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South Sudan president orders return of Upper Nile governors


January 23, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued an order on Wednesday asking immediate return of the three governors of greater Upper Nile region after fleeing conflict.

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South Sudanese army soldiers sit on a pick up truck during a patrol in Malakal on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Harrison Ngethi)

The order, according to the state owned South Sudan television, asked the governors of the three states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei to immediately return to their respected areas after fleeing the conflict in which thousands of people, mostly innocent women and children have been killed.

The same presidential order, asked the three governors to conduct damage assessment and analysis in the areas affected by the fighting and report back their findings within a period not exceeding 30 days effective from the day he issued the order of immediate return.

Lual Bol Kuan, spokesperson for business community in South Sudan said the conflict had crippled all the commercial activities and free movement in the greater Upper Nile region.

"The president is right to order return of the governors to their respected states because they are the ones to conduct the assessment of the level of damage by this conflict,” said Kuan, adding that this decision shows Kiir’s "deep concern" about the people affected by this meaningless war.

He expressed readiness of the business community in the country to assist the government in the assessment and delivery of essential commodities to the affected areas as soon as possible.

“Together with the government and officials in the affected areas, I assure our people of the readiness of the business community to assist in the conduct of damage assessment and needed analysis, as instructed by the president so that we can deliver essential services to our people,” Kuan told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.


Several areas in greater Upper Nile, the hardest hit region in the country by the conflict, have remained without essential services since the violence erupted in December 2013.

UN agencies estimate that thousands have been killed, while several homes and key infrastructures and installations have been severely damaged, reducing state capitals in the region to” rubbles”, according to president Salva Kiir’s spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny.

"The level of destruction and atrocities committed by the rebels in the three state capitals is immeasurable. They (rebels) have committed all types of the atrocities,” Ateny told reporters at news conference on Wednesday.

Said that president Kiir appealed to everyone to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities as they work to bring the areas affected by the conflict to normality.

He pointed out that government has asked all the relevant institutions to quickly assist in the conduct of the needs assessment and respond as quick as possible.

"Rehabilitation efforts will be undertaken for key infrastructures that have been severely damaged as our forces restoring law and order in the affected areas," he emphasised.


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  • 23 January 2014 08:09, by omoni jr.

    salva kiir is a comedian man,

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    • 23 January 2014 08:15, by Mi diit

      He wants the three governors to be assassinated by his militias and Ugandan god-fathers since three of them are Nuer. Last time John Kong escaped assassination attempt by those of Kiir’s forces. Their cheap plan was to say he was killed by the Nuer of Riek Machar. Now those three governors will be dead soon if they returned to the states.

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      • 23 January 2014 14:19, by Jewish Ally

        Gun kai mi diit i thought you were sensible but your IQ is below -75% i don’t blame you. may God Spirit descend upon you to night and give you little understanding.

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      • 23 January 2014 15:33, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

        To Mi diit
        why did the slaves runaway from the SPLA? and why your dirty citizens returned to Unity? Your Nyigate Riek Machar also runaway with your gelweng call white army.most of nuer are very primative they would have not agreed with nuer leader Riek Machar.he will die soon.

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    • 23 January 2014 08:18, by Mi diit

      kiir wants to assassinate them in the states and lie that they were killed by the rebels since they are all Nuer governors. His agents tried to assassinate John Kong Nyuon the other time. They would then blame it on the rebels.

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    • 23 January 2014 08:27, by Tong dut

      Good move,Macher have run away,and he had kill so many Nuer.
      Let their number reduced so that we get chance too.

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  • 23 January 2014 08:31, by Ajongtar

    Miidit stop biting the drums of War, I be leave that you people in the greater upper Nile has tested the bitterness of the War.
    I don’t understand how some of you fell about this, especially those people of Bor Community, the rebels are destroying your states and you are still sitting Ethiopians lamasery hotels pretending to dialogue peace.
    Come out and tell Riak to stop destroying his own state

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    • 23 January 2014 09:11, by omoni jr.

      you are just a really Dinka like kiir,stop blaming Reik machar for this mess. open your blind eyes and brain as well and dig deeper to find out who started first. Many Dinka here follow salva kiir because he is from Dinka and blamed Riek machar because he is from Nuer, what STUPID community!! I regret to be born and share the community with animals like Dink-Nuer.

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      • 23 January 2014 14:21, by Jewish Ally

        who are you supporting, are you for Lado Gore or Cirino Iteng?

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  • 23 January 2014 15:15, by Gatluak

    Fool and idiotic president! You & ur Dinka thought that the war is over, not yet done. We are stopping war after u get ur one way ticket to hell. If there there will be peace, the condition will be u to step down and form a interim government waiting for election. We don’t want u "speechless like a baby wo starting talking".

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