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S. Sudan rebel faction in Imatong state join national dialogue

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May 27, 2017 (IMATONG) – South Sudan’s armed opposition factions under the overall command of General Patrick Ohiti in Imatong state have reportedly accepted in principle to join the national dialogue.

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The move, officials say, came after months of intense negotiations.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir officially launched the long-awaited national dialogue initiative in the capital, Juba on Monday.

Initiated by the South Sudanese leader in December last year, the national dialogue initiative is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

Since mid-December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced from the East African nation.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Lawrence Eneriko, one of those involved in the negotiation process congratulated Ohiti for heeding to calls for peace and accepting to join the national dialogue.

“His [Ohiti] joining of the national dialogue is indeed very great news for the peace loving citizens of the Imatong state and this brings the whole state one step closer to attaining total peace and tranquillity in the whole state,” partly read the statement issued on Friday.

The negotiation team reportedly comprised of Steve Paterno, Edward Ofiyuk, Hakim Paride Mamur, Fr. Kamilo Afore, Hon. Col. Tulio Odongi Ayahu, Ikanga Itorong, John Andruga, among others.

Meanwhile, efforts are reportedly underway to address the rebel group’s grievances through mechanisms already outlined in the national dialogue launched on Monday.

A 94-member steering committee for the national dialogue was sworn in on Monday to start the work of bringing harmony and peace to the people of South Sudan. The committee, co-chaired by Abel Alier and Angelo Beda comprises of distinguished members of the country including religious leaders, professionals and politicians.

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  • 28 May 09:49, by Sunday Junup

    Gen.Patrick has denied that claim yesterday, why hiring that claim from Kanada? ’’I am writing to condemn with contempt it deserves the recent claim by one of the shameless Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) agents living in Canada’’ Gen.Patrick Said. anyway let wait from SPLA-IO spoke person

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    • 28 May 10:53, by jubaone

      Sunday Junup,

      Thank you. This is the work of some jienge hirelings like Steve Paterno, John Andruga et al.. who depsrately want to make ends meet with the Kiirminal in Juba. The basis of any settlement is the ARCISS 2015 and the ND can NOT be a replacement. Was it not that old jienge jellaba hireling Abel Alier that negiotuated with Joseph Lagu 1972 and again resurfacing? No. Gen Ohiti stay away.

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    • 28 May 15:03, by Mi diit

      Dear all!

      Disregard this piece as fiction. Kindly wait for non fiction news from Brig General William Gatjiath Deng (William Tree)

      Nothing of that kind as per now.
      Thanks.
      Mi diit Mi diit

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  • 28 May 11:25, by Eastern

    I can see it is a Latuho/Otuhu affairs. It might benefit Torit county only but let’s see how they plan to get the much needed food to hunger striken town....

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    • 28 May 12:04, by Malakal county Simon

      The SPLM-IO don’t have a general called Patrick Ohiti in newly created illegal Imatong State, it’s fallacy story and no truth in it forks...... It’s just a government usual culture to lies with the aims to confuses the citizens!!!!!!

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      • 28 May 12:36, by South South

        Malakal County Simon,

        Please unite first Nuer factions and then come out and talk to us:
        1- Taban Deng Gai- Nuer faction
        2- Riek Machar- Nuer faction
        3- Gabriel Chamson- Nuer faction
        4- Tut- Nuer faction
        5- Peter Gadet- Nuer faction

        If Nuer can not unite, can they really rule South Sudan with 64 tribes? Shame on our cousin Nuer.

        Iamatong State is for peace. jubaone is just a coward.

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        • 28 May 13:27, by jubaone

          South South,
          The ND is a jienge tribal gathering and some short sighted nyagateen and Equatorian hirelings are embracing something that has no agenda. Equatorians can only imagine joining this when concrete concessions on "Full Federalism" is tabled as one agenda. Anything short of this is just jienge crap. No single Jienge even knows the agenda of this palaver.

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          • 28 May 15:59, by South South

            jubaone,

            Nothing is called concessions in our dictionary. All what we want is a free discussion among South Sudanese to reach final decision about our unity and the way our government can be reformed. People like you are making another big mistake. During our liberation you refused SPLA and it Dinka Movement, ND will move on, then you will be left behind. Don’t cry later when it is too late.

