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Fears of violence gain momentum after argument breaks out in Juba Port


July 24, 2013 (JUBA) – Residents of the South Sudan’s capital, on Wednesday erupted into chaotic fear and confusion as a result of a physical fight between two persons belonging to two different communities in Juba Port.

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A picture for Juba Port, with returnees who arrived from the north on 28 June 2011, days before the official proclamation of South Sudan independence (Photo BBC World Service)

The incident sent a shock wave across the city causing thousands of people to run for their lives in anticipation of large scale inter-communal violence.

The two persons had an argument at the Juba Port which led to the fight. When police personnel were seen running to the scene in order to separate the two persons, people from the nearby places started to run.

Rumours spread very fast throughout the city that an inter-communal violence had ensued and people from different sections of the city began to run from the streets and markets to their houses for cover.

The incident caused several car accidents as commuters panicked and the streets were immediately deserted, forcing people to run on foot for long distances.

The city mayor Mohammed Babala, issued a statement on the state-owned South Sudan TV urging the city populations not to panic as the fight was an isolated incidence between two persons.

Babala did not further explain what caused the fight between the two. Some eyewitnesses however told Sudan Tribune that the quarrel started under a tree on the bank of the River Nile where redundant citizens were charting and taking tea when a Dinka man began to talk about his happiness for the removal of the vice-president, Riek Machar.

When asked by a Nuer man as to why he was so joyous about such a move, the Dinka man told the Nuer man, “what are you going to do now that we have removed your Riek Machar,” forcing the Nuer man to slap the Dinka man on the face.

Shops have remained closed in Juba throughout the day.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday issued a presidential decree relieving his long time vice-president, Riek Machar Teny, and dissolved the whole cabinet.

There exist wide spread rumors and fears that violence may be looming in the city and in other states as political rivalry and the rise of tribalism in the two-year old nation takes its toll.

But the city mayor advised people not to depend on rumors.


There are also concerns that the country may be heading for a constitutional crisis and power vacuum unless the president goes ahead to soon appoint a new cabinet.

Government’s premises on Wednesday were abandoned as offices of the former ministers were all locked by the security personnel and many civil servant staffs of the institutions feared to report to work.

According to the decree, the under-secretaries of the ministries were directed by the president to take charge of their respective institutions.

The Secretary General of the government, Abdoun Agau Jok Nhial, on Wednesday met with all the under-secretaries and briefed them on their responsibilities pending the formation of the next cabinet.

In a statement to SSTV, Agau also revealed that there were mistakes made in the presidential decree in respect to the reduction and organization of the new institutions. In particular he said there was omission of the ministry of health in the list of the ministries as well as dislocation of certain departments to wrong institutions.

All the ministers were relieved but their replacements were not appointed.


There are wide-spread speculations that president Kiir was still making wider consultations on appointment of a new Vice President and cabinet members.

The speaker of the national legislative assembly and deputy chairman of the ruling SPLM, James Wani Igga, and Riek Gai Kok, the former senior official of the National Congress Party (NCP), who joined the SPLM two years ago, are rumoured to be the main contestants.

The current chief of general staff of the Sudan People’s liberation Army (SPLA), Gen. James Hoth Mai, is also speculated as a candidate for the position of the Vice President, although he reportedly turned down the offer.

Because the ministerial positions are reduced from 29 to 19, it is likely that many of the recently relieved ministers will not come back to the cabinet; making the selection for appointments a difficult one for the president and his close aides.

Several people in the streets of the capital told Sudan Tribune that they were still waiting to know whether the former Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, will be reinstated to his position or who will be the new Vice President before they can express their reaction over the whole matter.

President Salva Kiir, who always visibly moved to office with his motorcades, was not seen in public or on SSTV on Wednesday, feeding rumours that he might have left the city on Tuesday evening before or after the decrees were announced.

However, a former official of the government dismissed the rumours, saying the president and the former vice-president were both in their houses.

The Secretary General of the government, Abdoun Agau, is the one in charge of the government.


