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February 24, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudan government on Monday rejected any proposal to form an interim government that excludes president Salva Kiir or his former deputy, Riek Machar amid accusations that both were responsible for the violence that plunged the country into chaos.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir waits for the arrival of his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, in Juba on 23 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

The government delegation participating in the second round of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, officially opened on 11 February, have not responded to the proposed agenda put forward by the East African mediating team.

LEADERS EXCLUDED

The contents of the proposed agenda remains unclear as the two sides have not shared it with the media, although sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations claimed that mediators are prioritising the interests of the people of South Sudan and not the rival warring factions.

“I have not seen the proposal but I am told the mediators have presented a proposal similar to the proposal used in [the] Central Africa conflict. It proposes the formation of the interim government which does not include president Salva Kiir and the former vice-president, Riek Machar”, a senior government official close to president Kiir told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“This proposal is argued to be based on the expressed views of the majority of the people of South Sudan who have shared with mediators in various forums and engagements, either as groups or individuals, that the only way to bring the country back is to form an interim government without participation of the two principals”, added the official.

Any such proposal that involved president Kiir stepping down would not be accepted by the leadership of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) or the people of the world’s youngest nation, according to the source.

Ateny Wek Ateny, South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, said the Juba government would like the talks to be confined between it and the SPLM-In-Opposition, adding that it opposed the participation of civil society representatives and former political prisoners invited to attend the second round of talks.

Forces loyal to both leaders are accused of committing human rights abuses during the conflict that began in the capital, Juba, on 15 December, with Nuer civilians allegedly targeted by members of the security services following the outbreak of violence.

When large parts of the military mutinied in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states, forces allied to Machar targeted civilians of Dinka ethnicity. An estimated 10,000 people have died and over 700,000 people have been internally displaced, with almost 150,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries.

President Kiir was elected in 2010, with Machar as his deputy and running mate, achieving over 93% of the vote, but the relationship between the two has deteriorated since South Sudan became independent in 2011 as part of a peace deal that ended decades of civil war.

SPLM SPLIT

In July last year, shortly after Machar made public his intention to challenge Kiir for the chairmanship of the SPLM, he was removed. Kiir also sacked his entire cabinet and although some were reappointed, those who were not given new posts went on to form a group of senior SPLM figures highly critical of the president.

In early December, the group held a press conference in Juba describing Kiir as “increasingly dictatorial” and calling for political reform. When fighting broke out in Juba in mid-December most of this group was arrested and accused - along with Machar - of allegedly conspiring to oust Kiir in a coup.

All the accused deny the charges, but Machar has since assume leadership of segments of the army who have defected and armed civilians angered at the targeting of Nuer in the capital during the first days of the conflict.

Machar was welcomed back into the SPLM fold in 2003 following a split that began in 1991, the memories of which have been rekindled by the current conflict. Some analysts believe that reconciliation is much less likely this time and that many in the rebel-group-turned-ruling party will not countenance Machar becoming president.

The mediator’s proposal for Kirr and Machar to step aside appears to be an attempt to satisfy both those who do not want Machar’s armed rebellion to be rewarded with his appointment to a senior government position and those who feel that Kiir’s overall leadership and his response to crisis means that he should step down.

However, the government source claims the proposal “will not work” and “will not be accepted because even if the government accepts it, the people of South Sudan would not accept it because they elected President Salva Kiir in 2010.”

If the people of South Sudan want a change of president “they will demonstrate that at the end of his term”, which ends in 2015, he said.

Attempts by Machar and others to contest for the chairmanship of the SPLM, which would see the winner would become the overwhelming favourite to contest for the leadership, was one of the main causes of the tension that preceded the split in the army, triggering the current crisis.

KIIR TO REMAIN

Gordon Buay, the spokesperson of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) - a former rebel group now allied to the government - said on Sunday that Kiir would not step down before completing his term.

“Let me advise everyone that Salva Kiir was elected in 2010. He can only be removed via the same democratic process. He will not step down because Riek Machar attempted a coup. That will not happen”, Buay said.

South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, also rejected the idea that Kiir should step down on the same ground that he was elected.

