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Gen. Kiir forms South Sudan military Command Council


By James Gatdet Dak

December 10, 2009 (JUBA) – A Command Council of the army in Southern Sudan has been established with effect from 10th December 2009.

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Gen. Salva Kiir Mayadrit, Sudan’s FVP and President of S. Sudan government

The President of the semi-autonomous Southern Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a decree on Wednesday constituting the SPLA Command Council.

The 46-member army body is composed of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Government of Southern Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in the top command, followed in the second command by Gen. Paulino Matip Nhial, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the army.

The minister of SPLA Affairs, Lt. Gen. Nhial Deng Nhial, falls in the third position.

Lt. Gen. Bior Ajang Dut, Undersecretary in the ministry of SPLA Affairs came in the fourth position, followed in the fifth position by Lt. Gen. James Hoth Mai, SPLA’s Chief of General Staff.

In the sixth position is the SPLA Deputy Chief of General Staff for Operations, Lt. Gen. Obote Mamur, followed sequentially by the rest of Deputies to the Chief of General Staff and dozens of senior officers in the army.

The Command Council will serve as the body that decides on military issues.

It is for the first time since formation of the Government of Southern Sudan in 2005, and the enactment of the SPLA Act this year, that the army Command Council has been formed.

Earlier, the semi-autonomous government established the Southern Sudan Security Council (SSSC) which composes of the President, Vice President, ministers of some relevant ministries and the SPLA Chief of General Staff plus a number of senior SPLA officers.

The Security Council deliberates and decides on issues that have to do with general security situation in Southern Sudan and recommends action to be taken.


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  • 10 December 2009 04:37, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Does it means Kiir is quiting drinking habite or preparing for the bloody clash to start?

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    • 10 December 2009 04:47, by Kur

      What is wrong with you little frog? Kiir is a liberator, he has made a sacrifice toward bringing freedom you enjoy now. So please watch what you say. Do you dring with Kiir?


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      • 10 December 2009 05:27, by maumau

        That is a good start among many others Mr. Kiir, but you have over sunk our liberator Mr.Mamur who suffered with me during the struggle in EQ mountains planning attacks on then government strong holds. Mamur should have been third or forth in the ranking. Please Kiir, establish also court of marshel law to deal with soldiers who take laws in their hands. MAUMAU

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        • 10 December 2009 09:58, by Time1


          Technically Hoth Mai and Obote Mamur are third and fourth in command respectively, because the SPLA affairs are ministerial posts but connected directly with the military command council, kirr has done very well in this regard.

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    • 10 December 2009 04:48, by junub

      Strongly appreciated president Kiir, military command council and the rest of patriotic leaders who formed this imperative council but are leading us in difference command. My love and respect will be with you in the name of SPLM party. SPLM/A Oyeee!!!

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    • 10 December 2009 05:45, by thokpiny de Deng de Thokpiny

      plz advise yourself you famous maggot boy
      how dare to insult the president of south sudan
      even if he has weakness .that is a nature of human
      everybody has sucesses and failures

      let him work
      i think if you are given that post to rule in a day ,you will run mad of pressure he is now tolerating

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    • 10 December 2009 05:46, by peter gatdet

      Congragulations to Gen Kiir

      Formatiom of SPLA commmand council is one of the factors that will determine our independency as Southerners.If we fail to get our independent by negotiation then we shall declare our self-independent by force (militarily) and i know there is posibility of defeating Sudan army forces bcz what made our war took long for 21 years is that,we were fighting with Darfur,but now aday if we go back to war with Sudan Army forces minus Darfur, we must defeated them within aweek.

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      • 10 December 2009 06:11, by abushook malakal

        Congragulation to General Kiir Mayardit of being the SPLA command council because Kiir is the one who will determine our independent or to declare our self-independent State by any main without question from anyone. We stand with our Splm/A and we will defeat our common enemies that within Sudan and outside Sudan.

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        • 10 December 2009 07:27, by maumau

          abushook malakal

          Dr. Machar was the first SPLM leader to start agitating for self determination. This was in a meeting which was held in Abuja Nigeria. Some of you will not agree with me because you were young and did not know politics by then. MAUMAU

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    • 10 December 2009 06:02, by Justino

      Dear readers,

      Kindly let me asked stupid boy Logic who is drinking in this world?? Everybody is drinking but you know what you are doing, so don’t abuse our president all the time Stupid dog.

