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Murle should be disarmed first in Jonglei - Lou Nuer in Unity State


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 12, 2012 (BENTIU) - The chairman of the Lou Nuer community in Unity State, Tut Makuei Reth, said the Murle ethnic group should be disarmed before other tribes in Jonglei state, as a disarmament campaign kicked off on Sunday.

Reth told Sudan Tribune that disarmament was necessary but claimed that previous campaigns had been unfair and left the Luo Nuer at a disadvantage. The South Sudanese government has made numerous attempts to take weapons from civilian populations in Jonglei but cattle raiding and conflict remain common.

The commissioner of Akobo County in Jonglei State claimed on Saturday that between 500 and 800 people were missing, some of them feared dead, following an attack on Friday by armed Murle tribesmen.

Murle youth have been accused of a series of cattle raids since January and December when 6,000 Luo Nuer attacked Pibor County the home of the Murle. In 2011 over 1,000 people died in raids and counter raids between the two groups.

Reth accused the government of allowing the Murle youth to attack the Luo Nuer in Akobo, where officials said that South Sudan’s army (SPLA) did not attempt to intervene in the recent fighting.

He claimed that previous disarmament campaign in 2006 was not fair and did not meet international standards. After the process, he said that, the SPLA did not protect the Lou Nuer and Dinka from further Murle cattle raids.

"No compensation was given to the victims whose villages were burnt. Some youths surrendered their guns but nothing has been done”, said Reth.

Reth added that he hopes this time the Jonglei Governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, will not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor Brig. Gen. Philip Thon Leek. Juuk and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir launched the initiative on Monday, aiming to disarm all groups across the state simultaneously.

However, Rech argues that disarmament of the Murle should happen first as their young men do not spend much time in Pibor but in other areas of Jonglei "looking for cows and children from Nuer and Dinka".

Abductions of women and children are common between the two communities. It is often alleged that infertility causes the Murle to steal children of neighbouring tribes in order to survive, but there is no independent evidence of this.

"Murle are the citizens of Jonglei as well as South Sudanese, they have the same rights as others let the government give them protection, but they have to listen to the government, they have to stop taking others children, cattle and they can also think on how they can stay in their homes like any others citizens in Jonglei or in South as a whole," Reth said.

He asked citizens to co-operate and put faith in the government but asked the SPLA to remember that the civilians they are disarming are the people they fought for during the civil war which led to South Sudan’s independence.

He urged the Nuer White Army, the vigilante group, who claimed responsibility for the huge assault on Pibor over Christmas and New Year, to handover their weapons adding that this was a better way to protect the country.

South Sudan’s main focus, he said, should be on the contested border area with north Sudan and the disputed territory of Abyei, rather than internal feuding.


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  • 13 March 2012 07:08, by omoni jr.

    Disarmament is Not solutions in the jonglei state.
    Guns got nothing to do with this stupid killings.

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    • 13 March 2012 07:14, by akid malual

      W]hen the resolution of enslaving A South-Sudan was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Sudan, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.

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    • 13 March 2012 07:49, by Martin Kat

      Omoni Jr
      If the disarmament is not a solution, and if it you what will be solution?

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      • 13 March 2012 14:09, by Madut Tong

        The problem my dear is not the firearms that the people have, cattle rustling was there long before the weapons were acquired by the tribes in the region. Solve the root causes of the problem, and everything will be OK.

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        • 13 March 2012 20:59, by panom lualbil

          MADUT TONG, I know murle used to have guns and used to attack jonkoz as well. But nowaday everybody has a gun and cattlerustling practise has spread,however government gotta do something.Disarmament won’t stop CATTLERUSTLING though, it could reduce more massacre by attackers. Because if they lack of guns/ heavy guns, they would fear to withdraw quickly with what they could get.

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          • 13 March 2012 21:47, by panom lualbil

            The root cause of cattlerustling by murle is unkonwn thing but NOT limit to greediness of levelihood. But now it’s a cycle of revenge attacks. And its consistency was no supering or loss to the suspicious. Murle do lose few lives during attack against others leading them to children abduction in conversation to the lost ones. It’snot that of fertility, they look healthy if you been at pibor.

