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Confrontation in Rumbek East leaves 3 civilians and 13 SPLA soldiers killed

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By Manyang Mayom

January 2, 2010 (RUMBEK) - Thirteen (13) soldiers belonging to South Sudan’s army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), were killed in the southern part of Akot payam of Rumbek East County of Lakes state, allegedly as part of a revenge attack carried out by pastoralists.

Lakes Governor Daniel Awet (center) consults with police at an emergency meeting in a SPLM hall in Rumbek after soldiers fought with pastoralists on January 1, 2010

Armed civilians yesterday by one account ambushed a lorry which was carrying food to Akot, killing 13 soldiers and wounding 20 others at Makur-Agar. The civilians who attacked the truck took away 20 firearms. This information was relayed by the official SPLA Spokesman Maj-Gen. Kuol Deim Kuol.

"We are sending in more reinforcement troops to Lakes state. We must disarm those civilians by all means," said Kuol.

However, local sources described the January 1st confrontation as beginning on the premises of the house of Paramount Chief Dut Malual Arop. Community leaders denied the statement of Kuol saying that the community was resisting disarmament.

Chief Sahwat Malual Arop confirmed that 3 civilians were killed on the premises of the house of the paramount chief, while 4 sustained injuries in an attack that he said was organized by SPLA soldiers.

According to the account of Chief Sahwat Malual, the soldiers arrived at Chief Dut Malual’s house located at Makur-Agar. However, Chief Dut was in at his house’s birth-room. When the soldiers found youth playing a traditional game under a tree, they immediately started firing at youth killing 2 brothers.

Chief Malual said "All the houses around Akot were burned down by soldiers - what is the matter? – is this government loyal to protect her civilians? Communities’ properties are burnt down and looted by soldiers. Those soldiers are having a different agenda against the community".

An angry youth member told Sudan Tribune that "those who are sent by SPLA headquarters to disarm our youth in Lakes state are militia groups — they are not well trained soldiers. They are from Division 5, all of whom are Nuer tribesmen who fought badly with us during Dr. Riak Machar’s defection in 1991".

"Nuer usually loot our cattle across Lakes state and our state government orders us to return back their looted cows but Nuer natives do not return back our cows that they have looted," said the youth member. However, the SPLA spokesman dismissed this tribal designation, saying "There are no tribal soldiers in South Sudan; all in Division 5 are SPLA soldiers".

In an earlier clash in the same payam last Monday, December 28, two SPLA platoons fought a three-hour gun battle with forces loyal to the same chief, resulting in the deaths of five soldiers and two or three pastoralists.

Colonel Mou Wol Lueth, who led the SPLA Division 5 soldiers in that engagement, faced censure from members of the state SPLM Liberation Council in a meeting on January 1 chaired by the governor. Some called for the arrest of the colonel, known as Muoranyar.

The colonel, who was wounded in the fighting, is hospitalized and could not be reached by Sudan Tribune. Last month, Muoranyar clashed with Yirol West County Commissioner Agok Manyiel Dhieu when the latter claimed to have discovered that his SPLA forces looted some cows.

Lakes state leadership under Governor Daniel Awet Akot at the emergency meeting on the night of January 1, 2010 failed to come to a decision. But some voices on the 51-member council were calling for immediate withdrawal of Division 5 forces in Akot to be replaced by "SPLA soldiers loyal to the community".

Liberation Council members blamed two of the soldiers in the killing of the civilians, calling for their arrest along with Colonel Mou Wol Lueth. Commenting in the forum, Governor Awet said "If I was appointed as SPLA chief of general staff, I would have dismissed all generals in the SPLA armed forces and that was the cause the president declined to appoint me".

But the officer in charge of the operations department at the Akot military barracks, SPLA Brigadier Stephen Nhial Gatduel, told the Liberation Council members that “We are for you, the people of Southern Sudan. All those organized SPLA forces are under the command of Lt-Gen Daniel Awet Akot. The civil authority are upper class in ruling us — there is no way that we can separate army from civilian because they coexist."

