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S. Sudan youth organisations vow to join struggle against regime


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 1, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Two South Sudanese youth organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday, agreeing to jointly engage in collective efforts to overthrow the government.

The National Youth Union (NYU) and Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership (GEYL), which are based in Ethiopia and South Sudan respectively, said they would support the leadership of the country’s rebel faction, known as the SPLM/A in Opposition, in its efforts to realise the aspirations of the South Sudanese people and achieve sustainable peace and development in the future.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict since mid-December last year when a political split emerged in the ruling SPLM, sparking violence across the country and reigniting tribal tensions.

The fighting has pitted government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir against rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, who was sacked last July and now heads the opposition faction.

The two youth organisations said it’s hoped the agreement would lead to the wider mobilisation off youth across the country and the full participation of a youth coalition to realise the formation of a federal democratic system of governance in the young East African nation.

“The MOU is to mobilise our youth across the country and – especially in Equatoria – to speed up the dismantling of [the] Salva [Kiir] regime,” NYU president Steven Riek Deng told Sudan Tribune.

He said the two youth organisations would work as a united front towards ensuring freedom, equality, justice and federal democracy.

Under the MOU, the two parties will form a body, to be known as the Joint Coordination Committees, which will comprise of five key structures. These will include the committee of information and public relations, committee for political mobilisation, diplomatic campaign committee, security and protection committee, as well as the finances and resources mobilisation committee.

Deng said the initial five-year agreement and its extension will be officially ratified by the two parties.


Meanwhile, a new round of peace talks between South Sudan’s warring parties is due to resume on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The talks, which are being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have been hampered by repeated delays and have so far been unable to halt hostilities on the ground.

The fifth round of negotiations between the South Sudanese government and rebel faction had been due to resume on Wednesday, but were delayed for an undisclosed reason.

However, IGAD attributed the delay to the Islamic Eid el-Fitr holiday and South Sudan’s National Martyrs’ Day celebrations.

Former political detainees, as well as civil society and faith-based organisations, are also expected to join the government and rebel delegations at the latest round of talks.

“The session’s key agenda will be to finalise and sign the cessation of hostilities matrix and negotiations on details of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU),” said IGAD in a statement.

However, political analysts have questioned the regional bloc’s capacity in handle the mediation process given the slow pace of talks and the failure to deliver a lasting political settlement to the crisis.

The conflict has devastated the lives of tens and thousands of people in South Sudan.

According to UN, the violence has claimed the lives of over 20,000 people and uprooted more than a million from their homes.


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  • 2 August 2014 10:28, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

    Bravo to the two Unions.

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    • 2 August 2014 15:56, by Force 1

      So it take the rebels now eight months to accept the coup to overthrow the government! What happened to your use of force to take the government by force? You ends up taking the walk of shamed with your heads down and saying you need the government peacefully? Do you think one tribe Nuer can fight alone to win anything?

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    • 3 August 2014 11:23, by whatsayyou

      What a contradiction, peace and war at the same time? I would like to ask these youths, are u people not in contact with Riek who in may signed the ceassion of hostilities or are ur agenda different with Riek and his movement? What you are talking here is nonsense otherwise if you people are for the overthrowing you would have not fail to make in 15th Dec 2013.

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    • 3 August 2014 11:25, by whatsayyou

      What a contradiction, peace and war at the same time? I would like to ask these youths, are u people not in contact with Riek who in may signed the ceassion of hostilities or are ur agenda different with Riek and his movement? What you are talking here is nonsense otherwise if you people are for the overthrowing you would have not fail to make in 15th Dec 2013.

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  • 2 August 2014 10:37, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The regime under president Kiir can not be overthrow by exile youths.
    Event youths claiming to remove the leadership under Kiir is not recognized, they are in exile and they also NUER groups under Riek.
    No problem, government is 100%.

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  • 2 August 2014 14:19, by WendeMajok

    Nuer and Equatoria Youths in Ethiopa, what a rubbish! I laughed while reading this headline, where on earth would you call for the removal of the government when you are away, who do you think doesn’t love his/her life like you? This hatred hidden behind federalism will put us in shit. Lets have sense please.

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    • 2 August 2014 14:44, by Frak Cho

      It looks as if the youth are so much interested in exercising writing but not considering the value of what they put in the media. The article is contradicting itself, on one hand is joined youth group to overthrow the regime and on other hand is resumption of peace talks, isn’t it? I am sure the one writing is disparate politician in youth cloth, otherwise, the writer is confused<

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  • 2 August 2014 15:30, by BBCs

    who the fuck are these Cokarize call themself southsudanese Youths, stay where u at now because that is your home forevery.Dont even think of coming back because Riak and his fellowers will never rules SouthSudan

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    • 2 August 2014 17:42, by deng


      I agree with u. Those exile youths from equatoria and Nuers are just full of shit! Why are they running their mouths to put those primitives white army which is about to extinct in danger and they don’t go to frontline to taste the fire. These all BS! Let them come and remove Kiir by force. I am tired of propangandas who put lives of others in danger by running their mouths too much.

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  • 3 August 2014 02:37, by tootke’bai-ngo


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    • 4 August 2014 06:19, by Rami Tot

      They are the youth of south sudan but this time youth are not dinka only as you Dinka think people of south sudan are only you no they are the youth south sudan they can overthrow the dinka government in juba believe me you are there because m7 is helping you there nothing else don’t lie

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    • 4 August 2014 06:26, by Rami Tot

      Dinka government will be dislodge from juba here and as well will be disconnected with father m7 who actually involved in killing of innocents of Nuer in juba used a banned cluster bomb in the world in which Makuey Lueth said let them come we will finish them on their way indicating the use of cluster bombs.

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