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SPLA soldiers stand to attention at a containment site outside Juba on April 14, 2016 (AFP Photo)

May 10, 2017 (JUBA) - The former chief of general for South Sudan army (SPLA) General Paul Malong Awan has denied intention to rebel against the government of President Salva Kiir after his sack on Tuesday.

Awan made his denial in a speech delivered at a public rally held in Yirol town, Eastern Lakes State, where he suspended his travel to his home region of Aweil.

Following his abrupt departure from Juba on Tuesday following his removal rumours had been circulating in the capital that Awan would lead a rebellion against Kiir.

The circumstances under which he left the national capital in the night remains unclear and no one knows what prompted him to leave before handing over the office. Security analysts attributed the cause of the removal to tensions between the army under Malong and the National Security Services under Akol Koor have split government, with both officials competing for more control and influence.

The internal security bureau and a section of the army have airlifted forces and deployed them to Rumbek where local authorities have been instructed to fight him if he insists going home.

However, the state governor and other officials successfully persuaded him to speak to the nation if he was not having ill intention.

In his speech, Awan said he was on his way home to Aweil and was surprised he was being followed after he was relieved of his duties. He said whatever was being said about him in regards to his intentions were just rumours and that he only wants peace to prevail in the country.

He further said he has never rebelled against the SPLA or the people of South Sudan and that he was not about to do that.

Also, the former army commander congratulated his successor, General James Ajonga Mawut, pointing out that not only was the replacement from his area but also a blood relative to him. General Ajonga, he said, was a professional and patriotic soldier.

Speaking to the press in Juba on Wednesday, the army spokesperson Colonel Santo Domic Chol told reporters the former chief of general staff has left Juba with no intention to cause a war but unnamed people want to cause a problem.

“Yes, the former Chief of General Staff Paul Malong is not in Juba. He has left Juba to avoid tensions. Some people may go to him and say something that may provoke tension. This is what he did not want and is the reason he decided to leave Juba, he is not planning to rebel, not at all,” said Chol.

The military spokesperson said the military leadership was in contact with him and were planning to return him to Juba. He has now been sent the head of military intelligence, General Marial Nuor and other senior military leaders believed to be people who could persuade him to stop moving further.

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  • 10 May 21:14, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "A great man show his greatest by the way he treated the little one.That is a wise way to defuse or relief oneself from any critical situations,good strategy.wise ways of dealing with things.Wise man

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    • 10 May 22:32, by Mi diit

      Ngoth! Ka mun jop!

      Queen Fall Malong is done for good.
      Viva Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual.

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      • 11 May 08:20, by Joyuma John

        mi diit where is Gatwech in this case, or you apply your viva to any situation.

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        • 11 May 14:39, by Midit Mitot

          Joyuma,
          Don,t be hurry! you will smell Simon Gatwech bullet soon in Juba.

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    • 11 May 08:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Gen. Paul can’t make such ugly act.

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    • 11 May 08:25, by Joyuma John

      Malong Awan is a man of great integrity, he can think childisly to rebel against his own people, those who think so, they are wrong in all directions.

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    • 11 May 13:51, by DumoMakuachdit

      This is a clear indication that Kiir and Akol Koor have planned this to happen, informed that the anus of a lion king of jingle had been touched. I have already told Dau Aturjong, Brutus Bol and the rests to get prepares and attack this warrapization government though there are slights differences between Malong and Dau. Aweil must be annex to Sudan since Agany Ayii had already drilled his strong

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    • 11 May 14:29, by Midit Mitot

      Go back to Juba, we will get both of you together, we don,t want to kill you one by one, we will kill you at one.

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    • 11 May 16:35, by deng kual acot

      Congratulation Your Exellency the president of the Republic. You had taken long to do this. Malong had a Ticken head to reasong out things and killed people Massively in order for the concerned relatives of those lates to rise against you and to fail you in ellection. Now make sure it doesnot happen again. You are a Father for all & must care for all S.Sudanese as your primary responsibility.Thank

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  • 10 May 21:54, by nyamnyam

    Good job General we can not simply attack ourselves just because we been removed, this is the bad practice by riek you as visionary leader can not be completely confused with him riek Good Job

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  • 10 May 23:31, by Ajongtar

    Dear Gen.Marial Nuor I need only the head that stupid General called Malong Awan Anei in a Golden suck if he insisted to come back to Juba and account for the crimes he committed.
    We will not leave any stone unturned for Malong to Die.

