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President Kiir witnesses signing of Jonglei peace deal


May 5, 2012 (BOR) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir witnessed the signing of peace deal by representatives of Jonglei States six ethnic communities on Saturday in Bor as chiefs expressed reservations over lack of punishment for those accused on child abduction and cattle raiders.

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Crowd attending the signing ceremony in Bor May 5, 2012 in Bor (ST)

However, President Kiir blessed the deal as “historical” and asked traditional leaders respect the accord.

Main recommendations identified unemployment, underdevelopment, lack of roads and child abduction as issues that should be addressed by the government. Return of abducted children and women is also recommended alongside creation of the buffer-zone and road construction in Jonglei State.

Paramount chiefs from Greater Bor, Greater Akobo, Greater Fangak and Greater Pibor as well as head chiefs representing Anyuak, Jie and Kachipo communities put their thumb stamps on the booklet to show their commitment in front of thousands of people at Bor Freedom Square on Saturday.

Some traditional leaders expressed dissatisfaction with the deal, complaining that it does not address how core issues will be handled in future.

“I signed this peace agreement without what I had wanted. Many things are missing,” Manyok Ajak, Twic East Paramount chief told the gathering. Adding: “I signed because I know we are a new state and it is good to test and see what the government will do to make this peace a reality.”

South Sudan became independent in January but face many challenges including insecurity in Jonglei, which has seen massive raids and counter attacks over the last year killing over 1,000 and - in December and January alone displacing over 100,000 people.

The majority of the recent clashes are between the Luo Nuer and the Murle tribe but there have also been instances of raids within and between the larger Nuer and Dinka groups.

Before the peace process a six-week disarmament campaign collected over 10,000 arms, according to the army. However this has also led to some armed groups hiding in remote areas or crossing the border into Ethiopia.

Chief Manyok said penalties for cattle raiders and child abductors should have been included in the text. Compensation for people and cattle looted after the disarmament civilians in greater Bor by Murle should have been included, he said.

The presidential peace committee chairperson, Archbishop Daniel Deng did not responded to the queries in his speech but warned that the accord may collapse if both sides; the government and the chiefs don’t cooperation. Many peace accords between Jonglei’s communities have been signed before but failed to stop the violence, a pattern which many fear will be repeated with this deal.


Paramount chief of Murle, Nganthou Kawelojok, meanwhile said that the peace accord would have been stronger if a new state of Pibor is created for the Murle out of Jonglei, which is South Sudan’s largest state.

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Chiefs being assisted to sign the peace deal in Bor, May 5, 2012 in Bor (ST)

But Gatluak Thao, paramount chief of the Lou Nuer dismissed creation of a new state based on demand of particular community but “the government can concern available resources and consider creation of a new state based on population.”

Jonglei State governor Kuol Manyang called the deal a “mega” step toward restoring peace in Jonglei state. Governor Kuol also called for independent monitoring for the implementation of the peace accord by renewing the mandate of presidential peace committee.

“To ensure sustainability of peace building process, I wish to appeal to your comradeship to extend the peace committee to monitor the implementation of the peace accord,” governor Kuol said.

UN Secretary general’s representative, Hilde F. Johnson said the peace accords open a new paper for the perception of Jonglei State around the world.

“This is a feasibility of new chapter in Jonglei state and ending of the chapter of the circle of violence,” Johnson said.

“Jonglei has been famous around the world … because of violence that took place. Today is the opportunity to say ‘no’ to that violence. But no is not enough, resolutions are not enough, we need peace to be followed by dividends of peace to the people, in cattle camps,” she said.

Ms Johnson urged the government to provide security and making sure that road networkds are improved to allow communities to interact and trade as well allow the police and army to respond to reports of raiding.

President Kiir said the “historical peace” should be owned by the people and protected. He said the government will do its part and asks the chiefs to play their parts.

The peace accord does not specify on implementation modalities or how it will be monitored. Draft copies seen by Sudan Tribune does not detail an implementation time frame.

