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South Sudan official calls for removal of Mbeki from mediation process


April 28, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudanese officials and senior figures of the ruling party in Juba on Saturday added to calls for the removal of Thabo Mbeki, the chair of the African Union High Implementation Panel which has been mediating conflict resolution talks between Juba and Khartoum.

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AU High-Level Implementation Panel chair and ex-South African president Thabo Mbeki (FP)

Juba accused the African Union last January of attempting to force the new nation to pay cash and oil to Khartoum. Also following the capture of Heglig, South Sudan criticised the African Union for calling on it to pull its troops out of Heglig while Abyei has been under the control of the Sudanese army since May 2011.

Earlier this month, the spokesperson of South Sudanese government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, travelled to Nairobi asking Kenya to support Juba’s efforts to bring the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to mediate their disputes with Khartoum instead of the AU panel.

He further voiced open frustration with the current mediation saying his government was unhappy not only with the AU report to the UN Security Council about the recent border clashes but also with the overall mediating process.

The issue of Mbeki panel was discussed at a public debate hosted by Radio Bakhita in Juba where all the participants agreed on the need to remove Mbeki’s panel. They further expressed doubts about its credibility and backed the idea of calling on IGAD to mediate the process.

Chargé d’Affairs in the South Sudanese embassy in Kenya, John Andruga, on Friday was the first to direct his criticism against the former South African president saying that Mbeki is "partisan and not credible" and described the African Union as incompetent.

He said that one should "never put new wine in an old bottle"; that new talks should begin with a new mediator as the current one has "lost credibility" and has been "blocking" progress in the negotiations.

Lual Diing Wol, senior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) also expressed his concern about Mbeki’s credibility and impartiality, suggesting the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) take over the mediation.

Biel Jok, deputy-chair of South Sudan Human Rights Commission also recommended IGAD replace the AU as mediator. He underscored that it is was East-African-block IGAD which brokered the 2005 peace deal.

In a press conference he held at the premises of human right commission on Thursday 26 April, Jok said the issues to be discussed by Juba and Khartoum are stipulations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended Sudan’s civil war in 2005, and remain unimplemented by Khartoum’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Hendry Ukec, a member of the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly from Upper Nile State questioned Mbeki’s neutrality, and accused him in statement to Sudan Tribune on Saturday of selling arms to Khartoum.

He said the parliament discussed this issue in January 2012 and it was resolved that Speaker James Wani Igga brings the issue of arms deal between Sudan and South Africa to president Jacob Zuma.

Mbeki was "mediating in order to promote commercial relations between South Africa and Sudan," claimed Ukec.

During the clashes between the two parties over Heglig, Thabo Mbeki on 18 April urged the UN Security Council to intervene to stop hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan. He warned that Khartoum and Juba are locked in a "logic of war" with hardliners increasingly in control.

Last week, the African Union Peace and Security Council endorsed a seven point road map calling on the two sides to resume talks within two weeks and to conclude the negotiations in three months. The AU body further asked the UN Security Council to support its detailed plan and to endorse it under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.


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  • 29 April 2012 07:26, by Diu J.Kuek

    That is correct good moved from Juba let him go.

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    • 29 April 2012 07:32, by Michael Angelo

      I totally support the decision taken by Juba. Mbeki must go if we want everything to be done time and fairly.

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      • 29 April 2012 07:54, by Chol

        It was a mistake for SPLA to pull out willingly from Panthou, beside I don’t want to disclose any security information but we are on the way for a long war! The chances of peace between two countries are very slim!

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        • 29 April 2012 11:51, by emad

          Thabo Ambiki is the best to mediate any future negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan due to his credibility,honesty and impartiality.

          IGAD is not an impartial body.They have been always siding with the South against the North due the influence of Kenya and Uganda and their long enmity with the North.

          Nobody can replace Ambiki except Ambiki himself.

