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S. Sudan disowns controversial comments on Kenyan elections

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August 9, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government on Wednesday disowned comments in which a presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny urged Kenya’s opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga Jaramogi to concede defeat before the final results were announced.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

The cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said comments attributed to Ateny were his personal opinions.

“As the government and the country, we have sent our representatives to participate in the polls as monitors, as part of the region and as a neighbouring country. And through our representatives and also from the media reports we are getting the election in Kenya is still continuing. The votes are still being counted. So how do you talk about concession when the results have not been announced?” asked Lomuro.

He added, “I think the comment [Ateny] made was a personal opinion. It does not represent the views of the government and the president of the Republic [of South Sudan]”.

The South Sudanese presidential spokesperson posted on Wednesday posted a comment urging Odinga, Kenyan’s main opposition candidate in the election to respect peoples’ choice.

"This is the bitterness of peoples’ choice going against yours. Raila should concede defeat and move on with his life,” wrote Ateny on his page, drawing protests from Kenyans and South Sudanese online.

Ateny’s comments attracted criticisms, with many questioning the source of his information yet Kenya’s Independent and Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) was still tallying results it has received.

Observers interpreted Ateny’s comments to mean interference in the internal affairs of another country. Other expressed shock, saying such comments could endanger the life of South Sudanese in Kenya in light of recent xenophobic threats by some Kenyans calling for the deportation of South Sudanese.

Meanwhile, the South Sudanese presidential spokesperson removed the post and made clarifications disassociating the comments from his official work, saying his personal view was taken out of context.

“I was not requesting Raila Odinga to concede as my post was taken out of context. Rather, I was of opinion that the will of the people of Kenya be respected, if and when the votes were genuinely cast and counted. Yet, my view was purely my own as Ateny Wek Ateny, not necessarily representing the President’s views in this case,” Ateny later wrote.

He added, “While I cherish and adorn genuine democratic process, my fear was genuine that Kenyans should not be made to fight this time around. Otherwise, whoever is the winner of this 2017’s Kenya General Elections is purely Kenyan’s business. I am only praying for peaceful Kenya”.

Voting in Kenya’s general elections passed without incident on Tuesday but as provisional results began ticking up on the IEBC website, President Uhuru Kenyatta maintained a commanding lead with about 55% to Odinga’s 44%.

A 2007 post-election violence in Kenya left over 1000 dead and 600,000 displaced.

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  • 10 August 01:53, by Theone

    What Riek Machar and Raila Odinga have in common?

    Greedy and power hungry; no matter how many people die for their greede.

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    • 10 August 03:47, by garrak1520

      What do you expect from a big caliber moron!!!!

      Kenyans fought for independence and safeguarded it; 25 Millions died in South Sudan for freedom , Kiir turned the sacrifice into big opportunity for him and cronies.
      What a shame!!with leaders like Kiir, Taban and Machar.

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    • 10 August 03:58, by garrak1520

      What do you expect from a moron? after all, he doesn’t care about those south Sudanese seeking refuge in Kenya. He is jeopardizing the security of his countrymen. He has folks living the high life in Nairobi and believe they are out of touch . Kenyans, please keep on welcoming South Sudanese into your home, lack of leadership and vision keep them on the move, but the end is very near.

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    • 10 August 05:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Mr. Ateny, Kenya is not a South Sudan, let Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, respect the choice of the people of South Sudan.

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  • 10 August 07:36, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudanese don’t cowards by turning to insult your own son Hon.Ateny Wek Ateny. How many Kenyan writers, government officials, private Kenyan citizens have writen and spoken nasty things about South Sudan in the past up today? Millions and have South Sudanese declare civil war on Kenyans and Kenya as a Republic? In fact as we speak or write IEBC is putting Uhuru in the lead

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    • 10 August 08:46, by Mr. Right

      Lenin Bull,
      I can’t believe that you are pleading with us to support Ateny Wek despite putting our diplomacy with Kenya in jeopardy? Ateny is your honourable and I respect that but it’s not about cowardliness, it’s all about publicity and respecting the sovereignty of Kenya and Ateny knows that better.

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      • 10 August 08:48, by Mr. Right

        How could you compare ordinary Kenyans to a presidential spokesman? What you say now is rubbish to Kenyans because you are not a public figure, you feel me, right? Publicity is everything and I concur with Rumbek S. Sudan that the pig should be fired. He has no brain and has cost us a lot of damages already. Much appreciation to Lomuro for quick rebuke of that pig!!

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    • 11 August 08:35, by gatkhor Nueri

      @Lenin Bull
      you could never understand anything because you are street boy.you will understand unless someone put the fire big stick into your anus.
      but you a right to support street boy Ateny Wek Ateny.

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      • 11 August 16:27, by Lenin Bull

        Gatkhor Nueri, no one can put a big stick of fire into my ass.To the contrary I’m currently with one of the sexy ladies of your village with me in the room in one of best hotels in Riverside in those trees in Juba. Some times she asks me to try ass style and I do it obligingly brother. Come back home and leave the bush or else all your beautiful women are no longer yours brother.

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  • 10 August 07:40, by Lenin Bull

    over Aguombo Raila Amolo Oginga Odinga and Ateny’s personal analysis and opinion is right any way. Mind you Kenya’s election is the hot cake of the whole world presently and each mind all over is saying whatever it wants or says and Kenyans don’t mind because they are an open society. Why would South Sudanese be exceptional?

