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South Sudan explains why UN relief coordinator was expelled


June 2, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has explained circumstances under which it expelled Toby Lanzer, the United Nations relief coordinator in the country.

South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

The spokesperson for the presidency said the council of ministers reached the decision during its weekly meeting held on Friday last week.

“This [decision] came as a result of council of ministers’ resolution against the background of the statement he has made that is not responsible completely,” Ateny told reporters on Tuesday.

He described UN official as an “enemy”, who allegedly predicted that the South Sudanese economy would collapse, a statement in "violation" of his UN mandate.

“And Toby Lanzer’s statement was not giving hope to people of South Sudan given that he was predicting the collapse, the total collapse [of the country],” he said at a briefing in the capital, Juba.

On Tuesday, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon condemned the expulsion of the Lanzer, urging South Sudan government to reverse its decision towards the UN envoy.

But Ateny said only president Salva Kiir had the prerogative to reverse the council of ministers’ decision, which held at the moment.

“If a country collapses, it will be rule of guns that will prevail and so anybody who makes statements that would not give hope to people of South Sudan is an enemy of South Sudan,” he stressed.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth accused the former UN relief coordinator of uttering “misleading” statements.

“That guy [Lanzer] has been making untruthful statements,” he said.


The European Union delegation joined the UN secretary general in condemning South Sudan’s decision to expel the senior UN humanitarian official.

"The Heads of Mission join UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon in condemning the decision of the government of South Sudan to expel Mr Toby Lanzer, deputy special representative of the secretary general,” the EU said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Lanzer, the delegation members said in a joint statement, had spared no effort on behalf of the millions of victims of the man-made crisis in world’s youngest nation.

“He has echoed the views of many members of the international community who believe it is time the leaders of South Sudan pay heed to the suffering of their people, and make the decisions and compromises that their people and the deepening humanitarian tragedy demand,” added the statement also extended to Sudan Tribune.

They further called for the reinstatement by the South Sudanese government of the expelled UN humanitarian coordinator to enable him complete his term of appointment.

“The heads of mission further call for all those who are working in the humanitarian field, from UN agencies and non-governmental organisations alike, to be accorded full respect and for their vital work to be facilitated by the Government of South Sudan,” it said.

Lanzer, a Briton, was last month appointed for another UN mission in the Sahel region.


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  • 3 June 2015 01:39, by lino

    Hahaaaa!!! It is a very weak reason brother. Who don’t know nowadays that South Sudan is a fall-state???
    Maybe only GOSS don’t know the facts. Your own citizens are saying that every day!!!

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    • 3 June 2015 07:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Human beings listen only when they saw the worse of it, After SPLA rushed in and mowed the hell out of militias from Melut and Pelbeer,The remaining survivors abandoned Malakal. Shilluk militias started surrendering and Nuer when back to their land in shame. and now they have to nurse their wound.

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      • 3 June 2015 08:12, by Mi diit

        Ahahahaaa....these cowboys in Juba mentally sick. Why expelling UN envoy for repeating what has been said all along by many including citizens?

        Deng Alor Kuol on his arrival to Juba on Monday also echoed the same thing that South Sudan is collapsing. Did you expel him, or did you let him continue to meet with your cowboy? Contradiction! You people are a laughing stock to the whole world.


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        • 3 June 2015 08:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          That Deng Alor need to bring our money back before telling us his nonsence, The country is failing because of heartless people like him.

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  • 3 June 2015 03:49, by dinkdong

    South Sudan government doesn’t want the truth be told. You together with the opposition factions are pathetic! There is no hope when the country is a fail state. To hell with you all!

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  • 3 June 2015 05:10, by Augustino

    HI Dinkdog, you are really dog, nothing true about UN in South Sudan rather than siding with negative and hidden Agendas, expelling head of UN is normal, they are being killed in other countries leave alone expelling them with dignities by South Sudanese Government. this is a government that is just and right observing. No fall country sign in south Sudan, G10 returning because they see with eyes

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    • 3 June 2015 06:38, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      South Sudan internal security are the one failing this nation! instead of going to the fields to hunt and kill bad guys, all they do is killing weak and innocent civilians in Juba. What kind of cowardice is That? all the notorious militia generals should be hunt down in South Sudan forest and Neighboring countries. this will stem random rebellions by 50%

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      • 3 June 2015 10:40, by Dengda

        lot-Owino, this Mentality is a disease & should not condoned. South Sudan is just like crawling baby in eye of international view. What it’s deserve is what 6 months old baby deserves in term of relief & empowerment. I’m wondering! when, where and how we South Sudanese cannot appreciate and recognised the work of the UN as world body? Beside, the power always remain to westerner e.g.US & EU.

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    • 3 June 2015 06:51, by Joseph Canada

      Agustino, If nothing is true about the UN in South Sudan may be you should ask why the World body doesn’t trust that. You damn know very well about the Nepotism, the theft, the killing of other tribes, the rape, etc.

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    • 3 June 2015 07:17, by dinkdong

      You are just st*p!d Bahr el Ghazal. You know the truth and you just doesn’t want to admit it. Your st*p!d president and your likes will one day face the music of corruptions and of all the the atrocities you caused in this country. You are empty-minded people!

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  • 3 June 2015 07:12, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    (1) Economic collapse.
    (2) Government fail.
    (3) No security in the capital city.
    (4) Juba government its tribal rule from Warrap.
    (5) Dinka are hunting other tribes within the same government.

    Totally failure president.

    Son of Ngundeng currently
    in front
    line Pathay Jonglei State.

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  • 3 June 2015 08:06, by hamil

    “If a country collapses, it will be rule of guns that will prevail and so anybody who makes statements that would not give hope to people of South Sudan is an enemy of South Sudan,”

    That is a statement from Ateny Wek Ateny a presidental spokes person does anyone sense any hope in that statement? He is making threats about "rule of guns" Are these the type of people we need to rule South Sudan?

