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S. Sudan’s ex-VP says detained politicians not associated with rebellion

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February 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s former vice-president Riek Machar, now a wanted rebel leader, has reiterated calls for the release of the country’s four remaining political detainees, saying there was no reason for their continued stay in detention.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, gestures as he talks to his men in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Reuters: Goran Tomasevic)

This comes days after South Sudan government released seven of the 11 senior members of the ruling party (SPLM) detained in connection with an alleged coup attempt in the capital, Juba on 15 December. The same authorities also slapped treason charges against four politicians, including Machar and two others still at large.

Machar, whom President Salva Kiir accused of an attempted coup after the 15 December violence, instead accused the latter of falsely maligning him and his group in order to silence opposition in the SPLM ahead of its national convention and 2015 elections.

Sources say the president had ordered the commander of the presidential guards units to disarm Nuer soldiers within the force, triggering the violence along tribal lines fitting the Dinka; Kiir’s ethnic group against the Machar’s Nuer community.

The ex-vice president has, however, admitted he launched a rebellion “forced on him” to fight for free and fair democratic reforms allegedly denied by President Kiir, dismissing earlier claims of a coup attempt while accusing the president of instigating the violence.

“There was never a coup plot in the first place. And the 7 SPLM party leaders recently released and those that are still in detention in Juba have not taken part in the new rebellion I am leading,” Machar told Sudan Tribune by phone from his secret location in Jonglei state.

He said the detained leaders were his colleagues pushing for peaceful democratic reform within the party, but were not part of the armed struggle.

“I don’t count them as part of the emerged armed rebellion,” he said, while referring to the 11 initially detained leaders, adding that it was only him, former Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai, and ex-environment minister Alfred Lado Gore who were up in arms against government.

The rebel leader, who currently leads the SPLM/A In Opposition, said his group was ready for the peace talks scheduled for 7 February in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, but added that his group were yet to be contacted on its preparations.

South Sudan government and the Machar-led rebels signed a cease-fire agreement on 23 January to end weeks of fighting that has killed thousands and displaced nearly a million civilians.

The two sides have been in peace talks under the mediation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for peaceful resolution of the crisis in the new nation.

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  • 5 February 04:26, by Bentiu son

    Bravo Dr Machar,you are absolutely right,there was No coup attempted as alleged by Kiir n his bunch of stooges, corrupts,food/money gluttons,crooks n hopeless yesmen/women.Salva Kiir conspiracy against Nuer in general is known only blood money seekers can deny it.Yes,for democracy,good governance,federalism,human rights,freedom of expression/speech/movement,fair election n diversity South Sudan

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    • 5 February 05:01, by omoni jr.

      Dinka gov’t invited HIV positive gangs to our beloved land,
      Death to you.

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      • 5 February 10:55, by Johndumo14

        S. Sudan’s ex-VP Riek Machar wanted to be the leader of the SPLA during the war with Khartoum from 1991,to replace John Grang,but he didnot know the way,what he knows is to rebelled and join the arabs in Khartoum.Even when he was Vice President he still dream of becoming S.Sudan president to replace Salva kiir,but still he didnot know the way,what he knows is to rebbeled,soon he will run to arabs

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      • 5 February 11:14, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Dr. Fool Riek Machar is fooling himself as usual by changing statements; that’s why he rebelled in 1991, demanding Dr. John Garang to step down but shortly ended up in Khartoum due to his poor vision and the claims that the movement (SPLM) was not democratic. He returned voluntarily to the very SPLM/A in 2002 that he rebelled against only to be forgiven for all…

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        • 5 February 11:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

          …what had happened including Bor massacre before inking CPA in 2005. Since 2005, Dr. Fool Riek Machar was not evidently interested in getting CPA implemented in good faith although he was given VP in a golden plate. Instead he was obsessed with how/when will his turn to be the president of South Sudan come based in his definition of democracy.