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  • 25 July 2013 07:33, by Mi diit

    I know members of a certain community are very good at provoking others and inciting violence and cry later on. South Sudan may slide into serious violence due to such arrogance and irresponsible behaviors by people who do not even know that they can lose power when it comes to violence. Where was the president hiding on Wednesday when people were running in Juba like mad dogs?

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    • 25 July 2013 07:42, by omoni jr.

      The Dinka man got ass whooped up due to his ignorance,because he dont know politic,he should not touched sensetive information about politics.

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      • 25 July 2013 09:36, by Dinka Nhialic

        Hahahaha Congratulations
        President Kiir remove all of them and bring in the Wani Igga as the vice president or Riek Gai Kok he is the good man, those of Riek will be nowhere.

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    • 25 July 2013 08:31, by Arakataa

      mi dit,
      eyes witness was from nuer so it is good of you to took that advantage of this because you nuer boys need to fight by any means but dinkas are intelligent no fight no fight .

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    • 25 July 2013 08:34, by Dinkawarrior

      Mi diit? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, good luck!
      Congratulations Mr. President.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 25 July 2013 09:17, by Mayom County Boy

        Guys iam now ready with my AKM rifle waiting for some body who is denying the decree of our president Salv Kiir Mayardit ,the man of Awan Chan Nyal.since yesterday iam looking for those who are saying that president is wrong.president does n,t do some thing wrong ,this is how we can developt

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        • 25 July 2013 17:58, by Lopandun

          Hi Mr.Gatour Loch or Mayom Boys, you are too dump you guys from Mayom. Politic is just a game, or war of words not a physical war. You Mayom food lovers have been fighting the South Sudanese during civil-war, but now you want to be a part of the honey.

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    • 25 July 2013 09:45, by Gat Gan Kiir

      President Kiir is in Juba but relieved himself also, I like the news that Secretary General in the government is running the country. Kiir has feel the heated

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      • 25 July 2013 10:29, by Mi diit

        Ahahahahaaaaaaa, if the Nuer man’s slap of the Dinka man on his face could shake the whole city and left every one running away....What if......
        I believe others will not repeat such negative utterances and risk big slaps, or even more.........

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        • 25 July 2013 14:46, by Mayom County Boy

          @ Madiit what did you say now ? idid n,t hear you very well ,please can you repeate it

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    • 25 July 2013 16:32, by Hardlinner

      When would southerners discovered their own individual rights. For your information, you don’t have to be rocket scientist to realise that sacking of riek does translate to sacking of nuers nor does challenging of kiir leadership mount to challenging dinkas for that matter. To all primitives out there kiir and riek are just like every one else.they are not the controllers of lives or destinies.

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      • 25 July 2013 17:06, by John mamer

        @hardliner you are right we donot care of who is in power but who care for the citizen of this country, we have power of vote and kiir or Riek must go if they are not performing to our expectation.

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        • 25 July 2013 17:11, by John mamer

          @ my brothers from Nuer and Dinka killing Nuer or Dinka doesnot bring food to the table nor cows to cattlecamp we had tried before and it had not work it is time for us to avoid that method and joint the rest of south sudanese in development of our country.

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    • 26 July 2013 04:54, by Garkoth Geng

      Hi everyone,please we should understand that no tribe is better then other all are God created equally,in adition of an other thing i would like to tell every one, we should not get proud of size or streng.
      we have to pray asking God to help select good people, who will not take our wealth for thier own benifit, in stead of serving public, who suffered too much since their existing on this earth.

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  • 25 July 2013 07:33, by Sundayw

    South Sudanese, the jallaba-owned Sudan Tribune has been disappointed that there has been no outbreak of violence in response to the president’s actions. Now, this pathetic news organization is fishing for rotten stories to stoke up violence and mislead fools into creating something where none exists. We should never trust Sudan Tribune!!!

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    • 25 July 2013 07:47, by Mi diit

      Do you want Sudan tribune to tell you only what you want to hear. That you raided cattle somewhere? They have been telling black and white whether in Khartoum or in Juba. They are neutral and the best website that keeps neutrality. That is why they published incompetent Kiir’s decrees.

