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July 1, 2017 (JUBA) – A senior official from South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) has dismissed reports alleging that underground talks aimed at persuading President Salva Kiir to step down from the helm were currently ongoing.

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Daniel Awet Akot (ST)

Daniel Awet Akot, a presidential adviser on military affairs, said he was not aware of any underground talks at either the SPLM leadership, the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) or at regional forums.

“We need to put these allegations and rumour to rest. There are no talks of secession now. If President Salva Kiir wants to retire, if he wants to leave politics at will, he will come out in person and tell the SPLM leadership that it is time for him to step down and the SPLM leadership will go through normal procedures and processes to select the successor,” Akot told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

He added, “This is how it’s done worldwide, especially if you look at the history of revolutionaries. Look at how CCM [Chama Cha Mapinduzi] in Tanzania did their change of leadership when Julius Nyerere decided to leave politics. He was not forced to step down”.

Akot, who sits at the political bureau of the SPLM, said late Nyerere and Nelson Mandela, ex-African leaders who lead revolutions in their respective countries, ceded power without any agitation.

“There was no coup to remove Nyerere from power by the colleagues, even when he saw it wise and fit to block Benjamin Mkapa in favour of Ali Hassan. There was no uprising. He did so because he knew who would fit as the right choice to manage the affairs of the people of Tanzania at the time,” said Akot.

“That did not mean he did not like Benjamin Mkapa. He [Nyerere] liked him that was why he later became the president after Ali Hassan served. He was looking for someone from within the leadership who would maintain and establish a strong system and encourage peaceful coexistence and harmony, not only among members of the party but also across the country. The same is true for Mandela in South Africa. So why do people rush?” He asked.

Akot said not all who join revolutions eventually become presidents.

“If it is because of old age, which is what I hear being cited as the reason for pushing for changes, then who says all those who joined the revolution anywhere become the presidents all together, even if one has to serve for one month as the president,” stated Akot.

He further added, “That is something impossible”.

President Kiir, elected in March 2010, recently vowed not to step down by force, insisting it would set a bad precedent for the young nation.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between Kiir and his then-Vice President, Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. The fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over three million people fleeing their homes.

(ST)

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  • 1 July 21:32, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Sir Akot, what do you think p. Kiir should do? Personally, I think p.Kiir should step down immediately from power.

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    • 2 July 07:11, by Philosopherking

      Exactly. There is not a single reason why Kiir must stay as president. He has achieved nothing for the country in his 12 years. Thousands of lives lost and over $30, 000, 000, 000 wasted. he has planted hate among south sudanese communities and ransacked the name of South Sudan internationally. The only honourable thing left for kiir to do is step down and retire!

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      • 2 July 07:15, by Philosopherking

        It doesn’t make sense who some people in government still think Kiir needs to stay? Kiir has killed or chased away all the true revolutionaries including the mother of the revolution her self, her family, and everyone else who worked hard to liberate this country!

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  • 1 July 22:05, by Ranmediit

    Akot,keep dismissed very soon you will be on running without directions since you lost confidence in grounds.............since H.E.Dr,Machar left South Sudan for you everything was a ruin in South Sudan.

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    • 2 July 11:40, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Raam mitot

      Forget dr. Riak and join Taban Deng, your Machar was confined in south africa, till we achieve meanful peace without him.

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  • 1 July 22:28, by Theone

    President Kiir and Vice-president Wani have been with us in day one in bad & in good time.

    They have never never left their soldiers in the. Nobody will force them out, that IS VERY CLEAR!

    NOW; those who prefer the rebellion; you rather come back or you’ll be rotten in the Bush or refugees camps.

    GOOD LUCK!

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    • 2 July 09:55, by jubaone

      Theone
      You could be right, Kiirminal and Wani never left their soldiers. Even now, they have and will NEVER leave their soldiers. To them soldiers lives matter more than civilian lives. See how many civilians have been killed? It’s a country by soldiers for soldiers.

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  • 2 July 00:18, by Deng II

    Are there any best ideas President Kiir still never introduces? if yes, when will he introduces them to saves the country from breaking down? I think, the best idea left from President Kiir is to stepdown, give it to any one, an exception of Dr. criminal(Riek), Lam Akol,and Taban Deng.