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      • 10 December 2009 08:23, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy


        Why don’t you used dinkas id instead of hiding your mess under english name. Where did you learnt your crap education? Is it in kakuma or in Bor? What kind of question is "who is drinking in this world?? Everybody is drinking" my friend it is bad lack for being taught in kakuam and wirting like a necessary school kids in Greater Equatoria. With this level of english in 2020 you will not even fit to clean a tiolet in Equatoria. The stupid word you have used in your vomits will automatical reverse to yourself.

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      • 10 December 2009 09:18, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Mr maumau, there is no problem with what you are meaning,or heading to. Dr Riek Machar is currently is the vice president of Goss,and Gen Paulino matip the greatest man from unity state ie Bentiu is the second command after H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit.If you are talking of self determination for south,all the southerners by then they know what they are fighting for, even our LATE HERO DR JOHN GARANG DE MEBIOR,knows the destination he will take the southerners to.Let us join hands with our president H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit to a complish the resistant of the Criminal party NCP are trying to put,but God do hear now the the crying of the oppress,see the photos of the two SPLM Leaders generals Pagan Amum and Yasir Arman during the Peacefully demonstration in Khartoum.The formation of South Sudan military Command Council it came at the right time,although Gen Mobutu mete is in number six all are the same with a person in number three or four,but the only things we need to hear from them is a cooperation among themselves,forgetting about language of a tribe he is belonging, southerners should be their common word.
        May God give more wisdom to our President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his cabinets in leading the oppress people,like the southerners,Jebel Nuba,Blue Nile state to their indepent.LONG LIVE GOSS,LONG LIVE SPLM/A,LONG LIVE THE OPPRESS PEOPLE VICTORY IS CERTAIN.

        From Owiny Ki Bul

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    • 10 December 2009 07:05, by Mzalendo Mwema

      Thanks to Gen.Salva Kiir Mayardit for forming this worderful organ to protect THE SOUTH.Good luck and God will bless all of you in the SPLM/A to fulfil all the prophesies in the BIBLE (Isaiah).

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    • 10 December 2009 07:40, by johnmaker

      I really mark today on ward that so called logicboy is abnormal.So it’s good you speak to yourself to realisze your stupidity.A fool dug a hole to himself.

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    • 10 December 2009 09:29, by landid Nyikango

      Camerade Salva Kiir Mayardit
      i won’t vote yes for the so call South Sudan Military Council,for severals reasons
      why forming this council when our south army is organize under the Chief of general staff Lt.Gen. James Hoth mai..
      why confusing the chain of command, remember south sudan is not entering into war with jalaba yet
      wait for the time to come and formed this council

      my adviced for now, cancel this formation Mr. kiir


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    • 11 December 2009 03:38, by brotherkeeper

      Daer Logic monkey.

      What the fuck are you always talking about dude? Who tell you that Kirr drink motherfucker? Shot the fuck up man with your stupid comments respect our leader i know that his not your leader just leave hime alone.

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    • 11 December 2009 10:31, by gaidit


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  • 10 December 2009 04:40, by oshay

    bunch of rag tag dinka looters

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    • 10 December 2009 04:49, by Nile

      Good Job Salva Kiir, but this military Command Council must work extremely hard to end the insecurity in southern Sudan before 2011.

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      • 10 December 2009 05:38, by junub


        Don’t worry since the hide places of these nyagats are known. They will come up with tough and right solution to stablize the region from those pro-arab thugs.

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    • 10 December 2009 05:13, by akujbur

      NOW we are talking.Back to the reality,and that,s what i told you on my last comment to dress up in your military uniform then wait for the diplomats.

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  • 10 December 2009 04:43, by Dengtaath

    Time to reshape the military and security, the Goss is no doubt working hard to bring in the system that will shape the operation of both the security and governance.
    Well done and good luck to the GOSS.

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  • 10 December 2009 04:45, by Ben-Fu

    I like this,
    It has already made the traitors and enemies of the South shake in their jillabiya dresses.

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    • 10 December 2009 04:52, by Jeremiah Mach

      I have no doubt in my mind that, the SPLM/A under the leadership of Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will take the people of Southern Sudan to the promise land.