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      • 25 July 2013 23:34, by panom lualbil

        People shouldn’t just worry in JUBA unless at RURAL AREAS, becoz I don’t believe if coward [RIAK MACHAR] would attack such a place where SPLA and SECURITY FORCES are located. He supposed to be hang up alive and die devil die. There are so many good nuers in SPLA to us. Done deal is done deal MR PRESIDENT.

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      • 26 July 2013 04:40, by Hardlinner

        Mi diit , do you really know your own existent?. I would be sorry to say that you have not evolved mentally. Your responses always contains animalistic characters and that give me impression of someone with chimpazee character. I’m pretty sure you don’t have ability to think outside the box.

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    • 26 July 2013 01:22, by Tutbol

      Have you notice that the commenters who pin-point the devil behind SUDANTRIBUNE propaganda machine ills; have had their comments removed fellows! The propagandists want to stuff their unpalatable foreign puppets into the clear seeing S Sudanese throats by their all dubious costs, but it will never happen as we know it. S Sudan is not and will never for sale; simple and square.

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  • 25 July 2013 07:39, by omoni jr.


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  • 25 July 2013 07:55, by Dinka the soul of south

    Ahahaha..o mann dis is funny..the Nuer guy got a right to do that..if i was him i would Just shut da fuk up nd be happy as i am now.

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  • 25 July 2013 07:55, by Dinka the soul of south

    Ahahaha..o mann dis is funny..the Nuer guy got a right to do that..if i was him i would Just shut da fuk up nd be happy as i am now.

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  • 25 July 2013 08:07, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All south Sudanese!!
    We the Nuer we are the future of this new nation, because if we break the fight out, no one will stay any longer within south Sudan, but we listen to our leaders and intellectuals advice, does why i will say to my dear nation don’t run Nuer are very clam grantee!!!!!

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    • 25 July 2013 08:22, by Big Boy

      Son of Nyagat
      You’re listening to your former food-lover or militin leader Riak that’s why you are calm...but that one can’t affect us!!

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      • 25 July 2013 09:21, by Nyiktulee

        Hey Big Boy: you guys must be out mind in using the word Nyagat.you don’t even know what it mean. This word is an Ethiopian ward mean traders..ask Ethiopian people they will educated you with what it mean.Secondly; who are the thefts and a food lover who currupting the RSS? Dinka. Is good that Dinka were known by all South Sudanese that they are thefts.

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        • 25 July 2013 10:50, by Big Boy

          Oh, i am sorrrrrrry my dear food-lover of our Country South Sudan, i don’t know the meaning of Nyagateeeeeeeeeen now!!! but i know the meaning of former food-lover leader...

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          • 26 July 2013 09:34, by Nyiktulee

            You are such an idoit! stupit big dog! stop acting childish...I just tried to educated your donk ass to put the right term together with what you mean.It is doesn’t make sense with whatever you mean dog. Make sure to used right vocabularies with the meaning to be undstood by your readers. Sorry, I believe your father didn’t steall the pubulic funds in this month, that is why you are greedy.

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  • 25 July 2013 08:37, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

    Guys, This nation is far more bigger and will remained bigger than anyone of us including the president. No reason for violence. I love Nuer of today because they are not Nuer of yesterday. If Dinka and Nuer fight, the whole country will be experiencing serious instability. Why should poor people like you and me fight for the interest of politicians? South Sudan is our country and we should love i

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  • 25 July 2013 08:37, by dude

    who are you then?

