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South Sudan parliament reacts to rebel Athor’s death


December 22, 2011 (JUBA) - A speaker of South Sudan’s National Assembly on Thursday said it was a “relief” that rebel leader General George Athor, was killed on Monday evening.

The country’s vice president Riek Machar announced on Tuesday that Athor was killed by South Sudan’s army (SPLA) in Morobo County, Central Equatoria State.

Athor’s rebellion began after he failed to become the governor of Jonglei state during elections in 2010, claiming the vote had been rigged in favour of the incumbent.

The vice president said the rebel leader was planning to recruit new fighters into his movement in Central Equatoria State. Machar claims Athor had crossed into South Sudan from the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was killed by a border patrol.

Athor’s rebel movement have vowed to fight on and claim Uganda was involved in his death as he had recently traveled there.

Daniel Awet Akot, an acting speaker of South Sudan’s National Assembly described the killing of the rebel leader as a “relief”, especially to Jonglei and Upper Nile States.

He said the late rebel leader should have responded to the amnesty offered by the country’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit to all the rebel groups in July, when South Sudan gained independence.

“It was good news when many people heard that Athor was finally killed, because his death would not only bring stability to Jonglei State but also to the neigbouring communities from other states affected by the conflict”, Akot told the press in Juba on Wednesday.

The senior member of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) said that killing Athor was the only option left to the government.

“Athor was pardoned three times but rejected so the solution was to kill him because he was a national threat."

The rebel leader had fought with the SPLA/M through two decades of war with north Sudan and had held a ministerial position in the government after self-rule was achieved in 2005.

As a general in the SPLA, Athor was the highest ranked member of the southern military to rebel against the Juba governemnt.

Akot described his former colleague as a “traitor” and warned that there should no forgiveness to those fighting the government. He urged citizens of the world’s newest nation to make 2012 a year of unity.

Nhial Bol, the editor in chief of The Citizen - an English daily - has been among those who have argued that Athor’s death will not bring an end to South Sudan’s rebellions.

In his column on Thursday, Bol said that Athor brought his demise upon himself but warned that it may be hard to encourage the remaining rebels to put down their guns.

Jonglei state official, Garang Dut Kuek a native of Khorfulus - where Athor based his rebellion - said the death of Athor was a just act considering the number of civilians who suffered because of his rebellion.

“We must use lessons learned in these rebellions to address the issue of inclusiveness and informed legal framework that protect freedom and rights of citizens to civic participation in political processes”, Kuek said.

Phillip Thon Leek, a former Jonglei State governor, remarked that in spite of tradition, the news of Athor’s death was received with happiness because his rebellion was hindering the delivery of basic services and implementation of the development projects.


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  • 23 December 2011 07:22, by Oduko

    Athor death will even cause more war in all states, we are all still alive only one man is dead Athor mission will be carried out in years to come we are ready to continue until Sudan is reunite us one people one nation one in spirit.

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    • 23 December 2011 07:30, by SeekingTruth


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    • 23 December 2011 07:52, by Chol A.

      Oduko, if you don’t learn from your leader lesson than fight on and you face this conquences of losing your live again and again but, I know you this message while you are now in exile.

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      • 23 December 2011 08:27, by Sala Gai

        Beloved all reader of sudantribune the rebel is alive and continue as the leader is dead, and we are calling for more united of the movements to continue under the elected leader Mr. Monytul and his second vice Mr. Salah Gai, as the movement should persist to change what is call Government of self service (GOSS)

        bravo Mr.Oduko go ahead with the movement.

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        • 23 December 2011 15:25, by Man manning

          @ Oduko and his likes!!1Unless you want to be like the late American citizen born of Southerners who died with ATHOR and have not achieved his dreams and what took him to AMERICA after all.Be vicious instead of being idiots.

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    • 23 December 2011 07:53, by Chol A.

      Oduko, if you don’t learn from your leader lesson than fight on and you face this conquences of losing your live again and again but, I know you this message while you are now in exile.