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    • 11 May 07:47, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Ajongtar, you are really an idiot who confuseing people here, who can kill him? The fearless man Gen. Malong is now going to Juba. No one can arest him, leave alone his head in plat.

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  • 11 May 01:46, by Loch-ley Gajiok

    Tell the king that there is what is called official handover of the office to your successor. Why running at night like a hyena if your intention is to your cattle camp and command your cows? Were you not the king? This isn’t the end but thé beginning. There are more questions you must answer. Justice must prevail. Now get your ass back to Bilpam, hand over the office go to kral where you belong.

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    • 11 May 02:17, by Kuch

      SUDANTRIBUNE, give it a rest fellows. Paul Malongdit isn’t a fool like most of Riek Machar goons who have never smell the stench of gun powder throughout their whole life in a country like our country. Paul Malong Awan is a typical liberator. He knows how fight wars. At inception of SPLM/A, he was the one head East with a lot Malual Giernyang boys to Bilpam and Jebel Bongo, ethiopia. For training>

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      • 11 May 02:23, by Kuch

        Most his comrades are dead. But they have liberated our country. A few elders like Malongdit, Kuol Manyang, Salva Kiir, Mamur, Michael Makuei and others; know what they are doing. My own self problem with them, is the present of the so-called UN peacekeepers in our country. These UNIMISS criminals are our enemies>>>

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        • 11 May 02:29, by Kuch

          Paul Malongdit, Kuol Manyang and Mr. Mamur are the ones who balls to let bomb these corporate America, the UK and France occupiers (UNIMISS) out of our country. The US, the UK, their evil juus, the UN, their NGOs and some of their criminals in between want to colonize our country and our people through their UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and human rights scams>>>

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          • 11 May 02:34, by Kuch

            The government of South Sudan has to talk to the US, the UK, France and some of their criminals in between to remove their damn UNIMISS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY IN PEACE. Our country is their Eastern Congo, This is South Sudan, we have never ever been fans of any evil on earth who thinks, he/she can stand over our necks, never ever>>>

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            • 11 May 02:40, by Kuch

              We keep informing our elders that, when the evil corporate (Wall street) America, the UK and some of European criminals banks are about to go bust, they create an imaginary enemy or a war in other countries to sell their arms to prop up their economies----a cold war-like war game is created. These days, it not going to be a cold war again, it already a hot war>>>

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              • 11 May 02:48, by Kuch

                The US, the UK, France, israel, gulf Arab states, Turkey and our arch enemy; the cloned arab North Sudan with their ISIS/L, Al Nustra, Al Qada, Boko Haram and to some extent, our Riek Machar so-called SPLA-IO. have an alliance. I will not lecature the boys like Paul Malongdit, Kuol Manyang>>>

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                • 11 May 02:55, by Kuch

                  General Mamur, Michael Makuei and others as to why our so-called cloned arab North Sudan went and fight in Yemen. They know the game. The gulf Arab states have been allowed to invade a sovereign country, no one in the so-called UNSC have ever uttered any word about it. Here in country, we have a military co-operation with Congo, Uganda and the person who signed that Agreement was no one else but>>

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                  • 11 May 03:08, by Kuch

                    our Riek Machar. But when his usual quest for power carried him away and staged a second coup on the 15/12/2013. The government of South Sudan called for Uganda to help in an armed rebellion. Riek Machar himself, was the one who called the Ugandans to have involved in the South Sudan war. The US, the UK, the UN and even some countries in our region were screaming at the government of South Sudan>>

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                    • 11 May 03:17, by Kuch

                      to remove the Ugandan troops out of our country while they were the ones behind the Riek Machar failed coup. Back top, *why is our cloned North Sudan and gulf Arab states* allowed to go and fight in Yemen civil war and no damn piece of shit in the UN, the US, the UK and some of their criminals in between? The Answer is simple: The US, the UK, israel, gulf Arab states and some criminals in the UN>>

