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Jonglei governor says military, political leaders to blame for state’s downfall

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May 22, 14 (BOR) –The caretaker governor of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, John Kong Nyuon, has accused the country’s political and military leaders of backwardness and breeding conflict.

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The caretaker governor of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, John Kong Nyuon, address the crowd at celebrations in Bor commemorating the national army on 22 May 2014 (ST)

Despite the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended more than a two decades-long civil war with Sudan and paved the way for the South’s secession in 2011, he said Jonglei had never been at peace and continued to witness conflict.

He said the majority of the state’s counties had virtually no infrastructure and the delivery of basic services remains well below expected standards.

“We are proud that the war that led to independence of South Sudan started here in [Jonglei capital] Bor, but we have never benefited from it since,” he said.

“Look at our state, in which state does the governor sit in the oldest structures built by colonial government centuries ago? This is our failure. Jonglei had never enjoyed [the] peace and development that others had,” he added.

Nyuon made the comments on Thursday at celebrations to commemorate the inception of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Jonglei.

The celebrations had been due to take place on 16 May, but were postponed by the state government due to security reasons.

Nyuon also cited the actions of Jonglei’s rebel and military leaders David Yau Yau, the late George Athor and General Tanginya as contributing to the downfall of the state by inciting rebellions that have killed thousands of civilians and displaced many more to foreign countries.

“We are the problem, whom do you want to come and lead you here in Jonglei? We were the first to start off the war against Khartoum and now we are the last,” he said.

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Members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) attend commemorations in Bor, the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, on 22 May 2014 (ST)

Bor was the scene of fierce fighting after political tensions turned violent in the capital, Juba, in mid-December last year before spreading to other areas.

The violence has reignited tribal tensions across the country pitting government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir, who hails from the Dinka tribe, against rebels aligned with former vice-president Rike Machar, a Nuer.

However, Nyuon said the conflict “shouldn’t have gone that far”.

“The recent problem started in Juba as a small one, but when it reached Jonglei, it exploded in Bor,” he said. “Our people should have learned from the first experiences of Riek Machar of [the] 1990s.”

RESPECT UN AGENCIES

Nyuon has also called on local youths to treat UN agencies operating in Bor with the due respect.

Bor youths have been accused of attacking a UN camp last month, sheltering displaced people largely from the Nuer ethnic group. More than people were killed in the incident.

Ongoing security concerns in Bor have severely limited the movements of UN peacekeepers in the town.

“Let me tell you, the youth, you are creating problems to the government. What you are doing or what you are trying to do will bring problems to the government,” said Nyuon.

“The UN agencies came to help us, if you attempt to attack their cars or stone them, that is not good. Stop it now,” he added.

(ST)

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  • 23 May 10:21, by Adodi Jotuwa

    John Kong Nyuon,
    Excellent remarks, “The recent problem started in Juba as a small one, but when it reached Jonglei, it exploded in Bor,” “Our people should have learned from the first experiences of Riek Machar of [the] 1990s.” Peter Gadet & James Koang are all illiterate militia leaders who reasons by revenge killing on hearsay that Nuers are finished in Juba.

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    • 23 May 10:31, by Adodi Jotuwa

      It was the same Dr. Fool Riek Machar who phoned them (Gadet and Koang) that start killing all Dinka in Bor as he did in 1991. Riek instructed his Cdrs. to kill all Dinka who were sheltered in UNMISS compound in Akobo, and in Bentiu by James Koang. Then later launched joint operations in Malakal town, including Shilluk who refused to join Riek’s rebellion.

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      • 23 May 10:40, by Adodi Jotuwa

        International community ignored Bor massacre of 1991 and of 2013/2014 again in Bor which exchanged hands twice, ignored the killings of unarmed civilians in Church/Mosque who were holding Holy Bibles/Qurans. This type of rebellion is admired by the West who brought religion to Africans and South Sudanese in particular, only to wake up to blame the rebels’ atrocities in Bentiu lately.

