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S. Sudan’s military court boss resigns, cites ethnic "bias"


February 18, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army confirmed on Saturday the resignation of yet another senior military officer, days after its head of logistics quit over allegations the army was being turned into an ethnic institution.

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SPLA soldiers are seen at the airport in Bor January 19, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeaunu)

The army spokesman, Brigadier general Lul Ruai Koang, confirmed the resignation of Colonel Khalid Ono Loki, who headed the military court in Juba.

Koang said Khalid quit the army last year and has been absent and outside the country.

“That man [Khalid] resigned last year and he decided to not publicize. Why now. It is not important and has no bearing on the SPLA," Koang told reporters in Juba on Saturday.

Khalid becomes the third top official in a week to resign while criticizing the government of President Salva Kiir over its alleged failure to implement the August 2015 peace deal.

The former head of the miltary court described the justice system as "arbitrary", " corrupt" and "discriminatory" against those who are not part of the president’s ethnic group.

He also accused chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, of being engaged in "relentless endeavors" to protect his Dinka tribesmen and advocated for his resignation.

"You have indeed brought shame and an unfamiliar ethos to South Sudan that will only lead the country to more calamities," wrote Khalid.

This comes days after Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the deputy chief of general staff for logistics resigned from the army, saying the military was dominated by the ethnic Dinka.

The minister of labour and public service, Gabriel Duop Lam, also resigned his position in the unity government and joined the armed opposition faction led by Riek Machar.

These resignations, observers say, are signs that Kiir is struggling to retain his coalition of support. South Sudan is experiencing hyperinflation, worsened by renewed conflict.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the country’s worst ever outbreak of violence since it broke away from neighboring Sudan in July 2011.


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  • 19 February 2017 06:10, by Future1

    They should not run away about economy hardships and pretend they dislike government. They never go hungry with their families since liberation. Let them betray whoever they think but when dark days come we will respect ourselves once and for all. Isaiah 18 confirms how this country will look like and these are indicators. enemies within since 2013 know what they were after.

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    • 19 February 2017 09:18, by Joyuma John

      Shame to those who defect at a pretext of ousting Dinka government as they claim, but later on come back to the same Dinka government with nothing has changed, let me advise you defectors and potential defectors that, rotation on the same ring will cause your exhaustion without achieving your claimed objective.

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      • 19 February 2017 10:16, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

        Congratulation Gen. Khalid for your Resigned, please , we are South Sudanese let us leave Discrimination Government, to defeating this Alcoholic Government by fighting not for peace processes.

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        • 19 February 2017 15:17, by Gatluak jal

          Hello Nuer, I am glad that you compared Nuer with Israeli but the people of Israeli were not fighting as what is going on in SS. Why we Nuer always like to run into tribal conflict rather mobilizing others side of communities to stand for common goal. However, we Nuer obsessed with creating conflict from time to time. In 1991, Nasir faction which ended up with slaughtering thousandth of Dinka.

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          • 19 February 2017 16:10, by Gatluak jal

            continuation of above, after massive killing of Dinak Bor in particular in 1991, Dinka didn’t mobilized another tribes against Nure. we put the country into trouble situation but we will not achieve anythings in this war than just destruction of the country. Just, SS got independent in 2011, we should been pay attention to nation building rather than calling for fake democracy in young nation.

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            • 19 February 2017 19:50, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

              Gat-rami-ran don’t Craying time is coming right now , the South Sudan will leading by Nuer Tribe like what, Ngundeng Said.

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            • 20 February 2017 06:51, by Theallseeingeye

              Gatluak jal
              I am not a Nuer but I have been reading your comment for long time, you don’t sound like nuer to me. You are a Dinka concealing yourself into fake nuer character in order brainwash nuers. but tough lack my friend "the EYE has seen you"

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  • 19 February 2017 06:21, by john akeen

    This people are all resigning from their office because Alfred ladu gore Mr. President Kiir to change all the people that was in government since 2005 because those peoples are all thef’s, that’s why they all got afraid and they started their resignation before they get caught during the investigation, now they start to run away from it

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    • 19 February 2017 06:23, by john akeen

      I meant Alfred ladu gore asked Mr. President Kiir

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  • 19 February 2017 06:23, by pabaak

    Sudantribune step up announcing these nonsense every day as their routine continuity of the over internet war against south Sudan, why announced as head line if it was last year that decided to resign? They think if announced as big headline will affect anything against the Government. If somebody decide to rebel then they will know the consequence of their decision.

