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January 2, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan army (SPLA) has formed a committee to investigate those involved in recent killings of innocent civilians, while another will probe what caused divisions within the presidential guards in mid-December last year, government said.

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Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)

Clashes within the presidential guards in the capital, Juba led to an outbreak of violence that later spread to other parts of the country, leading to over 1,000 deaths and displacing nearly 200,000 civilians.

“SPLA has formed 2 committees: to investigate those involved in killing innocent people [and] to investigate causes of Tiger Division incident”, the government announced on its official Twitter handle, #RepSouthSudan.

"We have captured criminals who have been utilizing this situation to loot innocent people & we will continue to capture them every day", it added.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir, a day after the violence outbreak, implicated his former deputy Riek Machar in an alleged coup attempt, while the latter claimed the incident was an inside job to silence opposition within the ruling party (SPLM).

But Kiir, in his Christmas message, warned the army against committing atrocities and decried what he called the spirit of tribalism growing in the country.

“Innocent people have been wantonly killed. There are now people who are targeting others because of their tribal affiliation, by means of taking the law into their own hands,” the president said on 24 December.

“This general line of orientation is unacceptable. It will only lead to one thing, and that is to turn this nation into chaos”, he stressed, warning that "unruly" and "undisciplined" soldiers would face justice.

According to the president, an immediate order has been imposed for the police to arrest anyone suspected of involvement in killing innocent civilians from their houses.

UN AND ACTIVISTS CONCERNED

Hilde Johnson, the head of the United Nations mission in the country expressed fears of possible increase in violence as fighting continues in many parts of South Sudan.

“There have been killings and brutality, grave human rights violations and atrocities committed. We have seen evidence of apparent targeting of South Sudanese citizens on ethnic grounds”, Johnson said at a press conference in Juba on Wednesday.

Such incidences, she stressed, could lead to a perpetual cycle of violence that can destroy the fabric of the new nation.

“We need to do everything possible to prevent such a cycle of violence between the communities of South Sudan”, Johnson said.

Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said, “Intentional atrocities and human rights abuses were committed by both members of the conflicting parties, we have observed this and the parties concerned shouldn’t deny”.

CEPO said it documented various cases of human rights violations and killings since violence broke out in the country on 15 December, saying the citizens were ready to give testimonies of atrocities committed during the these weeks of violence.

“The fear is, if there is no protection plan for the victims and witnesses, the atrocities may not be accounted for and denial of justices will occur”, Yakani said.

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  • 3 January 06:38, by Gat Gan Kiir

    It must start from. Kiir and Kuol Manyang until the last militia known as Doot Bany. Otherwise wait for Gen. Gatdet to come to Juba and deal with the matter professionally. As it say in. Nuer that anything that disturb your sleeping was start by yourself. M7 could not sleep due to his criminal act toward innocent Nuer tribe. I wish and lioness Kiir to death

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    • 3 January 06:49, by Rancol

      Your quite sick in mind my friend like your uncle Riak.

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      • 3 January 09:18, by Big Boy

        Dear Gat
        Oh ha ha ha mr Gat you are still hope ur husband Gadet who does not know what his doing for his life since the begining of spla/m 1983 upto now he’s already dead in Bor...just look out for some days to confirm his dead wit ur uncle mililia leader Riak who was shoot on legs and he’s Asmara for treatments..

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        • 3 January 14:41, by Deng Tut

          Mr. Big boy, you are going for funeral of Kiir sooner, Nuer have decided to fight with you, Dinka bahr el ghazal will be punish and given a license by Nuer, nobody can stop Nuer in this country only god. We will fight until our last person, just bring your god father Ugandan, both of you will be kill. This is the end of your kingdown, tonight you will listening the voice of Nuer nation.

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          • 4 January 02:23, by Hardlinner

            Deng tut be warn that bahr el ghazel is not like bor. Any nuer that attempted war in bahr el ghazel never made back. In fact you should ask your nuers that are neighboring bahr el ghazel about the colours of those dinkas. If you want to dig your grave, go on attacking bahr el ghazel and you would understand what I meant.

