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South Sudan’s Tonj state governor to head emergency security situation


July 19, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir has assigned the governor of Tonj state, Aker Tong Aleu, to spearhead the state of emergency situation he declared in Wau, Aweil East, Gogrial and parts of Tonj states.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

Aleu is expected to visit each of the states where emergency was declared or summon the governor in each of the state for briefings and provide guide on what needed to be done to improve the security situation in these areas.

He said it was an honour to oversee the security situation in the four states for three months. Some of the area where emergency was declared have witnessed significant unrest in past months, mainly communal conflicts in Gogrial, Jonglei and Tonj states.

Observers have, however, interpreted the order to mean an attempt by the president to deter supporters of the former chief of staff Paul Malong Awan from resorting to armed opposition in protest over the manner in which he was treated.

Awan remains under confinement since he returned to capital, Juba, after he abruptly left immediately following the announcement of his removal from the position. All his supporters in the military and other key institutions have been removed from influential positions and placed under strict security surveillance.

Kiir on Tuesday convened an emergency meeting of the national security committee in the capital, Juba a day after declaring a state of emergency in parts of the country.

The meeting followed the communal clashes in four states. The state of emergency covered parts of Aweil East, Wau, Gogrial and Jonglei states.

The order did not mention which specific places in the state were affected. It not known which areas will be affected since such a declaration is usually followed by the introduction of special measures such as increased powers for the police or army, usually connected to civil unrest or natural disasters like earthquakes.

Martial laws apply for civil unrest in the area and in most cases, the measures affect operations of local schools and other economic activities since it hampers movement.


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  • 20 July 2017 06:17, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President, that’s the bad part of you, when you relieved someone, there’s no need to follow them or keep running after them. What does that really tells You? Get king Paul Malong out of your mouth ASAP and leave home alone! The man have nothing to do with Apuk vs Aguoks’ communal violence.

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    • 20 July 2017 07:07, by southsudan

      Mr. Kush

      You are just so stupid as your President. A nation so poor as yours is invested in killing its own people for the benefit of what? Can you remind your president that one day he will also die? Can you remind him of what legacy he wants to see from his presidency? I pity the suffering but also being an outsider, I just have to watch and keep reading about the suffering of the people of SS

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      • 20 July 2017 10:13, by South South


        You are very dumb. Your criminal president called Omar will die too one day or do you think Allah will keep alive for more than 1000 years. Sudan is a very poor country and that why young people from Sudan are putting their life in danger when they walk on foot to Libya looking for job. Shut up son of Mohammed and leave South Sudan alone.

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    • 20 July 2017 07:40, by deng

      By the way when Salva Kiir gonna leave J1 to visit those states he mentions. Hahahaha... Advised to keep digging his own grave his time is up. What a smart tactic Nuers vs Nuers, Aweil vs Aweil, Wau vs Wau, Jonglei vs Jonglei and nothing in Awan. Damn suckers!!!

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      • 20 July 2017 08:48, by Resolution

        Dear Deng,
        What a smart tactic Nuers vs Nuers, Aweil vs Aweil, Wau vs Wau, Jonglei vs Jonglei but no body vs dollar south Sudanese including Taban and Kiir families will die of hunger its matter of time, shame on them batch of robbers.

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      • 20 July 2017 14:45, by deng

        No my friend South Sudan people will not kill each other for just for Kiir Position you think these people are ignorant but not they know the truth.

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  • 20 July 2017 10:55, by Eastern


    Things are gradually spiralling out of Kiir’s control. Local movements within Juba has become a challenge due to fuel shortage. It is now NSS operatives selling fuel in black market at exorbitant prices. Remember in the current budget, subsidies on fuel are proposed to be lifted. Keep Kiir for another year, you know what will befall the country.....

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    • 20 July 2017 12:12, by South South


      Kiir is a red line, he is untouchable. You are talking from very far. Next year, you will not repeat the same words. You are Riek’s OI rebel and your comments, thoughts and suggestions are trashes. Kiir is a man, the only man at this time to tell everyone in South Sudan what should be done and what should not be done. People like you will not like it, OK show us what you do? Keyboard

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      • 20 July 2017 12:24, by Eastern

        South South,

        I like your half hearted attempt at drawing that red line whatever that means. Many such lines were drawn in the past and many will be drawn by folks like albeit in the sand. That said, the economic war on Kiir is gaining momentum at at a terrific pace. Just watch this space!!

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        • 20 July 2017 14:51, by South South


          When I draw red line, I know the power I have and I know the people standing with me. I am not like you sitting under computer for long hours and hope that will bring changes you want. You are lying about economic, SSP is very stable these days, lick your wounds, maybe that will help you to relax.

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          • 20 July 2017 16:32, by Eastern

            South South,

            Today Kiir dashed to Entebbe to see his mentor Museveni accampanied by a large entourage, you could be among them. Now with famine being reported in north western parts of South Sudan, army warms wreaking havoc in addition to dying economy, student Kiir needs to consult his southern guide ....

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            • 20 July 2017 16:49, by South South


              Museveni is a neck pain to you. I just returned from north western part of South Sudan. I left the area and I have not seen a single person dying. Museveni is a friend of South Sudan. We will continue exchanging information to benefit two nations. Food shortage should be over by the end of this month. Find something else.

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  • 20 July 2017 13:13, by Mr President 2037

    Your excellency President you’re looking great

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  • 20 July 2017 14:40, by deng

    President Kiir might received wrong advice from his advisers, those with him in government are against him.

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  • 20 July 2017 15:18, by Mike Charlie MC

    all under fake responsibility ,,, just one way to kill civilians shit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 20 July 2017 18:15, by Redeemer

      Can the so call observers prove that Aguok and Apuk fighting has something to do with Paul Malong supporters? or the killing in Jonglei? those are fake observers

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  • 20 July 2017 19:10, by garrak1520

    Kiir flies to Kampala days after declaring partial state of emergency:

    the people are dying of hunger, you are going to Kampala to talk about fall armyworm. The country is at war, the little revenue from oil sales is going to finance your stupid trips. Feed the people, pay the soldiers, working force and the contractors who fed your army, jump start the economy by paying the contractors.

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  • 21 July 2017 08:26, by Piny Cenkudak

    Governor of Tonj state is not the right man to supervise the state of emergency. He is part and parcel of the ongoing conflict between Apuok and Aguok, he is from Apuk and his community members are being targeted by other communities. Secondly, Kiir declared a state of emergency in 2014 in states of Unity and Jonglei and no supervisor was appointed among governors. What is so unique in this case?

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