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          • 5 February 11:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Riek is fooling some South Sudanese like those tribal-minded and internet-war-mongers/supporters that he defined democracy better than Dr. John Garang during the war and Cde. Salva Kiir Mayardit during the interim period and post-independent South Sudan although his end game always proves opposite. Riek knows that he will never get the full political support required to win…

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            • 5 February 11:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

              …the upcoming democratic elections of 2015. Alternatively, he relies on his tribal backing to impose himself on the presidency since “using violence has become the democratic means” of transferring power from Cde. Salva Kiir Mayardit (Dinka) to him personally (Nuer) or from his shared tribal sentiments - from Dinka to Nuer regardless of different current political climate.

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              • 5 February 11:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Dr. Fool Riek believes that he can even fool some South Sudanese, regional leaders and international actors that his rebellion is democratic because Bari speakers would follow the fugitive, Alfred Ladu Gore who declared in April 2010 elections that if he wins governorship of CES, non-Equatorians should leave Juba. The view was never shared by his fellow Equatorians, Dinka or Nuer alike.

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                • 5 February 11:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Now Alfred Ladu Gore blindly joined self-imposed leader of rebellion Dr. Fool Riek Machar, hoping to drive out Riek (non-Equatorian) later out of Juba or would allow Riek to lead the country he has never liberated. Those civilians butchered by Jalaba during the war in Juba, Wau, Malakal or Khartoum are better off than Riek, Gore Gai and other associates.

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                  • 5 February 11:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    The very Khartoum that used to support militia groups is fed up in terms of resource-draining with some disgruntled Nuers for failing to achieve its proxy war to destabilize South Sudan on the ground that South Sudanese cannot rule themselves because everybody wants to be a LEADER. Riek is the only proof of Khartoum’s claims, NOT ALL SOUTH SUDANESE.

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                    • 5 February 11:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Having said this, Khartoum wanted to win international support to keep Sudan remained united on old basis which in the real sense the war was only punctuated by CPA. Now the time has come for Khartoum/NCP to realize that Dr. Fool Riek Machar alone and his supporters cannot rule South Sudan, however, strong he claims and his so-called the “white army”…

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                      • 5 February 11:19, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        … which is blindly dragged into repeatedly senseless killings in Bor, Malakal, and Bentiu that regional, continental (AU) and international community are pretending to turn blind eye to atrocities committed by Dr. Fool Riek Machar’s forces in the name of democracy. Do we have to import or grow our own democracy that fits our cultural, social, economic and political climate?

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                        • 5 February 11:20, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          Democracy can never be imported like manufactured goods. If Dr. Fool Riek wants to import and experiment it on Nuer locality, fine, use it wisely like driving a vehicle in a crowded area, otherwise you can easily rock your country socially and economically as the record dates back to 1991 without excluding humanitarian cost . The likelihood of misusing it is 100% because it doesn’t fit.

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                          • 5 February 11:32, by Adodi Jotuwa

                            President Barack Obama was elected to lead USA not because it was a democratic turn for black American to rule as Dr. Fool Riek Machar is trying to copy the advanced democratic ideals of the western world and paste it here in the two years old nation. I don’t think the Western world views it that way because it was American people who voted for Obama, not Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his…

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                            • 5 February 11:33, by Adodi Jotuwa

                              …associates who imposed Obama on American people in the name of democracy. South Sudanese know who to vote for based on political record and judgment. Americans live in America/USA. Likewise, we South Sudanese live in South Sudan and we know who to vote for to advance this nascent country for the benefit of the future generation.

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                              • 5 February 12:56, by Wicdail

                                I do believe that, this person call Adodi Jotuwa will commit a suicide immediately if any thing happen to Kirr or to his regime. I can believed that someone should continuously commented more than 10 times, while no one is responding to his nonsense.

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                              • 5 February 22:21, by Tut Tut

                                Adodi,
                                On the contrary,you are the fool by missing the kernel point of democratic principle which is not designed to capitalize in mere absence of tension but the core of its adverse aspect. And that aspect is dictatorial principle we were opposed to then and now.You can make your legs a open V still yet Husband Museveni will not satisfy you either.Truth cannot be defeated with lies whatsoever.

