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South Sudan’s secession was a collective effort, says Museveni

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April 9, 2018 (JUBA) – The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has rebuked the manner in which South Sudan’s affairs have been handled by its leadership, stressing that the country seceded from Sudan due to collective support its people received from the region.

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President Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (R) after signing a peace agreement on August 26, 2015 (Photo AFP /Charles Lomodong)

“Meles Zinawi (late Ethiopian prime minister) , Isaias Afwerki (Eritrean president and myself, fought and shed blood in Sudan and compelled Bashir on the table to accept self-determination and independence for the people of South Sudan and now there this claim that the Dinkas liberated South Sudan,” Museveni told a meeting of South Sudanese leaders in at State House, Entebbe.

"Were we also Dinkas. What about 98.9 per cent voters in the referendum who endorsed your independence and those Americans and Europeans who supported you? Were they all Dinkas?” he asked.

Museveni, a close political ally of South Sudan President Salva Kiir, made the remarks during his recent meeting with some of South Sudan’s former political detainees led by Rebecca Garang, the widow of South Sudan’s former leader, John Garang Mabior.

The leaders, who included former Finance minister Kosti Manibe, ex-national Security minister, Oyay Deng Ajak, former deputy defence minister, Majak D’Agot, among other South Sudanese officials, met Museveni to discuss how the devastating conflict in South Sudan can be resolved.

A source who attended last week’s meeting said he was “personally touched and moved” by comments by the Ugandan leader.

“I looked at president Museveni and found myself touched by the remarks. We brought to ourselves a shame and this is what we tell our brothers and colleagues in SPLM, particularly president Salva that the interest of the nation, the plight of our people should override personal pride, privileges, enmity and accept to work together for peace so that we remove the country from this situation,” the source, who preferred anonymity, told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

“They don’t get it but the country is tearing apart and the region and the world is getting angrier and moving away from us every single day”, further added the source.

The official said the Ugandan leader was refuting a claim by a section of citizens in South Sudan, advocating views of some leaders, including President Kiir who reportedly sees him and his tribe as having played a big role in liberating south Sudan from Sudan.

“All of us, our people have contributed in the liberation of our country in our own different ways. We were contributors at different capacities and this contribution should not be the license to mismanage the affairs of the country,” said Museveni.

He added, “It should have been the source of our courage to perform better and be a guiding principle of whatever we do for our people.”

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in July 2011. In February, three United Nations agencies declared a famine outbreak in parts of the young nation, warning that an additional five million people were at the brink of starvation.

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  • 10 April 07:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is as clear as the clarity of sunshine rays. What can intelligent, wise man say about what is taking place now in the country? Pure shame!! It is a big shame that encompasses even those who helped us notably USA, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya. Dinka have come outright to claim all what they partly own.

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    • 10 April 07:48, by Nyesi Ta

      The Jenge are soon going to loose their husband M7, because they have become disobedient women o M7.

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    • 10 April 10:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Supported countries who liberated South Sudan from Sudan were not Dinkas. But American, Uganda, and others IGAD countries supported South Sudanese independent was because of the right of the citizen to have simple life in their territory.

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      • 10 April 10:13, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        South Sudanese people, want president Kiir and other arms groups to simple the life of South Sudanese without interruption.
        President Kiir, is there in power democratically and he is indeed able to simple the need of his people.

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    • 10 April 23:56, by Kuch

      Not really. The message might be like saying, that the English army were the same in fight with the US army war of independence. But who says, SUDAN TRIBUNE and RADIO TAMAZUJ have been the agents truth?

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  • 10 April 07:41, by Gabriel KK

    Country is being sold out by greedy idiots.

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  • 10 April 07:43, by Eastern

    Let THE STUPID DINKAS come out to challenge this narrative from Museveni.

    Where are Kuch, Kush Natives, John Akeen, etc........?

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    • 10 April 07:58, by South South

      Eatern,

      Museveni did not mention Equatorians contribution, so please relax. Neighbor countries, especially Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea will remain in our hearts in South Sudan. The problem of South Sudan today not just Dinka are in the power, it’s about you, Jubaone and the losers of Equatoria who want to destroy South Sudan and chase away Dinka. We need peace through dialogue.