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                    • 11 May 03:18, by Kuch

                      to remove the Ugandan troops out of our country while they were the ones behind the Riek Machar failed coup. Back top, *why is our cloned North Sudan and gulf Arab states* allowed to go and fight in Yemen civil war and no damn piece of shit in the UN, the US, the UK and some of their criminals in between? The Answer is simple: The US, the UK, israel, gulf Arab states and some criminals in the UN>>

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                      • 11 May 05:25, by Kuch

                        are in the pockets of gulf Arab states. And lot of politicians in the US, the UK, France and in the so-called UNSC are in the gulf Arab states’ pockets of the US, the UK and France. WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE SO-CALLED UNSC by force. The US, the UK by a war.

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                        • 11 May 07:06, by dinkdong

                          Do you speak the way you write? What have all the things you wrote have to do with sacking of Paul Malong Awan? You give it a rest.

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  • 11 May 02:06, by lino

    How comes he left at night then?! Why not waiting for the sun to come up?!
    Was he travelling by land or air via Rumbek?!

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  • 11 May 05:18, by Kush Natives

    Rebels get it right! King Paul Malong Awan have had no genetic blood rebellion, he’s among the SPLA’s successful officers since day 1, he doesn’t believe in such hopeless agenda. Who will leave the country to? Instead, those Salva Kiir will travel to Awiel to buy some Gauva and mangos in Malong’s farms. The man have a full respect for those who knows him personally and historically. His legacy wil

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    • 11 May 08:32, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Kush Native, tell thesn foke, Gen. PAUL MALONG have no intention to rebel against president Kiir gov,t, but if any outsider strucgle field commanders take leadership from Kiir, Juba then we have complain on that matter. And that is not Malong but we liberators with our citizen.

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  • 11 May 05:40, by Sunday Junup

    I’m not a prophet but tell things which cones to pass. I told you that no Dinka can afford rebellion unless through coup against Nuer like what was done to Samuel Gai Tut. Paul Malong contacted gen.Gatwech Dual for help but he was told to lebrate Aweil first. We don’t want cheaters like Dau Aturjong according to gen.Gatdual, then Malong decided to return to Kiir camp. Salva did the same in 2005.

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    • 11 May 05:54, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      Denying facts is a white lies, who liberated this country if Dinka can’t afford rebellion? Nuer only rebels for foods, nothing else that I know of. What would Paul Malong needs in the bush? God aims was to freed South Sudanese people from the marginalization of Arab call themselves Sudanese today, no Dinka hero like him can rebels because of like case of Ruweng state governor.

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      • 11 May 06:12, by Sunday Junup

        Cont.. Against Samuel Gai and also to objective of the movement. Garang with objective of New Sudan said ’’ first bullet goes to Separatists, this lead to lost of life to many patriotic soldiers including Samuel Gai himself. Dinka never fight Nuer but they hired Ethiopian government to help them lebrate Nuer. Ethiopian government gave AnyanyaII a name ’’Nyagat meaning Militia which Dinka use to...

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      • 11 May 07:54, by anyanya1

        Kush natives;
        If you are really reasoning well, as I know every human being eat, why refer to others as they are only once eat food,I don’t know you are eating garbages or what? If it was not for food why those dinkas holding power firmly,and they don’t want to share it with their fellow tribes fairly, is it not because of food?..

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        • 11 May 09:04, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Anyanya 1, powers are already with our fellows tribes, if its matter of Presidency, people should go for election.

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          • 11 May 12:42, by anyanya1

            Akeen;
            Did you say the powers is already with other fellow tribes, from other tribes apart from dinka who can claim( decision making process) in the country, don’t deceive yourself it is clear for every body.

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    • 11 May 08:36, by Asunta

      Well,Malong asked Gatwich for backup, as you claimed, what about Salva that you mentioned in 2005, after what you claimed coup plan, who did he requested? Paulino Matip? Tanginya? or Riek Machaar?

