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S. Sudanese decry lack of interaction between officials and citizens

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March 4, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese who fled the conflict into neighbouring Uganda say failure by their government to instate a platform for free interaction with citizens was creating elements of mistrust the country.

Various citizens, in series of interviews with Sudan Tribune, claimed government’s failure to involve the public in activities seeking an end to the conflict remains a setback to the process.

Bilyang Nyuon, a South Sudanese who have fled the conflicts in Juba, says he believes South Sudan would not be a free country, unless democracy was reinstated for peoples’ participation in the nation building.

“What I wish my country to be is that, it has to adopted sense of democracy, country that respects the rule of law, a country with a sense of inclusiveness and accountability,” he said.

Nyuon, however, said South Sudan biggest problem was “lack of leadership”, but stressed that real leader should be the one who involves people at grassroot levels.

He said, “If given a chance, the first question I would ask the leaders is what next now that we have gotten freedom and we had independence? Now what is tearing this country apart? What is the problem why should political differences disturb the citizen of South Sudan?

Nyuon stressed that the current tension in the country, largely between President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar, should not create permanent enmity between the two leaders.

“There are no permanent enemies, as many have been saying they can become friends that are when they are all ready and they have a political will. The country is there, and no tribe can exist without the other and this definitely calls for restoration of justices,” he said.

David Kai, another South Sudanese living in Uganda, says he believes justice application could restore peace back home. He, however, says proper laws should be applied and those found to have committed crimes in the conflict be held accountable for comprehensive reconciliation to be achieved.

“The high rate of illiteracy in the country is also contributing to the negative impacts of national progress. Most of people in the country were ignorant about their constitutional rights,” he said, adding that education was a means to non-violence in a new country like South Sudan.

The mid-December 2013 outbreak of conflict in South Sudan has displaced nearly a million people with nearly 10,000 killed, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

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  • 9 March 09:27, by Malou Manyiel

    Bonifacio Taban,
    You attended Media conference in Nairobi which was organized by "The Nile". The issue of being bias when reporting was discussed and you were criticized by Marvis Birungi, that some of Sudan tribune journalists are so bias in their reports. Now most of your reports are always biased and lack balancing each time you report in Kampala.

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  • 9 March 14:34, by Mapuor

    There is virtually no solution to the current war.It must be fought till forces of evil are defeated.Its a war between permittivity and modernity.Nuers want to be promoted all to the rank of general,both illiterate and literate,this thing is utterly repugnant in a modern army.No solution guys,this war is a necessity and a positive step towards building a modern state.Its like American civil wa

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    • 9 March 14:35, by Mapuor

      This war was started by Riek Macar and his supporters.2015 has not yet come and yet Mr RIEK openly accused Mr President of being corrupt and wanted to dethrone him prematurely.Power remained in greater Upper Nile for 21 years amid the same crises that are happening,it must do the same sequentially in greater Bhar El Gazal and Equatoria
      come what may.Anyone who dislike this fairness must go.

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    • 9 March 14:48, by Mapuor

      I mean,its a war between primitivity and modernity.

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      • 9 March 15:32, by Joseph Canada

        So according to you the Nuer are primitive than the Dinka right? Hahaha!!!!! Man let me tell you. Dinka are the primitive of the highest degree in all the living creatures. The only educated of the village common sense one is the Dead Dinka! This has been proven over and over again. That’s why even at this generation they still live under the cow dunk . Thank God they live on the flat land!

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        • 9 March 16:00, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          You are not smart at all, because if you were smart? You would have never called Dinka primitive, because Dinkas are rulers, primitive don’t rule, flat land produced leaders, now you foreigner and coward food lover live on tope of mountain, what leader have you produced at the tope there or they are scared to come down,? Worship Dinka or you doom, talking free & leadership is for action, ask Nuer.

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          • 9 March 16:08, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            You mouthpiece of savage Nuer should be aware that Nuer chances for leadership is dead with white army and Riek re defection,
            We killed 9.000 out of 25000 in jamaza, we also killed 5000 in parek, we also killed more than 4000 in Mading Bor, we also get rid of 10.000 between Mathiong and gatdaing, add all of this plus much number of wounded child soldier whom were recruited my Dak kuath,

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            • 9 March 16:14, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              These are white army alone, if you add them up. You will be sorry for the rebellion. The official death toll as I’m a member of operation is standing on 19,000, alone apart from those killed in unity state and malekal,
              We have get rid of those defected army of division 8 in panpandier a lone, the UPDF helicopter has done a good job on them, that is the reason why Riek left, his safety risk,

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              • 9 March 16:18, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                Talking about primitive, no one from Equatoria will ever called Dinka primitive because they are hiding under the shadow of Dinka strategy, the Dinka strategy is a invitation of UPDF so that Dinka will not massacre Nuer, if UPDF were not involves? Dinka would feel threat and mobilised millions and crush Nuer from upper Nile to Ethiopia, but we observe maturity of leadership and that is why we

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                • 9 March 16:24, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                  didn’t make it as a tribal war, we respect innocent people. Our sons will never rape sick people in hospital. Never rape elderly women, never killed old people in the churches,never burn down any buildings, we are God made leaders in our blessing tribe, we are fighting with international community such as UN and many more agencies, but we will win, the keys of leadership are locked in our hands,

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                  • 9 March 16:29, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                    As for the media war on Dinka and the government, let them preaching anything make them happy, we know what make us happy so we are not and will never be bother with made up propaganda running against us, we know who is behind every sabotage against us, we won, millions are on their way to clean the frosts, ask Lou Nuer, they will have a war with Adok,

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                    • 9 March 16:37, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                      As for the future demand, what will be left on your guts will be insults, you will always going to insult Dinka with any words that make you happy but you will never take a guns to fight Dinka, this is the last fight against Dinka,
                      Nuer has shown their teeth and they will never rules, I said "it is batter for bashir to rule rather than REIK but now, it is but for Arab to rule rather than Nuer, "

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                      • 9 March 23:44, by jijury

                        Dinka dominate SPLA/M, who are you trying to FOOL you idiot? you know very well if it was not because of Uganda forces, Nuer would have capture or kill your ugly baboon president live or dead. But we coming to Juba still this time you will see who Nuer are.

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                      • 10 March 21:55, by Predicted

                        Dinka Dominated SPLA.
                        You will all die really soon. You, Salva Kiir, including the Nuer and UPDF soldiers you bought to fight your war. Your claim that you prevented Dinkas from mobilizing is false. Kiir and you were peeing in your pants begging your Warrap and all dinkas to mobilize against Nuer a while back...but no one came, only those mostly from Warrap. You guys are dead men walking.

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