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May 30, 2014 (NAIROBI) – A senior army general in the South Sudan army (SPLA) from the dominant Dinka ethnic group has declared switching his allegiance to the rebel group led by the former vice president, Riek Machar.

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General Dau Aturjong Nyuol (File photo ST)

The commander of the SPLA division 6, General Dau Aturjong, on Friday declared his defection to the opposition forces in a press conference he addressed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on Friday.

“I have decided to take up arms in order to liberate my people from Salva Kiir’s regime. I have declared today to join the SPLM/A under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” he announced.

Gen Aturjong, a member of the South Sudan’s largest community, the Dinka, hails from Northern Bahr el Ghazal state which has the biggest population of the community.

In 2010 he contested for the gubernatorial seat to lead the state as an independent candidate and accused the SPLM-backed former governor, Gen Paul Malong Awan, of rigging the votes.

Awan, a close ally to president Kiir who allegedly played role in organising the massacre of thousands of members of the Nuer community in Juba in mid-December, was recently appointed as the new chief of general staff in the army.

However, Aturjong who is Awan’s arch rival and influential figure in the state, has urged the Aweil community of Northern Bahr el Ghazal to withdraw their support from president Kiir, accusing him of dictatorship and mass killing of the people of South Sudan.

“Salva Kiir and his minority clique in Juba fabricated lies of an alleged coup and killed innocent Nuer civilians in Juba resulting to the crisis. I urge the people of Aweil community not to support him or fight for him,” he further appealed.

The notorious general was accompanied by a number of former members of parliament from his home state as well as leaders of Aweil community residing in Kenya who also confirmed their defection to the SPLM/A in opposition along with Aturjong.

“I want to tell the Dinka community that the war is a [national] resistance, not tribal,” he added, vowing to fight militarily to remove president Kiir from power, arguing that “war is an alternative mechanism to bring peace.”

The declaration came days after the chief rebel leader, Riek Machar, arrived in the Kenyan capital and met with president Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Kiir was also on an abrupt visit to Nairobi at the time of the announcement.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, welcomed the defection of the army general, saying his decision was a commendable step towards exerting more pressure on Salva Kiir to talk peace in good faith.

Dak also added that “the declaration further proved wrong the regime in Juba which intention was and still is to push for a tribal war between the Dinka and the Nuer ethnic groups.”

Gen Aturjong becomes the first senior army officer from the Dinka ethnic group to declare joining the rebels which fighters are predominantly from the Nuer community.

Observers say Aturjong’s defection may cause difficulty to president Kiir who allegedly recruits Dinka ethnic militia fighters mainly from the two states of Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

They further say the new move would encourage other politicians and military officers in other region who have been dissatisfied with the governing system.

In another setback for president Kiir’s regime, an influential group conglomerating around Ayii Ayii Akol, former member of National Legislative Assembly in Khartoum during the interim period prior to secession of the new nation from Sudan, announced his defection to the side of rebel leader, Riek Machar.

Akol, a son in-law to the current chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, made the announcement also in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, stressing that they would no longer accept to “remain lip tied and wait the country being torn apart at their watch”.

He said people hoped for change and patiently waited since the signing of the comprehensive Peace Agreement “but it turned out that their participations in the liberation struggle in any way at any capacity has been taken for granted by a clique who see themselves as more important than the country and our people”.

“This perception needs to be corrected now; otherwise our people would never see any light,” he further Akol told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The government and SPLA spokespersons were not immediately available for comment on the defection. But some officials say these defections are unlikely to have a significant effect on the ability of the government to wage war against the insurgency and uphold constitutional mandate.

Anthony Sabit, an activist based in Juba, described the new development as “unfortunate”, stressing that political differences are never resolved through military means but peaceful dialogue.

“The emerging culture favouring military option as the best means to resolve political differences is contributing to the endless suffering of our people and must not be encouraged,” Sabit said on Friday.

