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SPLM youth rally in Juba draws thousands


February 11, 2014 (JUBA) - More than 4,000 people attended a public rally in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on Tuesday calling for peace and reconciliation in the new nation, which was engulfed by violence in mid-December.

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South Sudan’s deputy information minister, Akol Paul Kordit speaking at a public rally in Juba on 11 February 2014 (ST)

Various politicians spoke at the event at Suksita, which was organised by South Sudan’s Youth Organisation for Social Development (YOFSD) in collaboration with the youth league of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Akol Paul Kordit, a senior member of the SPLM ‘s political Bureau and a chairman of SPLM youth league, led pleas for a peaceful resolution to the crisis that has killed thousands and driven close to a million people from their homes.

Violence erupted in South Sudan following clashes between rival factions of the presidential guards, quickly spreading throughout the country as forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar battled for control of key areas.

Kordit condemned the violence, calling for Machar, who is accused of masterminding the alleged coup attempt to overthrow the government, to be brought to justice.

“I am very sad on what had happened on December 15 13. I apologise to you all and such a mistake will never happen again here in Juba”, Kordit told the crowd, receiving an extended round of applause.

“The gun sound must be mute in Juba and across South Sudan, because we need peace and development so that our children and elderly people [have] access [to] medical care services – we are very well prepared to protect you from any harm or threats”, he added.

Kordit also assured citizens that the government was prepared to take measures to ensure Machar faced court over alleged atrocities committed at the height of the conflict.

He stressed the government was on track to hold fresh elections scheduled for 2015 despite uncertainty that the political situation in the country would delay the ballot.

“We will have an election in 2015 … the SPLM party is very confident to win next election in 2015”, he said.

However, he said anyone was welcome to contest the presidential elections so long as they are granted a nomination ticket by their party.

The SPLM youth League chairman also donated 15,000 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) to various organisations affiliated with the ruling party.

Tuesday’s event is the first public rally the SPLM has held since the outbreak of violence last year. A larger rally is planned on Saturday at Freedom Hall, with the president expected to address the nation on the current political crisis.


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  • 12 February 2014 11:27, by Sir King

    Not only Nuer who hate these thags of Gogrial. They are killing Mading Aweil people for nothing. Please don’t tell us your useless idea. Both Kiir and Riek must go and we are going to find any other capable leader to lead us to bright future.
    Please SPLM under incompetent Kiir Mayardit has totally lost legitimacy to the people of South Sudan. Please South Sudanese, you should stand awake.

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    • 12 February 2014 11:34, by Sir King

      - Kiir has totally lost legitimacy because of the followings:
      1. Weak administration
      2. Prevailing corruptions and ethnicity in the country.
      3. He failed to nationalise the army.
      4. Lack of strategies
      5. Poor management
      6. Not qualified/lack of education
      7. Quiet leader without convincing language
      8. Rude and lack of diplomatic gearing
      9. Poor economic policies
      10. Blindly leading the country

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      • 12 February 2014 11:40, by Sir King

        - 11. Country become randomly inhabited even by food hunters and beggers
        12. Lack of developmental paradigms
        13. Village characteristics which he is spoiling the name of our nation
        14. Poor strategic power holding.
        15. Talk like a young woman who did mistake at her new home
        16. Alcohol is killing him

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        • 12 February 2014 11:43, by Sir King

          - Message: We need external forces/ helps for us to get rid of this weak President I have never ever seen in any part of this world. We don’t need both guys Kiir and Machar if it is the case. We must go for a different person to neutralise the position.
          Thanks for reading

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          • 12 February 2014 11:45, by Sir King

            - I forgot to add that President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar should both go for ICC so that we remain in peace!!!!!

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          • 12 February 2014 14:23, by jubaone

            Sir King,
            We just do not need any further external forces. What we need is getting mobilised into Equatoria Defence League EDL pick up arms and fight. Thats it. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Either we sit together as reasonable people or we split the South along regional lines. Kokora is the solution sooner or later

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            • 13 February 2014 05:06, by Mi diit

              Youth led by Akol Paul Kordit are like goats led by hyena. Look, he talks of guns getting "mute" but not getting "silent" forever. Something mute is active but without a sound being heard. And he calls for peace and reconciliation, while at the same time calling for Riek to be brought to justice. How do the two go together? NONSENSE. Soon you and your Mrs uncle Akiir will leave Juba.

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      • 12 February 2014 11:50, by Darkangel

        ****** MUST READ ******
        South Sudan: No Power-Sharing Without Reform

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    • 12 February 2014 11:38, by Darkangel

      ****** MUST READ ******
      South Sudan: No Power-Sharing Without Reform

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    • 12 February 2014 13:23, by Paul Chadrack

      Akol kurdit is an idiot,the diehard supporter of the genocidal president kiir,whom is he going to fool?, your days are numbered. he was in khartoum during the war an arab sellout man. he saying our oil the bhar el gazel oil.

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    • 12 February 2014 13:50, by Bentiu son

      The idiot Dinka boy known as Paul Akoldit should shut his gossiper mouth against Nuer whom they massacred with his genocidal Dinka Chief Salva Kiir of Twic Mayardit.Why pointing your useless fingers on wrong person.Dr Machar did nothing but he escaped his assassination attempted by Salva brutal regime.Dinkas shouldn’t mess up with Nuer in South Sudan besides their marginalized other non Dinkatribe

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      • 12 February 2014 14:03, by Bentiu son

        Paul when did you became SPLM politico-bureau n National Liberation Council Member? After the crisis right? There is a saying that when there is war or political unrest, opportunist,gossipers,natters,traitors n betrayers benefits.Who are you to announce the national election 2015 n assurance people security in Juba? Waw! foolish Dinka BEG had messed up the country affairs due to their negligence.

