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June 24, 2017 (PRETORIA) - South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar says he accepts the national dialogue committee’s request to be consulted on the process, but says it should pave way for negotiations to end the conflict.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

The co-chair of the country’s national dialogue, Abel Alier on Friday said he sent a written request to the South Sudanese rebel leader for further consultations on the national dialogue initiative launched last month.

Alier said he wanted Machar’s views on the national dialogue.

Machar said Saturday that he confirmed his willingness to take place in the national dialogue, but on condition that such an initiative will help find tangible solutions to the country’s ongoing conflict.

“As much as we believe the national dialogue is an important process for the people of South Sudan to engage in, however, it is our considered opinion that the priority is to end the raging genocidal war in the country that has created and displaced over two million people internally and 2.5 million people as refugees in the neighboring countries”, wrote Machar.

The rebel leader, currently living in South Africa, said a viable solution to the conflict needed peaceful mediation for an inclusive and a prosperous dialogue.

“As such, our efforts are focused on searching for a sustainable peace through a mediated peace process to end the war rather national dialogue,” he further wrote.

President Salva Kiir officially launched the long-awaited national dialogue initiative in the capital, Juba last month.

Initiated 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.

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  • 25 June 08:25, by Eastern

    Kiir’s national dialogue is gimmick aimed wasting time for a viable solution to the bad governance being championed by Kiir. Abel Alier knows this...

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    • 25 June 14:04, by Mopedi

      Eastern,
      Dr. Riek,We want to see that Kiir comply and be ready to accept the outcome of the dialogue if it is required to end the current mess in SS, BUT Kiir shall not accept the result. we also want to see the hierarchy of the steering committee changed boz its JCE dominant, beside, all the camps populace should participate in ND.

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    • 25 June 14:57, by Marco A. Wek

      Eastern, I have been following your comments and I sometimes doubt you are truly a South Sudanese. You are always negative. You have nothing that show your love to South Sudan and it’s people. In this useless war, the two that are suffering the most cousin and this dirty war that has killed and kept many in DIP and refugee camp has to stop and I thank Dr. Riek for his interest in the the dialog

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      • 25 June 16:12, by Eastern

        Marco A. Wek,

        Do you care.....?

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        • 25 June 17:03, by Marco A. Wek

          Yes I do care because the ones killing themselves are my people and I would have stop it right from day one if I had the ability to do so. It make me sick two cousins killing themselves for no reason. I hope you do care too Eastern. South Sudan would have been in a different place today had it not been because of this useless war.

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          • 25 June 19:28, by Eastern

            What was the cause of this war that you have now christened useless which has not only resulted in killing among people you refer to as cousins? The raging war is result of subjugation, domination, tribalism, bad governance by inept leaders in Juba. Don’t get sick, join the aggrieved South Sudan to show Kiir the exit from J1.....

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    • 28 June 14:39, by Midit Mitot

      Guys, I have told many of you several times that, any such a kind of peace without Dr Machar is red-line

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  • 25 June 09:52, by Johnny the Great

    Negotiation for what mr.Riek?

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    • 25 June 10:02, by Redeemer

      Kiir & Taban should show that they are really for the people of this nation by uniting IO and install Riek back as FVP for the people rest, Taban should respect Riek as the head of IO or else quit IO

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      • 25 June 10:07, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        You be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, dude. If the tribal hardliners in Juba think they are the victors, why shouldn’t forget about Dr. Machar and just move on with mismanaging and misleading hapless people who believe in their decite.....?

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    • 25 June 10:03, by Eastern

      If you don’t see issues worth negotiations in the South Sudanese political debacle, the let the WINNER TAKE IT ALL; forget about Dr. Machar and enjoy your peace...!

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  • 25 June 09:54, by Eastern

    Kiir must not be allowed with his approach of putting the cart before the horse in the quest for peace in South Sudan. Peace negotiation INVOLVING ALL AGGRIEVED South Sudanese is the way forward not this national dialogue of cherry-pickers....

