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Kiir apologizes to Wau people for South Sudan five-year war

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President Salva Kiir speaks in Rumbek town on 28 February 2019 (SSPPU Photo)

March 5, 2019 (WAU) – President Salva Kiir asked for forgiveness from Waw’s inhabitants on Tuesday for “mistakes and suffering” committed by the state during the civil war and called to coexist peacefully.

Kiir resumed his Peace Tour in the Greater Bahr el-Ghazal after short interruption on Monday to receive Eritrean President and Ethiopian Prime Minister who were in Juba. After being in Eastern lakes, Western Lakes, Gok, Tonj states during the last week, he paid a visit to Wau State on Tuesday.

In a speech he delivered in a public rally held in Wau city, the President apologized to the people of Wau state for the years of war and the past mistakes that dragged the nation into mass destruction.

Kiir said the same SPLM that struggled for the independence of South Sudan was the same party that went into conflict with itself and later on caused consequences on the people of South Sudan.

“You the people of Wau, I want to apologize to you, I have to apologize to you because what had happened in 2013 and 1016 is what brought you at this point of suffering and it was the SPLM that was struggling for the independence of South Sudan is the same party that went into war with itself on power struggling,” Kiir said.

The civil war "is what brought you suffering and I have to accept this, as the head of state, though I did not do anything. I find myself mistaken because if it is my party that brought the problem to my people,” he further said.

In 2013, the power struggle between South Sudan President and SPLM chairman with his former vice-president and SPLM deputy chairman led to the eruption of fighting in Juba and the whole country.

Also, the clashes resumed in July 2016, after the signing of a peace agreement and Machar return to Juba.

President Kiir also urged the people of Wau which is known for its ethnic diversity to coexist in peace and abstain from revenge attacks.

“We have to work to reward our people with something good such that our people go back to their normal life," he said.

"I want to tell you that Wau is our home headquarters and even though we got many states, Wau is our headquarter. I want to tell the tribes in Wau, the Luo, Jeing, Fretit and all their neighbours, you were staying in peace without fighting, I want you from now to impress in this peace,” Kiir said.

The inhabitants of Wau are mainly Dinka and Fertit, as the town lies on the tribal boundary between these two ethnic groups. Furthermore, minorities belonging to the Luo, Jur Modo/Jur Beli, Balanda Boor/Balanda Bviri, and Nuer peoples are also in Wau.

The President further warned people against revenge attacks, stressing that nobody has to take the law into his hands.

“There are many people who have died during this conflict, but you those who lose your relatives, don’t revenge, I don’t want anybody revenge,” he said.

"It is time for peace and forgiveness," he added.

He called on holdout armed groups outside the town to return home and espouse peace. He further urged the peace signatory groups to stop recruiting soldiers ahead of the security arrangements implementation stressing it is a violation of the peace pact.

On the same vein, he called on those who are still at the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Wau to return to their homes since people are in peace now.

“We have people in UNMISS protection sites, please let them come out, nothing could harm them, there are some people who are telling these people not to come out but who will kill them if they come out,” Kiir asked.

According to the latest update released by UNMISS on 4 March, there are only 115 displaced persons in the PoC of Wau.

On the issue of cattle keepers and farmers, Kiir warns cattle keepers to control the movement of their cattle and not to destroy farms areas.

On the issue of the poor condition of the road, Kiir said since he comes by road, he is aware of the road condition and that he had already signed an agreement with the Chinese government to start construction of roads and to be paid in crude oil.

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  • 6 March 01:21, by Pakuai

    South Sudanese people need to be told the truth. What is Mr. Riek Machar and Lam Akol still waiting in Khartoum, North Sudan? Playing NgunDeng Buong superstitions isn’t being entertained some of these days guys. That Mr. Riek Machar and his bunch of traitors and for puppets/stooges would only come in ’May’ to come and take up positions after everything has or their ways have been smoothen up for them. And the Messiah and angels would just come and rule South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. Besides, South Sudanese people must be also told the truth of who is exactly keeping Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom and Uyai Deng Ajak? South Sudanese people cannot be simply blindfolded with the phrases to forgive one another when they are not told the truth>>>