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  • 30 May 22:53, by Rommel

    Salva Kiir must be removed or forced to resign, but you should not join hands with Riek, especially if he wants to assume Executive Office. You [Malual] are the heart of the Dinka tribe; you are the largest and most powerful Dinka section. Do not join that wretch. You can take Salva down by yourselves or in concert with the Dinka of Lakes State, but do not join Riek.

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    • 30 May 22:54, by Rommel

      "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. “(Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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      • 30 May 22:56, by Rommel

        This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split: He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Pete

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        • 30 May 23:00, by Rommel

          General Dau Aturjong: Are you really going to argue that you would support a man responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians!? A man so disturbed, so delusional that he so sickeningly boasted that his tribe could wipe out an entire tribe!? Your tribe!? Joining him would not be a betrayal to Salva Kiir and his cronies — they don’t deserve loyalty...

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          • 30 May 23:04, by Rommel

            .. But it would most certainly be a betrayal to the tens of thousands of our women, children and elderly that died at Riek’s hand in 1991. Helping Riek to attain power would necessarily mean that our lives are worthless. It would mean that he could kill us, boast about it and become our president. It would be humiliating. It’s unacceptable.

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            • 30 May 23:12, by Rommel

              I also understand that if Salva Kiir were to continue as President that too would necessarily mean that the lives of the innocent Nuer civilians that his forces killed in Juba are worthless, and that sets a bad precedent that simply cannot be accepted as well. There should be an inclusive interim government, without Salva and Riek.

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              • 30 May 23:15, by Rommel

                Riek cannot deliver democracy and justice, just as night does not deliver sun-light. Riek is as near to justice as Pluto is to the sun. We need new blood, and more importantly, we need new blood that is not guilty of having shed blood. Our leaders must have a clean conscience and clean hands.

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                • 30 May 23:16, by Rommel

                  A cursory examination of Riek’s record reveals a man that utterly failed to deliver on his promise to deliver a greater degree of democracy and plurality in his own faction. His human rights record is abysmal and his leadership skills are sorely lacking.

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                  • 1 June 08:28, by Thyinka

                    Rommel, thank you for your campaign against Riek Machar on this forum. It is said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is when good men do nothing. So keep up the good work. The evil that men do live after them.

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            • 30 May 23:29, by Bravo Nuer

              Rommel your tribal bigotry and controversy stunning clear conscience people a lot. you don’t want Kiir and you want him to be ousted in which way? are you really a nationalist or a tribalist? is your intention that Dinka and Nuer not to be reconciled? do you want South Sudan to die and each tribe govern itself? the move Gen Dau has taken is the wise move which will send a clear signal to Nuer that

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              • 30 May 23:37, by Bravo Nuer

                the war has gone back to its original roots of political nature democrats versus dictators and this will warrant armed youth to go home and leave armed soldiers to fight in pursuit of their leaders ideologies.Rommel the most important limelight is to uproot kiir and Malong and to form an interim federal govt whose leader won’t be Riek but Riek to bide elections time to test his national popularity

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                • 30 May 23:44, by Bravo Nuer

                  there would be no best way of uprooting kiir and malong other than southerners in opposition to unite ranks and to make their concerted efforts and liberate the country from this blind leadership. anyone who pretends he doesn’t like kiir and dare not join rebellion is a fox not a true friend nor a true enemy but a snake in the grass or opportunists whose minds and hearts are for cash and catch.

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                  • 30 May 23:55, by Bravo Nuer

                    Rommel the atrocities and gross abuses committed against Nuer folks in Juba by Dootku bany kiir tribal recruits recruited by Malong Awan and mercenaries of JEM in Bentiu are inexpressible or beyond narrations but no any section of Dinka has ever experienced them and for the sake of our nation all are to be forgiven though not forgotten and Gen. Dau will be our two sisterly tribes hope and glory.

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                    • 31 May 00:08, by Rommel

                      Bravo Nuer:
                      There’s nothing bigoted about not wanting to be ruled by a man that took delight in killing tens of thousands of my people, and boasted about it, before he was forced to run for his life in Panyagore when our sons were sent to remove him and forces from our lands and pursue him to where he came from.

