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Dinka Elders call for homegrown dialogue within SPLM leadership


President Salva Kiir Kiir with members of the Dinka (JIENG) Council of Elders in March 2015 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

April 29, 2017 (JUBA) - The Jieng (Dinka) Council of elders, a body of self-appointed intellectuals who are seen as an informal advisory group to President Salva Kiir, has called for a homegrown dialogue within the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), saying external initiatives have failed to address the root causes of the conflict in the country.

A prominent member of the group, Aldo Ajou Deng Akuei, argued in a widely circulated opinion article, that a viable option for addressing the crisis the country was grappling to address, was lack of political will from among the leadership of the governing party to sit together and hold frank and honest dialogue to thrust out grievances in an open and threat free forum.

“The only option available to us is to make our own peace among ourselves. The precedence set by Dr John Garang de Mabior could guide us to peaceful resolution of this foolhardy conflict”, said Akuei

He cited previous initiatives taken by late John Garang de Mabior, the founding leader of the SPLM, who after a disagreement in 1983 at the inception of the movement with some leaders in Anyanya two, managed to reconcile the SPLM with Anyanya two in 1987 and unified the forces.

“Dr John, alone, without mediators, brought Drs Riek and Lam Akol back to the SPLM and reinstated them back to the top leadership in 2002. When Dr John and General Salva administratively disagreed in 2004, the whole SPLM/SPLA leaders brought them to Rumbek and were happily reconciled. That saved the Movement, the people South Sudan and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA, which gave us our freedom and independence. We can do the same,” wrote Akuei.

The official suggested that president Salva Kiir should the same way late John Garang managed to reconcile and brought back all factions and leaders with whom he did not share the same views.

“Similarly, we can bring General Salva Kiir Mayardit, General Wani Igga, General Daniel Awet Akot, General Kuol Manyang, General (Molana) Nhial Deng Nhial and their supporters in the Mother SPLM and on the other side, invite Dr Riek Machar Teny, Taban Deng Gai. Pagan Amuom, Deng Alor, Mama Rebecca Nyandeng and their SPLM IO and SPLM FDs”, he added in an article released on April 28, 2017.

He continued: “Like Dr John, you ought to reconcile these groups and, I am sure, the war shall be over. This war, by its present form, is political, not tribal by any standards”.

He denied his group played any role in fermenting the conflict, saying claims associating his group to the conflict were an attempt to find an escape goat from the reality of the root causes of the conflict.

“The nonsense and empty noise against the Jieng Council of Elders is only a lesson learned from the Cold War (1917-1989) disinformation syndrome and, maybe, only maybe, those scholars who might have read the book: “The Animal Farm” by George Orwel 1984, could be aware of the vicious-fictitious stories of the twentieth century”, he wrote.


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  • 30 April 2017 07:00, by Garang Akeen Tong

    SIR ALDO, ITS Well said, our SPLM party leaders should be blame on these mess, you do jeopardise our belove wellknow mainstream party, our leaders you still have opportunities to reunite our people, recouncil our people.

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    • 2 May 2017 18:02, by deng kual acot

      Dear Elder, Stop contributing to our suffering tommorow (in Future) if you do not understand tommorow. You are doing bad to us to be Enslaved Tommorow by Equatorians after the collaps of this Regime. No Dinka wil smell the seat of Leadership in South Sudan and no Seccesion again or seperation. Do understand stupid Guys, you are fools minding only your Current survival not your children future.

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  • 30 April 2017 08:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    It sound funny but the old man is right. we need to solve our problems alone.

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    • 30 April 2017 12:22, by Kuch

      Home grown peace is what will work. Those *talk fest* gimmicks in foreign capitals have never been for the South Sudanese people’s peace, but they were always for foreign interests. A glaring example was the then so-called proposed compromised agreement (CPA II) negotiated in Adis Ababa was nothing to do with the South Sudanese peace, but the handover of our country>>>

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      • 30 April 2017 12:31, by Kuch

        to the US, the UK, their UN, the so-called IGAD-PLUS and the NGOs. The then so-called proposed compromised peace agreement was drafted by the troika, UN and IGAD-PLUS and stuffed into the government of South Sudan and Riek Machar criminal to sign by force http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article56093 https://paanluelwel.com/2015/08/14/troika-and-igad-the-unholy-alliance-working-to-invade-sout

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        • 30 April 2017 12:36, by Kuch

          There are some Riek Machar supporters who keep saying that what was signed in Adis Ababa was something to do with the South Sudanese people and they always call themselves to be the most educated people in South Sudan! Why don’t they just the document letter by letter and digest it and tell the South Sudanese people. As to what part of that document was really for the interests of South Sudanese?

