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December 31, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - In a move seen to be in preparation for the next phase in the one-year-old conflict, South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, who leads the SPLM-In-Opposition has for the first time established a military command for the rebel group.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

In a 22 December order seen by Sudan Tribune, Machar said the “General Staff Command” would now command and control the rebel forces.

“Pursuant to December 6-12, 2014 Pagak conference resolutions, in reorganizing the SPLM/SPLA forces and its command and control, the SPLA Staff Command is hereby established per this order,” partly reads the circular issued by the rebel leader.

The new military command is composed of a chief of general staff, with five deputies for administration, operations, logistics, training and moral and orientation.

Names of the senior commanders to be put in charge of the new assignments are yet to be revealed.

Rebel sources however said General Gatwech Dual, from Jonglei state, is likely to take up the assignment as the chief of general staff.

The rebel group had been fighting for the past year unorganised, scattered and without a central command.

The new development comes amid reports that the opposition fighters might be receiving sophisticated weapons to face president Salva Kiir’s government.

21 STATES CREATED

In a separate order, Machar also dissolved the current 10 states in South Sudan and created 21 federal states mainly on the basis of the former old districts, which were created by the British colonial administration.

These are 1) Fashoda state, 2) Adar (North East Upper Nile) state, 3) Sobat state, 4) Lich state, 5) Jonglei state, 6) Bieh state, 7) Phow state, 8) Pibor state, 9) Kapoeta state, 10) Imatong state, 11) Central Equatoria state, 12) Yei River state, 13) Mid-West Equatoria state, 14) Western Equatoria state, 15) Warrap (Tonj) state, 16) Lol state, 17) Lakes state, 18) Rumbek state, 19) Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, 20) Wau state and 21) Western Bhar el Ghazal (Raga) state.

In the new administrative units, Upper Nile state is divided into three separate states. Jonglei state is divided into four states.

Eastern, Central and Western Equatoria states are each divided into two states. Also split into two is Warrap state.

Lakes and Western Bhar el Ghazal states divided into two states each, while Northern Bhar el Ghazal and Unity states remain undivided, with the latter’s name changed to Lich state.

As former greater regions, Greater Bahr el Ghazal is divided into seven new states, instead of four; Greater Upper Nile into eight states, instead of three; and Greater Equatoria divided into six states, instead of three.

The new states are officially the administrative units for the opposition faction with rebel sources hinting that provisional military governors will as well be appointed.

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  • 31 December 2014 22:03, by Rommel

    The opposition has unveiled a map that evinces its prejudices and how it plans to implement those prejudices. Riek Machar conveniently keeps the borders of his own State intact, while breaking up every other State, with the sole exception of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. And the only reason that I think that he kept Northern Bahr el Ghazal undivided, is because he wants them to continue to defect...

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    • 31 December 2014 22:04, by Rommel

      Lakes State isn’t that much bigger than Unity State but Riek breaks it up in his 21 States proposition. He also does the same thing to Warrap. All the Nuer counties of Upper Nile State are allowed to remain as one, while the Dinka counties of that State are broken up. It’s clear what Riek has in store for the Dinka, and this is why we must not lose.

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      • 31 December 2014 22:06, by Rommel

        The Dinka should make it very clear that we will not accept to be divided and fragmented into powerless little islands. I don’t want to be the perpetual recipient of scorn. I don’t want to be a scapegoat every time something goes awry in Jonglei or anywhere else, and this is why the States [particularly in Greater Upper Nile] should be divided across tribal lines.

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        • 31 December 2014 22:07, by Rommel

          Riek’s State [Unity State] needs changes to its borders. The Dinka counties of Unity State [Pariang and Abiemnom] should be removed from Bentiu’s authority and allowed to form their own State or join Bahr el Ghazal. I want constitutional republicanism. I want federalism that will ensure State rights.

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          • 31 December 2014 22:08, by Rommel

            I reject Riek’s proposed 21 States. In Riek’s plan, Bailet county [a Dinka county] would be elided with four [4] Nuer counties. Bailet county only has 48 000 people while the combined population of the Nuer counties of Upper Nile State stands at 400, 000. It’s clear what he has in store for the Dinka.