Signed copies, according to the members of the presidential peace committee, had not been released to the media by Saturday evening.


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  • 6 May 2012 07:09, by George Bol

    Fire squad is another solution to those who steal cattle and children. Greedy people are using innocent and poor against the other poor.

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    • 6 May 2012 08:04, by The Republic of South Sudan

      Dear All,

      There is no country in this world which doesn’t emerge from war. Bearing this in mind, post conflict countries faced a number of challenges ranging from inter-communal violence, corruption, lack of policy and good governance.People will be happy if the change expected is on going. We should not expect change to happen in SPLM (Salva Kiir)leadership since the president is Anti-books.

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      • 6 May 2012 18:51, by Gunkills

        I demand you to change your name. Your name is a symbol of peace and unity, but your sense is opposite to your names. Since all of us know very well many of our leaders are food lovers including the one that you think can take Kiir’s seat. What do you think we people of RSS could have been if Kiir isn’t president now?

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      • 6 May 2012 20:52, by Paul Mator Manyok

        What do you mean by President being Anti Books?

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    • 6 May 2012 19:54, by Paul Mator Manyok

      We as citizen of Jonglei at home and abroad have the responsibility to be either part of the problem or part of solution, let US call people who buy children clients and people sale children businessmen and women. Let US also call abduction adoption. And now come up with solutions.
      In western world child abductions is replaced by adoption, it is done legally leaving the person who adopt happy!

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      • 6 May 2012 20:18, by Paul Mator Manyok

        If the office children adoption is created in South Sudan you will be surprise, how many want to adopt kids legally.

        Those businessmen and women once licence to carry out adoption process legally once caught doing it illegally, will be held responsible for his or her action.
        Illegal client are there when there are illegal business people. There is market when there is need.

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  • 6 May 2012 08:07, by MKee

    people like the parount chief of pibor are the once responsible for lack of peace in Jonglei. Why should he connect the issue of state of pibor to peace in Jonglei. How how many people are in Murlei for this issue - not simply the number of people rather educated people? Having a state will not stop any one who don’t rely on himself like those of murlei who cannot even cultivate but live on stolen

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  • 6 May 2012 08:18, by MKee

    property from other tribes. No day will these sub-human have their state. They will have to stop looting and be self dependent b4 they can ask for any thing of the sort. They have to stop sub-huam pratices like abduction. Not sure in the peace accord what are panalties for these crimes like abduction and stealing of other people properties and those who encourage these practices Murl. CHIEF

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  • 6 May 2012 08:27, by MKee

    Murlei r now in their district, why do they cross border to steal if they think havinig a state w stop them from stealing. to me I don’t see any different between what they have now (District) n the so called state they r dreaming of..shame on them. When others were dying in the front line they were bussy looting innocent properties and now that there is south sudan they have not stopping looting

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    • 6 May 2012 08:58, by Aarai Baka

      To mkee

      Stop insulting Murle, u should be happy that there will be a peace amongs Jonglei citizens and Southern Sudan in general. Let ’s stop pointing finger in one direction, Murle are southern Sudanese and there is no were they will go to but stay here like u.all tribes in that State are all hostile to each others.

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      • 6 May 2012 09:51, by Ruach

        Only 665 guns were taken in the hands of Murle.What a joke!!They are still killing and raiding the cattle.Pibor State?What a greedy and primitive communities with little education and population!

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      • 7 May 2012 13:42, by MKee

        to aarai,
        No one want to push murlei out of s. sudan but they have to change to be human being since they are still bevehaving like animals. We all know there are some few event in other states in s. sudan but not to the extend where people abduct children. imagine your own child got lost to night how will u feel? these sub-haman are the once practicing this urgly business. Shame on them again

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    • 6 May 2012 09:03, by Lachrymose Dinka

      The problem with dinka bor is that after selling a child who is born out of wedlock for food they go and claim that the child was abducted. Shame on you for calling others sub-human while you are the cause of the conflict in the state by inciting other tribes to fight so as you get a chance for looting public finance.