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    • 3 June 2015 08:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      What Aten said is nothing but the naked truth, What do you think will happen when all people rebel? here is the answer:only the fittest will prevails, the rest of loud mouth,freeloading dogs will start carrying their white flags in solidarity for peace.

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      • 3 June 2015 08:45, by hamil

        @ Lotodo

        You are nothing but a pure psycophant you’ve either learnt nothing from this conflict or knows nothing at all. You are just a keyboard clown who pops up every time to read a story and dump your ingenius comments in defense of people who thrive in lies. If you are in Juba or any part of S. Sudan [I guess you are not] go out and see things for yourself S. Sudan is in need for huge reforms

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        • 3 June 2015 09:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          It can not be a reform for stealing other people properties, my shops were looted, my cows taken by Nuer from division 8. do you think I can support a reform for such self-aggrandizement?

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          • 3 June 2015 09:48, by hamil

            @ Lotodo I feel sorry for your loss I haven’t mentioned Nuer in my comment read through and you will understand what I am saying I am talking about reforms within the ruling government, I am talking about acceptability of the carnage caused, I am talking about peace to end the suffering of the civilians. i am talking about ending this war to end these crises that have ravaged this Nation

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  • 3 June 2015 08:16, by hamil

    The strength of the South Sudan government is by dwelling blatant lies, their weakness is fearing to acknowledge the truth. Take for example that statement made by Ateny Wek Ateny about the collapse of South Sudan economy and look at South Sudan’s economy now. Didn’t our economy collapse? Didn’t the government borrow loans from QNB to keep running just because the economy collapsed?

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    • 3 June 2015 09:18, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      people do not cry or run away from their country when the economy collapsed, a real patriot will weather the storm and die quite if need be.

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      • 3 June 2015 11:00, by Dengda

        @ Lotodo, good response, we can’t be patriotic that way, but know what! a lot of people have ability to bring back the collapsing new baby. Patriotism doesn’t lies to support the wrongdoer. But to the land, it people sovereignty and prosperity. Can see where I come from? I guess you just resented about you cattle and your cattle which have been looted by individuals and not country South Sudan.

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  • 3 June 2015 08:27, by KEAT BAYAk

    The only problem that will NOT bring peace to South Sudan is lack of telling the truth. I think even the dead knows South Sudan economy is collapse. People use to eat in the market for only 10 ssp before, what about now, can you get food for 10 ssp? what bring this inflation? this is because the economy of the country is collapse. It is written in the Bible, tell the truth and you will be free

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    • 3 June 2015 08:49, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Okay,let say the economy has collapsed? but whose fault is it? The president has done everything he could, to please people but all he he gets in return is betrayals after betrayals.his only mistake is, he pardoned the wrong people and let good people get kill in cold blood.In the time of Abel Alier, there were bad people but the guillotine[hanging machine] was there to tame them

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  • 3 June 2015 08:29, by hamil

    Isaiah Abraham was killed in cold blood by South Sudan’s security organs for speaking the truth and if Toby Lanzer was a South Sudanese he would have been sent to an early grave. The likes of Ateny Wek Ateny and Michael Makuei are mere dogs that are afraid of annoying their master who throw bones under the dining table for them to feed on.

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  • 3 June 2015 08:38, by KEAT BAYAk

    There are so many evil things that are being done daily and people don’t talk about them. Citizen are fearing to tell the truth because they don’t want to the victims. The Victims now are those who are telling the truth.It is happening also if you tell the truth, the government will said you are supporting rebel. And I think through this way, nothing will help us.

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  • 3 June 2015 10:05, by Tom D

    The stupid commentator so call Augustin does not really know what UN mean, the expelled UN senior official by the government has been tirelessly to serve life people of South Sudan who were forced out of their homes by this proclaimed government in Juba who does not care about it own citizens instead, they angered by the assistance given to population who are exposed to this situation

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  • 3 June 2015 10:23, by Dengda

    Wow! How many UN representatives will be expelled if our government’s governing mentality prevails. Hail Johnson was and now Lanzer accused of the same fear. The fact is that falling of country is inevitable, I hope not government will interpret it as falling of government!
    Statistical regardless of war, South Sudan has highest qualified people ever. I hope the government learned from Rwanda peopl

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  • 3 June 2015 14:34, by Juma El-Saidi.

    Mr. Tobby Lanzer, No worry you are well educated and your future is opened i know how hard you have been working, REMEMBER that South Sudan does not want facts being mentioned.Safe Journey to your new duty station.
    If we eliminate Ateny Awek Ayeny and Michael Makuei Lueth at least the Government of Kiir will improve. These two are the worse and they are the one who are killing people day and night

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  • 3 June 2015 16:09, by JAMADU

    You guys Toby Lanzer is not helping South Sudan anything nor somebody else could. We only need not to run to foreign countriues to spoil media with rubish, but to persevere our challenges and settle them alone; hunger, conflicts and corruptions, greeds and etc.

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  • 3 June 2015 22:13, by Kerem

    Let Toby Lanzer go after all he is appointed to Sahel region but the government thinks he has been rendered jobless not knowing that they have dug their own grave. Toby last year was praised for being number one fund raiser for south Sudan crisis.Many citizens both from rebel areas and government areas benefited from the donation given as a result of his lobby. Rebels and government are alike

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    • 3 June 2015 23:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Yes, he has done a lot for the nation no doubt about that.his problem was vacillating between the rebels and the government which is not aproporiate for a person holding such a big position.in the country like South Sudan where tribal loyalties matters,one should choose wisely,just to be on the safe side.

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