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N. Bahr el Ghazal community reiterate calls for governor’s removal

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December 21, 2013 (JUBA)- The community in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state have reiterated calls for immediate removal of their governor, Paul Malong Awan.

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"We would like to inform the people of South Sudan and the global community that our community does not support violence as a means to remain in power or get to power”, the community said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

We are peaceful community and this can be proved by the fact that our people have repeatedly been denied constitutional rights to choose their own leaders by the successive leaderships, it added.

The group, in their statement, also denounced any form of violence by authorities in power or those intending to ascend to the helm.

South Sudan has, in the past one week, witnessed various incidences of violence, which initially started in the capital, Juba before spreading to other parts of the country.

Over 500 people have been killed and nearly 30,000 displaced in what government says was a failed coup attempt by groups loyal to the ex-vice-president, Riek Machar, who denies these allegations.

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The Northern Bahr el Ghazal community also called on their members serving in both the organised forces and the national army, to not accept any order or directive that contravenes standard code of conducts or goes against the constitution.

“We congratulate our sons and daughters in the SPLA and in the police serve for their participation during the years of liberation struggle. We do so because they did it out of patriotism”, it noted.

“They were fighting a just war for a just cause”, added their statement, which further warned against individual interests.

The leadership of Governor Awan, a close ally of President Kiir, has been in the spotlight for long; with several citizens openly criticising is ability to rule since his controversial election in 2010.

Many have accused him of allegedly running the state like a one man property, without consultation his subjects.

“We clearly stated it very well in the resolutions of our last conference that the only way to unite our people and restore harmony is for the president to remove governor Malong Awan or make him resign,” the community stressed in their statement.

“This position has not changed. Malong must go. This remains our stance and it will never change come what may”, adds the statement.

Analysts and observers, however, say repeated failure by the leadership, particularly the president to promptly and appropriately address concerns by the Aweil community, would have strong political bearing on the relations with the central administration.

The governor’s continuous on the functions of the legislature; frequent arrest and detention of political opponents in an attempt to silence them, among others are some of his political misgivings.

In March 2011, Awan arrested nine political opponents on clumsy allegations that they authored an anonymous memo calling for demonstrations against the performance of the state administration.

The officials, who included a senior military officer, Lieutenant Colonel Garang Jong Akoon, were later released without charge after spending more than three months behind bars, with no legal representation and limited access by their family members.

In 2012, he unconstitutionally removed speaker of the state legislative, Aguer Wol Aguer, claiming his action was necessitated by the need to preserve unity within the house after individual members allegedly acting on his directives, petitioned the removal.

Six other members in the state assembly saw their party memberships terminated in the same year on unfounded allegations that they were collaborating with other political parties in the house against activities of the SPLM. They also lost their parliamentary seats.

President Kiir, early this year, issued administrative directives asking Awan to reinstate the speaker and six other members after a resolution that was passed by the national council of states.

Awan, however, ignored the president’s directives, claiming the speaker’s removal did not involve him. He further said the six suspended members would only be reinstated when given directive from the ruling party’s national secretariat.

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  • 22 December 2013 08:24, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    This not the time to remove Malong, first let stabilize Kiir’s leadership. then kiir will let Malong go after you won his war. that is how politics work. what you are doing now is betrayal of your son.

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    • 22 December 2013 10:02, by Mr Point

      He has become a dictator.
      He has defected from the ideals and principles of the original SPLM.
      He has destroyed the rule of law in the state.
      Everything is held back by his bullying and corrupt ways.
      His leadership is undemocratic and divisive. It has brought us to this crisis. He must go.
      I mean Manyang!
      I also mean Kiir!

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      • 22 December 2013 10:11, by Mr Point

        Governor Paul Malong Awan (spell checker changed the name in previous post) shows the same characteristics as Kiir that have caused the current crisis.
        He has deformed the normal political process for his personal wishes. He should be listening to the people, not harming them.

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        • 22 December 2013 12:56, by Tiitrot

          Yes I support our community in doing that,and to add my point all Awillians serving currently in front lines must withdraw back and come to Awiel.
          There is no good reason for us to continue dying while we are not recognized in the government.As am typing this article our five brothers were slaughtered this morning in Bentiu plus some who are now escaping from being killed by Nuers.

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          • 22 December 2013 19:13, by Kenyang

            "As am typing this article our five brothers were slaughtered this morning in Bentiu plus..." In your own word but still think Dinka Malual, the heart & beacon of our people esp Dinka should backdown let such savages take over the country becuz Pres. Kiir hasn’t made Dinka Malual vice president, right!? I don’t know which part of Aweil you’re but this is direct insult esp to Aweil martyrs. ...

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            • 22 December 2013 19:50, by Kenyang

              ... A man forgotten in good days but needed in bad days is basically a hero and it’s a bless if Aweil has the opportunity. There is no time Aweil sons are needed than now. Aweil too shares blame for letting people of South Sudan down including opportunists who have sucked down on their South Sudanese blood for years. Ask Sudantribune, Riek Machar mouthpiece to give you their signatures.

