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Jonglei development contingent on disarmament: President Kiir

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May 6, 2012 (BOR) - The president of South Sudan has urged the people of Jonglei state against inter-ethnic violence by respecting the recently signed peace accord.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir with governor, Kuol Manyang at Bor airstrip listening to a bandon arrival for the start of Jonglei’s disarmament campaign. March 12, 2012 (ST)

Kiir, who witnessed the signing of the peace deal between by the six tribes of Jognlei on May 5, said development can only take place when there is peace.

He asked “what will I use to construct the roads?” in reference to the engineers and their equipment, which are under threat of attack when Jonglei is in a state of insecurity.

Kiir also referenced the great need for other developmental construction work in the state which was devastated during the Sudanese civil war.
He said that construction work in the state will halt “until there are no more gunshots in Jonglei.”

Over 10,000 firearms are reported to have been collected in the 11 counties of Jonglei since disarmament began on February 13, according to the report made by the South Sudan army (SPLA) head of disarmament in Jonglei.

Kiir alleged that politicians from the state “make calls from Juba telling their people back home to commit more atrocities,” and that some politicians in the state had rejected the forced disarmament of its citizens.

This sentiment was shared by the UN; in March its Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement, "Jonglei’s rival communities are wary of relinquishing their weapons, regardless of government promises to carry out disarmament simultaneously in each area".

Kiir also claimed that “when five guns are collected they [civilians] will get 20 more” without stating specifically who he suspected of arming the state’s citizens.

Previous disarmament programmes have been subject to criticism from various groups. Some claim that it was not carried out equitably throughout the ethnic groups, leaving some more vulnerable to inter-ethnic violence than others.

(ST)

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  • 7 May 2012 08:18, by Kurnyel

    Kiir should consider to resign so that Pagan could become south sudan leader

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    • 7 May 2012 08:50, by dinkdong

      Kurnyel, you might be right but, Pagan is another thief. Non of the present leaders is better than the other

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      • 7 May 2012 09:23, by Ruach

        Why should Jebeni/Jabaarin still kill their brothers instead of going to the frontline to face Arabs?

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        • 7 May 2012 09:36, by dinkdong

          No going to the frontline to go fight for those corrupted leaders my friend. By the way, you and rest of the people who think all these thieves leaders should be left without pointing out what they did wrong are fools. You are the reason this country will remain in the dark. Corruption is a serious crime my friend. We are not jabarin. We are trying to defend the right of all citizens of S. Sudan

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    • 7 May 2012 14:18, by Ruach

      Kurnyel.You don’t know anything.Shut up!!

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  • 7 May 2012 08:44, by E. Defense Forces

    Fugitive Omar Bashir should consider to resign so that Malik Agar or Major General Duit Yiech could become Sudan leader.
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/681/Major_General_Duit_Yiech/

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  • 7 May 2012 14:12, by Legacy Elites

    Let those who have grown bellies like heavily pregnant women from stolen money of the people of south sudan, let them go to war. They just push the foolish majority who happen to be the most ingredients of the militiamen. It is Dinka conspiracy to finish Nuer

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    • 7 May 2012 14:16, by Legacy Elites

      Nuer killing fellow Nuer. Let those who are jalaaba militias who are mostly Nuer and Dinka-Shilluk-Nuer Dominated, let them defect peacfully to SPLA without any bloodshed

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      • 7 May 2012 14:28, by Ruach

        Legacy Ellitrate.You have not ever contributed rather you were just killing your fellow brothers and sisters while they were fighting for your souls against the Arabs Muslims in the North.Your activities are shame to the world.Defending the land(your Country has no relation with corruption which are all facing).The gov’t has nothing to do than calling all jobless hynas from the Murle illitrates.

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        • 7 May 2012 15:22, by Legacy Elites

          Murle had offered the best of their sons to die for the liberation of South Sudan. Thousands of Murle martyrs poured their precious blood to our motherland. Anyone who denies this fact is a criminal

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          • 8 May 2012 02:56, by Loko El Pollo

            YOUR NUMBER FROM KORYOM WAS LESS THAN FOUR HUNDRED.THEY LEFT ONE BY ONE WHEN YOUR AREAS WERE LIBERATED.ONLY NGACIGAK AND FEW BODY GUARDS FROM THREE OTHERS COMMANDERS FROM MURLE REMAINED.

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  • 8 May 2012 15:32, by codewizards

    Dear President Kiir. You are right your Excellency by suspecting some people in your government who might have been arming civilians. Where can civilians get machine guns? I have already written about what you are talking about and the article is not yet published (About Jonglei) and I’m not sure if it will be published. We must admit our plans and forgive each other or we kill ourselves forever!!

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  • 8 May 2012 15:38, by codewizards

    It’s possible that you may have some commanders in your government that are favouring ethnicity than nationality. One can join the army simply as the process of revenge for his relatives killed by the other tribe. We must accept our involvement in such cases and forgive one another. Watch out for those commanders and bring them to justice if found guilty.

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  • 8 May 2012 15:43, by codewizards

    I don’t support any community in Jonglei,nor the SPLA who did the disarmament because even the SPLA commanders might have been influenced by one group/tribe (s) and might have done thier work partially. I’m not a Murle, but I don’t want them to be slaughtered after their guns are gone. Therefore, I love dialogue than forceful disarmament because it will never succeed. "You get 5, they get 20 more"

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