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Nuer leader in Ethiopia joins government after meeting Kiir


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 3, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - Chairman of the South Sudanese Nuer community in Ethiopia has defected to join President Salva Kiir’s government in Juba.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

The defection of the community chairman, John Jekow, comes after a private meeting with President Salva Kiir in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Kiir was in the Ethiopian capital earlier this week to participate in the 28th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which was wrapped up on Tuesday.

Puoch Jal, acting chairperson of the Nuer community on Friday told Sudan Tribune that Jekow flew to Juba on Wednesday along with President Kiir abandoning his post.

The opposition allied Nuer community and Unity state students union in Ethiopia have condemned the defector for meeting Kiir and joining Juba government .

"We can not accept the blood of our people to be betrayed for personal interest," said Peter Thudan, chairman of Unity state students union.

"The government in Juba should instead address the root causes of the conflict and listen to the voices of reason that call for the revival of the peace agreement through a political process instead of resorting to bribing community members which will not help end the conflict" he added.

The Union reaffirmed that the they will firmly continue to stand behind the SPLM In Opposition faction led by former vice President, Riek Machar, until the "objectives of the struggle are met".

"We will not accept those who want to feed on the blood of the innocent people who have suffered and perish in the hands of the regime in Juba" the union said.


Meanwhile the Nuer youth Union in Ethiopia on Friday said that it has conducted a successful election and declared Wany Lam as the new chairman the exiled union.

The electoral board of the Union told Sudan Tribune that the election conducted here in Addis Ababa was held in accordance to the election procedures and was fair and free.

"This is the kind of democracy we need. We should not entertain violence as a tool of our social activities," said Lam.

He pledged to serve equally and further vow to unite all Nuer youths of common interest.

"It was in my manifesto that I will unite all youths and I will never allow any politicians to divide us and the organization as political tools" said Lam.

The newly elect is due to shortly make visit to South Sudanese refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region where he will establish a youth coordinator office and further elect a representative who will communicate to make sure the refugees voices are heard.

Lam called on Nuer Youth groups in Diaspora to support the Union in Ethiopia so that it could manage to assist the refugees in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia currently hosts around 300,000 South Sudanese refugees, mainly Nuer who fled home to escape civil war which erupted in December 2013.


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  • 4 February 2017 00:19, by barbayo

    those who still call Raik Machar as leader you wasting your time , problem is people do not differentiate community leader and political party leader , Poch Jal you are lair and you are still increasing suffering people .

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    • 4 February 2017 08:54, by Mayom County Troops

      We only need peace rather than war in the country
      I welcome the return of Nuer community Leader to join the Govt

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    • 4 February 2017 19:08, by Nationalist

      I belong to one of the tribes in South Sudan. I can never compare my local king to any national leader. These crocked tribal leaders should concentrate on uniting people instead of mixing national affairs with tribal affairs. What is the difference between this fellow & jce.

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      • 4 February 2017 19:22, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

        Haha please ! Just don’t write the negative Article in public media. We are Nuer in Ethiopia we are united together know Body will disagreed to the Decision of Nuer People in Nuer Land , please those who take your moneys,it is illegal not the Leaders of Nuer in Capital Addis Ababa Ethiopia, please! Don’t lying.

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  • 4 February 2017 03:26, by James Chol

    “A national dialogue will not work as war continues across South Sudan. Dialogue comes after meaningful peace is achieved,” he said, urging the regional and international partners to instead dedicate their commitment a peace process that will end the war."

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  • 4 February 2017 07:11, by Eastern

    Nuers are prone to defection says the hypothesis......

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    • 4 February 2017 07:14, by South South

      So Eastern, you want Nuers to fight for you while enjoying your computer war, cheap...........

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      • 4 February 2017 07:38, by Eastern

        We are not witnessing defections in Equatoria. Doesn’t this hypothesis also supports the agreement that the love for food (which is generally lacking in most parts of nuerland) is a factor to consider here. Just thinking loud......

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      • 4 February 2017 07:57, by Eastern

        Everyone is fighting for themselves: the Shilluk in Malakal, the Equatorians in Equatoria, etc. Nobody fights for another. Moron!

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        • 4 February 2017 08:28, by South South

          Coward like you will die from anger as they will do nothing to change an inch of anything in South Sudan, only use stupidity, useless internet war and hope that they are fighting war. You can talk day and night and no one will pay attention to your poor argument, stay in the west for rest of your life wicked.

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        • 4 February 2017 11:24, by barbayo

          Bread news
          John Jokkou is now in Ethiopia what has been put in Sudantribune are allegations , Puoch Jal is one want money to divided person interst than John refused this money for Nuer community not for me , that is why Puoch Jal ran to media and announced John Jokkeu was defected to goverment Just for threatening him to give money to Puoch Jal and include SPLA-IO liaison office want money

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    • 4 February 2017 07:21, by Malakal county Simon


      Defections is everywhere in South Sudan not just Nuers because is cheap/risky business to money......

