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Authorities denounce accusations of rebel support against E. Equatoria chief


By Ijoo Bosco

April 9, 2013 (TORIT) – Authorities in Eastern Equatoria state’s Magwi county have denounced an accusation levied against the paramount chief of Acholi corridor over the mobilisation of tens of thousands of youths to join rebel forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar.

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Micah Olweny, the paramount chief of Eastern Equatoria’s Acholi corridor, has rejected claims he was responsible for mobilising youths to join rebel forces (ST)

Paramount chief Micah Olweny reiterated that the state government had mandated him to mobilise the community to join defence efforts under the ruling government.

He accused of elements in the diaspora community of making the allegations out of their own interests, saying the claims had been detrimental to both the community’s image and his own leadership.

“I want to denounce in [the] strongest voice possible that the accusation put against me with my people in [the] Acholi corridor of Magwi county is a complete lie; it’s just a mere confusion and destruction to my name,” he said.

Olweny accused his opponents of circulating false rumours on the internet and create tensions in the community, calling on the diaspora community to exercise restraint and work to promote peaceful coexistence rather than propaganda.

The paramount chief also called on the youth of Acholi corridor to stand with the ruling government and distance themselves from innuendo and rumours.

Olweny said community representatives and fellow Acholi corridor chiefs planned to travel to the capital, Juba, to meet the vice-president and personally denounce the claims.

Magwi county commissioner Francis Okech has also denied the paramount chief was involved in an alleged military mobilisation of youths with the aim of overthrowing president Salva Kiir.

Okech stressed that the security situation in Magwi County remained calm despite some minor wrangles along the border of Pajok with Uganda and Lobone, adding that action would be taken in coming days to resolve the dispute.

He said that the Acholi community stands with the elected government in Juba and did not support any efforts to take power by force, urging youth to be watchful of the challenges directed against them.

Political tensions erupted in violence in mid-December last year in Juba before spreading to other key areas across the country.

The conflict has pitted rebels aligned with Machar against government forces loyal to the Kiir-led government.


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  • 10 April 2014 09:53, by panda

    I don’t see anything wrong for Acholi to support rebel led by Riek.During 21 years of war between South and the North Acholi were in neighboring Uganda never felt the pain of war for me I would support them to joint the rebel so that they can test the war.

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    • 10 April 2014 10:10, by Wicdail

      Dear paramount chief,
      Please watch your back. These ruffians in Juba will kill you as they have done it to other the chief of Madi before. By the way, there is no elected government in Juba to stands with. The youth of Acholi community should die in vain by supporting a regime who massacres its own citizens. Better for them to cultivate their crops, and look after their loves one if they don’t----

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      • 10 April 2014 10:13, by Wicdail

        want to join the rebellion.

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      • 10 April 2014 10:38, by Chol A.

        Dear wicidail, as you sound like Nuer,if a government killed it’s own citizen, than can you asked yourself why government killed them? why government don’t killed others tribes in Yei, Maridi and else where apart from upper Nile? please if you arrogant as your tribes did you will face such consequence in any leadership not Juba alone do that.If widely believe that training fool it not easy task.

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    • 10 April 2014 10:23, by Chol A.

      You right chief, some element in Acholi are trying to involve innocent Acholi into Nuer and Dinka mess it will be ove. Acholi have to take example from Uganda Acholi in how they suffered when LRA present in their area. please advise Youth to stand firm, neither in diaspora will not loss any child.

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    • 10 April 2014 10:45, by omoni jr.

      I love this chief the way he talked,but the truths are there anyway,Dinka rotten government must be overthrown by all mean,no matter how long will take to do that.period. South sudanese are sick with tribalism,corruption,segregation,and nepotism ,And Dinka stupidities.

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    • 10 April 2014 10:53, by Tong dut

      Let me tell you,I am a dinka,I what do you wants from Kiir, It was you who elected him and you wants to kill him why?
      It is true that some of us spoiled his name by doing things without reasoning,even like other Nuer.How are we going to end now?

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  • 10 April 2014 10:26, by 4Justice

    You cowards stop harassing the Acholi chief, Khartoum is already attacking us what are you going to do about it?

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    • 10 April 2014 10:46, by Paul Chadrack

      the so-call greater bhar el gazel have hijack the movement making them the sole prime owners of everything in south sudan. even stupid akol kur who was all the years of war in khartoum foolishly want to describe himself as a liberator,how stupid and greedy are the so-call greater bhal el gazels are.their presidential chance will end with kiir,anything associated with them will be a curse here.

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  • 10 April 2014 10:49, by Jubawe

    You lost your mind, If Acholi did not test 21 year of war, is there any problem with that, Greater Equatoria alway are the safe land for your ass since 1950’, Dinka can not be dependent why because they are vision less and useless, When Equatorian start rebellion in Sudan, did they sing 21 years of war only Equatorian, please watch your mouth before saying words.

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  • 10 April 2014 10:58, by Jubawe

    When Equatorian first start rebellion Sudan, did they sing we start rebellion, your 21 years of War is not only Dinka without other tribes involve into the war, Dinka will not success than hide in eastern Equatoria, if Equatorian and Nuer re-rejoin the SPLA in 1992 after fail in Juba, by will be no peace in South Sudan hiding in Torite or Uganda and Kakuma camp. Don’t sing to 21yrs of war

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    • 11 April 2014 03:19, by panda

      Ok justified your participation from 1983 to 2005 if you talk of 1955 to 1972 Dinka did involved I don’t want to mention a lot of people you know them very well. Dinka never watch their brothers at war and setback like your people of Equatoria did run to Uganda. History can tell truth.

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  • 10 April 2014 13:22, by Majongdit

    Dear Chief,
    Please don’t mind what they are saying. They are trying to distract you from your good work. We know it is a propaganda campaign launched by Riek’s group. Don’t listen to their nonsense.

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  • 10 April 2014 13:27, by Son of Ngundeng

    You are all crying and supporting a tribal interest of Dinka. there is tribes cannot be mention in struggle of South Sudan like Equatorian, no need to mention them. You are like a some one who blowing the trumpet without sound.Shouting and losing an energy we have an elected president, who like an elected dog, because the mad dog can bite its owner,same to Kiir who return and kill his own people.

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  • 10 April 2014 14:38, by Nan dit

    Our government should be extra careful not to listen to the rumors. The rebellion citizens living abroad who want to drag the government into conflict with South Sudanese tribes.
    Acholi chief and other government officials are not mobilizing for the support to rebel. They just want to push government to relieve them from their position so that they can join them in the bush. S-Sudan oyee!!!!!!!

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    • 10 April 2014 15:52, by william

      Nandit You have got it correctly, riak and his gruntled group are loosing war shamelessy so they are trying to mobilise the supports from différent tribes like fartit and acholi but who Will join This useless triator? Only nuer militia shame on him for bring tribal leader and tries to prétend to be democratic. Keep tone you Sound maturely.

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  • 10 April 2014 18:00, by Kim Deng

    How many innocent people did Dinka King’s disciples killed from Nuer nation in Juba?

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  • 11 April 2014 16:30, by Fact Nonsense

    The fact every South Sudanese should be prepared to deal with is the spread of lies that rebel elements within and abroad are selling to the world. Riek Machar initiated a coup actually and then directed his hardliners to execute the mission. Evident is, "my trainee from Nasir informed me about a possible coup that will take place towards December 2013."
    Chief, take it easy no harm at all.

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