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February 2, 2014 (JUBA) - Warrap state’s information minister, Nyanaguek Kuol Mareng, has resigned allegedly over reports that she denied that fighting between the army in the capital Juba on December 15 was a coup attempt, contradicting the government’s version of events.

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Warrap state governor poses in a photo with the members of her cabinet on 25 June 2010 (Photo Warrap state)

The government claims that forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar tried to seize power from the President Salva Kiir in mid-December. Machar and his supporters all deny attempting to stage a coup but many of them are now leading a rebellion against Kiir’s administration.

Ms Kuol is the first state minister to quit during the current crisis, which has led to 10,000 deaths, according to the International Crisis Group. The United Nations estimates that 740,000 people have been displaced.

Multiple officials and security sources told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that Kuol was forced to resign after she was accused of showing support for Riek Machar and the rebels.

However, Joseph Anei Madoor, director for public relations and political affairs in the office of Warrap’s Governor Nyandeng Malek Deliech, told Sudan Tribune, that Kuol’s resignation was due to personal problems.

"Yes, she has resigned but her decision was prompted by her personal or individual problems that are not connected with our performance as the government", Madoor said on Sunday.

Kuol’s resignation comes after the Director General of South Sudan’s internal security services, Akol Koor Kuc, flew to Kuacjok, the capital of Warrap state, on Saturday on a special flight from Juba.

The trip is believed to have been to present evidence to Governor Nyandeng Malek Deliech that Kuol is somehow connected to Machar’s rebels - SPLM/A In Opposition.

According to a well placed security source, Kuc held a meeting with the state governor, her deputy, her advisor on security and the information minister, during which he displayed a video clip producing evidence about the activities of the minister.

Four charges were brought against the minister of information, the security source told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

The first charge was that she was found talking to individuals, including Deng Alor, who are considered loyal to the former vice president Riek Machar before and after they were accused and arrested on suspicions that they were playing to mobilise the public against the government prior to the December 15 clash within the presidential guard force in Juba.

Another charge is that she denied in an interview with state radio that what happened in Juba, on December 15 last year, was an attempted coup to depose president Salva Kiir Mayardit from power, but was a clash within the presidential guards.

The third charge was that she accused South Sudan’s army - the SPLA - of targeting Nuer civilians in Juba and said that that soldiers who committed the attacks should be held responsible.

The last charge was that she denounced pro-government protesters in January with placards carrying slogans against Riek Machar, arguing that the group had little evidence to prove that the former had planned to carry out a coup.

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  • 3 February 06:26, by Ahmed Chol

    She is correct! There was no coup. Who is going to believe Kiir and his stupid director and Nyandeng Malek. Kiir has just plunged the country into chaos for nothing. I begged God to punish Kiir indeed for the live of innocent people lost under his poor leadership.

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    • 3 February 06:35, by Malakal county Simon

      She was telling the truth, but that’s does not qualified her as a the rebel.... We must organised one of the Kiir body-guard, to shot him in the head for good, and for the lasting peace to prevails!!!!

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      • 3 February 06:42, by dinkdong

        I agreed with you, but "Organised one of the" Riek body-guards to shoot Riek too in the head. They are both not good leaders. They all deserve to die.

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        • 3 February 06:48, by Malakal county Simon

          dinkdong
          Unwanted president Kiir has to die first, he is the main cause of the problem, by creating a fake coup which results in massive killings of Nuer civilians in Juba....

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          • 3 February 07:03, by dinkdong

            I am so bitter man. I sometime questioned what prevention these idiots of Kiir and Riek to be in that plane that went down with John Garang.

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            • 3 February 07:05, by dinkdong

              I meant what "prevented" them to be in that helicopter? They should have died once and for all.

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            • 3 February 15:03, by Hardlinner

              Dingdong, more dinkas see light, majority nuer don’t see in the same contact. The rebellion and so as claim of coup by kiir are both wrong. I wouldn’t deny that there were conspiracies to launch coup. But kiir timely got it wrong. On riek side,if he wasn’t planning for coup, why would he then rebelled instead of running to neighboring country. Both leaders are wrong and therefore should resign.

