Nyaba and the ex-Unity state governor, Taban Deng Gai.


Meanwhile, the government urged the public to desist from statements that seem to imply the violent clashes in and around Juba was a tribally-instigated.

Hilde F. Johnson, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General called on all South Sudanese and parties in the current situation to refrain from any community motivated violence.

“At a time when unity among South Sudanese is more needed than ever, I call on the leaders of this new country and all political factions and parties, as well as community leaders to refrain from any action that fuels ethnic tensions and exacerbates violence", Johnson said in a statement.

She had previously warned against any hate speech in relation to inter-communal violence in the country, amidst fears the violence could take an ethnic dimension.


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  • 17 December 2013 19:22, by Monyjang

    i was there in bor town 1991 or 1992 (i meant in bor areas) and I know what the nuer did to dinka bor people, killing them even women and put the stick in their pussy while they dead.now the dinka bor people forget about what riek did to them. they turn their back to dinka bhar el ghazal as enemy to them.

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    • 17 December 2013 19:39, by Ahmed Chol

      Only Kuol and Makuei that are with Kiir. I don’t think you can find a third person here in Bor that is with Bhar el Ghazal. What upsets people here is the unnecessary destruction your people orchestrating now. You will reap it. The dividends of peace will vanish all over S. Sudan.

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      • 17 December 2013 19:48, by Ahmed Chol

        Kerubino(from Gokrial) started abruptly the fighting that took people 22 years here in Bor in 183, now Kiir (from Gokrial) is setting the country ablaze again, destroying the hard earned peace.

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  • 17 December 2013 19:23, by jijury


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    • 17 December 2013 19:43, by Snipper

      That is a lie! There are thousands of Nuers in Juba and if they were being targeted, you would have heard mass death. Not all nuers are being sought but criminals headed by machar.

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    • 17 December 2013 20:01, by Maguangdit

      Oh no!
      I`m really sorry that this bitch is still alive to say these nonsenses here! She is one of the ringleaders that I would not want to see again in my government if I were Kiir. Agueec abi ben poth kec thou. Apath bi kang guac koc cuul ku jal nok bi ngic lon aa keek roor kaka kua ce keek diaar. Why she claims she is a civilian when she is "Commander" Nyandeng? No self-denial this time agueec.

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  • 17 December 2013 20:19, by dude

    We are already in Jonglei, deep inside the (Naath) Nuer land. It is now time to kill Kiir.

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    • 18 December 2013 03:54, by Bentiu son

      Yeah,mass killings against Nuer had been carried out by Dinka Rek of Gogrial thieves.About 2000 Nuer youths,women n children had been confirmed brutally murdered by Guelweng militias of killer Salva Kiir but we the entire Upper Nileans n Nuer warrior in particular will retaliate n compensate those victims in meantime possible.You have started the genocide n when we response u will cry for century

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      • 18 December 2013 04:05, by Bentiu son

        We the Nuer believe that,whatever is done by reachable human beings can be response by all means necessary.Twic of Gogrial will pay a big price for those Nuer civilians cowardice murdered in cold blooded. We the Thokjiok Bentiu or Western Nuer are very close to you cowards,you had forgot those lessons late Paulino Matip’s alone taught u in 1993 around Lietnhom, Mayen Abour n Gogrial Towns.

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  • 17 December 2013 20:21, by dude

    We and the Dinka bor will show these gogrials what it means to be terrify.

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  • 17 December 2013 20:47, by Activist # 25

    Some of you are just nothing but tribalist to the core and you are the very reason this country will fail. God help you people from Dinka and Nuer tribes. You can go and finish yourselves but not on Equatorian soils. Now the truth is about to resurface.Listen to your mom who seemed to be telling the truth: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1802680-rebecca-garang-on-south-sudan-instability

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  • 17 December 2013 20:51, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some facts: Dinka Malual 14 miles sold (not happy), Padang Communities (Abiei Dinka, Ruweng, Paweny, Luach, etc), Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi East, Atuor, Aliab, Agar, Cieic, etc. ignored.
    Enjoying government & destroy it: Dinka Bor of Kuol Manyang, Parts of Rek Dinka, parts of Twic West, etc.

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  • 17 December 2013 20:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Dear, my president Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit commander -in-chief of south sudan army forces.
    Am hereby writing to you the short piece of note regarding the 10 Ex-ministers former states governors and their leader Dr. Riak Machar to let them face the death penalty for their crime they did. My Dear president i and we hope for the tought law coming for the gangs or groups of criminal.

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  • 17 December 2013 21:04, by Naath Raani

    Its not the time to laugh since you all know that Nuers are working on that issue. Nuers civilians got kill and let Nuers mourn for their love ones. We all know that Nuers are the ones who targeted by the security personnel but wait things will turn ugly soon.

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    • 17 December 2013 22:33, by kimo

      salvakirr is likely to be live long president of south sudan for he managed to kill all big politicians loyal to riek machar...riek machar him self is on run now,i doubtit he could escape it this time

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  • 17 December 2013 23:38, by dude

    You short minded Dinka Bar Elgazal. Do not think that this war is over, it is not over yet.

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  • 18 December 2013 03:05, by ahme adam

    I fully support the actions of Salva Kiir, let him smoke out the traitor Riek Machar and all his associates and any one sympathized with him Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • 18 December 2013 04:13, by Bentiu son

      Dinka Gogrial,you slave/Jaangee,celebrate today but you will mourn n call for help tomorrow when we response.Yes,let us go for tit for tat retaliatory tactic.Don’t cry like women when we revenge since you started by killings civilians, women, youths n kids cowardly.

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  • 18 December 2013 05:39, by 4Justice

    The Marine Kingdom

    The headquarter of marine kingdom is located within India Sea. Queen of India Sea is the head of marine kingdom. While, Queen of the coast is next in command and she resides within the Atlantic Ocean (It is said that both are also among the fallen angels).

    Marine Spirits are the MOST WICKED most populous and well organized kingdom of all demonic Water spirits, they bring evil characteristics into cities and nations – pride, pollution, terror, wickedness and immorality. In other words, they rule and govern whole nations that are under their influence through manipulation of political leaders.

    They strengthen themselves through human blood by causing air, road and water accidents, sickness, ritual killing, wars and other means by which they shed blood.


    2.RITUALS AND SACRIFICE: A person gets polluted through these means.
    3.VISITING RIVERS OR STREAMS FOR CULTURAL REASONS.(eg.River nile, Sobat river, Yei river, Jur river, Kiir river, Tonj river, Bar naam, Luri river and Shambe etc)
    4.POLYGAMY: The fact that the man is polygamous is enough evidence that he has a problem of marine spirit.
    5.Through initiation by parents or ancestors by reason of one’s family lineage
    6.Through the geographical location a man lives or where he is born. Even when you do not consciously invite the water spirits, as long as they are ruling spirits in their environment, a person can get contaminated/infested if he is not in Christ and even if he or she is but does not understand deliverance or spiritual warfare (Hos.4:6; Is. 5:13-14).
    7.Through eating food cooked by people possessed by water spirits of course without giving thanks to sanctify the food, e.g., an evangelist who used to be a high-level occultist claimed in his testimony he got initiated into witchcraft through fried bean-balls
    8.Through involvement in feasts, festivals, rituals and satanic initiations many of which are done in ignorance in the name of culture or tradition.
    9. Through names given to individuals
    10.Some get infested with water spirits by reason of artifacts they buy and decorate their homes with or dedicated clothes and jewelry they adorn their bodies with; these constitute an altar of water spirits and do contaminate.

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