Brigadier Gatduel also insinuated, however, that the county commissioner of Rumbek East was to blame for not having cooperated with the military. That commissioner was reportedly absent from the county when the clashes occurred.

A curfew is imposed from 9:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., according to an emergency announcement over state radio by the governor.

(ST)

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  • 3 January 2010 03:13, by Dinka Boy

    This incident is too dangerious.
    The death of SPLA and the civilians is the greater loss in the South.

    • 3 January 2010 03:42, by wang

      Pray for those 13 soldiers who lost their life in behave to make South to be better place for us.
      Those armed civilians must be bring to justice and if that was on article true. SPLM/A was used untrained people to disarms another civilians, our government is sick.

      • 3 January 2010 03:48, by really sudanese

        what do you mean untrain, people nuer soldier mean it, nuer poeple can live without killing innocent people, am happy that my equatoria people live in peace i hope nuer tribe don’t practices tradition in equatoria. nuer law had already been cut accross their forehead.

        • 3 January 2010 05:01, by Gatwech

          Manyang Ma-whatever,

          Your reports are always bias. Why do you have to always associate whatever evil that happens in Lakes state to Nuer?

          It is clear that it was the civilians who first attacked the soldiers on January 1st 2010 celebrating the new year in that violent way. And the soldiers attacked were not Nuer even their commander (Colonel)was from Dinka. Read it below in your own sentence, or do you think we don’t know Dinka names?

          "Colonel Mou Wol Lueth, who led the SPLA Division 5 soldiers in that engagement, faced censure from members of the state SPLM Liberation Council in a meeting on January 1 chaired by the governor. Some called for the arrest of the colonel, known as Muoranyar."

          Again it was the civilians who attacked the SPLA truck killing 13. So the two incidents were caused by the civilians surprising attacking the SPLA soldiers. Now wait when the SPLA will retaliate if you resist the forced disarmament after your community’s criminal acts twice.

          Again, the fact that the Nuer are the majority in the SPLA forces should not be a worry at all to you. And also don’t mistaken your Agaar Dinka soldiers from your community for Nuer soldiers. You know that the Agaar have also adopted the Nuer facial marks and you would never know their difference with the Nuer. So please don’t segregate the SPLA soldiers. The Nuers among the forces may be many but they are SPLA. Yes, I know that the overall General who commands the whole Division 5 in Lakes state is a Nuer but the forces he commands are not doing the Nuer interest but the interest of the SPLA.

          It is unfortunate that Rumbek opened the new year celebration with killings of soldiers. This marks the 2010 a very bad year for the state.

          • 3 January 2010 05:24, by Dinka Boy

            There are some fools always attacking me when telling the truth aganist Nuer.
            Now can you see the comment of Gatwech????.

            • 3 January 2010 23:12, by Majang

              Brothers you need to come down from poverty,and violences iam still wandering whether there will be forgiveness between the Dinkas and the Nuer.it sometimes couses me in to hard time prayer and pasting,"so we must have peace amoung our selves.the SPLA contains not only Nuer or Dinkas or Epuotorians but,all Southern Sudanese.and the fact that Nuer are majority in SPLA dose not means they are under their own will of freedom rather than the freedom of Southerners,and olso civilian must be disarmed I heard that before that so many of Nuer lou,Bor,and murle are being disarmed,than why are the Rumbek east are stil not disarmed?this Triblism between the two big Elephan must come to an end.or elles it will delays our development.man out of trible.

              • 4 January 2010 02:00, by Dinka Boy

                Majang,

                Astupid person can not hide. He/She can be known by words.
                Your contradiction of words saying that Nuer are Majority in SPLA is abig lie,and that make you to be among Nuer who were born empty and will die empty for ever.
                Idiot Majang SPLA shut ur anal.

