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S. Sudan’s First VP calls for nationwide forgiveness

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January 3, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai has urged citizens, particularly those with grievances towards each other and government to forgive, forget and open new chapters in life for the sake of peace.

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Taban Deng Gai addresses delegates after he was sworn-in as South Sudan FVP inside the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Jok Solomun)

Gai, who replaced rebel leader Riek Machar last year, made these remarks while speaking at a rally held in Yei River state on Tuesday.

“When two people do not talk to each other, God does not touch their files until they reconcile, though one must be on the right, they will not receive God’s blessing if they do not compromise”, he said.

The official said he was in the state to assess the general situation as part of his peace plan and programs to sensitize the population and members of the armed opposition faction, who are yet to respond to calls for cessation of hostilities and move to the cantonment sites.

“This year, how do we want it to be? We want it to be the year of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and unity,” Gai said in a statement, broadcast on the state-owned South Sudan television (SSBC).

He added, “If you have a problem within the family, reconcile, tell the person who offended you that I have forgiven you. If you have grievances you want to be addressed by the government, come out and tell the president and I am sure he will listen to you and the problem will be solved. This is what we should do and this is what the New Year should be. We need to forgive and reconcile”.

Yei state is one of the states in Equatoria region which have been experiencing insecurity for the last five months since the renewed violence that erupted in the national capital Juba in July last year.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes following the insecurity in the area. Observers have, however, doubted the extent to which Gail controls the armed opposition fighters.

Also although Gai claims to control rebel fighters in the area, he has shown no authority to end atrocities in Yei and its neighboring areas.

A few hours after the First Vice-President’s heavily guarded visit to Yei where he spent two nights and after he flew out of Yei, a bus was ambushed on Juba-Nimule road and civilians were killed.

Despite insecurity in the region, Gai is expected to visit Torit and Yambio in Equatoria region before touring Wau in Bahr el Ghazal region.

(ST)

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  • 4 January 05:49, by dinkdong

    Beside Nuer, will other 62 tribes ever forgive Dinka? Kiir and his gang of looters have ruined the chance to trust Dinka any more.

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    • 4 January 10:28, by Sadam Kuikoy

      @ Hopeless son of bitch(STD),Nuer nation will never forgive you and your likes,you are known as Gat-dhuornyiguol nothing else .It just a matter of time, bi ney,reylialu kiec,tok kachiek gatleer.

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      • 4 January 11:17, by Akuma

        Sadam,

        We have Nuer nation in this world of ours ya zol, or you are terming South Sudan as Nuer nation. You better update your primitive thinking into useful mind. Don’t be like Riek Machar who acquire knowledge from University and have no difference with your cattle keepers. Be modern and civilize Nuer who have better future than following old ages politicians like Riek Machar

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  • 4 January 09:55, by Sir King

    Without Dinka apart from Kiir, there is no South Sudan. Dinka is the source of South Sudan leave alone this fucken foreigners who ran to Uganda and now as there are foods and jobs, they came back with open mouths and they want to chase Dinka away to eat. Sorry, don’t cry of genocide yet, we are still sending more discipline armies to your fucken Kakwa, Madi and Kuku lands to discipline you.

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    • 4 January 09:59, by Sir King

      - How many Dinka you hate died when they captured Yei, Nimule, Kaya, Mundri, and the rest of the towns in Equatoria. You hate Dinka for nothing and remember, if Kiir Mayardit is weak, not all Dinka are weak. You hate Dinka because they liberated you! No, that one will never happen. We are sending more discipline troops to Equatoria, otherwise if you don’t want go and stay with your brothers and-

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    • 4 January 10:10, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      You MTN just woken from sleep and singing that crap jienge hymne "we liberated South Sudan?" Good luck for you. Do what you can as long as it lasts, BUT God help you should events turn against you jienges. Just kill any jienge and defecate in his mouth. At least now, Yei, Maridi, Morobo have been cleared of jienge insects, except the hopeless nyor insects that will need insect spray.

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  • 4 January 10:00, by Sir King

    - sisters in Uganda or Congo or these Zande should join their pygmies brothers and sisters in Congo and CAR. Leave us alone ya monkey eaters.

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  • 4 January 10:05, by Sir King

    - Even I find Kiir Mayardit better and if not Mr. Kiir on the seat, you would have seen. Sending just Rumbek and Yirol to clear the whole Equatoria from your thugs is enough. You can not even see Wau, Aweil,Warrap, Tonj, Gogrial, Abyei, Twic, Atar, Ruweng, Panaru, Nyarweng, Twicbor, Bor, etc Dinka coming. ONLY former Lakes state only is enough to clear you. Fuck you Kakwa, Kuku, Bari, Madi,Lagwara

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  • 4 January 10:09, by Sir King

    - Remember, nobody hate you but you have shown Dinka and other tribes how you half foreigners called Equatorians, how stupid you are. You will never repeat it any longer because you don’t know what you would have done to defeat Mr. Kiir, but thinking of defeating Dinka will be like a dream. Just let’s send more discipline troops to EQUATORIA as quick as possible.

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  • 4 January 10:14, by Sir King

    - Put in minds that your fucken protection forces will not come. You will never see them here. They are the problem to South Sudan. Just go to the Genesis of the SPLA/M revolution. Listen to all rebel songs, you will never hear any of your fucken Kakwa, Madi, Kuku, Bari, Lugwara, Zande, or what languages singing in the training fields. Only Dinka and Nuer did military trainings in Ethiopia, Sudan-

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  • 4 January 10:18, by Sir King

    - Jubaone, you Bari, you better feel shame of yourselves. Atabara, Lubas mafi, Rujal mafi and you think you can clear Dinka when indeed Arabs used to force men out from their beautiful wives and slept with them. Nuer are our brothers and sisters and have the same culture. But you fucken Dor, Nyam-nyam, you will see. I came from Yei and returning to Yei after tomorrow with Discipline troops/armies.

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  • 4 January 10:19, by Sir King

    - Just let us see you standing on road sides, you will smell it sweet. Fuck you.

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  • 4 January 10:59, by Son of Nuer

    Let STD cry for peace because their master Obama is term in the office will end soon and Juba will be capture and some main town like Torit, Malakal, Yei, Bor,Bentiu, Renk etc, no help from American people this time around

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  • 4 January 13:37, by Lou Nuer The Great

    the so call fuckin taban call for nothing he is kiir,s wife who wash kiir,s legs fuck him we spla io are ready to do everything peacefully or militarily no more mercenaries again in south sudan viva machar viva equatorians and entire spla io supporters

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  • 4 January 14:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Taban should know that it is not all about snatching Riek’s position and telling him to denounce violence. It is all about principles, reformations i.e federalism. It is about the truth, development and service and sense of ownership of citizenry, democracy. It is all about the people. The people have risen against the evil leadership that has brought suffering, shame upon us. They must go.

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