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Greater Equatoria governors demand regional balance in army and security recruitment

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January 13, 2014 (JUBA) – Governors from South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region have agitated for a quota system in which people are recruited into the army and security organs from all regions to "discourage future ethnic coups, mutinies or rebellions".

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Eastern Equatoria state Governor Louis Lobong Lojore speaking at the Equatoria conference in Juba, January 10, 2014 (Larco Lomayat)

The call was part of the resolution reached by the three governors of Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria states during an emergency conference organised on the current crisis in the capital, Juba.

The event, held on 10 January, also urged the country’s leaders to adopt laws to punish anyone involved in the politicisation and misuse of the army and other security organs.

“We strongly denounce the use of tribal loyalties to achieve or maintain political power that tend to foster tribal hegemony,” stipulates one of the resolutions.

The one-day conference, which brought together the three governors, also resolved to mobilise Equatorians for the protection of the territory, its people and their property.

Nearly a month of violence in the country has left more than 1,000 people dead and tens of thousands displaced in its worst-ever violence outbreak since it seceded from Sudan in July 2011.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir largely blamed his former deputy, Riek Machar for an alleged coup attempt, while the latter says it was a move to silence opposition within the country’s ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Talks are currently underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa under the mediation of regional leaders from the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to break the impasse between the rebels and government.

The Equatorian leaders, however, expressed support for the mediation process in Addis Ababa and urge South government of and the rebels led by Machar, to cooperate with the IGAD mediators to achieve immediate solution to the current crisis.

The further proposed the formation of the Equatoria High Committee to be involved in the peace process in Addis Ababa, where cessations of hostilities between South Sudan’s warring parties dominates the agenda.

STALLED TALKS RESUME

Negotiating teams representing the South Sudanese government and rebels resumed face-to-face talks in the Ethiopian capital on Monday.

The resumption of talks, which stalled last week amid disagreement over the terms of a ceasefire, followed a meeting between regional mediators, the US envoy Donald Booth and Machar at an undisclosed location inside South Sudan in a bid to convince him to sign a ceasefire agreement.

"We engaged him [Machar] for over three hours in trying to move him toward agreeing to a cessation of hostilities agreement”, Booth told reporters in Addis Ababa on Monday.

Direct talks are due to continue on Tuesday, with IGAD mediators expressing hopes that a ceasefire deal could be reached by end of the week.

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Resolutions from the Greater Equatoria conference
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  • 14 January 09:32, by omoni jr.

    This is another kiir’s sucker. he always bow down to salva kiir as if kiir is his father.Being married Dinka woman does not qualified you to be the president of this jungle.Lobong little education will eventually lead him to death and hell as well.

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    • 14 January 09:51, by Bravo Nuer

      Lt.Gen. Alfred Lado Gore is just at the back yard of Jebel Kunjur with fearless Generals namely Gen. Simon Gatwich Dual and Gen Gabriel Tang Chan (aka Tanginye) including effective Brig.General like Brig.gen Gawar Manyok, Brig.Gen Otong Liah and Brig.Gen Nhial Wathkak and 25 other Brig.Generals. they have taught a powerful lesson to Brig.Gen Marach Akoon and soon to J1 and J2 simultaneously.Konkoc

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      • 14 January 10:00, by Bravo Nuer

        Lobong we know all Equatorians are not only God fearing but also peace loving communities who are also well educated and they don’t despise other cultures. neither bully others nor greedy. but someone like u is not an Equatorian you are a slave heart dinka like James Hoth from Nuer. don’t smear other equatorians your hands are full of blood of nuer stained you during your handshake with Kiir.

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        • 14 January 14:27, by Below the Law

          @Bravo Nuer
          Dear brother whom are you supporting:your South Sudan, Nuer, Riek or foolishness?
          I wonder you just mentioned general xyz
          whose names indicates that they come from one ethnicity. Dont you just feel shame when you are the dominant in govt and revolt agsinst it. now look at your name; bravo nuer.is there any wisedom there?

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          • 14 January 19:29, by Bravo Nuer

            alas! don’t be sickened because of seeing a name carrying a term Nuer which you hate to death as you have been slaughtering Nuer to date. I was a real supporter of Salva Kiir because he was able to unite the southerners after Garang death and he was a merciful leader before making Malong to be a secret Chief of Stupidity and appointing Kuol Manyang as Defence Killer who conspired to massacre Nuer.

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            • 15 January 05:32, by Mi diit

              Don’t worry, Equatorians will shift their support to the Nuer when they see that the Dinka are losing the war. This is their stance now, they mistakenly call it cleverness. But the Dinka are using Equatorian soldiers to die in thousands at Juba-Bor road. They are used as human shields to fight this tribal war for the Dinka. But soon they will switch to the Nuer side. Pathetic.