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    • 6 March 01:33, by Pakuai

      Mr. Riek Machar and Lam Akol have been forgiven twice with their reckless quest for power at all costs with the blood of South Sudanese people. In addition to all these, who was behind the keeping South Sudanese ’negotiations’ ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and now North Sudan? You and your government and even South Sudanese people have requested for "national dialogue" right here inside South Sudan and in front of South Sudanese people but some circles in the US, the UN, their NGOs and lackeys here in IGAD countries refused, can South Sudanese people be told the truth what is really happening>>>

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      • 6 March 01:45, by Pakuai

        Is South Suda the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs and IGAD countries colony or are the South Sudanese people those countries subjects or slaves? Yes, there are some losers, foreign puppets/stooges, traitors and thieves like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nyabe and Rebecca Nyandeng who want the independent former greater Upper Nile to fulfill their Ngundeng Buong magician prophecy and their masters in the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs and some of their lackeys here in IGAD countries are afters sellout fools because most of the productive oil wealth are in former greater Upper Nile. Which are again happened to be 96% in Dinkas/Jiengs territories>>>

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        • 6 March 01:58, by Pakuai

          The level anger and hatred some of leaders have caused others isn’t simply going to be wished with phrases like forgive one another there must be accountability. Traitors like Riek Machar, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom and Thomas Cirillo all want the UN NEW WORLD ORDER government to be experimented in South Sudan and they want UN peacekeeping troops, police and the so-called ’regional protection force’ to come and protect them against South Sudanese people. These glaring questions are not been addressed to South Sudanese people, did we for our independence simply to come and let our country and our people be recolonized by the UN, peacekeepers, or regional countries? Guys, a country like Somalia was destroyed by people with ceaseless thirst for power at all costs at the expense of Somalians>>>

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          • 6 March 02:08, by Pakuai

            And those Somalians who destroyed their country have some sophisticated cartel in the US, the UK, gulf Arab states, Kenya and Abesh (so-called ethiopia). And these powerful cartels are the ones supporting traitors like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amuom and Thomas Cirillo. But you Mr. Salva Kiir weak leadership have let these traitors and foreign puppets/stooges and their foreign masters have a a footing in our country and over our people. Some of these traitors and foreign puppets should have been long time ago or some of them should rotting in jails. South Sudanese are sick of aimless coups and armed rebellions>>>

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          • 6 March 12:49, by Midit Mitot

            Pakuai,
            Hopefully your political affiliation is dome, try to modernize it please, insulting your leaders will drag you out of common senses.

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      • 6 March 05:09, by The Rhino

        Listen,

        Tribal leader Kiir and his gang club JCE,..Riak Machar and his IO thugs,all these people must be brought to Court to face charges against them on gruesome atrocities committed against the people of South Sudan.It is a mockery and severe form of insult to all victims in the country to witness that these criminals are still not being punished for what they’ve perpetrated,namely war crimes..

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        • 6 March 05:19, by The Rhino

          ..active killings and destruction of South Sudan.Kiir must ask apologies while standing behind prison bars with chains around his feet and hands.Machar,the same thing.IGAD and AU are too weak and have failed to establish the Hybrid Court.These matters must be forwarded and handed to the International Court to handle.If all these demands remain unanswered, then victims must urgently take laws to...

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          • 6 March 05:32, by The Rhino

            ..their hands,No jokes!How can it be that half a million people were killed and no one is accounted for?How can millions still live in camps,inside and outside the country and nobody is taken responsible for the mess?How can Kiir or Machar still have the guts to be ’leaders’ of the same people they kill?No,no,no these people are so rotten to the core.No one should accept or tolerate their foolery.

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            • 6 March 05:42, by The Rhino

              Pakuai/Kuch,

              You drug addict!Your walls of puke and garbage is getting too much.Go sing some cow songs instate damn it.Delusional jienge idiot!