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          • 30 April 2012 00:31, by Abyei Soil

            Thebo Mbeki is a trader, who don’t know that? He is a businessman instead of being a peace maker therefore, I encourage the Juba decisions to remove this Mzee immediately. By doing that, bombing in southern territories can have chances of stopping.

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      • 29 April 2012 10:35, by Longa

        Thabo Mbeki is a darling of Khartoum. This can be realized in his shuttle diplomacy movements. He stays longer in Khartoum only to come briefly to Juba. He should be relieved immediately. If really serious question can be asked, Where is really AU has succeeded? AU only clapped hands when we succeeded to separate from north,nothing else.

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      • 29 April 2012 11:27, by john agoet

        Good move. Let him go to the hell. He trying to make business out of these mediation processes, nothing more than that

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    • 29 April 2012 07:43, by Diu J.Kuek

      Mr Thabo Mbeki was been and continue is working against our interests within AU and his colleague Jean Ping their partial and unjust mediation is be come so obvious partisan to Khartoum we the people of South Sudan we can not and will not be betray within AU by so called Thabo Mbeki.
      I personally I being calling strongly for the move over this useless man Thabo is not competent for his mediation.

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      • 29 April 2012 07:54, by Diu J.Kuek

        Mr Thabo Mbeki is not competent is unfit to mediate between the two parties was completely total failure from South Africa even his removed from Presidency was so shameful we were follows it so closely. if Sudan want to employ him should give him a post as Adviser to President Bashir not AU.

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        • 29 April 2012 08:31, by Peter Nhiany

          Diu J.Kuek, it is not about competency, it is about self interest and how to make more money from our dying people’s blood. Simple as that. Mbeki is a former President who might have made business deal with Khartoum on our oil. Who knows.

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    • 29 April 2012 08:23, by doot

      Let not point our fingers toward thabo Mbeki .leadership failiure in the north and the south should be held accountable for the recent conflict. south sudan official should at least be more analytical and wise though . Let not blame Thabo mbeki for our own making. Thabo mbeki is not the problem whatsoever .Better to call the top negotiators from north to be removed than just Mbeki.

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      • 29 April 2012 08:41, by Peter Nhiany

        Doot, Mbeki is the head of the AUHIP and has the responsibility to bring both sides together to the negotiation table to get over with post referrendum issues. He should know who is down playing the precess of resolving an outstanding issues between the North and the South. If top negotiating leaders from the North are not complying and not willing to resolve those issues, then he knows what to do

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      • 29 April 2012 09:02, by Malou Manyiel


        I respect your opinion, but Thabo Mbeki in the really sense fail us in one way or the other. His interest with Khartoum as an individual will not allow him this time to mediate. I remember his impeachment from presidency in 2008 was relating to way he was mediating between prime minister and Robert Muganbe of Zimbabwe, which made ANC party to impeached him.

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      • 29 April 2012 10:35, by Diu J.Kuek


        I don,t to do much comment for your opinion over Thabo Mkeki my friend no one having personal problem with this man my problem with him is public Interests as he can not make his business with Khartoum to exploits us never never my dear people die for this land and are ready to die for it.
        Let be frank with you we decide to make no compromise over our interests every one should bear in mind

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    • 29 April 2012 18:35, by Panthouandbeyond

      Hi, Juba

      Removed Mbeki immediately without any conditions. He is a major threat and main obsticle on reaching our intended point on border demarcation and other unresolved issues.

      Panthou and Beyond

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    • 30 April 2012 09:56, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Shame really if the same Africa Skin is not helping in good mediation,or he is afread of Omer Bashir Skin,he should go without any more discussion.


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    • 30 April 2012 10:13, by siddaw

      yes. that is what we need. he should gooooooooooooooo.....

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  • 29 April 2012 07:28, by BM Bol

    I am not sure it took so long to call for his removal. It should have been done long ago.

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    • 29 April 2012 07:37, by Chol A.

      Mbeki must go, we have no doubt. his a man of failure and that’s why he left chair to Jocab Zuma.