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      • 14 January 10:19, by choldit

        Is this not a stab at the back? How could this work at a time of war like this? Anything agreed at this time will not work after peace. Dr. Machar will come in with all these soldiers fighting on his side now and someone Ugandan armies fighting and include in SPLA-Kirr payroll will refuse to go back to Uganda. Think mr governor u are betraying ss to Uganda and sudan.

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      • 14 January 11:11, by DeltaBravo

        YOU FUCKING FOOD LOVER YOUR SO CALL GENERALS HIDING IN EQUATORIA WILL SOON BE CAUGHT. THEY ARE DESTROYING THE COUNTRY THAT WAS BUILD THROUGH OUR HARDWORK. GOD IS WILLING.

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        • 14 January 18:19, by Joseph Canada

          HAHAHAHA!! WHAT COUNTRY DID YOU BUILD DELTABRAVO? YOU MEAN THE COUNTRY YOU USED WITH KIIR TO POCKET THE NATIONAL TREASURE AND BLAME OTHERS? THE US $4.7BILLION PLUS THE 5MILION STOLEN IN THE OFFICE THAT YOU BLAME MR. MANIBE FOR? WHEN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE SICK, THEY GO TO NAIROBI, WHEN OTHER FAMILIES ARE SICK, THEY STAY IN SS. WHATS IS THAT TO YOU? DEVELOPMENT? DO U REALY KNOW WHAT THE "D" WORD?

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          • 14 January 18:23, by Joseph Canada

            WHEN THE PEOPLE IN THE UPPER NILE STATES ARE IDPING THEMSELVES IN EQUATORIA JUST TO GET A THATCHED GRASS HOUSE YOU ARE CALLING THAT A DEVELOPMENT? YOU ARE THE BIGEST FOOL LIVING IN THE DARKNESS. I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU GO THAT CHEAP EDUCATION FROM TO KNOW HOW TO WRITE HERE IF YOUR MIND DOESN’T THINK. YOUR TEACHERS MUST BE VERY SHAME!!

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      • 14 January 14:19, by mathem jech amer

        Stupid Nuers criminals
        Equatoria is not a land of cattle raiding. If you want Dinkas go to Bar El Ghazal, why are you fearing going to Dinka Land.Equatorians will soon plan to clean its territories from criminals terrifying civilians on Yei-Juba road.By the way I support both Kiir & Riek.Pls go ahead & kill yourselves,soon the largest tribe will be Taposa as your nos are being reduced.Bravo both

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    • 14 January 11:21, by Diversity

      A message to all tribes/ethnic groups in South Sudan instead of contributing your people for a dictator who opposes federalism and social democracy, I call up on you to start your fronts against the so called SPLA and join hands the Naath/Nuer Democratic Front (NDF)plus the Murle Cobra Fighters
      Otherwise you’r wasting your everything by supporting this number one enemy of your dreams.

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      • 14 January 12:21, by Hardlinner

        Equatorians are not so foolish to follow nuer’s war of looting and destruction. I have never seen a smart person following foolish person. Your rallies behind the mass murderer riek clearly indicated what kind of hell the people would expose to at the hands of riek and his foolish generals. Only foolish equatorian will listen to your jungle pleading.

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        • 14 January 18:28, by Joseph Canada

          THE MASS MURDERER IS KIIR AND DINKA TRIBE. DR. RIEK DIDN’T MURDER THE NUER IN JUBA NOR DID HE MURDER THE MURLE IN JONGOLEI STATE. THE ONE WHO MURDER IS THE INSTIGATOR WHO THINK HE WANT TO RULE SOUTH SUDAN ON AN IRON FIST. EQUATORIANS ARE THE PEACE LOVING PEOPLE AND THEY LOVE TO SEE YOU ALL DEAD BEFORE THEY TAKE OVER. REMEMBER THE WORD MINORITIES WILL BECOME MAJORITY BY THE PROPHET IN NIGERIA.

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    • 14 January 12:43, by Tong dut

      That is too good to get read of Dinkas, they are too trouble some.We are sure after Nuer, it will reach Equatorian, the so call fucking war of Dinka Nuer War.
      Stupid War of Dinkas.