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            • 31 December 2014 22:09, by Rommel

              In this State, in which one [1] Dinka county is forced together with four [4] Nuer counties... The State is called ’Latjor’ State — a Nuer name, heralding Nuer domination. He wants the Abiliang Dinka and their lands to be dominated by the Nuer. He also proposes that Canal Khorfulus [another sparsely populated Dinka county] be forced to join Fanjak and Ayod in a new Nuer dominated State.

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              • 31 December 2014 22:10, by Rommel

                I want each and every state in which the Dinka and Nuer are together to be dismantled and partitioned, to remove any political tensions on the state level — especially when it comes to gubernatorial elections. Culturally contiguous populations -provided that they are on good terms- should fall under one political unit.

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                • 31 December 2014 22:11, by Rommel

                  Jonglei State is far too large and tribally variegated to be a viable State. It should be dismantled and separated into more homogenous States. The Murle have already demonstrated that they want their own State. The Jie and the Kachipo should be transferred to Eastern Equatoria State. The Jie want this.

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                  • 31 December 2014 22:11, by Rommel

                    The Anyuak should have their own State, per the 1956 border. The areas in Akobo that belong to them should be combined with Pochalla county to form a separate State. As I understand it, Akobo West is where the Nuer live... the rest of Akobo that is determined as belonging to the Anyuak per the 1956 border, should be returned to them.

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                    • 31 December 2014 22:12, by Rommel

                      The Thiang, Lak Nuer, Gawaar and Lou Nuer should form their own State. The Dinka counties of Jonglei [Duk, Twic east and Mading Bor] should form one State. The Padang Dinka of Jonglei should form a State of their own. The Padang and Abiliang Dinka must also give back all the Chollo lands, per the 1956 border...

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                      • 31 December 2014 22:13, by Rommel

                        ..This means that they must give up any claims to Malakal and the Doleib Hills in Panyikang county. The Chollo kingdom should have its own State. The four counties of the eastern Jikany should also form a separate State of their own. The Maban, Burun and Uduk should have one State to themselves in Maban county.

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                        • 31 December 2014 22:16, by Rommel

                          The Jurbel of Wulu county deserve their own State, away from the ignorance, violence, chaos and barbarism of Lakes State. Western Bahr el Ghazal is already a largely non-Dinka area, but the Jur-Chol of Jur river county should be afforded a State of their own. Everybody should be allowed to manage their own affairs if they can.

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                          • 31 December 2014 22:18, by Rommel

                            The Equatorians don’t seem to want to break up their existing States. Their States are a lot more stable than any of the three [3] States in Greater Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal’s Lakes State.

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                            • 31 December 2014 22:50, by Eastern

                              Rommel,

                              This is an eye opener; Equatorians want to remain as an entity. This entity will thwart any madness that threatens this unity.

                              The three Equatorias holds more than half the 63 tribes that make up RSS.

                              Equatoria oyee, together we stand!

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                              • 31 December 2014 23:41, by Rommel

                                Eastern:

                                Unlike the Dinka and Nuer, the Equatorians seem to be capable of reason, logic, grace and the notion of co-existence. The Equatorians have it right. The larger the State, the more powerful it will be.

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          • 1 January 2015 12:45, by Hardlinner

            Big question is, why did riek failed to divid unity state but just change the name?. First and foremost dinkas in that state deserve to have their own state. Riek kept unity state intact because of dinka oil. Fuck u riek with your nuer 21 states. The decision is stupid, divisive and unaffordable. Also how is riek gonna choose governors of those states since rebellion comprises entirely of nuers?.

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        • 1 January 2015 07:55, by Peacocktail

          brother Rommel, South Sudan is at lower level of the World , any mistake. of breaking up the country is premature and shall destroy future coexistence of next generation. am not. for divisions but Unity of citizens. if Riek foolish proposals is implemented, trust me, freedom of movement and coexistence shall be in ruins. why do we followed the fools non existence dream and yet everyone had.

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      • 1 January 2015 06:11, by michael coma

        Rommel

        Riek Machar is behaving like a whore that like changing her pant and washing her vagina after every shot so that new customer can get it as fresh.Machar likes coming up with things that put place since by other people to count as his.

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      • 1 January 2015 06:29, by Peacocktail

        Truly Machar sick brain and foolishness had just reveals with formation of so calls Federal State without communities consultation is just self perceive from failed rebellion. after looting national resources for 8 years to enriched himself. stupidity will definitely take your life in exile.