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  • 11 May 06:04, by Sunday Junup

    Kush Native,
    Thanks for your question, first rebellion started as AnyanyaI by Joseph Lagu (Equatoria) then 1972 peace agreement was signed when Abel Aliar (Dinka) betrayed our people with help from Sudan government. From there AnyanyaII was formed by Samuel Gai Tut (Nuer) all this two brave men have the same objectives to lebrate South Sudan but with help of Mangisto Marian, Garang made a coup.

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    • 11 May 06:22, by Sunday Junup

      Kush Native,
      Our people have heart of unity during Anyanya war but lost when Dinka camp to power. To feed you with truth why Dinka never lead a successful rebellion, when Garang came into power he began to pick men to join army by forces, looted civilian property, killing of civilian began with Gajaak Nuer in 1984, followed by Gahiok and Lou Massacre in 1986 others non Dinka came in.....

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      • 11 May 06:46, by Sunday Junup

        Kush Native,
        When Garang graduated SPLA army, he instructed them that ’’ this AK47 is you Food, wife, father, mother and children then chant ’’ shala abuk wedi talga (even your father give him bullet) what do you expect from a soldier instructed by his leader to commit atrocities against his father? In 1987 SPLA and AnyanyaII remnant sign agreement and Separation would be a part of objectives.

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        • 11 May 06:56, by Sunday Junup

          Kush Native,
          I hope you get my explanations why Dinka never and will never lead a successful rebellion. SPLA instigated a fight against its citizens during the time of John Garang as well as Now under Salva Kiir. Citizens never complaint to any rebellion lead by other tribe. SSIM and SPLA IO lead by Dr.Riak, rebellion lead by Johnson Olony, David Yawyaw etc because they don’t target its citizens

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  • 11 May 06:15, by Thiep Mawien Thiep

    King paul was having ill-intention to continues with killing of innocent people of south sudan but fall short of power as i know so far. Malong donot have supporters completely at core, he is like an old randown appartment in the ghost and shanty town. He have nowhere to run once he descided to rebel. I just want you back in juba as soon as possible or face the mighty power of spla from now!!!!

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    • 11 May 12:11, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Thiep Mawien, you are miliki, stupid what support are you talking about? Gen. Malong have no intention to wage war to Kiir lead gov,t, if he want war he should start with in Juba, yaa an idiot. Mawathen.

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  • 11 May 06:18, by koang mi kei

    King paul you are idoit capturing within one day show that you are not a great man, Who will beleive you again everybody from Dinka will be on your next the change you brough to our army when they were killing their own colluege in the army no one see it i have right call you idoit again you will rotten in prison the drunkard will forgot you in prison who will rememer you

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    • 11 May 06:47, by junubi

      you idiots whom do you think that can arrest king pual
      let them try to arrest him, they will see heaven falling on juba

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      • 11 May 19:37, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Junubi,

        these foke who are supporting arest of Gen. Paul Malong, are supporting destruction of s.sudan, they don,t reasoning the outcome of such move. You just try to arest him as you playing.

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    • 11 May 13:58, by DumoMakuachdit

      You are such an idiot; how can you commends like this. This Awan Chan Nyal government will soon fall if Aweil will distance itself from u fools.

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  • 11 May 06:37, by Sunday Junup

    Kush Native,
    Our Nation lost trust in SPLA army a began to acquire weapons to fight back but SPLA army get encouraged and fight civilian with a poor ideology that they are back up by Arab. Instead to reconcile with its citizens it continue with offensive until SPLA army instructed its officers to bring youth by what ever means. Now Kuol went to Bor kerbino to Bargezhal Riak to Bentiu, Wani....

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    • 11 May 06:53, by junubi

      you sundoms tell me Riek machar brought which youths instead he joint Arab in khartoum

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      • 11 May 07:20, by Sunday Junup

        Junubi,
        Dr.Riak mobilized Jiec Amer in Bentiu 1988. That is your problems Dinka. You always deny facts, go to blue house in juba and meet Brave James Gatdet, he will feed you with true history about our nation. You Dinka always said South Sudan has been in bush for 23yrs what about from 1955? Khartoum agreement was the birth of Separation with North, you like it or not.