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    • 2 July 11:11, by Whortti Bor Manza

      Deng ll,
      That’s great. All these cohorts should leave power. Kiir, comedian Wani, Riek, killer Kuol Manyang, and All the bankrupt a and corrupt SPLM leaders. From 2005 till this moment what is it that they have done good for the people.

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  • 2 July 00:23, by gatkhor Nueri

    Being a Dinka in S.Sudan is a big problem,it’s like HIV/AIDS.
    I have told you that several time,Dinka could never tell the truth,even Coming of Jesus.
    They talk for something which is relate to true and tomorrow they changed it again.

    Dinka could never give you a seat or even position in sun ray, He/She could never give it to you.
    Daniel Awet Akot,during struggle they are those loot our propertie

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  • 2 July 00:25, by Sunday Junup

    No smoke without fire

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  • 2 July 01:54, by Theone

    Tribalism is a disease,it is a silent killer just like a High blood Hypertension. Don’t kill yourself with nonsense tribalism, we are all commrads.

    Stop being used by those warmongering who sent their abroad to study or live a good life while your family are dying

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    • 2 July 05:38, by Nairobimitot

      I agree with you tribalism is cancer. We are all South Sudanese with the same blood. We need to redefine our destiny as one people.

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  • 2 July 05:14, by john akeen

    If I was one of the govemment, I will hire or great a good journalists that can make Rebels lies funny on TV

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    • 3 July 08:52, by Theallseeingeye

      John Akeen
      I think the Gov should hire you for free to make jokes because you have made one already you know why? because how is the Gov going to sustain there payment/salary since it cannot pay civil servants for four to five months? huh

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  • 2 July 05:43, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    In a democratic institutions leaders are elected and not selected. Secondly you can not compare great african icons with South Sudanese murderers. Hassan Mwinyi from Zanzibar was elected to cement national unity under the banner of Tanzania. Under this icons no journalists, foreigners, citizens were killed by their own soldiers.

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    • 2 July 06:58, by Philosopherking

      Exactly brother. It makes me laugh, Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Mkapa, Julious Nyerere, and then Kiir....hahaha. Kiir’s term expired long time ago. he is no longer an elected president, he is there as a result of the peace agreement that he has himself dishonoured. Honestly, what is it that Kiir has done for the South Sudanese people that makes some groups think he is irreplaceable?

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      • 2 July 07:01, by Philosopherking

        The liberation struggle was led by John Garang, and not Kiir. So lets not change history. Kiir is an accidental president, who is incapable of ding anything positive for this country. Since 2005, he has achieved nothing by destruction, division etc.

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        • 2 July 08:05, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Hon. Daniel Awet Akot

          Innocent Dinkas are targeting across the country, because Pres. Kiir hail from dinka community.
          I wish him to step aside in 2018 election where each ever party should nominate theirs candidate to contest presidency,

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          • 2 July 08:20, by Eastern

            Garang Akeen Tong,

            There are no innocent dinka in all the mess created by the monstrous SPLM. No single dinka community has come out to condemn JCE who are the ones fanning the misrule by Kiir. Don’t think of any elections in South Sudan in 2018. Kiir has to step down now to allow the country implement reforms that will lay ground for FUTURE elections under a transitional administration....

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            • 2 July 14:16, by Kuch

              Eastern,
              We are are here chap. South Sudan is a dinka/Jieng country. Mr. Eastern, your North Sudan is a Dinka/Jieng men’s country. You fools & yours foreign masters think; they can play our country & our people as their weak country to play game with. Like their many country of of their so-called arab countries like North Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, their evil juus>>>

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              • 2 July 14:59, by jubaone

                Kuch,
                True, SS is a jienge republic and you say it’s also men’s country? Oh! Does this explain the homosexual tendencies in jiege men as influenced by luak where young men cuddle each other? God forbid. That is also the reason why your nyanjienges don’t mean anything except for procreation. Even your cows are better than them. Wow!