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                      • 31 May 00:17, by Rommel

                        Riek has affirmed over and over again that he has every intention of assuming the Presidency should the rebellion succeed in toppling Salva Kiir. That would be unacceptable. I would love for the Dinka and the Nuer to reconcile, but if reconciliation is contingent on us accepting to be governed by a man that murdered tens of thousands of our people... then reconciliation will be impossible.

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                        • 31 May 00:24, by Rommel

                          The targeted killings of Nuer people in Juba lasted for about two to three days, and so I don’t think you can in all honesty claim that no Dinka section has every endured something of this sort. The Bor massacre took place over a period of two weeks, consuming far more lives. International embassies were present in Juba, and so if tens of thousands were killed, they would have said something.

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                          • 31 May 06:59, by Mi diit

                            Rommel,
                            Thanks to the unfolding events that you have forced you to reveal your true colour, a tribal extremist. I knew long ago that you were a pretender, depending on quotations from foreign writers to conceal your dirty image. Now this has finally evaporated in thin air. You are now a clear tribal opportunist in the third column.

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                            • 31 May 07:03, by Mi diit

                              You hate Kiir of Dinka Bahr el Ghazal and character-assassinate Machar of Nuer. You are hoping that a Dinka Bor angel will by fortune sneak in and retake the presidency. That is not too bad a dream.

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                              • 31 May 07:06, by Mi diit

                                But I want to remind you that we the rest are on irreversible train to the destination we know best while you continue to wish that Riek will never be your president. Well, maybe you are right because it may happen when you are not with us on this earth.

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                                • 31 May 11:38, by Rommel

                                  Mi diit:
                                  You are in no position to talk. You’re the biggest tribalist here, but you wear your new mask well. Where’s the resentful, militant Nuer Nationalist we all know and love that routinely evoked and threatened Rwandan like genocides if a certain tribe didn’t make way for the Nuer and their prophesied, chosen leader? I really must commend you for appearing so impeccant. Bravo!

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                                  • 31 May 11:46, by Rommel

                                    Your new mantra must be "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent underneath". I remember when you very much resembled the Jihadist; you were just as fanatical, just as irreverent, just as monomaniacal and would just as quickly issue threats of total, apocalyptic annihilation. Would the real Mi diit please stand up?

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                                    • 31 May 11:50, by Rommel

                                      You and I are very different. I don’t believe that anyone has been prophesied by a tribal ’prophet’ to lead this Nation. I don’t believe that this ’prophet’ can curse sections of of other tribes with unseemly physical traits [bad teeth]; and I don’t believe that "It will be the Murle and Bor to reap the ugly sour grape when the dust has settled sometime very near."

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                                      • 31 May 11:53, by Rommel

                                        This is what you said: "We the Nuer know exactly what the end of this game will be. It will be the Murle and Bor to reap the ugly sour grape when the dust has settled sometime very near." Source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article44604

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                                        • 31 May 12:00, by Rommel

                                          You really are insane! Do you still believe in Ngundeng’s ridiculous ’prophecy’ in which certain tribes and sub-tribes are wiped out at the heels of its eventual fulfillment!? The problem is not that you believe that this will actually come to pass... the problem is that you actually want it to happen. You can barely contain your glee. It’s sickening!

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                                          • 31 May 12:07, by Rommel

                                            Adult thinking is beyond your limited perspective... Your stock response is to wail, whimper and issue threats. You are clearly not intellectually mature enough to engage others in discussion on the internet without histrionics and childish emotionalism. You’re not in Luakpiny/Nasir anymore, Mi diit!

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                                            • 31 May 12:11, by Rommel

                                              You see -unlike you- I don’t issue threats of tribal war... I merely respond to them, in an attempt to warn its purveyors of its consequences. I don’t entertain or take pleasure in ’prophesies’ portending doom for certain tribes within my country. You and I are nothing alike.

