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S. Sudan president’s in-law accused of “inciting” violence

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April 9, 2017 (JUBA) - 40 traditional chiefs from the Aguok community of Gogrial state have accused President Salva Kiir’s brother in-law, Gregory Deng Kuac, the governor of South Sudan’s Gogrial state of “inciting inter-communal fight and internal border demarcations”.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)

In a letter addressed to President Kiir, the chief requested the South Sudanese leader to quickly act to prevent further inter-communal fight between Apuk and Aguok.

The chiefs claimed they had evidence indicating the governor had an invisible hand in supporting most inter-communal ringleaders.

For instance, the complainants said the governor allegedly released 200 AK-47s guns, including one PKM machine gun to the Apuk community, claims Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

“Our surprise he [Governor Gregory Deng Kuac] has released the gun that was used by Thiang Malok Thiep which killed three people at Panacier market on 9/8/2016 to his bodyguard captain Lino Jiel Akol as owner of gun that proved to us Hon. Gregory Deng Kuac has upper hand in the current conflict between two communities,” the letter, addressed to President Kiir, partly reads.

They letter also claimed that governor had suspended disarmament in the area without clear reason as to why the process was halted, yet disarmament was aimed at reducing risks of firearms in the hands of unauthorized people within the Apuk and Aguok communities.

“Your excellency, when conflict arises, the former governor ordered disarmament process to collect guns in the hands of local population with aim to save the lives of innocent civilians in Gogrial state, but when Hon. Gregory Deng Kuac was appointed and took over his office, he stopped disarmament process and he released 100 guns to the civilians of Apuk community,” further read the letter.

The chiefs, in their letter, stated that governor Kuac has allegedly involved himself in internal border demarcation which the leaders say to be trig of renewing fight between Apuk and Aguok.

At the center of this, the chief said, is the Abuokdiit area, which is contested by both the Apuk West and the Aguok communities.

“[The] governor ordered the establishment of Abuokdiit as payam of Apuk West county which is belong to Aguok North county and we have feared that it will renew the conflict if governor is allow to continue with such behaviors. To prove his orders, he was received at Achool Pagong village by people of Apuk West county as they claimed that land of Achool Pagong belong to them with intention to demarcate the borders of Apuk with Aguok,” the letter stated.

The Gogrial state governor could not easily be reached on the matter.

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  • 10 April 07:47, by Mi diit

    Incompetent Kiir Vs his coward community members!!
    JCE’s days are numbered.

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  • 10 April 08:27, by deng kual acot

    Hi, His Execelency. The President of the Republic of South Sudan, what a hel is that. call your bro.inlaw and advise him to stop that and advance toward the common enemies. Unite those guys and go to Equatoria where we need possesion. why reduce our force. Better 10,000 Equatorians killed than one of us frmo our own hands. wrong action. I strongly condem this.

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    • 10 April 10:07, by Angelo Achuil

      Deng Kual,
      If that’s how you thinks, you shouldn’t be a leader at any national capacity - your thinking is a shame to our people and make you no different from those who think killing innocent Muonyjang is good. When anyone from Upper Nile, Bhar el Ghazal or Equatoria dies, it ought to pain us equally - all are created by God regardless of treacherous messaging your likes are communicating. Change

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    • 10 April 12:59, by Modongo Mundra

      Deng Kual@@
      ohhhh God, bro you would better pray to God to have mercy on s.sudan and save the people of s.sudan across the country rather than preaching the evil words, note that your dream is impossible.. what a heartless human being!! God forbid i pray to God to help all s.sudan across the country and put away their difference and stay in peace & harmony.. let’s embrace on peace instead

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    • 10 April 16:19, by jubaone

      Deng Acot,
      Why wait for others when you can come to Equatoria and get possession of land? Ya coward jienge don’t talk just move tour naked jienge ass and come.

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      • 10 April 22:15, by padiit gaga

        Good news every one must smells a smoke of big beard is fire, his messup and bad leardetship must be face by all s.Sudan.

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  • 10 April 09:41, by Unionist Agent

    Governor Deng is good and competent, however, he is surrounded by crooks like those of incompetent Ariech Mayar. I am also surprised that the President would endorse appointment of such people by Governors. Now it seems too little too late, Gogrial state am being told is already in mess as well as Wau state led by drunkard Mayar Acho. I wish H.E surprises us with presidential decrees!

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  • 10 April 17:01, by Kush Natives

    Mr. president, we’re piss off for the death of our people everyday in and outside the fence. I am urging you to place Gogrial and Wau under IO, if that may cease the situation in a bit. If Apuk & Aguok communities of Gogrial don’t get along for whatever reason, then why are we blaming the rebels for fighting your governments? I know very well, that the lost boys of Apuk & Aguok went to Bilpaam_

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  • 10 April 17:08, by Kush Natives

    Con_ in 1980s as brothers, I don’t know if such division was there between them back in days. If no, then what’s it now? Why Mr. president? I thought that you’re a full time Christian! How do you feel, when seeing an innocents kids and elderly women, men are dying in your watch just for no legitimate reason? You need to take a tour to Gogrial ASAP

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