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Peace talks in Jonglei’s Pibor county stall after ambush kills 3 people


By John Actually and Thon Philip Aleu

October 5, 2010 (BOR) - Authorities in Pibor county of Jonglei state say efforts to bring peace between a rebelling army general and the southern government have stalled after an attack that killed three people on October 4.

Unknown gunmen killed 3 people, including 2 policemen, and injured three others in an ambush on a boat travelling between Gumuruk and Pibor on October 4, according to the county’s commissioner Akot Mazee.

The Pibor commissioner told Sudan Tribune by phone that the motor boat carrying 7 civilians and 8 policemen left Gumuruk at 3pm and were attacked 6pm.

"The attackers escaped without any casualties", said the commissioner.

As well as two policemen, a woman was killed in the attack, leaving behind her four-month-old baby and her seven-year-old daughter who is still missing.

Although there is so far no evidence as to who carried out the attack, the commissioner accused the forces of renegade David Yauyau, of assaulting the boat.

“The attack was meant to destroy the peace talk between the government of South Sudan and Yauyau at Kurnyang”, he said.

According to the commissioner, peace talks between the Yauyau and the Government of Southern Sudan are currently in progress at Kurnyang to “iron out” some burning issues.

Mazee, says that a small boat heading to Gumuruk from Pibor headquarters came under fire at about 6pm local time on Monday at the time peace talk between local leaders and David Yauyau was under way in Kurnyang.

David Yauyau took up arms against the government of Southern Sudan in May 2010 after refusing to accept election defeat for a state assembly seat. Yauyau, from the Murle ethnic group in Pibor

"I’m not sure whether Kurnyang will be peaceful for [peace] talks," Mazee told radio Jonglei on Tuesday in reference to the venue of negotiation with Yauyau men.

In September 2010, Southern Sudan army spokesman announced that reconciliation were underway in Pibor.

"The local authorities in Pibor County (Joglei state) have started peace talks with David Yauyau," said the official spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Major General Kuol Diem Kuol at the time.

However, commisioner-Mazee told radio Jonglei on Tuesday that the latest incident cast doubt on the Pibor peace talks.

"I’m not sure whether Kurnyang will be peaceful for [peace] talks," he said in reference to the venue of negotiation with Yauyau men.

As southern Sudanese prepare for referendum, insecurity remains a challenge to peaceful conduct of the voting processes.


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  • 7 October 2010 03:32, by Ahmed Chol

    Thon Aleu,

    You are a good reporter but you need to polish your writing, why do you repeat the same message over and over again in this article? That is redundant. What is displayed here on this website is available to the whole world, I don’t know if you know that.

    • 7 October 2010 06:39, by Gatwech

      Philip Thon Aleu,

      When did David Yauyau become a soldier and even rising to the rank of a General in the army within the last four months?

      Previous reports about him indicated he was simply a civilian trying to contest for parliamentary seat. He was not a soldier and had no rank, let alone promoting him as a General.

      Please it is important for you to maintain quality information in order to have credibility.

      David Yauyau has never been a General in his lifetime and may take him 20 years to get there.

      Don’t overexaggerate the weight of troublemakers in your Jonglei state. We only know of George Athor Deng as a rebelled Lt. General in the army.

      You will be spoiling the credibility of the Sudantribune reports if you misinform readers. Just an advice!

  • 7 October 2010 03:51, by junub


    I also do not think peace in Kurnyang would blossomed any good results since the militia leader, Yauyau, seemed to do not wants the people of Pibor to stay in harmony.

    This peace actually would have been great return back chance for he Yauyau and his thugs into normal life, than to dwell in hiding and running.

    It looks like Yauyau had chosen fighting over peace in this boat ambushing while in the mid of talk.

    To his head up, we will not refused either one; peace or bleeding if Yauyau forced us to.

    • 7 October 2010 09:21, by Dauson Gieth

      Thon Aleu,

      YauYau is not a general, besides, there isn’t any place in Pibor County called Kurnyang; but there only exists Lokurnyang; opposite Pibot town, across Pibor River.

      Pibor Local authorities are doing a good job. They have just been reinforced by the prsidential decree which grants YauYau amnesty among other colleagues of his contesting the outcome of April elections.It’s so strange, Originally,The Murle community does not fight with itself, but politics can mess issues up.
      May Peace prevail

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