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S. Sudan president welcomes deal with Yau Yau rebels


February 1, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, through his spokesperson, praised the ceasefire agreement inked on Thursday between his government and Jonglei-based rebels led by David Yau Yau.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (Reuters)

Presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny said the document widened the room for further negotiations with the group.

"This is a very important step which the president appreciate for peaceful settlement of political differences," said Wek at press briefing on Saturday in Juba.

The government declared unilateral ceasefire with Yau Yau’s group on January 6. It was and accepted David Yau Yau a day later but it took until January 30 to for a deal to be signed.

The cessation of hostilities agreement ends two years of insurgency which Yau Yau has led from his home county of Pibor county with young men from his Murle tribe.

However, Yau Yau’s fighters are mainly armed civilians who engage in cattle rustling and analysts are skeptical about the viability of any agreement.

South Sudan’s government moved quickly to reinvigorate its efforts to end Yau Yau’s rebellion after fighting within the army on December 15 spread into a conflict that has mainly affected Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

This is not the first time that Yau Yau has accepted an amnesty from president Kiir.

Yau Yau rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) after elections - in April 2010 when, as an independent candidate, he lost his campaign to represent the Gumuruk–Boma constituency in Pibor county at the Jonglei state assembly.

In 2011 Yau Yau joined the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and was made a General despite his lack of military experience. He had previously trained as a pastor.

However, he rebelled again in April 2012 leading the SPLA to announced that it was suspending the civilian disarmament campaign in the area to focus on nullifying the rebellion.


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  • 2 February 2014 07:22, by Tut Tut

    Containing Yau Yau with such canny deal will not last since the intent is not real deal but containment to just buy time. It is up to Yau Yau to make his right judgment or regret it later when condition that prompts such offer change. Yau Yau should be ware of those so-called religious leaders under the hateful bishops Bul and former bishop Taban.

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  • 2 February 2014 08:06, by Marco Bul

    Ceasefire with cattle rustlers is nothing.They will still kill in the process of raiding cattle.I mean Nuer and Murle

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  • 2 February 2014 09:08, by Kideopo Boy

    David Yau Yau and his tribes people of Murle were forced to rebelt against our Government because of Lou Nuer who attacked their County HQ of Pibor on December 2011. That led to the displacement and killing of many Murle people in the areas of Pibor, Gumuruk, Lokwangole etc. Those who survive the attacked testified that they have never seen a suffering in their history only the Nuer has given them

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    • 2 February 2014 09:38, by Tut Tut

      Cheap and inferior tactics, do you think Yau Yau should be reduced to rebel because of the one section of Nuer? If he (Yau Yau) has no political issue with Mrs Kiir Museveni, then that cease fire deal is completely misplaced. It should be between Yau Yau and Lou Nuer per your statement. Stupid folks try to live on deception.

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  • 2 February 2014 18:21, by Gatluak

    David Yau Yau has nothing to do with Kiir who killed his own tribe but it was from Dr. Riek as an advice to sign peace between him and Kiir in case Kiir is out we don’t need more deaths in South Sudan.

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  • 3 February 2014 05:13, by panda

    I don’t welcome Yau Yau since his rebellion was nothings to do with killing innocence people from Dinka Bor,Twic East and Duk.Yau Yau need to be brought into justice this where they victims will forgives him,otherwise many people will rebel if you rebel and you allow back without charge of wrongdoing then every community will organised themselves and rebel because there is no law that punished tho

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