“Why would he step down when you know that he was elected by the people of South Sudan with 93% votes? There is no reason to qualify such suggestions. If there are people who want to contest the same position they can do that in the 2015 [elections]. They will not be denied their right because we are a democratic country”, Marial told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Many analysts have expressed fears that Machar’s presidential ambitions and the desire by president Kiir to remain in power beyond 2015 is becoming a stumbling block for success in the peace talks.

PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION

Anthony Sebit, a Juba-based local political analyst, expressed doubts about the possibility of the two sides agreeing on a deal that would not secure participation of the leaders of the two rival groups.

“You have Riek Machar with long ambition and goal to become a president of South Sudan and of course we are not seeing any sign indicating that president Kiir would leave power”, Sebit told Sudan Tribune from Nairobi, Kenya.

“Even though he is not interested and may want to retire from politics now, the people around him will not accept that and they may want to use the system so that he could remain in power so that they could continue to enjoy the privileges”, Sebit added.

According to the analyst, these are very difficult ambitions to be reconciled without the intervention of the South Sudanese people with help from their friends in the region and the international community.

“President Kiir has widely been criticised for showing lack of strong leadership, specifically on corruption, human rights, good governance and recently for dictatorial tendencies given the way he has been running the country through presidential orders”, he said.

“Little is discussed and handled by relevant institutions, including the appointment of senior civil servants, as well as the approvals of appointments in junior ministers in the states”, the political analyst added.

MACHAR NOT RIGHT SUCCESSOR

Some independent observers have observed that Machar would not be the right successor to Kiir should the international community persuade the latter to step aside, citing what occurred in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR).

“People are looking for change but there are people who do not see Riek Machar as the right replacement at the moment. The feeling with different people now is that even [if] president Salva Kiir accepts to step down, Riek Machar does not appear to be the right person. His involvement in the present rebellion reminds most about his past. Indeed there are people who now appear reserved to talk about his participation in power sharing, considering the behaviours of his followers in this crisis”, Abraham Dut, a native of Bailiet county, Upper Nile state said in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Dut said most places in his county were reduced to ashes by armed elements allegedly allied to Machar and that people on the ground had not wanted to participate in the revolt.

“What happened in Bailiet is something that nobody had expected considering we are from the same state and the same region. Our people became the victim of political differences [that] they do not have any idea [about]. They also came to know when the anger was transferred to them through attacks, targeted killings and the burning of their settlements”, Dut explained.

But Yien Mathew, a former SPLM spokesperson, said an interim government without president Kiir would bring peace.

“There will be an interim government which will change everything befalling in our country to reconcile communities, rebuild trust, protect civilians, provide badly needed services to our people, and above all, restore national sovereignty”, said Yien.

“It is time South Sudanese come out and say loud and clear that enough is enough to the presidency of Salva Kiir as the only means to give peace a chance”, he added.

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  • 25 February 07:43, by dinkdong

    I supported the idea of interim government. Take those criminals to ICC.

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    • 25 February 08:35, by laatmachol apac

      those who are supporting interim Administration are supporters of Riak Machar and they are more fool then Riak who always demand leadership by power.our country will be like Somalia if we alway backup idiotic ideas then we will elected leader every one week or even a day. Riak Machar know that no body can vote him even dog.

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    • 25 February 09:38, by Ayuen deng

      Democratic elected president!!!!under which constitution?

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    • 25 February 09:52, by mathem jech amer

      1) Is Riek ready to leave his greedy for president as new government is formed?
      2) Did Ngindeng mentioned in his prophecy which tribe was going to finish during this fighting?

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    • 25 February 10:58, by Sir King

      The world is trying to solve the problem really. Thank to the world. Interim Administration formation is going to solve the problem once and for all. We need peace and traquility. Salva Kiir’s government is not for peace but for war. We need peace please

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    • 25 February 11:16, by Bentiu son

      Dear readers,I think the only way for viable solution to this tribal/political crisis ignited by Salva Kiir n his so called Dinka elders( Kuol,Makuei,Awet Akot,Malong Awan,Tellar Ring, Alew Ayuel Alew &Salva Mathok Geng)is Salva Kiir resignation or step down from Presidency otherwise bloodshed won’t stop in South Sudan. Salva had lost his legitimacy as President,former freedom fighter n legacy