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          • 30 April 2017 12:43, by Kuch

            Who doesn’t remember our 2012 negotiations with North Sudan over the pipelines and transit fees. To which the government of South Sudan was coerced by the same called troika and the IGAD-PLUS to handover our oil to North Sudan. Fellows, our independence from North Sudan was not like by many countries in our own Africa, the UK and our other enemies>>>

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            • 30 April 2017 12:47, by Kuch

              It was just because everybody else have just seen how much we just hate the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan was when we were allowed to get out. But because, it has becomes apparent that North Sudan isn’t going to hold together. Our enemies are working very hard to re-unite us with the evils we hate to death like their then West and East Germany>>>>

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              • 30 April 2017 12:53, by Kuch

                since it is becoming cleanser and cleanser that the US, the UK and their creepy allies are not going to rape our country like they are currently doing in Libya, CAR, Iraq et al after all. Many fools from our country do not know the current war in our country is a war over our resources and to counter China and we have the some of most foolish South Sudanese who are not seeing this dirty intrigues>

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                • 30 April 2017 13:02, by Kuch

                  And these fools keep calling the Dinka/Jieng names, and they want to sell our country to the greatest hyenas on the planet earth in lieu of food aid. Who the criminals think they really are. To surrender our country to the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between for free genetically modifies food aid for our resources----our oil and resources for food??

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                  • 30 April 2017 13:08, by Kuch

                    Walai, this is "1991 Iraq oil for food" and some of our fools are not seeing this dirty intrigues.

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  • 30 April 2017 14:05, by Fair Man

    Useless Kuch
    See the suffering of your family members in Aweil and Kuajok. You are talking from Western world guising as a national after being a refugee. Next time, we will Western world to expel all Dinka former refugees in their countries so that you join the mess created by your JCE. Come here and see the pain faced citizens. You claim to love peace without formula.

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    • 30 April 2017 18:47, by Lango2010

      Worse woman
      It is some time good to admit and accept the truths, this old man is talking sense but because you are addicted to tribalism and you were born rebel from your mother womb, you will never know the truths.

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      • 30 April 2017 18:54, by Lango2010

        No wonder why even God is not at rest with the Satan when Lucifer rebelled from God who was his master, like wise South Sudan will never experience peace if people like worse woman and his like are still poking their asses into the affairs of South Sudan.

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        • 30 April 2017 19:32, by Eastern


          Everyone in South Sudan belongs to a tribe, including those bore to Arab stocks (Akech Tong, etc,), Greeks (Suzanne Jambo, etc), until the dinkas come to the realisation that no group of elders can make a national decision for governance of South Sudan, there’s a long way to go!!!

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      • 30 April 2017 19:37, by jubaone

        Watchout your vulgar and uncontrolled utterances. Not all of us come from hopeless backgrounds. You jienge should be the last hypocrite to talk against tribalism. Who cares about jienge luakthrash? Just nonsense and empty talk as if in "andaya".

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    • 30 April 2017 19:40, by General

      Look at your stupidity,you have looted enough and you turn back with blames, for instance the money you buried like dead body in Akhon at Mr thief (Yel Luol’s house) doesn’t enough for your ideologies of buying (wut) same thousands head of cows in Geogrial,"lol"!

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  • 30 April 2017 15:34, by Brigadier Pato

    Home grown solution to South Sudan’s crisis, is Salva Kiir stepping down if he really patriotic.

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    • 30 April 2017 19:01, by Lango2010

      Brigadier Pato
      Kiir like any other leader is not permanent president, so his time will come but my argument is that he should no leave the country in confusion and divided. Salva Kiir must first fix the country before he goes. But who is taking over the presidency? Thank.

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      • 30 April 2017 20:02, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Lango2010, I do agree with you bro, Pres. Salva kiir shouldn,t leave people divided in tribal line, he should unite our people first before he step down.

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  • 30 April 2017 21:08, by Sunday Junup

    Nothing good can come out from Jieng Council of Evil (JCE)

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  • 2 May 2017 18:03, by deng kual acot

    Dear Elder, Stop contributing to our suffering tommorow (in Future) if you do not understand tommorow. You are doing bad to us to be Enslaved Tommorow by Equatorians after the collaps of this Regime. No Dinka wil smell the seat of Leadership in South Sudan and no Seccesion again or seperation. Do understand stupid Guys, you are fools minding only your Current survival not your children future.

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