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    • 14 January 14:55, by Below the Law

      Omoni jr
      you are surely junior. And this is why you always think nuer and not south sudanese.you say lobong has little education. Who is better now somebody with little education but maintain his house efficiently and is below the law and somebody with phd act illiterately put his house in messes and behave foolishly above the Law. Lobong can efficiently handle national affairs and can manage beco

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    • 14 January 17:53, by Bentiu son

      omoni jr.I strongly agreed,the Governor of Eastern Equatoria should shut up his nattering mouth against the Nuer warriors who are at his backyards.QUESTION IDIOT!is not you who was falsely accused n summoned last year by Salva Kiir of formed militias in your State who killed Dinka General of Police who was ambushed bt Juba-Torit road? Is not GE who claimed that they had been kokorized by Dinkas?

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      • 14 January 18:06, by Bentiu son

        is it not GE who poorly claimed that the RSS’government from the top to the bottom had been dominated by Dinkas n Nuer? Lobong well,where were you during national liberation struggles with Khartoum right? or around Juba in ALA BARA,Rujel Mapi with SAF as Equatorian Defense Forces( EDF) where your wives, boys n girls were rape at your present. Shut your dirty mouth No balance of food after indepen

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  • 14 January 09:46, by Jubawe

    This governor of eastern equatoria. You brought shame to our people by praising President Kirr, what a shame to you, you should take example from governor of central and western equatoria, they don’t involved thid crisis why only you, you one day you will pay the price for it.

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    • 14 January 11:21, by DeltaBravo

      TO JUBAWE YOU HATE DINKA AT THIS TIME AT THE END OF HARVEST YOU WILL SAY SPLA AKUMA BITENA. YOU ALLOW THIS USELESS RIEK REBEL TO HIDE IN YOUR BACKYARD. WE ARE WATCHING YOU VERY WELL. YOU SUPPORT JALLABA DURING LIBERATION STRUGGLE AND YOU DID IT AGAIN THIS TIME. YOU ARE COWARD. YOU ARE PUSHING DINKA TRIBE TO FAR. WE WILL NOT ALLOW USELESS RIEK MACHAR TO RULE THIS COUNTRY. IF IT HAPPEN.

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  • 14 January 09:51, by Hardlinner

    The idea is true. If the army was based on quotas, i believe shit like what is happening right now wouldn’t have happened. 35% of th army should go to dinka, 15% to nuer not 60% they are enjoying now and remaining 50% should go to minority tribes in south sudan. I hope kiir listen to this proposal.

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    • 14 January 10:09, by The Republic of South Sudan

      I thought this fighting is for Democracy, Freedom and fair and equal citizens rights for NOT only Nuer but all South Sudanese. Everybody who was/is in Juba knows that there was no coup planned, it was a trick to silent the opposition politicians but what the 15 December targeted only Nuer civilians?
      But Equatorians know this, what kill you neighbor it will eventually come to you soon

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      • 14 January 13:07, by Sudan virus

        Where on earth a coup is planned and published before it happens?

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  • 14 January 09:56, by Jubawe

    This governor of eastern equatoria. If kirr his 2015 election, I bid you will not test any position for the new government, you are spoiler to our greater region, no wonder people who are not well educated support each other for their failer. if this country continue with this kind of people will not success at all. Is Good that worldwide knew we been leading by uneducated leaders. UNSC r involv

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    • 14 January 16:18, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

      Jubawe,
      You made me laugh coz you better leave the issue of educated or not qualified to those who are worthy telling it, some people with necessary erudition to convinces the public when stitching sentence but people like you have no right to touch anything to do with academic merits because you will definitely devalue and disgrace the volume and density of education from global perception.

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  • 14 January 10:00, by Ahmado

    To Equatoria,
    you are right the only way for a Equatoria is to withdraw from this tribal war. this is useless war because these people have their differences Equatoria must stand up and fight to protect their territory and property.

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    • 14 January 12:29, by jubaone

      This precisely is what Equatoria Defence League EDL is all about; mobilizing and arming our people against any fugitives that want to cause chaos in GE. The Dinkas /Nuers must not be allowed to hold the South Sudan hostage anymore. Ultimately, GE must seek a 3D (Third Dimension), a path for total independence and sovereign state. Yes it Can!

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  • 14 January 10:10, by Ambago

    The so-called Equatoria Governors have been since holding meetings and conferences and nothing new came out of it. How can you demand balanced army and security recruitment when the Dinka & Nuer dominated SPLA is still in existence.
    First work to bring about the total dissolution of the present tribal malitias masquerading as national army before you can start a new representative recruitment!

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    • 14 January 12:38, by jubaone

      Renegade Nuer militias that pendled between SPLA and Bashir all along and later on icorporated into the SPLA have shown us, that first you get well armed to be able to strike a deal. GE is just doing that. It shall not demand it simply has to put facts on the gound arm itself. Those who feel uncomfortable can drink cold water or return to the luaks.