                • 4 January 2010 06:05, by Majang

                  Dinka boy you re on the wrong person here son.pliz let me warn you son of bich,your such a bloodyfool only born of slaves Dinkas. people like you will never say the true about you liel lual jang you poor minded and poor people called themselves dinkas why is your cilvlian killing the SPLA Soldiers thinking they are Nuer is that not your stupidness of Dinkatism?people like you dinka boy were surpose not be born.you surpose to be avotioned by your ungly puss mother who are bussy giving birth like cochraches with corrup Dinkas triblistic coward society called dinkas.if you ever insult me here.you liel lual boy.this demonic dinka boy will vers me you won`t like you stupid satanic minded.

          • 3 January 2010 06:20, by really sudanese

            gatweet SORRY TO SAY THIS YOUR NUER PEOPLE ARE THE ONE THAT ARE DISTROYING SOUTH SUDAN COOMMMUNITY, SO EVERY THING TO DO WITH KILLING INNOSENT PEOPLE LOUR NUER OR NUER IN GENERAL ARE GOOD AT THAT.
            NUER MOST DANGEROUS VIRUSE IN JUNUB SUDAN, KILL OVER ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE A YEAR

            • 3 January 2010 07:01, by Kim Deng

              Coward Jaang/Slaves,

              You’re damn right, there is no any single community across Sudan let alone South Sudan which can confront the Mighty Nuer Warriors in Warfields. If you mess up with Kings of Jungle, you’re risking your own life and it must be in danger.

            • 3 January 2010 07:08, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

              This is the problem I am crying day and night. Insecurity has become our worse threat in South Sudan. Government of South Sudan must ensure that police force are distributed among the hostile borders. This must be done before we finish ourselves. Without security we will never come to unity and peace for 100 years I swear. This issue must not be taken too personal that my community or tribe has been accounted responsible, its the matter of security to your tribe and my tribe, to yourself and to myself. Lets get out of tribal comments brothers and sisters. Advising the government to provide safety to my people is the only solution that we must focus on. This attitude of denying the facts and supporting the evil is the main cause of long term suffering in South Sudan. It seem like separation or whatsoever we are crying for will not make a different from what we going through right now. However the truth will be seem after separation.

              New Year Message

              Time for tribalism has gone, 2010 is not a time to generalise tribe or community instead of one person. It is time to focus on the real issue far from tribal criticism, political party criticism, leaders criticism, and very far from abuses or insults. We should also debate far from abuses of any single commenter on ST forum, to myself I want to be a man of tolerance, peace, responsbility, respect, love, unity and courage . It is time to get serious and work for the betterment of my nation South Sudan (New name). For now lets start new year with fresh mind and positive ideas that will improvement the managment of South Sudan, childish comments must be ignored without reply. This is my new year message to ST viewers, contributors, pseuds, readers and editor. Happy new year, all the best for life at mama suksuk hotels, Juba city, South Sudan.

          • 3 January 2010 16:23, by mack waweru

            Yes Gatwech,

            There is a problem with this reporter. He always contradicts himself. He is not sincere in his profession as a journalist.
            We don’t have SPLA of Nuer, Dinka or any tribe in South Sudan, but militias as of this traditional chief called Dut Malual. This man must face justice for killing so many SPLA personels.
            We cannot fathom to dwell with people who kill SPLA soldiers. These are modern LRA in central south Sudan and they have to be dealt with harsly.

            Mack Awer

      • 3 January 2010 04:09, by Dinka Boy

        Those SPLA in Division5 are well trained,and those were the one who were fighting mostly in Juba, Torit,and the rest of Equatoria areas. Perhaps those soldiers who came with Matip Nhial are not well trained.
        Additionally, if those were from Division8, i would have agree that some of them were not well trained.
        Thanks

        • 3 January 2010 04:17, by wang

          Thank you for clear that out. Some people like Real Sudanes was jumped out of conclusion.

    • 3 January 2010 03:43, by really sudanese

      never trust nuer soldier in south sudan,nuer tribe are most people that are disturbing south sudan community.

      every good thing in south sudan nuer are opposite. nuer are south sudanese disease(hiv aid).

      • 3 January 2010 03:55, by The Best Generation

        Realy Dinka and the Biased reporter never bring your nuer phobic atitude in public.