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  • 10 December 2009 05:14, by Dave

    Thank you very much Gen Kiir for forming the cammand Council. Which criteria did you use in forming this council?

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  • 10 December 2009 05:27, by peter gatdet

    Congragulations to Kiif

    Weldone,for the formation of SPLA command council made up of army officials who fought the war minus Nyagat(Pualino)who was with Bashir during the sttruggling.
    SPLA needed to be equip financial bcz the are the one still bearing or holding SPLM/A vision regardless of their poor payment.

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    • 10 December 2009 05:40, by Mathonbor

      peter gatdet,

      Paulino Matip is not a threat anymore. He has been marginalized in the SPLA without any real voice. He does not control any real troops so he is just a symbol in that military command council. I am glad Riek Machar is not in the new military command.

      Mathon de Bor

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      • 10 December 2009 05:55, by Gatwech


        You need to understand the system before you comment blindly. Kiir is the commander-in-chief of the SPLA ONLY by the virtue of his being the President of South Sudan. You need to understand it.

        If he is absent for any reason, the Vice President becomes the Acting President of South Sudan and therefore the commander-in-chief of the SPLA. He can chair the meeting of the SPLA command council on behalf of Kiir. Then Gen. Matip deputizes him in the number two command. NOW CAN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS?

        Even if another person from a different political party is elected president of South Sudan in the 2010 elections, that person will be the commander-in-chief of the SPLA. That is how it works. So the chair Kiir holds as commander-in-chief automatically becomes the chair of the Vice President, Dr. Machar if Kiir is absent for any reason. Just think about that carefully considering how the system works.

        Again, I read in the news about the South Sudan Security Council. This body is sovereign over the SPLA command council. Its decision overrides the decision reached in the army command council. It is the body that recommends to the army what to do in case of need for action. Let us understand the system first before we jump into ignorant comments.

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      • 10 December 2009 07:23, by Lorolokin

        Mathon De Bor,

        Paulino matip is a former malitia leader, he is not marginalized but bcoz he is illiterate & primitive.

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      • 10 December 2009 13:23, by John Boy


        Let me tell you Dr Riek is dealing for civil affairs as you know some senior members of SPLM are not here Wani Igga,Mali Agar ,Kuol Manyany and many others this command council is for miltary matters.

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    • 10 December 2009 05:42, by Gatwech

      peter gatdet (aka Dinka Boy),

      Stop insulting Gen. Paulino Matip who is now officially the second person in command. If Kiir is absent, Gen. Matip commmands the army after Dr. Riek Machar who would also automatically become the Acting President of South Sudan and commander-in-Chief of SPLA. Think about that and begin to respect him. Oh, boy, can’t you see how things are unfolding?

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      • 10 December 2009 06:01, by Mathonbor


        Do you really think the main stream SPLA generals whom Riek and Matip forces fought against would allow these two militias to lead them.

        The only reason why these two militias are in their current positions is because of Kiir nobody else wants them their. They are just there for the sake of peace now. Matip and Riek will not be in these positions after we gain our independency in 2001.

        Mark my words, Riek Machar will never ever be a president of South Sudan even if Kiir dies now. There are better Nuer people to lead south than Riek. So forget about Riek presidency, it will never happen.

        Now about Paulino Matip, the guy is a primitive and most importantly he is sick with high blood pressure. It is just a matter if time and he will die very soon. Just let him stay there for now without any voice.

        Mathon de Bor

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        • 10 December 2009 07:02, by Gatwech


          Keep on with your belief and let us see in the near future. And don’t forget that these true leaders you called militias their forces constitute 55% of the whole SPLA. The generals you talk about do not command the forces on the ground. Just think about that!!!! They are just sitting in Bilpam there in Juba looting the army money.

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          • 10 December 2009 07:56, by Mathonbor


            Honestly if Matip amd Riek militias plus Arab forces did not defeat the mean SPLA during 1990s, how would you dare think that Matip and Riek can do anything to the SPLA?

            Currently, SPLA has tanks which are based in Warrap. That 55% force you mentioned is just there to get paid. Some of them have never even been to basic training. If the war breaks out now, they will disappear and leave the great Dinka to do the fighting and then join latter when there is a peace. If the two militias attempt to jeopordize the SPLA this time, by God we will chase them all the way to Khartoum.

