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Jonglei governor "relaxes" as security improves


July 7, 2012 (BOR) – The governor of South Sudan’s Jonglei State has said that the security situation is “relaxing” across the troubled underdeveloped area of the world’s newest country. Kuol Manyang Juuk said that his focus was moving towards attracting investors.

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Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk

Speaking at a dinner hosted by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bor on Friday, governor Kuol Manyang Juuk said reports of child abduction, massive cattle raiding and indiscriminate killings, that have blighted Jonglei in recent years, have ceased.

"I am relaxed, people are relaxed as we talk now," said governor Juuk.

“For the first time; possibly since 1983 when the war [between Sudan and then Southern Sudan based rebels] broke out, our people are cultivating; something they could not imagine, [before disarmament started],” he added.

Tribal fights over cattle, child and woman abduction in Jonglei led to the death of over 1,000 people in 2011, according to the United Nations (UN).

The feuds, mainly between Lou Nuer, Murle and Dinka Bor reached a climax in December 2011 and January 2012 when 6,000 armed Lou Nuer youths carried out what they called revenge attack on Pibor County, home to Murle tribe.

South Sudan’s pastoralist communities often engage in cattle rustling but the acquisition of weapons by civilians during the two decade civil war between the rebels, who have now become the official army of the country since independence last year, and the Sudanese government aggravated the situation.

In March, South Sudan President Salva Kiir launched a [disarmament campaign, "Operation Restore Peace in Jonglei",>http://www.sudantribune.com/+-2012-Jonglei-Disarmament-Campaign,1172-+] which involved 15,000 strong members of South Sudan’s army and police forces.

This was followed by a peace process that some groups boycotted.

However, both the Jonglei State government and United Nations (UN), which has a mission mandated to protect civilians in South Sudan, says the disarmament exercise is helping in restoring peace. Guang Cong, UNMISS Jonglei State Coordinator called the disarmament exercise a “decisive measure”.

"It is encouraging to note that with these decisive measures, the deterioration of security in Jonglei has been reversed and the momentum for peace, reconciliation among all the communities are emerging," said Cong at a dinner hosted by UNMISS to commemorate a year anniversary of the UN Mission in South Sudan.

Jonglei State’s governor calls on the investors to help in developing resources. Governor Juuk suggested re-branding gum Arabic so that is called ‘gum Africa’ as it is only found in Africa.


Listen to Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang Juuk speaking in Bor at the UNMISS dinner on Friday 6 July 2012.

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  • 8 July 2012 08:30, by Majongdit

    Kuol is a good Governor. He is only faced with an ungovernable state of Jonglei.

    The terrain is rough and the state is vast and infrastructure is poor. I know how long it takes from Pochalla to Bor and from Bor to Akoba.

    Much as one would want to describe Kuol, you will find him an angel when you compare him with the likes of Malong Awan of Northern Bahr Ghazal and Chol Tong of Lakes State.

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    • 8 July 2012 08:41, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      , Majongdit
      You are right mathondit, Mr Juuk is a good person but fold under trap of ungovernable people of Jonglei especially Nuer who always clams to be spiritual leader of doom, my Dinka Bor in that state are trap in that situation of savages communities of Nuer and a dirty Murle who like to live with other people bloods

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    • 8 July 2012 16:37, by Justin Chicago opiny

      I agree with you I have known Kuol Manyang juuk for along time.He is a hard working person just like the former Commissioner of the then Bhar ElGhazal Province Mr,Isaih Kulang during my school days in Wau. Kuol was my instructor there is no way that I do not know him in and out.Jongles State is lucky to have such a hard working Governor.

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  • 8 July 2012 13:28, by master

    false congratulate to false governer

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  • 8 July 2012 22:51, by panom lualbil

    Here you’re talking and there they are listening! Then they will know when you’re on break and when something happened, it will be because you invited it.

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  • 8 July 2012 23:23, by Kikiji longiro

    Koul Manyang,

    Is one of the sickest people of SPLA/M who only dreams to be an everlasted leader without other folks values.He decieves all Dinkas but he can,t decieve all.IF HE LOVES PEOPLE & HIS LAND WHY DIDN,T HE RESIGNED WHEN HIS BROTHER ATHOR RAN TO THE BUSH AS ONE OF THE STRONGEST SPLA/M SINCE THE BEGINNING.

    All take care with this snake without a tail.


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  • 9 July 2012 01:07, by Elijah B. Elkan

    July 9, 2011 should be remembered as very special day to the people of south Sudan. South South lost 2.5 million of it’s citizens to gain it’s Independence. July 9, 2011 should never be forgotten.

    Happy (birth day) Independence Day South Sudan. You all came a long way to this day - God bless people of South Sudan and god bless South Sudan. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you all.

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    • 9 July 2012 07:48, by Atem Deng malek

      Congratulation to the Republic of South Sudan for the celeberation of the 9th july as an independent of South Sudan. I would like to assure you that South Sudan has already completed the first step as an independent Country. But we need to work very hard to slove the problem of the boarder between Sudan and South Sudan.

      Long life South Sudan long life people of South Sudan.

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  • 10 July 2012 05:13, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Who believes on this article is dumb or stupid. Why? Because the article has no creditability due to its lack of author or reporyer name. This is just another liars.

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  • 10 July 2012 13:42, by Plubumingly

    Thatz shiit already man,,,you shouldn’t relax coz security is down,,you never know the planning of some people..What we need you to do is to prepare for the well protection of the civilians incase any fucken attack that may immerge can get controlled otherwise never let ur words in the air and in the end the state enters in a mess...Work hard next term u’ll never smell it man,,,,,yumyum

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