      • 3 January 2010 03:58, by MAN OF FACTS

        It’s great sorrow and great loss to our fellows southern Sudanese to killed themselves in this way.May almighty God rest the soul of late and comfort the families of victim.

        It is shame on SPLA to deployed untrained soldiers in any devision.

        Thanks

        MAN OF FACTS

      • 4 January 2010 06:37, by Majang

        that mean we are your husband since we are more than a conquerer of all time.Nuer oyeeee.

    • 3 January 2010 03:46, by The Best Generation

      This is a tragic NCP Malitia men to try the South Sudan Army,once again on the eve of the new year like what it was last year in Malakal? What a confused genration?

      • 3 January 2010 04:46, by Achiek Alier Jr

        Dear readers,

        This is absolutely unacceptable behaviour for the civilians to attacked the government’s SPLA at first hand, the very army that will defend them as i see the war looming due to the bad spirit of enemy in implementing the peace.

        People of Lake has now bcame a well known mad dog in South Sudan, the notion of saying that, the soldiers were predomnantly a Nuer ethnic tribe is bullshit, Nuers are SPLA, and are there to defend the cause of South Sudan if am not wrong.

    • 3 January 2010 10:13, by Sala Gai

      Dear SPLA

      Effectual this is not the right time for disarmament the civilian we are still with Southern who are Arab in heart so i will not support the move that SPLA made is un true to done in it right time.

      Bravo my Civilian

    • 3 January 2010 15:05, by Frak Cho

      Dear Manyang Mayom,

      Your report lack some curcial information on how the war came about between the SPLA soldiers and civilians.

      Also your report indicates as if Paramount Chief Dut Malual was the one who organised the fight, and that sounds very bad and that’s a betroyal of the civilians in the expense of soldiers.

      Please, as a professional reportor, varify your collections before you post it.

  • 3 January 2010 04:40, by murlescrewed

    Looks like these soldiers are indeed untrained since they lost many of their colleagues to civilians. That is a shame. SPLA should be taken out of the equation and a paramilitary unit put together to do disarmament.

    • 3 January 2010 05:05, by understanding

      I have to say the soilders why the attack people too!!!

      • 3 January 2010 05:15, by Gatwech

        Murle Screwed,

        Your comment blaming the soldiers for losing alot of their colleagues shows that you have never been a soldier in your life. My friend, ambushing a force in a truck always results to such losses. Even the well trained American soldiers lose so many in such attacks.

        What do you expect well trained soldiers to do when they are surprisingly attacked by RPGs and AK-47 from road sides while they are packed in one truck? Would they dodge bullets?

        You have NEVER been a soldier, dude...

        • 3 January 2010 06:31, by murlescrewed

          Riek’s little househelp,

          It is irrelevant whether I have ever been a soldier or not. What is clear from this incident is that the soldiers should have done their intelligence and know what they were expected to encounter. Soldiers should be prepared at all times. But for the sake of my respect for SPLA as a whole, I extend my condolences to those who were lost in this senseless clash.

          It is a learning experience for the SPLA as a whole and caution will be exercised in the future.

      • 3 January 2010 05:33, by Dinka Boy

        Mr Understanding,

        The SPLA did not attack civilian,but they were trying to disramed the civilians because of the frequent killing behaviors in the states. You can see from the death number of SPLA VS Civilians.
        It,s rare for SPLA to die in this number even during the South-North war. It means that Soldiers were attacked by Civilians.
        Thanks

      • 3 January 2010 20:03, by Aarai Baka

        one question, are these civilian fighting with SPLA soldiers militian or what? I have refered this question to the fighting taking place between Dinka Bor vs Mundari,Murle vs Dinka bor, dinka Bor vs Nuerlou. because the called Mundari militian loyal to Clement Wani,Nuerlou loyal to Riak Machar, Murle loyal to Ismeal Kenyi. who are these Agaar loyal to? are they going to be called militian or traitor?