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      • 10 April 08:05, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        You are very naive you want to sound relevant. Museveni mentioned those parties that help SPLA to drag El Bashir to the negotiation table and challeneged the dinka led government in Juba if the 98.9% vote for the referandum was only by the dinka. Equatoria is not a tribe, but dinka is!

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        • 10 April 08:16, by South South

          Eastern,

          Well, you need to shallow you call to kill Dinka and chase them away from South Sudan first. Innocents Dinka were killed on the roads just because they are Dinka. Let’s talk about 98.9%. Give Equatoria 40% of it, we left with 58.9%, South Sudan will still get its freedom. All what we want now is to sit down and talk to find the best solution of our problems. Killing innocent Dinka is bad

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          • 10 April 10:48, by engatuny

            South Sudan,
            Simple arithmetic, you have correctly said 40% Equatoria but failed to mention that the 58.9% would be shared equally (at 50% act) between the Jieng and Nuers...wow! So, where would you be?

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            • 10 April 19:21, by South South

              engatuny,

              I was just giving an example about 40% of Equatoria voting for our referendum. Majority of people in South Sudan leave in Bahr El Gazal, so what you need to do is to consider Bhar Gazal first, then Equatotia and finally Upper Nile. This is what we know about South Sudan. All tribes of South Sudan voted for our freedom, but who fought the war to make referendum happened? Dinka

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          • 10 April 12:41, by Eastern

            South Sudan,

            Who do you want to sit down and talk with, your friends? You sit and dialogue with your arch enemies to realise any meaningful peace sort of that, just waste your time....

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            • 10 April 19:25, by South South

              Eastern,

              Listen to me very carefully. I want real peace in South Sudan period, but I will not listen to people who want president Kiir to leave power or those who think Dinka should be killed. Dinka are the one who led the war to make referendum happened. You don’t like it? Why?

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        • 10 April 20:01, by Kuch

          Fellows, since when has Sudan Tribune, New York Times, Daily Nation, Rwanda Times, the UN, NGOs ever tell true histories? We are here fellows. We are going to bomb the mighty US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their sleazy NGOs and their sleazy criminals in between; ever been

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      • 10 April 09:04, by jubaone

        South South,
        Just read and comment on what M7 said and don’t twist issues as all jienge idiots do. You can’t shut in the bowl you scoop you fucking walwal from and hold others for your failures, you losers. We shall not stop till we break your goddamn jienge asses.

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        • 10 April 09:14, by South South

          Jubaone,

          You are a loser, I am not me. I am holding power, you are not. We will work with our neighbor countries and their contributions to our freedom can not be denied. A few losers from Equatoria who work in the west countries as hotel room cleaners think that they are very smart and they want to rule South Sudan. You get it idiot!!!! If you continue killing innocent Dinka, then be ready.

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          • 10 April 11:33, by jubaone

            South South,
            These are arguments of lazy thinkers and fools. Even M7 knows how hopeless jienges are. You know damn well, without Equatoria you jienges would simply run junk states that are not different from cattle camps. That is why in your jienge junk states, there is literally no difference between govt institutions and craals. M7 has cows but has also intelligence, you jienges NOT,just useless

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          • 10 April 11:38, by jubaone

            South South,
            If I work as a cleaner, it is a honorable and paid Job. But you live as a parasite on stolen monies and loot. That is why you simply sit idly and wait for your jienge bandits in Juba to steal so that some remants fall onto your hands, ya MTN. Work for yourself instead of being a parasite and waiting to be fed like a baby and ass cleaned, ya aryan jienge.

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            • 10 April 19:30, by South South

              Jubaone,

              Please enjoy your hotel job in the western world, Iam ok with that and it’s a good and decent job for you. But coming close to Juba or Kiir or Dinka, you will receive something very quick. We do not play games with cowards. Hear it from me hotel worker, do you want to rule South Sudan with cleaning experience? Internet is your place to fight the war.

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              • 10 April 21:39, by jubaone

                South South,
                Bla..bla..jienge black goat. You will remain a fugitive and vagabond all your goddamn jienge life. You control the towns we control the routes. With no more cash to steal, there’s no way you can travel on land cos we will skin you alive. Get an air ticket if you can otherwise stay as a thief or beggar in the streets of Kampala, Nairobi or Khartoum, ya shawal al faham.

