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November 22, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A senior South Sudanese official who declared on Friday his defection to the rebel movement led by former vice-president Riek Machar has warned that president Salva Kiir risks being deposed by his inner circle unless he moves quickly to conclude a peace agreement with the opposition group.

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The South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

A former envoy to the United Nations, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping called on Kiir to humbly step down in order to save his legacy or risk being forcefully deposed and remembered as the first president of independent South Sudan “who led his country to destruction”.

Lumumba who hails from Lakes state and previously represented Cueibet county as a member of the National Liberation Council (NLC) for the ruling Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) directly appealed to president Kiir to make a choice.

“Your legacy will come to naught. History will remember and record you in its annals as the first liberation struggle leader who charted the way to independence and delivered destruction to his people and country,” said Lumumba in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“Don’t be misled by sycophants. Do the right thing for Christ sake: embrace change, reform and embrace the hopes of our people or quit. You live in a circle-snake pit. Don’t let them hold guns to your head. If you do not bring a just peace, before history judge you, they will depose you. And the fighting and struggle will continue,” he added.

According to Lumumba, a genuinely agreed upon power-sharing arrangement will amicably resolve the 11-month old conflict between South Sudan’s rival factions.

“The proposed interim administration will allow the executive branch of the government to execute its mandate under the watchful eye of an empowered parliament,” he said.

“It will rid us of any authoritarianism and or type of democracies that enable the corrupt fat cats of our country from dominating absolutely the politics of South Sudan and thus creating massive inequalities and injustices that will lead ultimately to systemic failure of our country,” added Lumumba.

The former diplomat said there was need to adopt a federal system of governance in the country and introduce overhauling reforms in a “federal dispensation”.

He also accused president Kiir’s government of allegedly giving away the sovereignty of the country to foreign elements.

“Our government has chosen to give away our national sovereignty and territory, as demonstrated by Mile-14 and the presence of foreign troops and military advisors to maintain-in-power a regime as politically and morally bankrupt as never witnessed in the region,” said Lumumba.

“South Sudan is being reduced into an animal farm where free and open participation of our citizens in the public of their country is absolutely denied, where minds are being closed, where wisdom and morals are thrown into the bins,” he added.

The former diplomat, along with Henry Dillah Odwar, a former lawmaker from Eastern Equatoria state, officially declared on Friday their defection to the SPLM/A in Opposition, a day after meeting Machar in Addis Ababa. Odwar is a member of the SPLM.

KIIR LACKS VISION

Meanwhile, Odwar slammed the South Sudanese leader over what he characterised as lack of vision and clear direction, calling upon the latter to peacefully step down.

“I have joined the opposition to demand for president Salva Kiir to step down. As you are all aware president Kiir has been in power since after the demise of Dr. John Garang de Mabior,” he told reporters on Friday, adding that president Kiir’s “recklessness has ended South Sudan in the abyss.”

The former lawmaker also questioned Kiir’s morality and conscience as head of the nation, further accusing the latter of alleged engagement in corruption practices.

The South Sudanese conflict broke out last year following a dispute between members of the presidential guards in Juba and has, despite a ceasefire agreement, killed thousands of people and forced nearly two million civilians to flee from their homes.

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  • 23 November 2014 08:32, by Chol A.

    When person lossed position he/she became opposed to Kiir? What a shameful ideology to themselves. Dr hopeless will soon leave you in dark shadow and many of you will be regrets about him more than Kiir. You might think that exile come with sound in it but it quietly came in way you bark at Kiir outside his leadership. Please don’t try to beg back as we now know real retraitors in this conflict.

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    • 23 November 2014 08:56, by Rommel

      Salva Kiir needs to resign for the sake of the country. We need a new constitution that embraces the concept of the separation of powers and checks and balances. We should also put forward a Bill prohibiting people guilty of having committed human rights violations [at any point in their lives] the opportunity to participate in the political environment.

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      • 23 November 2014 17:01, by Ito

        We do not care where the ambassador came from or who in South Sudan he is. What matter is what he says is true. The tribal government is crumbling and Dictator and terrorist president Salva Kiir will be killed by the inner circle around him. Any smart person will not condemned what the ambassador says and if Salva is really normal, he will listen to this advice and step down immediately.