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    • 5 February 05:35, by George Bol

      Miidit/Omoni,
      Check this video out. My friend, we are not playing. Stop internet war.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVcXP8IJbZk

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      • 5 February 06:02, by Mi diit

        Dr. Machar oyeee....
        You have diplomatically defeated this village primitive chief called Kiir Kuethpiny. He is now a known LIAR worldwide and nobody believes in his childish accusation of false coup attempt. Only his gay husband Yoweri Museveni believes him. Next is to dislodge him from Juba and destroy his corrupt dream of 2015. Kiir is a failure and should not reach 2015 by ALL MEANS...

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        • 5 February 07:14, by Tutbol

          Mi diit,
          Don’t you know Riek Machar was part of the current failed administration till last July including the released seven plus the remaining four in custody? l don’t know why you continue to project Riek Machar as a would be S Sudanese messiah when he was with govt every step of the way? They have all failed S Sudanese. They are all baddies....

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          • 5 February 07:40, by Tutbol

            They only clamor for a reform in the SPLM party shortly after they were all retrenched/weaned off from their SPLM teats. I for one have been saying all along that our old guards should consider retiring from active politics & be given jobs that will keep them & their families with decent lift styles. Their politics is very toxic for our country. This mess shouldn’t have happened, Our old guards...

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            • 5 February 07:53, by Tutbol

              are all to blame on the current deaths & mass displacements of our peoples in country’s peace time. This politics of *I want* to be in the govt & If *I don’t* then, i will take up arms’ isn’t the way we should be running things in S Sudan. If Riek Machar & his group did formed their own party, our peoples wouldn’t have died & wouldn’t have had armed rebellion, but for some reasons, here we are!

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      • 5 February 11:05, by Tut Tut

        Well, you have a right to enjoy this tribal campaign since this is the resource of this senseless war imposed on the people of S.Sudan. Malak Awan is known as an excessive tribal commander as evident in this video. Look at the songs he enjoys. This is Nuer land. And with such behavior, grave consequences will follow. Kiir is on our serious note because he was the one who conspired against us.

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    • 5 February 06:01, by Waucity

      Of there was a coup...But it was not everybody coup, it was Reik and his Nuer supporters coup....Good lack in Kingdom of Nuer Machar!!!...You will never government any Southern Sudanese ever.

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      • 5 February 06:11, by Mi diit

        Waucity,
        You don’t yet know Dr. Machar, do you? This Machar you see in uniform will be the one in Juba to organize the 2015 elections, not Salva Kiir. The Salva you see now will be no more tomorrow, mark my words. Dr. Machar is always good at removing obstacles on his way through God’s hand. He is now making another history on democracy after self-determination. Good history for democracy!!!

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        • 5 February 07:17, by viper

          midiit
          Riek has totally destroyed his chances of becoming a president in this country. your remaining option is to talk to Ngundeng to make a miracle which is far from elections or coup. that white beard after just 51 days in the bush indicate that your boss is dying sooner than later. he is now in the toch of Jonglei. let him be given another two month so that he die there alone

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          • 6 February 06:05, by Mi diit

            viper,
            Stop comments that do not make sense and sound foolish. When did a man’s beard kill a person? And why has foolish kiir not died because of his long beard?

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          • 6 February 06:08, by Mi diit

            viper,
            Stop comments that do not make sense and sound foolish. When did a man’s beard kill a person? And why has foolish kiir not died because of his long beard?

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    • 5 February 06:13, by Big Boy

      Dear Bentiu,Omoni,
      And to all foodlover of Nuer.i have a question if the was no coup? why you keeping run away? now you are suffering in the bush? instead to suffer there came back guys and let share a little weath we have? as we know you be will missed by all type of beer’s in juba and other parts of South Sudan states where you defected.but i think you ’ll regret it for what let you defect

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    • 5 February 11:13, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar must see the video of how his tribemen the White army were killed in battle in bor and other places and left being eaten by Hynas and vultures,he will notdream about to be a prsident of South sudan.The vultures are feeding on the thousands of death Nuer in Bor and around villages in Jongeli.The vultures are tired of eating the human flesh(meat) they are only eating the EYES!

