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July 3, 2014 (JUBA) – The governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state on Wednesday reiterated demands for a federal system of governance in the young nation, saying it was Equatorians who first proposed the idea, not rebel leader Riek Machar.

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Central Equatoria’s Clement Wani Konga (Photo Larco Lomayat)

Addressing reporters in the capital, Juba, Clement Wani Konga said federalism was discussed at all the four greater Equatoria region conferences and that resolutions agreed upon were handed over to president Salva Kiir.

“The president of the republic has not said to us, no don’t speak about federalism. If he told somebody, it must be [James] Wani who is more close to him, but us as governors of Equatoria he never told us no and the resolutions are all with him,” he said.

Konga, who dismissed an alleged assassination attempt on his life, said he would not accept federalism derived though bloodshed.

“He (Machar) wants only to woo the Equatoria people to support him. So I will not accept a federalism that is brought through blood,” remarked the governor.

“The blood Nuer people are shedding is not for federalism. Riek is killing Nuer people so that he becomes the president. Somebody of who have just turned his back to the presidency one meter away, what can you do for him?” he added.

WARRING PARTIES ACCUSED

Governor Konga accused the two major rival tribes of possessing negative attitudes towards the people of his region, alleging Equatorian sons and daughters serving in the police and army were being deliberately disarmed.

“There is disarmament going on now against the Equatoria, those in the police, those who are in the army. Can one tribe or two tribes make a nation? No. South Sudan is for us all and all of us contributed in kind even those who were on the government side”, Konga said.

The Dinka and the Nuer tribes, he claimed, possessed attitudes that were totally against his region and that both warned they would turn to Equatorians after war.

“Those big tribes, the Dinka and the Nuer, the Dinka say after finishing with Nuer, they will turn to the Equatoria. The Nuer says you have led us along, when you finish serving the Dinka they will turn against Equatoria. We have heard this and we are waiting for it. We are not afraid,” he said.

“Nobody can sit on head. Nobody can sit on the head of Equatoria. We are all equal. What goodness will you get by killing your brother in cold blood? And all these activities have indicated, have shown themselves”, be added.

CLAIMS DISMISSED

Meanwhile, the governor distanced himself from claims that he aided rebel leader Machar’s escape out of Juba following last year outbreak of violence.

“There is in the internet, that I clement helped Riek Machar to escape from Juba. Since in the morning of 16, 17 we have been together with the president of the republic, how could I go and helped Riek Machar to get out of Juba?” he said.

“It is the army that failed to ensure that Riek shouldn’t get out of Juba. And even when he was going people were sending information instead of cutting him off, cutting the route off so that he don’t cross the river Nile,” he added.

Konga further warned against what he described as mistreatment of Equatorians who mobilised to join the army after the eruption conflict, saying they were left to die despite their commitment to defend the country.

“As for us Equatorians, we have kept the president Salva. It is us who protect him since my return from Germany in 2012. It is not the Dinka who are keeping the president in power. It is us the Equatoria and if we are being disliked because of our frankness then there is something wrong. We shall never attack anybody,” said the governor.

“We are here to defend ourselves and we have not carried out any mobilization to support Riek Machar except the six pickup vehicles (Tashar) in Ngolobo in which a brigade has been deployed in the field and is doing well. But unfortunately they are not treated well. They are left as Equatorians. Sick or dead or hungry, they have only the Akm 47,” he added.

Konga, however, said his duty as the governor of the area was to mobilise the people to join the national army and that it was the responsibility of the army to look after the recruits to maintain them.

“The poorest people in the republic of South Sudan are Equatoria people. From the messenger to the president, they are well off. Did we complain? No,” he said.

The official urged South Sudanese to devote their energies and resources towards developing the country, emphasising that the law would deal with those causing problems in the country.

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  • 4 July 08:21, by Ajongtar

    Bravo M. General Konka, tell them our position very very clear.

    Now our hearts are relieved from the doomed rumers created by the Dinka Governement to distablize us in Equatoria.

    But we will NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

    Clement Konga Oyeeeeeeeeeee, Bakasoro Oyeeeeeee, Lobong Oyeeee.

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    • 4 July 08:26, by Ajongtar

      We as Equatorians will not and never regreate although they the Nuer and the Dinka are the rich from cleaner to the president let them be, but we will use our energy to make rich as Equatorians.