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    • 23 November 2014 12:14, by Johndumo14

      This man the former envoy to the United Nations, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping has stollen millions of dollars,and in order to escape arest,there is no any way to escape ,the only option is to join the rebels.But all those WHO joined the rebels because they have done some thing wrong,they must remember that to be a rebel is not for life,one day they will appear in JUba or wau.

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      • 23 November 2014 13:10, by Hardlinner

        All I know is the person who claimed to have come from cuibet county is cerntainly congolese given his name. We are not surprised to hear that opposition are desperately trying to claimed dinka heritage to sell their unpopular rebellion. Lumbumba you are definely not dinka but congolese pretending to s sudanese.

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        • 24 November 2014 04:44, by Mi diit

          Hardliner,

          Even the name Salvatore Kiir is not fully a Dinka name. There is no name called Salvatore in Dinka. And there is no name called Hardliner like yours in Dinka. Many Dinkas have adopted bizzare names. Some have adopted Ugandan names of Museveni’s tribe. Shame on all of you without any exception.

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  • 23 November 2014 09:27, by Maper

    Most recent defected government officials often choose a juicier part of Riek’s rebellion: a political wing of splm-io where they have the opportunity to meet Riek not in rebel-controlled bushes in South Sudan but in cosy rooms in Addis luxurious hotels. They deliberately refuse to join rebellious Gatdet and other field commamders to experience the wrath of war in battlefield. These opportunists must understand that the war started 11 months ago, and a song ’KIIR MUST GO’ is the song of the past. Joining the rebels means you are jumping on the bandwagon of the rebels which has been rolling since December last year, and their position now is to lobby and negotiate so that the government grants more powers to their leader, the would-be prime minister. The new defectors should find other ways of pledging and showing loyalty to Riek and desist from making statements such as Kiir must go which could potentially derail the peace process.

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  • 23 November 2014 10:15, by Kur William

    Lumumba your warning was not bad but you need to mind that Salva Kiir was elected by people therefore the same people will vote him out in the next election if they feels country is going in wrong direction so it’s absurd to called him to resign.Such appeal will derail off the current peace process,if you lost faith in kiir government then stay away from Salva Kirr authority...

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    • 23 November 2014 10:25, by Kur William

      it is very annoying to see people are denying facts or misused it,the fact is this guy Dr Riek dose not have good ground to be president of South Sudan whether by force or democracy the destruction he done SPLM/SPLA in 1991 will not let him rule the people he used to killed in cold-blood so the post I recommened for Dr Riek is to be next ambassodor to united nation.

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    • 23 November 2014 11:50, by Dengda

      People of South Sudan should be sensitive to this crises, it’s not about how to write few sentences in defying called for changes or backing up leader as we blindfolded by top-bottom systematic of authoritarian! What many people meant by the word, the president was elected by people. It mean president is above the law and can do whatever, he/she wish to do, killing, malfunction and destruction.

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      • 23 November 2014 11:57, by Dengda

        Continouse.. The question is, it not about individual, Kiir Vs Riek, or Tribe Vs Tribe or cliques. The fact of matter it is about the legacy of perished heros/heroin, the land and slogan of Justice, Freedom and Prosperity they died and salute to their breath. I would like to draw your attention to other world leaders who quited their position for the sake of the nation of which they bowed to serve

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        • 23 November 2014 12:04, by Dengda

          do, Japanese has two prime minister in less than five years, Australia deposed most popular prime minister, S. Korea did, China, Tailland and more, what special about the incompetent Kiir? The former diplomat article can not be underestimate, Rommel shade more light on issue both sides, government and Rebel. We defend the leader blindly we rather doing harm than good. Let’s be remembers as Jashu,

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          • 23 November 2014 12:10, by Dengda

            or Late Nelson Mandela. legacy is more than fat account, Lumumu, has sincerely spoke without interest, or favour but mainly for the benefit of you poor barking of defending Kiir, the dog puppy always born blind but when open eyes, it can see bone which it smell but can see it. You guys smell indpendent but can not enjoy, new broom sweep better than old one. we have power to vote and out,

