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Nuer student coalition in Uganda elects new leaders, calls for unity

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August 17, 2014 (KAMPALA) – A coalition of Nuer students in Uganda has elected its new leadership to represent the Naath Universities and Colleges.

Newly elected union president Simon Marot Touloung said the leadership roles are about guiding and directing students and wider society on the right passage.

Touloung made the comments while speaking to hundreds of Nuer supporters in Kampala following Sunday’s election.

Touloung said he will work to promote unity among Nuer students and encourage them to work together to bring peace in South Sudan, which has been embroiled in conflict since mid-December last year.

Deng Gai Gatluak, an observer for the Naath Universities and Colleges, told Sudan Tribune that the elections were free and fair and stood as an example to all of Africa.

“If all elections in Africa were conducted in such [a] manner the continent would have been championed for world democracy,” he said. “The students were mature enough to vote fairly without intimidating one another.”

He said four Ugandan polices tasked with monitoring the process were also impressed with the way students conducted themselves during the election.

Well-known South Sudanese musician Gordon Koang Duoth also attended the elections in Kampala, urging students to work for peace despite the loss of relatives at the genesis of the crisis, which initially broke out in the capital, Juba, before spreading to other regions.

“Jesus said ‘Love your enemies as you love yourself’, but I find it
disturbing, when recalling the death of innocent civilians [when] comparing
with Jesus’ quote,” said Duoth.

He also called on Nuer students from the west and east of the country to unite
under one umbrella in order to achieve lasting peace in South Sudan.

The chairman of an electoral commission of Naath Universities and Colleges Students’ Union, Ter Manyang Gatwech, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the young nation, which sceded from neighbouring Sudan in 2011, is now facing immeasurable suffering as a result of parochialism, chauvinism and tribalism.

Gatwech said the country’s only hope was for new generation to encourage development and embrace democratic change.

The newly elected appointees for the Naath Universities and Colleges Union in Uganda are as follows:

- Simon Marot Touloung, president
- Gatkek Gony Chok, speaker
- Thoal Riik, secretary-general
- Nyarik Isaac Doyak, finance minister
- Gai James Kai, legal affairs secretary

(ST)

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  • 18 August 08:33, by angunliach

    Narrow minded students in Uganda, they call themselves nuer student union instead of Jonglei, unity, and malakal student union, what a fake education u guys are acquiring in Uganda. students with such tribalism union have nothing to do with peace in the South Sudan. we all know nuer had a dream of their own government minus other tribes in the south, but such thoughts are ludicrous.

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    • 18 August 11:09, by Wicdail

      MR/MRS angunliach,

      Are you saying that Nuer as a tribe does not deserve to have an entity which may only need to be track by Nuer? How foolish you are if you don’t see the importance of our tribal associations which are formed with good purposes? Don’t be too scary; Nuers are not evil planers. They will never plans something which may harm other tribes in South Sudan never.

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      • 18 August 11:35, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        It’s
        good to come under a single umbrella if it doesn’t plan evil things. I
        urge Nuer students to stay away from politics that potentially hampers
        personal success to lead to united reproductive S. Sudan. "There’s time
        for everything."

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      • 18 August 11:55, by angunliach

        Wicdail, please stop your idiotic writings, have u ever heard a tribe union in south sudan, if u are not stupid, let me tell u existing student unions,we have equatoria student union, bhar elghazal student union, and upper nile student union etc............, which school are u learning now in uganda with retarded brain? where will u go as nuer students and talk for peace? idiot!

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  • 18 August 19:26, by Kerem

    Indeed it is not advisable that one community or tribe makes up a union since they already have one thing in common which is the language and culture. Ambitious students will always look for new ways to co-exist in a multicultural sector which you won’t find in the association you have formed now

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