      Our call for Federalism is not a call for Regime change, Salva Kiir is the President untill his term ends, who ever want to depose him now thats not our agender as Equatorians, but what we want is Federa

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      • 4 July 09:08, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Enough is enough, we are fed up appeasing all the people, this nation belong to all, it can’t be the Dinka that shed her blood to keep its together all the time. what wrong had we done to deserve all this headache? all people people are given freedom to govern them in there states. but still complaints against Dinka never ceased. what do you dogs want from us.

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    • 4 July 08:26, by Ahmed Chol

      Good that you spoke up. The country falls apart when you Equatorians are afraid and shy away. That is why it becomes Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal issue or Dinka and Nuer issue. Keep talking and maybe the dumb and deaf president will hear. South Sudan will never be ruled by iron fist! A second liberation has to happen in S. Sudan. Kiir is doing things Jallaba never did to Southerners

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    • 4 July 08:33, by Wicdail

      To be honest, this statement is not from Clement Wani Konga. Rather, it’s a makeup piece of shit. If indeed it’s from him, then, there is something very wrong with him. Because the argument doesn’t added up. In other words, it doesn’t make sense at all, in comparisons with the current situation the Equatorian are in.

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      • 4 July 08:48, by Wicdail

        I mean, I supposed to hear the word “Must Go” from Clement Wani Konga to the dumb leader (Kirr) and his circle. Blaming Dr. Rick or Nuer and Dinka with no action will never deter the tyrant. If the self-determination which resulted with the independence of ROSS, could achieved with blood, why not the federalism?

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    • 4 July 09:48, by Mapuor

      Dear Konga
      Dinka are brave people and don’t cry when pinched.When Thomas Cirilo was administrator in thye SPLA Dinkas suffered under him but did not cry the way you are crying.Dinka officers salaries were detained and eaten by Cirilo and Equatorian pay masters and Dinkas persevered.The SPLA issue is complex and we based our Unity on SPLA treatment of its cadres ,we will fail completely.

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      • 4 July 09:55, by Mapuor

        If we South Sudanese based our unity on SPLA treatment of its officers,NCOs and men,we will end up in chaos.Everything is practiced in the SPLA;tribalsim,clanism,sectionalism etc.SPLA is deformed and this was done by Nuers and Equatorians who were former Khartoum militias.Konga you promoted illiterates to generals only from Mundari!!!!!Why cry?

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        • 4 July 19:29, by Malakal county Simon

          Mapour

          Just eat the looting money quietly, because ur location is known, and It’s a target!!!! Thanks

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    • 4 July 10:48, by Padiet Deng Alony

      Dinka and Nuer fight by mistake, their target was the movement of the so called equatorians. who ever wishes bad thing to Dinka and Nuer is watched by Nhailic and get the same bad wishes.

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    • 4 July 18:49, by Hardlinner

      What is all this equatorian mouth piece. Konga should know that lou families in equatoria are more related to dinkas, nuer and shilluk than they to bari and mundari. Acholi are our people and do not fit in equatoria in general. We have had enough of people calling for federation. Let go for it. Dinka resources should instead go to dinka states then serving them other states.

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    • 4 July 20:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Former governor Wani Koanga has rebelled against the government. Therefore he should be treated as rebel.

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    • 4 July 21:47, by Peacocktail

      Gen> Clement is half dead, Please Mr. President, let him make noise and never take action on their removal as Governor. He will pass on alone. Insecure Security is tighten at all corner and all fake South Sudan shall exit cowardly. No FEDERALISM in SOUTH SUDAN. FULL STOP... No more talks of it, if one fells like to enjoy Federalism system of Government, may be not here in South Sudan.

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  • 4 July 08:26, by Ahmed Chol

    Good that you spoke up. The country falls apart when you Equatorians are afraid and shy away. That is why it becomes Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal issue or Dinka and Nuer issue. Keep talking and maybe the dumb and deaf president will hear. South Sudan will never be ruled by iron fist! A second liberation has to happen in S. Sudan. Kiir is doing things Jallaba never did to Southerners.