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          • 3 February 07:06, by michael coma

            Amok Chol
            Let me put clearly to your dumb mind that whether there was coup de-tar.Riek himself was having private army at Jebel Lado about 4000.Within Juba he was having 15000 undercover of civilians who were dollar echangers in town while they were army trained.Riek accepted that he wanted to topple Kiir government.

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    • 3 February 06:39, by allan

      bitch im from warrap state i know u very well u are another three whore of dr riak slut no one hate riak by the way he can run as a leader of this nation no one care but the way he act now i dont know

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    • 3 February 06:40, by jijury

      What a desperate government forcing people to lie is not an easy thing to do. Nyanaguek thank you for educating those idiots.

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  • 3 February 06:37, by Naath

    There is no freedom of expression,no telling the truth,the olny thing is t lie and even though you see the fact don’t say it is wrong,so how are we going unit the nation by triblism.It happen in Juba kiir kills Nuer civilians without reason.

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    • 3 February 06:42, by Malakal county Simon

      Naath
      The only solution to South Sudan current situation, is get ride of this unwanted president through bullets in the head!!!!

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    • 3 February 06:56, by michael coma

      Gatkuoth or Naath
      What of they Dinkas killed in Bentiu,Malakal and Bor,is it Kiir also who killed them?You do comment here and everybody knows where you are living.

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  • 3 February 06:46, by Tutbol

    What a piece of crap! Is that anonymous *security source* cited many times in this article working for SUDAN TRIBUNE or the govt of S Sudan? What different does it make? Whether Riek Machar & his supporters denied that there was no coup, but still they violently rebel. Killing innocents people in Bor, Malakal, Ak0ba & unity state who have nothing to do with Kiir & his body guards...

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    • 3 February 06:55, by Malakal county Simon

      Tutbol
      You should asked your step-dad unwanted president Kiir for Killings innocents Nuer civilian, who have no political affiliation with Dr Machar, but were slaughters anyway for being Nuer as a justified reason....

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    • 3 February 06:55, by Tutbol

      Those people who are insisting that there was no coup should better come up with better explanations, their argument won’t fool any rational & an intelligent being. In the army, if the authority suspect you of an illegal act & would want disarm you, he can do it & if you refused & shoot out just like what those body guards in the barracks on the 15/12/2013; then that is a coup & a rebellion....

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      • 3 February 07:04, by Tutbol

        Riek Machar supporters should instead stick to their claims that ’innocents Nuer civilians were targeted’ at least that will make sense, but to continue telling bullshits that there was no coup, but they refused to disarmed, shoot out with the army, ran away from Juba, went & killed innocent civilians in the countryside & waging an armed rebellion; who is going to buy all these that they are not..

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      • 3 February 07:13, by jijury

        To Tutbol!
        1. Look up the definition of a coup carefully. No politicians can plan a coup and at the same time sleep their houses waiting for it to happen magically.
        2. You cannot plot a coup without army officers involvement.
        3 Kiir is afraid of Dr. Riek because if Riek takes over the country’s leadership things will change to better. that was why he ordered his followers to kill Riek.

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        • 3 February 08:20, by Tutbol

          Jijury,
          Good point, but why did Riek Machar ran away & not slept in his resident? Why is Riek Machar continues to say that he is the leader of the Nuer armed rebellion? Why is Rebecca Nyandeng & the other accused group continue to keep silent & not condemn the agents behind the armed rebellion & the destruction that they did in Bor, Malakal & unity state? Why did Riek Machar & Peter Gadet...

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          • 3 February 08:31, by Tutbol

            targeted Bor South & left Bor North, when Bor South are not Kiir body guards that are alleged to have killed the Nuers in Juba? You people continue to lecture everyone that you only want your incompetent Kiir out pf power, but your actions tell otherwise. You failed to start the removal of Kiir from Warap & closer to Bentiu where Riek Machar comes from....