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    • 26 February 08:19, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      Those who dream that the president Kiir will step down are enemies of this nation, are crooks and that will not solve the problems , this is not how people express their joulsey and hatred salva Kiir has done nothing , he has been working hard to restore peace and order in the Country , he is the leader who does not kill even single polotiican did not lost his or her life during the event happened

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      • 26 February 08:24, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

        I tell you my brothers and sisters in this nation ,our people in the south sudan are different people who are very difficult to be managed , needs the president who takes time to make decsion , i dont even undersatnad people have worked alot in the governement as ministers and they are still desire to be kept in power for all the lifes what happpened to the rest , i wish our president could disarm

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  • 25 February 07:47, by Paul Chadrack

    kiir will leave automatically since the oil is closing down,ugandan withdraw and fighting to continue there will be no money for the regime to handly all these situations and the dictator will have no option unless to escape like Mabutu of former zaire.

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  • 25 February 07:55, by Malou Manyiel

    We should not be exceptional in the world. Central Africa Republic and Ukraine in Europe applied the same thing as proposed by mediators. South Sudanese need peace than to be in pieces and by doing so, therefore, the two gentlemen have to step aside to give peace a chance. We lost faith in them (the 2 big fish).

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  • 25 February 07:56, by 4Justice

    My prayers go out to all innocent civilians who will die because of Salva’s refusal to stand down.

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    • 25 February 07:59, by 4Justice

      Correction, Step Down not Stand down.

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  • 25 February 07:59, by Akot Deng

    President Salva Kiir will not stepdown at this confused nation by premitive section of tribe led by Raik, we South Sudanese are not tired of Kiir leadership and the mission is not completed.

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    • 25 February 08:09, by 4Justice

      What mission? thousands of innocent lives lost, over $9 Billion dollars stolen from Government coffers, No physical Infrastructure projects; What mission are you alluding to exactly?

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    • 25 February 08:38, by Kiir

      Akot Deng said will not step-down, ok if that is your reason let him stand as your Commissioner or Paramount Chief of Gokrial County, he will still service people of SS in that County if you like him. If he insist to be a President of SS it would be better to make him a Governor of Warap State.
      Federal government in SS is good

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    • 26 February 07:38, by jubaone

      Akot Deng,
      You write "we South Sudanese are...." You make yourself a spokesman of the Southerner. Who gave you that right? It is this arrogant jenge attitude that always gets you in trouble everywhere. That is "Mission Impossible" for you and the rest. Kiir, dinkocracy/jengeism is getting you to hell. See what is happening now in the South.

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    • 26 February 08:10, by jubaone

      Akot Deng
      DINKOCRACY is by nurture: A design or Makeup of a governance system to serve a specific dinka clientel.
      JENGEISM is by nature: It is congenital, inborn it sets on the brain to irrationality, reversed logic and pervesiveness. It centres around "me" and "ours" rejecting the "outsider". It is a prelude to Monyjang.

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  • 25 February 08:06, by Black Africa

    I support the idea too.

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  • 25 February 08:07, by moto

    I PERSONAL WELCOME THIS IDEA OF FORMING INTERIM GOVERNMENT WITHOUT THIS TWO MEN.THE CHANCE WILL BE GIVEN TO OUR CITIZENS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PERSON REGARDLESS OF HIS TRIBE TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY.WE NEED COLLECTIVE IDEAS NOT ONE MAN SHOW.I DON,T KNOW HOW GARWICH FELL A MAN WHO CALL HIMSELF(MIDIIT).

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    • 25 February 09:16, by Malakal county Simon

      Its not a matter of being elected or not, its a matter of being competent.... In every democratic country, a president can be impeach from the power before his term ends if failed to run the country!!!! So get that straight, and dont just bark that’s Kiir was elected and that he should not step-down before his term end!!!! That’s a pure dumb saying....

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      • 25 February 09:26, by Malakal county Simon

        Any one that’s said unwanted Kiir should not step-down, is enemy of peace who is calling for more rebellions in South Sudan!!!!

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  • 25 February 08:58, by Majongdit

    Any suggestion for President Kiir to step down will be more calamitous than the coup and rebellion itself.

