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Maiwut state governor, Ethiopian officials discuss security and trade


The governor of South Sudan's Maiwut state, Maj. Gen. Bol Ruach Rom meeting a delegation from Ethiopia in Pagak (ST)
August 9, 2017 (MAIWUT) – The governor of South Sudan’s Maiwut state, Maj. Gen. Bol Ruach Rom Wednesday said he agreed with Ethiopian authorities to open border for trade and to prevent rebel presence in the border area.

The meeting which was held in Pagak took place after the capture the border town from the armed opposition fighters last Sunday. The governor was accompanied by military officers leading operations that captured the rebel headquarters.

In statements to Sudan Tribune after the meeting, Rom said the discussions with the Ethiopian authorities were productive, adding they came out with important decisions and plans of actions.

"One important decision the agreement allowing us to open border and resume normal bilateral activities. And this has been done. The two countries have agreed to deploy custom and immigration officers recognized by the leaderships of the two countries and the legitimate governments," Rom said.

"We also agreed that no illegal movement should be allowed," he further added.

The proposed move to open the border is expected to facilitate the transportation of goods and services between the two neighbouring countries.

Governor Rom explained that the meeting resolved that goods and services will now be crossing and passing through the border of the two countries with the knowledge of the legitimate authorities.

He repeated calls for the return of the civilians in neighbouring countries and those displaced in the neighbouring states to their homes to help in the rebuilding of the State.

He pledged that his administration would provide security and appealed to all the UN agencies, aid groups, regional and local organisations to return to Maiwut and support the affected population to regain their home areas.

Ethiopia currently hosts close to 300,000 South Sudanese refugees, most of whom fled after the conflict broke out in the world’s newest nation in December 2013, United Nations estimates show.


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  • 9 August 2017 22:13, by South South

    This is very important Mr. governor, children of Maiwut and Pagak should go back to school to learn. Enough for war, this is time for development.

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    • 10 August 2017 05:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That is very tangible moves by Bol Reach.

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    • 10 August 2017 10:56, by jubaone

      South South,
      So if you can’t go to your jiengeland to develop it, how difficult will it be for you as a jienge to even set foot in Pagak? So as a sign of patriotism, just get your stuff from Kenya or Uganda and just walk, fly or travel to Pagak. Anything short of this is just jienge bullshit and lip service.

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      • 10 August 2017 18:32, by South South


        You are just a very stupid old man who cannot offer anything good to South Sudan. I have told you 100 times that I never lived in Uganda or Kenya. South Sudan is our country and we have full rights to move to any part of it including your own village, you get it simple minded person!!!!!

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    • 11 August 2017 09:08, by gatkhor Nueri

      Nyibol Ruac Rom And Nya nhial Batoang on the road side they are heading to Kuergeng or Lare wareda.

      In Amaharic,(Bethaamthoru now)in english it is very nice.
      Arabic,kide tamaam.

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  • 9 August 2017 22:36, by Kush Natives

    Bravo Mr. Governor, indeed Maiwut children deserve peaceful environments in which they will enjoy whatever mean in order for them to resume their schools activities like the rest of South Sudanese children. Riek Machar history will remain as a man of setbacks in South Sudan forever!

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    • 9 August 2017 23:40, by Nairobimitot

      Finally, that Junk is out. Now the children can attend school. People need to come back to their beautiful land Pagak of South Sudan. Time to live a healthy life.

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      • 10 August 2017 10:52, by jubaone

        Just board a plane and go to Pagak and help as a teacher (hoping you have good education not these forged degrees). This would be your patriotic contribution and not idling somewhere in Kenya or Uganda.

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  • 10 August 2017 02:03, by john locke

    How so when both maiwut and pagak were taken over by us the io? The remaining government soldiers fled and surrendered to the ethiopian soldiers at the border. The remaining defected to the io.. once again the government fwiled to get pagak. Infact the governments deputty nhial batoang was killed.. this article is fake news

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    • 10 August 2017 06:04, by Malakal county Simon

      The delusional slaves/jaangs seemed to believe in such fake article, i must said the picture itself, speak more truth than the lies article..... There are offices in Pagak gentlemen, and this meeting is clearly conducted on the road and that meant this article heading, is the lies because it’s doesn’t matched the picture in the article.... They possibly negotiating their surrendering to either Gal

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      • 10 August 2017 06:10, by Malakal county Simon


        They possibly negotiating their surrendering to either Galant IO forces of Dr Machar or Ethiopian government.... The foods fighters of STD/Taban is between deaths and lives.... And that’s the current situation they are facing at the moment leave alone talking about trade and border security gentlemen.... This article is misleading the public with lies than the reality on the ground....