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            • 13 March 2012 22:04, by panom lualbil

              Otherwise, it should be something in their brians. In last couple years,SOURCE said’ there should be a big hospital build in pibor whereby murle are treated for cause think that way’, but there were failure to that source.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:10, by Mike Mike

    For that tribals communal fighting to get ended in greater U.N,it need gvt of SS to use all necessary main to make sure all the guns with civil populations are all taken away from them.But to conducts disarmament in some other areas and other areas are not disarmed then that will not solve this long problem between those tribes.No specific tribe can be blame of this all are orragant to one another

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  • 13 March 2012 07:11, by Madina Tonj

    Bonifacio Taban Kuich

    I think the leader of Lou Nuer was right and I am also think both Nuer and Murle must hands their guns to national government[SPLA] The Idea that, another citizen abducted others citizens is very terrible and it is the most crime. All Nuers also must understand one thing, the region that has always violence throughout don’t get development and it is very important to aware.

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    • 13 March 2012 09:34, by viper

      We should not be concerned of who will first be disarmed because the number of the SPLA soldiers disarming the jonglei population is very huge. The will be divided to the populations concerned with disarmament to disarm them together on the same day.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:15, by Ruach

    Wild,primitive and unproductive will never give their guns peacefully unless maximum force will be used.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:22, by Madina Tonj

    Our brothers Nuers need to learn from others tribes in East Africa nations such as Uganda and Kenya. I would suggest that, every State cause trouble all the time will get punishment by limiting their budget because the more problems they will cause in the State the less budget should be giving to them. Murle should face punishment for abduction citizens within one nation as well as Nuers for loots

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    • 13 March 2012 12:58, by long vision

      Madina Tonj
      do u, think that Nuer does ,t ve, any value of thinking about their stader of living? disarment does not help Gvt of s,s the, conflict B/W LUO NUER/MURLI is not cattle alone, abducting of children is mojar preblam,now ur,re, from E,E if some 1 come & take ur, be love son do think that u, con not go & return his/shis bock? whether by force or by peaceful.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:34, by BM Bol

    So far Reth’s concerns are legitimate, but I don’t think the Murle would accept the idea of being disarmed first even though they seem to be the aggressors most of the time. In order to have a disarmament that is fair and successful, it has to done concurrently so that no community is left venerable. Secondly, the government shouldn’t talk about it publically if this campaign is to be successful

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  • 13 March 2012 07:36, by Konan

    According to Khartoum’s newspapers the Chief of Luo Nuer, threatened to kill Kiir, should the later insist on disarming the Luo Nuer, telling him that he will not be able to see the next sunrise, and claimed that he has 126 Land Cruiser, 31 tanks and more than 70,000 soldiers, following which Kiir escaped through a military aircraft arranged by his security guards.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:50, by wang

    I said that yesterday, Kiir government were aware of the Akobo recent incident. They delayed the disarmaments that would have been taken place on 1st of March, because they knew the Murle youths were making their way to Akobo. They exactly calculated it when the Murle will attack Akobo and when they return back to their territory which they did right now and carrying on with disarmaments. Nuer lea

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    • 13 March 2012 09:21, by Nimber

      You are right but let them not think only the Disarmeament they are now talking, It is time for Kiir to leave his seat and time for Lou -nuer and Dinka to fight this year.
      They( Kuol Manyang and Salva Kiir) were aware of Murle going to Akobo.
      Pibor Commissioner also talk to Kuol Manyang the time his pple go to Akobo and close the Zain in Pibor for seven days.
      Ismail Kony also say if no revenge from Murle to Lou- Nuer land , no disarmament in Pibor County.
      Yesterday, Ismail Kony say he will manage to convince his pple to surrender thier guns to SPLA because now his pple launched an attack on friday in Akobo.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:51, by wang

    Nuer leaders should put that blame on Kiir and governor Kuol.

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  • 13 March 2012 07:54, by wang

    Tut Makuei, I respecting your concerns, but it is not a good time to talking about disarmaments right now. Who you‘re going to disarmaments on 15 of March? It will take a several days before the Murle Youths reach their territory and in another hand, Lou-Nuer are pursuing the raiders and no one knows when they returns back.

