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S. Sudan’s Kiir signs Yau Yau peace accord into law


July 27, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Friday signed into law a peace accord recognising the formation of the Greater Pibor administrative area in the country’s largest state of Jonglei.

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South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau (UN photo)

The directive was made in a decree read on the state-owned SSTV.

Early this month, president Kiir promised to sign into law the peace agreement with Jonglei-based rebel leader, David Yau Yau, after his South Sudan Democratic Front Cobra Faction inked a final peace deal with government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Yau Yau rebelled in 2010 after losing elections to represent Pibor county in Jonglei state’s legislative assembly, accusing the ruling SPLM party of rigging votes. In 2011, however, he accepted a presidential amnesty, but rebelled again the following year.

The latest agreement gives the Greater Pibor administrative area special status under the office of the president. Thus by accepting formation of the administrative area, Kiir now shoulders the responsibility of appointing an administrator for the new unit to be funded by the presidency.

President Kiir vowed to ensure the agreement is fully implemented, including the nominating an administrator and availing funds for the construction of a school, hospitals and a road in Pibor area.

“As South Sudanese we have experiences of always solving our own internal crises by ourselves. This was demonstrated by my brother David Yau Yau a few months ago when he reached an agreement with us, the government,” Kiir said during the 9 July independence celebrations.

“No foreigner came to mediate amongst us and David Yau Yau. We knew our problems were our own and if we can solve them, it is better we resolve them before the problem finishes us up. This is one good example,” he added.

The Murle who inhabit Pibor county celebrated the president’s decree soon after its official announcement on Saturday evening.


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  • 28 July 2014 01:10, by Ito

    This is nonsense from the crumbling and tribal government in Juba. HOw about the issue of east equatorian land illegally attached to the so-called administrative area. This peace will not last, Yau yau will return back to bush like how he did before. There is nothing called administrator. If it is a state, there should be governor. Administrative area under governor of Jonglei said the document

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  • 28 July 2014 06:40, by Madina Tonj

    Ito. You guys are not living in South Sudan to see how bad the Idea of supporting rebellion or creating rebels is and this is why some of you had generated in supports bad Idea. Remember at the time when Riek Machar was asked by his brothers in-law to compared who is a good leader between late Dr. John Garang de Mabior and he said, Salva Kiir is the best person but look now he is creating rebels?

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    • 28 July 2014 11:45, by ngadodo

      doesn’t matter man, what you need to do is mine your business.

      leave us alone because we are human being which we know our busness.

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  • 28 July 2014 07:24, by dinkdong

    He better watch out!

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    • 28 July 2014 14:46, by michael coma

      Thanks Mr.president Kiirdit for bringing an end to Yau Yau’s rebellion in Jonglei state.We need peace in our country.Going back to table with Machar to end this current senseless war in our beautiful country.

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