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      • 10 August 2017 13:44, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        A few building in Pagak were set on fired by Reik’s IO when the ran away to burn ammunition. Some of a few building were destroyed by heavy guns. War means you break things and kill people to win. You have been singing about war in this forum, well, do not be surprise when you see Pagak without buildings.

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    • 10 August 2017 15:01, by Newsudan

      John Locke
      I think,you’re smoking bhang that give you delusions and hallucinations, things that are not really, How many times do you need to be told,Pagak n Maiwut have fell to joined force of SPLA and STD,by the way,1000 rebels joined STD peace wing in Wau Today. come to your true senses.Riek is done deal, 30 years house arrest.

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  • 10 August 2017 06:58, by Kat Cok

    SSPDF Oyeeee, that is the right action which will bring peace in South Sudan, let them come back to join the life in normally than rebellion.

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  • 10 August 2017 08:10, by Lenin Bull

    Million congratulations Hon.Gov.Bol Ruach for the brave move to free your people and region from Riek’s terrorism. I could observe you serious in military fatigue and clutching kalachnikov and the iron determination in your face, the SPLA-IO is finished in Maiwut State. History will record Riek Machar as a hoodoo to the Nuer Nation.

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  • 10 August 2017 08:17, by Lenin Bull

    Gatkhor Nueri or Gatmengothlielde Nueri and you other NGUNDAENG deceived internet warriors, have you seen with your own fucking eyes? Mathiang, Maiwut, and Pagak have fallen for good to the hand of the government and SPLA-IO have been decapitated and emasculated and those who will return to fight are only committing suicide. GOD bless Maiwut State and its beautiful/handsome Gatjaak people.

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  • 10 August 2017 09:27, by quiz

    Please, Kiir’s rotten regime supporters, don,t beat your chests on this article, this fake governor is liar, be mindful.He didn,t held any meeting with Ethiopa gov,t. where is the venue of meeting, where is the name of his counterpart who held meeting with him? No date , this is big false. 2nd, how can this guy help meeting with Ethiopia immediately if he took control of Pagak last week end.

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  • 10 August 2017 10:43, by Adok son

    White lie,now Pagak is free without so called Ruai Rom of Juba. We’re in full control of Maiwut and Pagak,to proof this,why they met their meeting in between Jokow’s bridge and Gsmbella region instead of gathering themselves in the town if they are right to air out this news?

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  • 10 August 2017 10:54, by Newsudan

    The govt should do:
    1.Construction of roads between Ethiopia n SS
    2.More schools and hospitals
    3.Food crops schemes
    4.infrastructure such as market
    5.Paloich oil sale through Ethiopia to international market.
    Gajaak and Gajiok should leave this madness of Riek io warmongers and peace wing of STD

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    • 10 August 2017 16:06, by quiz

      South Sudan or SPLM party, this is just daydream. How ur failure gov,t would construct schools, roads etc as you mentioned while never did it since CPA was sign ? this is how you can not confuse nation to loot public resources. I hate failure gov,t of Kiir & Taban, I hate SPLM-IG. Kiir and all his supporters have persistent mental disorder which need psychological intervention.

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  • 10 August 2017 10:58, by John Wetjunub

    Good Move Hon Governor with your team, those rebels are now left with two choice, either to surrender or to register with those in Refugee camp.

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  • 10 August 2017 17:06, by Sambala Sambala

    Dear fellow brothers, I am here right at the boarder yesterday when the governor was pleading with the Ethiopian authority at the bridge close to the customs building at the boarder. They met in the middle of the road. Ethiopian authority came on white double cabin. Io. Forces were on the south sudan side with their guns in large number. Wondering how it become development talk in the media.sorry

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  • 11 August 2017 09:01, by gatkhor Nueri

    In southsudan as whole there is no development how come you will make development from Gajaak land and Gajiok?

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