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S. Sudan army subdues rising tensions in Western Equatoria

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July 5, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government disclosed on Saturday that it had managed to contain rising tensions in Western Equatoria state, which saw one person killed and another injured on Friday after a dispute related to ongoing debate over federalism

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South Sudan’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Bashir Gbandi (thenile)

A government delegation of top level military officers and politicians from the region visited Western Equatoria’s Maridi county where the incident occurred and held series of meetings with local officials and residents who reportedly government of their commitment to remains calm and open space for free public debate over the proposed system of governance.

Peter Bashir Gbandi, the deputy foreign affairs minister, led a team to Maridi aconsisting of the army’s chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and his deputy for operations, Lt. Gen. James Ajonga Mawut Ajonga, among other military officers and government officials.

The team was in the area to assess the situation and gather the facts on the incident. The visit was also seen as part of efforts by government to restore confidence in local communities following the violent incident which caused panic among local residents.

“We went to assess the situation and to talk to our people in my capacity as their representative in the parliament and also as a government minister about the commitment of the government to provide and maintain adequate protection to our people and their properties. I also carried a message of commitment of the government to open up a space for free debate about the type of governance system they want,” Gbandi, also the area lawmaker in the national assembly, told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“The government did not ban public debate. The problem is the way these debates are handled,” he added.

He dismissed reports that a rebellion was developing in the area after what appears a deliberate move by state agents to discourage debate on federalism.

“There is no rebellion. What happened was only a misunderstanding which has been resolved. The situation has returned to normal. People are going about their normal business,” he said.

The official was reacting to claims by rebel military spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Ruai Lul Koang that some youth from the area had joined the rebellion in protest against the ban on federalism debate.

“On the night of 3 July 2014, some courageous sons from greater Equatoria region joined war of resistance and opened fire on Kiir’s genocidal forces in Maridi, Western Equatoria. The resistance fighters, after successfully killing some of Kiir’s tribal militias, retreated to friendly forests on the outskirts of Maridi town. They are being joined by others and soon, a full-scale war of resistance will engulf the whole Greater Equatoria region,” partly reads the rebel spokesperson’s statement.

Gbandi, however, dismissed the opposition’s statement as “misleading propaganda”.

“There is no rebellion in Maridi. What happened was only a misunderstanding which has been resolved. The allegation that it developed into rebellion is a misleading propaganda,” he said.

On 2 July, the information ministry issued a statement clarifying that the government had not prevented the media or members of the public from openly debating on federalism and that such debates would help shape opinions for informed decisions.

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  • 6 July 09:52, by Jalaby

    This country is dead and hopeless case, the flame will soon reach out to Equatoria region and the whole south will be on fire by then!
    Equatorians always see themselves as different from Nilotic (Dinka, Nuer & Chulluk), they hate to be ruled by them (especially Dinka), they see the common link between them and Nilotic people is very less and nothing really on common

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    • 6 July 09:59, by Jalaby

      Please go back to history and find out about the real reason for the collapse of Addis Ababa agreement that was able to stop the war in the south and Sudan for 10 years, it was the only time since Sudan independence that the whole Sudanese lived in real peace!
      The history will repeat itself again, the question is:Why Equatorians are very strict on Federalism request?

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      • 6 July 10:05, by South South

        Jalaby,

        First, Ramadan Kriim "https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=919703334722264"
        Second, Safe your dying country called Sudan where fake Arabs are killing themselves in thousands everyday.

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        • 6 July 13:58, by Ahmed Chol

          Kiir and Malong,
          What will you do to the soldier that shot dead the person? This is where your administration looses credibility when you turn your face away especially when your people commit crimes. Nobody will trust or want you to lead us in thIS manner.

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      • 6 July 10:07, by Chol A.

        @Jalaby, do you North have "basic essential requirement" as you claim it? Please continue with your humiliation against Darfur and Nuba people but putting your nose in South Sudan affairs it shameful on you because you have not solve your own! The word federalism have been rejected when Sudan was one. You now jealous otherwise mop your ass, go to mosque and call halla hakabar if that can help!