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  • 10 August 07:47, by Lenin Bull

    In fact get it right Kenya social media have been very hostile and negative towards South Sudan with some calling or labeling South Sudanese as primitive, backwards, animals, monkeys,ugly, dirty, illiterate, intellectually dull, name them and South Sudanese read these negative comments about them and move on silently without any slightest protest. It is as if the government of Kenya has instructed

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  • 10 August 07:51, by Lenin Bull

    It is as if the government of Kenya has instructed its media wing to wage cold media war on South Sudan to belittle and denigrate South Sudan and its people in eyes of the region and the world and also as a mild strategy to scare away international investors who have been flocking to the young country through Kenya since 2005 up todate. Guys don’t worry about these modest comments of Ateny Wek

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  • 10 August 07:56, by Lenin Bull

    on Kenyan elections but to the contrary if you all whether South Sudanese or not monitor Kenya media about how they report on South Sudan, you will agree with me that it is very negative, aggressive, and belittling towards South Sudan. Those who will not agree with me may be those who care daily only about ugali they eat and nothing else.

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  • 10 August 07:56, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    That one eye man has gone too far. His boss, president Kiir should bring him back to street where he was. His comments are threats to many South Sudanese living in Kenya.

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    • 10 August 09:26, by Eastern

      I couldn’t agree more. Raila Odinga has millions behind him, how safe will ordinary South Sudanese in Kenya be...?

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      • 10 August 10:22, by Newsudan

        Eastern
        Leave Ateny Wek alone,he was testing the water,next time, he should be careful as govt mouthpiece, by the way, Ateny Wek,should advice his boss Kiir Mayardit to reinstated SPLA, not SSPDF,we are not Ugandans besides SPLA is historical name unless they will bring 1 millions martyrs.

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    • 10 August 10:47, by jubaone

      That is the problem when street idlers turned politician or spokesman. Ateny is reckless and careless an outright political novice trying to articulate his jienge idiocy and academic backwardness. He needs a " mouth basket" to contain his untamed tongue 👅.

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      • 10 August 11:09, by Mr. Right

        jubaone,
        What has Ateny’s comments got to do with Jienge? Please, if you’re mentally retarded, then stay away from the site as we constructively and proactively express our views here. I hope you’ll consider this advice, buddy.

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      • 10 August 14:38, by South South

        jubaone,

        I am not happy from Ateny’s statement. He needs to keep away from things like this. But, to call him street idlers is so stupid. Ateny’s family is not near to yours. He is far better then you. By the way, Raila Odinga calls himself a cousin of Dinka.

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    • 10 August 15:53, by Simon Magot

      Be calm guys!

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  • 10 August 10:39, by John Wetjunub

    what is so special about Ateny Wek comment, his comment will not determent Kenya election results please mind your own business and leave it upon Kenyan.

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    • 10 August 13:38, by Mr. Right

      Wetjunub,
      You seem to be frothing at the mouth and it’s very disgusting, I must say. Why don’t you clean it first so that we hear better what you are saying?

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  • 10 August 13:30, by Lenin Bull

    Eastern you reason with your ass like your boss Riek. Do you think Kenya is like your lawless jungle where everyone kills anyone based on ethnicity, color, or nationality? No.Kenyans are civilized and God fearing people. The Million followers of Raila you quoted will not kill any South Sudanese they come across in Kenya. How will they separate your so called IO supporters in Kenya who support Rail

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  • 10 August 13:35, by Lenin Bull

    and the other South Sudanese ? I think Eastern you have inherited the stupidity of your old great grandmother because your conclusion is weird. So what if Raila has million supporters in Kenya? Get it right, Kenya has several thousands highly educated people and work force in South Sudan more important the few idle lazy SPLA -IO idlers at wimpy street in Nairobi or Kenya.

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  • 10 August 22:10, by Eastern

    So what if Kenya has zillions sleazy thieves working in South Sudan as consultants? Who are more related the Aguok and Apuk of Gogrial or the Raila’s followers and the South Sudanese in Kenya. Kenyans don’t know God so stop using that redundant phrase GOD FEARING - you obviously don’t know what it means. Stop using your arse all the time!!!

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  • 11 August 07:40, by Lenin Bull

    Especial appreciation and thanks to you Eastern. I love you my brother. If you want to insult my ass, write it correctly as ass not ars. I will give you my number so that we always exchange our views together. No betrayal to any outsider apart from you and me.

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    • 11 August 11:49, by Eastern

      Lenin Bull,

      Stop behaving like an ass that can’t be taught!

      arse
      noun [ C ] UK ? /??s/ US ? /??rs/ uk us ass offensive
      ?
      the part of your body that you sit on:
      She has a huge arse.
      ?
      a stupid person

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  • 11 August 08:17, by gatkhor Nueri

    Raila Odinga soon is coming and all the Dinka theft should dry out.

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  • 11 August 09:08, by quiz

    Lenin Bull & South Sudan, plz, be mindful on ur thoughts. is it not shame for you to defend Ateny on his article about kenya election? don,t you see it immoral as his comment affect would the image of S.sudan gov,t. this is like the case when Marial Benjiman was fired when commented again Abey. Ateny deserve firing otherwise will bring big problem to S.sudanese .

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