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  • 25 June 09:58, by jubaone

    Let’s be honest, it lies in the nature of the jienge that he neither knows dialogue nor does he understands it’s purpose. The jienge is either defeated or he defeats that is his logic and nature. Thus fully explains the perpetual revenge attacks in their societies. The same argument, he wants total submission and not dialogue. Dud jienge dialogue anywhere? No. Riak must put his conditions.

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    • 25 June 10:11, by Redeemer

      Jubaone
      The abusive language that are known for has retarded your ability to analyze meaningfully. your analysis above doesn’t carry any meaning

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  • 25 June 10:04, by jubaone

    History repeating itself? Again this senile jienge oldie who was used by Numeiri and now by the Kiirminal? Nothing good will come out of it. Was it not these very political thugs who first refused to listen to the voices of reason? At least JMEC wants an all inclusive dialogue with Riak. Now Riak MUST dictate the terms of engagement. Otherwise, they can swipe their butts with this document of ND.

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    • 25 June 10:21, by Redeemer

      Jubaone
      What was the voice of the reason that Dinka refused to listen to?
      the 1972 Adis agreement was a result of the movement with its dead. The only agreement Dinka refused to be part of was 1997 Khartoum agreement, no any other tribe was a party to except Nuer

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      • 25 June 10:31, by Redeemer

        Jubaone
        The problem with you is that you are corrupted for life. We have been saying this that Kiir has no ability to carry on this country what so ever but we cannot sell of our country by cultivating a force change in my country, never I will defend the dignity of my country to the last breath

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        • 25 June 10:34, by Redeemer

          I was addressing my above comment to Eastern not Jubaone

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          • 25 June 10:44, by Redeemer

            To all internet rebels
            If Riek was to be wiser than Kiir, and push him into elections by 2015, it would have been the shortest and acceptable way in this 21 century. You are not learning from the pass, SSudanese are indeed great people. You have just forgotten how they rejected Dr. Lam in elections. Con—

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            • 25 June 10:50, by Redeemer

              They rejected Dr. Lam because his position on separate south was not clear. The same thing the position of Kiir to develope SSudan is not clear, we have all witnessed. But Riek doesn’t know how to calculate politics

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              • 25 June 11:10, by jubaone

                Redeemer,
                The elections in April 2010 was to chose between Kiirminal and Lam to lead SS toward a successful referendum in Jan 2011. Kiir won and was made president of Southern Sudan and FVP of Sudan. When we attained independence in 2011, elections for president of the republic of SS was to be done. Kiir twisted the constitution and just continued as if nothing else happened..

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                • 25 June 11:15, by jubaone

                  ..Kiir was elected as president of Southern Sudan on the basis of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan 2005 and after independence was supposed to be elected president of the Republic of South Sudan on the basis of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011. All these was twisted and Kiir fooled most of us, that he was democratically elected. This is the historical lie.

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                  • 25 June 11:22, by jubaone

                    Kiir was NOT elected president of an independent Republic of South Sudan, but was elected president of the autonomous Southern Sudan under CPA. Do you see the difference? If we conducted elections some months after independence and Kiir won, then he would have been democratically elected and his position consolidated. But no elections then till today. He is constitutionally illegal. Not all SS ar

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                    • 25 June 11:24, by jubaone

                      ..are fools and I am not one of those. I want the truth cos it will set us all free.

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              • 25 June 11:28, by Eastern

                Redeemer,

                Are you done with your incoherent rant? Dr. Machar and ALL AGGRIEVED South Sudanese MUST BE INVOLVED in charting the future of South Sudan. Short of that forget any peace and stability in the world’s newest country. We cannot have the politics of exclusionists in Juba take root. We can’t have other South Sudanese live in forced exile as refugees and political dissenters, etc....

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            • 25 June 12:29, by Lokoli

              HI Redeemer.
              You are one of the stupid idiot Dinka on this web. You do not reason properly. Blood that came out of your’s head have retarded all of your generation. When you are educated that sun come from the east and set in the west. For you, it is the opposite. ND is for Dinka people full stop.

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            • 25 June 17:58, by Sunday Junup

              Redeemer,
              You are very stupid minded Dinka, where on earth can a person wait until day of election to declare his intention to contest? May be this can happen only under JCE. Dr.Riek did the right thing because he wanted SPLM ticket through SPLM convention. Why your uncle Kiir vocoted that?