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    • 1 January 2015 17:43, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All:
      Those stupid Dinka like Remell will never understand the man of development, they just need that drunkard president to remain idol y. We create those states for you in order to benefit, but those fool Dinka will never ever understand the Zhorgone.(Dr Machar)

      Song of Ngundeng
      Front line Pathay
      Jonglie State.

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    • 2 January 2015 03:30, by Developer

      Dr.Riak Machar political blueprint of creating 21 more states can make rapid development adding more Jobs for the people of South Sudan. I my after reviewing development strategies, I endorsed this chapter deeply.

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  • 31 December 2014 22:18, by Eastern

    Folks,

    I see 2015 laden with lots of contradictions. Fingers crossed!

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    • 31 December 2014 23:37, by jijury

      We established 21 states to stop small tribes from being abused by big tribes like we have seen under incompetent Kiir’s leadership. Congratulations Gen, Gatwec Dual you are the right man for the job. We heard some insects are planning to visit Wecdeng’s Prophet Ngundeng’s Holy place we welcome them all.

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  • 31 December 2014 23:21, by Kim Deng

    Dr. Riek’s proposal is wrong somehow. I agree with him that Liech State and its capital city Bentiu. Adar State (Renk, Melut, Maban, Longechuk, and Maiwut) its capital city Poloich. But the whole Sh-Kingdom and Baliet should join Latjor State and its capital Latjor City (Malakal). All Dinka, Murle, and Anyuak counties in Jonglei should join Bieh State and its capital city Ngun-Deng City (Bor).

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    • 31 December 2014 23:36, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      So you think that you can give these proposed States Nuer names? You’re delusional. Every tribe in South should be afforded some degree of political and cultural autonomy even within diverse States. The era of tribal domination should come to an end. No one has the right to dominate others.

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      • 31 December 2014 23:40, by jijury

        Rommel, the era of tribal domination should come to an end. It should with your Gokrial King Salva Kiir.

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        • 31 December 2014 23:47, by Rommel

          jijury:

          First of all, Salva Kiir is not my king. I don’t even recognize him as my President. The man should go, but Riek is not an acceptable alternative. Salva killed thousands of people in 2013-14 and Riek killed thousands in 1991. They are both tainted. The Dinka should remove Salva Kiir and in turn, you should give up the idea that Riek could ever become President.

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          • 1 January 2015 00:37, by jijury

            ’’you should give up the idea that Riek could ever become President,’ Rommel this proved without a doubt that u are still a big supporter of Salva Kiir. Was Dec 2013 genocide a revenge for 1991 incident? Riek was never a president before why Kiir kill Nuer simply because Riek said he wanted 2 run for South Sudan presidency? All Dinka are silence or where is ur article that proved u opposed Kiir

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            • 1 January 2015 01:10, by Rommel

              jijury:

              How can you be so incredibly stupid? I have affirmed over and over and over again that I want Salva Kiir gone. I have said that he deserves death for the massacres he committed, the rampant corruption, nepotism, insecurity, extrajudicial killings and the lack of development. How does this support your notion that I am a supporter of that idiot Salva Kiir?

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              • 1 January 2015 01:18, by Rommel

                Are you saying that because Riek wasn’t a President when he killed tens of thousands of Dinka civilians in the 90s, that he somehow still has legitimacy whereas Salva Kiir does not? Both are tainted. Both are illegitimate.

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  • 1 January 2015 00:04, by wang

    Instead of touching this and that, I think you should be focusing on Khartoum that killing your poor civilians daily by bombing them…21 states were already established with the Federal systems together and I don’t think you will do much about it…

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  • 1 January 2015 00:42, by Odongi Ayahu

    Riek can’t put the cart before the horse; but must first circumscribe what type of Federal system is he suggesting to impose. Could it be the statue quo - Decentralized/Federal system (copy and phased from Khartoum) or Ethnic Federalism like that in Ethiopia used to resolve ethnic conflicts – if advocates to be so then we are for the house of nationalities? How many nationalities do we have after

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    • 1 January 2015 04:42, by jijury

      Rommel, you are out of your mind to think that you can drag Dr.Riek into your king’s messes. Let Salvatore step down for killing Nuer then we will see who can take over the leadership.