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  • 25 February 09:39, by Mapuor

    Hahahah Nyagaats suggestions are rubbish.Kiir will rule for life.Those disgruntled thieves will never come back to the government come what may.Why steal first.All South Sudanese know that Mr Riek encouraged corruption to set people against Kiir.What is he going to do after looting and destroying the whole of Upper Nile.Accountability must be ensured at any cost

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    • 25 February 09:55, by Tata

      Mediators have lost direction. They are just wondering somewhere in Ethiopian desert in search for locusts to eat. Are them south Sudanese to dictate removal of Kiir or impose Machar? This is a country not province of Ethiopia. Kiir was elected for 5 year-term. Machar knows this very well. Any person aspires for presidency should wait 2015. Leave Machar to fight his war. He may win or fail!

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      • 25 February 10:20, by Malakal county Simon

        Its not a matter of being elected or not, its a matter of being competent.... In every democratic country, a president can be impeach from the power before his term ends if failed to run the country!!!! So get that straight, and dont just bark that’s Kiir was elected and that he should not step-down before his term end!!!! That’s a pure dumb saying....

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    • 25 February 09:55, by Paul Chadrack

      is the free looting of our resources by bhar el gazel an encouraged also by Riek Machar? shame on the foolish greedy people. the only way where this country will experience peace is kiir’s to leave power whether bhar el gazel like it or not and the federal system of government put in place where every state will take care of its resources.

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      • 25 February 11:07, by Letigolight

        This uneducated Gogrial cattle keeper does not accept federalism because his people are illiterate and would be left behind; he wants to remain in power so that he missappropriates public funds and stay togerther with other south sudenese so that their weaknesses are not seen; he and his people are really weak in leadership and backward!

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    • 26 February 07:33, by jubaone

      Mapuor,
      The South has reached a point of no return. I do not believe in South as a Nation-state. Now each Region must prepare itself to divide the spoils. Equatoria must reorganize itself. The jenges can have Kiir as president for life of Bahr el Ghasal Republic. Thats fine. Kiir has no authority anymore over large parts of the South.

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  • 25 February 09:47, by Thondet Manyang

    Forming interim government for what? Media should not post baseless articles. I was good reader of this web site but it becomes Nuer war field. What leadership do these people want since they were core government policy makers but corrupted money when relieved it turns to rebellion. For your information, the installation/reinstatement of those gangs bring no dev’pment but looting of public money.

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  • 25 February 09:52, by Thondet Manyang

    We do not want it!!! Let them wait for elections, otherwise, no democracy in South Sudan. How is mosquito with you guys?

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  • 25 February 10:05, by Konkooc

    That is what i use to say
    Dinka Region
    Nuer Region
    Anuak Region
    Murle Region
    Shilluk Region
    Taposa Region
    Bari Region
    Latuko Region
    Mundari Region etc if that will stop fighting between South Sudanese.

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  • 25 February 10:45, by Tata

    hey! why don’t you raise motion in national assembly to impeach Kiir? Simple, rather than going to bush killing innocent people. I think your democarcy is AK 47s, RPGs, granades, ........ etc.

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  • 25 February 11:52, by siddaw

    I think the plonkers who are the close allie to both Salva & Riek should not undermine this crucial call to restore peace in South Sudan. both of them are more than a disgrace on our land and deserve to keep off from eying on those prestigious seats in our cabinet. For those who’re accentuating that its verdicts would be bad.U’re terribly wrong

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  • 25 February 12:07, by Ambago

    I think that those who are opposed to an interim government without both Kiir and Machar are prepared for another two decades of destructive civil war at the end of which South Sudan will hopefully emerge as ’Three Confederate Regions’. At least this gives an opportunity for us to bury this crazy dinkocracy once and for all or confine it to Bahr el Ghazal if that’s what they want!

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    • 25 February 12:33, by moto

      AMBAGO
      NOTHING LIKE DINKOCRACY ON THIS EARTH,YOU SHOULD NOT CREATE A LANGUAGE WITHIN LANGUAGE BUT TO CREATE SYSTEM WITHIN LANGUAGE.WHAT I DO KNOW YOU SHOULD HAVE APPLY YOUR PARAPHRASING TOGETHER WITH YOUR LOGIC.YOUR MINUTE GRAMMAR FULL OF RUBRIC WILL TAKE YOU NO WHERE,BUT WE WANT A PERSON WHO CAN TAKE OUR COUNTRY TO RIGHT DIRECTION NEITHER KIIR NOR MACHAR.