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    • 23 December 2011 08:25, by Alier42

      @ Oduko

      you are right,it will be more worse then it was.there will be no retreat until kiir,s goverment is no more.Athor was an individual like any other person ,so in his movement, there are many more people who can fill the gap left by the most tactical military strategist Athor.to the individuals who are relief by Athor death your bad day is yet to come soon not later.

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      • 25 December 2011 06:08, by Runrach

        For those who called Athor death as a relief are true liars and current leadership adorners . They should know that before Athor took an arm there were so many rebels within Southern Sudan especially in Junglei State a part from other States. Be inform that his death will not bring permenant peace but more chaos. Relax and make sure your death is at the corner. Let those betrayals rejoice.

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    • 23 December 2011 09:00, by Apolloos


      What are you fighting for? if you guys were not stupid, how you rebel against a government that semi autonomous not a republic like today. you carries no and national agenda to address but simply leadership greed. watch out other, otherwise Athor is gone and you will be the next

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    • 23 December 2011 10:41, by Morthon Akol

      My dear friend, do you think that Sudan will be reunite againt to be a one country? I myself i’am not working but am free. So what are you fighting for? you can put it forward and see the reaction of people of Southern Sudan.

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    • 23 December 2011 14:01, by Waucity

      Our leaders are celebrating death...What is this again? I order that Athor be given a proper burial in memory of his hard work during the civil war...Thanks

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      • 23 December 2011 22:57, by Wen De David Kuol

        Dear Wau City,

        Gen. Athor doesn’t deserve Respectful Burial< I blame our Mother Army SPLA Border patrol to keep good o dealing with all Rebellion,Even if Riek Machar to them, He will laso be kill like the way he have order Killings of Greater Bor Civilians to tople Garang. Who is enjoying South Sudan, Only Riek and his COunterpart.

        Athor should have been Buried in Jungle of Western avoid fur

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    • 23 December 2011 15:36, by mon-mandhal

      Maburuka ! Hon.Awetid and the likes mps who took bold to expressed this accepted opinions about the death of traitor Athor who was trying to bring down the elected gov,t without reason for fight. Back to his supporters.It seems that your ill-minded of gatism ( rebellions ) made u foregot how your man was shortly brought to an end. The SPLA will countineu using this methods to elimite u one by on

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    • 23 December 2011 15:36, by Man manning

      Fuck every single species that is mourning Athor’s death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not unless his(ATHOR) indecisive WIFE and CHILDREN.

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    • 23 December 2011 23:37, by Stephen kuach

      killing is not a justifable way of law,why killing someone like George Athor when there’s a laws?

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  • 23 December 2011 07:40, by Alagaya

    To my brother: Nhial Bol. Alwaly he is hopless man.He can not even truth his own butt.If you do not like the Governtment please go to Apuk, and form your own rebel please.I know you not happy for Athor death,however, you need to shut up.Please come back to Luonyaker or Lietnhom and let go for fishing. Do not just sit in Juba, and sell the rubbish News pepars.
    Anyway have Happy Xmas! Mr.animal!

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    • 23 December 2011 08:44, by Madingthith


      Thank so much brother your observations are good and to the point, Nhial Bol in all his articles on the side of any rebels in South Sudan is always supportive. I don,t know where he was when Nuer/Kerubino rebels captured Lietnhom and killed Gengdit Salva Mathok,s father.

      He should have to declared himself rebel if he still wanted to feed vultures with his corpse. Thank ALAGAYA BRAVO

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    • 23 December 2011 09:41, by onlysonmabi

      To readers please it good to comment on the artical not anyhow,you people you don’t like the person who can tell the true Nhial Bol always tell the trues,Nhial is from warrap but he is not happy inhow the GOSS do the things

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    • 23 December 2011 17:33, by Zeki

      You guys, don’t misqouted journalist, you are the cause of every problems to media.
      Nhial Bol is not supporting any rebel, but telling the trust

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  • 23 December 2011 07:50, by kolongnyantuet

    Yes, it’s a relief to the people of Jonglei state. But my question is; what are your plans put forward to curb their attacks on innocent civilians? Remember, you have cut off the head but the tail is still wagging. Stop bragging in juba while civilians are being killed by this group of criminals.