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      • 1 January 2015 06:45, by Peacocktail

        brother Jijury, that devil call Risk Machar deserve severe punishment including death sentences for good. why did created this fool in our time and. not during Ngindeng. Amok.
        thanks brother for educating those bandits aka SpLA-IO with. their air headed fool misleading them unknowingly, are there no wise men in. that group of idiot destroying our beloved country?

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      • 1 January 2015 07:54, by Rommel

        jijury:

        I really shouldn’t be responding to such mindless Nuer prattle. Trying to reason with a Nuer is even more vexing than reasoning with a child. I don’t understand how stupidity can have such a collective dimension. It’s almost cultural with you people. Are lobotomies a rite of passage? I don’t have to drag Riek anywhere. He’s already known as a killer - genocidaire

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        • 1 January 2015 08:00, by Rommel

          We don’t regard Salva Kiir as a king, but you view Riek with a dispensation that smacks of worship. Your admiration, commitment and devotion to the man borders on the religious... but that’s just it, isn’t it? It is *religious*. You [like many of your cohorts] actually believe that the man was prophesied to preside over this Nation as Sovereign centuries ago by Ngundeng...

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        • 1 January 2015 08:04, by Wicdail

          Rommel AKA Bor/Grang orphan and alike,

          They are completely overtaken by a personal bitterness toward Dr Rick in particular, and at Nuer in general. This is the reality; you accept it or leave it. Your miscalculations to subdue Nuers by murdering unarmed civilians has already came back to you in different angles. LooL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • 1 January 2015 08:07, by Wicdail

            If Dr Rick Killed Dinkas in 1991 as you thoughtlessly advocated, why did you not taking him to court when he was your VP for 8 years? Why accepting a killer of Dinkas to be a VP in the same during? Are you not proving that yours is just abhorrence against Gatmachar? Why engaging on outdated issues when we have lots of currents issues that we can engage with?

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            • 1 January 2015 08:14, by Wicdail

              Coun: 8 years in power for Dr Rick with action against him for 1991 is itself justify that your argument is so primitive or hatred period. Hence, your arguments represented intentional deception if not lies. It’s always carried deeper views, a reality that reflects the regime in Juba and reached to the core of your past and current march to Dinka’s dictatorships and ethnic division.

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            • 1 January 2015 08:16, by Wicdail

              Coun: 8 years in power for Dr Rick without action against him for 1991, is itself justify that your argument is so primitive or hatred period. Hence, your arguments represented intentional deception if not lies. It’s always carried deeper views, a reality that reflects the regime in Juba and reached to the core of your past and current march to Dinka’s dictatorships and ethnic division.

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            • 1 January 2015 08:22, by Rommel

              Wicdail:

              Yet another mindless Nuer comes out of the wood-work. Your imbecilic tribe might not know it, but Amnesty International has detailed Riek’s responsibility for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians in the 90s. Whether you accept this or not is immaterial. I don’t expect people with negative IQ points to understand anything.

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              • 1 January 2015 08:22, by Rommel

                The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan, Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                • 1 January 2015 08:24, by Rommel

                  "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                  • 1 January 2015 08:25, by Rommel

                    This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split:

                    He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                    • 1 January 2015 08:26, by Rommel

                      How can anyone possibly support a man so disturbed and so delusional that he would so sickeningly boast that his tribe could wipe out an entire tribe!? It seems that people are ignorant of Riek’s terrible human rights violations, his caustic tribal rhetoric and his history of failures.

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                      • 1 January 2015 08:27, by Rommel

                        Is this the same man that claims that he can unite the people of South Sudan!? How!? How will reconciliation be possible under him when he is guilty of having murdered -directly and indirectly- 30, 000 civilians!? He is a deceptive, mass murdering chauvinist. He has no genuine regard for democracy or equality. He has killed tens of thousands of civilians. He is tainted. He has no credibility.

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                        • 1 January 2015 08:30, by Rommel

                          Dr. John Garang De Mabior allowed Riek to return knowing fully well that Riek was intellectually, politically and military weaker than him and that he could control him. Riek Machar was *allowed* to return by Dr. John Garang de Mabior so as to not afford any cleavage to your masters in Khartoum that would allow them to foment internecine strife in what was formerly the ’South’...