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          • 10 April 14:35, by Bazinguaboy

            South South - I wonder why you perceive Dinka as victims. Nobody hates Dinka (I guess most people actually voted for the Dinka president) but ask yourself what is it that brought this MTN talk and anti-Dinka sentiments. Look inside yourself and you may find the answer. Instead of spewing out hate, why not look at what we each can do to mend fences. Why not start by putting an end to the fighting?

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  • 10 April 08:03, by Lou Nuer The Great

    M7 declared his allegiance from kiir to peoples

    people of south sudan in opposition today have heard what they never have from M7 who is ally of kiir during SPLA IO-SPLA counter insurgencies by saying South Sudan is not dinka territory and reject dinkanization of the state

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  • 10 April 08:29, by Angelo Achuil

    Anyone who fought (whatever that fighting meant) his best can also claim the same right-not only Dinka. There is no debating the history that the Dinka outnumbered any tribe in Bonga’s records but each tribe suffered & did the dying according to her size. How can you compare Dinka’s number with that of Bari or Bongo, it’s ridiculous! No need for boasting, we didn’t capture Juba with guns, CPA did!

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    • 10 April 08:40, by South South

      Angelo Achuil,

      You are very right. Every tribe in South Sudan contributed something to our freedom, but one can not sit and put all tribes of South Sudan in one level of contribution. There were tribes who armed themselves and associated with fake Arabs to kill Dinka. There were tribes who called SPLA, a Dinka Movement. There are some tribes who do not want any Dinka to lead now.

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      • 10 April 12:50, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Have you read and understood what Angelo Achuil wrote? That’s what being objective means. The sooner you get out of your stories of Dinka outnumbered others in the movement, the better or you will continue to attract scorns from the South Sudanese....

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  • 10 April 09:08, by Dengda

    It matter of who liberate and participated in liberation of the country which major of concern here. But is all about why we liberated and destroy it at the same time. G-10 have country in their hearts and that will succeed in their campaign, if you look their component of membership, they are not from single tribe but all three region and that what South Sudan be looked like.

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  • 10 April 10:35, by aborigin

    M7 is one of smartest politician Uganda or east Africa ever had. His statement doesn’t only sound political but a dangerous statement on South Sudanese... he is the architect of all these sufferings and my SS colleagues are innocently lauding him!!!. We should revisit our conscience and ask ourselves why is it only when detainees/ios/bashir had meetings with Museveni is when he utter premature wor

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    • 10 April 10:39, by aborigin

      Cont..
      Words of resolution of conflict in South Sudan??. It is true what he said, but in contrary how does it mitigate or resolve the already polarised country that is struggling to get rid of tribalism when he is already taking side in the said conflict???, poor me, M7 is dangerous antagonist in this conflict.

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      • 10 April 11:01, by engatuny

        Aborigin,
        Correct observation, your word of caution is great...my thinking too!
        If M7 and other IGAD head of states negotiated the ARCISS and collapsed under their watch without any criticism and or intervention, then other SS need to think twice when such statements are uttered at this point! It may not be in good faith but to hoodwink.

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  • 10 April 11:18, by Eyez

    Bravo M7, these Dinkas are a curse to our region and their mentality is second only to that of a cow. If not so, how could one tribe claim ownership of a whole nation of 64 tribes, or else they are all suffering from ’mad cow’ syndrome.
    Everybody knows the independence of ROSS was attained through collective efforts of countless players, internally and internationally.
    X1

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    • 10 April 19:23, by jubaone

      Eyes,
      Thanks to God that we are not jienges. Otherwise we would bs cursed and walk with the devil.

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  • 10 April 12:38, by Adok son

    Praise the lord for He has turned M7,other IGAD countries and their big mother USA under Obama administration to the reality even talked about SS that it needs not to be misused by those stupidest people of Kiir Mayardit.I know there will be no another influence of John Kerry, Susan Rice and Donald Boost to be displayed here, but truth and fact must be told in this reign of Trump.

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  • 10 April 12:53, by Adok son

    Dinka deceived M7 that they were the ones who fought the Sudan civil war, and you have known it now in this war,Mr M7! ,that they were the cowardic tribe who likes to rules and protect by another as well as you(M7) have protected them in 2013 up to now.In this very moment, we need you IGAD countries to stop supporting Salva if he would beg Dr Machar for Real peace.