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  • 29 April 2012 07:33, by Chol

    All South Sudan need to do is to acquire the necessary military hardware to go on the offensive and to protect themselves from the enemy and not relay to African Union for help or blame them for not doing enough.

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    • 29 April 2012 07:41, by SUPERMAN

      Acquiring military hardware is not the issue. However, having the just cause and the real fighters to defend that cause are the only things to guarantee victory in the wars.

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      • 29 April 2012 08:09, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 29 April 2012 07:34, by SeekingTruth

    He is been there for our oil money. He must go and let the IGAD take over.

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  • 29 April 2012 07:36, by SUPERMAN

    Now you have started to turn your guns to Mr. Mbeki. No real African will accept your baseless accusations. Any mediation between Sudan and South Sudan will fail. The real reason comes from inside Juba. The fake SPLM leaders do not want peace in the region. They want to have problems with the north only to be branded as heroes in the Western media

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    • 29 April 2012 07:54, by Michael Angelo


      We have a right to reject any mediator that work against our interest. As a matter of fact, Thabo Mbeki deserve to go for good. We don’t need him & I’m sure IGAD will finish the rest of the CPA which are still pending.

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    • 29 April 2012 11:35, by john agoet

      who is mbeki? you talking about! he is nothing even in his own country. what we know, he is a business man who love money, that all.

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  • 29 April 2012 07:48, by Legacy Elites

    Thabo Mbeki is useless. Let him go

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  • 29 April 2012 08:10, by Deng II

    Although Mbeki leave and you still cowardly givein for any presure from uninform international individual, and still cowardly withdraws from Heglig. A lazy coward President of South Sudan will never defeat Bashir at too.

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    • 29 April 2012 08:18, by Deng II

      Can any human being givein from other people presure to get out in your house without being defeat by enemy? Unless President need to learn the nature of world. If any country can givein easily like this, Israel, Iran, North Korean, Cuba, and etc would givein because of outer presured.

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    • 29 April 2012 08:23, by Deng II

      Departure of Mbeki cannot let you not givein when you presure, unless South Sudan President change attitudes of thinking.

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  • 29 April 2012 08:14, by Peter Nhiany

    Thanks our people for making this call. Mbeki is a problem in the mediation process b/n Juba and Khartoum. He must go and South Sudanese people should take this seriously around the globe. Mbeki has hiden agendas and his role in the AUHIP will not yield positive peace resolution. I think Mbeki has business with Khartoum. That is what I’m feeling. He must go and must be removed from the panel ASAP.

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  • 29 April 2012 08:20, by George Bol

    Dear readers,
    I have been wondering why the negotiation always circle around the oil transit fees for long and did not touch the main essential parts of CPA. Because if the North steal the South oil and South Sudan refuse to transport oil to the north, why insisting about the oil transport?
    Khartoum has displaced Ngok Dinka in Abyei,they are still in the Abyei town while the south were deceits

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    • 29 April 2012 08:28, by Peter Nhiany

      George, you asked a very good question. The reason for revolving negotiation around oil transit fees is because Khartoum and those like Mbeki cares much about the oil and its revenues and not the lives of those who have been displaced. They care less about the people over oil. If they end the talk easily, therefore, they will not make a lot of money. Blood of our people makes Mbeki’s fat check.

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  • 29 April 2012 08:24, by George Bol

    Cont: that the SAF must withdraw in the Abyei town, now they are ing the Town of Abyei withouit any condition. The North has been attacking the South since independence of South Sudan, it has never been an issued in the table of the Mbeki. How many time the North attack Jau and Panakuach? how many time they bomb North Bar-el-ghazel?. what did the negotiation team did when khartoum steal oil in day

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  • 29 April 2012 08:26, by George Bol

    Cont; for me, I think IGAD should finish it work that has remained in the CPA. The border demarcation, the Nuba and Blue Nile, and Abyei referendum. The citizenship is a minor thing that we should not worry at the moment. Why Abyei did not do referendum if the negotiation team has some power?