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  • 25 July 2013 08:45, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear Readers,
    Please let’s learn on how to comments issues in regards to our Nationalism and respect our values as South Sudanese no matter what tribes you come from.
    The two communities talk always sad many South Sudanese people and worsen our Nation face in the world.
    Our oneness is our strength, power and ......... etc. Think well you the two communities. Where do you want to head this -----

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  • 25 July 2013 08:46, by Modi Lo Laja

    country to. Why always you wanted insecurity within your communities? What do you gain if you do those evils of yours?
    You the Leaders of this newly Nation and especially those from the two communities should come out give more and more awareness about your own communities because more evils fall on their hands.
    Thanks for your action.
    Modi Lo Laja

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  • 25 July 2013 08:47, by Marco Bul

    Riak Gai Kok is the best citizen unlike Riek Puot Nyuon who Kawaja’s stooge.
    To Lou:Why did Riek brought war to Jonglei N live Leer safe?Think about it.Stop talking of war.Who don’t know "ater Jäänï"?Try to take over by force N this country will b Hell!They’ll go to "Khartoum" and U will not enjoy it .The Dinka don’t want KIIR & RIAK alltogether!!Better Bangasi Bakasoro or Lomole Waya.To Hell wit

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  • 25 July 2013 09:01, by dude

    who will go to Khartoum. You are the one who will run to Khartoum. Fighting Nuer people is not just a talking.

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  • 25 July 2013 09:36, by Pif Paf

    What a chaotic situation? No doubt Mr.Kiir is the reason for this situation due to his out of the blue biased decisions. Now Kiir also needs to be slapped so that he can wake up because he is causing problems. Kiir also needs to be investigated for the money he stole, not only investigate his enemies. You can never be president if you cant take criticism.

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    • 25 July 2013 13:47, by Marco A. Wek

      Pif Paf, does your gay man Bashir take criticism? Kiir got it from your gay man and as for his decision of firing Dr. Riek, he caused it on himself. If he didn’t like how SPLM was running the government of which he was part of , he should have resigned and form his faction like did before but he was afraid to do so fearing his own failure he had in the past and now. Kiir also made a mistake.

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  • 25 July 2013 09:46, by Jojo

    Hi All, this is very sensitive time for uttering words which will not help as South Sudanese Nationals. Let us stop criticizing other tribe mentioning the removal of their person.
    If we need Peace, Unity and Love; let us throw away these language of ’DINKA, NUER or whatsoever. There are many tribes here in South. By keeping silent, they are not COWARDS!

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  • 25 July 2013 10:08, by dude

    You shot a person who did not have an arm. what if he had an arm, he will kill all of you.

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  • 25 July 2013 10:19, by Nuok Thon.

    Slaping each other is not the peace way for to solve our problem.

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  • 25 July 2013 10:21, by Dam Musa

    People in Juba where were you running to? There is any end to everything. The time has come for Riek MACHAR to step aside.

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    • 25 July 2013 11:16, by Peter Mading

      Media want see President in Public. If Kiir dissolved the Government why do media want to see Kiir in office?. Kiir must stay in his house until he form a new cabinet. That is my opinion.

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  • 25 July 2013 10:27, by Mi diit

    Ahahahahaaaaaaa, if the Nuer man’s slap of the Dinka man on his face could shake the whole city and left every one running away....What if......
    I believe others will not repeat such negative utterances and risk big slaps, or even more.........

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    • 25 July 2013 10:55, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Riek is gone and now we are brothers and sister of this country. All of us, we love this country, all of us, we love each other, all of us, we will work togather, all of us, we will develop our country, all of us, we will live in peace and happiness, all of us, will be consider as good citizen,
      May God bless the people of Republic of South Sudan , anybody is free to lead this country,

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    • 25 July 2013 11:30, by Peter Mading

      Mi Diit, You are laughing for nothing. I was there yesterday and what happened was that the two men who where fighting were loaders and not redundant citizen. They were neither nuer nor Dinka. Do not rely on Media Report. They were fighting over offloading fishes from the barge. Let me correct u OK?

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  • 25 July 2013 10:55, by dude

    Current government is shooting itself in the foot.

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  • 25 July 2013 11:05, by Oppressor

    What ??? So funny poor ppl this is the result of a failed govt & off course a consequences of a rubbish falling fake state .. hhaaaa hhhhaaaa haaaaa

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  • 25 July 2013 11:36, by Diu Tut Deng

    @ Dinka dominated spla/splm look, Danger is coming soon South Sudan will not take Us all as you are abusing your power to mistreat the rest you have shot Kai dead, the Kai live will claim the 200 lives from you, Otherwise South Sudan will be ten countries.It is because of our inborn low response to our mistreatment look, Yoweri masebeni is nothing and this time around no going to camps.