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    • 5 February 13:09, by Bungachier 50

      Dear Dr. Machar, You have miscalculated it sir. You call yourself a freedom fighter which is correct. Note! that when u people fought for the current freedom, you didn’t only use one Ethnic Group like you ding now, using only the Nuers. This current struggle which u are waging will not earn u the presidential sit in Juba, mark my words.

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  • 5 February 04:41, by wang

    Illegally President Salva Kiir will continue playing with that cease fire as long his safe heaven M7 and his gangs UPDF are still presence in this country…the world must have to speed up and till M7 to go and leave south alone to sort their problems…

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  • 5 February 05:07, by panda

    Things are coming to end and the truth is going to be reveal whether it was coup or not.I,m not fan for both these two leaders Riek and Kiir but South Sudan will elect their new leader in 2015,Kiir will not and Riek will not too.Riek will be brought into justice so that other leaders will learn from this mistake.

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  • 5 February 05:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I told to Riek Machar that you are joking, how can he acounting those who are not custody as they are acountible?
    President Kiir is not a foolish to release those remaining four coup attempted politicians.

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  • 5 February 05:44, by Kideopo Boy

    Dr. Riak Machar denied that those in custody are NOT part of his rebellion this time? Rubbish! He earlier admitted to the International Community and Regional leaders that those in government custody are his group and he wants them to be release so that a ceasefire agreement can be sign. What’s new today in Riak Machar mind?? I will not believe that they are NOT part of his rebellion.

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    • 5 February 06:12, by Wicdail

      K. Boy,
      Those detainees are Dr.rick’s group by opposing Kirr’s dictatorial tendency. Not by taking arms against Kirr’s reigme, if you don’t know that. Why Kirr arrested them before even Rick was not declared himself to be the leader of arms rebellion? Can you define the different between political rebellion and a military rebellion?

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    • 5 February 06:15, by Mi diit

      Kideopo Boy,
      Do you understand the English language well? Machar wanted them released because they were falsely accused of a coup attempt with him as his colleagues in SPLM. So he demanded their release before signing an agreement. But the armed rebellion is a different thing. You get the difference?

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      • 5 February 06:18, by Mi diit

        In short they were his group in SPLM before they were arrested, but did not participate in the new formed armed rebellion during their detention in Juba. Separate SPLM in Juba and rebellion in Jonglei.

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      • 5 February 10:15, by Kideopo Boy

        Mr dit. I want you to understand from now onward that in any arm rebellion there is a Political wing. that’s why our SPLA/SPLM. Therefore Dr. Machar+ others are leading the military wing while those in custody are leading the political wing. Do you understand it now?? Don’t cry, let the elected government do their job until peace is achieve. Many South Sudanese are fedup with Dr. Riak policies.

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        • 5 February 16:53, by Mi diit

          Kideopo,
          Stop your primitive reasoning. SPLM/A wings of the two belonged to rebels led by John Garang. Don’t separate them. But one has to join such a rebellion first before leading or participating in a political or military wing. You don’t join half. You join both and then get assigned to one of them. Clear to you now little one????

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  • 5 February 06:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Listen to me brothers, some of the comments are belonging to rebels, don’t feel anger, they are rebels against the government, they will die there in the forest. Look Now, Riak Machar is eating unnecessary foods in the forest. I requesting them to lift rebellion and come back home.

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    • 5 February 07:01, by Mi diit

      Ayuiu,
      I know you food lovers are always concerned about what to eat. Eat and eat and eat in Juba with your big mouths open. We cannot compromise democracy just for the sake of food like you. It is better to eat nothing in the forests and achieve freedom and democracy in South Sudan at last. You food lovers will soon leave Juba.