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              • 6 March 06:05, by Pakuai

                The Rhino,
                Have fool or piece of trash ever sold me any ya loser? Let tell you fool. Internet is a good thing. A so-called Equatorial nobody can call a Dinka/Jiengs boy name online and get away with it. But on face to face basis Mr. The Rhino, some you online Equatorians cannot talk guys like us face to face. You low lives just can’t help yourselves. But when you are challenged head-on later. Then you would run to Northern Uganda and go and lie through your dirty teeth that you were targeted by Jenges govt simply because you are Equatorians as there a tribe call Equatoria that the Dinkas/Jiengs can stoop themselves low to target them?>>>>

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                • 6 March 06:17, by The Rhino

                  Pakuai,

                  No one is putting down his GUNs in Equatoria.Jienges are good targets these days, many are running away from Equatoria,sweet,sweet,deal with it.No mistakes from Equatoria this time.NAS/PDM will not join wicked peace if core issues are not properly addressed.You have your peace,so migrate back to where you came from, otherwise,war will continue, full stop!

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                  • 6 March 06:32, by Pakuai

                    The Rhino,
                    And what part of Equatoria that you loser is carrying your guns in piece of trash? Don’t tell me it is Yei river state loser. I will be damned if your Thomas Cirillo can even afford to get an AK47 from any country let alone arming cowards and losers who don’t anything. Fighting real wars isn’t the same like saying Jenge this or Salva Kiir this or posting nonsense online about Dinkas/Jenges. The Dinkas/Jenges fought off Arab encroachment to your villages before the gun powder was even invented. But as always. You losers just like to call people names like ’arrian Jenge’ or uncivilized Dinkas/Jenges. But when you losers are asked to verify to others the Equatorians civilization>>>>

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                    • 6 March 06:38, by Pakuai

                      But you pieces of trashes cannot verify anything. Where is the cotton farm in Equatoria where the Barias got their clothes from. I have never found or heard a cotton farm in Equatoria. But these pieces of trash often call Dinkas/Jenges when they don’t know who the Dinkas/Jenges really are

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                      • 6 March 07:32, by The Rhino

                        Pakuai,

                        You damned duck!Now listen to this very carefully,..you mentally dilapidated moron who refuses to see and accept the truth.This is not a surprise by the way for bloody lunatics like yourself suffering under heavy delirium, day in and out through his godforsaken fucking life to reject discipline and order.You worthless bastards ruined not only Equatoria but the entire South Sudan.Now......

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                        • 6 March 07:42, by The Rhino

                          Pakuai,

                          listen,..worthless creature,Juba and Yei were two beautiful clean towns then, but not after you greedy jienge bastards swarmed and defiled them.Before 2005,these beloved towns were evergreen, sweet smelling, orderly trimmed,tranquil and fresh!But after you uncivilized jienge vultures arrived,doom,chaos,anarchy and death came along,shit.We’ll invest to chase you filthy ghouls out,done!

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                • 6 March 06:18, by Pakuai

                  Mr. the Rhion,
                  Listen to me piece trash, we crisscrossed your whole Equatoria blasting out your cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan (mundukuru) and died in hundred of thousands in your towns and villages while you idiots where nowhere to be seen but Uganda, DR Congo l guess or in Kenya or Khartoum. When entered Yei in 1997, there was nothing special about it but was just a dusty town. But go to Yei to day. Same Juba, when we entered it in 2005. There was nothing in Juba but a lot Barias feces everywhere. But now look at Juba. But you bunch Equatorians online warriors who have never smelt the stench of gun powder or hear sSSH of bullets all their lives like call others they don’t who they really are some names, the Rhino piece of trash, watch your language buddy>>>>

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            • 6 March 06:54, by Pakuai

              The Rhino,
              Is that you who calls me drug addict calling for Mr. Salva to indicted by ICC? Good luck with that loser. Only Bantus or West African countries, DR Congo, Kenya or former Yougaslavia countries can let themselves bullied by the Europeans and America so-called ICC club. The Rhino piece of trash, not a single South Sudan man/woman can go to ICC idiot. We want Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Salva Kiir, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Rebecca Nyandeng Deng, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo and others tried here in South Sudan and South Sudanese and the guilty traitors and foreign puppets would be hanged here in South Sudan>>>

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              • 6 March 07:09, by Pakuai