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  • 2 July 07:54, by Eastern

    These SPLM dead wood continue to delude themselves. The South Sudan’s problems in incomparable to those of the other countries let alone the age. South Sudan attained her independence in the 21st century when governance has greatly changed thanks to the social media and other fora...

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  • 2 July 08:24, by Eastern

    The entire dinka community after having being SOILED BY THE JCE will have to do some house cleaning for other South Sudanese to consider them fellow country people. The hate and dislike created by the current conflict is monoumental and will require a great leader who will not IMPLANT TRIBALISM like Kiir has done as advised by JCE....

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    • 2 July 08:47, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      Kiirminal should hang on to power. This is jienge republic, by the jienge for the jienge. It’s hopeless and the jienges pushed this wheelbarrow into deep shit. They must remove it alone. The rest should fix their shit and again they backslide and do it all over? No. We want this mess to continue and all breaks apart by default.

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    • 2 July 11:33, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Easter

      I personally wish pres. Salva Kiir to step down, and we will see, which tribe will take over president seat, to sobatage him/her and target his or her tribe as it did to us, you don,t know that Salva Kiir is for peace & unity in our country.
      I wish him stepdown immediately.

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      • 2 July 12:43, by jubaone

        Garang Akeen,

        No the kiirminal must NOT step down. Who is going to clear up this shit? He brought it, he must clean it. If he is a responsible husband and has wive(s)and children, you just dont quit your family and say good bye, NO. You fix the problem, unless ofcourse the kiirminal does NOT know how to raise children but only knows making them. Animals do that also.

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        • 2 July 15:15, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Jubaone

          Don,t say no, You are the very people call him to stepdown, we accepts your request brother.

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      • 2 July 13:36, by gatkhor Nueri

        In all S.Sudan as whole no One who have full forgiveness heart like Riak machar in Our country,You go and take study again, you leave tribal aside.

        all this people include Stupid Taban Deng (STD)they are all spy,
        no one have a heart for live of citizens of S.Sudan.

        Bia te Mal! Cie NyaRuop Deng

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  • 2 July 08:26, by lino

    Gen. Kiir Mayardiit must come out by his own will in front of South Sudanese People and announce his resignation from power as Edward Lino Abyei suggested to him in 2014 after the crisis.
    There will be little good things to mention about him this way; else, his history will end miserably!!!

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  • 2 July 08:49, by Kuch

    Whoaw!! What a great photo of Mr. Daniel Awet Akotdit? Did the photographer snap him in prepared? I thought public officials photos are Photoshopped like celelibratists in other parts of the world? But not in South Sudan, not with SUDAN TRIBUNE anyway. If this since SUDAN TRIBUNE were to be a registered tabloid in South Sudan. It would have been reined in ages ago with it outrageous massive propaganda>>>>

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    • 2 July 09:05, by Eastern

      And that’s exactly how Daniel Awet looks; nothing less, nothing more...

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      • 2 July 09:41, by Redeemer

        The only thing is if Kiir steps down, there will be the end of Riek’s political career. He will remain with two options only
        1 To continue the war, his reputation will become -0 as it is at 0 now
        2 Come and challenge the new candidate. We don’t want any tribal leader. The damage they have done is enough, they must all go

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      • 2 July 09:54, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern,
        Get this very clearly evil, Daniel Awet Akot looks like this but not ’his tongue & his black complexion’. Our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. We don’t like you & we will never ever want you fools in our country. This is not going to happen under the sun. Fools, your Riek Machar so-called white army are not evil corporate America, the UK, the evil juus, their UN,>>>

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        • 2 July 10:03, by Newsudan

          Kuch
          The likes of Jubaone, eastern and the rest were former militias of Khartoum.militiasm is their way of life.

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          • 2 July 12:49, by jubaone

            Newsudan,

            I wasnt one, neither will I be one. But if that were the case, then better a khartoum proxy and militia who doesnt rape, kill and is lawless than a jienge savage that is a worthless SPLAnyor like shit. Are you not the very jienges now running in droves back to your jellaba masters like hungry dogs going for meatless bones? Ya ibn al kelb?