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  • 13 March 2012 08:44, by Dinkawarrior

    I wish Dr. Traitor Riek was there in ceremony to say something about his messed, he was the cause as he himself a symbol of death in South Sudan. The so called White Armies of both Nuer and Beermurle were armed to fight against Southerners instead of Arabs! (Amy War is continuing) and my condolence goes to the families of the victims in Akobo, May God Almighty raise their souls in peace!!!

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    • 13 March 2012 09:25, by athoreyemodobong

      Wang,Ruach and the like
      The Murle are not only the most productive but also the most dicipline compared to the ugly lawless Nuer.Kiir knows that he has no problem with the Murle because they are always ready to hand their guns,they did so three times before,but the major concern of the government is how to disarm the remnants of Athor and the white army in greater Akobo area.

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    • 13 March 2012 09:28, by siddaw

      @Dinkawarrior. lets not focus on blaming traitor Riek. let this disarmament end first. we have not forgotten what Riek did to our lovely innocent people in our motherland. we must seek an explianation from Riek. but not only an explianation. he must apologies on a door to door base movement. if he had an opportunity of even going to heaven and apologies to those whom he murdered. we could have....

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      • 13 March 2012 11:43, by Ran Nathdial

        Siddaw. To comment recklessly on site will not help our Country. Instead to instil peace & solidarity amidst our communities, u guys are making it nortious.

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  • 13 March 2012 12:33, by OTOOLITMODDO

    Murle must be the last to disarm if they want peace, otherwise the sky will be our limit and South Sudan will become like Somalia. Murle are law-abiding and peace loving. They respect the government. Muer should be disarmed first and an eye must be kept on them. Followed by Dinka then finally Murle last but not least.

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    • 13 March 2012 13:32, by long vision

      pls late the sky to be our limit if not late us give ourselves a chance to fight who ,ll be a man in field,u, known Murli will be first to be disarm becouse it is first time 4 them to be disarm sine 2006 late Murli to first,also Murli who fight as is not Murli we known 60% from Murli is abducting children from Luo Nuer & Danka Bor

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      • 13 March 2012 16:23, by OTOOLITMODDO

        Ok. We shall see who will cry the most this time when we bite each other to death.

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  • 13 March 2012 13:53, by Ross

    i don’t know what is wrong with Nuer, every dog barks in the name of Nuer.i know that there is tension of reducing Nuer in the Country. that policy was planned by a certain tribe and implemented by the rest of tribes without being aware.SPLA,used Nuer for killing in the name of South Sudan, and in the same-time they are being provoked to fight. Please Nuer open your eyes very well.

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  • 13 March 2012 14:41, by J P Puok

    How are you everyone ?
    I am back and back at a crucial
    point of the our country story.
    for Lou Nuer to allow themselves
    be disarm by this incompetence gvt
    upto them. We unity state are sharpening
    are our spears to sluaghter our sheeps in
    Warrap and Lake afterall these slaves fail
    to understand the fruits of peace preach to
    them by Dr. riek.
    U csn’t force donkey to drink by lead it
    to it

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  • 13 March 2012 14:53, by J P Puok

    To Medina Tony and Dinkawarrior,
    these handfull Murle are not a threat at all to Nuer Nation
    but a lost minded fellows.
    to deal with them not even UN
    will stand on our way this time
    And no Nuer soldier will be used
    against his own people this time
    to fulfill the Dinka agenda
    never never and never again.
    Afterall we are 65% of the SPLA
    plus other tribes fade up on
    Dinka Kingdom, let war continue

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    • 13 March 2012 19:13, by Ruach

      To Dinka thieves,Madina Toung!We Lou-Nuer can fight any one near to our border if found crazy.We Lou-Nuer can sacrify ourselves in the name of RSS in general and in the name of Nuer in particular!Murle are not threat to us!They will never reach Pibor Town with those cattle.We must bring them back by any mean.Lielkun yen Jaang/Slaves

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  • 14 March 2012 02:09, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Kiir and Kuol Mayang group need to be wiseful about disarment. Is not a solution as I know. America liberation left it civillians in 1789-1800s with guns to avoid being murder criminal ARM groups. American Govert modenized Army. Law enforcement for trouble Indiv only,developed Country Industrial to let it people works up to date. Guns are weapon of to day. Disarm them be murdered by Crimin

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