                Listen Mr. The Rhino loser,
                Your greatest charlatan, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, evil juus (so-called israelis), King of Saudi Arabia, Queen of devil infested Leland of the UK, former prime ministers like Tony Blair and others have killed a lot innocent people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Palestinians and no ICC is going to indict them. Because they are caller the masters of the world, who make the world rotate, who have world oxygen and who control the world’s ocean wave----, in other words, the world exceptional and uninvicible beings>>>

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                • 6 March 07:19, by Pakuai

                  Mr. The Rhino low life,
                  Be very careful piece of trash. You whole Equatoria was on payroll and was in bed with our cloned so-called arab North Sudan during our war of independence. You losers are always inform to take advise from some superior Equatoria boys like Obuto Mamur, James Wani Igga and a few others, the know who is who in South Sudan. Your Thomas Cirillo was blasted out of Juba in 1992 and came and be given high ranking position than the real SPLM/A boys by Dr. John Garang>>>

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                  • 6 March 07:54, by The Rhino

                    Pakuai,

                    collect your shit and get out of Equatoria bastard or write a melancholic history book about how you used to be abused while carrying or cooking food to soldiers as a child.You are sitting on a powder cake,troll and its just a matter of time before you get squashed out.Yuweri Museveni will not be there to rescue your stinking cowardly ass’s.Fucking jienge idiot!

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    • 6 March 10:53, by Midit Mitot

      Forgiveness to WAU community? suppose to do this first since then to Nuer.

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  • 6 March 02:18, by Pakuai

    Mr. Salva Kiir and your allies, any fool who would dare try to bring anything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people, our cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan, gulf Arab states, their evil juus (so-called israelis) and some of their shifty allies in between into our country and onto people lives again would good as dead. These evils for our country and our people has gone too far and there are some South Sudanese who don’t want them in their villages. The evils can take dirty and cheap intrigues Bantus countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia or Botswana where those evils are worship>>>>>

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    • 6 March 02:28, by Pakuai

      Our experience with Arabs and white people has never been pleasant and we just need our time alone without them. Our ancestry made that terrible mistake to have welcomed Arabs into our country and we now know the consequences of that blunder. Fools or fake PhD doctors like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Majak Agoot and Pagan Amuom want to repeat that terrible mistake. But the fools and foreign traitors must watch out. Their inflated egos to be South Sudanese people leaders at all costs, however foolish have been proven to had crossed redlines and must be stopped>>>>

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      • 6 March 05:10, by Pakuai

        Mr. Salva Kiir should tell the greater Bhar El Gazelles citizens that they deserve better. The Dinkas/Jiengs and Jurchol have never betrayed the South Sudanese people quest for independence. Arrogant like Mr. Karubino Kuanyin Bol got frustrated and joined our arch enemy, but the greater Dinka/muonyjang community of greater Bhar El Gazelles region stood firm with the SPLM/A. Fertits communities were our cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan darlings. The real traitors are here in our greater Upper Nile region. Our Nuer ke Nyantoc, Shilluks and Murles were our cloned so-called of North Sudan body guards for oil fields>>>>

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        • 6 March 05:23, by Pakuai

          Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe and others stabbed the SPLM/A at back in 1991 ran to their cloned so-called arab North Sudan masters, went and signed their then so-called "Khartoum peace Agreement (KPA) in 1997 and let our steal our oil resource to arm themselves with deadly weapons. And when they were welcomed back in 2005. They came and boasted without shame that they too helped in fight against our arch enemy and in independence of South Sudan. Their Riek Machar, Lam Akol and others are now back in Khartoum and they will yet again be welcomed back like always and will come and boast again that they were in Khartoum for the best interest of South and the South Sudanese people!>>>>

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          • 6 March 05:39, by Pakuai

            And these greater Upper traitors are called PhD doctors? My arse, the sooner, the South Sudanese people remove Dr. before their names, the better. The so-called fake PhDs doctors are the greatest enemies of South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. Dr. Riek Machar, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe all in greater Upper Nile. South Sudanese have never even find their PhDs dissertations or theses to study the brains behind these selfish and full of inflated egos. I for one, have been saying all along. If the Nuers and Shilluks were not enterwined into the Dinkas/Mounyjiengs states in greater Upper Nile, then the Nuers and Shilluks should have been allow independence to go and live their child-like messy lifestyles. The so-called Twice East Dinka/Jiengs community of Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng and her ugly son should have been allowed to join their Pagan Amuom and Uyai Deng Ajak in-laws>>>