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      • 22 December 2013 10:52, by Dinka Nhialic

        Mr Point
        Aweil will never ever support this
        Defector/traitor/nygatee/fool lover Dr Riek Machar completed. Dr Riek will remain with one and two idiot namely
        Deng Deng Akoon and alleged stupid member Madut Biar Yel who served as the as governor of NBGS and come to National govt but he did nothing even from his relative nothings only his fucken daughters who had been betrayed now by her father.

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      • 22 December 2013 14:48, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

        Community of NBG in Juba are very thoughtless and they are just food lovers and hungry 4 leadership you just used to betray your brothers and sisters. I know you are Riak supporters you slaves of Nuer and loyal to Nyigate call Riak. Riak will fuck you their in Juba and u will become pregnant when You come to Aweil we will chase you back to your Riak we the real Aweil community. You thugs thugs an

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    • 22 December 2013 10:43, by Dinka Nhialic

      Lotodo Awino
      I thanks u so much for being a sensitive person,they youth of Northern Bahr el ghazal does-not support such i deas made by the community leaders, they are such a foolish idiots people.
      Paul Malong Awan Anei cannot be remove by any means he will remain our man, he did the massive development that we all saw in Aweil and that is what we need compare to biliid Madut Biar who did nothing

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    • 22 December 2013 13:29, by Tong dut

      Just kill him, that is kirr hunting dog.

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      • 22 December 2013 15:05, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

        @ tong dut
        Tong you have been supporting the voilence to since till it happen,now many nuer die due to the failed coup attempt and more nuer will continue dying what is the benefit now? I knows you are not nuer but Dinka nuer whoes name is Tong Dut there is no nuer named Tong. You are a big wife of nuer i knows and God almighty will see you due to your wrong thinking and course.you will get nothi

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        • 22 December 2013 18:33, by Sir King

          Dear Aweil community, how long will we be slaves and voiceless in South Sudan. Wake up please. Do something so you become people well known. You are always left behind to claim, why? Take care!

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          • 23 December 2013 05:50, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

            Madam Queen,
            The so called Aweil Community in Juba are nothing here in Aweil the original place where the real Community of Aweil are, those who pretends to repreent us in Juba are ashame to talk to President that they are just in need of Positions in Government so that they can be restated again.
            Thank God Maj.Gen. Dau Aturjong is not with them this time, they ’re only militia and opportunists.

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    • 22 December 2013 21:09, by Kenyang

      Lotodo Awino Odug,
      Don’t be hopeless, Mading Aweil people will never support power-hungry man, Riek Machar come what may. Yes, Aweil has opportunists who may confuse our people.

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    • 23 December 2013 05:41, by mathem jech amer

      Awei Greedy MPs
      I believe soldiers will not listen to them because they want to join Riek, why are they claiming removal of Malong this time. SPLA soldiers will get rid of any greedy person looking for post by violence, Aweil never rebel and they will not follow job seekers who want to join Riek

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  • 22 December 2013 08:31, by Joseph Canada

    We need to remove those governors who listened to the Tribal king called President! The decreed caretakers and Governors have to go. Lets get reed of this leadership that claim to have fought the 21yrs war by their own tribe and loot the national resources to go then we can have smooth election.

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  • 22 December 2013 10:41, by blesssing

    President Kiir must be very careful, these are part of Dr. Riak Machar. They are using what happened in Juba, Bor and Bentiu to threat the government. If president attempt to remove Governor Awan, NBG State will immediately fall under responsibility of the dissident group of Riak Machar. It is because , Awan is very strong as an experienced SPLA combatant.

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    • 22 December 2013 10:46, by Dinka Nhialic

      Blessing
      Hahahahahaha, u are right but what i know is that, Salva Kiir cannot be a fool to remove Paul Malong Awan Anei as he is his number ally who support him in all the things, those wrong element need the Paul to go then they will be divided along the region. it will never happened we are standing with Paul Awan to stand forever till his time to then we give it to Dau Aturjong Nyuon the great

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      • 22 December 2013 10:52, by Predicted

        Dinka Nhialic: You must be Kiir’s agent. Do you enjoy the dismanteling of the South Sudanese constitution by Kiir? Do you enjoy the fact that people live in fear under Kiir’s regime in Juba? The reason you are blind could be: (1) You are paid by Kiir; (2) You hate Riek; (3) You are a tribalist.
        ; (4) You don’t understand the constitution of the south sudanese citizens. Please educate yourself.

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        • 22 December 2013 11:07, by Predicted

          Citizens of N.Bahr El Gahzal have a constitutional right to remove their Governor as guaranteed by the constitution of the citizens of South Sudan. This is not Kiir’s constitution. Anyone who denies these rights will be dealt with as a dictator. Nothing can be imposed upon the citizens of South Sudan by force because they will respond with force.