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  • 25 July 2013 11:50, by Diu Tut Deng

    @ Peter Mading, you are a great lies don’t depended on media report be eyes witness come to Jebel Cemetery near National security now, we are resting Kai Kung shot yesterday and died in Juba Teaching Hospital later. come and see we are harmless else later we prepared.war is not any how ,you need to make sure of what you are going to do, we are ready at last.war..war..war..allover.

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    • 25 July 2013 12:36, by Peter Mading

      Kai could have obtained gun shot in Jonglei State (Victim of Yau Yau and not in recent fight/panic yesterday. Do not ask me to come to Jabel when Jabel is my residential area. Stop dreaming.

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  • 25 July 2013 12:01, by wang

    We never start a war in that way without inform those slaves in advances…. There will be one, but it is not a right time to declare it yet…Though, too many thanks to former Nuer betrayer Jame Hoi Mai for turned that briber 2nd citizens seat down and hopeliy Riek Gai Gok will do the same…let Kiir mess up his nearly ending term without dragging anyone of us in….

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    • 25 July 2013 15:34, by moto


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    • 26 July 2013 04:38, by Garkoth Geng

      wang you should come to the sence, who do you think Riek Machar is? He is just a person like us who can be replaced by any one, who knows how to respect a party policies and job policy, as an employee does not supposed to desrepect the boss, and that is call mis behaving in work policy and is subject to firing as Kiir did, could you agree if Riek was president and some one the same he did

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  • 25 July 2013 13:02, by Diu Tut Deng

    My Dear Mading ignore it but fact will defined it self.

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  • 25 July 2013 15:23, by Andrew Ojok

    My dear follower’s citizens where are not on sporting channel we are on the political party please I just want to differentiates something that really citizens should understand that KIIR and RIAK are on the same party they different between them is who’s in charge of the SPLM party I think those supporters must learn from today onward I never find unregister person take tribes to war tribes. Sham

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  • 25 July 2013 16:51, by Kim Deng

    The ball is now in this laughing machine, Dr. Riek’s Court either to declare "Kac-lora," or let himself be slaughetered like a goat by the agents of the Dinka Kingdom.

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  • 25 July 2013 16:57, by Marco Bul

    @Dude.Sorry Gare.I mean Dinka will run to their financer,Omar.They’ll b deployed to secure oilfields for Arabs.They’ll b paid with Tahnia,gargocni,fuul misir,sugar N abductees.U will called for amnesty N they’ll come with "muoc røt du" inflated ranks Z shud b maintained.They’ll also confess for serving the enemy against their brothers.Nööñgë Nup ke Tung kæl!!!!!!!

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  • 25 July 2013 18:29, by sudinka

    Juba is safe who,s ever thinking that there will be violence that is lie i,m in juba now all the citizen are busy run their all normal business with out fear we are just waiting his excellency Hon; president Salva Kiirmayardit to appoint other Riek but not machar is Riek Ghai Gok to please every body talking there Nepotism there nothing like that is there no good work done some greedy leaders .

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  • 25 July 2013 22:08, by dude

    Wure ka ca jen

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    • 25 July 2013 22:45, by Dinkawarrior

      Dr. Ceith Holocaust Traitor Machar Dead with Heart Attack and Stroke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 25 July 2013 23:22, by Kim Deng

    "Dear friends & fans, this is to confirm the news of my relief as the VP of the republic. Though I heard it in the news like all of you, but I wasn’t surprised. Please remain calm and be assured that our aspiration to lead this country to prosperity and stability won’t be intimidated by anything. We’ve chosen to handle everything politically and this is how we’re going to continue.”

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    • 25 July 2013 23:45, by panom lualbil

      Farewell DR VULTURE RIAK or his agents, done deal. Thank you very much MR KIIR. I already knew you were not sleeping to be campaigning with CURSE-RIAK MACHAR.

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