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            • 3 February 08:52, by Tutbol

              here what your supporters the West are insinuating----that James Hoth Mai is a Nuer & should be on the silly Nuer side who don’t know what exactly this rebellion is about?
              http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/693781479?-21266:20622
              James will be a president of S Sudan than your madman Riek Machar...

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              • 3 February 09:08, by Tutbol

                "When fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, in mid-December and elements in the SPLA loyal to Salva Kiir, THE DINKA PRESIDENT, fought with NUER COUNTERPARTS, many observers looked to see which side General Hoth Mai would take"
                SINCE WHEN HAS KIIR BECOMES A DINKA president?.....

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                • 3 February 09:24, by Tutbol

                  This is why some people, myself included hate these criminals in the US & France, but particularly the UK criminals. They love dividing communities against each others. But only a few, probably fools buy their propaganda these days. These people dabble on other peoples bloods, the sooner all the S Sudanese know these evils, the better for the health of our communities...

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                  • 3 February 09:32, by Tutbol

                    They are trying very hard to make Riek Machar armed rebellion, ’a NATIONAL ARMED REBELLION’ the seven released accused have not said that they they are in Riek Machar camp or if they subscribed to Riek Machar arned rebellion? The remaining for in the custody didn’t also say that they are in Riek Machar camp & that they also subscribed to Riek Machar armed rebellion against S Sudanese....

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                    • 3 February 09:40, by Tutbol

                      The clowns in Europe & the US, with their corporate media propagandists like *the ECONOMIST* wants to put some meat on their puppet Riek Machar’s bonny violent armed rebellion. But their meat will not stick on their Riek Machar’s bonny violent armed rebellion against S Sudanese....

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                      • 3 February 09:55, by Tutbol

                        Here is another Europeans & the US propaganda;
                        http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/693735930?-21266:20622
                        The that is supposedly meant for S Sudan from the president of the US is ’distributed to Kenyan NEWSPAPERS instead of S Sudanese NEWSPAPERS?! Has S Sudan becomes part of Kenya? No. Just read in-between lines guys. Our recently released politicians, Ports & to persuade our Kenyan cousins to join....

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                        • 3 February 10:09, by Tutbol

                          the fray in S Sudan on behave of the US or Europe, hmmm Kenyans are not fools, though. They know they game the same Europeans & the US played during last April elections, by pitching their desired candidate against the Kenyans witches; this is the game these Europeans & the US have playing in Africa ever since, but our young are slowly waking up....

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      • 3 February 07:52, by choldit

        Tut Bol maan, come on and tell the truth! The guards were ordered to keep their weapons in the store and they all did that but Dinka individuals amongst the bodyguard were seen being rearmed. When the other guards from other ss tribes tried to join them. The Dinka guards shot at them. Now, put urself in Kirr’s shorts. can u really arm Dinka guards of ur govt and disarm other ss members of ur guard

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      • 3 February 08:08, by choldit

        Continue. Imagine 30 some Dr. Machar bodyguard that were murdered by Dinka Bar El Gazel militias in cover of Republic guards were in his home at Amarat couldn’t they would be ordered to take part in the coupe if it is Riek coupe? Can u ask urself Tutbol, what promotes Kirr to allow Republic Guard and other organised forces to kill the Nuer after Gen. Hoth Mai dislodged the non-Dinka Republic guar

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    • 3 February 09:29, by wacjak

      Coup or no coup makes no difference. The Traitor is gone and will never dream of leading this nation, period! Those idiots that continue to support him are doing it in vain. You clowns, you either quit rebellion or die trying to bring down the mighty Govt. Whatever happened, this lady has resigned and that is all.

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  • 3 February 08:43, by Dr B2

    Mrs Kuol has right to denied that no coup attempted it is just a ploy from the fake president as the world wide denied. Honorable Kuol it is better to stay peacefully without job then supporting Gov of nonsense,full of corruption, when will Kiir and his supporters stop telling lies talking of coup which has strongly denied by world.