            Mathon de Bor

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            • 10 December 2009 09:00, by Gatmi raan

              And the formation of this new so called ’SouthSudan Military Command Council’ is outdated soviet era style Military structure. it won’t work in the twenty- first century. my question is where is South Sudan parliament? oh sorry I forgot they are unelected bodies all appointed. I yearn for the day when citizens are empowered to elected not only the president and vice president. but the parliament.( the represenative legislative body of, by, for the people of SouthSudan so that we can revoke all this executive directives with out any oversight from legislatve body, like parliament. the Military structure, I hope is temporary. we need it now. but not after 2011. because in order to have a modern and 21st century armed forces, we need serious, thoughtful, and thorough Review of future SouthSudan Army. that is in complete civilian control of its civilian Leadership. and Joint staff that is run by an active Military officer in Uniform. not Retired Generals put in charge of Military Dept. which supposed to be run by a non uniforn military and non- political appointee with vast knowledge in National security and defense issues.

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        • 10 December 2009 08:27, by Gatmi raan

          Let me first say this, though I just joined this discussion forum, which have some form misinformation or outright lies on both sides of the opposing views daily, I would not be a part of it. beacause not only our people even the wider audiences on this site, not only deserved a civil but opinions based on facts. As Late United States Senator and former Ambassador to India Daniel Patrick Moniyah once said’ one’s entittled to own opinion but not to their own facts’. when i saw the word Militia associted with Gen. Matip and Riek, its just a reminder that some of its critics on this site just don’t want to deal with facts but cheap and meaningless word like ’’Militia or Nyagat’’ that have no bearing on the General or The VP of Goss at all whatsoever, since the Facts are these: General matip is a vetetran of three wars Anya Anya I II and yes the SPLA.
          Even though it was only brief service at late 1983, the importance of his brief service didn’t go unoticed by non-other than Late DR. John Garang. In his Autobiograpghy published in 1992 Edited and introduced By Mansour Khalid ’ The call for Democracy In Sudan’. Dr. Garang talks about the heroes who managed to shutdowns ofthe Jonglei canal and Chevron oil exploration in Bentiu. he specifically mentioned the contributions of Tiger battalions under then Major Salva kiir and Tumsah under major Arok Thon Arok and the third battalion which was in Bentiu under command of Captains Paulino Matip, Bol Nyawan and Khalifa Toc. He (Garang) went on to say that’’ I congratulate the commanders of this battallions’. He went on to mentioned their names in order of their ranks. and concluded by saying’’ I take the opportunity to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of this battalions. posterity will always rememebr them as having shutdown cheveron. and as to VP of Goss everyone know that he joined SPLA in 1984 and fought numrous battles against jallaba. Now just because the happened to disagreed with the direction of the movement in the early and later years of the movement , Gen. Matip and VP Riek, respectively.
          that you are licensed with any facts is just absurd.

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    • 10 December 2009 05:51, by junub

      The formation of this Military Command Council is extremely good because everytime when there is something to be resolve by the SPLA intellegently, the GoSS vice president, Riek Machar, the former pro-Arab militia leader seems to be interferring in their task to interrupted such as in Malakal and in Unity State when the pro-Arab militiamen where disarmed by the SPLA. All these problem in the region are sparked by traitor Riek Machar but not this time on since president had isolated him from military duties.

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      • 10 December 2009 05:57, by Gatwech


        You need to understand the system before you comment blindly. Kiir is the commander-in-chief of the SPLA ONLY by the virtue of his being the President of South Sudan. You need to understand it.

        If he is absent for any reason, the Vice President becomes the Acting President of South Sudan and therefore the commander-in-chief of the SPLA. He can chair the meeting of the SPLA command council on behalf of Kiir. Then Gen. Matip deputizes him in the number two command. NOW CAN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS?

        Even if another person from a different political party is elected president of South Sudan in the 2010 elections, that person will be the commander-in-chief of the SPLA. That is how it works. So the chair Kiir holds as commander-in-chief automatically becomes the chair of the Vice President, Dr. Machar if Kiir is absent for any reason. Just think about that carefully considering how the system works.

