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South Sudan envoy urges citizens to shun tribalism

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July 12, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s ambassador to Uganda, Samuel Luate, has warned citizens against tribalism, saying it breeds disunity and conflict in the country.

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South Sudan’s ambassador to Uganda Samuel Luate speaks to reporters in Kampala February 3, 2014 (Photo: Moses Lomayat)

The envoy’s remarks came as hundreds of South Sudanese turned out to celebrate the country’s third independence anniversary in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

“I personally appreciated President Yoweri Museveni for the great help he did to us. It is his country (Uganda) that opened many gates and doors to us. And now president Museveni celebrated the occasion with the people in South Sudan that was great love for our people,” said Luate.

The ambassador told those in attendance to put aside their differences and focus on how to develop the nation, which experienced several years of civil war.

“This is not our time to kill ourselves, but time to build our nation and do away with division among us,” he said.

Ambassador Luate says Juba government is very clear in the position of peace, and urging their rival to do the same rather than taking power by forces.

“Now the position of the government is very clear that we have to negotiate with our brothers who took up arms against the government for one reason or another but it was not right procedure to get power by rebellion,” added ambassador Lwate.

Peace and unity, he said, were essential in nation building processes and that any form of division could stir up conflicts similar to what the country currently faces.

“I urge every South Sudanese to work as an envoy for peace in the country,” the ambassador said. “They should put their tribe apart and put the country as the tribe for the love of South Sudan.”

SEPARATE CELEBRATION

Meanwhile, the Nuer community held a separate celebration claiming they were not invited for the one organised by the ambassador.

John Wiyual, a Presbyterian Church pastor, said the occasion was well marked with messages for love and peace among citizens. He however said people needed to be sensitised on the proposed federal system of governance.

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  • 13 July 2014 02:19, by Ito

    Ambassador Samuel Luate, some of us know you very well from the 1980s and you cannot deceive anyone. Where are the money you have stolen in 1994 from the community and you used to talk bad about the SPLM/A under Dr. Garang in support of Khartoum because you were getting money. Now you support government to keep your dirty job. Back to your statement about taking power through rebellion.

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    • 13 July 2014 02:22, by Ito

      Dr. Riek and the group did not try to take power from no one but he was running from his life as the president wants to kill opposition who were advocating for democracy within the SPLM party. The premeditated plan was to assassinate Dr. Riek and group and say it is a coup. Now the world has repeatedly say there was no coup but a plan to kill political opponents. I know you are an ambassador and

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      • 13 July 2014 02:25, by Ito

        I understand the tough position you are in. Your job as an ambassador is to say what you are ordered by your boss to say to avoid losing your job. Now if you want to keep your record clean you better resign now because I don’t think you will remain there for another year as the government is crumbling and whether through peace or bullets we will take it. This war is between pro-democracy under Dr.

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        • 13 July 2014 02:29, by Ito

          Riek Machar and pro-dictatorship forces under Salva Kiir. Now millions have lost their lives since 1955 for the sake of democracy, federalism, peace and unity and now dictatorship that we have been fighting against have surface itself and that is why our brother comrade Gen: Dau said the youth should sacrifice to leave a good legacy rather than watching themselves to be killed by the regime.

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          • 13 July 2014 03:36, by Ito

            There is something here that I must be very clear about and I hope all readers analyse for the benefit of this nation. I am always hearing government officials, youth leaders behind government,business associates in Juba saying an elected president, elected president and it goes on and on and that he cannot be remove by force because he was elected. What about those elected governors fired by

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            • 13 July 2014 03:40, by Ito

              Salva kiir? Give me an honest answer? Are they not important citizens? That is why we say democracy is only for one person and that is what we call dictatorship. IN addition, there was no opposition and if Riek was to stand independently, he would have would have won. Ya jamma I expect you to have common sense rather than shouting nonsense.

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              • 13 July 2014 03:46, by Ito

                Salva kiir join SPLM/A under Garang and fought so that he will one day be rich unlike other leaders like Aturjong, Garang,Oduho and others who fought just to free their people and uplift their lives. Now Salva have reveal his true color to south sudanese and entire world. He was elected to kill, corrupt and create a dictatorship and nepotism in south sudan.

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                • 13 July 2014 07:12, by Madina Tonj

                  Ito. I think your questions can be solve or answer without using guns as a main of getting power. You see we Dinkas people, we do not like both leaders Riek Machar and Salva Kiir but if you guys want to force us then, this Salva Kiir Mayardit we can let him rule South Sudan for the rest of 21 years. Frankly speaking, we will accept another Nuer politician but not this bad man Riek Machaar Teny.

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                • 13 July 2014 07:12, by Madina Tonj

                  Ito. I think your questions can be solve or answer without using guns as a main of getting power. You see we Dinkas people, we do not like both leaders Riek Machar and Salva Kiir but if you guys want to force us then, this Salva Kiir Mayardit we can let him rule South Sudan for the rest of 21 years. Frankly speaking, we will accept another Nuer politician but not this bad man Riek Machaar Teny.

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