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  • 3 February 09:05, by Marco Bul

    Tutbol
    What coup are you still talkin’ about??? Riek only escaped preplanned arrest and become angry.He run to Lou Nuer and started a rebellion coz Gelweng immediately started killing Nuer in Juba(they argued that Nuer soldiers changed into civilian clothes).It is this foolish move that put innocent Dinka at risk.Bortown was inhabited by all Jonglei counties.Stop your bad wishes.

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    • 3 February 09:35, by Deng II

      Lazy, visionless, thief, corrupts, killer, and etc, president is very luck because he competing with traitor Nuer. Assume that he (kiir) competing with a patriots Nuer like James Hoth Mai, then some Dinka would vomit this thief president out and start worry for country, not tribal basis. I always choose Kiir than Riek because he is visionless patriot person, but he lost touch of reality.

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      • 3 February 09:43, by Deng II

        - Ms Kuol, do not worry, you can die with your convictions. A good human being is the one telling the truth and the truth can set you free. But I differ with you for supporting traitor if it is trues in deed.Machar should not in this world be an alternatives to Kiir. There good Nuer out there that would led this country in to prosperity.

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        • 3 February 09:56, by Deng II

          - There no absolutely different between Kiir and Machar when it come tribalism mindset. In 1980s when Riek was a zone Commander in West Upper Nile, he only give high ranking to Nuer only. Who is the high ranking West Upper Nile Dinka which was given by Riek? none. The Dinka people who was educated in wolf battalion in a level that compared to Majak Agoot during the movement is still zero rank now.

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          • 3 February 10:10, by Deng II

            - I appreciated West Upper Nile Dinka for their courageous not to support the Guy who let them down during the movement. A guy that guards the oil for enemy and let enemy get away with a huge land of Reung Dinka. If there would be a God out there, Riek would not still working as mocking’s people person.

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    • 3 February 10:28, by Tutbol

      Marco Bul,
      How do you know Riek Machar escaped because of *preplanned arrest?* Why didn’t the other group who were eventually arrested, escaped before they were arrested because of your claimed *preplanned arrest* then? Why are they condemning Riek Machar current armed rebellion? Your argument sound sloppy bro.

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      • 3 February 12:48, by Deng II

        TutBol
        I’m little different with your understanding of this crisis. I would like you to read the of Methews Leriche, that described in details. Even though he was not in the war on that day, his narratives made sense to me. There were not coup, but Kiir doesn’t opposition group to rally agaist him at all. http://africanarguments.org/2014/01/28/south-sudan-not-just-another-war-and-another-peace-in-

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        • 3 February 12:53, by Deng II

          - "In early December the South Sudan security services had concluded,rightly or wrongly,that there was an imminent threat to the President and government. On orders from President Kiir, Tiger moved to arrest the figures believed to pose the greatest threat.This included almost all of those politicians that attended the meeting and rally of discontent with the government and President in the days "

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          • 3 February 12:59, by Deng II

            Tutbol
            I’m really very interesting with the following quoted."This included almost all of those politicians that attended the meeting and rally of discontent with the government and President in the days" The coup that Kiir Mayardit talking about is no feel any body in world, in really sense.Kiir was becoming annoy with conference and scheduled rally.

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        • 3 February 13:01, by Deng II

          - but Kiir doesn’t like an opposition group to rally against him at all.

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          • 3 February 13:08, by Deng II

            - Methews Leriche article made perfectly sense to any human being who think critically about what went wrong on that day. Isn’t coup or not. However, this crisis is now a gone case, meaning, it doesn’t matter who started it. But we need to tell the truth so that some body cannot do it again in the future.There are people manipulate the situation for their interest, eg Kiir.

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            • 3 February 13:20, by Deng II

              - Why people try to find the truth, is that, if it is a coup, then Kiir cannot be overthrow while he was elected democrat or if it is not coup, then Kiir is a dictator who doesn’t like the country to have an opposition at all. we doesn’t like Riek, but so do we doesn’t like Kiir to be a dictator either.

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