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Jonglei MP dismisses SPLA perception of Murle as enemies


 October 14, 2012 (BOR) – Jonglei state MP Judi Jonglei Boyuris, on Saturday rejected what he calls the South Sudan army’s (SPLA) treatment of members of the Murle ethnic group “as enemies.”

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Jonglei MP, Judi Jonglei Boyuris, at Star Hotel, Bor, Jonglei, August 27, 2012 (ST)

Boyuris was talking upon his return from Pibor county where he was attempting to dissuade citizens from joining the ranks of the Murle rebel leader, David Yau Yau.

He described a perception amongst members of the SPLA that Pibor as a whole has joined Yau Yau’s rebellion against them.

He claimed that many of Yau Yau’s recruits were youths from Gumuruk and Likuangole regions who were ill-treated during the statewide disarmament programme in March 2012.

Murle leaders met in Pibor on 27-30 September; 61 chiefs, youth leaders and the commissioner, Joshua Konyi, attended to discuss peaceful resolutions to disquiet in the state. After the event the participants danced I the streets, according o Boyuris.

Boyuris said that they travelled from Maruo to Pibor attempting to convince people to not join Yau Yau’s rebellion and to improve their relationship with the SPLA.

Boyuris went on to deny Yau Yau receives support from the Murle, "although he is from our ethnic group". He claimed that "the people who sent him to destabilise the community are not from Murle.”

He explained that his role was to help separate the civilians from Yau Yau and leave him to be dealt with by the SPLA.

David Yau Yau took up arms against the authorities following the 2010 general elections in which he lost the seat of the commissioner to the incumbent member of parlaiment presenting constituency 135, Boyuris. In 2011 he then signed a peace deal. He flip-flopped once again and took up arms against the government in April.

Yau Yau is a member of the Murle ethnic group. There has been scant information from the Murle Diaspora and the Murle in South Sudan on their perspective of the conflict in Jonglei state, unlike the vocal Luo-Nuer who claim that the Murle have been driven to abducting their children as they are suffering from an infertility endemic; a view shared by the country’s president, Salva Kiir.

According to the UN Environmental Program the Murle were in Ethiopia until the 19th century. Some remained their until the 1990s while others were driven west by local Nilotes. They established an homeland in Pibor county, Jonglei state in the 1930s, since which, environmental pressures have impinged upon their pastoralist lifestyle.

Little evidence can be found to support the infertility claim. However, the motivation to rationalise the denigration of one of South Sudan’s pariah ethnic groups, in order to legitimise the attribution of blame, is self-evident.

The SPLA spokesperson, Philip Aguer Panyang, said in September "the proof is beyond doubt" regarding Yau Yau’s backing by the Khartoum government.

Both Juba and Khartoum have traded numerous accusations of backing one another’s rebel movements.

Boyuris noted that flooding in the region has resulted in widespread crop damage; he called for the intervention the government and international non-governmental organisations to offer humanitarian assistance.


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  • 16 October 2012 07:58, by Tutbol

    Our jonglei natives must not close their minds and label their brothers & sisters as enemies. Yes there some unfornate events that occured when we ridded off ourselves of our arch enemy, the North. My own humble self lost 3 family members & one abducted kid in 2007. But i know where the Murles are coming from. Education & talks is the surest way to get our state back peace. Our murle brothers...

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    • 16 October 2012 10:36, by Junta

      The Only solution Jongolei Insecurity is to revoke the 1975 Decree made by Moulana Abel Alier in transfering Pibor and the adjacent areas Eastern Equatoria to Jongole. If these areas are returned to EE, then the marginalisation of these Minorities will end and conflicts Ceased.

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    • 16 October 2012 10:39, by Junta

      Lasting peace in Jongole is only attainable by transferring Pibor, Pochala and Eastern Akobo to Eastern Equatoria state since these communities can mutually coexist with tribes in EEQ. Also Decree issued by Moulana Abel Alier which transferred these area to Jongole in 1970s be revoked as these proved that Abel intention was to take these communities to be marginalised by his kinsmen!

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    • 16 October 2012 10:39, by Junta

      Lasting peace in Jongole is only attainable by transferring Pibor, Pochala and Eastern Akobo to Eastern Equatoria state since these communities can mutually coexist with tribes in EEQ. Also Decree issued by Moulana Abel Alier which transferred these area to Jongole in 1970s be revoked as these proved that Abel intention was to take these communities to be marginalised by his kinsmen!

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  • 16 October 2012 08:04, by NO PEACE

    Jonglei MP dismisses SPLA perception of Murle as enemies.
    Bravo MP please go ahead you word got some people in this forum.

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  • 16 October 2012 08:05, by Tutbol

    Need also to work hard to get rid of this barbarious disease of killing and abducting our people. Because other have left those barbarious acts sometimes ago and if do just that, l am sure, we would be a great state.

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  • 16 October 2012 08:10, by Peacocktail

    The Writer was Very wrong in key note, Yau Yau was defeat in Parliamentary Election not Governorship my dear. fake writer,
    There is no doubt that all Murle Youth had join Yau Yau forces across pibor, The SPLA shall enacted full disarmament and Militarily engagement with Murle Youth in Nov- Jan, fullstop.We shall Not allow Murle to destabilize South Sudan, but to be remove& clear in South Sudan

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  • 16 October 2012 08:15, by Tutbol

    ....Our murle brothers must also work hard to get rid of this barbarious disease in our state because their brothers in our state have long ago thought about it & got themselves off of killing and abducting their own people. And should our murle brothers heed that, then i think we would get our state back and we would be a great state of Jonglei.

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  • 16 October 2012 14:10, by Mapuor

    We should advocate for strong federal system in the South so that Jonglie communities find no chance of embroiling other states in their failure to co-exist.Federal system is a panacea to the new nation’s problems.The new state tried to appease the people of Jongleie with high ranks in the SPLA and organized but to no avail.Majak a self proclaimed Dr is given the highest rank that form 2 boy

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    • 16 October 2012 14:15, by Mapuor

      from Malek could not have got,yet all is in vain.Majak at his age can not afford the responsibilities that are required by the position he is currently in.Strategic issues needs people with experience and brains.Can such a thug transform a force into sound political objectives.The answer is big NOOOOOOOOOOO

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  • 17 October 2012 06:31, by Foxtail

    Junta, could you please have a look at a map of South Sudan particularly that of Jonglei and see the areas you had mentioned and find the coordinates before you write ill-thought idea. No one among the other tribes of Jongulei lives in Murle’s land for it to be called marginalisation, you fool. Education or civilisation are not gifts rather, if you mean politic. Murles victimised themselves alone.

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