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                                              • 31 May 12:26, by Rommel

                                                How many times must I tell you that I’m not from Dinka Bor!? I am from Twic-east. We are not a subset of Mading Bor! Twic-east is an independent Dinka section with its own proud principles, traditions, history, dialect, customs and mannerisms. Confusing us with Dinka Bor is akin to confusing the Lou Nuer with the Gawaar.

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                                                • 31 May 12:35, by Rommel

                                                  I cannot speak for Dinka Bor, but the people of Twic-east and Duk have no intention of grabbing power by force. There are other means of wielding influence. I will not waste my time outlining them to you. You are a slow, terribly incorrigible little twit.

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                          • 31 May 07:41, by Wicdail

                            Is it a defection or a conspiracy from this groupthink led by Kirr and his tribal men to sabotages the rebellion? How comes a armed general could declare his defection from government from a hotel in a foreign country? Why not in his division’s headquarters? This dog and the descendent of slave call “Rommel” would definitely die of heart attack when Kirr’s kingdom collapses.

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                            • 31 May 07:44, by Wicdail

                              Conu. He is on every single article in this forums advocating tribal rhetoric against Nuer. You wouldn’t prove me wrong; the man is a mad dog and tribalist who unknowingly barks on every moving objects. Look on his statement: “Salva Kiir must be removed or forced to resign, but you should not join hands” with Rick, because it “would be a betrayal to Salva Kiir and his cronies".

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                              • 31 May 07:46, by Wicdail

                                What the hell going on with him? Which is which? And whom does he think could force Kirr to resign? If not from the military and political pressure led by Dr. Rick? Who real cares by the way! Whether you want to joins the reformists’ camp or not, Kirr must go period. Whoever still advocating in the 1991 event is/are foolish and will never understand politics.

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                                • 31 May 07:48, by Wicdail

                                  If the 1991 split does not occurred, do you think your fool (Kirr) would be a president of the united Sudan? LOL!!!!!!!

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                            • 31 May 12:55, by Rommel

                              Wicdail
                              General Dau Aturjong did not announce his defection in his division’s headquarters because had he done so, he would have been imprisoned or worse. You were Khartoum’s oilfield guard-dogs during the war so I suggest you use such aspersions with caution, ’slave’.

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                              • 31 May 13:06, by Rommel

                                You don’t like me because I expose your lies and stomp them into nothingness. Are you on drugs? I didn’t say that defecting to the side of the rebels would be a betrayal to Salva Kiir. I said the opposite. I said that Salva Kiir and his cronies don’t deserve loyalty. You haven’t been paying attention, have you?

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                                • 31 May 13:10, by Rommel

                                  How many times must I inform you that historians have affirmed, that under Dr. John Garang, the independence option was there before the Nasir declaration. You don’t like the truth and prefer to make up reasons for believing in nonsense, so you continuously pretend not to understand a word I say.

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                                  • 31 May 13:12, by Rommel

                                    On the 29th of July [one month prior to the Nasir Declaration] the SPLM/A informed the Sudanese government that Self-Determination was to be discussed for the Abuja agenda. This is confirmed by the works of scholars such as Ann Lech.

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                                    • 31 May 13:13, by Rommel

                                      .."the independence option was therefore included in the still-united SPLM’s proposal for the Abuja agenda that was submitted to Nigerian and Sudanese government on 29th July 1991". (The Battle for Peace in Sudan: An Analysis of Abuja Conferences 1992–1993’, Ann Lech)

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                                      • 31 May 13:15, by Rommel

                                        "Once the split occurred, the government developed a four-prong strategy that encouraged Riek machar to fight the SPLA. It backed away from offering independence, mounted large scale offences against Garang’s forces and used the disintegration of the SPLA to facilitate its repression of the African people in Southern Kordofan, Darfur and Southern Blue Nile." (Sudan-Contested identities, Ann lesc

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                          • 31 May 11:40, by jubaone

                            Rommel,
                            The problem is such die-hard jenge scoundrels like you without conscience pretending to represent the entire jenge nation-dit. If Gen. Aturjoung cant compromise that with his conscience and national feelings who are you to deny him that? It is not how much noise you make, it is the quality. Relax and wait, let Gen. Aturjoung do the dirty job.

