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Confusion reigns over South Sudanese ex-political detainees return to Juba


November 25, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudan announced Wednesday that its former political detainees would return to Juba Thursday, but this was disputed by it’s leaders in Kenya.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta with the seven former SPLM detainees and Rebecca Garang in Nairobi on 12 February 2014 (Photo: Office of the Kenyan President)

The government spokesperson, Michael Makuei, said the ex-detainees would return to the nation as agreed in Ethiopia at the security arrangement meetings.

“Rebecca Nyadeng [wife of South Sudan’s fallen hero John Garang] will also becoming to Juba other members of the G10 except Pagan Amum,” said Makuei.

Nyadeng has been living in Kenya since the outbreak of conflict in mid-December 2013.

However, John Luk, the coutry’s former justice minister and a spokesman for the former political detainees told Radio Miraya the trip would not be possible having failed to secure air tickets.

“We were supposed to come to Juba tomorrow [Thursday] on the understanding that the government was organising tickets for us as discussed with them yesterday,” he said.

Government sources, however, told Sudan Tribune the ex-detainees would be in Juba on Thursday.

The armed opposition led by former vice president Riek Machar have yet to send the list of their advance teams for the 26 November visit to Juba, said Makuei, a scenario, pundits argue, could further delay the implementation of the August peace agreement.


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  • 26 November 2015 04:01, by Augustino

    They are joking, asking for tickets from government, where is the money they looted from the government when they were in power? they wanted government to pay for their tickets just to waste the money from the government while they reserved their looted huge money. why Pagan is not return? does he still afraid to come back? he is free to come back any time he wanted. He is ashamed of what he did.

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    • 26 November 2015 06:33, by Mi diit

      Poor Kiir cannot afford to buy tickets for only 10 returning big politicians in the name of peace?

      Economy is truly biting in that poor cursed city of Juba.

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      • 26 November 2015 06:51, by Mi diit

        The Dinka do not seriously check themselves if they equally loot and benefit from collective crime. Only those who are denied to share from the cake will make empty noise but not fight to overthrow their Dinka leader.

        A Dinka becomes wise when he is powerless. With power they become stupid, corrupt and visionless.

        Look, the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders are supporting the chaos...

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        • 26 November 2015 07:07, by Son of Ngundeng

          Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

          Poor government of none educated cattle raiders leaded by (Kiir Tiik Yual)
          We Nuer are the economic of the country and we are the gold. We rebels against the regime USD followed us in bushes and the poor dinka moved necked for looking the disappeared dollars in the hands of thieves elders of looters.

          Son of prophet
          New location front line.

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          • 26 November 2015 14:27, by Dinka-Defender-General

            You’re damn right sin of Ngundeng, you looted all the shops, banks, homes, in Nuer states and Bor. Yor greedy leader Machar also took 5 billion dollars public money to Ethiopia. He is filthy wealthy right now. Why do you support Machar’s legacy when you, your family, and entire nuer is suffering? What is the point for fighting? Are you aware Machar is destroying the entire nuer population for his

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      • 26 November 2015 09:26, by Gabriel Ajak

        Mi diit r u still alive brother? Somebody told me u had already gone hell.

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        • 26 November 2015 10:02, by Mi diit

          Gabriel Ajak,

          You will die and I will live on for many, many decades to come.

          You are a typical Dinka whose tongue can best pronounce the word death to others.

          Shame on you.

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    • 26 November 2015 07:24, by Positive Thinker

      What did Pagan do to be ashamed of returning to JUBA Ya Agustino? Is signing peace a crime why did your Uncle Kiir signed it and is not Ashamed if signing peace is a shame. Can’t you listen to your self fool.

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    • 26 November 2015 13:30, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The detainnees is coming to Juba while UDF belonging to Uganda forces are brough back in eastern Equatoria state what for?

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  • 26 November 2015 06:44, by Eastern

    Shameless SPLM leaders are bringing trivialities in issues of nation building. Fellow South Sudanese, are we not being taken for a ride?

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  • 26 November 2015 09:26, by Redeemer

    Son of Ngundeng
    I need you to help yourself by re-leaving yourself from the bitterness, the worst ever is that, what Riek signed shows that the war was all about his position no doubt and he will continue calling a Dinka my BOSS. Riek was has not brought anything positive but destruction to his own people

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  • 26 November 2015 09:58, by William Atak Garang.

    Let hope the returning of Former detainees, will mark the beginning of new phase for the implementation of the compromise peace agreement,and the start of development in the entirely S.Sudan. The almighty God will touch your hearts to stop that concept of hatred,jealousness and discrimination among yourselves for the vision of the SPLM in our Country.

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    • 26 November 2015 10:05, by Mi diit

      They are going to Juba to collect some of their monies left in their local bank accounts and exit Juba to exile again and call Kiir many names...wise strategy that Pagan Amum is not going to Juba this time...

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      • 26 November 2015 14:02, by Kenyang

        Mi diit,
        Basically you are affirming our resolve that Riek Machar and other hyenas in uniform of former ministers are to blame for stealing billions of dollars and current instability & suffering in South Sudan.
        Well, who knows last thieves to collect stolen monies including Riek may not make it out of Juba.

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