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Former governor supports independent candidates

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By Ngor Arol Garang

February 14, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – A former governor, Joseph Mareng Akuei Ajou voiced his support to the leader of independent candidates in Northern Bahr el Ghazal saying peaceful transfer of power through choice of the majority has always been a desire of Mading Aweil people.

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General Dau Aturjong (ST)

The former governor who had been unilaterally removed by presidential decree despite his popularity, explained democracy serve as platform that enable ordinary people choose government of their choice.

Joseph announced today his support to an independent candidate for North Bahr el Ghazal governor, saying public office is not held for life. "I called on all citizens of Northern Bahr el Ghazal and SPLM leadership to support General Dau and his group to win upcoming elections," he said.

"This is because this position of governor as I have said earlier belongs to people of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and not individuals," he said, adding "let us all support him (General Dau) to win this election and Malong must come here to stay with us in Juba".

Incumbent governor Malong Awan lobbied for the removal of Joseph Mareng Akuei who was the first post CPA governor replacing Garang Deng Aguer.

Garang is a business man and runs successful business projects in the regional capital of Juba now. He owns many bars and commercial hotels including Home and Away which host most of the SPLM political bureau sittings.

Governor Mareng was removed after allegations that he was too close to the NCP through former deputy prime minister Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey who served with NCP as head of the human right committee in the National Assembly from 2005 to 2007 when he decided to cross to the SPLM after return from Canada.

Both Ajou and Mareng are relatives but their supports are divided onto current gubernatorial contenders with Aldo Ajou supporting incumbent governor Malong Awan while Joseph Mareng supports General Dau.

However, many observers criticized incumbent governor for accepting Aldo Ajou to serve as private advisor and influential figure in all gubernatorial decisions that are made and taken by him including cabinet and local government appointments. They question legitimacy of allowing Aldo who was source of removal of former governor Mareng becomes illegal advisor.

General Dau also gets support from ex-governor Madut Biar Yel, who serves as minister of telecommunications and post services in the government of South Sudan.

Supports of the incumbent governor are limited to members of his administration and their relatives making him susceptible to loosing upcoming elections to General Dau who gets supports from a composite group of people seeking change through election.

(ST)

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  • 15 February 2010 05:35, by Dinka Boy

    These independent candidates has become achaotic in the South.
    They must wait for 2011 after SPLM complete the task with Jallaba.
    Thanks

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    • 15 February 2010 06:30, by black-hope

      Dinka dog or son of woman don’t spoil the name of Dinka with your evil act. If Pagan Amum who have something in mine could accepted the mistake made in sceening candidates by Spla Pb why not you fool. You need to analyse by counting your finger to compare the merits and demerits before u post your faults to the entire world.

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      • 15 February 2010 06:41, by Dinka Boy

        Hey Black hole,

        Haaaa, Pagan Amum is our hero and those are the people we should support in our government,but not the one closure to NCP or SPLM- DC - your allies.
        Please SPLM is the live and the party that make fool like you breath on this earth otherwise, Arab regime would have castrate you alive in your huts.
        Say amen to SPLM for ever.
        Thanks

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        • 15 February 2010 10:01, by Yai Marach

          Dear all,

          The matter of independent candidates will not be solve by those who use to run their mouths and specially to the man of patience , the one who volunteer his life to Southern Sudanese for 27 years Gen Dau Aturjong, please i urge our people who are neighboring us in the South to keep quite and stop interfere in to our affair both Dau and Malong are our sons of Mading Aweil and they all deserve to be governors not because they have relation with who so ever but the people they are leading, please keep your mouth shut on our affair we are capable to control them.

          Maperdit

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      • 15 February 2010 12:49, by mayiik Albino.

        hey BLACK OR whatever you call yourself dear honestly let us not lies ourself that we re free , we re not yet free from the war that why we still have potenal that those who re call so self independence candidate should have to wait for two 2o11 where we re thinking that we might be free from been treating as seconde class citizen so is that reason am support dinka boy for his comment so far about independence candidates otherwise we them the ours brother also but everybody is active

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    • 15 February 2010 07:41, by TG

      Dinka Boy! If you don’t know General Aturjong i recomend you dont even talk about the SPLA, he fought just as much as Malong did and therefore he can run for the position in respect of SPLM. Morron!!!

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      • 15 February 2010 08:48, by Dinka Boy

        Mr TG,

        You don,t understand my writing.
        Please take time and digest my comments.
        Thanks

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    • 15 February 2010 10:14, by Hillary B.M.L,M

      Why SPLA Generals especially Dinkas look untidy in Military UNIFORMS? See by yourselves this General, he look exactly like Guerrilla.