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                          • 1 January 2015 08:31, by Rommel

                            The people who permitted Riek to return were primarily focused on the threat posed by the North... not on the derisory threat posed by its marionettes and mercenaries. Not long after Riek returned, an eastern Dinka became President and a western Dinka became his vice President... without the slightest care of what people like you might think.

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                            • 1 January 2015 09:49, by Wicdail

                              Rommel AKA Bor/Grang orphan,

                              You didn’t answer my question Mr Liar. Let me repeated here!! Where were you all these times if you have a gut to take Dr Rick and his groups to court? What make you to cried like a woman with no help this time, if not because you are a tribe fool?

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                              • 1 January 2015 09:50, by Wicdail

                                I means tribal fool.

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                              • 1 January 2015 10:01, by Rommel

                                Wicdail:

                                I did answer your question, but your empty Nuer mind didn’t seem to notice. Historians and human right organizations have documented Riek’s crimes. Whether or not your bacterium size brain recognizes this fact is ultimately irrelevant. We didn’t take Riek to court because we were being gracious. We allowed you to return because we were being gracious. You didn’t deserve such grace...

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                                • 1 January 2015 10:05, by Rommel

                                  ..Not only was Riek not taken to court, we permitted him to live. We could have disposed of the man when he returned without an army in 2002. Unlike Salva Kiir, Dr. John Garang De Mabior was a smart man... he didn’t allow the Nuer to become 70% of the very same army that they fought against.

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                                  • 1 January 2015 11:14, by Peacocktail

                                    Brother. Wicdail, please note Riek Machar criminal records both 1991 massacres and the current rebellion he instigate with gross. human rights violation -rape, massacres, destruction, force displacement won’t go unpunished with hang sentence. both Machar team shall faced full laws if they attempted to participate in national policies.

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                                • 1 January 2015 10:12, by Wicdail

                                  Mr Romme/Dinka,
                                  You didn’t take Riek to court because you were gracious by then. What made you to be jealous by now then? Were you not proved that you are a tribal thug?

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                                  • 1 January 2015 10:34, by Rommel

                                    Wicdail:

                                    It has nothing to do with ’jealousy’. There’s absolutely nothing to be jealous about. Salva Kiir is a myopic idiot that couldn’t control Riek or obstruct his political ambitions. This is why this unnecessary war erupted. Dr. John Garang would have had no problem controlling Riek. It would have been so easy.

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                                    • 1 January 2015 10:36, by Rommel

                                      When will you finally understand that no one could possibly be ’jealous’ of a man that was played like an absolute fool by Khartoum for years on end? He admits he was ’cheated’ by Khartoum. You *worship* the man and so you assume that everybody else is an awe of him and should treat him with the same dispensation.

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                                      • 1 January 2015 10:41, by Rommel

                                        Seriously, why would anyone be ’jealous’ of Riek!? The man is an absolute idiot. He was ’cheated’, [his words not mine]. He was played like a banjo. To be ’jealous’ of Riek would be like being ’jealous’ of a donkey.

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                                        • 1 January 2015 13:28, by Hardlinner

                                          Rommel, facts should be placed into logical perspective. You are 10 times better than riek logic wise. The only thing you lack are group of idiotic followers. If kiir wasn’t indeed stupid, he would have silenced this low IQ moron named riek before he could get away. If nuer choose to die on process of putting riek on power, I would rather see kiir continuing war than peace.

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                                          • 1 January 2015 18:36, by Rommel

                                            Hardlinner:

                                            Hello, brother. How are you? Happy new year. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Salva Kiir is a short-sighted fool. Salva Kiir should have stepped aside while also preventing Riek from ascending in the political environment, but the man is a novice, and that’s why he resorted to such crude, heavy handed measures — measures that have plunged the country in war.

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        • 1 January 2015 09:46, by jijury

          Rommel, an idiot like you will never learn anything! Do you think these trashed comments you have been posting are pleasing anyone? u should feel sorry 4 ruining this informative article with ur baseless & tribal comments. I asked u a simple question and you exploded like someone whose daughter was impregnated by an Ethiopian man? Why? 1991 was 1991 and 2013 was a dif. era what’s the connection?

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          • 1 January 2015 10:17, by Rommel

            jijury:

            You probably have 80 negative IQ points, and so you really are in no position to call anyone an idiot. Whether my comments please you or not is of no concern to me. Riek murdered close to 30, 000 civilians in 1991. Salva killed thousands of civilians in 2013. They are both murderers, and are thus both illegitimate. What don’t you understand?