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            • 23 November 2014 12:18, by Dengda

              I would like to correct few things, Lumumba and Vote in out.
              If we have power to vote people in, that mean they exist the same entry, so let try new guy and see what he will fit to our demand. I always blame myself as normal citizen and my colleagues citzen, we are the one who misled leaders, special MPs, they are there for us not their own charmastic or supperiority. Think again Guy, you are powe

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            • 23 November 2014 14:55, by laatmachol apac

              Lumumba is not a man from lakes state, please carry your own cross alone do not spoil our name, Engineer Chol Tong is enough but we are not expecting any other dog heart to join rebellion.

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    • 23 November 2014 13:39, by Bentiu Sudan

      Kur William,

      There is no doubt that Salva was elected by people, but he forfeit all the rights to the presidency because he (Kiir) overindulges ethnic cleansing. Kiir murdered in thousands the very people who voted him in office so he lost being legitimate president.

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      • 24 November 2014 05:15, by Kur William

        Bentiu Sudan,
        You should judge and evaluate what Dr Riek did in 1991 by collaborated with Khartoum against SPLM/SPLA mostly Dinka that resulted to death of thousand Dinka Bor is that not a cleansing of ethnic? regards your cliams that Kiir lost legitimacy why don’t you waits for election day and vote him out in the office how simple is that rather than preaching war songs for change.

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  • 23 November 2014 10:31, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    It’s very funny and i laugh when i heard there is fewer Nyam Nyam elements who defected from Eastern Equatoria, If i were Dr Machar this time i could never ever allows those people to joint my movement. For example we saw the crops and when its time for reaping birds begin to come to eat it, and we are the one who suffer for cultivation. Not at all we will make trap to catch those birds

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  • 23 November 2014 10:37, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Continuation of my first comment, Self determination was a Dr Riek’s Ideas he told Garang we could not kill South Sudanese sons and daughters to liberate the whole Sudan, let us fight for the self determination, which bear the fruits today for Dinka and they said Riek is a bad person. How and why? Dinka your time in South Sudan will mark the end, if that drunkard president will not stepd

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    • 23 November 2014 11:02, by Rommel

      Son of Ngundeng:

      Riek did not deliver Self-Determination to the people of South Sudan — he delivered internecine tribal war and our oilfields to Khartoum. That’s his legacy. The legacy that allowed Khartoum to arm itself like never before with sophisticated and devastating weapons, to the tune of billions of dollars and to the attendant misery of millions of lives.

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      • 23 November 2014 11:03, by Rommel

        Calling for independence and going out to achieve it are two completely different things. How did Riek ostensibly call for self-determination? Oh, that’s right, he turned to Khartoum. You cannot seek independence from someone when you’re wholly reliant upon them for every nail, every litre of oil, every platform, every box of ammunition and their logistical support.

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        • 23 November 2014 11:05, by Rommel

          Dr. John Garang made it clear in his 1972 letter to Joseph Lagu that South Sudan had the right to secede and that it could only guarantee this right with its own army. You guys went the other way round. You got it backwards. You thought that Khartoum would take you more seriously the more dependent you became. Riek admitted that he got cheated. He didn’t get cheated, he’s just an idiot.

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          • 23 November 2014 11:06, by Rommel

            Does 1991 come before 1972? In a letter sent to Joseph Lagu in 1972, Dr. John Garang made the point "that a region retains the right to secede from the federation if its interests are not adequately served by the federation."

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            • 23 November 2014 11:07, by Rommel

              Furthermore, he said:

              "It must be clear to Southerners that the retention of the right to secede from such a federation must be guaranteed by the federal constitution and by the existence of a physical Southern Armed Forces.

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              • 23 November 2014 11:08, by Rommel

                Dr. John Garang understood that the people of South Sudan wanted to secede, but he also understood that ’international’ political and military support for an explicitly secessionist movement would not have been forthcoming, and more importantly, it would have completely alienated the people of the Nuba mountains and Blue Nile...