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  • 29 April 2012 09:07, by wad balad


    How about u ask the AU to assign Mr.Yoweri Museveni for the Job? lol .. pathetic !!

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    • 29 April 2012 09:22, by Peter Nhiany

      wad balad, you have no obligation to make suggestion to the Southerners as to who should head the AU panel. South Sudanese are not the old South Sudanese your grand fathers and mothers knew. We are completely different people and Khartoum will never play his stupid games with us no more.

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  • 29 April 2012 09:22, by hellonearth

    you are stupid waste of sperms.

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    • 29 April 2012 09:41, by Kurnyel

      Why do you blame some from South Africa,have we ever solve our own issues than some snake in? no than poiting your hane at some mean nothing.

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  • 29 April 2012 09:48, by junub

    mabeki,or wat ever u call him must go he is bribe mediator,who had been bribe by mather fucker bashir,let him go back to south africa to seek for another job,he is not a qualify mediator.

    fuck u mabeki.

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    • 29 April 2012 09:54, by Kurnyel

      The problem is not Mbaki but Pagan Amum who is a great thief known internationally.

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      • 29 April 2012 09:56, by junub

        who told u pagan is a thief,ur mum who use to sleep with pagan.

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  • 29 April 2012 10:15, by Deng muocdit

    mabeki or matuongdit,has no capacity to resolute the conflict btw the two sudan,let him fact early and leave south sudan.it is not suprise for s.s to do so as he was also remove from his presidency without completed the term due to his shallow minded.

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  • 29 April 2012 10:44, by Young Patriot

    Thank you Jonobean leaders for calling for Mbeki’s removal. He is a usesless mediator. He is very biased and it is clear that he is always on Khartuom side. He doesn’t enforce compromise as well therefore he has to go.

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  • 29 April 2012 11:27, by Beneben Bai

    Brothers in South Sudan,our strong leaders (Pagan Amum and Oyai Deng Ajak)team are doing a great job these days in Europe. You will see positive results soon. it seems that they will finalise their visit to Europe by meetings with decison making centres in London. Europe position will be positive soon on S. Sudan position on outsanding problems and the recent crisis between S.Sudan and Sudan

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  • 29 April 2012 11:36, by Northern Sudanese

    Thabo Mbeki is a great man. his a great african leader. his past was amazing.all of africa loves him.

    sorry insects but he won’t be removed just because you insects don’t like him..........sorry insects!

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    • 29 April 2012 12:17, by Jielster

      To all those mother fuckers in this site who pretend 2b north sudanese inorder to make others angry, FUCK u all especially JALABY sucker son of abitch... Go 2 hell with yr clan.

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  • 29 April 2012 13:34, by Deng

    To ALL mosquitos commenting on this web site; Jalaba, North Sudanese and more; please admit that your erra is over. You guys enjoyed in killing our 2.5 million people who laid down their lives for our better. Its time for us now to leave upto what was left over by our heroes. IF you guys want to extend that conflict further, Heglig lesson is just a warm up.
    Expect for worst to come soon.

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  • 29 April 2012 14:34, by Jonglei Shepherds

    Thabo Mbeki is a disgrace to the entire Africa and indeed to the black people. In South Africa he was shamefully coerced to resign as a president due to his corrupt and ill-leadership.

    He and the coward Ban ki Moon worked against the separation of the South Sudan.

    Now after failing to succeed in keeping Sudan united, they are working day and night to harm this young republic but they will fail.

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  • 29 April 2012 15:44, by Northern Sudanese


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    • 29 April 2012 16:03, by Darkangel

      The problem with these delusional, starving and illiterate morons is they dont know anything about politics. Sudan has been wasting its time with these insects because they want everything their way. The americans made you puppets and you think you can have everything you want. Mbeki wants to be fair and even but your thick low IQ’s dont understand that. The CPA and post secession agreement ...

