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Abyei MP calls Misseriya alternative government a “mockery”


By Julius N. Uma

December 5, 2010 (JUBA) - The MP for Abyei has strongly criticized the recently formation of an alternative government in the oil-producing by the Misseriya tribe, who are demanding a right to vote in a referendum to decide the region’s future.

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Arop Madut Arop, the MP for Abyei addresses the media on the situation in the oil-producing Abyei region during a press conference held in Juba, South Sudan. July 5, 2010 (ST)

Abyei, currently on the northern side of the north-south border is due to decide through a plebiscite whether it wishes to remain in the north or join what could be a newly independent south Sudan after a parallel referendum.

On Thursday, Arabic daily, Al-Sahafah, reported that Misseriya chiefs had established an alternative government to supplant the current administration in Abyei.

Abyei MP Arop Madut Arop responded to the move by saying it was “mere mockery system” created by a “merchant class of Arab slave traders with business mentality”.

The legislator told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Sunday that the alternative government, if truly formed, totally violates the Abyei protocol provisions within Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

“How can you start thinking of forming a government in a region which is still under negotiations? Are the Messeriya tribe and their entire leaders really in their right state of mind?” he asked.

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the former southern rebels the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) who have shared power and wealth since the CPA in 2005 have been in and out of negotiations over the region since October.

The NCP demand that the Misseriya, who enter the region to find pasture for their cattle for some of the year be accorded full voting rights, whereas the SPLM say that only the Dinka Ngok the permanent residents of the area be allowed to vote. With little over a month until voting is due to begin the two sides have failed to agree who is eligible to take part or establish the commission to carry out the referendum.

Arop blames NCP leadership for “deliberately” delaying both the southern and Abyei referendum leading to the timely conduct of the southern referendum, saying the latter fears losing cheap labor, resources, and other services allegedly being provided by the southern population.

He denied reports that the Dink Ngok tribe were planning to organize their own referendum, should the NCP and their southern counterparts, Sudan’s Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) failed to break the deadlock over Abyei vote.

The MP also accused Thabo Mbeki, the former South African President, who currently head the African Union high level implementation panel on Sudan, for “taking sides” in the ongoing Abyei negotiations.

“Thabo Mbeki has lost neutrality in the mediation process. His [Mbeki’s] brother has business links with the Khartoum regime and this is something we all know about. Now, how do you expect such a person to act as a mediator on sensitive issues like the one on Abyei?” Arop asked.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Messeriya alternative government, reportedly composed of 10 ministers, is earmarked to begin functioning on December, 25.


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  • 6 December 2010 04:46, by Thongjang Thongjang

    All arabs/Muslims need to stop talking bullshit when it came to issues of Abyei land of African southerners! Misseriya are going to victims on game of NIF soon! Rabbi Thongjang Thongjang.

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    • 6 December 2010 05:42, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      I strongly support the abyei’s MP Hon. Arop by calling Misseriya alternative govt a "mockery". But this is not enough to eradicate them from Abyei.

      We need full intervention from the GoSS and indigeneous people of Abyei to develop mature decisions.

      The issue of Abyei isn’t a laughing matter. Misseriya need Abyei not because they have decided but due to the influence from NCP personnels.
      Let us first vote for independence and we shall resolve the problem of Abyei later after this independence.

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      • 6 December 2010 06:05, by Mercy Madit

        Abyei remain part and parcel of Southsudan no matter how the messeriya chiefs are trying to twist things about.
        No government is genuine when it is formed without knowledge and participation of Abyei kingdom.
        Forming a government and give it the name of Abyei would be catastrophic in the long run.
        Time has gone when our right was snatched in our very own eyes helpless both diplomatically and militarily.
        The messeriya chiefs must come to their senses before adding fuel to the already burning fire.

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        • 6 December 2010 07:15, by Land-of-Cush

          MP Arop
          we need you Abyei citizens to raise up the issue mustly then Masseriya; because that land was and still the land of your grandfather that born grow up and died in it. If south-north are not ready to solved the issue and give right to the owner of land. I wish you could fight for your own independent as Abyei country; because CPA give right to you to choose whether to remain in north or back to south if not you can determine your own country without north-south.

          Arop don’t trust Thabo Mbeki he is not your native or other causins from other tribes in south.

          Remember that we live in South Sudan from 1956 with out getting any support from government of Sudan , no health, education, roads, building, business, and no intermarried as a one nation. Even our second capital city Juba was very poorer then any village in north Sudan.

          secession is an option

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          • 6 December 2010 09:36, by Deng Alier


            Arop Madut,is the right MP in the right place to crisis merchant Arabs of misseriya community ,misseriya are non citizen in Abyei area ,they have no right to form government or to have leadership in Abyei area,president bashir is beating drum for war but if South and north go back to war ,then misseriya community will enjoyed the goodness of war since they are on the boarder.

            Alier son

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  • 6 December 2010 10:53, by Kijana Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu

    Messeriya must joint southern Sudan government or otherwise Sudan has to be divide into hundred countries, we don’t care international anything everyone fighting for his right must have his right.


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    • 6 December 2010 13:27, by Genuine Leader

      Abyei Dinka community by ready and we are ready.
      i said this word last week. we southerners want Goss to bring back Abyei from north. am strong supporting any means to bring Abyei back whether................?
      G leader ,the future leader war without border with jalaba if unity expose onto spla.

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  • 7 December 2010 14:40, by Sudan virus

    The issue of Abyei was ruled out and signed by both NCP and SPLM in International court of Arbitration.And that is all>

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