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    • 19 February 2017 06:41, by john akeen

      That’s because sudan tribune they want to foul are the foul people’s. Did you forget sudanese people in the past they tried to finish us but they couldn’t succeed face to face, now they have a new way to fights us, it call online war, if they C us fighting ourselves and killing ourselves why not to make that war to be more bad, so that way our people’s can run away and leave the country for them

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      • 19 February 2017 06:49, by john akeen

        So that way they can come back again to rule us, they are succeeding now because our peoples are running

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        • 19 February 2017 07:09, by pabaak

          See how greedy they are what they can’t do in North they think they can do it here in South Sudan. Did they defeat SPLA/M -N? Big no, and prayers in Kuada has become unreal. Maybe these who are resigning were working agents for them and came under pressure from their masters to resign because their mission has not been accomplished.

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  • 19 February 2017 06:25, by Lou Nuer The Great

    welcome Col Khalid as we already that government become militias were government uniforms and flag on their left hanndside which indicate JCES domination

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  • 19 February 2017 07:02, by Gabriel KK

    They will come back the way they are going.

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  • 19 February 2017 09:57, by Kush Natives

    Well, Mr. Colonel Khalid Ono Loki, if that is what you want, then go for sir! The Dinka issue wouldn’t caused anybody to resigned or quit South Sudan at all! Otherwise, anyone who bear that mentality MUST start going to church and ask God why he created Dinka! I am so tired of this stupid complains MUST stop period. Condemned government as a government. But, never mention Dinka name!

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  • 19 February 2017 10:04, by Dalta Cirea

    Yet was in Juba before resignation. Lul Rui Spoke man of SPLA is trying to downplay the resignation of Yet. the part of his regniation is that he revealed the trueth in SPLA Army, that is the very good indeed. government is in weaksied.

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  • 19 February 2017 11:13, by victory john

    welcom to our party Colonel khalid ,nice to resign from unitary goverment which is owned by Kirr and his brother Puol Malong.

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    • 20 February 2017 07:45, by Kat Cok

      What he had done is a defection and rebellion not a resignation as he claimed, and he will return back to the government very soon.

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  • 19 February 2017 12:56, by may patrick

    come one guys stop joking ,what have been know now which you don,t know before from mr president ,Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

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  • 19 February 2017 13:23, by Diko Man

    who is next????????????????? the end and the begin. this is a high chance for South sudanese to realize that the old fashion politicians and the current government are taking us no where but destruction...let them go, and we start a new begin with operational institutions that ushers development and service delivery to the people( they mismanaged their chance)

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    • 19 February 2017 16:05, by pabaak

      Yes you get it right, there are many people in and outside of the country with talent and energy, who love and eager to work for this country in order to move it forward not backward, those who have never have a chance, they can be filled in to start new ideas. There is no doubt that when CPA was signed, Jalaba has lift remnant of his regime here in system, and are been paid by Khartoum so that

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      • 19 February 2017 16:12, by pabaak

        they can continue destabilizing S. Sudan. And these remnant has to get out of the system in order for the country to move forward. Days of getting into power by coup or violent are no longer there, even in Africa these days if somebody tried to steal power by force will be forced out from it by using regional forces to oust them out of power. If people afraid to wait election because they know are

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        • 19 February 2017 16:14, by pabaak

          not competent enough to convince voters then they should forget about getting the power and start doing something else to earn their living.

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  • 19 February 2017 13:26, by may patrick

    never appreciated such people ,where ever they are ,they never say the right of innocence

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  • 19 February 2017 13:31, by may patrick

    where will they go ? are they going to join Dr Machar or to form another party ? or they will go back cultivate in thier villages or they are satisfied for what they loot ?
    Dirty mind ,,,,,,,,,

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  • 20 February 2017 04:02, by Atemjak

    It is all the same running away from the Government to opposition and returns back to the Government. It is all about you not S. Sudanese people neither does it benefit common S.Sudan nor does it benefit your community because when you were receiving your salaried it was you and you alone who benefits.

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  • 20 February 2017 07:09, by Theallseeingeye

    you people did’t get it, do you? when this war was said to be a ethnic War, the gov jumped in and said blah,blah,blah....
    no one can be such a pussy to the extend that he or she ll be given a knife to go & slaughter his own brother. the Government after broke the peace agreement has left the rest of 63 tribes with only two choice " vanish or fight back in order to survive"

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  • 20 February 2017 07:27, by Kat Cok

    Khalid had been absent from his work for more than one year.
    The question is that: What was he doing outside the country all this time?
    Was he not joined the rebellion which is hiding in Equatoria forest?
    What is clear here is that: They loot the money and then quit away claiming that they resign. the correct resign is inside the country and waited for the result of resignation from the boss.

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