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            • 1 January 2015 10:20, by Rommel

              You don’t seem to realise that it doesn’t matter that 20 years has passed since Riek murdered close to 30, 000 civilians. Time does not absolve you of crimes committed. If you commit murder [mass murder], you are a murderer for life. Why do you think that Israel and Jewish groups all over the world hunt, track down and arrest Nazi war criminals many decades after the crimes?

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              • 1 January 2015 10:21, by Rommel

                If Salva Kiir is a tribalist, a human rights abuser, a mass murderer and a genocidaire, and if that is the basis in which he is opposed by you, then you must also oppose Riek. If you do not oppose Riek, then you are being morally inconsistent and are precluded from evoking any notion of morality...

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                • 1 January 2015 10:24, by Rommel

                  You either agree that our lives [South Sudanese] all have equal value or you don’t, in which case the war will rage on. People that lost relatives to Salva Kiir in 2013 quite rightfully do not recognize Salva Kiir as their President and will not accept him in that position. The same is true for people that lost relatives to Riek in 1991.

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                  • 1 January 2015 10:26, by Rommel

                    Using your low IQ Nuer logic, what happened in December should not be regarded with any degree of import... It is after all in the past. For peace to return and prevail in South Sudan, Salva Kir and Riek both need to be excluded from the political environment. If you can’t understand this, then there is perhaps a problem of basic intelligence that I can’t help you with.

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                    • 1 January 2015 10:55, by Wicdail

                      Rommel,

                      We all know where your hatred toward Rick Machar came from: Your primitive thought was that John Garang will rule SS for life. When that becomes a terrible dream, you all went craze and do not want Dr Rick to lives, except the family of Dr John who want Dr Rick to lives in peace. Mr Rommel, you are a very hatred Spirit.

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                      • 1 January 2015 10:58, by Wicdail

                        And this is all about jealous.

                        Hey everyone in this forum, this decedent of slave (AKA ROMMEL): Is a change and democratic transformation fool. He is pretending to be against his tribal chief (Kirr) while declared his loyalty to the regime based on tribal hatred against the agents of change and swore to sings its praise at every idea generated by the Opposition forces.

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                        • 1 January 2015 11:08, by Rommel

                          Wicdail:

                          I can’t believe how incredibly stupid you are and yet you think you can psychoanalyze me? There’s a simple reason for why I don’t like Riek — he murdered tens of thousands of people. I don’t believe anyone should govern beyond eight [8] years and this is precisely why Salva Kiir must go, so your pathetic little straw man argument doesn’t hold up...

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                          • 1 January 2015 11:10, by Rommel

                            These fake arguments of yours are based on straw men. Definition of a Straw man: The attempt to evade stated facts, by substituting them with statements no one ever made to begin with. Tired lame fools do the same things - make up stuff no one said and try to debate it, and so evade what is actually being said. Try again.

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                            • 1 January 2015 11:13, by Rommel

                              Fools that were employed [without pay] to ’protect’ oilfields on behalf of the Arabs are slaves not those that fought against the regime in Khartoum for decades on end while enduring unimaginable losses. Khartoum did feed you though, lie good little pets.

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                              • 1 January 2015 11:14, by Rommel

                                You were Khartoum’s little slaves in greater Upper Nile. You defended oilfields on their behalf and made desperate alliances with the SAF, PDF and the various Baggara Arab tribes. The Dinka were the opposite. That’s why Khartoum hated us. That’s why they targeted us and cosied up to you. Nothing will change the fact that you were Khartoum’s compliant, pathetic little slaves.

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  • 1 January 2015 06:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The first thing, What give Riek executive powers to create 21 states? and military governors?
    dream is a dream which meant you should not execute the imagination to be right.
    Riek, is still in the bush like the time he was under Khartoum administration, he was creating such a move to undermine John Garang De Mabior administration in South, all in all his grievances become negative like today.

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    • 1 January 2015 10:00, by jijury

      Any commentator can read your mindsets before he or she started posting anything. This is absurd and a big fat shame. Your incompetent leader has destroyed the whole country in just three years is that the legacy you Bahr al Gazalans want to be remember for? 9 years with Kiir being the president 60 billion dollars stolen, zero, development no roads, schools or electricity, kids school under trees.