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      • 25 June 10:54, by jubaone

        Redeemer,
        It’s the absence of foresight and lack of reason by the jienges that has brought us to this point. You were among those that supported the"parking" of Riak in SA and excluded him from any peace deals. Now to turn around and pretend to be conciliatory is absolutely stupid. I don’t buy to that. You and I are SS, but if after all these sacrifices the jienges turns around "we liberated SS an

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        • 25 June 10:59, by jubaone

          ..and born to rule", then we crack and explode. Let me confide to you one thing. As a jienge, you have to shed your skin of being terrified and held hostage by your JCE and speak loud for stopping the war, serious healing and reconciliation, apprehension of all those who did evil to civilians. I don’t think I can comfortably sit near a jienge and not think of blowing up his head.

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  • 25 June 10:48, by Newsudan

    pave way for what,Dr Risky,what else do you like apart from violence to ascended to power,please have your house arrest in peace, don’t bother us with your nonsense anymore.innocent civilians souls you murdered in Bor,Bentiu,Baliet,Malakal,Parieng,Will always haunt you wherever you are,

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    • 25 June 11:38, by Eastern

      Newsudan,

      Dr. Machar wants this rubbish, wasaka aka national dialogue to pave way to a negotiated political settlement by ALL AGGRIEVED South Sudanese. If you and the like really believe that Machar should have his house arrest in peace, you wouldn’t bother to reach out to him in distant South Africa. Why is El Tabani agitated when the world reaches out to Machar..?

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    • 25 June 11:40, by Eastern

      Newsudan,

      You first need to understand the meaning of the phrase PAVE WAY before you make your incoherent rant here...

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      • 25 June 13:05, by Redeemer

        Jubaone, Eastern, Lokori etc
        The only fear I have is you becoming mad when you dreams don’t come true. Just like the way the two PhD holders in the ( Riek & Lam) are because their dream of 1991 they are still on the run, forming political groups on yearly bases but they still remain empty due to 1st failure

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        • 25 June 13:15, by Eastern

          Redeemer,

          You are a moron; the events of 1991 are a blessing. If Dr. Garang was not jolted to change his ways of thinking, trust me you, SPLA will still be fighting in the bushes of southern Sudan. Look no further than the calamity that’s befallen Malik Agar’s SPLM-North...

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        • 25 June 14:00, by jubaone

          Redeemer,
          You see how illiterates and numskulls have gotten into? The entire whole is being led by educated, skilled and conscientious people except SS. Kiirminal is uneducated and has serious problems with educated people and therefore encircles himself with yes-people and stooges who lack vision. If you don’t want PDs then don’t go and start schooling. Just remain an illiterate and foolish.

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    • 25 June 12:56, by jubaone

      Newsudan,
      Don’t accuse Riak for having blood in his hands while you stupidly exonerate your jienge scoundrels who have also stained hands. If you don’t want Riak, then take that shit ND document and use it to wipe your butt. Lets just take it to the bitter end. Your jienge attitude of revenge is resurfacing here. Either you or the rest. Period.

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      • 25 June 13:37, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Jubaone

        National dialogue pave the way to peace, stabillity, and recouncilation in country,
        Yes, we Jienge (DINKA) need all above, but your tribal mindset toward jieng is resulting the absent of peace and stabillity.

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        • 25 June 13:50, by Eastern

          ...just because the dinka don’t want one of their own "humiliated" and sent out of the presidency as a result of ineptness....?

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        • 25 June 13:52, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Cont.........
          Jubaone, your days dreams, that you will achieve objective without Dinka wouldn,t work here,

          To remind you once again, national dialogu is for all s.sudanse but your renogatiation is to install your Dr. Riak in as FVP, and that one will be a simple cases, after people of s.sudan achieve peace.

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        • 25 June 14:06, by jubaone

          Garang Akeen,
          Completely wrong, the basis of peace now is ARCISS 2015. The ND is no replacement. How do we dialogue when even the agendas and objectives are not clear. Dialogue on what? Accept ARCISS and we dialogue on fine tuning it. If Kiirminal half heartedly implements the peace that painfully and tirelessly was negotiated by our friends, how sure are you this time?