        Again, I read in the news about the South Sudan Security Council. This body is sovereign over the SPLA command council. Its decision overrides the decision reached in the army command council. It is the body that recommends to the army what to do in case of need for action. Let us understand the system first before we jump into ignorant comments.

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        • 10 December 2009 06:39, by Gatjang

          This coward Gatwech keep posting the same stupid comment over and over. Are you out of words man. I know that your paranoid schizophrenia started when someone mentioned something negative about Riek.

          Keep covering the evil guy, he is not going anywhere, and you can see, Kiir left him toothless.

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      • 10 December 2009 06:13, by Raan

        Junub or Jallaba

        What is wrong with you?

        Are you the only one who cannot appreciate and respect the work of Dr. Machar?

        Please Dr. Machar is not a traitor rather he is the savior of the South Sudan.

        1. He is the Father of the Self-Determination that you are enjoying
        2. He was the initiator of the CPA
        3. He brought about well- defined constitution,1998
        4. He runs and mends GOSS failed by Kiir
        5. He acts like the GOSS Chief Justice
        6. MANY MORE

        So have respect to a person of this high qualities and who will be your President SOOON!!!

        If you are not in touch with his achievements read the comments of GATWECH.

        Do not be fooled by tribalism and corruption you Dinka have been practicing, your DOOM is very near.

        Repent and confess and be saved JUNUB and preach your like

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      • 10 December 2009 06:23, by Kim Deng

        Coward Jaang/Slaves,

        If you don’t want your savior Dr. Riek Machar and Lt. Gen. Lion Paulino Matip, why don’t you kick them out from the gov’t as your King Salva Kiir did to Dr. Lam Akol? Oh yeah, your King is verry coward and fear to mess up with the Kings of the Jungle.

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        • 10 December 2009 06:32, by Mathonbor

          Kim Deng,

          Just wait, it is a matter of time but the SPLM/A will vote them out in its ranks. We do not have a good reason to kick them out now. Let them make a mistake and you will see they will pay a big price for it.

          Mathon de Bor

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          • 10 December 2009 07:20, by Kim Deng

            Coward Jaang/Slaves,

            1) They [Dr. Riek & Lt. Gen. Lion Matip] free Lt. Gen. Tiger Tanyinye (Gatwech Chan) on your coward King watch.

            2) They rejected May 16 to be celebrated on the right time because the great Prophet Ngundeng’s Dang was landing on that day.

            3) They refused to let Nuer civilians be disarmed first.

            4) Mr. Salva’s puppet Mr. Taban is going to leave the rich State [Liech/Unity] by April 2010 through their enfluences... regardless of Mr. Salva resistance and so forth. What more prove do you need to kick them out from the movement if not because your King knows that it’s gonna be his last day on earth?

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        • 10 December 2009 08:20, by John chol Garang

          Damn KIM,

          Why do you keeping complaining if at all we are slave?
          Be realistic!

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        • 10 December 2009 08:32, by Lual Garang De Lual

          To Kim Deng, Gatwech and others

          My brothers, this is the letter of intend to both of you and anybody who may listen to my advice.
          Read the Book of Romans 13:1-7

          It is entitle Submission to authorities.

          Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good, but if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear sword for nothing. He’s God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of conscience.
          This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servant, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him; If you owe taxes, pay taxes, if revenue, then revnue, if respect, then respect, if honour, then honour.

          Here, let’s come analyze the way out. Mr. Gatwech I Lual Garang De Lual personally don’t have any grudge against any person provided that he came to power peacefully. My father Garang De Lual Machar was killed by this Dr. called Riek Machar Teny Dherguon in a place call Pathian at Twic East County. Today, I can greet Dr. Riek though He had not yet apologized for the atrocities. If you can be able to clinged into power by propanganda and proxy the way out is there above. A leader is chozen by God not to force himself through by all means.

          The aim is to difuse your anger because though you are paranoid when Dr. Riek is mentioned the reality remains and tainted image of Dr. Riek may not go away easily unless he take a bold step and apologize for the past.
          Another thing you and me can’t solve is God’s willingness. If God has chozen Dr. Riek to be one of the South Sudanese leaders in this time, then you and me has limited view. That’s remain God’s choice, nothing you can do about it neither me. I would argue not to be self-threatened if Dr. Riek is touched in one way or the other. There is no leader that can come into power without God Almighty blessing.