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  • 15 February 2010 05:56, by Angelo Kumuko

    Fuck you DInka Boy, who are not SPLM? Those Independents even fought more the sitting Governors - look at the murderer in WES, did she fight or even stay in the south during our murky days?

    Col Bakosoro who was with the people from the begining and now was sidelined by PB, what are you talking about. Are you the spokesperson of SPLM.

    Victory is entering the doors of Independents - just wait. you will see wonders.

    Angelo

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    • 15 February 2010 06:02, by Dinka Boy

      Angelo Kumoko,

      85% of your kind never contribute anything in South-North war.
      Please shut up and leave us SPLM to solve the problem while you awaiting for food. Thanks

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  • 15 February 2010 06:48, by Gatbentiu

    Most of these independent candidates are not popular in their States.

    The law makers were wrong to approved bill of independent candidacy into law.

    Generals are always dictators,these people who are supporting this general will one day regret,I can see the general is in his military uniform.

    dholbentiu@gmail.com

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    • 15 February 2010 07:15, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

      Dear Dinka boy,

      You know very well that I always appreciate your comments because the the reflect our interests, meaningful and above all, they’re sensitive. As you know, Democracy is for the people and by the people. So let Independent candidate contest and let’s see the outcome. I never disagree with your comments, but now I do totally disagree with you because the Independent candidates have the same right unlike their opponets. People like General Dau did scarifice lots and for that reason, I aruge that their liberty should not be taken away and treated them as if they’re not an ordinary SPLM members. Those Independents deserve the same opportunity like those you favor or support.

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      • 15 February 2010 08:22, by Dinka Boy

        Angelo Jiech,

        Thanks brother, this discussion and there is nothing against you and general Dau Aturjong,but i really disagree with the rapid escalation of these independent in the entire South because there are numerious of NCP and SPLM_DC agents on these. These independent candidates are 95% against the aim of SPLM and they must not be allowed because most of them are NCP agents let alone few like Dau who are still SPLM.
        Thanks

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    • 15 February 2010 08:32, by Freedom Fighter

      There is nothing wrong about generals and their military uniforms for now in the Sudan. If it is true that governor, Pual Malong Awan has no significant support other than his cabinet and relatives as the reporter alleged, then It is clear that independent general Dau Atourjong is the choice of the people in Northern Bhar-elghazal. SPLM party was wrong in picking Paul Malong, there fore I’m for general Dau, and I’m appealing to all freedom fighters across the country to support him with no hesitation. It is important to note that the issue of general Dau in Northern Bhar-elghazal is quite different from the others. Both general Dau and Pual Malong have had great contribution in the fight for freedom in the Sudan and none of them have ever joined Jallabas over the last 21 years (83 - 2005) of struggle.

      freedom fighter

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    • 15 February 2010 10:05, by Yai Marach

      That is abig lie gatbentiu and no one will believes you if you think so let us wait for election to determine which is which, if they are not popular why there is a big worry in side the SPLM? this question must be answered by Gatbentiu.

      Maperdit

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      • 15 February 2010 20:04, by Amook Raan

        Those fuckin independent candidates should step down now, or regret after election if they are a true SPLM members.

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        • 15 February 2010 22:40, by Yai Marach

          Respect your language brother these independent candidates fought like everybody else they deserve right to keep the vision alive because the current governors failed to implement the policy of the movement by taken towns to the people not people to the towns, do you know why Juba is the most populated city in Southern Sudan, it is because the governors are not doing enough.

          Maperdit

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    • 16 February 2010 01:20, by Chol Mading

      Gatbentiu,

      I want to assure you that I don’t have any skin in any independent candidates, but your sentiment really compelled me to say few words. First of all, if they don’t have supporters I don’t think PB would have allowed them to campaign and still retain their SPLM status. Second, there wouldn’t have been any such tension between rivals. Let me assure you that we (SPLM party) will lose many states to independent candidates who are contesting against our so called “party loyalist”. For instance, your state (Unity Sate) and Upper Nile both will fall under independents candidate plus four more states. This is true and I have data to back it up. Gov. Kuol, from my state may bounds to victory lane. The bill you talked about will safe our party and it was a strong move.

      The point I am trying to make here is let’s put some meat on our discussion. Don’t just throw words around without any backup because it makes you looks nonsensical and politically immature.

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