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                            • 31 May 12:46, by Rommel

                              jubaone:
                              I am not a tribal nationalist, however, I cannot accept South Sudan’s greatest mass murderer as president. If it’s a matter of conscience, Dinka Generals could very easily get rid of Salva Kiir without allying themselves with Riek. General Dau Aturjong is not entitled to work with Riek Machar — a virulent tribal chauvinist. He will be disowned.

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                  • 31 May 15:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

                    Please, please. Rebels, Dau Aturjong Nyuol, is non serving person the government, politically and militarily. You minized your happiness.
                    Dau Aturjong, is already in exile in Nairobi when he was defeated by SPLM candidate member.

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    • 31 May 08:15, by Kenyang

      Bro Rom,
      What you said in your first paragraph need no addition. But as I mentioned here earlier, Dinka Malual shares equal blame in letting down our people. Aweil is full of greeds, rumormongers, selfish bigots who will do anything to suck down on their own poor fellow countrymen to get to power or food. One of these names is Abdalbagi Ayii Akol.

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      • 31 May 08:41, by Kenyang

        Con...
        On matter, it’s equally true as one can see a decorated war hero like Gen. Dau Aturjong would be that desperate for power to want to stand shoulder to shoulder with people’s enemies like Riek Machar, Ayii Akol to bring down HIS OWN LIBERATION. Dinka Malual like everyone in South Sudan voted Salva Kiir to power and will equally voted him out. They need no war. Gen. Dau got it BIG WRONG.

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        • 31 May 09:07, by Kenyang

          Con...
          Later on, Gen. Dau wouldn’t only fail like groups (Kawach Makuei, Ayii Akol...) before him but his self-made history will be erased. No respect to gain even if one were to capture Juba alone.
          STILL, ONE NEEDS TO BE CAUTIOUS ON REPORTS FROM DR. RIEK MOUTHPIECE- AKA SUDANTRIBUNE.

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          • 31 May 12:27, by barbayo

            Kanyang
            if you are very analysislistc Dau Aturjong was push out by elements near with president because to protect their position s when look all ten states were governing by Generals excepted Northern Bhar el Ghazal State governing by Kuel Aguer as current governor
            those elements , Paul Molang Awan ,Kuel Aguer ,Angui Diing Diing and those who owned SPLM

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    • 31 May 09:47, by Mike Mike

      It was a hell and consecutive provocation from some elements within the govt that forced Gen Dau to rebel against the Juba govt.Though he knows govt have turned blind eyes to him and the privileges supposed to be expended to him goes to others then would have be patient and asked his right from the govt in a manner way then to make it in a violence way.Military mean can’t solved our problems.

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    • 1 June 05:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Rommel, So you want Malual to replace Rek. This shows how naive or tribalistic you are. Joining freedom fighters from diverse tribal background is a noble thing a genuine patriot can do. The general is a true South Sudanese first and foremost before being a Dinka from Malual Gerinyang. Thumbs up for him.

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  • 30 May 22:54, by Ito

    This is what some of us are being telling that this government is not a real government and only Dr. Riek can bring the country back to normal stage. Mass defections is on the way. Intellectuals will understand the good motive of Dr. Riek but those who cannot understand should read and listen from informed persons. Dau himself have understood that democracy and equality cannot come through hisdink

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    • 30 May 23:00, by Ito

      his own Dinka tribe. Now Dinka are afraid for their security and for what Salva have put them into. It is high time now to join the peoples’ movement under visionary and charismatic leader Dr. Riek or face to being considered as an accomplice to whatever crimes the regime is doing. Please join Riek movement before it is too late, or else you will not like it. I appeal to all ya Jamaa to put our

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      • 30 May 23:03, by Ito

        weight behind the Savior of the marginalized his excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny. He is the only known person who can turn the country from its zero level and put it high for the whole world to see. South Sudan is dead now and only Riek will resurrect it from the tomb and put it on the walking stage like any other nation under the sky. I appeal to youth, men, women, the elderly, in all sectors

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        • 30 May 23:04, by Ito

          to support Dr. Riek to save this nation before it is too late.

