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South Sudan presidential spokesman says misquoted over Troika letter

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June 21, 2016 (JUBA) - Press Secretary in the office of the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, said he was misquoted on an alleged letter written to the Presidency by Troika member states, claiming to have demanded removal of finance minister and central bank governor in order to release financial assistant to the transitional government.

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

Ateny Wek Ateny denied in a statement entitled the truth behind the alleged letter written by Troika, describing the reports as untrue.

He also denied reports attributed to him to have claimed that members of the Troika countries also asked for revocation of the controversial 28 states unilaterally established by president Kiir despite a peace agreement he signed last year based on 10 states.

“The news which came from the Eye Radio, echoed by Sudantribune.com that I had confirmed the receipt of the letter written by the Troika asking the President to sack the Minister of Finance and the Governor of Central Bank are not true. Rather, I just reacted to the question put to me by the Eye Radio’s reporter about the statement from Troika pertinent to the subject matter,” said Ateny in his statement.

Ateny did not however reveal what the statement from Troika was pertinent to the “subject” whether in form of a letter or spoken.

Eye Radio on Monday quoted Ateny to have revealed that Troika had asked the interim government to make changes by removing finance minister, David Deng Athorbei from his position and central bank governor, Kornelio Koryom Mayiik, if they wanted donors to finance the new unity government.

The comments attributed to the presidential aide prompted the British Embassy in Juba through its press officer, Charles Luganya Ronyo, to release a statement denying the allegation of the letter.

. “The Troika wishes to clarify that the allegation of having sent a letter demanding changes to Government positions is false,” Ronyo said in a release he circulated on Tuesday morning.

“The Troika and its partners remain committed to working with the Transitional Government of National Unity, and all its Ministers, to ensure a coherent approach to the economic challenges faces by South Sudan,” he adds in the statement which prompted Ateny to claim he was misquoted.

Ateny urged the media to check their audios on how the news of the alleged letter written by the Troika did come to their studios in the first place before seeking reaction.

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  • 21 June 2016 22:05, by dinkdong

    What did you said then?

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  • 21 June 2016 22:10, by lino

    The radio should air the statement live and let us all open our mouths afterwards!!!

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    • 22 June 2016 01:44, by Mr Point

      How many times has Ateny Wek Ateny been involved in false stories cooked up in the Information Ministry?

      It was only two weeks ago he was found to be author of the statement wrongly attributed to Reik Machar about hybrid courts. Ateny Wek posted the false statement to the Washington Post - and then he was found out to be a merchant of lies.

      Time for this incompetent to be sacked.

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    • 22 June 2016 09:09, by Bazinguaboy

      I heard him say it over the radio. Just swallow your pride and admit you made a mistake.

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  • 21 June 2016 23:58, by Force 1

    The donors had nothing to do with the claims that they wanted to reverse the 28 States formed months ago. The whole thing was cooked up by the Nuer who are too inexperienced and can’t afford to govern yourselves in 5 of their own 28 States in South Sudan. Their desperation against the 28 States isn’t going to change anything.

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    • 22 June 2016 02:58, by lino

      Nothing was mentioned about Nuer ya Force! Though I am not one of Nuer, please let us not beat around the bush of SS issues. Let the Radio airs Ateny’s statement and everyone will be satisfied. If he is lying the presidency has a big decision to make!!!

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    • 22 June 2016 05:00, by Eastern

      Leave the nuers out of this......Ateny Wek Ateny is an epitome of dinka deceptive character. If Kiir was a person who believes in good management, his government won’t be dominated by these dinka crooks! It serves Kiir right that some of these dinka crooks (Mayen Wol et al) have been sent to jail. A true leader would have shown Ateny the exit of J1.

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  • 22 June 2016 06:18, by Force 1

    These days any pinhead with computer and internet access can say anything and whatever in his or her thick skull! This South Sudan was liberated by blood, sweat and tears; it wasn’t donated by the so called "Troika" or whatever you called them; who cares! Troika and whoever support them should go and screw themselves! South Sudan is going to be run by whoever fought and earn it!

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    • 22 June 2016 08:31, by hamil

      Force 1

      You’re the pinhead and you need to throroughly check yourself no single day passes by without you laying your filthy hands on whatever type of keyboard you own to type your childish comments as if they come from a 5 years old boy. Yes this country is liberated by blood so what are you going to do about it? You want those dead bodies to be exhumed so that you can eat them?

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      • 22 June 2016 08:35, by hamil

        You keep opening your filthy mouth saying liberation blah blah blah...blood blah blah blah get a life you sad uncultured yob everyone of us lost relatives in this struggle I lost my Father who was a soldier in the war with Sudan, I lost my elder brother and one other brother of mine lost a limb don’t you think that is called sacrifice?

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        • 22 June 2016 08:41, by hamil

          You always yap about the liberation struggle as if your father started this struggle and won it by himself shut your dumb tribal infected brain and realize that this country belongs to 64 tribes. Mabior Garang is still alive and Rebecca Nyan Deng is alive but too you don’t hear them bragging about Garang being a hero they are not seeking attention and reminding people of who sacrificed most

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          • 22 June 2016 08:45, by hamil

            They have remained humble and the Dinka Bor who are the real heroes and paid the most sacrifice in this struggle have remained very humble they are not seeking special treatment from other South Sudanese they take the pride and are keeping it silent so who do you think you are to think you are better than those founders of this struggle who have not yapped and shown arrogance the way you do?

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            • 22 June 2016 08:52, by hamil

              I have read your comments many times and realized you are not anything above 16 years so there is no need taking you serious because you haven’t even felt the pinch of the liberation struggle like some of us did and believe me if you were near me I would pick up a stick and flog this tribalism out of your buttocks for you to realize the importance of Unity.

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              • 22 June 2016 09:03, by hamil

                I have stayed with a Dinka Bor family for more than 6 years and they have remained my close family friends up until now they treat people with respect but the likes of you need recycling or getting whisked out of south sudan into exile if you hate living together with other communitites deal with it because the 64 tribes will coexisit you will not make them extinct, do I make myself clear?

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                • 22 June 2016 09:17, by Bazinguaboy

                  Wheewww, Hamil, that was a lot of steam you let out there, man, and deservedly so. I wish we will stop bragging about how we laboured to deliver this new born nation and start to roll up our sleeves and show pride and loyalty to the nation that was midwifed and is still propped up by international community that my learned friend was spewing venom at.

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                • 22 June 2016 16:53, by Mr Point

                  @Hamil

                  Well said.

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    • 22 June 2016 09:47, by Angelo Achuil

      Force1, remember that we didn’t capture Juba in 22yr war (let alone Khartoum) - we got independence out of pressured negotiation on a "table" and without the TROIKA who stood with us, we still be like GAZA right now. I think you know better than trying to demonize those who helped us out of the mud. History can’t be denied.

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    • 22 June 2016 19:53, by lino

      Hahahaaa! Ya Force, please be fair just for one day! If it was not for Troika, South Sudan would not have seen an independent day.
      Troika forced both Islamic Government in Khartoum and SPLM/A in the bush to reach an agreement. The same Troika have done again just last August, 2015.
      Yes blood was dropped and people were killed in both war, but SS needs the Troika to stand on it’s feet.

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      • 22 June 2016 19:55, by lino

        Else, we will be cave people for the coming decades!!!

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