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Eastern Equatoria state donates hundreds of bulls to the SPLA


June 18, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s state of Eastern Equatoria has contributed hundreds of bulls to the national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), in response to calls to assist the military as tension on the young country’s northern border with Sudan continues.

The two nations fought a brief border war in March and April this year over the disputed oil region of Heglig or Panthou. Both nations launched nationwide recruitment and mobilisation campaigns to prepare for the event of a return to full-scale war.

A 2005 peace deal allowed South Sudan the right to secede just over a year ago.

South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, formed the National Mobilization Committee under the chairmanship of his deputy, Riek Machar Teny, to mobilise human and material resources as well as morale support to the SPLA following the border clashes.

The clash over the disputed oil-rich area resulted in South Sudan’s army (SPLA) capturing and occupying Heglig for ten days.

The SPLA’s Division Four in Unity State, under the command of General James Gatduel Gatluak, said that they managed to dislodge 25,000 troops of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) from the area.

When the SPLA withdrew they claim to have taken over 120 vehicles captured from SAF. Juba says it retreated due to international pressure. Khartoum claims that it forced the SPLA to withdraw.

Although the fighting has stopped and negotiations have resumed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the two parties have continued to mobilise their populations for any eventuality.

On Monday the Governor of Eastern Equatoria state, Louis Lobong Lojore, reported his state’s first phase of contribution to the SPLA in Juba to the Vice President, Riek Machar.

Eastern Equatoria has given the military 397 bulls, two camels, 168 goats and sheep and 233,000 South Sudanese Pounds (around $87,000) as well as hundreds of sacks of various food items.

Governor Lobong also informed the Vice President, who was also accompanied to the inspect the donated bulls on the outskirts of Juba town by the deputy minister of defense and veterans affairs, Majak Agoot, that thousands of young men in his state were ready to join the army.

Machar commended the state for the contributions, which he immediately handed over to the accompanying minister of commerce, industry and investment, Garang Diing Akuong, who is the chairman of the country’s logistics committee.

He also urged the people of Eastern Equatoria to do business in livestock by supplying Juba, situated in neighbouring Central Equatoria State, with meat. The Vice President also encouraged Eastern Equatoria to promote agricultural activities.


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  • 19 June 2012 07:27, by BM Bol

    Well done by the people of Eastern Equatoria.

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    • 19 June 2012 11:21, by zulu

      You see, one Northerner has been saying that the south is very hungry for food. this example by ees speaks for itself that the south is very rich. the moral is high and the people are ready to enforce their right to soverignty an dignity.

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  • 19 June 2012 07:36, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    Bravo LOJORE!





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  • 19 June 2012 07:49, by Thorbanat

    Dear Readers,
    The future of South Sudan lies holistically to the youth but some of the youth are hostage and prisoners of the conscience because they are bunch of dependence. They adore and glorify their goons because they are lazy and only know to stay with their relatives. Today you find them loitering begging and relying on their relatives. The war was entirely fought in Eastern Equatoria.

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    • 19 June 2012 08:03, by Xeno

      ....and now

      It is time for the rest of Equatorians people to realize that LIVESTOCKS, more specifically COWS are essential parts of our economy. So do not mock Dinka, Nuer or Murle when they talk about cows.

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  • 19 June 2012 08:37, by Madina Tonj

    Good job Eastern Equatorian, even though civilians were strongly against SPLA during the struggle, but when the peace agreement came out positive then, they turns to be pro-SPLA/SPLM. Eastern Equator State vote 98% on separation which is a good thing unlikely to Western Equatorian when majority did refused not to show up the polling stations.

    I want to thanks you for being a pro-SPLA keep up

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  • 19 June 2012 09:56, by thokpiny de Deng de Thokpiny

    Every one can contribute his /her own way.Who cannot find can use bulls to fight and who can fight Arab can use his gun

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  • 19 June 2012 11:35, by LOJUBA

    it is not alone with cows we can liberate our remaining territories, some of you doesn’t understand the meaning of nationalism . how come you poisons the nation u said it urs, shame on member of $4 USD , you love this nation becs of its resources , they will never liberate un resources Territory of this country, MONEY LOVERS GO TO HELL. Good Job all SOUTH SUDANESE

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  • 19 June 2012 14:43, by Peter Malith

    Thanks a lot Mr East Governor for your support to the SPLA soldiers. Keep it up and Amighty God shall bless you among the Ten state Ggovernors.
    Meassage to my colleagues please don`t devert the articles in wrong manners, If you are told by your weak politicians who doesn`t where are heading.The youth is the backborn of this Country and if you commenting like youth who never affected the war.

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  • 19 June 2012 22:10, by Born-to-Rule

    Eastern Equatoria state should be commended/praise for job well done. Eastern Equatoria is a very good example of good government, and the other 9 states should follow in it’s foot steps. This is an impressive of a leadership. Equatorians are leading the entire/new nation intellectually in logical/critical thinking, you all need to learn from them.

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    • 20 June 2012 00:18, by allan

      guys enought is enought what happen b4 is ok dont be hate we dinkas we forgive everybody who did us wrong and thanks to our brothers in eastern equatoria for the job
      one love ya GOD BLESS ROSS

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