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          • 30 May 23:07, by Ito

            Brothers and sisters, don’t waste your time with those who put past blame on Dr. Riek. SPLA under Garang and Salva among many kill, rape, mutilate people from other tribes but we forgive all of them because in war anything is possible. In 1991 many Nuer were fire squard in all areas of equatoria, lobone, nimule, mugali, fagire, ikotos, yei for no reason but because they are Nuer. No one talks abou

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            • 30 May 23:11, by Ito

              about that. Those who blame Riek for past mistakes are telling us that it is okay to kill other tribes but not Dinka. If that is not the case, why blame him alone as SPLA and Dinka generals have kill more people than those that Riek army killed in Bor. You want to kill innocent Nuer and expect no reaction. This is dumb reasoning. Why we make peace with Bashir who killed thousands of us. I think

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              • 30 May 23:12, by Ito

                those who are trying to bring the past are intellectually defeated and they are trying to use lame reasons to convince the public. But are the public blind to see the truth for themselves. YOu the public I advice you to stay away from such kind of people.

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          • 30 May 23:23, by Rommel

            Ito:
            You should know that this General will not get much support from the Malual Dinka. He’s the commanding General of Division 6 and that seems rather impressive, however, allow me to cite the example of Kerubino; the man was second in command of the entire SPLA, but the people of Bahr el Ghazal didn’t follow him when he defected. He was disowned. The same thing will happen to this man.

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            • 30 May 23:30, by Rommel

              You said the Dinka are ’afraid for their security’. Pray tell, who supposedly inspires this ’fear’? I very much hope that you’re not suggesting that the people of Bahr el Ghazal will join Riek out of fear... Because they have gone toe-to-toe against infinitely stronger enemies, despite the fact that they lost over a 100, 000 people in one year alone. Riek does not inspire fear in Bahr el Ghazal.

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              • 30 May 23:44, by Rommel

                Riek is certainly not the only person that can take Salva Kiir’s place. He is guilty of virtually every offense and vice that people have identified with Salva Kiir. There are people in this country that are suitable for Executive Office — people that haven’t murdered a single human being. People like Dr Richard Mulla, Bishop Paride Taban and others.

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                • 30 May 23:54, by Rommel

                  There’s virtually not a single politician in our political environment that isn’t guilty of committing human rights violations, and there’s almost no tribe that can pretend that it hasn’t shed blood. Kokora resulted in the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Dinka civilians before the SPLA was formed. However, the scale of the killings by Riek’s forces is without comparison.

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                  • 31 May 00:02, by Rommel

                    Every soldier, every unit and every battalion that found themselves in the territories of the respective factions - hailing from the ’wrong tribe’, was ambushed, murdered or imprisoned, if they were lucky. The Nuer were killed in the territories that we controlled, and the Dinka were killed in territories that Riek controlled. These killings took place simultaneously.

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            • 30 May 23:31, by Ito

              Rommel, Thank you so much for your comments. As a brother and a patriot, I call upon you to join the democratic movement so we change this government. From your writing, I assume you are an intellectual and someone who can change this country only if you don’t think like majority of Dinka’s. The general is a smart person and he chose correctly. Always stupid people outnumber smart ones.

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    • 31 May 12:38, by barbayo

      Ito
      Raik Macher will never by President of South Sudan wherever all army Generals join primitive motive Raik will not by president, if is matter of Nuer to be President Manas Magok Rundel can be president or Dr Mariel Bejemen or James Kok or Dr Raik Gai or Dr John Gai or James Hoth Mai these one can be president if because of Nuer.