    • 3 January 2010 05:43, by Dinka Boy

      Soldiers who came with Matip Nhial are not well trained, and some from Division8 are not well trained. Thanks

      • 3 January 2010 06:41, by World Maker

        If they were not well trained, why they defeated Dinka some years ago before CPA? Do not lie

        World Maker

        • 3 January 2010 06:49, by Dinka Boy

          World Maker,

          Please stand firm as nuer but don,t deny it latter that you are from equatoria. I knew this before.
          When did they defeat Dinka.
          SPLA composed of Dinka,Nuba, Mabaan, and few equatorians were fighting two enemies; Arab North and Nuer but all of them did not do anything at all to SPLM.
          See you guys create major destruction to Lou nuer because everything living was killied at that time.
          What is the defeat you talking about? where your alike consult khartoum and be the collusion forces but SPLM defeat them to death.
          Thanks

          • 3 January 2010 07:03, by World Maker

            Dinka Boy,

            Please, I don’t talk to such creatures like you Dinka who have no brain.

            By World Maker,

            • 3 January 2010 08:00, by Dinka Boy

              Mr world maker,

              The only think that will help me to respect you is to tell the truth to Southerners. Ok!
              If you keep jumping up and down like dog whose tail has been cut ,then i will tell you the truth because i don,t lie.
              Please tell the true.

        • 3 January 2010 08:08, by Gabriel K

          World Maker i think you did not understand the word defeat itself, who join who?.did Dinka join Nuer or Nuer join Dinka.I guess if you were the one who have that victory there will be no another tribe in southern Sudan who can say anything about south. By the way my condolence goes to families who lost their love one, may their soul rest in peace.

  • 3 January 2010 05:04, by Akot Deng

    it is not a matter of training but it is the issue of hostility by the citizens in that locality and you should remember that SPLA is not consisting one tribe

    • 3 January 2010 05:28, by man of sudan

      I greed with those who said it is not matter of training but matter of God sake if the Southern Sudanese Soldiers start abusing civilians, they should defending themselves from attacking their village for no reason, this lawless country should know which one is right and which one is not,as iam man of Sudan i gave civilans their right of killing those dumb soldiers with their ampty minded and their leader AWAT AKOT, for those 14 soldiers and 3 civilians who lost their life rest in peace.

  • 3 January 2010 05:07, by Gatwech

    Dear readers,

    Journalist Manyang’s reports are always bias and unprofessional. Why do you (Manyang Ma-whaever) have to always associate whatever evil that happens in Lakes state to Nuer? Yes, every body knows that Division 5 in Central Bahr el Ghazal (Lakes state up to the HQrs Ramkel) is commanded by a Nuer general in the SPLA. But does this give you the right to associate every thing with Nuer as a tribe?

    It is clear that it was the civilians who first attacked the soldiers on January 1st 2010 as the civilians were celebrating the new year in that violent way. And the soldiers attacked were not Nuer even their commander (Colonel)was from Dinka. Read it below in your own sentence, or do you think we don’t know Dinka names?

    "Colonel Mou Wol Lueth, who led the SPLA Division 5 soldiers in that engagement, faced censure from members of the state SPLM Liberation Council in a meeting on January 1 chaired by the governor. Some called for the arrest of the colonel, known as Muoranyar."

    Again it was the civilians who attacked the SPLA truck killing 13. So the two incidents were caused by the civilians surprising attacking the SPLA soldiers. Now wait when the SPLA will retaliate if you resist the forced disarmament after your community’s criminal acts twice.

    Again, the fact that the Nuer are the majority in the SPLA forces should not be a worry at all to you. And also don’t mistaken your Agaar Dinka soldiers from your community for Nuer soldiers. You know that the Agaar have also adopted the Nuer facial marks and you would never know their difference with the Nuer. So please don’t segregate the SPLA soldiers.

    The Nuers among the forces may be many but they are SPLA. Yes, I know that the overall General who commands the whole Division 5 in Lakes state is a Nuer but the forces he commands are not doing the Nuer interest but the interest of the SPLA.

    It is unfortunate that Rumbek opened the new year celebration with killings of soldiers. This marks the 2010 a very bad year for the state. The soldiers must be ordered to carry out a well organized forced disarmament to these armed groups of civilians and any resistance must be met with full force. 2010 is already too bad!!!

