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Machar warns South Sudanese in diaspora against erroneous information on disarmament

March 5, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, has warned the country’s members in diaspora against disseminating erroneous information about the planned disarmament of civilian populations in South Sudan.

Dr. Machar presenting a speech at Minnesota State University, March 2, 2012 (ST)
Dr. Machar presenting a speech at Minnesota State University, March 2, 2012 (ST)
A comprehensive disarmament was due to begin on 1 March in the troubled Jonglei state, but there has been unexplained delays in beginning the exercise on the ground, which targets over 20,000 illegal guns in the hands of various communities in the state. It is not yet clear when the disarmament will take place.

Addressing thousands of South Sudanese at Minnesota University in the United States on Saturday, Machar urged the diaspora to play positive role in the building of the new nation, advising them to desist from spreading wrong information that will not help the new nation.

He said disarming the civilians will provide peace and security in the areas and usher in development.

Machar also explained to the diaspora the circumstances that forced his government to shut down the oil production, saying Khartoum resorted to stealing the property while demanding unreasonable rate on transit fees from South Sudan.

He added that the new country was working on alternative pipeline routes through other neighbouring countries who will charge transit fees in accordance to international standards.

The vice president urged the South Sudanese diaspora to work together to collectively contribute to the building of the nation and advised them to make use of the educational facilities in the countries abroad.


The vice president was also invited to the South Sudanese Youth Basketball final between the two states of Minnesota and Nebraska during which Nebraska beat Minnesota 71 to 58.

He presided over the presentation of championship trophy and medals to the winning Nebraska team.

He also presented an award for individual achievement to the most valuable player of the tournament.

Over 70,000 South Sudanese are believed to be living in the United States of America as well as sizeable populations in Canada and Australia.