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      • 1 January 2015 11:01, by Rommel

        jijury:

        You were doing so well until you pulled the laughable 60 billion dollars figure out of nowhere. What’s with you Nuer people and making up numbers? A united Sudan didn’t make even 1/3 of that figure during the transition period.

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        • 1 January 2015 17:25, by jijury

          Rommel, I think you are suffering from a disease called Nuerphobia that’s why you cannot write a sentence without mentioning Nuer. If so please contact your local clinic they have medications for that. Since we started this debate did you see me mentioning Dinka that Dinka this? No I only have a problem with Salva and his blind followers like you who are using innocent people for group gains.

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          • 1 January 2015 17:50, by jijury

            Rommel, do u have any idea how many barrels South Sudan oil produced a day right from 2005-2013? Dr. Riek tried his level best 2 work with Salva. But what have Salva Kiir done instead? Brought in half humans like Paul , Makuei, and Kuol, who hate Nuer 2 death as a result 20,000 were killed, 35 from his Riek’s home. Riek’s home made of South Sudan money was completely destroyed is that leadership

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            • 1 January 2015 18:03, by Rommel

              jijury:

              Up until recently I was civil with you people even when was attacked by the likes of Kim Deng. Day in and day I endured facile talk of Dinka cowardice, despite the fact that we bore the brunt of the war when we provided the bulk of the battalions, divisions and martyrs. We lost over a million people. We contributed more to struggle than all the tribes in Sudan, combined....

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              • 1 January 2015 18:05, by Rommel

                Up until recently I was civil with you people, even when my tribe was attacked by the likes of Kim Deng. Day in and day out, I endured facile talk of Dinka "cowardice", despite the fact that we bore the brunt of the war when we provided the bulk of the battalions, divisions and martyrs. We lost over a million people. We contributed more to the struggle than all the tribes in Sudan, combined....

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                • 1 January 2015 18:11, by Rommel

                  ...And yet we get branded cowards by people who fought on the side of Khartoum during the war. You still haven’t provided evidence for your claims regarding the 60 billion dollar figure. I want evidence. Failure to provide evidence will be received as an admission that you’re lying. Riek doesn’t know anything about economics, he would not be able to improve the economic situation one bit.

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                  • 1 January 2015 18:14, by Rommel

                    Do you remember when Riek foolishly announced that South Sudan would be able to attract and draw in $500 billion in foreign direct investment over a period of five [5] years from the very same Washington-Wall Street consensus that purloined over 20 trillion dollars from the U.S. economy!? That was naivety at its worst.

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                    • 1 January 2015 18:14, by Rommel

                      Anybody that is even remotely acquainted with the state of the "global economy" would know that it’s not possible for South Sudan to receive that level of foreign direct investment in such a short period of time — half a trillion dollars in just five [5] years, representing 1/10th of all global foreign direct investment and just a little under half of what the United States receives annually.

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                      • 1 January 2015 18:19, by Rommel

                        By 1991 almost one-half of the SPLA forces were non-Dinka, although most of the higher-ranking officers remained Dinka. (Global security) Source: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/spla-1.htm

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                        • 1 January 2015 18:19, by Rommel

                          The initial problems between Garang and Kawac arose because of fears of the large numbers of Malwal who joined the SPLA campaigns in Ethiopia. In modern times it is claimed that 80 percent of the ethnic composition of the SPLA is Dinka. Of this percentage, however, 45 percent comprises of Malwal recruits alone. (Sudan’s Blood Memory: The Legacy Of War Ethnicity And Slavery In Early South Sudan)

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                          • 1 January 2015 18:20, by Rommel

                            Over the eighteen years of the war, half of the two million estimated deaths are thought to be Dinka, bringing their current population to approximately three million out of Sudan’s total estimated population of twenty-six million. (Encylopedia) Source: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Dinka.aspx

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                            • 1 January 2015 18:22, by Rommel

                              In 1988, the SPLM and international human rights organizations accused the Sudanese government of attempted genocide of the Dinka. Modern military equipment, including helicopters and cargo planes adapted as bombers, were used to devastating effect against Dinka villages, and more than 1 million Dinka are believed to have died in the conflict. (Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa)