    • 3 January 2010 07:10, by murlescrewed

      Riek’s little househelp,

      Nuer do not make up majority in th SPLA. This is a dream that is not supported by fact. Nuer make up only 20% of the South population and Dinka about half of the population. There is no way that Nuer would make up more than 20% in the SPLA. Some of the tribal forces were not fully incorporated. Only a tiny percentage. Additionally, SPLA was over 80% Dinka during the war and has stayed relatively overwhelmingly Dinka even after partial incorporation of the forces. I know people with access to numbers and so don’t try to mislead people.

      But again you are known for your exaggerations and lies.

      On top of that, SPLA soldiers cannot act outside their orders. If the commander-in-chief orders the SPLA to attack civilians, then we would expect soldiers to carry it out. I expect that those civilians who took part in the attack would be arrested.

      • 4 January 2010 02:30, by Samson

        Yes you maybe right for the %, but today Dinkas are not popular in army, I know where they are in popularity "Take Money out From GOSS", Murley Are Popular in Stolen "cows, children" And Equatorian are in "drinking and parties" all over Equatoria rob people in Juba and they become LRA with in South.

        So do the math were you fit in.

  • 3 January 2010 05:36, by Oduck Bol

    I told you that those guys are not yet civilized.It is dangerous to let those people to live among you or come to your state,and if you allow them,then result will be like Kenyans innocents,and also do not be surprise. They need fifty years more to be socialize or to be like others southerns.

    They need special training for how to live peaceful with other human being.

    • 3 January 2010 06:56, by World Maker

      Oduck Bol,

      You are talking like a woman who is sucking her husband’s dick. Why don’t you reveal what people you are talking about. You are just a piece of trash.

      By World Maker

  • 3 January 2010 05:41, by Dr.Agany

    THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

    The so call army spokesman should have not released such damaging communique! How can u loss in the ration of 13 professionally trained soldiers to 3 untrained civilians? This is quite negative to reputation of the SPLA as a national army. I know the SPLA department of training and logistics has been working hard to ensure that the force is well trained but yet the skills they acquired is not bearing fruit expected. That could be the waste of time and resources. People are suffering in south sudan in various levels of service because they tightened their belts every year and give more than 40% of national budget to the army, expecting positive signal back but it seems that the investment is at risk, nothing beneficial at all.

    • 3 January 2010 06:33, by Kim Deng

      Folks,

      It’s a matter of giving orders from GoSS to South Sudan armed Forces/SPLA to disarm those criminals who hold guns across the region. If they refuse to relinguish their ruthless activitiese in order to surrender their weapons to the army, destroying/burning down their propertiese inlcuding their lives will be the only last resort.

      Name calling get no room within South Sudan army/SPLA. You better hand out your weapons before it is too late or they will be taken by force without your consent.

      • 3 January 2010 06:57, by Dinka Boy

        Hey Kim Deng,
        Yes, you are right that those civilians wgo want to resisted SPLA must be disramed by all means.

        Can i Please remind you that manipulating the Name of SPLA is fool act. It is not South Sudan armed forces.
        Please stop that manipulation otherwise you little to name our SPLA in your nyagat ideology. This is not also how you name everone as general even in the church. In the church there also general.Wow.

        • 3 January 2010 08:04, by Pandit

          I have been said long time ago that Southern Sudan has two major obstacle need to be addressed. These lunatics lunatics Nuer and Dinka Agar. They are the most Jealous, Stupid and bandits communities wanted to destroy southern image through their greedy thinking. SPLA must work out to eliminates those criminals wether they in the SPLM party or outside.

          • 3 January 2010 08:58, by Wende Yongaptheeth

            This is serious, the so called Paramount chief or paramount thief of this community needs to arrested immedediately and the division 5 force commander be him a general or Colonel got to be Court Marshalled by the SPLA as a military unit.

            What is going on here? How come 13 members of the organized force are butchered by this Agar gangs?