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    • 13 February 2014 08:45, by Johndumo14

      The france troops must witdraw from African soil,mean while UGANDAN TROOPS HAS GOT THE RIGHT GO ANY WHERE IN AFRICAN CONTINENT!!

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    • 13 February 2014 08:58, by Johndumo14

      Washington must tell france to withdraw from African`s land.
      Not Uganda troops!!
      These countries have many things in common,Uganda and s.sudan
      In their border almost tribes from both countries speaks same dilects,infact is one country ,is only the thieves (British and france) who divided them in colonial times.

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  • 12 February 2014 11:43, by Johndumo14

    Surely Dr Riek Machar will be brought to justice,no matter how long it takes,the Nuer and dinkas have suffered loses death and damage to properties from the actions of this man.Plse Nuer don`t support,your tribe,brother,sister or even your friends when they are involved in criminal activities.All the Nuer people are supporting Riek Machar blindly without knowing the backfire.Now no trust to Nuer!!

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    • 12 February 2014 14:25, by jubaone

      That is jenge justice. Rubbish and stupid.

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    • 12 February 2014 16:53, by Sobat Boy

      In south Sudan, if your non Dinka and you contest for leadership you committed a crime:
      1. Dinka count blindly crime against Dr. Riek because he said I want to run for presidency in 2015
      2. Dr.Lam Makol ran his life to Khartoum because he ran in 2010
      This useless war that was imposed useless Kiir has many meaning. Dinka Born to Rule is a one of those.
      All non Dinka blindfully see

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  • 12 February 2014 13:08, by Jalaby

    You guys are hopeless case! before you used to export all your internal problems to Arab/Jalaba and made them as hanger to put on it your dirty laundry but Arab/Jalaba are no longer exist in the south anymore!
    When British colonization refused to separate you from north you cried loudly and accused them of selling you to Arab/Jalaba but I hope that you now learn

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    • 12 February 2014 13:13, by Jalaby

      the lesson and find the excuse for British colonization of why didn’t separate you?
      Simply for the sake of you and not for the sake of Arab/Jalaba, they wanted to protect you from yourself and not to throw you deep in the dark hole, but now you chose to throw yourself by yourself and what British was scared to happen is now happening unfortunately!

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      • 12 February 2014 13:18, by Jalaby

        You guys are not yet ready to accept the different opinion, not ready to share power, not ready to live in harmony, not ready to exercise democracy, your decision always overwhelmed by tribalism, till all these diseases be removed from your brain and body then the killing and hatred will continue to dominate without any light and hope at the end of the tunnel!

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        • 12 February 2014 13:22, by Jalaby

          I can assure you, people in the north are so sad because of what is happening in the south but at the same time became very convinced that the separation of the south is not a bad idea otherwise the north should pay the high price for what is happening now in the south and will add more burden to already exhausted economy in the north!!!

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          • 12 February 2014 17:00, by Sobat Boy

            Yes you right Jalaby, our problme is Dinka if we change Dinka leadership thing will change in good direction. In south Sudan, if your non Dinka and you contest for leadership you committed a crime:
            1. Dinka count blindly crime against Dr. Riek because he said I want to run for presidency in 2015
            2. Dr.Lam Makol ran his life to Khartoum because he ran in 2010
            This useless war that was imposed us

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  • 12 February 2014 13:20, by Tom D

    Big joke from so called Akol Paul. Who are those 4000 thousand youths? Are they Nuer or Dinka? If they are SPLM youth from att tribes,why this stooge dude roaring for nothing? If Akol Pual is SPLM youths league leader, he should condemn Kiir for killing of Nuer innocent civilians who were pershed in Juba by Kiir Gwelweng Malitia. Roaring on media does not bring anything rather than resigning

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    • 12 February 2014 13:59, by Tutbol

      Mr. Jalaby,
      the better you keep to cling to your British conection criminals, the better for the S Sudanese. The British are evil peoples, whether they are evils in the N Sudan or in hell. The the UK & the criminals in India, Bangalesh & Pakistan. We don’t want crims with their juus. Juus are not our friends as juus crims in the US as our peoples in the S Sudan, think they have connections....

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      • 12 February 2014 14:30, by Kiir

        Mr. Akol, are you really calling for peace? If yes, why don’t you call for UPDF who invade S. Sudan to withdraw? Why you don’t advise your gay Kiir to release all the detainees? Go back to your mother fucker Akiir & tell her z your rally was useless.

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      • 12 February 2014 14:53, by Ping Yes

        @ TutBotl.
        U are talking sense.we don’t need all these external forces in our problem.The crisis we are in now are fueled by these western exploitors.They are happy and ready to help who they think will give them a chance to loot.We should get rid of all peace keeping forces and bring in our neighbors to monitor all the situation.

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  • 12 February 2014 14:51, by Marco Bul

    Was it not last year when you were calling for Riek’s rebellion?? Didn’t I told you that you will be disappointed?? Now your dream has come true.Don’t call for Kokora.You will be calling for kokora upto your legs level.You will want to separate your legs.

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  • 12 February 2014 15:40, by Gatluak

    Akol Paul is just waiting h8s time calling for peace. In our culture as South Sudanese we call it a peace after getting the root cause of the problem and tells whoever guilt that he is wrong. You are telling us Dr. Riek will be brought to book,how sure are you that he is guilty? Fuck you and your Kiir..we are coming to fuck you all Kiir’s supporters.

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  • 12 February 2014 16:49, by Johndumo14

    Why is it taking so long for Collection of dead bodies in Bor?How do expect people to return to bor town when dead bodies are stil in houses or on farms or on streets?By the way who are these death people civilians or the rebels who called themselves the white army? And have you the people concern counted them and how many death bodies? You have to take video and photos so you can show to Dr Riek

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