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    • 23 December 2011 08:10, by Oduko

      Athor was a great Idol for peace that could have last forever but now SPLA have chose war than lets be it, All I know Juba will be capture with a weeks and we will be Quickly recognize bu international community and rest of world key players and new fair elections will take place as well as new constitution ... Athor wasn’t a leader was chose to lead war wing of sslm thats all.

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  • 23 December 2011 08:05, by ngenyic

    Naag de Jorgi Athor abi koc peeel!!!

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    • 23 December 2011 08:37, by Madingthith


      Yin manh nyigat te cin yin jal ya jam keya, Nak Mony mor acin ran bi kang peel junub thudan yic eten.

      Na kuc rot loi ke yin abi cin nor Athor ye ninka.

      Muok yinhom apath muordit SPLA aguac wek e ruon

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      • 23 December 2011 09:10, by ngenyic

        Madingthith, moor amok! raan e ben abi peel. gol atar aler buor, acin raan ci bi peel. ling ke je gua!

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        • 23 December 2011 17:49, by Zeki

          there is two thing that you can be able to know who killed and who are his rebel that will take over.

          1. where he get that fake passport from kenya gov
          2. when did he leave in his HQs? and who pick him with helicofter? and where?

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        • 23 December 2011 20:14, by Frank

          Wet yengo guac manh aguec a yen Madingthith ben laat ku madingthith ace lek yic. na wich ka la ten SPLA ba Athor la kony.

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  • 23 December 2011 08:36, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Oduko
    You are stupid enough, why do you wants war to continue in the south? All your comments are baseless and useless, fool who accepted himself to be fuck by ARAB because of FOOD

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  • 23 December 2011 08:40, by never

    i am aware that alot of people are getting killed every single day by murile in jonglei, is that coflict also cause by Athor to? people like Athor love s. sudan, the only problem here is that,kiir with his goss administration are stealing money from public and gen Athor is not happy with that kind of behaviors.

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  • 23 December 2011 08:53, by never

    we do know now that kiir Killed Dr. Garang in the same way he kill Gen Athor with his friend museveni. it will never be long before we will said that kiir is a dictator.

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  • 23 December 2011 08:57, by philipdit wol

    Well Done Hon, Daniel Awet. We wish your government that should learn any one which rebel against the new born nation of South Sudan a lesson that he /she will not and never forget let,s another learn from Athor is death.

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  • 23 December 2011 09:27, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Those who are happy with the death of Athor are also traitors.
    He was not killed by the SPLA as it claimed it.
    He died known as hero.

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    • 23 December 2011 09:55, by Alagaya

      @Minyiel come on brother what heros are you claiming here.you killed your people then you want your people to call you heros. Hetler killed so many people,but he was not pronoun to be hero.Athor killed olds and young either Nuer or Dinkas are the same people he wanted to rule. If you do not kill people then for sure we will elected you next election. However we need you home.

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  • 23 December 2011 15:35, by Man manning

    Fuck every single species that is mourning Athor’s death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not unless his(ATHOR) indecisive WIFE and CHILDREN.

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  • 23 December 2011 15:40, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I don’t see the reason why many people are very delightful in the death of General Athor Deng. Is Athor Deng the only person who rebelled in Southern Sudan? How many people rebelled in Southern Sudan and we don’t even talk about them? Nuer people are number one. Did we killed Nuer people in South Sudan? The government of South Sudan is a useless government being ruled by the "glutton people."

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  • 24 December 2011 07:45, by Deng II

    I don’t think cowards army of Kiir can enable to killed Gen.Athor. And that why people like Awet Akot celebrated. Kiir SPLA army are so cowardics when they fight Arabs. You see they run aways like bitches in Jau and left behinds the Payam. They left Abyei to Arab three times,although they equiped more than when we were a rebells, with so many tanks and others big weaponary.

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    • 25 December 2011 09:29, by Roordiordit

      Dear All,
      It is a shock news to heard General Athor Deng Dut’s death for those who know how he was struggle consistently and technical tactics he used during the war for the freedom of southern Sudan.I myself blame GoSS to killed him.He would have been given a strong convenient to come to a country’s table for official impartial investigation.killing VIP is not a resolution to stay peacefully

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