            I stated long time ago that Rumbek was and is a gang-land and somebody attempted to muzzle and silence me. This gang of thieves in Rumbek have to be taught a lesson that they shall never, ever forget. Mj general Kuol Diem Kuol is right to call for reinforcement. Servicemen are not suppose to be butchered by bunches of thugs and criminals if their communities are criminals. Be them Dinkas, Equatorians or Nuer renegates, they do not deserves rights to butcher service men. The SPLA must and should responds appropriately, decisive and with full force and strength.

            • 3 January 2010 09:49, by Mel mosa

              Okay chief Malual should to be investigate throughly. He knows very well where the attack come from.

              Mosa

              • 3 January 2010 15:45, by Ateet Dier

                Dear readers,

                If Chief is to be investigated, then Governor Awet and Mouranyar should also to be investigated. Governor Awet and Mouranyar also know where the attack came from, and more still not by rumors, a young man from Yirol East was removed from the bus in front of Governor Awet and shot dead while his two eyes were wide opened to witness the brutality of the soldiers towards civilian’s population.

                • 3 January 2010 16:52, by mack waweru

                  You are really "guard women" or Ateet Dier, as your name indicates. When did this incident take place? Why nobody reported it that a young man was shot by SPLA soldiers in front of Governor Awet? This community is known for its hostility to SPLM/A since the commencement of the struggle. The community did not contribute ratio to SPLA soldiers during the war. I know this. Even spear armed men use to kill SPLA personels and take their weapons.
                  The illusioned writers who want to divide SPLA on tribal basis should stop this propaganda which is only practised by the enemy.
                  These SPLA are well trained, but since they were ambushed by these beligerent community, they lost such a number. SPLA are number "FIVE" in Africa, with Ethiopia in first position, South Africa, Rwanda,Egypt and SPLA. So, don’t talk of being untrained army. The problem is with this particular civilians of chief Dut Malual who are trigger happy to shot SPLA soldiers. They must pay the price, including "Ateet Dier".
                  Why not call yourself "Ateet Baai? Stop lying man.

                  Mack Awer

                  • 3 January 2010 17:47, by Wed Deng

                    Killing of SPLA and others wounded is extremely crucial and painful to all the southerners. My question is, who gave those pastoralist machine guns?

                    people of Lake state need to be taught a lesson because that incident is not only for today and is not ending. Always absent mined people cannot understand how things are moving. politically Governor of Lake state is among those absent mined because Rumbek is decreasing population of southern sudan while the head of the state is there.

                    Let’s us pray to our almighty God so he can give them thinking capacity.

  • 3 January 2010 17:40, by Daniel Juol Nhomngek Geech

    JOURNALISM IS THE PROFESSION WHICH NEEDS PROFESSIONALS

    I do not blame Manyang Mayom for the contradictory information that he feeds us with, instead, I do blame Hassan, the BBC focus on Africa reporter and presenter who elevated him to that highest position to be the ear and the eye of the society.Manyang has not understood the professional ethics of journalism, which says that a journalist must be impartial and honest in his report. This is not with Manyang Mayom, which not good.

    • 4 January 2010 03:18, by Pee-Funk

      Hey guys they civilians who carrying guns and kill people with it are no longer civilians. SPLA government need to control guns from those civilians in southern Sudan because not everyone can have guns. the reason why there is a lot of killing everyday in southern Sudan is because everybody have guns and that is why violent increasing time to time in southern sudan. suppost soldiers, and policemen should carring guns alone, but not civilians. Killing 13 SPLA soldiers is huge lost to us. this is so sad to our people because killing each other is not good. my prayer goes to those who lost their lives in that attack.

      by Mr. P-funk

  • 4 January 2010 10:36, by Stinging Bee

    All the time things are going wrong in the state of Lakes; specially town of Rumbek. Currently things are at turmoil situation of which no one can reject the reculcitrant of this state. Lakes, in fact of analysis, it is the state of war culture not peace culture. The reason I am putting it that way is because of what I have realized out of the situation it people. If you look at a politician of Rumbek or Lakes he/she full of self-authentication proud of her/his prestige which he/she has gained by birth or bought it with owned money. the heart of the politicians of this State is totally occupied by selfishness and jealous political antigonism; so called citizens and civilians are out of their mind and policies making. In the political behaviors and camps of Lakes state is absolutely in sort of band society gathering. Like the recent inccident of Akot where the soldiers who were deployed there to protect their civilian from an anticipated threat clashed against each other. Protectors and protected fought. Now, to whom is this blame be casted upon? Government of this Lakes State. Because those so called Gelweng is the army without commanders which should command them. It is like body without head. And now the state government has allowed the organized force to be deployed at a place of Raiders calling them civillians.

