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Jonglei’s Duk county paramount chief rescued


March 2, 2014 (JUBA) – A group of youth on Saturday rescued the paramount chief of Duk county in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, whom rebels had detained last week.

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Duk county lawmaker Philip Thon Leek (Borglobe)

Phillip Thon Leek, a lawmaker from the county told Sudan Tribune that James Cuei Leek was rescued by youths during a raid conducted in Payuel payam [district].

“The chief is now in Poktap, another payam in Duk. He was not hurt,” said the MP.

The paramount chief, Leek earlier said, was arrested and detained on Wednesday by rebels who overran several payams in the county, located about 200km north of Jonglei’s capital, Bor.

"They abducted him in front of his children in Duk Payuel,” the MP told Sudan Tribune Friday, adding the paramount chief’s arrest could have been linked to his failure to support the rebels.

Duk county authorities have accuse rebels of attacking villages earlier this week after allegedly being repulsed away by government forces from Gadiang, a military base in Jonglei.

Rebel spokesman, Lul Ruai Koang, however, accused the government forces of targeting Duk county civilians, though this has being refuted by the county authorities.

Duk county commissioner Elijah Mocnom said Thursday that Payuel, Patuonoi, Ager, Padiet and Mareng payams had been overrun by anti-government forces this week.


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  • 2 March 08:42, by Kiir

    Thon Leek respect yourself please!!! Otherwise you will face the consequence of your lies later.......

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    • 2 March 10:21, by michael coma

      What is really wrong with sudantribune for deleting comments? You better block comments rather than allowing them first and deleting them.

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  • 2 March 09:09, by Knight In Shining Armor

    This is so funny, another typical story from Juba. Does these guy in Juba really reason? Who is going to buy such stupid thing? The chief was detained by the rebels and later rescued by the youth. where is UPDF? They were paid to do the job. Oh! did the chief get the fake money or the rebels did not give it to him?

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    • 2 March 10:09, by jacob mayen ajuoi

      it’s good for you! don’t ask for looting item u guys of Duk county, twic east are they part of the problem.

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      • 2 March 10:59, by Mayom County Boy

        Duk county Authority know rebel is rebel , let them pull out from Duk
        county to some where esle like juba.because with out that more acidents
        are flowing to come.

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      • 2 March 11:09, by Nibs

        Jacob Mayen,
        Stupid and Assholes like you likes talking rubbish too much. What is wrong with brave youths rescuing their leader? you (semi - illiterate) government sycophants are becoming too much on this forum. Youth from Duk are very brave and we should said kudos to them.

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  • 2 March 18:26, by Kim Deng

    During the closing phase of Nuer expansion, the Gaawar and Lou Nuer pushed the Ric, Ghol, and Nyarraweng Dinka south as far as Faijing in present-day Twij County. The Nuer progressively gained the upper hand in these conflicts, and in 1906 launched a large-scale raid on the Faijing settlement that forced the Dinka to withdraw about sixteen miles further south to Kongor.

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  • 2 March 18:27, by Kim Deng

    Then in 1908 the Gaawar Nuer attacked the Dinka at Kongor, burning their crops and settlements, killing over a hundred people and took over eighty captives mostly young girls.

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    • 3 March 06:44, by Tutbol

      Kim Deng,
      Cut the crap chap & move on, your trolling isn’t consistent with what you people claim to be fighting for. Now the mighty Nuer warriors are now resorting to taking innocent people hostage if they are not allowing their people to join the mighty Nuer war against S Sudanese people, just like the mighty Nuer did to Duk county chief! The same act happened in Malakal where the mighty Nuer...

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      • 3 March 06:56, by Tutbol

        warriors coerce the Shilluks to join the mighty war against S Sudanese. In some other parts of the world, those actions are called actions of terrorists. Sometimes, the Mighty Nuer are fighting to bring democracy to S Sudanese, while at the same time killing & looting the same people properties the mighty Nuer claims to be bring democracy to! Other times the mighty Nuer claim to be fighting....

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        • 3 March 07:09, by Tutbol

          Salva Kiir corrupt Gogrial’s govt, then went & start their killings & looting in cities like Bor, Malakal or Bentiu that have nothing to do with the mighty Nuer so-called Salva Kiir Gogrial’s govt! Some other times, the mighty Nuer claims to be fighting the corrupt Dinka govt, when truth, the mighty Nuer was & still part of that corrupt Dinka govt---predomently mighty Nuer state such as...

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          • 3 March 07:19, by Tutbol

            Unity state has been allocated their 2% share of the oil producing area & of course the governor was non other than the mighty Nuer son, Taban Deng Gai who is now leading the mighty war against the corrupt Dinka govt! With 2% share of the oil producing area; What did the mighty Nuer beloved son Taban Deng did differently to show the corrupt Dinka govt how uncorrupt the mighty Nuer state is?

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            • 3 March 07:33, by Tutbol

              The mighty Nuer’s Riek Machar was the second highest official in the S Sudan govt, that the mighty called corrupt Dinka govt & he was at the most part oversaw the every day running of the govt & yet Riek Machar happened to acquire properties in three continents in 8 years on salaries?! If Riek Machar & his wife didn’t get their letters that the corrupt Salva Kiir sent to other 76 govt officials...

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              • 3 March 07:42, by Tutbol

                whom we all accused to have stolen $4 billions; then the mighty Nuer community has a legitimate grievance to be calling the govt of S Sudan, a corrupt Dinka govt. If the 78 govt officials who were sent letters by Salva Kiir to return the stolen $4 billions were all Dinkas, then the mighty Nuer community has a legit grievance against the corrupt Dinkas...

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                • 3 March 07:56, by Tutbol

                  But for all I know, the guys who have been in the govt of S Sudan since from 2005, whether they are Dinkas, Nuers, Shilluks, Azandis, Anuaks, Murlei, Bariai, Mabanai, Burunai, Acholis, Amadis, Ding dingai,Taposai etc; All to blame for the corruption that is now destroying our country, If the mighty Nuer community say that the SPLM, ruling party is corrupt, i think, the mighty Nuer community will..

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                  • 3 March 08:01, by Tutbol

                    have some audiences, the mighty Nuer community idea of apportioning everything on the Dinkas, even the innocents Dinkas who have nothing to with what the Nuers is just a big no brainer.

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