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                • 23 November 2014 11:09, by Rommel

                  .. And it would have deprived us of a means of putting pressure to bear on Khartoum in the North. Anyone who thinks that Dr. John Garang wanted to deny us the right to self-determination need only refer to his letter to Gen. Joseph Lagu. In this letter, Garang wanted to accord the right to self-determination to any region in Sudan that felt that secession would serve its interests.

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                  • 23 November 2014 11:10, by Rommel

                    The late Dr. John Garang De Mabior very well understood that you couldn’t possibly be taken seriously by Khartoum and achieve a political settlement with the Ignaz Nazis, without an independent army. You cannot achieve anything without an independent source of funding, a separate source of weaponry and ammunition and a separate line of logistics.

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                    • 23 November 2014 12:29, by Dengda

                      You are absolutely right Rommel, keep on pressing on this issue, by the way this is how delusion our people are, they run up and down with pieces of information without background and evdience to back up their arguement, your experiences and academicial cadecy in this field one day will shade light on delusioners and will recues S.Sudan.

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                      • 23 November 2014 14:06, by Rommel

                        Dengda:

                        Thank you, dear brother. Some of these people have spent all their lives lying to themselves and consequently now find it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. This isn’t just about politics, it is about their pitiful failure to produce anything noteworthy by way of evidence for their eccentric claims.

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                • 23 November 2014 13:51, by Bentiu Sudan

                  Rommal,

                  Dr. Garang never want South Sudan to separate from Sudan. What Garang want was power. He wants to be the president of Sudan. However, the white army and Riek Machar drain off John Garang’s vision of Secular Sudan and replaced it with self-determination which produce fruitful results.

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                  • 23 November 2014 14:12, by Rommel

                    Bentiu Sudan:

                    Dr. John Garang wanted to keep the country united, but he also understood that the vast majority of our population was in favor of self-determination, and this is why in his 1972 letter to Joseph Lagu he argued that the South had the right to secede from the federation. This is long before Riek came onto the scene. Riek played no role in South Sudan’s independence.

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                    • 23 November 2014 14:15, by Rommel

                      South Sudan didn’t get its independence because an idiot signed a pathetic agreement with a regime that subsequently dishonored it in whole. The idiot [Riek] admits he was ’cheated’ by Khartoum so I don’t see how his failed agreement paved the way to independence.

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                      • 23 November 2014 14:21, by Rommel

                        All Riek did was unleash a tribal militia against unarmed civilians — killing thousands, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine, as a consequence of the depredations wrought on Duk, Twic-east and Bor.

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                        • 23 November 2014 14:22, by Rommel

                          The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan, Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                          • 23 November 2014 14:33, by Rommel

                            It’s pretty clear that Dr. John Garang had a vision for Sudan as a whole, and didn’t want to abandon the people of the Nuba mountains and southern Blue Nile, but he also made it clear that South Sudan had the right to secede. He made this clear almost twenty [20] years before Riek made that disastrous alliance with Khartoum.

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                        • 23 November 2014 15:55, by Bentiu Sudan

                          Rommel,

                          You can describe Riek the way you want but without him the independent of South Sudan would have been a wishful idea. There is no Dinka ever thought about South Sudan independent. Instead, all Dinka were in favor of Secular Sudan. As you know several Dinka from Bor voted for United Sudan in 2011. Self-Determination was Dr. Machar victory in South Sudan there is no doubt.

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                          • 23 November 2014 17:10, by Rommel

                            Bentiu Sudan:

                            How exactly was Riek instrumental in our ’independence’? Did he become instrumental when he committed the folly of being so desperately reliant upon Khartoum for supplies, weapons, ammunition and logistical support!? Isn’t that why his agreement was completely disregarded by Khartoum?

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                            • 23 November 2014 17:11, by Rommel

                              Riek is a third rate warlord. They played that fool like a banjo. He was trapped. He couldn’t do anything without their approval. Did Riek champion the right to self-determination by supposedly ’succeeding’ in getting Khartoum to enshrine the right to self-determination in the ’constitution’, ’Scribbles on some sheets of paper’ as Dr. John Garang called it...

