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S. Sudan criticises UK minister’s remarks on "genocide"


April 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government on Thursday contested comments attributed to a British minister, who was quoted saying “genocide” was slowly taking shape in the war-torn East African country.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

While briefing journalists in Uganda on Wednesday, the U.K Secretary for International Development, Priti Patel described the fighting in South Sudan as tribal, warning of its consequences on the international community.

“The fighting in South Sudan is absolutely tribal, so on that basis it is genocide”, said Patel.

The British official reportedly protested a meeting that was scheduled with South Sudan President Salva Kiir, accusing South Sudan government of blocking delivery of relief aid to thousands of civilians affected a conflict that has raged on since December 2013.

Patel urged Kiir to ensure immediate measures are taken to lift the blockage, stressing that should the South Sudan leaders fail to do so, then the “international community will undertake consequences".

But South Sudan’s cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomoru said the government was doing the best to restore security, stability and peace in the country, not giving negative signals about the situation.

“Genocide, it is not right. There are no indications. The incidents that are occurring here and there should not be equated to genocide because there is no such policy to kill with intent. Those who coined and use these are terms are alarmists with the objective to magnify isolated incidents out of proportion. We know them,” said Lomoru.

He added, “But what they are advocating to occur will take place in South Sudan”.

The minister urged international organisations to appreciate government’s role in implementing the 2015 peace deal, appreciating regional and international organisations for their efforts to help realise security and stability.

He further called on organisations to respect government’s efforts to restore peace.


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  • 14 April 2017 08:02, by Believe in Truth

    There is no true speaker in the Gov’t!! You see the Minister is trying to deny but any one could see in his speech that there is sign of true a genocide is taking place!!

    Mr. Minster, the genocide is taking place all over SS even in Equatoria your home place and yet you deny it!!

    God will set people free from the hand of regime!!

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  • 14 April 2017 08:02, by Eastern

    Elia Lomor, your fellow Pojulu people were perhaps the first in the whole of Equatoria to face the wrath of the Mathiang Anyors; what are you saying?

    The British government should review your UK residency status with immediate effect. You are a shame!

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    • 14 April 2017 10:29, by South South


      American should follow you because your are encouraging hatred, war and killing among South Sudanese while you live peacefully in USA. We know where you live in USA.

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      • 14 April 2017 18:26, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        You are very, very, very STUPID indeed! When did you have faith in Americans? You continue to belittle Americans for 24/7 including raping their women last year in Juba. I am in juba, in Lologo, Kator Payam. Come and force me to praise Kiir and tell him that he is a God-sent to South Sudanese. Stupid!!!

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        • 14 April 2017 19:30, by South South


          Iam appealing to FBI to follow you because you are using American land to spread hatred, encouraging killing of innocent South Sudan, that’s not sitting well with America constitution. Coward like you who like eating rats and monkeys can not only be called STUPID, but simple minded STUPID. You get it wicked man.

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      • 14 April 2017 18:28, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        I cannot lie to fellow South Sudanese that Kiir is good when he supervises rapists and murderers. It is you that people should look out for so that you are lynched in meidan Rambo in Juba at 12 noon!

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        • 14 April 2017 19:12, by Force 1


          You should at least stick with ambushing and murdering innocent Dinka women and children on the highways; that’s the easiest way to pretend that you’re fighting the government. Don’t mess with Mathiang_Anyoor because If it was that easy to fight the government; then you wouldn’t be hiding when SPLA was fighting Arabs in the 1980s and 1990s!

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          • 15 April 2017 04:44, by Eyez

            If you’re still stuck on that Jienge narrative that you people liberated S. Sudan, then you must be so stupid.
            Your master M7 has already made it quite clear that the liberation of ROSS was a collective effort of many, be it inside and outside.

            The Mathiang Anyoor, they are cowards who kill in cold blood, rape women and terrorises children. Men like us kill your SPLA/G generals, ya MTN ita

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  • 14 April 2017 08:29, by Brigadier Pato

    Who is committing the genocide? Pajulu targeted Dinkas thinking that they would automatically change Kiir regime.
    These would be some of the negative consequences of a rebellion led by idiots in case UK minister’s warning happened in South Sudan.

    Blood is thinker than water. The more you target Dinkas, the more they become united. You get the red cards to meet your creator,should you insist on!

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    • 14 April 2017 23:20, by Garang Akeen

      Brig. Gen, I solute your comment, the more u targeting Dinka is the more Dinka should unite

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  • 14 April 2017 08:59, by Mr Point

    Government policy is to starve civilians to weaken military resistance.
    Government policy prevents aid agencies from delivering food to famine areas.
    Government policy is to burn villages and crops in affected areas.
    The population of 11 million has 1 million refugees.
    It looks like genocide.
    Why isn’t it genocide?

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  • 14 April 2017 09:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Lomuro needs to pay dearly for his political stand. He is a devil among the Pojulu people. He can not wash his hands in the conspiracy of eliminating Lemi in the Pojulu political landscape. All the time he appears in the press he controversially defends evil for dollars. We know you have villas in London, Juba and Kampala from this dirty job but one day you will have to answer for all of that.

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  • 14 April 2017 11:42, by deng kual acot

    Its British to blame, we are enjoying that genocide as our leaders point hand to non tribes to be killed and looked at as traditional enemies special Equatorians. The British has done nothing after handing Sudan to Arabs regim and now to my trib mate the Dinkas. we have no option than to eleminate other non Dinkas tribe in South Sudan. Their Blood on Britain as former colonialists.

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    • 14 April 2017 18:44, by Eastern

      deng kual...,

      Thanks for being brutally honest with your dinka 200 years project. Equatorians and the rest are equally fighting for their own survival....

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      • 15 April 2017 13:30, by Garang Akeen

        Eastern, I like your statement, as you already desert equatoria land, Am sure u are not comeing back to equatoria land again leave alone 200 mark my word.

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    • 15 April 2017 02:03, by Gat Tut

      Deng I would hate to be uneducated, coming an uneducated tribe and an uneducated father a true shame. Not only you but most Jiengs fail to make logical and literal decisions about the world around you. Dinka think short term, Nuer think long term, this is just the gap in our education throughout all of history. Equatorians got there time, and Dinkas time is soon short lived. <$>

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  • 14 April 2017 11:46, by Wau Son

    Elia Lomoro and his likes pretend they don’t care about innocent lives that are being claimed by the regime, but time will tell them. He will only believe there is genocide when his life is counted among deaths.

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  • 14 April 2017 23:30, by Garang Akeen

    I don,t know what happen to Western countries, where did he got report of genocide? Who killing who.? May be the are telling us to make genocide

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    • 15 April 2017 13:36, by Garang Akeen

      Correction > leave alone 200 year.

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  • 15 April 2017 16:10, by Brigadier Pato

    Gat Tut,did I hear you saying "Nuers" thinks and analyses things well and for long? ’Joh ke lel de’ After Nuers armed men & women collected 1ssp in disguise of knowing their numbers,they stupidly concluded that they would oust Kiir regime by force on 15th November 2013. I am telling you, Riek has and will kill all Nuers with his stupid ideologists. We would not spare any Dog that targets Dinkas!!!

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  • 15 April 2017 20:06, by Work force

    Lomoro is the most useless Equatorian your days are numbered

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