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Juba church leaders downplay attack on Rebecca Garang

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December 1, 2015 (JUBA) – The church in which Rebecca Garang, the wife of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party founder was reportedly assaulted on Sunday has outrightly downplayed the bizarre incident.

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Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, the widow of the late John Garang, founding leader of the country’s ruling party (SPLM)

“Sunday prayers is a common routine for devoted Christians to pray, Mama Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior and Dr. Majak D’Agot decided to come to Emmanuel Parish as they did before they went to exile,” Jacob Biar Deng, the spokesperson of Emmanuel parish said on Tuesday.

The church statement was also signed by the in-charge pastor, Joseph Maker Achiek. Both Nyandeng and D’Agot, they said, were before the congregation to be prayed for.

“For sure the lady came to me and said that Mama Rebecca should not be prayed unless she brings her son [Mabior Garang]. She was convinced and taken away by ushers and the prayer continued as normal,” said Maker.

However, members of congregation who attended the Sunday church service said an unidentified woman approached and pointed at Nyandeng on the face after the pastor refused to hand over to her the microphone.

The woman, an eyewitness said, spoke on top of her voice, but did not touch the former first lady. This narration was too supported by pastors from Emmanuel parish.

“To my surprise, I started receiving uncommon calls from strangers and colleagues trying to confirm what had happened,” said Pastor Maker.

He accused churchgoers of spreading “propaganda through social media during the prayer”, referring to the incident, which went viral since Sunday.

“I am urging Christians, enemies of peace and social media ushers to stop inciting people using the propaganda. Instead they should use them [social media] for spreading peace,” stressed Maker in his four-page statement.

Some members of the congregation reportedly left church service in protest as Nyandeng and D’Agot were reportedly escorted out by security agents for fear of attacks.

Nyandeng and other members of the former political detainees returned to Juba on Friday after spending nearly two years in exile in Nairobi, Kenya.

The incident, analysts say, was a sign of how polarised the South Sudanese society is and depicts challenges to be addressed by the Government of National Unity (GoNU).

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  • 2 December 2015 01:02, by lino

    South Sudan people, you have opened all wounds since 1983 rebellion against the North. God have mercy!!!

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    • 2 December 2015 05:08, by Mi diit

      Shame on that tribal Dinka (Jienge) church. I can see they are ashamed of calling it Emanuel Jieng Parish and their spokesperson removed the ’Jieng’ thing in the name of the church by simply referring to it as Emanuel Parish. Ahahaha...Shame!

      And don’t deny that Nyandeng was assaulted either physically or by insults.

      Why don’t you quote exactly what the woman said to her.

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      • 2 December 2015 06:21, by Paul Chadrack

        who will listen to those two idiots the self proclaim church spoke persons from bor south?, they are the abusers and stupidly pretending to convince the public about the incident, look how stupid are they.

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      • 2 December 2015 11:20, by Khent

        Mi diit

        You are incorrigible. There is nothing at all sinister about a Jieng church; there are Dinka people[especially from the older generation] that don’t speak Arabic and so it makes perfect sense for them to have a church in which the Dinka language is used in the church service. Do you have any evidence to suggest that this Jieng church is propagating tribal supremacy or hate speech?

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        • 2 December 2015 11:28, by Khent

          There are Nuer, Shilluk and Equatorian churches, so why on earth are you reserving condemnation for the Dinka, you pathetic child? You Nuer are not even really Christian because you still hold onto your tribal ’prophets’ when the Bible clearly speaks against worshiping Yahweh in conjunction with other Gods. You cannot worship Yahweh and his son Jesus in conjunction with DENG...

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          • 2 December 2015 11:53, by Khent

            .. Ngundeng was a ’prophet’ of DENG and was a divinity that the Nuer adopted as their own from the Dinka. You Nuer base your entire social fabric on a Dinka deity. Yuot Nyakong [a Dinka] was Ngundeng’s teacher and predecessor and was the greatest earth-master among the Lou-Nuer and prophet of DENG and Ngundeng claimed to be the spiritual successor of Yuot Nyakong...

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            • 2 December 2015 12:10, by Khent

              Among the Lou the most influential earth-master, Yuot Nyakong, was a Dinka, and Ngundeng Bong represented himself as seized by the Dinka divinity, DENG. (Revealing Prophets: Prophecy in Eastern African History David Anderson, Douglas Hamilton Johnson)

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              • 2 December 2015 12:10, by Khent

                By the end of 1878 Yuot Nyakong had been killed by the Nyareweng Dinka; Ngundeng Bong, the prophet of DENG, had taken his place as leader among the Lou..(Revealing Prophets: Prophecy in Eastern African History David Anderson, Douglas Hamilton Johnson)

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                • 2 December 2015 12:18, by Khent

                  You people can’t freely mix your Nuer religion [Ngundengism] with Christianity. The God of the Old Testament [the father of Jesus] explicitly forbids this practice? It’s called Syncretism. Syncretism is not permitted. Ngundeng was a ’prophet’ of DENG, a Dinka God-divinity...

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                  • 2 December 2015 12:21, by Khent

                    Deuteronomy 6:13-15

                    You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.

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                    • 2 December 2015 12:27, by Khent

                      You have shrines to Ngundeng and drone on about ’prophecies’ against the Dinka and Murle and so it is you [the Nuer] that actively preach hatred in your places of worship. "We the Nuer know exactly what the end of this game will be. It will be the Murle and Bor to reap the ugly sour grape when the dust has settled sometime very near." Source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article44604

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                      • 2 December 2015 12:36, by Khent

                        The woman that would otherwise have physically assaulted Nyandeng was restrained. Nyandeng deserved any tongue lashing that she may have received from that woman in the congregation. She should have kept her mindless whelp in check instead of allowing him to work with a man that had children in Twic-east [and other areas] roasted alive in front of their parents. Nyandeng and her son disgust me.

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  • 2 December 2015 04:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The attacking of enemies of the country is not ended.
    Still event Riek Machar will get the same application as Mama Nyendeng, experienced.

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    • 2 December 2015 05:11, by Mi diit

      Ayiu,

      Oh, really! Ah, Riek Machar is not like helpless Nyandeng. You will be responded to with a punch on the nose and it will be bleeding. Take care.

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      • 2 December 2015 07:31, by Redeemer

        Mi-Diit
        Riek will remain in Juba under Kiir protection don’t be worried by the threats from the enemies of peace

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      • 2 December 2015 09:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Mi dit
        South Sudan has been taking care about Riek Machar since long ago. But Machar will get his benefit from South Sudanese more than God punishment to Riek Machar.

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      • 2 December 2015 12:41, by Khent

        Mi diit

        Delusional as always. Riek won’t be able to do anything in Juba and would just end up dead if he tried to use his soldiers for whatever reason.

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  • 2 December 2015 08:46, by Agutthon

    Hi all,
    Nyanrain deseerves it for her waywardness. She should waited and return together with Her lover Riek and prodigal son Mabior.

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