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        • 4 January 02:15, by Hardlinner

          Savage riek have now resorted to forcefully recruiting civilians into his meaningless war. Smart nuers have simply said enough is enough for riek baseless war. Nuers you better watch out this power monster careless about nuer civilians/defected soldiers. Kiir will now get wide support because of riek rebellion. These rotten policians must told to quit politics.

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      • 3 January 09:21, by Darkangel
      • 3 January 10:21, by Mayom County Boy

        we need not to support such a thing because this is a useless war that will result in violence let on .

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    • 3 January 06:55, by Chol A.

      Mr nyagate, it too early for mr Kiir to rush into this point, what investigation need to be done Juba? Who will investigate atrocities committed against innocent Dinka killed in Beantiu, Malakal and others part of Nuer? There should not be such things unless crisis must end first than do investigation after pleas?

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      • 3 January 07:06, by Tutbol

        Whoever thinks that Riek Machar didn’t staged an attempted coup and planted a rebellion much in advance is a sheep like Kiir, Kuol Manyang, Makuei Lueth and several other fools in the govt. Does this one rings a bell anyone? South Sudan politics: Machar mulls his moves

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        • 3 January 07:15, by Tutbol

          Peter Gadet had been training the Lou Nuer "white army" with Yau Yau forces; with the help of British mercenaries from Nanyuki Kenya & arms supplied by gulf arab states & shipped in through the cover of the UNIMISS. But Kuol Manyang & everybody in Juba & much of drunks MIs who only harassed civillians in the markets stall in Juba didn’t care that a sovereign country always needs protection...

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          • 3 January 07:25, by Tutbol

            and vigilance to be a sovereign country. Salva Kiir is self satisfied with his hordes of motorcade as he is going to eaten a live by S Sudanese who elected him in the first place! Bor Dinka was highly disarmed as if they were a threat the central govt than everybody else. The humiliations the fools caused the Bor Dinka won’t be for forgettable. Rebellion would be our new normal in our country...

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            • 3 January 07:29, by Tutbol

              Lou Nuer have shown the Bor Dinka how tough they are for the moment; but the game has been sat in a motion.

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              • 3 January 15:18, by Gat Gan Kiir

                @Tutbol, yes we accepted that Dr. Riek started the coup. What else you want to say? The question here is who is going to stop Nuer to Rule this country this time? Dinka and Ugandan have tried it for the last two weeks but no change. Your Kingdomship is about to end in a days. We are the King maker don’t forget that we are the people who brought you to that power in the first place.

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                • 3 January 19:22, by Marco A. Wek

                  Gat Gan Kiir, you and most of our cousins who comment on this website are so full of tribalism and this is going to help Nuer in South Sudan. Believe me brother, it is most of our cousins Nuer who are taking this incident on tribal basis but when your cousins Dinka agree to act like you, South Sudan will be hell for all.

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            • 3 January 07:48, by Gat Gan Kiir

              I lough at Tutbol, my friend don’t blame Kiir and Kuol Manyang yet, the door still knocking. You celebrate the horrible genocide against Nuer week ago and now start weeping. Things are not going well as was planed by. Kiir, m7 and Kuol. They trained militia known as Doot Bany and brought Ugandan defence force and well equips them with military hard wire, but Gen. Gatdet and his force over run them

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            • 3 January 10:35, by Thokidine

              @Tutbol, you are a damp loosen dude who have been running after moni, why did ur cowboy president kept quite before while the killing of innocent nuer was on progress if he is a real Bany. why today formed the committee if all these atrocities has already been committed by his thugs. This is just a waste of time and fabrication thinking that Machar would stop his advancement. Shame on you loo poor

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              • 3 January 10:43, by Thokidine

                ...president. No time to look back, the already happened events happen and no time to amend it. Don’t make fool decisions thinking that it will reshape the future. Things have already fall apart. We know it from day one that Dinka are planing for this evil genocide,they grabbed lands, they sent their own dinka brothers for heavy guns, Tanks and other tactical training aiming to overcome nuer one

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        • 3 January 07:44, by Tutbol

          My bad try this link again. *South Sudan politics, Machar mulls his moves*
          www.economist.com/blogs/baobab?page=4

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        • 3 January 13:19, by Bentiu son