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  • 4 July 08:32, by Big Boy

    Dear Clement
    Bravo bravo for your hard speech to those imphasising that the law would deal with those causing problems in the country.especially mr: food-lover of Nuer,but with God will and grace this nations will be in peace again.after uneduacted man and food-lover step a side in up coming years.Equt.Dinka,Nuer.we are all the same infront of God.accepted different attitdue as u mentioned above.

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  • 4 July 08:39, by Chol A.

    Mr government, do not ramble your words here and there as you panic at media with words. The most beneficiers people are your people of central Equatoria if you don’t see than you really suffer of strok or behind rebel. Imagine your people get houses being rent, some get job in NGOs and work in small business secetor while government spending up with development on your state and still complaint!

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    • 4 July 08:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      There will be war soon with Equatorian if need be, they have already given out altimatums through letters that Dinka must leave there areas. all options are on the table because we had shed enough blood for liberating their land. if they don’t want to wait for referendum for federalism, then let them start the fight, and we shall response in kind.

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      • 4 July 09:09, by jijury

        Clement Wani, stop lying you know you are under threat from your both Salva!

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  • 4 July 09:15, by LOJUBA

    Wani oyeeeeeeeeeeee, Wani Oyeeeeeeeeeee.

    Really you touch the heart of Equatorian and as well whole South Sudanese, it is true we are the poorest citizen of South Sudan, we the youth of this greater Equatoria are ready 100% on your back and the people of South Sudan in need. we don’t want to fight any one , but!!! if tablet we have no choice , after we are for peace.

    Greater Equatoria oyeeee.

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  • 4 July 10:13, by Modi Lo Laja

    Bravo, Bravo, Konga,

    Speak up and don’t silent like sometime back. You know very well that these people you are talking to couldn’t accept mistake at all. Be frank and don’t back yourself against your right and right of people and Equatorians at large.

    As Bakasoro said, South Sudanese people do not accept mistake even if he/she committed. These are people u r talking to..........................

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  • 4 July 12:24, by Emporio

    Clement wani don’t make mistake you will be dam in the streets soon this is not aproperiate time to talk about federalism people are dying like no tomorrow I dont know how federalism going to work in a palce never been nation before I mean south sudanese never live together in history as nation and majority uneducated wrong time governor

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    • 4 July 12:43, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Imperialist Emporio,

      You must bear in mind that only through federalism and good governance that peace based on patriotism devoid of injustice, oppression, suppression of different political opinions, corruption, nepotism, lack of freedom of association, speech and press can be achieved.

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      • 4 July 13:51, by Emporio

        @ jur

        People think like federalism is going to bring angles to govern our nations the same devils who make chaos in the nation they are going to run what you guys call federalism and they failed to run decentralisation which similar to fed, will just bring more division to peoples, all south going crazy thier brain going numb don’t know any more what is right time to address issue of well been

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    • 5 July 03:45, by Nyesi Ta

      The call for federalism did not come out of the blue, but it is because those cattle raiders and savages ran the government like a cattle camp, where cattle raiding is the only goal to have more cows. What happened since 2005 till now is dollar raiding. Those savages are anarchic and believe the government is something to be looted. They exactly behave like monkies in the garden corn.

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  • 4 July 14:18, by dengdanger

    We know what u equatorialn are doing and we Are waiting to crush u once and for all we will hang konga and his friends here in juba we Dinka are fed up with the bullshed fuck Equatorian and fuck Neur soon we will crush u like bugs
    Dinka oyeeee SPLA oyeee

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    • 4 July 14:33, by Malakal county Simon

      He was under house arrest and he was force to make a statement that favour government position or he will be classify as a rebel!! Warn by New primitive chief of staff of the army. Paul Malong. So nothing really that’s serious about this statement if you smart enough to the content of it !!

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    • 4 July 14:47, by Letigolight

      The British put a mark on the head of all dinka to show that they are always "STUPID" and have no understanding so that peoples all over the world know the "STUPID" Dinka by the mark on the head - this "STUPIDITY" was confirmed by the IGAD secretary general, so it is not something new. Greator Equatoria Oyee, Konga, Bakosoro and Lobong Woyeeeee!!, Yambio Woyee, Juba Woyee, Torit Woyeeee!!!