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          • 1 January 2015 17:56, by Rami Tot

            rommel went far by comparing 1991 and 2013 which nothing compare them, it is clear from his mouse that dinka are planning for the revenge of 1991, so 2013 massacre was inevitable for nuer to face due to planning they are working for so plus the suffering of dinka 1998 of famine in which 800,000 die of hunger and clame it is done by nuer sorry boys
            you get power from south sudanese u can not use

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            • 1 January 2015 18:00, by Rami Tot

              the same people whom elected you for the presidency that was the stupidity of dinka who that killing base on the revenge of 1991, i am not talking of 1991 now in which those who died there should be account to nuer we know what happened that time we are ready to go to court and we will depend it but what about the the killing that was witnessed by the international community will be able to prove

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              • 1 January 2015 18:05, by Rami Tot

                it you are not pleading guilty of committing those crimes or you are trying to covered it with the power your president salva kiir is trying to blackmailing by saying that we are legitimate you guys are running out of depends of words while the world is watching your stupidities in juba, we will not accept that you will be having those powers while you kill innocents civilians juba and else where

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                • 1 January 2015 18:26, by Rommel

                  Rami Tot:

                  You have muddled a lot of things. We don’t hold you responsible for the 1998 famine... your masters in Khartoum were responsible for that. We lost 100, 000 people in that famine. The 1991 massacres transpired over a two week period and consumed more lives than the 2013 Juba massacres that lasted 2-3 days.

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                  • 1 January 2015 18:31, by Rommel

                    ..This unfortunate war isn’t revenge on the part of the Dinka for the 1991 incident. This was a derivative of Salva’s stupidity, greed, myopia and authoritarianism. Salva Kiir only has the support of a select group of clans in two [2] out of the fifteen [15] Dinka sections. The Nuer as a tribe cannot be punished for the 1991 incident, but we will not accept Riek.

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  • 1 January 2015 18:38, by Wed-wau

    I Said this before, and situation in S. SUDAN always proved me right. The political straggle we in today is not about justices or democracy. It is the games of majority, military power to control and fever their own people and regions. When we under Bashir, he gave Dinka and Nuer more states to please those Dinka and Nuer who are not in movement to persuade those in movement. The idea is to keep B

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  • 1 January 2015 18:39, by Wed-wau

    Before independent, Dinka knew they are going to lead the new country. So Kiir kept ten states as it is, but created more counties in three states of Dinka (Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states). Kiir ignored Western Bahr el Ghazal state, and killed those who asked for county. The idea is to control the parliament and to keep Kiir in power, because there is not major civil by that t

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  • 1 January 2015 18:39, by Wed-wau

    Before independent, Dinka knew they are going to lead the new country. So Kiir kept ten states as it is, but created more counties in three states of Dinka (Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states). Kiir ignored Western Bahr el Ghazal state, and killed those who asked for county. The idea is to control the parliament and to keep Kiir in power, because there is not major civil by that t

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  • 1 January 2015 18:41, by Wed-wau

    Now because Riek want to be a president, he used Bashir system. pleasing those who might resisting his plan. He ignored Western Bahr el Ghazal state, and totally ignored the unification of country. He trying to give more states to Upper Nile region to again their support and to fever his people. On the other hands, he breaking Dinka states into pieces. S. Sudan don’t want 21 states, S. Sudan need

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  • 1 January 2015 19:41, by laatmachol apac

    Dr.Riak your failure are numerous and they are counted,please come back and apology for wrongdoers. South Sudanese can forgive 100 times if u requested it in an official manner otherwise u will dead and be eaten by bird because they number that you have kill are many and their complaint is file before you by God. enough is enough for rebellion

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    • 1 January 2015 20:17, by jijury

      Rommel and likes, it’s a proven fact that all of u have nothing 2 accuse Dr Riek for other than 1991 incident which happened during Sudan civil war. We gained our independence why bring the pass? Kiir and his tribal elite used state weaponry to kill Nuer is this revenge for 1991 tell us? Riek will lead S. S because he has a good heart and love 4 South Sudan unlike those Gokrial criminals.

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  • 2 January 2015 00:24, by lino

    Hahaaa, Junubeen. You are failure comparing to all tribles around the world; whether Dinka or Nuer; it is the same mind set.
    How comes you guys ruin your own FREEDOM like a prostitute who open her legs to anybody?
    Those who died for you will regret in their sleep.

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