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  • 10 April 12:55, by Adok son

    I meant if he(kiir) wouldn’t beg Dr Machar for peace.

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  • 10 April 14:10, by zande

    Guys calm down.SS people should stand by there own feet.The regional countries helped SS just for their own intrest.UG was against Khartoum bc albasheer was helping The LRA.then UG have to help SPLA (Enemy of my enemy is my friend).Ethiopia actually was the founding nation of SPLA bc that time khartoum Government was helping the Eritrean separatist movement which ended in Eritrean succeeding from

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  • 10 April 14:16, by zande

    ...cntd from Ethiopia.then mengistu planned establishing the second resistance army (SPLA)after the ET king dissolved the first anyanya 1 bc the ET king reach an agreement with the sudanese gov not to help the Eritrean separatist.So it all shows the regional countries did help the SPLA just primarily for their own interest not for the people of south sudan.

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    • 10 April 14:38, by Bazinguaboy

      Agreed ... but instead of charting a course to our collective national interests, we started killing ourselves. Uganda was happy to join in at first but I guess even Museveni is now surprised at what has become of our country.

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  • 10 April 14:24, by The Rhino

    You Jienges have no respect and honour to others who also shed blood during the Long struggle.You have been running around thumping your chests,yelping "We Jienges liberated South Sudan"..only a fool like you can believe that bullshit.One Thing is very clear,the Frustrations,anger and repercusions will soon bite back.We Need to set the record straight.

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  • 10 April 19:16, by Fair Man

    Naked Jienges
    Have you heard the lectures from President Museveni? Stop your stupid claims that you liberated this country. The piece was signed when you were stationed in Equatoria region. Except Rumbek, all other Jienge lands of Aweil and Warrap etc were occupied by Arabs and see colored sons and daughters of Dinka, completely Arabs but speak Dinka language. These were fathered by SAF soldiers.

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    • 10 April 21:48, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      All these jienge scoundrels online are impostors and fugitives who dashed to kakuma as lost boys. This is true. Did you hear of any battles fought in jiengeland? No, all became commanders in refugee camps and left the rest to fight. I never heard of cmdr Makuei or Malong who were indeed jellaba hirelings like Gen Abdel Bagi Ayii. All SPLA latecomers.

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      • 11 April 07:05, by Eyez

        Jubaone and Fair Man.
        Jamaa ariyanin al wasakanin abu nyalama del ma indu ayi haja, umon bes walifu akulu haragan ta nas tanin.
        Why do we even bother to try and put sense into Jienge knuckleheads like those of Kuach, Kush and S. Sudan, they are not worth it, they are shitheads that needs to be flushed down the toilet.
        Let them dream on, while the rope is tightening around their necks day by day.

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  • 11 April 04:13, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Seriously speaking, I never heard of any major battles fought in Dinka land. See the paradox. Trains could move from Khartoum to Wau through Aweil. Steamers and barges could move from Kosti to Juba through Bor the holy land of the Dinkas. M7 has now come to his senses. Let’s waite and see when the Equatorians and Fertits get enough weapons.

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    • 11 April 10:31, by Kush Natives

      Whortti Bor Manza,
      your comment took me sometimes to understand it, but I am not there yet___Can you please fed me mocho or more in English?

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  • 11 April 10:14, by Kush Natives

    What will he says? If Konyi comes back to northern Uganda and western Equatoria? Will it still be a collectives efforts? I always tried to go high as patriotic, but always brought down by slavers, who still even now have no clue on how this nation was endurably achieved.

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  • 11 April 16:28, by Republic of Equatoria Sudan

    Guys don’t waste time with software Dinkas, they are spoon feed and don’t know what is happening on the ground. I actual don’t wanted to joint the forum, but its time to break the silence. Dinka have no where to go they have to bow down to M7 to continue supporting them. In one of my comment earlier I said lets respect ACRISS before being late for a giant to take arms against the Jenge government.

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  • 11 April 16:36, by Republic of Equatoria Sudan

    M7 had not said his comments just for the seek of speaking to G10, but he smile rat. Watch out count down software dinkas. Action count not words the day is coming we shall be alone take it or leave it your own decision to accept my massage meanwhile continue saying dinka liberated cattle camps from Arabs. We will build a wall in our borders with dinkas seriously and dinka will contribute for it.

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