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      • 4 February 2017 07:27, by Malakal county Simon


        Your hypothesis is baseless and biased...... Please dont lose direction base on frustration...... Thanks

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        • 4 February 2017 07:40, by South South

          Malakal County Simon,

          Do you think people like Eastern wants Nuer tribe to have future in South Sudan? Instead of attacking individual Nuers, he chooses to attack the all tribe while he is hiding under computer in the west, he wants Nuers to fight for him. Every time one Nuer defects to the government he trashes Nuer tribe.

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          • 4 February 2017 08:00, by Eastern

            You call yourself South Sudan? Everyone is fighting for themselves. Don’t buy this thrush that the nuers are the dog of war in these wars. Besides what proof do you have that I fight my war on computer and from the west?

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            • 4 February 2017 08:33, by South South

              I am laughing from your poor thinking, why would I waste my time to someone useless like you to get proof about you do. Remember that, you are a loser and you will live as a loser, who care about you. Country is moving on with your support or without your support, get it straight from me loser.

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        • 4 February 2017 14:19, by Chong Thow

          People are confusing in southern sudan because they don’t what to do. The country is out control because of failure leadership. That why some people defect very where. I believe some of you may know from Ngudeng Bong song."He says,if you stay inside or outside is a problem."

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  • 4 February 2017 08:37, by 2moro

    You have shown that you are indeed a great leader. Advice some of your colleagues who are still supporting the rebellion to quiet and join us in the implementation of peace. Welcome to Juba brother John Jikou! Bravo!

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    • 4 February 2017 09:05, by Posok Pape from Inside

      Now look at this shallow minded individuals.
      Your earning in this wars has been burying your brothers and sisters. why can’t we style up and preach peace.
      why do u forget so soon that you are now an orphan, widow, widower.

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  • 4 February 2017 10:26, by Kush Natives

    Mr. John Jekow,

    Why meeting Kiir made you defect? Where were you all this time? Now money can talk in South Sudan too, not Kenya alone! By the way, you made a right choice. Just bring your family with you, that’s all I can say. I heard that Nuerian elected another new chairman, the next round, when Kiir go back to Addis for IGAD summit, I am very he will bring him as well. Kiir will tow you all!

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    • 4 February 2017 10:47, by Kush Natives

      Now peace is coming to South Sudan without notice, if the hardliners leaders starts abandoned the useless rebellion that has bears meaningless outcome, rather then dragging us into hatred. I think and I hope everyone do the same, the END of rebellion is nearer. All nyagaatin who don’t get it will remain in the bush looting innocents people’s properties.

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      • 4 February 2017 11:03, by Kush Natives

        My message to the government is just a very simple and precise message. All rebels MUST evacuate Pagak ASAP, they have left with very simple TWO choices now. a) They must leave Pagak, so that civilians in that area enjoys the trades with Ethiopia! b) Tell South African government to evacuate them all to where their president dwells, so that they starts Mourning for their death rebellion together.

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  • 4 February 2017 11:37, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives
    John jekow is one of the group of Nuerwew. People who don’t share pain of the men, women and children massacred by JCE and Anyoors in 2013 in Juba. One man’s defection doesn’t bring any change. He has never fought nor entered battle field one time. Besides, he illiterate and does not know. Get the message right from Nuer Youth Union and Students. Your dream is far away. Fuck you.

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    • 4 February 2017 18:28, by Kush Natives

      Fair Man,
      what’s the different between you and John Jekow then, if you termed him as an illiterate? That temper is always the one putted you in death tools, What differentiate Nuerweu and Nuer kuaan now? While Nuer of foods still looting innocents civil populations in the country side. People must sense their brain here. Childish brain_____!

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  • 4 February 2017 13:27, by Lou Nuer The Great

    congratulation to Wany Lam Tuor

    i congratulate your appointment as chairman of nuer youth in ethiopia bro but let the fuckin money lover go and go

    SPLA IO vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Dr Machar vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Simon Gatwech Dual vivaaaaaaaaaa

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    • 4 February 2017 18:43, by koang mi kei

      I do believe jokow is one of the people who have chosen to like goat who make the he goat run after it for the whole day and yet at the last minute it may just give up shame on him this Nuer Wew need to tough a lesson which they never forget fool they run to look for money to still yet they are theirs

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    • 4 February 2017 19:37, by nuer food lovers

      having food in your side,,earn you Nuer support..did we had enough foodin 1991 in SPLA contol areas what would have taken them to sign fake khartoum accord?

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