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        • 2 July 10:07, by Eastern

          Kuch,

          Why are you so paranoid about the dark complexion of Awet Akot? I recently warned you about the trend you are taking towards schizorphrenia. Now you are just givinh me hints that you are a paranoid schizorphrenia candidate. Without involving ALL AGGRIEVED South Sudanese in charting the way forward, is a waste of time and resources by Kiir and cohorts....

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          • 2 July 10:44, by Kuch

            "Now you are just *givinh*" me hints that you are "a paranoid schizophrenic candidate" Good luck with that with your foreign dirty intrigue in our country *Eastern*. You fools & your lowly foreign masters think, you can use our country & our people as their some of their fools to Geo-political chess game played around & then get away with it>>>>

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            • 2 July 10:53, by Kuch

              Mr. Eastern, we are here fool. We are going to bomb your damn mighty US ( UNIMISS), Djibouti, the UK (London), Eastern Jerusalem, Central Kenya (Nanyuki, Laikipia), South Africa; we will have some problems with the ’Germans in Namibia’ in Southern Africa though. Mr. Eastern, we want a war chap>>>>

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              • 2 July 13:48, by Kuch

                South Sudan is a Dinkas/Jiengs men country, Sudan is a Dinkas/Jieng country. Cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Mr. Eastern have nothing in our country, nothing chap.

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          • 2 July 12:58, by jubaone

            Eastern,
            I cant see the "Jienge Trademarks" on his forehead clearly. But his flaccid and hanging lips with extraordinarily massive tongue that fills the entire mouth are clearly jienge features. Typical congenital liars and hypocrites. Wow! That is the "raw" jienge, not particularly the evolved and refined human beings. No wonder SS was rated to have the ugliest people in a beauty contest recently

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        • 2 July 10:21, by Kuch

          their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus pawns/proxies to be fighting their aimless wars in our country. Mr. Eastern, we are back fellows. Our Nile is being coveted by our arch enemies----the evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs & some of their rubbish in between>>>

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          • 2 July 12:40, by Eastern

            Kuch,

            I don’t care less about the Nile like your SPLM demigods who are already hobnobbing with Egypt over the same......SPLM is shrouded in self-woven intrigue; don’t cry because of your own eveil machination...

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  • 2 July 09:48, by Newsudan

    go on Kiir Mayardit
    The croaking of frogs does not prevent cow from taking water.South Sudanese will never accept any leader,even Dr Garang knew this,they only appreciated his work after he died, the same thing is happening now , they will only recognised your contribution after you Joined our hero Dr Garang.

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  • 2 July 10:47, by Lenin Bull

    Million congratulation to Daniel Awetdit Akot. You have correctly said it. That is the right way of doing succession affairs. Keep it up and keep educating those power hungry mongrels of NGUNDAENG that that is what is going to happen but not outdated military coups or meaningless civil wars.

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  • 2 July 10:54, by Lenin Bull

    When late Dr.John Garang started to invited Riek Machar and Lam Akol 1984 one and half years after the SPLM/SPLA was founded he had wanted to prepare and train them for fight the great heroic liberation struggle war for our proud homeland and for any eventuality including anyone of them succeeding him either in the bush as Chairman and C-IN-C of SPLM/SPLA of course in a democratic ethical way but

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  • 2 July 10:59, by Lenin Bull

    little did late Dr.John Garang know that these two fake PHD holders were only Nuer and Shilluk agents who only speak English and Arabic languages and nothing else.

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  • 2 July 11:06, by Lenin Bull

    Had Riek Machar and Lam Akol been faithful to the cause of and in the course of our liberation struggle since 1984 to 2005 or up to 2011 by now one of them would have become our president of course including our leader President Salva Kiir. Shame on Riek and Lam Akol for pitching high tone of tribal politics in South Sudan. Future and history will not forgive them.