          Good for American n Sudanese Government to evacuates their personals within the war torned nation like South Sudan.We Nuer v Dinkas will fight to death this time till Nuer compensate those innocent 4000 Nuer murdered by Kiir’s Guelweng militias.No peace bt us n Jaang/slaves.Kuol Manyang,Daniel Awet Akot,Malong Awan,Makuei Lueth,Salva Mathok,n Ayuel Ayii Ayuel are responsible for massacre

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      • 3 January 14:53, by Deng Tut

        Chol a. The atrocities or the genocide committed by mr. Kiir against the innocent Nuer civilians, its a crime against the humanity, this will take Kiir to ICC, how come the president sent his guard and army to withdraw Nuer from their houses and killed. We thought that the president is our president and not the Dinka president, we understand that the president is only for the Dinka, it’s the end.

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      • 3 January 15:08, by Deng Tut

        Chol A. You are calling us nyagate, you will suffer, let me assure you, this time, we are going to lead this country for good, we don’t need Dinka to be in power anymore, the name nyagate will be wash in you mind my friend, we are going to change the dirty Constitution and dissolve all structure of public service, what was build by president Kiir will cancel and nul and void.

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    • 3 January 07:41, by omoni jr.

      The genocidal regime is playing with the lives of innocent civilians killed in cold blood by killer kiir militias. It is better to destroy this jungle,especially kiir palace in juba ,need to be burn down to ashes.

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    • 3 January 08:01, by zulu

      Remember 1991 Bor incident. It is on Youtube, Riek satisfied with genocide, like Hitler did when he killed the Jews by rounding them up including those who sympathize with the Jews.
      Riek is a devil. He will die according to the prophesy of the Otuho people.

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    • 3 January 08:41, by Tong dut

      We are dinkas,how can Nuer rule us?, They have no right to rule us unless by election.
      More killing will take place.Tribe Nuer will be over soon, fuck those Nuer with guns.Death to Dr Rieck.

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      • 3 January 09:32, by Big Boy

        Tong Dut
        Probable you are right man. how uncircumstances rule this country while they are not penis cut..and they have been running in/out before the pca for presidency! to be a president not by power come throuh election. if you have supporter and those have never been rebelion to their own peoples.but people like Riak who does not know what his doing to their life..

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        • 3 January 11:53, by Tong dut

          @ Thokidine,
          come to bor west, you will get me their, and i am from Rumbek fighting in bor to distroy the Nuer.
          You are most welcome for the war.

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      • 3 January 10:54, by Thokidine

        Tongdut, why don’t u go back to school and do a way with ur illiteracy, this is not a commend some one with a bit of literacy could post on this social media except Dinka (Dootka Beny) who think this country belong to Dinka

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      • 3 January 13:35, by Bentiu son

        Tong Dut! Dinka flatterer boy,U Dinka tribe has no kingdom in South Sudan,your husbands Nuer will take over whether u cowards like it or not we are almost to Juba n BEG region. Don’t not panic yet, killing unarmed civilians is not braveness either gallantry.We will fuck you out in Juba soon than later just wait for your death barbaric community. Equatorians,show your position before our arrival.

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    • 3 January 09:45, by Hardlinner

      Gat gan your statement clearly displayed lack of analysis and nativity. How could primitive with no plans and supply manage to reach juba which is the seat of government. Matter of facts you guys have never attack states where nuer are minority or never exist. How could you dream of over throwing government supported by 90% of s sudanese. If I’m not wrong, it only nuers that supporting riek.

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    • 3 January 12:59, by Johndumo14

      Be careful about this peace talks,rmember Riek Machar was rebeled to John Grang and he kille thousands of Dinka civilians and was used by khartoum,now he rebeled to president Kirr again he is being used by khartoum,
      and his troops have kille more and loose of property,what peace with Riek machar ,the SPLA MUST kill him ,no peace

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    • 3 January 13:12, by Bentiu son

      Good for American n Sudanese Government to evacuates their personals within the war torned nation like South Sudan.We Nuer v Dinkas will fight to death this time till Nuer compensate those innocent 4000 Nuer murdered by Kiir’s Guelweng militias.No peace bt us n Jaang/slaves.Kuol Manyang,Daniel Awet Akot, Malong Awan,Makuei Lueth,Salva Mathok,n Ayuel Ayii Ayuel are responsible for massacre

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    • 3 January 22:08, by Nyesi Ta

      Yes, I think investigating the killings of Nuer civilans by the president’s security apparatus (militia) which he had already admitted is important to bring the perpetrators to book. But how can the army call for investigation of the division within the presidential guard since the army’s c-in-c has already branded it as a foiled coup?