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        • 10 December 2009 11:26, by Khent

          Coward Kim Deng/Bashir’s little Nuer militia boy/Slave of Khartoum:

          You do realise that your treasonous Paulino Matip Nhial was a Major-General in the Sudanese army, protecting oil-fields on the behalf of Khartoum?

          You’re the same cowards/traitors, who worked with Bashir in order to protect the oil-fields for them... That makes you a SLAVE! I sense a slow wit, that can’t grasp irony.

          Paulino Matip Nhial, Abdalla Chuol and Riek Machar all collaborated with the enemy by the means of military alliance... Slaves of the North should not speak of valour and courage. It is despicable!

          You speak of being anti-Khartoum, and anti-Jallaba... But always find ways to collaborate with the North. You’re a pathetic and treasonous liar!

          Do you recall in 1999 when 80, 000 Nuer civilians were forcibaly removed from the oil-fields by Paulino Matip Nhial, in which they fled to Bahr el Ghazel?

          Do you remember that? Do you remember the humanity and generosity the Dinka displayed?

          We fought this war... Traitors (like Riek and Matip) were mercenaries of the enemy. You can cry until your eyes drop out baby boy. You tried various means of destracting from this FACT... it just didn’t work.

          "Riek’s previous military collaboration with the government undermined his claim to head an anti-Khartoum, pro-independence Southern movement."

          Dr. Douglas Johnson- The root cause of Sudan’s civil wars-

          Tribal hatred is the signifier of your cowardice, by which you foolishly believe you can evade reality and argue for fantasy.

          You hate us because we expose your historical alliances with the north, and your anti-Dinka bias, and stomp them into nothingness... Which is what has just happened.

          Cheer up then, SLAVE.

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  • 10 December 2009 06:05, by soldier boy

    Good job for southern sudan people and lets focous on the next move.Because as of right now we are in right track the government have reform and southern sudan governmen ndenpent country, we should be happy for what Mr president did.
    God bless people southern sudan.

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    • 10 December 2009 06:50, by Aduol Liet

      Salve Kiir.

      I disagree for that arrangement, because it dosen’t sound good even it is not correct, when you put Secretary defens in number two position instead he was supposed to be the Top of all others SPLA Command. I am real confuse now what to say about that, because I had never seen this system in the world. The Military Secretary defens in any nation in the world must be the Top of all others Commands in Army unfortunately, I am having difficulty here to understand how that your arrangement it work if this is real true article then, I will be feeling sorry. In government system if you don’t put things correctly it will cause a big disagreement and so the Idea of trying to please one Commander maybe you favor most and trying to neglected the rights of others Commands in their rights position will cause a lot of oppositions in your government and more benefit of doubting.

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      • 10 December 2009 07:41, by Lual Garang De Lual

        Aduol Liet,

        Where did you get that system of the Command Council around the world? Which government worldwide is using the system you just elaborated? Where the Defense Secretary becomes the chairman of the Command Council. Don’t just pretend to be knowing anything while you are not well vast in that field.

        Furhtermore, people tend to post letters without analysis, just a matter of knowning English and having accessed the keyboard, which is not the case otherwise you may end later with insults or threats from the intended party.
        Mr. Aduol, I am not challenging you but trying to tell you that all over the world, the president in his capacity as Commander-In-Chief is the Chairman of the Command Council, followed by the Secretary of Defense or Minister of Defense but for our case which is not recognised internationally. We had a position of Deputy Commander-In-Chief which automatically is to be Deputy to the Chairman of the Command Council.

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        • 10 December 2009 08:08, by Mathonbor

          Lual Garang De Lual,

          Actually, I happen to agree with Aduol Liet in this case. Defense Minister is actually senior to all officers in the army whether he is a civilian or a military officer. On top is the president then defense minister follow by chief of staffs and so on.

          Mathon de Bor

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        • 10 December 2009 08:36, by John chol Garang

          Hi Guys,

          All you are putting forward regarding Defense Secretary evolve around what looks like a chicken-egg postulation.

          It doe not completely capture the distinction between what pertain to the political and military arena.

          You need to define the gap between the political and military.

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        • 10 December 2009 09:17, by Aduol Liet

          Lual Garang de Lual.