    So, my caution to the politicians of Lakes state is that you bit the drum of election and put in mind that this time we citizens also called civillian are not playing with you again. No consideration of Kinship any more. Kinship has just turn to Desasterous line. Only competency, effectiveness, insightful and ideal will win.

    • 4 January 2010 13:25, by majook

      Dear everybody,

      what you are talking all will not help,southern sudan.All of you never know what was going on in Rumbek East town of Akot Payam,even that self proclaimed reporter called Manyang Mayom does not know the real problem.

      You are talking of killing the soldiers,do you know why they are killed? They burnt all the homes,market,hospital,school and burnt people alive.Mr Chol Marial,a student from Khartoum university was picked from Akot hosipal and burn him to death.Is that a disarment? after they burnt chol,they rape a pregnant woman till she died later.is it a disarmment?

      As you called yourself true southerners,what type of disarment is this? what type of disarmement that allows the hospital to be burnt down intead to searched it? what type of disarmment that burn somebody alive? what type of disarment that bring all the cows inside a tukul and burnt it?

      you guys are wasting your minutes in media about what you do not in details. Any one of you who is not convience about the facts i told you should see any UNMIS OFFICES and you will know the full stories of AKOT incident.

      The soldiers told Governor Awet,if you don,t go back to Rumbek,we will burn your car now.just ask Governor Awet about the threat he received from that devil army? That army in Akot is NOT SPLA and you will later this arguement.

      I,m sorry for you peaple because all of you are short sight.

      Thanks.

      • 5 January 2010 03:50, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Tribal infiltration SPLA

        SPLA reputation is damaging since it creation by certain tribes of southern sudan and personal interest. SPLA Infiltration by formers Tribal Naath warlord, nondiscipline Militiants enterfering SPLA sucess. Some are the to dismantle SPLA inside.

        Naath People alway thinking of running the Government of Naath with No Monyjang in it. or anyothers Tribes around them. They would be happy if they see Jieng has extinct. But monyjang have right to defense themselves from Undicipline SPLA soldiers who are murdering them. Blood with blood. They are doing thesames thing in UpperNile against with Collo and Arab togethers.

        Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        • 6 January 2010 04:44, by Dakbai

          Dear Luelpiny,

          I appreciate your comment on naath community. It had been posted by one of naath community call peter pal that their promised king Riek will become presidency of Southern Sudan within thirteen months starting two weeks ago. They believe that their only Educated, leader and only king Riek was the one prophesied by the their god ngundeng. So you right they are planning their own government without other southern Sudan tribes.However, this dream will definitely fail if naath community don’t consider other tribes and keep pushing their unwanted king to the eyes of the public. Their writers are always longing for current presidency air crash, but their prays will never be answered this time by Almighty in Heaven. If they wish president bad lu
          ck,then their wishes will turn as bad luck to their beloved king Riek.I have been advising controller, peter pal, Gatwech and other naath citizens to stop tribal segregation but they keep posting messages that diminish other tribes. we will see how they are going to succeed without all southerners. All southerners especially Dinka call them brothers but they keep calling them enemies. I don’t even understand what do naath think can work without other southern tribes. I am still counting thirteen months mentioned by stupid peter pal that his king Riek will be president. And i am certain i will proof his stupidity to all readers after expiration of his expected months. And i wish president Kiir long live and keeping the vision of southern Sudan a live. Eventually, i condemn what happened in Lake state and i am advising government leaders and local leaders to curb the situation. I wish those who lost their lives eternal rest.



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