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  • 3 January 07:21, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Just talk for talk as we always know.How many committees has been formed in S.Sudan by Kiir to investigate many attrocities including corruption cases and no results materealised. Kiir himself though aware of what was taking place have never denounces what happened in 107, Gudele, Jebel on the first 3 days of the mutiny till now. Why should he allows this investigation to go ahead now?

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  • 3 January 09:31, by Tong dut

    AMERIACANS AMB, IS CLOSED THIS MORNING IN SOUTH SUDAN,END OF PRESIDENT KIRR AND S P L M.
    Either Machier nor kirr will rule this south sudan,All what took place was planed by both kings, and it have come to anend.

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  • 3 January 14:31, by Deng Tut

    Kiir will be capture live today by general Peter gatdet, good news to all Nuer, the forces are very near to juba, maybe Kiir will run out today otherwise will be kill, tutbol is a Dinka and Dinka does not listening to any advise, all Dinka generals in spla army are leaving juba because they are aware of the coming of general Peter gatdet. The genocide committed by Kiir against Nuer innocent, ICC

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  • 3 January 15:06, by 4Justice

    Too late Cognitive disorder patient

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  • 3 January 15:31, by Mapuor

    Alot of mistakes have happened in the SPLA,Commissioning illiterates to the rank of general is completely not acceptable.Recruiting relatives as guards was allowed while such a thing is not allowed in the national army.Who is to blame?its Chief of general staff,so Hoth Mai must take full responsibility of what ever was done by his subjects.Kiir was busy handling CPA,Referendum and elections.

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    • 3 January 15:36, by Mapuor

      Mr president is a special gift from God to South Sudanese.He lead South Sudanese out of slavery.Most of South Sudanese were convinced that Arabs were invincible and separation of the South was impossible.Kiir convinced even Nuers who surrendered to Jalaba to come back to GOSS.This happened in South South Dialogue which was held in Nairobi.Kiir is a visionary and charismatic leader.

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      • 3 January 15:41, by Mapuor

        Coup plotters are the most corrupt elements in the South,they think South Sudanese are fools and that they can not understand what they were doing.We know your monthly salaries thugs,the resources that you looted are in our records and you will never get away with it, Kiir Mayardit oyeree great leader oyeeee,symbol of peace oyeee.Mr president we are going to reward you by defeating thugs.

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  • 3 January 15:33, by Deng Tut

    The investigation that conduct by the Kiir, will not give good result, the true investigation will be start by the UN plus competent personnel, Kiir plus koul maying juuk, Paul maloung, Talar ring deng, and current minister of justice will be taken to icc. This people have committed the genocide against innocent Nuer, committed crime against humanity.

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  • 3 January 17:55, by sweettea

    The future of this country lye on nuer ppl hand, and the whole world know about tht. We love peace and harmony between the communities of this great nation of south Sudan. South Sudan will be the best country in Africa and best develop country in Africa whn nuer person take over as a leader mark my words.

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  • 3 January 18:55, by San Manyuon

    Now, I don’t know who wants this late investigation, this was suppose to be the response immediately following that un responsible clashes. I know things went out of control immediately following the incident and I can’t blame the current investigation. Great nation follows the laws. We fought Khartoum for many reasons; one of which was the eye for an eye issue, as declared by SHARIA.

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  • 3 January 20:03, by Costa

    If the coup attempt was confirmed by the government why are they forming a committee for investigating the cause of the clash among the presidential guards? It seems like no one knows what exactly started this bloody war including those who have fooled the President to show up in military uniform declaring a foiled coup attempt. May God protect our nation.

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    • 3 January 23:30, by kumkan

      Tut Bol,
      Nuer were not fighting Dinka Bor as try to allude here. We fought the enemy of the freedom which is Salvador Gangs. Bor are our allies so the one we defeat are Barhlezhal that thought they can face us. If you have any valuable item in Juba consider that as lost item because we are coming to burn everything into ashes. Dinka, how come we always defeated you at all the battle we fought?

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