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Yau Yau rebels demand new state in Jonglei


March 23, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - Yau Yau rebel group has demanded to establish a new state for the Murle tribe in South Sudan to better protect their pasture land and herds of livestock in the immense Jonglei state.

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Bishop Paride Taban (C) appluads as the signing of a peace deal between South Sudan government and SSDM/A Cobra Faction rebels in Addis Ababa, January 30, 2014 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

Delegation from the South Sudanese government and David Yau Yau rebel group resumed the South Sudanese church brokered peace talks in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday with observers from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The chief negotiator of the rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement – Cobra Faction (SSDM-Cobra faction), Gen. Khalid Burtous, demanded to create a new state in the current Pipbor county in Jonglei state and to establish a development funds for the area.

Since the independence of South Sudan the Murle clashed several times with the Lou Nuer who share the same pasture and water sources. In 2012 and 2013 hundreds of Murle were killed during tribal clashes and other thousands fled the region to protect their lives.

The Murles, like other minority groups, say that their interests are not being represented within the new nation of South Sudan which declared its independence in July 2011.

The government delegation in its response to the rebel demands, on Friday, proposed to create additional counties in the greater Pibor County and to maintain the current boundary of the county as it was on the January 1, 1956.

The head of the government negotiating team, Canon Clement Janda, said the current Payams and Bomas in Pibor county can be upgrade into full county administration, provided that county creation set forth in the South Sudan Local Government Act. 2009 is adhered to.

Janda further said the governance structure shall be established with a Chief Administrator and his Two (2) assistants, adding that this chief administrator shall appoint commissioners to the newly established counties.

He further said that the government will taken into consideration the demand for development fund and pledged to file a proposal for establishment of a special development fund to be administrated by a body headed by a coordinator within the office of the president of the republic.

The chief mediator, Bishop Paride Taban adjourned the talks to Monday announcing that the rebel delegation will give its position on the government proposal on Monday.

The SSDM Cobra-faction, was a faction of the SSDM which was established in 2010 by the late general George Athor.

Like Athor, Yau Yau rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party after losing the 2010 elections to represent the Gumuruk–Boma constituency in Pibor county at the Jonglei state assembly.

In 2011, the trained pastor signed a peace deal with the government and joined the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and was made a General despite his lack of military experience.

However, Yau Yau rebelled again in April 2012. He blamed the government for halting the disarmament process after collecting arms from his former fighters, as they remained exposed to attacks by the other ethnic groups, particularly the Lou Nuer.


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  • 24 March 2014 08:11, by Mi diit

    Let Murle and Bor Goak (Bor South) have a separate state and see how they will share their kids.

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    • 24 March 2014 11:49, by Tong dut

      Yau yau,george athor, and others?
      What about Rick Machar and two more uprising?
      Today army are on rood for their paiyment, the wounded solders of kiir.
      If Kiir is sending army to war without payment? that is too??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????>

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    • 24 March 2014 12:07, by Johndumo14

      MSF:HAVY FIGHING IS GOINGON on BETWEEN REBELS AND S.SUDAN GOV.TROOPS IN NASIR AND AKOBO.More refugees are pouring in to Leitchor refugee camp in Gambella, western Ethiopia,most are children,old men and women from Nuer tribe.Nasir is the strong hold of Riek Machar rebels and is gateway to ethiopia.If the gov.troops defeat rebels in Nasir and Akobo it will be a major blow to Riek Machar rebellion.

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    • 24 March 2014 12:23, by Johndumo14

      The gov. fo South sudan now have to deal with Nasir and Akobo bodering Ethiopia -it is the suply route of weapons and food to the Riek Machar rebels.Nasir airport is where Dr Riek and his generals fly out and in and Nasir is athrat to Malakal town and oil fields in the North.

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    • 25 March 2014 07:48, by ngadodo

      every time Sudan Tribune always delate my comments, it’s may become own by what so call Dinkas.

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    • 25 March 2014 16:45, by Johndumo14

      The SPLA must teach the rebels a lesson they will never forget,because the rebels commanders in Malakal and Nasi said they want war.They want Salva kiir to step Down.Salva Kiir must show to rebels and their leader Riek Machar that he is the president of South sudan,he lives in Juba,he is not running from place to place like Dr Riek Machar,Mr Jungleman,SPLA wiLL follow him where he ever he go!!

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  • 24 March 2014 08:21, by Kiir

    It is good Pibor should stand as a State. Dinka Bor killed Murle in Bor civil hospital.