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          • 22 December 2013 23:36, by Kenyang

            Predicted,
            We are in new country and things can change rapidly but where did you get information that people in Aweil don’t like their governor & want him replaced now? Show us people on streets/something going on in Aweil. Definitely rumor from unassigned, disgruntled groups in Juba can’t count.

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        • 22 December 2013 11:34, by Dinka Nhialic

          Predicted
          I hate that Riek so much, if i see him talking that he wanted to lead the country he rebelled severals time, i do feel a shame while hearing him talking nonsense, as per ur comment, NBGS State had no mandate to removed Paul Malong as he is the great one, he did development and protect the citizen also am the number one supporter Salva Kiir as u support defector Riek.

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          • 22 December 2013 12:55, by Predicted

            Dinka Nhialic:
            Please do not jump to conclusions. What basis do you have for your claim that I support Riek?
            I do not support Riek nor do I support Kiir. They are similar. The both have bloods of innocent, defenseless citizens in their hand. They are both doomed.

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          • 22 December 2013 13:00, by Predicted

            Dinka Nhialic:
            Please do not jump to conclusions. What basis do you have for your claim that I support Riek?
            I do not support Riek nor do I support Kiir. They are similar. They both have bloods of innocent, defenseless citizens in their hand. They are both doomed.

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          • 22 December 2013 13:04, by Predicted

            Also, what evidence do you have to support your claim. How many supporters does Malong have in NGBS community? The answer is very few. NGBS has reiterated there call to Kiir more than once to remove the governor. Please stick to the facts. It is not up to Kiir to decide for the citizens. The citizens will choose the best person themselves.

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  • 22 December 2013 10:55, by blesssing

    It is because, they know that Awan is an experienced Spla fighter. Not only removal of Awan, President should not remove any of the current Governors who have participated actively in fighting the coup plotters in Juba, otherwise these are the loyal Governors of South Sudan. These people threatening the government at this current critical movement should be deal with because this is the point of t

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  • 22 December 2013 13:08, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Wether he is good or bad, no Dinka will call for removal of Awan , now!The only Dinka who will call for his removal is the Abeyei gang, because they are the only Dinka standing with Machar now!

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  • 22 December 2013 20:48, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Any person from Dinka tribe involve in this conflict is totally stupid. This is not between Dinka and Nuer, this is conflicts among greedies of South Sudan. Please judeg thing properly before your rush to. There was not "coup" at all as some tries to justified lust conflicts.

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    • 22 December 2013 22:08, by Kenyang

      Southsudaneseviews,
      You & Kim Deng are exactly of same kind = Riek/Gadet which is basically that you remain mentally challenged. Do you remember how many times you advertise same article? The rest of country is waiting for year 2015 to assess and if to send Salva Kiir home for failing to deliver on his promises. No room for power-hungry man or tribe.

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  • 22 December 2013 20:49, by SouthSudaneseviews

    My Dinka Malual community, many of your people have die during the movement and what your brothers and sisters have die for is not being destroyed. Let Malong moves away from blocking the right of people in exchanges of dictatorship.

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  • 23 December 2013 09:43, by The rock

    A letter to Malong Awan
    the only reasons y AC wants u removed r simple as follows:
    1- ya are a dictator, who luvs him self
    2- ya don’t respect Laws and constitutional rights of a person
    3- every best thing in Aweil should b yours, that means ya selfish guy and so divisive.eg Wives, cars, money(wealth)
    4- ya a motherfuckin power abuse to each an every living in state from a boy to a man vrs....

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  • 23 December 2013 09:49, by The rock

    con.
    5- ya not the only guy fought during the struggle n ya know that after all ya were only commanding from the very day ya joined.
    6-y do ya fuck ya own daughters, what about us???
    7- y are ya feeding ya 100s kids with our PDFs Funds?
    8- ya belong to the Army as ya behavior so what not leaving the state alone.

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  • 23 December 2013 09:57, by The rock

    To Awan again
    I read on a news paper concerning Awien a lady whom ya married by force during those days then ya mistreated her and when she wants her divorce, ya threaten to kill her,even to the extend of arresting her family members including the mother, brother and uncle which were suppose to be considered by ya as In-laws family. is that right n y? is it coz ya governing the state or what is i

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  • 23 December 2013 19:58, by SouthSudaneseviews

    My Dinka Malual community, many of your people have die during the movement and what your brothers and sisters have die for is now being destroyed. Let Malong moves away from blocking the right of people in exchanges of dictatorship.
    Sudan tribune word "Not" in my note. I see your controversy.

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  • 23 December 2013 19:58, by SouthSudaneseviews

    My Dinka Malual community, many of your people have die during the movement and what your brothers and sisters have die for is now being destroyed. Let Malong moves away from blocking the right of people in exchanges of dictatorship.
    Sudan tribune word "Not" in my note. I see your controversy.

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