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    • 14 January 18:20, by Bentiu son

      Ambago,buddy,those naive Equatorians leaders fear incompetent Salva Kiir’s Dinka militias to death which led them to point their useless fingers to wrong person.Dr Machar is not escape-goat in which those opportunities should seek position,ranks n money through him.Dr Machar nowadays becomes the source of employment,position keeping n getting promotion within the SPLA or being falsely praise by Di

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      • 14 January 18:32, by Bentiu son

        nkas as patriotic,nationalist n comradeship for supporting their Dinka Kingdom.Yeah,your dependency is known,just put your hands on your mouths,we shall liberate you for sure from Jeenge/Dinka of foolish BEG who murdered unarmed Nuer civilians at your watch in Juba, we don’t need your help at all in war field but we need your support politically as to end genocidal regime of Salva Kiir.

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  • 14 January 10:16, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Fearing death and pretending to be peace loving community while you talk dirty when it comes to land issue DOES NOT bring Democracy, Freedom, Justice and Equality. You need rights, freedoms and Equality fight and die for it. I am tired of Equatorians saying we are peace loving community while they murdered themselves with devils - charms on daily basis. Go ahead and recruit the army

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  • 14 January 10:42, by Marco Bul

    Run sons of bitches,ruunnn!!! The whole South is tired of Nuer culture of violence and chest thumping.Let each state recruit 5000 each and we deal with this malevolence.Murle will be dispatch soon to cut rebels’ tails from behind.You are DOOOOOOOMED!!

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    • 14 January 11:08, by Malakal county Simon

      Marco Bul
      You’re drunked/confused, as usual....

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      • 14 January 11:27, by Malakal county Simon

        Louis Lobong is one of the few individuals who have been bribe by illegal president, and sell their dignity over the money.... Good luck, with your proposal....

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      • 14 January 11:31, by DeltaBravo

        TO MALAKAL HE IS TELLING YOU WHAT YOU DON’T WANT HEAR. VERY SOON YOU WILL CRY BEGGING FOR MERCY. MARK MY WORD. WE SOUTHERNER ARE TIED OF YOU RUINING ANYTHING THAT WAS ALREADY DONE BY OUR HARDWORK.

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  • 14 January 11:23, by dinkdong

    "Equatoria leaders demand balanced army and security recruitment." Now after independence?

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  • 14 January 12:04, by Axios

    They should have done this a long time ago. South Sudan army has become a joke.

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    • 14 January 12:38, by wacjak

      Can somebody tell the Equatorians that, there is no need to ask for balanced army. Just ask your sons to join the army and not to become militias. Nobody refuses you in the army. What you guys meant here could be, to get generals immediately which is impossible. It takes years to get promoted. Your sons should be patient and work hard to get those high ranks. The proposal holds no water.

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      • 14 January 12:41, by wacjak

        The only tribe on earth that has succeeded to get illegal ranks are the militias from "mighty" Nuer. Their army does not contain a private. Very laugable thing on earth. It is an army of self service. I believe when peace returns, Traitor Riek will come back as a Field Marshal, and his militias all will be Lt.Generals. Mark my words. How I wish the Traitor dies before seeing the real peace in SS.

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  • 15 January 00:29, by Eyez

    I don’t understand where you illiterate, cattle rustling jungle dwellers get the notion that Equatorians are cowards, but, that is good, as we are bound to shock you anytime, just like the Kokora saga, that drove your fathers, uncles and mothers out of G. Equatoria. The fact is, a civilized and sound minded person does not jump into violence like a wild animal, without weighing the outcome first.

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  • 15 January 00:51, by Eyez

    You people think we are silent for no reason, but, we have not forgotten how you killed Equatorians who joined the movement during the war, in retaliation of KOKORA, but, when things got tough, your uncles called on Greater Equatorian leaders to mobilise and revive the SPLA, and yet, you call us cowards. How do call generals like Jadalah, Thomas, Mamur and Gore cowards, if you’re not stupid.

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  • 15 January 05:34, by Mi diit

    TO NUERS,
    Don’t worry, Equatorians will shift their support to the Nuer when they see that the Dinka are losing the war. This is their stance now, they mistakenly call it cleverness. But the Dinka are using Equatorian soldiers to die in thousands at Juba-Bor road. They are used as human shields to fight this tribal war for the Dinka. But soon they will switch to the Nuer side. Pathetic.

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  • 15 January 07:03, by Thyinka

    This is no time to demand quotas, this is time to fight

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