          Now you are correcting yourself, you now know the Secretary defens is the Top of others Commanders in Army right, so what is my mistake here if you are not stupid. Look I was not talking about president’s position I know all these things but if you can understand when they mention that, Paulino Matip Nhial is seem to be the Top in Southern Sudan Military while Nhial Deng Nhial was been appointed recently as a Secretary defens please leave president alone and come down here to see the way the Author mention on the above.In Military system, leave about president there in the worldwide whoes suppose to tell orders to Army.? Answer is Secretary of defens affairs, now when you see that arrangement it look like this below, that is the way it sound in this article.

          1.Paulino Matip Nhial.
          2.Nhial Deng Nhial.

          Do you think the Secretary of defens in Military system will be under other command than he should be the one who will lead the Army.?

          I am glad to those who offer to tell Lual Garang Lual, he is wrong and I real thanks you all.Lual must understand what is written in article properly because we comment something post by Authors.

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          • 10 December 2009 15:50, by Moses Kur Akech

            The irony is with Kiir’s government everything is all presidential decree while the South has parliament which can thoroughly debate national issues. The prime work of the parliament is to make laws.

            It looks like South has no constitution because South relies on presidential decree too much and thus it falls under category of military rule cus all these decisions lack alternative views and thus they can be clearly termed as undemocratic decisions in that sense.

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  • 10 December 2009 06:18, by John chol Garang

    I appreciate your move at this critical time Gen.Salva Kiir Mayardit.The formation of this military entity is central to improving and maintaining a long term security in the region.Moreover,by embarking on this change initiative, you have demonstrated to southern Sudanese in particular, your role as a liberator not just as a leader who enjoys his/her position without delivering services to their citizens. Clearly,you have proved to me that you are beginning to close the gap for our long term objective. Closing that gap is what we long to see, and you are not far from it now. But, the longer we wait, the more our people are oppressed and humiliated in silence.
    If we do not act now, we all parish one by one.

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  • 10 December 2009 06:47, by Thyinka

    This military command council is a good idea. Southern Sudan need to be ready militarily for any eventuality in case Khartoum continue with their intransigence. The patience of Southern Sudanese is running out and there seem to be a clear strategy by Khartoum of delaying the implementation of the most critical aspects of the CPA and then abrogating it when the time expires.

    If the referendum law is not enacted before the end of this parliament’s session then it is not likely to be enacted ever and Southerners must be ready to find alternative to take what is rightfully theirs. The speaker of the national assembly and a long time member of the NCP Ahmed Ibrahim Al Tahir mentioned that the position of NCP is that the secession of the South should not be facilitated through a law and that is exactly what they are doing by delaying and putting obstacle that would impede the enactment of the referendum law and other critical legislations.

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    • 10 December 2009 07:10, by Anyuathwakou

      Dear Gatwec,

      If Gen. Kiir is absent in the office then Mr Nhial Deng the Defend Minister has become the Acting Commander in Chief not Riak or Matip and you are not convince, please, call some body around you and ask him/her to give you the full details of the army system.

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  • 10 December 2009 07:11, by African-told boy

    Congratulations Mr. President 1st Lt General Salva kiir Mayardit for your graters Move in this critical time. The dog’s enemies of South Sudan will not understand you, but keep on with your plans until you achieve our referendum in 2011

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    • 10 December 2009 08:12, by Angelo Yum

      Congratulations mr.president Salva Kiir forming military council is showing that thing are moving slowly but for sure.

      Dear brothers and sisters who are blaming Gatwech and Kim Deng for insulting the hero of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, leave them alone they are barking dogs while camel is going.

      Yrs in christ


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  • 10 December 2009 08:21, by silake comba

    This is an irresponsible move toward seccession and establishing a weak mini state which will be like a humble lamp amid a jungle of hungry wolves. One important question here is why the so called command council didn’t include people from those foolish idiots from Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and even from Darfur who fought with and for SPLA all the time?.

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    • 10 December 2009 08:48, by John chol Garang

      Hi Comboo,

      Sudan is a failed state because of NCP’S leadership.

      I would appreciate if SPLM in its overwhelming power lean toward a unilateral declaration of an independent South.Secession of south from North is inevitable before 2011.

      Better live in a weak state than a failed Sudan!!