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    • 24 March 2014 08:49, by Bentiu son

      Dear Murle Warriors,please brothers,do not waste your time negotiating with dead end government of Salva Kiir whose days,hours n mins are counted.Dinka Government under Salva Kiir will never granted you your sense full demand of creating new Pibor State.You have right to separate from Dinka Bor Gok madness,chronic hatred,jealousy,envy,tribal mindsets and policy of marginalization,manipulation,disc

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      • 24 March 2014 08:58, by Bentiu son

        rimination,mistreatment in which they had been treated Murle n Nuer as non citizen of Jonglei but the good news they fear Nuer warriors to death.David Yau Yau,look Dinka cunning policy,did Murle demand a news County or a new State? Waw! be careful siblings you better join our freedom fighters so that we together shall finalize Dinka Marginalization policy once and for all across the country.

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        • 24 March 2014 09:32, by mathem jech amer

          Beniu Son
          You are telling Yau Yau to move outside from a hot sun into fire!The same Nuer Lou who killed Murle & made Yau Yau angry and rebelled are the same people telling Yau Yau to join them, Nuers are really crazy, do you think Murle are foolish to be fool.

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      • 24 March 2014 09:13, by Malakal county Simon

        I supported this by Yau Yau because everywhere there is Dinka’s, there is always a chaos....This tribe deserved to be isolated, because the dead Dinka is good one then the one that’s still alive!!!!

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      • 24 March 2014 14:46, by Bungachier 50

        Bentiu Son! understand the message be4 you comment. They are not talking about Dinka Bor but, Lou Nuer Tribe.

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  • 24 March 2014 09:07, by Jalaby

    Well, tribalism is so deep in S Sudan and creating states based on tribalism is rational thing but unfortunately the south has at least 64 different tribes such as:Acholi, Adio (Makaraka), Aja, Anyuak (Anyuaa) Atuot (Reel), Avukaya, Azande, Bai, Baka, Balanda-Boor, Balanda-Bviri, etc (that’s Equotorians only and I really can’t count all of them!).

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    • 24 March 2014 09:13, by Jalaby

      Therefore, the south should have 64 states, I believe having 64 states is not a problem but the problem will appear at the time when identifying the borders between these states!
      Jonobean will end up fighting each others over the border and ignore Abyei and border with Sudan issue!
      Yes please, go ahead and create new state for Murle and 64 states in the south!

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      • 24 March 2014 09:43, by Diversity

        Dear All!!
        In Democratic society we believe in Freedom, Justice and Solidarity, but none of the above is never achieved in an SPLM/A led government of South Sudan,mainly because of of injustice under this brutal regime all the dignified > Sudanese who sacrificed dearly for that hard won independence have all the rights to choose with whom to share a state.
        If the centralized presidential system

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        • 24 March 2014 09:46, by Diversity

          failed to foster the democratic federalism dreamnt by the citizens of the land, it’s a justified cause to f ight for a fedral system,the parliamentarian one wher each ethnic group shall see themselves represented

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      • 24 March 2014 15:05, by Ambago

        What is the connection between creating a million states in South Sudan with what is a clearly defined historical rights of Abyei? I don’t quite understand what you are up to. Both the Murle and the Ngok Dinka deserve to have their own states and a full right to self determination. I guess you know that, as I know it.

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      • 24 March 2014 17:46, by Majongdit

        Jalna by,
        You say Atuot (reel) are in Equatoria? Sorry, their home town is Yirol in Lakes State.
        Young boy, don’t compete against yourself. We don’t talk just because you want to talk...your nonsense and pretense always make me hate sharing a commentary podium with you.

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    • 24 March 2014 20:58, by Mayom County Boy

      let murle get their right to developt like other states across south sudan.but other tribes must claim also for what they want.

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  • 24 March 2014 09:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Yau Yau, rebellion is only gorilla demanding establishing of new state. And that Yau Yau need expansion of government in the country.

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  • 24 March 2014 10:25, by Daniel A.

    You need state today and tomorrow you need Country and then Continent. Shame on you idiote .

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  • 24 March 2014 14:27, by Angelo Achuil

    I think that creating new states or counties will not change our current woes facing the common man - though given, Pibor will still becomes like the GoSS - few people feasing. Everybody else will want a state to eat also. What people in Pibor like the rest of states need is a real government that can really provide effective security, roads, electricity, and education.

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  • 24 March 2014 14:59, by Ambago

    The Yau Yau rebel group is demanding the establishment of a new state for the Murle tribe in South Sudan to better protect their pasture land and herds of livestock in the immense Jonglei state.
    I think the Murle demand is clearly spelt. Either give it to them, or prepare for another round of war!

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