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  • 2 July 11:11, by Lenin Bull

    Late Julius Nyerere once told Tanzanians that " He or she who talks about tribalism where tribalism doesn’t exist is himself/herself the creator of tribalism and should be charged for it." Riek and Lam Akol have made it their number one duty to talk about Dinka tribalism in South Sudan even when in reality it doesn’t exist. If it does or did what would have brought them into the SPLM/SPLA and

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    • 2 July 17:03, by Kuch

      Lenin Bull,
      We are here brother. People who can challenge our country, our people & our allies are us, our selves. The Dinkas/Jiengs of the Sudan. We are going bomb the mighty US, island of England, part of the so-called ethiopia; Gambella region; Djibouti,... Central Kenya, island of England, their evil juus; we are here fellows>>>>

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  • 2 July 11:17, by Lenin Bull

    rose to become monsters in South Sudan( Alternative High Commanders, secretaries of commissions, and finally First Minister of Foreign Affairs of SPLM, and Vice president of Southern Sudan in the then GONU ? Power hunger to be a national leader should not be be baptized as struggle for this or that by Riek and Lam.

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    • 2 July 13:32, by Eastern

      Lenin Bull,

      Save your breath for cooling your porridge!!! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT Dr. Machar is up to; try something else...!

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      • 2 July 14:35, by Kuch

        Eastern.
        Stop never warns, Lenin Bull. He knows what he doing, you don’t know you are doing. You are just piece of shit that we are going to walk over out of our country once & for all. Eastern, get your rubbish out of our country, Eastern North Sudan. Damazine, is where you evil belongs. We are going to bomb you & your masters out of our country>>>

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        • 2 July 16:40, by Eastern

          Kuch or Kus,

          Damazin, North South, blah, blah.....By the way, there’s no place called North Sudan. The dinka haphazardly chose the name South Sudan without thinking there was no North Sudan to it!!! There’s northern Sudan at Wadi Halfa and southern Sudan bordering South Sudan. I have every right to fight Kiir and the multitudes of idiots following him for food...

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  • 2 July 14:18, by Lenin Bull

    Thank you Eastern.

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  • 2 July 17:44, by Lenin Bull

    Thank you Kuch. Eastern must be reminded that self-contradiction in any struggle be military or political deadly self-defeatism. Look you can’t be spiting such a venom of hate against the Dinka nation as a whole be counted a nationalist. The government of South Sudan has all faces of the sixty plus tribes in it and any mistake the government makes can’t become a Dinka mistake only.

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  • 2 July 17:51, by Lenin Bull

    Eastern and all other NGUNDAENGISTS, let me help you with this illuminating advice perhaps it will you achieve some successes for NGUNDAENG’s sake. Change from this generalized hatred against the innocent Dinka nation to hating the government and its apparatus. Even GOD, the international community, and truth-loving people across the world will not support your cause if don’t hearken to this

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  • 2 July 17:58, by Lenin Bull

    divine truth. Without Dinka in your midst you will have no meaning. Look at South Sudan today. Dinka oil fields flowing day and nights are ones keeping the government offices in Juba running including paying soldiers of SPLA and regular armed forces, and above all the same oil money is what is keeping the current 28/32 states running. Examine and tell us any meaningful strategic resource from any

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  • 2 July 18:05, by Lenin Bull

    part of South Sudan. Oil from Dinkaland, Large farming from Awiel and Renk all in Dinkaland, cows, goats and sheep which give milk and meat from Dinkaland, fish from Dinkaland, game parks from Dinkaland except Murleland, etc. Without the Dinka people and the strategic resources GOD blessed them with, there can be no South Sudan. The Nuer burned down their oil fields in Tharjiath during the heights

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  • 2 July 18:10, by Lenin Bull

    of NGUNDAENG hysteria and madness in 2014-2015.

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  • 2 July 18:21, by Lenin Bull

    The gold reported in Kapoeta state is a one-man resource and even if the less-then-a kilo pieces of raw gold mined out per a month is mined and sold out, its money cannot even buy ten sacks of sorghum for the ever hungry Toposa people live alone the ten million South Sudanese citizens. Dudes have a comprehensive knowledge about country and people and do away with this childish hatred.

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    • 2 July 20:06, by Eastern

      Lenin Bull,

      You have tried hard but failed. Thanks to the biting poverty, dinka youth with the support of their leaders have already resolved to have all Equatorians working for NGOs sent out of their villages. Between 2005-2013 government jobs were dominated by inept dinka and nuers; Equatorians were made to seek employment in NGOs. The brteakup of South Sudan is foregone case...

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