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            • 28 May 17:10, by jubaone

              South South,
              How foolish must one be to convene such an inflated group without concrete agenda? What are the real ToRs for this mammoth grouping? What are the objectives of this ND that have not been exclusively touched by ARCISS 2015? Will the ND give any added value to ARCISS or will it simply replace it? What is that Kiirminal will succeed in the ND when he can’t even implement ARCISS?

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            • 28 May 17:16, by jubaone

              South South,
              If we non-jienges knew that you jienges would turn around and brag "oh we liberated the SS", then the rest non-jienges would have not voted in the Jan 2011 referendum. We mistakenly allowed ourselves to be outwitted under the pretext of nationhood. This time NO. Either we work it out together without excluding others, or you stick that shit 💩 into your Jienge throats.

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              • 28 May 18:23, by South South

                jubaone,

                Are you going to work it out with internet or what? By the way, ND is the only way for people like you to work it out together with other South Sudanese. Just sitting idle in the west and cry every morning about changing government in South Sudan will not work.

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                • 28 May 20:00, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  I think b4 acting, you simply act b4 thinking that’s the fundamental difference between you and me, or shall I say between Equatorians and jienges. You convene a ND cos you think it’s fashionable without serious analysis what all that brings. May be I am being too analytical. Jienges simply don’t think. ND is a failed project.

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        • 28 May 15:01, by Mi diit

          Is this a Sunday slogan to you or what?
          South South is collapsing in mind.

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  • 28 May 12:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is nothing other than DIVIDE AND RULE because unity is strength and together we stand divided we fall. If that is true then it should be the work of those of Andruga and Steve Parterno that history will not forgive.

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    • 28 May 12:21, by Lango2010

      The forces of Devils are fighting the forces Angels, the warmongers versus Peace lovers. BY THE WAY ANYONE OPPOSING PEACE AND ADVOCATING FOR WAR IS A DEVIL. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE OPPOSE GOOD NEWS ALWAYS AND TURN THE MESSAGE TO VIOLENCE? There is no any other way to bring this country back to its shape except through peace and forgiveness. I MINDLESS OF YOU TRIBES

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      • 28 May 12:29, by Lango2010

        If you are nationalist, South Sudan is more then your selfish interests, and more then your various tribes. If we seen ourselves as South Sudan and correct our mistakes we shall make a better nation, and strongest of all other nations. But if we are divided on our tribal basis we will vanish on the face of earth. It is upon us to united stand strong or divide fall.

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    • 28 May 13:34, by jubaone

      Jur,
      Thank you. Must we open Kiirminal’s mouth 👄 to check whether he has all his teeth intact? No. Common sense tells us, just watch his flaccid lips. No fool must think joining this hopeless ND will bring anything. Why did Dr. Cirino, Lam Akol, Adwok, Riak and all the rest have to run 4 their lives? Gen. Ohiti would be a double idiot to get lured by such imposters like Andruga or Paterno.

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      • 28 May 16:40, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Jubaone

        A wise person learns from history and treads well in order not to be caught by devils. this is what our for fathers did to Jallaba and as such it is imperative to follow their steps. Our recent history teaches us that Kiir kills when a political opponents is within reach. He lures them in and plans to slaughter them as seconds tick. That was the story of Riek Machar that would have been

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        • 28 May 16:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          deceased if it were not the might of our home boys from Equatoria that gave cover for Machar to trek to Congo. What is so special about the dialogue under Abel and treacherous Beda and not real implementation of ARCISS. Why did they attempt to clobber Machar who apologized for wrongs that other people did under his leadership. No country can succeed without forgiveness and reconciliation.

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    • 28 May 20:17, by jubaone

      Jur,
      These Equatorian hirelings can’t tell us:
      1. Why till now not even 150 RPF have arrived in Juba
      2. Why not even a single cantonment for Taban’s nyagateen
      3. No hybrid court formed
      4. Kiirminal forces withdrawn outside Juba
      5. No provision of ARCISS 2015 implemented. So what the f**k is this ND?

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  • 28 May 21:25, by John Majak

    If u love peace ,embrace ND so that we unite and develop the country than thinking greedly to fragment the country along the ethnic line

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    • 29 May 07:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Majak

      Peace on bedrock of nepotism, tribalism, corruption, injustice and insecurity under you people is worse than death through struggle for justice, freedom and real independence without your so called decrees made by insane person. Please note that we are talking about a country and not your village.

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  • 28 May 21:38, by John Majak

    Juba one u with ur boss Machar are shallow mind in thinking. Ur hidden agenda of wanting to overthrow the government is known but reach the goal is unpredicable.

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