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      • 6 July 10:09, by Jalaby

        Why the government in Juba is opposing it and what really concern them about this demand?
        Well, if we shed the light on Sudan history and go back to the time when the British colonization was packing its luggage and about to leave Sudan, the southerns members in the parliament refused to vote for Sudan independence unless federalism is implemented in Sudan

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        • 6 July 10:15, by Jalaby

          unfortunately the northern politicians promised southerners to implement the federalism system in Sudan and urged them to vote for independence and when they voted the northern politicians and elites broke their promise and declined the south federalism request!
          The same question can be raised here:why the northern elites declined the south federalism request?

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          • 6 July 10:24, by Jalaby

            I can see similarity (if not completely identical) between today and yesterday, the northern elites refused to go for Federalism system because they looked at the south request very suspiciously and considered it as a hidden request for Self-Determination and that was the real purpose of it and can lead later to dismember the whole Sudan!

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            • 6 July 10:34, by Jalaby

              If you can just copy Khartoum concerns and fears of yesterday regarding federalism and paste in Juba concerns and fears of today they will 100% fit!!!
              Well, history is repeating itself again, and if you need to know about the future then you need to look carefully at the history!
              Federalism is just the first step for Self-Determination!!

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              • 6 July 10:42, by Jalaby

                It took 50 years from the south to get the Self-Determination from north, the question is: how long will it take from southerners to get Self-Determination and get rid of Dinka dominant and harsh ruling?!! would you like me to answer that question?!

                Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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        • 6 July 10:17, by South South

          What a coward called Jalaby. He is now opening his big mouth full of lies to speak about freedom in South Sudan as if he lives in a country where there is freedom. We know very well Jalaby works for Sudan Tribune and sometimes he writes these fake articles to make living. Lies are always associated with fake Arabs.

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      • 6 July 13:15, by Hardlinner

        Jalabi, pls get your
        act together. The only none nilotic people in south sudan are azande in western equatoria and bongo people in western bahr el ghazal. It seem your ploy doesn’t work in contact of greater equatoria.

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    • 6 July 23:25, by Bona K

      @Jalaba, poor enough to politicize the Equatoria about nilotic where you don’t even know the boundaries of Nilotic people. Nilots are in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzanis, and more if you simple don’t know that. Please try more research about nilots before you talks about nilots in South Sudan. other than that, your own hurt/hatry against Dinka is your own-problem not Equatoria that you thi

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  • 6 July 12:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Our boys are being killed and their free political opinions suppressed by authorities. One wonders if the sovereignty of South Sudan nation really belongs to us. We must check it out. After all liberation began in Torit, our own territory. I think we have a long way to liberation where freedom of speech, press and association can be guaranteed. What we have is a rule of brutality and occupation.

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  • 6 July 12:51, by Philosopherking

    A soldier kills unarmed civilian for expressing themselves....and then here comes a sick politician, ’saying everything is alright now, problems solves???!!! The people of Western Equatoria should know that some of their politicians are there just to keep their job! A young person is dead, a family is in tears and all citizens living in fear, how was can this issue be called resolved?

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    • 6 July 12:53, by Philosopherking

      Equatorian politicians who are sucking up to their good for nothing president and his dinka kingdom must not be elected into office again!

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  • 6 July 15:33, by Bolong

    Hello Jalaby, you are free to ask and answer your question. You need to know that there is no rejection of Federalism in the Dinka community. Our brothers of Equatoria and Nuer don’t have to think that Federal system is something bad and can be use against certain community. I personally love to see peace and have a federal government in South Sudan. We can sell it to Jalaby in the future if they-

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  • 6 July 15:45, by Bolong

    cont- want to. Do not cause violence for your own purpose and blame the others, everybody need it, let’s do it.

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  • 6 July 20:47, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, we need to be aware that Jalaby and rebel military spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Ruai Lul Koang are bigger liars in the whole. They always fuel up some issue or fabricate news. They are both Northern agents and they are still working against Southerns. We need to discard anything they write or say. Brig. Gen. Ruai Lul Koang is the king of all the liars around the world.

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