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      • 5 February 07:28, by viper

        can one tribe introduce democracy or any system of rule in the country? absolutely no. any system of rule has to be agreed upon by the whole country not by a tribe. is Riek the right person to introduce anything good for this country? no. he rebelled in 1991 when the movement was gaining momentum against jallabas and again rebelled when the investors were about to come to south Sudan. Riek is a d

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        • 5 February 07:34, by viper

          .....disaster to this country. anytime south Sudanese steps forward, he returns people to level one. now that he has again repeated what he did in 1991, he should be taken seriously as a threat to national security and measures to make sure that he does not repeat himself for the third time must be put in place. a natural rebel. just rebel rebel or wane raar gaare is the culture of the Nuers. dea

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      • 5 February 07:35, by Toney Toney Matot

        Midiit,
        are you fighting for freedom of Nuer? you should be ashamed of yourself.this is the end of your traitor Riek Machar and Mi diit.mark my words bro.if Riek was to be a patriot,he should have allowed himself to be arrested like other politician but due to his cowardliness he ran Away.Mr. James Gatdet Dak I knew since you were the press secretary for Riek and used to insult the president.

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      • 5 February 07:44, by Big Boy

        Diit
        You defected before because of food and now again you defected from your own peoples in juba of because of food.wow and now you are trying to deny food is not important? why are you always like repeat history to it self? How many did you defected? for what reason if not presidency? you are not alone tribe’s in this country?so we know ur royality with minority tribe’s in Upper.mr food-lover

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  • 5 February 07:37, by Snipper

    This is the abbreviation of Nuer: Never Understand Everything Reasonable[NUER]. People with poor strategies! Who deny themselves allies at time when they dearly need them! Dumb people possess by animal spirit hence lack rational thinking! Running away from Juba and instead slaughter your close neighbours in Pariang is a poor calculation. They would have fight alongside you if you can convince them

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  • 5 February 07:44, by Developer

    shame on Salva Kiir, shame on him, shame on his administration and shame on him. He is abig liar president. shame on him ones some more.

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    • 5 February 07:56, by Big Boy

      Dear Devel
      shame on you too!! shame on food-lover too! shame on your mislead other’s poor nuer who die for sake of food and shame on all nuer food-lover who blind eye.you re a big liar to own peoples. otherwise why there’s any other tribes follow you if you are fighting for the democratic system or to free peoples in the country? but becas they know you are food-lover shame on you all once again

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      • 5 February 15:23, by Developer

        big boy,
        I am not a Dinka boy and even not Nuer boy. so what president Alva Kiir said it was a coup attemp by ex-vp was total conspiracy. it wasn’t a coup attemp said by the all international bodies.let Kiir provides the evidences if it was a coup attemp. Shame on you and your president Kiir.

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    • 5 February 08:05, by Tibs

      Childish comment...wake up

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  • 5 February 08:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mi diit
    you are wasting times, you will not achieve what you are doing, to fight to get position, is completely wrong better to come back and follow Salva Kiir Mayardit regime instead of killing innocent youths of Nuer Lou for no achievement come back and wait 2015 general election.

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  • 5 February 11:46, by Jalaby

    Dr. Machar and his wife Angelina Teny, it is believed that Machar and his wife are hiding at some place in Jonglei state!

    Machar always smiles no matter what happens?!!

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    • 5 February 11:53, by Jalaby


      Dinka are very confident that Machar and Nuer rebellion are useless as long as Khartoum doesn’t support them!
      I believe Dinka will bribe Khartoum with more cheap oil to keep their hands off and not supporting Nuer by any means while recruiting more mercenaries to fight them!

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      • 5 February 12:05, by Oppressor

        Lovely we are doing business here & it doesn’t matter who will win no body care but a cheap oil is our goal & more money to be gained by Sudan better than to be looted by HIV positive Ugandan M7 haaaa haaaaa Reiak Machar Oyeeee

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      • 5 February 16:14, by Wani khooto

        to Jalaba,
        rem the sudan support him in 1991 but he still failed,i am a not a dinka but i know machar is a man with poor visison,he just got support from nuer as nuer are very backward pple who can not reason of the out come.jalaba the war is not for dinka,try to be intellectual rather then using Arab stupidity mind.think of your omar,who is destructing your nation and leave us alone boy.we know

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  • 5 February 15:01, by RAPIST MAMBO

    heeeeeeeeeeee, to all of you who are inciting the fight and trying to criticized the government, bear in mind that even if you go to hell or heaven you not get another government apart from Kiir’s. DR.RIEK is sick of epilepsy...........sorrrrrrrrrrrrry he fainted yesterday

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