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        • 11 May 07:34, by Sunday Junup

          Kush Native and Junubi,
          Please explains if SPLA achieved its New Sudan vision. What I know a successful rebellion is a rebellion which achieved its objective no matter when or how. My true leader Samuel Gai Tut died as nationalist. Joseph Lagu and Dr.Riak are my current true leaders. I don’t support SPLA IO because of its name but I like the ideas of Federalism. But I think Dr.Riak wanted to have

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          • 11 May 07:44, by Sunday Junup

            Kush Native and Junubi,
            What I appreciated from Salva Kiir was when he surrender to Self determination and allow South Sudanese to achieved what they wanted, this can not happen if Garang was alive because he (Garang) said Sudan waad Sudan ee took (Sudan is one) in Rumbek before he left to Uganda and never returned. Though he (Salva Kiir) destroyed his legacy latter on in 2013 December

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            • 11 May 09:01, by Kush Natives

              Sunday Junup,
              Take a deep breath, You don’t know what you’re trying to make up here period. Gajak,Lou and Gajook were a trouble maker, that was the reasons of why the rules of laws were imposed on them period. There was nothing so tribal on that. I will be back shortly, so that I guided you through such an event, I am at work right now.

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  • 11 May 07:44, by RAPIST MAMBO

    All what is happening fighting for greediness. for any motherfucker talking shit of the Paul Planning a rebellion, you are wrong. he has been fighting for the freedom of this country till the time son a bitch Riek Machar rebel against

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    • 11 May 08:09, by anyanya1

      RAPIST mambo;
      This stupid illiterate called (Malong Awan) is going to rebel but am afraid his is not going to afford it, if you are angry 😡 with that go eat your shit.😀😁😂😂

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  • 11 May 07:51, by Liberator

    Dear Kuch and Sunday Junup
    No body is reading your comments on this forum , too much writing nonsense always, just test yourselves , write who like my comments on this forum .you will see, 99% will write useless .

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  • 11 May 08:17, by anyanya1

    Liberator;
    Let people express themselves, let me ask who is reading your shit? if you are not stupid
    . This is not you fucking mama site.. We don’t want dictatorship here.

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  • 11 May 09:02, by Liberator

    Anyany1
    Hhahaha I will not insult you because I was brought up well, those who are still insulting others are street boys and those who were brought up in refugees camps like anyanya 1or2-, mind was to advise, not to insult them, I will forgive you but adjust yourself.

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    • 11 May 11:22, by anyanya1

      Liberator;
      I will insult you, you deserved it, cause you think this site is only for animals like who doesn’t know others rights of expression, what do you think brought this country in this mess we are in? You want your voice to be hard alone!,what da fuck is dat this country is urs alone..

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      • 11 May 11:41, by Liberator

        Anynya 1
        Even if you insulted me it will back fire you in the future because when you fall sick/ your love ones or gangrenous situation ,you will call GOD did I hated anybody or what happen GOD help me ,so from there GOD will not hear your voice due bad things you committed, also you don’t respected ten commandments of GOD , Streets boys don’t respect people always

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        • 11 May 11:59, by anyanya1

          Liberator;
          What if I call you street boy, will you like it or leak it, OK don’t try to tell about God, God doesn’t want people who trying to press others view down.

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  • 11 May 10:35, by Sunday Junup

    Liberator,
    Advice Kush Native, Kuch and who ever praised SPLA who failed our people. Look how is reasoned Gajaak Massacre. Where in the world National army kill its citizens? I don’t like writing many comments until I was ask by Kush Native to explain how Dinka could not afford or achieve rebellion objectives or visions

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  • 11 May 11:28, by Liberator

    Dear Sunday Junup
    Thanks you so much for your comments , you have shown sense of responsibility to the people on this forum . leave those street boys alone to insult their fathers and mothers on media .you deserves to be respected , you will have a bright future

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    • 11 May 11:41, by anyanya1

      Liberator;
      You look good now, if you understand that this country needs everyone view to become prosperous, trying to press others view down you will face it hard. Good for u.

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