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      • 10 December 2009 09:21, by majook

        South sudan will not be weak even when we become independent state.Imagine the terrible war we fought with khartoum and we were in the bush without even resources to motivate army.

        Arabs want to keep us with them because they fear us .

        For those who keeps blaming our president Kiir,they should not keep blaming,do what you can do for the future of south sudan rather than blaming.our situations does not need blaming, it needs hard work.


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      • 10 December 2009 09:27, by Gabriel Green

        Dear Readers,

        Why Nuer in the second place in presidency?In second place of military command council.Iam talking Riak as vice president and Matip as vice military command council and Hoth as chief of staff.out of Hoth, they other two are sick in leadership.They are defectors as their motto.

        MR PRESINDENT OF GOSS be wise, otherwise you will dig yourself a grave.

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      • 10 December 2009 09:28, by mike

        Listen you stupid you don’t understand the structure of the SPLA, even if Gen. Kirr die, your stupid uncle would not be the president of the South period. The whole people of the South would not premit under no circumstances so stop day dreaming.Guys stop paying attention to this stupid son of nicked women.

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      • 10 December 2009 09:58, by Ajongtar

        Good Job Comrade Salva Kiir.

        I have absolutely saluted the formation of this SPLA Military Command Council and it is extremely good.

        But I am not happy with the way that the (JDB) is not functioning as per agreed at the CPA.

        Could you kindly form that organ to exercise its functions as you can see the signs of rain on ground?

        Our SPLM must dream different dreams while on the same bed.

        Ajongtar the Lion.

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  • 10 December 2009 09:51, by Time1

    well done mr president.

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    • 10 December 2009 13:28, by Abuk D- Nhial

      1 - Nice to hear what Kiir did.

      2 - Sorry for the first arrest of Amuom.

      3-Sorry for UN SEC GEN being chaired by BAN_KIMOON better be Isralist,American or Independent African man.

      4- It would be good to arrest Bashir in South Sudan in order to revenge what was done to Amuom but never do it.

      Nothing difficult and nothing simple yet through commitment and concentration.

      Let Gatwech know that if Kiir happens to leave as you repeatedly mentioned, there will be great gap between Nuer and dinka tribe leading to the absence of one branch or else I am dreaming !!

      Be it known that, Kiir favors you and you have to support him in all circumstances as we the youths had accepted his long vision to unite Southerners.

      If educated people like Gatwech involve preaching tribalism,likewise educated dinkas might.

      I frequently badly guoted you when you committed that Jang/dinka are slaves who even sell kids !

      It would be said by our single mad kim Deng and not you because your mind is a bit wise even though addictive to false unsuccessful past event.

      I know more negative effects about Riek and Matip but I don’t want to expose them because they are heading our government as leaders but you fool never realize this !

      Please expect nothing worst in South Sudan.

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  • 10 December 2009 14:26, by Paul Lokuji Micah daudi

    Good job Mr President where have you been all this time,without organized commands nothing will go well keep up its now time not to waste but to put all things in order even if its already late.
    God bless you and God bless South Sudan and its people.

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    • 10 December 2009 18:18, by telfajbago

      Bravo! And thumb to you up for your newly appointed war Council.you should have formed this early,so that the long struggle of the people of South Sudan will not be a passing one" they say if you want peace prepare for war".if the natinal congree party want it,be ready to give it to them in fullest.

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  • 10 December 2009 18:30, by Gatloth Gai

    Does that mean Kiir is ready to fight?

    That formation of SPLA councils could be influence, from the recent event that result in to arrested of SPLM secretaries in Khartoum.

    Did the Kiir included the peace`s factor(Dr. Riek) in that councils? no. Then whom do you think to be the person incharge in case of his absent.

    Please those running up and down that Riek is not good,will regrete in the near futur when he will be ruling the south.

    Have you see when he came to Khartoum there is more voilent carringv out.
    Any you contouis in that way with your blind Kiir,time is coming to need the director( Dr.Riek).

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  • 11 December 2009 04:05, by Kenyang


    After all these long decades of war, one hopes South Sudanese would finally put nonsense behind....

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    • 11 December 2009 20:52, by mack waweru

      It’s imperative to affirm that Gatwech made the point for those who don’t know how systems work. Good point at least for today.

      Mack Awer

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