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      • 4 July 15:18, by Emporio

        Equatorion are officially rebels but dinka are busy handling the food lover first (lets women’s talk will never harm you) the problems with equatorion they switch loyalty to any one they can’t hve their own movement reik claim self determination now equatorion claiming federalism but those ideas already came a long with let dr garang movement,trying to discredit 50% of nation(dinka) like they’re j

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        • 4 July 15:20, by Emporio

          like they’re just there for destruction only,

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      • 4 July 19:24, by Malakal county Simon

        Litigolight

        I have nothing more to add in regards to your comment bro!! All done ......

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  • 4 July 15:50, by Chest-out

    Hon governor
    you have been the head of your state government for long time and you have got the budget. many people are crying for corruption, nepotism, underdevelopment in your state,is it also Dinka who is doing that in your state government?
    To me, all south sudanese are very corrupt people starting from the president, vice president, former vice president, all ministers, all governors,

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    • 4 July 15:58, by Ito

      We black people are either curse or something is wrong. Asians, whites, and so on are right to say they are superior to black and that black always hate each other and that is advantages to imperialist. We are hated worldwide, we have been enslave under horrible conditions, till now we facing racism in all countries we are in and yet one tribe wants to rule others with impunity. We are jokers.

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      • 4 July 16:04, by Ito

        In this world other races only will respect us if we are united as one family and together we can overcome all kinds of ills against our color. In western world if something happen to one of us, it is us who will fight together against the racist. Sometimes, I wonder if people have brains. We fail to think beyond our noses. Like one white say, black are animals after Juba incident.

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        • 4 July 16:27, by Emporio

          @ Ito

          We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but as dinka we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight tribalism with tribalism. We’re gonna fight tribalism with solidarity,Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstr

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          • 4 July 16:33, by Emporio

            with the outstretched hand of generosity,tribalism can, will and must be defeat by us as one nation so don’t loose hope we will fix the promises land,No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only us make them

            Long life for south

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      • 4 July 19:10, by Hardlinner

        Ito, black people need to be self reliance first. That is the only way the rest will respect us. We also need to quit tribal mentality and embrace the spirit of individualism. Knowing ones’ position in the universe is much more important. Take case of me, I happened to have dinka heritage, but have nothing to do with dinka as tribe. We must eradicate tribalness in ourselves if we were to thrive

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  • 4 July 17:47, by Chest-out

    I was expecting the war between the poor and the rich in South Sudan due to the big gape in economics but not a tribal war or federalism. Even if federation comes, the same leaders are the one to benefits and theirs inner circle.Let governments only put strict measures and laws to prevent all these malpractices.

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  • 4 July 22:01, by American Missile.

    I disagreed with the Governor of Central Equatoria States for the word he said that From Messenger to the President,they are well off. and if you look at all institutions of Government in Juba, Most fattest and Rich are from their Messengers to their Vice-President.they are in NGos, Business,Government.

    I would like to remind People of Equatoria that they voice,they are speaking is from Riek .

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  • 5 July 03:44, by Philosopherking

    While Equatorians apploud Clement Wani Konga’s stand on a federalism, his undying support for Kirr’s failed dictatorial government will cost him votes and support from his constituency. The demand for a effective and efficient government is a natural right for all South Sudan and we should not allow the politics of appeasement to overwrite the demand for democracy!

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    • 5 July 03:48, by Philosopherking

      Kirr must also understand that just because Wani Konga supports him does not mean equatorians are happy with his incompetence, indecisiveness and dictatorship. For the people of Equatoria are ready to take up arms and topple this government by force if that’s What Kirr wants just as he did to the Nuer. Just because people are speaking in a civil manner does not mean you can ignore their voices.

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      • 5 July 03:51, by Philosopherking

        The War against domination and oppression is the same war for federalism. It will be fierce, it will be smart, and it will be effective. From demonstrations and civil disobedience to the use of force shall be employed if necessary. With blood or no blood, Kirr must leave and South Sudan will be a better place without him and his group of thieves.

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  • 5 July 04:51, by Odingo

    Cowardice governor. This is a speech a Greater equateria governor cannot say. Nuer have never said they will turn against Greater Equateria people. It’s cowardice Dinka who always said that. We are born brave and peaceful Community. We Nuer talk about fight because we’re born bravest. Women like Dinka Kiir and Kuol are the ones talk about fighting. Are you aware that Mr . governor 90% of Nuer mar

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