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  • 31 May 00:07, by Gabriel Ajak

    Hahahahahah, brother why do u make a request for comment, u all are no body that is why government ignore u, u were all failure people since then upto now u will not even be able to help Riek but I know ur motive u thought that u will get something to eat.

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    • 31 May 00:22, by Ito

      The government have the right to ignore us as it is a tribal government. We do not expect them to value our concerns. We will fight and get what we want for the benefit of all rather than one tribe like what the government is doing. You cannot talk like you have no side. You either take side or be a mediator, otherwise you are wasting your own time.

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  • 31 May 08:04, by Akol Liai Mager

    Right move, but wrong direction. Joining the violence is not an answer. However, joining Ustaz Pagan Amum’s group would have been a right direction.

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  • 31 May 08:34, by Fact Nonsense

    There is no surprise from Gen. Aturjuong. As usual, he isn’t joining rebellion for any good reason, but as a member of the bunch of ignorant loyal supporters of Riek. It’s clear anybody who supports Riek is a self-thirst for leadership in SSD. I too is tied of Kiir lack of seriousness about the affairs of nation.

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  • 31 May 08:48, by Fact Nonsense

    It’s very unfortunate that some people are easily carried away by other peoples’ illusions about the state of our nation affairs. For our country to be stable, there must be separation between military and politics. A lot of our problems originate from a military culture and traditional cultures towards others. War isn’t the mean to remove Kiir but community awareness about his failure to deliver

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  • 31 May 08:59, by Fact Nonsense

    much needed services to our communities will be the best payback for his leadership if he risk himself contesting for next elections. I don’t support rebellion or tribalism because they both carry our nation to the deep valley of pain and fragmentations. I don’t support government either because it has lost its primary responsibility to implement it promises to the people of South Sudan.

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  • 31 May 09:12, by Fact Nonsense

    Therefore, I appealed to any peace loving South Sudanese to consider replacing this current government with a woman president or a civil oriented politician in the next elections. But only a woman president can bring peace and restoration of mutual cooperation among SSD diverse communities. NO to Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar in the next government.

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    • 31 May 11:07, by moto

      DEAR BRS AND SISTERS,
      WE ALL AWARE THAT THE EVIL THAT MAN DO LIVE AFTER THEM, THE GOOD IS OFTEN INTERRED IN THEIRS BONES.WHY DO I SAY THIS, IT IS CAN GIVE US TECHNOCRAT,S HEADACHE FOR NOTHING.BELIEVE YOU ME DINKA MALUAL WILL NEVER FIGHT FOR INDIVIDUAL INTEREST MARK MY WORDS.IT TAKES MAN TO MAKE A TENDER CHICKEN,S DECISION,THIS MAN HAS LOST HIS CREDITABILITY COMPLETELY.

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    • 31 May 15:01, by Bungachier 50

      Dear All,
      Aturjong is a food lover. He is defecting because Malong won the Seat of the Governorship from him, not that he loves the people of South Sudan. Kenya! please, be serious why are you hiding South Sudanese wrong elements. These are the results of Riak’ Visit to Kenya last Tuesday. Riak is like a person who has rolled himself in Human wastes & a sensible South Sudanese can not follow him.

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  • 31 May 15:45, by Mapuor

    It’s extremely ridiculous. How are we going to form a truly democratic state if election results are often rejected and losers turn to be rebels? Such stupidity must be combated at any cost. It’s too much.Yau Yau welcomed Athor perished and Dau joining mutiny.Dinkas of Aweil will never listen to this thug. He is not from Malual-giernyang he is from Abiem of Aweil East.Malong Awan comes from

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    • 31 May 15:51, by Mapuor

      Abiem too.Great people of Aweil never listened to Kawac Makuei during the war of liberation and will do the same to coward Dau Aturjong.We must always preach democracy not anarchy which is now being preached by the disgruntled group.There are thousands who fought perilous battles during the war of liberation and have not been given salaries yet are patient.Why are looters fighting the gvt?.

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