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      • 25 February 13:43, by Tata

        My friends,
        The likes of Ambago suffers inferior complxity. That nonsense of yours (confederation) will never see light in South Sudan. Just remain in London with you briefcase party the so-called "United South Sudan Party or USSP" which has no agenda, philosophy and manifesto. Continue begging her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for accommondation as Asylum beneficairy.

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        • 25 February 14:02, by kamal

          Don,t mined bany kiir just remained in power we will support you we will kill this fool dr rail soon within three week

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        • 25 February 14:06, by kamal

          We are the snipers from over sea we just work with contract we will make sure that as soon as we get money from government we will punished the deal right soon.

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        • 25 February 14:08, by kamal

          We are the snipers from over sea we just work with contract we will make sure that as soon as we get money from government we will punished the deal right soon.

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        • 26 February 07:59, by jubaone

          Tata,
          It was Kokora that finally got you the 10 states in the South. You dont want confederation cos you just cant rule yourselves on your own. The 6 other jenge states are undeveloped, corruption, revenge killings, poor health Services etc. Confederation will get you accountable for our own shit. You just want to sit idle and the others do for you? No way. Dont hide in Equatoria go to Jonglei.

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      • 25 February 15:46, by Letigolight

        I like the word Dinkocracy - a government based on tribalism and dictatorship, they do not like federalism because their Jengemony would come to an end and the world would be able to single out those spoiling this Country. Thank you Ambago, I am going to write a book on governance in South Sudan entitled Dinkocracy!

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  • 25 February 15:10, by American Missile.

    was it because the Government has released seven suspect of fail c

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  • 25 February 15:19, by American Missile.

    Dr. Riek Machar must go to Court for massive killing he has committed in South Sudan. Riek Machar must answered all cases against him according to South Sudan laws. whether he is a live or death, he must be trial. when Osman bin ladin committed crime against humanity, American looked for him in order to answered all the charges against him.

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  • 25 February 17:04, by Positive Thinker

    My people, I am appealing to all of you young and old men and women, let us listen to the voice of reason. We are loosing the Country we all love. The level at which this crises has gone in the shortest period of time is an indication of level of hatred among the lovely people of South Sudan. I am calling all of us to put aside our love for tribes and embrace love for South Sudan. We need an....

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  • 25 February 17:10, by Positive Thinker

    Interim government with both leaders Kiir and Riek. That way we wuold have gotten somebody who is neutral to us during an Interim period. Then Election will be conducted after agreed upon time to allow the people elect their leaders. We cannot be held hostage that this is an elected government. We are losing the nation leave alone government. Government come and go but nation is like a virginity .

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    • 25 February 23:53, by swassy

      INTERIM GOVERNMENT WITHOUT THE THUGS "BUTCHUERS OF JUBA KILLER K" AND THE REVENGER KILLER OF BOR MAC" ALL PROCEED TO ICC. WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT THEN BECOME ANOTHER BUTCHER OF INTERIM GOVERNMENT.

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  • 25 February 17:11, by Positive Thinker

    Once lose will never be restored. Let us not go Somali way my people.
    Your voice count

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    • 25 February 19:59, by swassy

      YOU CAN REJECT OR GO TO HELL THIS IS THE WHAT THE WHOLE WORLD IS SAYING, KILLER KIRR & HIS FRIEND BOTH WILL BE IN ICC PRISONS, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT THIS THE VOICE OF SOUTH SUDAN

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  • 26 February 06:39, by blesssing

    Formation of interim administration is baseless. It will increase regular rebellion in South Sudan. Since the independent of South Sudan, all of you have witnessed various rebellions without success but if this one succeeded i will also rebel against the government so that i get good position in the government.

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  • 26 February 06:51, by blesssing

    There are countries who tried to promote coup and rebellion in South Sudan for thier interest. Should south Sudan work for the interest of non-south sudanese or south sudanese? Remember, this one is nuer rebellion against south sudanese government what if dinka rebellion follows? Please educated People should analyse this question.

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