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        • 25 June 15:20, by jubaone

          Garang Akeen
          Get this straight and clear ARCISS 2015 first, then ND follows. You are reversing the order and putting the cart b4 the donkey and this is convoluted jienge logic. It’s stupid and stagnant and will get us nowhere. The rest you can see 4 urself.

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          • 25 June 20:27, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Jubaone

            ACRISS wasn,t replaced, its still holding ground, and it was implemented, and if we leftout some issues in implementation, we should correct them in national dialogue, God didn,t mistake to place us here in this beautiful nation togather, to kill ourselves for seeks of position. We should site down as a family and dialogu, peace shouldn,t come outside but inside country.

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      • 25 June 16:27, by Redeemer

        Jubaone
        The common problem which you guys are suffering is being guilty. Whenever you hear someone saying (we liberated) the country, means whoever has taken part. So it is you who says (we) means Dinka because of the facts that you were either in Equatoria Defend Force or South Sudan Liberation Army of riek with 0 contribution

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        • 25 June 17:34, by jubaone

          Redeemer
          Now you see the jienge attitude? 0 contribution to liberation of SS? So we the rest put up for a clean referendum in 2011 were your idiots? When Equatorian Corps started Anyanya 1, they were idiots? Watch out! This is exactly the reason I say, the MTN knows no dialogue. This time you are dealing with a different class of Equatorians. You want a show, let’s have it.

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  • 25 June 15:50, by Newsudan

    Jubaone
    hang your self if you don’t want dialogue

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    • 25 June 16:06, by jubaone

      Newsudan
      Hang myself cos of jienge ND? You can have me. It’s you to hang yourself. I have argued my case, you haven’t and un the jienge art goes for a short cut. We sane SS can’t hang ourselves and let idiots and worthless beings run the show. NO. ARCISS 2015 first then ND, if not shut up and get to your luaks and continue your jienge bullshitting.

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  • 25 June 16:18, by Lenin Bull

    Riek is possessed by Ngundeng spirit. What is wrong with national dialogue when it is a noble peaceful talks in which stakeholders exchange ideas rather live bullets? Please, Riek don’t waste our time and lives, just declare ceasefire in all your created frontlines, come home to participate in the national dialogue or if you are afraid as you are a proven coward riding on Nuers’ back then send

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  • 25 June 16:22, by Lenin Bull

    your disciples to participate and give your correct position in the national dialogue. Your five star hotel in South Africa as a war room/command Centre is very immoral and sinful. You think that if more fighting occur which means more deaths and suffering occur among both your troops and civilians in your areas and government areas then you will be called for peace talks?

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  • 25 June 16:27, by Lenin Bull

    Comrade Riek don’t read and analyse what is happening in Greater Upper Nile Region especially in Nuer territories( More deaths whether SPLA black or red, famine killing thousands silently, diseases killing people silently, np education for children, all elderly and physically disabled have all died because they could not run. Why do you subject your beloved people to such a horrible situation?

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  • 25 June 16:32, by Lenin Bull

    If you make peace your strategy whether unilaterally or through peace talks or even accepting the national dialogue will make you a hero who puts the interests of his people first, and eventually this will deprive President Salva Kiir of any pretext to continue fighting the war, forcing him to elections, hence shortening his days in power and finally evicting him out of J1.

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    • 25 June 17:01, by pabaak

      LeininBull
      There is no beloving people here for do you he care for them other than use them as tools to achieve his political ambitions. If they understand what Riek has been ddoing since he first rebellion against Dr. Garang then they shouldn’t follow him no more he abandoned his rebels and went to peace with jallaba which the agreement did not bear it’s fruit. You’re true he has bad spirit which

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      • 25 June 17:05, by pabaak

        Motivated him work and think against people of S. Sudan
        He has know that he can not win tbe war nor he can win the election to be President of this country.

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  • 25 June 16:36, by pabaak

    Riek is always think every thing if it’s not is his way then is wrong, and I wonder how he has become successful thinker, he one committed genocide two times, in 90s and 2013 on ward, his political failure will hunt him where ever he go,he can’t manage his own kin white army leave alone managing the country.