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            • 6 March 05:52, by Pakuai

              Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot, pagan Amuom, Adwok Nyabe, Rebecca Nyandeng and Uyai Deng Ajak thought they can use the greater Upper Nile oil wealth card to their selfish and egoistical cheap political advantage. But when selfish and egoistical political stunt was challenged with the creation of 32 states, which rendered over 90% of oil fields into Dinkas/Jiengs territories, the losers are now trying for three regions: greatest Upper Nile, greater Bhar El Gazelles and greater Equatoria. I just don’t know this what do these traitors, thieves, foreign puppets/stooges and losers really think they are to South Sudan and the South Sudanese people?>>>

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  • 6 March 05:35, by Eastern

    Apologies alone without action won’t pacify the country either. South Sudan and South Sudanese more than what Kiir is saying.

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    • 6 March 06:06, by The Rhino

      Eastern,

      Only jienges can fall for that apology nonsense.Its shocking to see this Kiir stand there in front of war traumatized people and ask for apologies meanwhile at the same time denying his active commands and participations in killing the very people he addressed, disgusting!

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      • 6 March 07:16, by Eastern

        The Rhino,

        Human life has been reduced to that of a few cattle in the land of jenge. That’s why there’s this thing called BLOOD COMPENSATION out there. So Kiir is trying to EXTRACT compassion from Wau folks by pretending to apologise - the word apology does not exist in the jenge language that I understand.

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        • 6 March 08:33, by The Rhino

          Eastern,

          Thousand percent correct!Vocabularies like,’Thank You’,’Iam Sorry’ ’May I’ let alone ’Apology’ never exist in jienges culture or tradition.Common courtesy is what distinguishes us humans from savages.As such,we must approach savages with the appropriate language they best understand,..fire with fire, full stop!

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          • 8 March 16:37, by jubaone

            Rhino
            Yes, Rhino. That is very true. You talk the baby language to babies or toddlers. It’d be stupid to talk adult language to them. In the same manner, the jienges understand savagery so we must lower ourselves and act likewise. We won’t raise them up to our level, we must stoop low to their level. That simple.

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    • 6 March 07:05, by South South

      Eastern,

      First peace, then apology, what do you mean by " South Sudan and South Sudanese more than what Kiir is saying", Another Karo English.

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      • 6 March 07:13, by Eastern

        South South,

        Please deal with it...!

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        • 6 March 12:09, by South South

          Eastern,

          You still my Karo friend. Change your heart, your mind, your thoughts and balance your judgement. We still have a lot of rooms in South Sudan for everyone to pursue his/her happiness. I will not deny for one day that mistakes have been committed against innocent people in South Sudan. Innocent people pay heavy prices during war. The only way to me to prevent that is to stop the war

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          • 6 March 19:17, by Eastern

            South South,

            I am not Karo; I am Eastern, the Eastern Rock! We can’t trade friendship over national issues; the current South Sudanese posturing to be incharge of the country are CREATING PROBLEMS FOR POSTERITY...!

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            • 6 March 23:03, by South South

              Eastern,

              This is just friendship over internet only. You are a big enemy of South Sudan and if you come to Juba you will be accused of high treason.

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  • 6 March 20:01, by garrak1520

    Why the apology and Why in his own state. To show seriousness go to states where you were killing your own south Sudanese and apologize. Don’t be a hypocrite. Kiir was the problem and is the ongoing problem of South Sudan. Be bold in your decision if you want to save the country.

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  • 6 March 23:56, by ARLIWA

    First of all Sudan Tribune needs to get its facts straight: Dinka is not the main tribe in Wau. But the Balanda, The Fertit and the Jur. There are Dinka but in Marial Byei.
    Second the suffering brought upon people of Wau was not the 2013 disagreement between SPLM but the politics and policies of the JCE and Juba administration dating back to 2005-2012. Lets speak the truth...

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