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South Sudan officials forced to leave meeting by angry students in Kampala


April 1, 2014 (KAMPALA) - South Sudanese MPs from Uror and Akobo county in Jonglei state, where rebels have been fighting the government since December, were forced to leave a meeting in Kampala after they were threatened and mocked by students from the Nuer tribe who were angry at the message they had delivered from president Salva Kiir.

Uror and Akobo counties are majority Nuer areas of Jonglei and have been controlled by rebels loyal to South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar for much of the the last three months.

The two MPs were part of a group which the president Kiir sent to encourage young South Sudanese in Uganda work for peace and not join the rebels.

At the meeting in Pacific Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday, the delegation repeated the government’s version of events around how the conflict began, asserting that soldiers loyal to Machar tried to overthrow Kiir in a coup attempt on December 15.

Machar denies the accusation. Many analysts do not believe the government has provided enough evidence to back up the claim. The African Union, which is normally quick to condemn coup attempts on the continent, has also not described the split in the army as a coup.

Gatluak Ruon MP, who represents Uror county in the South Sudanese national parliament in Juba, said that the government had admitted that security services were involved in the killing of Nuer civilians in Juba between the 15 and 20 December.

Large sections of the army defected in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile in the days after the fighting began. Armed Nuer civilians in Jonglei state, known as the White Army, also joined the rebellion, which itself has been accused of killings along ethnic lines.

“We know that a massive [number] of [people from the] Nuer tribe were murdered in Juba, but let us not join [the] rebels to fight the government, what we need is peace let’s forget about the past and begin a new chapter", said Ruon while opening the meeting at the Pacific Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday.

Barnaba Benjamin Marial, South Sudan’s foreign minister, himself a Nuer, has admitted that over 100 soldiers and other security officials have been arrested in connection with the violence.

Many of the Nuer students, after hearing the government’s acknowledgement that members of the South Sudanese security services had murdered Nuer civilians at the start of the conflict, stood up and shouted at the delegation.

"Devils whom do you think will support your ill-leaderships", one of them shouted.

"You are direly bloodshed sucker MP, who has nothing to do to his people but rather to follow government of money", shouted Jima Wituor Both, a student from Uror county who is studying in Kampala.

The officials were forced to leave the meetings after the extent of the student’s anger became clear.

Before they were forced to leave, the official said that they had been asked by president Kiir to meet students, mainly from the Nuer ethnic group, and persuade them not to support the rebellion.

They also warned that the conflict could become regionalised with countries from the East African bloc IGAD - the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Riek Machar claimed this week in an interview with Bloomberg that the deployment of IGAD forces to South Sudan will mean the colonisation of the country and its oil fields.

Gatluok Ruon MP was joined by Michael Ruot Mayian and Majok Gatluak Thor a former security officer, who are both from the Lou-Nuer group in Jonglei which forms the majority of the White Army - a group of armed civilians who have sided with Machar.

Despite the ethnic aspect to some of the conflict, the head of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) is a Nuer and many of those who have defected from the ruling (SPLM) to form to the SPLM/A in Opposition are from Kiir’s Dinka ethnic group.

South Sudanese students in Kampala told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the officials were trying to bride students to secure there support and prevent them joining the SPLM/A in Opposition.


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  • 2 April 2014 07:11, by Majongdit

    You mean even the educated Nuer or the ones pursuing education do not also know "kon Kooc", "kon Deet (first understand), "kon Ping" (ling) (or first listen)?
    Hey where is the respect for your elders and leaders?
    I swear you will remain ever backward in your swamps if you dont change.

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    • 2 April 2014 08:36, by Johndumo14

      There is no smoke without fire .If it is not a true story about Dr Riek`s death,but for sure 90 percent of South sudanese want this man death,is only Nuer supports him!!WHEN PEOPLE WISHING you bad luck,it will happen.What happened to SPLA GENERAL Kerubino kuanyin bol,,will happen to Dr Riek Machar soon.

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      • 2 April 2014 09:17, by Paul Chadrack

        don’t say 90% of south sudanese want him dead but only few greedy people from warab and bhar el gazel want him dead, which will not happen but kiir will die soon. mark my point you’re hated by all south sudanese.

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    • 2 April 2014 09:25, by Bentiu son

      Dear Lou Nuer University Students in Kampala,siblings we entire comrades in South Sudanese at whole minus Dinka Rek of Salva Kiir are standing with you side by side against devil and blood money suckers. Yes, you hit the nail correct when you say"Devils whom do you think will support your ill-leaderships", one of them shouted "You are direly bloodshed sucker MP, who has nothing to do to his people

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      • 2 April 2014 09:35, by Bentiu son

        We Nuer collectively had reached the gear of No u-turned with Genocidal regime of Salva Kiir who massacred 10,000 Nuer civilians in Juba due to political differences arisen within the SPLM ruling party between Dr Machar who hails from Nuer v Salva Kiir who hails from Dinka Rek.Those sellouts, traitors, betrayers and blood money suckers Nuer boys should know that no single Nuer will believe them.

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      • 3 April 2014 02:19, by San Manyuon

        My fellow citizens and particularly the Nuer, let me be honest about this, I am a dinka but by sure, all the living citizens of SS felt disgusted that night when lives were lost in Juba. Those were Sudanese regardless of their tribes and the death should have been punishable by law. We’re not a nation of eye for an eye, we left Sudan for that reason, didn’t we?

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  • 2 April 2014 07:12, by dinkdong

    The government of Kiir is full of fools.

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    • 2 April 2014 07:26, by Ayom Ayom

      I think shouting at senior government official will not solve the problem, site down with your MPs, elders, brothers, mothers, sisters and friends to discuss the road map on how to end the conflict in South Sudan. Don’t show up as hatred to your own people, it is a tit for tat, your MPs can do the same to shout at you, they have the list with your name

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  • 2 April 2014 08:11, by Gat Gan Kiir

    These Students who called their MPs "devils" deserve my full respect, there is nothing worse in this world than to support a person who killed your mother, father, sister and brothers. If it’s a sake of nationality which was not the case, what should your relative be kill by that person and came back to you and said we are this and that? Human life is far better than millions of dollars. They suck

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    • 2 April 2014 09:22, by Mapuor

      Do you know my dear the number of Dinkas killed by Riek Macar?Hahahha Nyagaats.Those students are sons of the disgruntled group.Kiir must rule what ever the cost.Massacres of Dinkas can not be forgotten.PhD holder who only ignites tribal war in which his children do not take part will never rule us.

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  • 2 April 2014 16:46, by San Manyuon

    From this reaction by the students, I don’t see the future of S Sudan as county that will be abided by laws. If students, who knows better are already showing no sense of what they have learn, no wander the PHD holders are the liability of SS. Plus my brother who estimated the death toll from that first few nights at 10k. Guys even a single person killed by another has the right to live.

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