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Thousands attend SPLM youth rally in S. Sudan’s Yambio

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March 10, 2014 (JUBA) – Thousands of people attended a rally on Saturday organised by the Youth League of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the Western Equatoria state capital, Yambio, calling for peace and unity.

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Youth League chairman Akol Paul Kordit speaks at a rally in support of South Sudan’s ruling SPLM in the Western Equatoria state capital, Yambio, on 8 March 2014 (ST)

The rally was led by a delegation that included deputy speaker of the national legislative assembly, Daniel Awet Akot, and three top party members of the political bureau.

Youth League chairman Akol Paul Kordit called on youth to reject tribalism and unite under the umbrella of peace and unity.

The youth leader also blasted the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for interfering in the country’s internal affairs and accusing the body of smuggling arms to rebel forces.

In a well-received speech, Kordit called for youth to avoid hart words and tune for tribalism within the society of South Sudanese.

He also cautioned the UN to be more careful in its handling of sensitive matters in the country, calling on the body to respect the sovereignty of South Sudan.

“Those dying in South Sudan are not white people, they are black people from South Sudan – we are the nation, although we are very poor nation, you [must] respect [our] sovereignty,” he said.

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed and close to a million people displaced after political tensions erupted in violence in mid-December. The conflict has pitted forces loyal to the Salva Kiir-led government against rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, who was removed from his position in July last year.

Kordit urged South Sudanese youth not to get caught up in the cycle of war, saying that while rebel leaders sent their families abroad, the country’s poor were left to bear the brunt of the suffering.

“Do not allow yourself to join [a] war because [of] those people. The leaders of [the] rebellion [do] not have their children or women present in South Sudan to suffer with you – they are fighting [the] government and poor families such as children and women in South Sudan are suffering here and the rebellion leaders send their children and women outside the country for a better life,” he said.

“Our mothers, children, elderly people and youth are seeking for development and not war without objective – we need education, health and agriculture and not war,” Kordit continued to wild applause and cheers from the crowd.

He described Machar as “a master of messes”, accusing the rebel leader of being involved in a cycle of killings since 1991.

“Our public in rural villages of South Sudan are thinking where to get a meal for a day, not who to kill per day like comrade Riek Machar, [who] has chosen to killing innocent people without reason,” he said.

State SPLM chairperson Jemma Nunu Kumba and governor Joseph Bakasero were also in the attendance at the rally, which was held as a show of support for the elected government and to help promote harmony within the communities of Western Equatoria.

(ST)

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  • 11 March 07:11, by Gangura

    hahahaha poor SPLM Party, no body from Westeria Equatoria State wants to attend that SPLM rally and after they realized they change women’s day to be SPLM rally so that people should come in big number.

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    • 11 March 07:27, by Malakal county Simon

      In-fact the rally was poorly attend by both youth and government officials, due to the lack of interest!!!!

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    • 11 March 07:31, by omoni jr.

      nonsense,
      You say, thousands of Dinka attend SPLM-Dinka Rally in S.sudan. These are Dinka IDPs mobilized for kiir’s support.

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      • 11 March 07:56, by Majongdit

        Omoni,
        you need to be helped from yourself. Who told you there are Dinka IDPs in Yambio? Instead, it is the Nuer IDPs that are there. I hope you heard their flight on radio miraya when they were interviewed. Their husabands have all been killed when they rebelled and tried to cross to Upper Nile.
        The Nuer IDPs are safe in Warrap.
        The Nuer soldiers are in Rumbek and no one is killing them.

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    • 11 March 07:51, by Tong dut

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh,
      How many people are in the photo now. don’t tell liessss?
      No body wants SPLM AGAIN.
      Down, down SPLM
      Death to SPLM.
      Failed party,
      Go away with your corruptted rule of Dinkas Kiir.

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      • 11 March 08:11, by mathem jech amer

        Tong Dut
        You Nuers are really cracy, how come you say nobody wants SPLM and the same time you called yourself SPLM in opposition, Nuer time is coming to an end.

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    • 11 March 11:20, by Diversity

      SPLM/A is an issue of hisotry from now,don’t listen to them..Oyee is no where to be heard anymore because it is a commuinist,dictatorship ideology of 19th century..now power is from people by the democratic transformers..enough is enou8gh with the death of innocent south sudanese in the name of the communist SPLM/A

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  • 11 March 07:21, by Dr B2

    Shame on stupid so call Akol Paul ur mission to Western Equatoria is a aim to challenge Dr Riek machar,look at the Governor has no commence on your nonsenses.
    Your genocidal president was the one ordering killing of 15, 000 Nuer civilian in Juba,your false coup has been reject by world wide Dr Riek has no soldiers all presidential guard belong to Salva Kiir in which he don,t want Nuer among them.

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    • 11 March 07:34, by Malakal county Simon

      Akol has no different with Kiir, because both lies and have cows mentality from Bar-el-ghazel!!!! Shameful indeed to have such leaders, to lead the nation....

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      • 11 March 07:38, by Sir King

        Akol Paul Kordit, stupid like his Awan Chan cattle keeper leader, Kiir Kuethpiny. This we are going to encourage Aweil population against Kiir because they are suffering invain when Fool Awan chan men are the one enjoying. We must be employed equally otherwise change inevitable in South Sudan. Better Nuer, instead of a foolish person like Kiir.

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      • 11 March 09:03, by Ajongtar

        Hahahahahahahahahahahaha @ Malakal both lies and have cows mentality from Bar-el-ghazel!!!! that is good coment.
        I think that is why they butcherd all the Nuers in Juba and looted all the houses belongs to Nuer build them with concraet walls and owned them.
        Akol Poul u must be a through nationalist.
        There is no triblism in wes and Equatoria at large.

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  • 11 March 07:42, by Angelo Kumuko

    Hahaha Stupid SPLM turning our well organised Women’s day into SPLM propaganda. Did you know Jemma Nunu Kumba is the third wife of Nyakiir? Kiir killing scheme is not welcome in WES, all the Nuers in WES are protected period.

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  • 11 March 08:07, by SPLA,corrup

    The next time he go to WES he will be burned alive with his nonsense.

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    • 11 March 13:06, by Paul Chadrack

      what are those two bhar el gazel guys want to tell south sudanese?, are they telling us that let bhar el gazels rule longer and eat eveything in this country?. they just wasting public resources make useless rallies which nobody is interesting to attend. whom are they selling themselves to?,who don’t know them. useless creatures (bhar el ghazels).

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