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      • 29 April 2012 16:06, by Darkangel

        The border was demarcated 80% - Heglig was not part of the remaining 20%. Go back to your own replies on this website and see how many of you clowns mentioned heglig or your leaders. The agreement spoke of oil sharing - paying $0.63 is not oil sharing. It spoke of peace - funding and supporting SPLM-N and JEM to overthrown GOS is not peace. This is what Mbeki is trying to tell you idiots.

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      • 29 April 2012 16:09, by Darkangel

        But talking to you insects is like talking to a 5 yr old child that wants his candy. He cries, screams, kicks and throws things around until he gets a good beating - then he shuts up !

        So the situation is clear you morons.
        You have a failed state - argue all you want but its a fact.
        You have people starving, no money and no economy.
        I wouldnt call the NGO’s, UN and prostitutes you get from Uganda

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        • 29 April 2012 16:11, by Darkangel

          As the back bone of your economy. You are failed and dead.
          Killing each other over tribe and cow like primitive stone age backward retards.
          You idiot government knows there is no hope for you morons, so it picks fights and wars with sudan to prove to you its strong and keep you busy.

          The solutions

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          • 29 April 2012 16:14, by Darkangel

            1. STOP SUPPORTING SPLM-N and JEM - SUDAN stops bombing
            Stop denying it - you just sound like idiots, because each one of you cheers them every time you hear they killed SAF. Where do you thin they attack Sudan from - Uganda. The world knows it and telling you STOP IT.

            2. 80% of the border is demarcated. The remaining 20% are not vital and urgent and not worth fighting over. Heglig is NOT yours.

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            • 29 April 2012 16:25, by Darkangel

              Cry all you want, but the truth of the matte is all the documents YOUR idiot government signed agreed it is in Sudan, That us why UN,US,AU and everyone is telling it was illegal. Kiir want to go to court - good luck with that, in the mean time pay sudan the damages

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              • 29 April 2012 17:28, by Deng

                there is no way South Sudan will pay any damage @ Heglig or rather Panthou. SPLA fucked them up but politics leads first!! SAF bombed them. You have no way to prove this to the world. even if SPLA did it anyway, Heglig/Panthou by law belongs to S. Sudan but the international community was favouring the fate of 32 million people left in the North if South succeed in referundum.

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              • 29 April 2012 19:38, by Xeno


                Did I hear that there is soon be a law that allows muslims like Darkagle, Jalaby to fuck their dead wives....pathetic. I am glad we separated from those mosquitoes neanderthals.

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      • 29 April 2012 17:33, by Deng

        Darkagle, is English your third language or fourth?. Sorry this website is not a place to write essays? learn how to prove write in short way and dont forget to stick to the point. If you are bored for so long, I suggest you spend some time sterilizing your ass for Allah for 5 times a day as stipulated in the 5 pillars.

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  • 29 April 2012 16:57, by Deng

    Thanbo Mbeki lost credibility in Africa, specifically in Zimbabwe.
    Once credibility is lost, its lost forever
    Mbeki should be kicked of AU mediation. PERIOD! thanks SPLA for lately discovering his injustice.

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  • 29 April 2012 18:40, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Let That Donkey (Thabo Mbeki) Trod Back Home Because We South Sudanese Don’t See Any Hardwork In Him...In Matters Concerning Mediation.

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  • 29 April 2012 20:12, by Northern Sudanese

    OMG.......how come south sudanese insects and cockroaches keep commenting on sudanese website?

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  • 29 April 2012 20:34, by Beneben Bai

    jalaby, wearing a jalabiya and emma are enough signs of Lwaitha. so jalabiya is always easy to be removed when doing that business and keep your ginithak cool. how come you become my father? Jana shermootha. kaman you know Haj Yousif! it should not be called "HAJ" when you confessed that you used to visit it for your dirty businuess. Your president is also ....... tell me no

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