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SPLM rally calls for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan

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February 13, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese Church youth leaders and members of the mother’s union organised a rally at Juba’s Nyankuren Cultural Centre on Wednesday to highlight the alleged failed coup attempt that the government claims occurred on December 15 led by former South Sudan vice-president Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s minister for electricity and dams Jemma Nunu Kumba speak at a Nile Basin initiative meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, November 12, 2013 (NBI photo)

The rally, which was run with support from the youth league of South Sudan’s ruling party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - was an opportunity to reiterate the government’s narrative over what triggered the conflict that has last almost two months, displaced almost a million people and result in thousands of deaths.

Akol Paul Kordit, the chairman of SPLM Youth League (SPLM-YL) thanked church leaders for their role in promoting peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

"South Sudan is still a new country needs stability so that development and basic services reach people in their remote residential areas”, he said.

Daniel Awet Akot, the former deputy speaker of National parliament who is also the senior member of SPLM Political Bureau and a deputy chairman of crisis management committee (CMC) created to deal with the current conflict also addressed the rally.

He called for calm and stability to save orphans, widows and other vulnerable people. However, he said South Sudan needed to prevent the country’s image from being distorted by the international community.

Many countries, as well as the African Union, are yet to be convinced of the Juba’s narrative over that conflict started after a failed coup attempt.

“We do not need blood. We need peace. Do not quarrel to your brother. Do not fight for power struggling of one man interest. Nation first and your patriotism above all tribe angle,” said Akot.

Speaking at the rally, a senior female member of SPLM political bureau Jemma Nunu Kumba also called upon the churches to preach for peace and harmony in the country.

She condemned the killings of civilians in Jonglei state at the hands of the rebels, adding that many people were still missing or homeless due to the conflict.

Machar has assumed control of various factions of the army which defected in mid-December following clashes between members of the presidential guards on December 15 and violence against civilians in Juba in the following days.

While Nuer civilians were worst affected in the capital with some targeted and killed on the basis of their ethnicity, revenge attacks against Dinka civilians have also been reported in places like Bor.

Nunu called upon former vice-president Machar to disengage from rebel activities.

The Church, she said, has a big role to play in bringing peace to the country, adding that the SPLM will support all effort for restoring peace and stability in the region.

“Church youth must preach for peace. Preach for peace and for leadership to have peace in their heart. We need collective effort to bring peace and God is above all,” said Nunu.

Negotiations between the SPLM loyal to president Salva Kiir, the rebels - known as the SPLM/A-in-Opposition and other senior SPLM figures aligned to neither side are currently underway in neighbouring Ethiopia.

Nunu asked why Machar had allowed the Nuer White Army - a large group of armed civilians in Jonglei - to carryout attacks during the conflict. It is unclear who much control Machar has over the White Army and the commanders who defected from the army.

"We must say no to killing ourselves" she said, while appealing to South Sudanese youth to defend the country and not become divided by the internal power struggle within the SPLM that caused the current crisis.

She urged young people to remain the back bone of the country and to support nation building with integrity referring to the late SPLM chairman Dr. John Garang.

“Defend your country and you defend your democratic constitution" Nunu said, adding that "Do not defend one man’s interest. South Sudan belongs to all tribes."

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  • 14 February 06:36, by Tut Tut

    I saw that on tribal TV. But those in that so-called were just bunch of kids for Igga to smoke a fire of lies on them. Example of those lies were when he said he was by late Dr. John to give his position to Dr.Riek so CPA can be negotiated, or if not there will be no CPA, and if there no CPA, NO Referendum, if no Referendum, then No Independent. Ask yourself, is that really true?

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    • 14 February 06:51, by Wicdail

      Tut Tut,
      If those fools in the name of Igga and his likes, knew that Dr. Rick is the key to stability of SS as they unknowingly admitted that, without accepting his demands, those things could not have happned by then, why do they try to undermine him now? I assure you, no stability, until when they Disappear. Because they are useless to this nation.

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      • 14 February 06:54, by Mi diit

        Those are mass murderers talking in Juba. Let them wait for the wrath to unleash on them. The Bible says those that kill by the sword will die by the sword. Those are dead people walking. The souls of the innocent Nuer they killed in Juba will haunt them and the vengeance will come upon them soon.

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        • 14 February 07:01, by wacjak

          Midit, how about the souls of those you killed in Bor in 1991? how about the souls of those your militias have been killing since ever defecting? How about the souls of those you killed in Bor, Malakal and Bentiu? Wake up idiots! Your Traitor’s acts are grave sins than any other person’s sins here in S.S. You have a big log in your eyes that you don’t see except a speck in somebody’s eyes.

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      • 14 February 08:30, by Malou Manyiel

        “The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.”
        Cheryl Hughes.
        A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” Criss Jami! What a great sayings!!

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    • 14 February 09:34, by Bentiu son

      Bravo Tut Tut,you are correct,the Dinka’s SSTV is like Arab club of Wadel Bashir.It is bias n monotonous indeed because it manufactures lies,baseless claims,pure fabrication reports n abuses.It is big embarrassment to watch it nowadays.Only to watch n hearing bored continues decrees of alcoholic genocidal President Salva Kiir n nonsense of his Dinkas foolish elites n blood money suckers Nuer boys

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      • 14 February 09:43, by Bentiu son

        plus kokorized slave hearted Equatorians mongrels-James Wani Igga,Elias Lomoro,Eastern Quatoria State Governor who was previous summoned by Dinkas council for formed militias who killed Dinka Police General two years ago in Torit.What a conspiracy n cowardice?.When Dinkas and their puppets speak in SSTV they thought that they are addressing the nation but only tribes n their slaves/followers

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  • 14 February 07:06, by Mike General

    A group of Dinka rally comprised of their chunch members who did not commented in the rally, if u could judge the statement made by Akot n Nunu, they are all tribally motivated. They condemn the killing from Bor yet they are forgetting the killing of Juba which is core point of the ethnic cleansing . Broadcast your lies no one will believe your statement, I know very well that those church youth

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  • 14 February 07:09, by Mike General

    Cont".... Are all from Dinka especially from bor, that group led by Dinka bishop of Presbyterian church. Shame on them. Dig your own grave for a while we are comming for your barial soon

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  • 14 February 07:15, by Mike General

    The world is looking at their lies and they know that they have their own people and some people do not belongs to them .Nuer people,s blood will cry until responded.

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    • 14 February 09:11, by Bentiu son

      The true killers of Nuer in Juba spokes at last.Those who engineered Nuer massacre in Juba were:M7/Salva Kiir plus Dinkas elders Daniel Awet Akot,Kuol Manyang,Salva Mathok, Alew Alew,Makuei Lueth,Daniel Deng Bul and their Dinka wives James Wani Igga n Elias Lomoro.NUNU is international prostitute world wide,he is wife of Salva Kiir n others Dinkas thugs.Fuck her!!!!!!!!

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      • 14 February 09:18, by Bentiu son

        What kind of peace n reconciliation those cowards Churches leaders n Dinka SPLM Youth Paul Akoldit are taliking about? Is It not National Healing n Reconciliation initiated previously by Dr Machar but was badly hijacked by same Dinkas thugs and their kokorized Equatorians? No morons,No reconciliation after you had murdered 4000 innocent Nuer people in Juba.We have to compensate them first.

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