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                              • 23 November 2014 17:12, by Rommel

                                Khartoum doesn’t regard documents, agreements, conventions and constitutions as worthy of compliance in the absence of force or an opposing military that is not dependent on them for weapons, ammunition, supplies and logistical support, like Riek was. Does Kharotum have any regard for the Geneva convention!? Of course it doesn’t..

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                                • 23 November 2014 17:14, by Rommel

                                  .. So what makes you think that Khartoum would regard the KPA with even a smidgen of sanctity!? The fact that Khartoum feigned sincerity when it enshrined the right to Self-Determination in the Constitution speaks volume of their cunning and political skill... and of their ability to manipulate the stupid, the naive and the myopic. Khartoum had no intention of honoring these commitments.

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                                  • 23 November 2014 17:15, by Rommel

                                    Dr. John Garang made it very clear that autonomy or independence couldn’t be "guaranteed by a few phrases scribbled on some sheets of paper stapled and bound together and christened “The Constitution”." Dr. John Garang warned Joseph Lagu that the Addis Ababa Agreement would be dishonored in its entirety if the South didn’t have a truly independent army.

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                                    • 23 November 2014 18:05, by Rommel

                                      Are you really going to argue that out of the millions of Dinkas, no out one Dinka ever thought that South Sudan should be independent? Do you realise just how incredibly stupid that sounds? Was William Deng Nhial not a Dinka? He was a proponent of self-determination. What about Akuot Atem De Mayen, was he not a Dinka? You’re an idiot.

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                                      • 23 November 2014 18:27, by Rommel

                                        ..We were the largest tribe in all of Sudan and are the largest tribe in South Sudan, and so if we voted against independence, the referendum result would not have arrived at 99%. Don’t make stupid statements in your rush to tarnish the Dinka.

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                                        • 23 November 2014 18:28, by Rommel

                                          Nobody [except members of your tribe] believe that Riek delivered self-determination vis-à-vis his pathetic and subsequently dishonored agreement. There’s not a single impartial historian that asserts that Riek’s foolish alliances with Khartoum directly laid the groundwork for our independence.

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                                          • 23 November 2014 21:17, by Bentiu Sudan

                                            Rommel,

                                            There is no doubt Dr. Machar is a man of wisdom, critical thinker, visionary, and self-determination leader. There is no denial about this all South Sudanese know that Dr. Machar is a charismatic and self-determination champion.

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                                            • 24 November 2014 02:55, by Kenyang

                                              Bro Bentiu,
                                              If all you said were true and known by everybody in South Sudan, that selfish named Riek Machar would hadn’t run to Khartoum in 1997, surrendered to SPLA in 2002 and ran away in 2013. Champion stays, always welcome and protected among his people, not running for his life.

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                                              • 24 November 2014 04:56, by Mi diit

                                                Kenyang,

                                                It is true that you don’t know the meaning of a champion. Champions are adventurers. They explore the seas, the wilderness, the lion dens, etc to find what they are looking for. They don’t sit idle. This is how Riek brought you self-detrmination and independence and now bringing you federalism, democracy, justice and development. YOu are lazy ducks!!!!!!

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                                                • 24 November 2014 05:00, by Mi diit

                                                  If Riek did not bravely and boldly change the objectives of the movement to self-determination. And if he did not face the lion in its den, which you feared to death, and if he did not force it to sign self-determination for the first time in history of South Sudan, and preached it in Khartoum for all to hear, you would be still in the bush fighting for unity of Sudan, which was united anyway.

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                                                  • 24 November 2014 14:36, by Kenyang

                                                    Mi diit,
                                                    Like I said earlier a true champion would stay with people he championed, Riek Machar is always on run for his life in South Sudan ( you can ask him) because he’s unwanted blood sucker.

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                                                  • 24 November 2014 15:33, by Rommel

                                                    Mi diit:

                                                    Riek is by no means a champion. He failed completely. His agreement was dishonoured in its entirety. Khartoum used Paulino Matip to force that idiot out of his own State. He didn’t bring self-determination, however, he did offer himself to Khartoum and was treated like a prostitute as a result.