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      • 6 May 2012 09:32, by Kurnyel

        President Kiir never has been to school. He is just a leader of Dinka, there is no different between him and gosh in the house, witness peace what a joke he himself is a tribal leader who is even does not like others Dinka who are not from the same village as he is.

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        • 6 May 2012 10:00, by Kurnyel

          The so call Dinka bor might be the best Dinka otherwise they people with them in Jonglei are no good specially the Dinka-Nuer slaves and Dinka-Murle.

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          • 6 May 2012 10:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            Brother Kur Nyel God will punish you for what you have done to southerners people, you are a Dinka from Bor with no doubt, you have a right to criticise anyone in the south but you don’t have a right to side with the enemy that killed your brothers and sisters in the south, why? Are you a defector like Riek Machar or what? Please don’t talk about South but talk about who you don’t like and his/her

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            • 6 May 2012 10:36, by Ruach

              Mangoor/Dinka Dominated SPLA.God will punish you too with Kurnyel.Your hates towards a peaceful man are numbered.Go ahead.

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              • 6 May 2012 23:16, by panom lualbil

                HEY RUACH!! Who you called ’PEACEFUL MAN’ dude? Anyway, in case you dont answer my question, I would like you to know that there were no PEACEFUL MEN in south sudan but 13012.

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            • 6 May 2012 14:52, by Allajabu

              Dear all,
              The so called KURNYEL is a disguised Jallaba in Dinka/Nuer uniform and people should treat him in those of educated illiterates: Mohammed Ali, Alier42, Abo slave, pedophile North Sudan and other bunch of homosexual northerners. Kudos let learn to be real humans these subhumans called Arabs. They are bunch of thieves and criminals and worshipers of Allah, a goddess and prostitute in Greec

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          • 6 May 2012 10:31, by Ruach

            Kurnyel/Kurngoth.You are from Dinka Bor,but injected with Arabs’ bloody money.Nobody shall listen to u.

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      • 7 May 2012 14:18, by MKee

        @Lachrymose Dinka
        definition of sub-haman is any one who don’t respect life, don’t respect other people properties, any one who live like parasite by stealinf, looting, any one who who don’t respect rule of law, any one who live any wild animal and one who don’t reason out.. if you are from murlei you posess those qualities and then you are sub-human. You & community have give off those practice 2

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  • 6 May 2012 10:46, by Northern Sudanese


    tomorrow we will hear someone killed due to stolen cattle :D

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  • 6 May 2012 11:06, by Nan dit

    The Murlei are like Turkana in Kenya, when they have enough food they do attack other community. Look at how that Murle man comment, how can one tribe call for changing of flag?. Go to hell, shame on you.

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  • 6 May 2012 13:36, by Northern Sudanese

    hmmmmmmm insects hating and fighting other insects..........hmmmmmmm sounds intersting :D

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  • 6 May 2012 19:04, by Zionist

    The government doesn’t know the root-causes of the conflicts in Jonglei State, and if it does, it has no real solutions to the problems. The people in Jonglei State must find their own ways of living in peace and harmony, without waiting for a miracle to solve their crisis, and why not just try to be peaceful citizen like the rest of this nation?

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    • 7 May 2012 00:07, by Antiislamic

      It comes to my attention why mosquito Bashit used us against one other? Is because some of us are so blind in their hearts and felt with hatred to each other! For example, Murle people lost their credibility among their neighbors and even the government is tired of them! You were told to give up your guns and you refused, UN was your good friend but you said they liars!


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      • 7 May 2012 00:32, by Dinkawarrior

        Beer in Jonglei are the dumpiest animals in the nation, in order for them to respect any human being around them they need six Feeding Center in their community! One for meat so they can eat ngonycho, two for milk, three for sorghum, four for blood to drink, five for gummy to eat, and six for money so that they can’t go back to Khartoum?

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