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    • 23 May 10:39, by Bravo Nuer

      Ajotwa don’t rely on John Kong ’s political rhetoric he didn’t mean what he was saying and as political leader he had to feed the expectations of audience who are entirely Dinka. the Juba problem was not very small as he ironically put it but we people of Upper Nile should have thought wise to take the fight across to where it was brewed. Cdr James Koang is very educated Gen and Gadet is like Kiir

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      • 23 May 10:49, by Bravo Nuer

        I agree with Dr. John Garang ’s prophetic interview with Robert Wise in 2002 after signing Nairobi declaration with Riek. Robert wise asked Garang "do you think Dr.Riek will not rebel again? but as a philosopher Garang put that Dr. Riek of 1991 was a Saul and that this Dr. Riek of 2002 is a Paul who will spread gospel of SPLM all over the world. is it not true? is Garang really not a prophet?

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      • 23 May 10:52, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Bravo Nuer,
        If James Koang is educated, why did he rebel and appoint himself Governor of Unity State the next day and often take refuge in Panthou/Heglig where SAF is stationed? What kind of protection does he need from SAF better than that of UNMISS compound? This was when Dr. Fool Riek started his fabrication that JEM, SPLA-N, UPDF, you name it, are present in RSS to get support from Khartoum.

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        • 23 May 11:08, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Dr. John Garang did say in 2002 that he could forgive Dr. Fool Riek Machar following his return from Khartoum but said "history will never forgive Riek" because of his rebellion and Bor massacre of 1991. Was it not prophetic that history would repeat itself as it did in December 2013 and up to date? Riek formed Nasir Faction/SSIM after failing to violently hijack SPLM/A in 1991 from Garang.

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          • 23 May 11:14, by Adodi Jotuwa

            I told you before and I am telling you again that Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his associates know nothing about the objectives, vision, mission and strategy of the SPLM/A because they were busy shifting allegiance competitively without knowing his own Nasir faction would end up in Khartoum’s dusbin. Vice Presidency was given in a golden plate, amid his negative contribution to the SPLM/A.

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            • 23 May 11:28, by Adodi Jotuwa

              The name "SPLM-In-Opposition" is given by the Western media following December 15th, 2013 failed coup attempt because Dr. Fool Riek Machar has been opposing SPLM/A since 1991 and returned to SPLM/A again in 2002 to oppose it on the sly instead of clearing his nasty record of 1991. Riek can never hijack the leadership of SPLM/A because he has no idea about where SPLM/A has come from and heading.

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  • 23 May 12:01, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Adodi Jotwa,It has been proved beyond doubt that there was no coup attempt whatsoever. This was a premeditated fabricated attempt by Kiir to get rid of Machar forever. Machar had to run for his life. See the corpses of innocent Nuers at Lou hospital, Mangatein, Block 107, Gudelle, Bilpam road etc. Even two body guards of the NLA speaker were killed. Magok Rundial was rescued by Clement Wani.

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    • 23 May 12:12, by Whortti Bor Manza

      The chronology of Kiirs behaviors can be traced back to his early days in the Anyanya. Kiir is a tribalist of the first order. Kiir has been in power since 2005. What is it that he cannot do now for the people till he is reelected in 2015? Kiir is only to sow discord and ferment tribalism among the people of South Sudan. May God behead Kiir, Malong, Aleu, Kuol and many of his cabals and cronies.

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    • 23 May 12:12, by Whortti Bor Manza

      The chronology of Kiirs behaviors can be traced back to his early days in the Anyanya. Kiir is a tribalist of the first order. Kiir has been in power since 2005. What is it that he cannot do now for the people till he is reelected in 2015? Kiir is only to sow discord and ferment tribalism among the people of South Sudan. May God behead Kiir, Malong, Aleu, Kuol and many of his cabals and cronies.

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