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  • 24 November 2014 00:51, by mzalendo mwema

    Bentiu Sudan,

    Sell your foolish Dr Riek machar and I am sure no oe will buy him from you.

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  • 24 November 2014 00:56, by mzalendo mwema

    Bentiu South Sudan,

    Sell Dr Fool Riek Machar and I am sure no one will buy him.The only thing that Dr fool Riek Machar knows most is rebellion.

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  • 24 November 2014 04:50, by Mi diit

    Rommel,

    The "spin doctor" of the fifth column. When will you stop lying and getting proud of falsifying and faking every thing to your advantage? Dr. Garang did not write any letter to Joseph Lagu in 19972 as you shamelessly lied. It is a fake letter drafted recently which is typical of your known lies. Bring the evidence because Lagu denied having received that kind of letter in 1972. Idiot!!!

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    • 24 November 2014 13:54, by Rommel

      Mi diit:

      "Spin doctor"? Hmm, that’s interesting. I don’t spin anything, I actually provide evidence for my claims whereas you never provide a shred of evidence for your untenable and self-contradictory claims. And when I provide evidence, you foam at the mouth and engage in childish conspiracy theories... that the multitude of historians that I cite are either biased or have been payed off.

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      • 24 November 2014 13:55, by Rommel

        ..You do this for one reason: you want to debate, but don’t know how. You continue to be bedeviled by illiteracy, and the inability to behave like an adult. The most dishonest person is trying to disparage others by using the word "spin doctor" when this word perfectly applies to him? LOL! I sense a slow wit, that can’t grasp irony.

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        • 24 November 2014 14:07, by Rommel

          Provide evidence that Joseph Lagu denied having receiving Dr. John Garang’s 1972 letter. Either bring facts or admit to bias. Choose one. You have no evidence for anything, therefore your opinions can only imply bias. All you do is lie, because admitting the truth would be far too painful for your feeble ’mind’. You are beyond pathetic.

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          • 24 November 2014 14:23, by Rommel

            ..You posit many claims [all ridiculous] and yet you NEVER provide EVIDENCE for any of them. This is one of the ongoing and crippling flaws in all of your feign thesis... your inability to objectively distinguish fantasy from reality and evidence from wishful thinking. I have explained this to you over and over again yet you continue this tirade of silliness.

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            • 24 November 2014 14:29, by Rommel

              I will now provide evidence for the existence of this letter that you continue to insist does not exist because it shatters your pathetic delusions and exposes Riek for the traitorous fraud that he is:

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              • 24 November 2014 14:35, by Rommel

                In January 1972, Colonel John Garang, then a young Captain just commissioned into the Anya-nya rebel army, wrote an important letter to Major-General Joseph Lagu, his commander in Anya-nya Headquarters, at Owing-Ki-Bul on the Sudan-Uganda border. (Southern Sudan: Too Many Agreements Dishonoured)

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                • 24 November 2014 14:52, by Rommel

                  John Garang well articulated this point in 1972, when he advised, "It must be clear to Southerners that the retention of the right to secede from such a federation must be guaranteed by the federal constitution and by the existence of a physical Southern Armed Forces."(The Power of Creative Reasoning: The Ideas and Vision of John Garang)

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                  • 24 November 2014 15:43, by Rommel

                    I want you to provide evidence that Joseph Lagu denied having received the 1972 letter. Your posts inform on the assumption that an idea, once imagined, must exist as a physical reality, simply because it is imagined. Your posts are replete with Emotional appeals. Your rationale is something like this: ("If it makes me feel good, it must be true."

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  • 24 November 2014 10:54, by Marco Bul

    Riek Machar was fighting South Sudanese on behalf of Arabs.In fact,he was named Abdallah Riek Masharr(arab pronunciation)
    Now,can someone fight the people he wants separated??
    He was used to help crush Junubeen.

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  • 24 November 2014 17:47, by J P Puok

    thank God I did vote him

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