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Greater Pibor head calls for patience among Jie community

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August 22, 2014 (JUBA) – The newly appointed head of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, David Yau Yau, on Thursday urged the Jie community to be patient if they wanted a county status.

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Greater Pibor Administrative Area head David Yau Yau (UN photo)

Yau Yau, a former rebel leader, was appointed head of the GPAA last month, in accordance to a May 2014 agreement, which ended four years of rebellion in Pibor.

He had earlier demanded that Pibor be curved out of Jonglei after losing elections in 2010 for a seat in the state legislative assembly.

GPAA is inhabited by the Murle, Jie, Kachipo and Anyuak ethnic communities. The Jie communities, who occupy parts of Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria states, want an independent territory of their own.

“Of course, they [Jie] presented it [proposal for a new county]and it has been debated over, in the presence of the president,” Yau Yau told reporters in the capital, Juba on Friday.

“This is their choice. If they want to join there [GPAA], it is up to them,” he added.

Jie community leaders reportedly fear being assimilated into other societies without a county of their own as most regions in South Sudan now base their existence on cultural identities.

Natabu Abraham, a Jie community leader, argued that bringing the various sections into one administrative area will serve them better.

(ST)

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  • 23 August 10:40, by Ayuen deng

    It’s going be wise if Jie people are given thier county as echoed by Lazarus Kuol Manyang when he name it as a sub-county during his Governorship,but one thing should be clear that Jie people belong to Jonglei state there nothing that let be part of Eastern Equatoria.

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  • 23 August 10:49, by Ayuen deng

    Jie people belong state and if greater Pibor is now sub-state then Jie community deserve a county automatically as echoed by former Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk by naming it as sub-county during his leadership.

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    • 24 August 02:07, by ngadodo

      Jie they are our brothers as Gen David said, should be waiting and their case may review but better to come to GPAA to participate fully after that can claims something you don’t put one leg to Eastern Equatoria and one leg in GPAA and then you asked something that is common sense. Secondly Koul Manyang doesn’t jie anthing for those who wanted to make Koul legacy good but nothing were done.

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      • 24 August 03:58, by adamu

        Brother Ngadodo, please bring another trouble in Pibor, we eastern Equatoria state know who the Jie people are, and in which state do they belong to and which state gives them their salaries. Please Stop it! Stop it! before it is too late. I know who my people are and how they will handle such kind of transaction. Don’t provoke us!

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        • 24 August 11:26, by ngadodo

          adamu, my friend you needed to know this, i devices you that doesn’t be misleading by your brother in law Koul Manyang, becs we know what salaries you talk about, if it’s salaries which you give to one person doesn’t mean that you give to jie and also salaries it’s would be pay to people who just want to have it, doesn’t mean that you owner land and her people becs you buy them,no there is time

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          • 24 August 11:27, by ngadodo

            which people will talk truth not salaries. Thirdly you Eastern Equatoria state you take advantage of situation which we were face in those years and I warning you that don’t be advantage take.

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            • 24 August 12:31, by ngadodo

              adamu, you talk about provoking you I bring to another trouble in Pibor , just you know nothings about Pibor I know any concern in Eastern Equatoria don’t be pool brothers but you cannot put your feet in our Areas only you blinds person.

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  • 23 August 12:25, by michael coma

    I saw Yau Yau in Kenya today with seven guys.

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    • 23 August 12:30, by Mayom County Boy

      it is really a great shame for them to focus on something , which does not give sense to people . i strong supporting government for is role . that he did always

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  • 23 August 13:11, by Mading Makuac

    Let Jie community remain in Jonglei state as Greater Bor is going to create a new state soon then these two communities will share a newly created state and Jie people will be given two counties and Bor with five counties.

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    • 24 August 03:44, by adamu

      Brother Mading, you can not afford to lure Jie people as your own or belong to your state, unless they are sold out Equatoeians, but i know my brothers Jie could not be easily sold out like other tiny brain others period. And mind you, don’t play with a volcanic lava brother.

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  • 24 August 06:24, by Mading Makuac

    Adamu
    Jie community is not within Equotoria territory my friend, so that volcanity of yours ’ll only consume your mom but not me! ok?

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