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  • 25 June 16:41, by Lenin Bull

    Riek the White Army is exhausted and are either surrendering daily or are going to refugee camps in neighboring countries. You have lost the war please. The only honorable strategy left now is to accept peace to reign in South Sudan and this is what South Sudanese citizens want. This is what GOD wants too. The Republic of South Africa is a land of a GREAT PEOPLE like Nelson Mandela, Frederick,

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    • 25 June 17:41, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      If Riak’s white army is surrendering why then initiate a dialogue with him? You’re just being foolish. Someone who is already lying low cant fall again. Riak is parked in SA, just go ahead with your jienge dialogue. We have urgent work to do in the bushes of Equatoria - MTN hunting.

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    • 25 June 17:41, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      If Riak’s white army is surrendering why then initiate a dialogue with him? You’re just being foolish. Someone who is already lying low cant fall again. Riak is parked in SA, just go ahead with your jienge dialogue. We have urgent work to do in the bushes of Equatoria - MTN hunting.

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  • 25 June 16:48, by Lenin Bull

    De Klerk, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, etc who achieved an unprecedented victory nonviolently for their people and land through peaceful dialogue, correct moral political strategies that do not alienate one ethnic group, and put love above hatred. Please, take time while there to consult their archives, read their good books of their noble heroic struggle to change South Sudan for good.

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  • 25 June 16:51, by Lenin Bull

    If you use your stay in South Sudan to engineer killings and war while you are far away from it, then your presence there is nothing short of defiling the holy land of nonviolent struggle.

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    • 25 June 17:47, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      A jienge talking on nonviolent struggle? Oh how wonderful. Perhaps you should have told our people to just beg the jellaba to let go SS. Why don’t you use this pacific attitude to get the Apuks-Aguoks in Warrap and those butchering themselves in Rumbek to sit down? Did you talk to your nyors about nonviolence?

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  • 25 June 18:35, by Lenin Bull

    Jubaone you are possessed by the evil spirit of your greatgrandmother who was a deadly witch and a sorcerer. How do you juxtapose a great rebellion/IO whose fundamental objectives are supposed to be national with this diabolical hatred against the Dinka/Jienge people? You rightly put it that you have an urgent job to do and that is "hunting down MTN/Jienge in the forests of Equatoria.

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  • 25 June 18:40, by Lenin Bull

    Jubaone any rebel movement you are a member in will fail utterly from achieving the desired goals. Because killing any innocent fellow country men or women, children, elderly simply on ethnicity is immoral, sinful to GOD the Creator, and a foolish self-contradiction on the side of such a clumsy liberator/revolutionary.

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  • 25 June 18:46, by Lenin Bull

    If the white army is not surrendering, what do you make of the recent Kampala Yei IO faction peace accord? What about the Anyanya faction led by a certain Acholi Brig.Gen who surrendered with 10 other IO officers of various ranks, What about the Mundari IO officers who left the bushes of Mundariland two days ago and came to Juba to beg for reintegration and support, the Zande nation has abandoned

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  • 25 June 18:51, by Lenin Bull

    Riek’s rebellion for selfish interests for good. Now Zandeland is peaceful and quiet and slowly life is returning to normal and children going back to schools. Anyhow my brother JUBAONE, surrendering or not surrendering the bottom-line is killing unarmed innocent civilians from whichever ethnicity is immoral and unjustifiable whatsoever.

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  • 25 June 19:01, by Lenin Bull

    JUBAONE analyzing from the way you write, you are not in bush fighting as one of IO cadres but you are just a sham internet warrior writing either in the comfort of diaspora or hiding in some internet cafe in Juba. If you truly were you would be more objective and protective to IO’s vital interests and that is not to target anyone tribe. Please, my brother change your kokora infested little mind.

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  • 25 June 23:01, by Sunday Junup

    Lil Bul,
    Who is this person talking nonsense like New Sudan and Garang Akeen? Please give us a break, we are tired of Dinka lie since 1983. Learn to accept truth. Why you go begging Dr.Riak if you did not fail in finding what to do about ND. Why Kiir resigned have you ask yourself? Go ahead with your fake ND, we other priorities

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