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South Sudan denies marginalising minority tribes in government


May 18, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan has denied allegations that it is marginalising minority tribes in the government, asserting that those making such claims are individuals acting out of their own interests.

South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin 2 April 2 2012 (Getty)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, South Sudanese minister of information and broadcasting services Barnaba Marial Benjamin described the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – led by president Salva Kiir Mayardit and elected in a 93% landslide - as the “people’s government”.

“It represents all the different faces of our communities. The voices talking about marginalisation are individuals wanting to satisfy their own interest not the interest of those they claim to represent”, he said.

Marial was reacting to claims by the Jonglei-based rebel leader, David Yau Yau, that he is fighting for the creation of an independent state for minority tribes in the region, claiming they have been sidelined at all levels.

In exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday, Yau Yau, who comes from the minority Murle tribe, said the rebel group was fighting for equality for all, including the press.

“Are you now free to write anything about the government? Some of you [journalists] are being killed because of telling our people what you should tell them. This is why you are afraid to talk about corruption, about tribalism, about the deliberate marginalisation of minority tribes in the country, especially in Jonglei”. Yau Yau said, in reference to restrictions on press freedoms in South Sudan.

“We are also fighting for good governance, respect for diversity, adherence to rule of law, respect for human dignity which actually is one of the core values for human rights and development, you name them”, Yau Yau said.

The rebel leader also claimed SPLM’s leadership had buried the values for which the decades-long north-South civil war was fought to win independence from neighbouring Sudan.

“We fought together but now there are people who think they fought the war alone and have decided to isolate others, especially the minority like Murle, the Anyuak, the Jie, and the Kachipo in Jonglei. The same thing is also happening in other states where there are minority tribes. The minority tribes do not have a voice at any level of government”, he said.

“We are fighting for our own freedoms, our rights and we will get it. We will get our own state where can we be represented at will … Our people will choose who they want [as elected representatives] not anybody else”, he added.

Marial has dismissed the assertions made by the rebel leader, saying he is fighting only for his own interests and those of the Murle community.

“I said before, the current government is inclusive. In fact, our people are now complaining that this government is big. They want it to be trimmed. They need small government so that financial resources can be used to support other developmental projects”, he said, adding that Yau Yau’s claims were incorrect and that he is fighting no genuine cause.

“He is fighting because he lost the [2010] election which is [in] his own interest. It does not represent the interest of the majority of the Murle community”. Marial said, describing Yau Yau “as one of those who do not want to see South Sudan emerging as stable, strong, prosperous and viable young nation because they have been overwhelmed with individual interests”.

Marial maintained the Murle community was well-represented in the SPLM, including a number who held sensitive positions.

“The under-secretary of our finance is a Murle. There is a minister at the cabinet level. They are also in the parliament represented in the state parliament and in the executive”, he added.

A former theology student, Yau Yau launched a rebellion against the SPLM after a failed bid to join state parliament in 2010 elections. He later accepted an amnesty offer by Kiir in 2011 to join the South Sudanese army (SPLA), only to rebel again in April 2012.


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  • 19 May 2013 07:40, by Dinkawarrior

    Marginalisation? Yawyaw is ready to go to hell like the rests of traitors. Arab have been using our people for their own benefits but don’t realized it. Yawyaw will like Athor if he needed to continue with such stupid ideas of marginalisation.

    • 19 May 2013 08:17, by julia

      Hey marial ben. David yy become m morw poltizes then ur corrupt government headed by tje drunkard,womanizers,simpleton murderer m wisky adicted kiit mayardit. Dodn,t deny the favt as stated david yy. What of Riweng in unity state ruin beyound marginalisation by mahad hassan taban deng gai.what pf theclaiming of the areas by abyei ? What of killing Baland in decmber last yr by the armu force over

      • 19 May 2013 08:32, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        Hey Julia, National affairs don’t need comments from women like you. Are you wife of Yau Yau or his sister? Please, can you shut the fuck up! Your English is so sour to an extend no one got what you posted but we assumes the meaning. You can not even spell president’s name? Where do you come from? President is called Kiir not Kiit and Ruweng is not Riweng. If you are Yau Yau wife, go to where he i

      • 19 May 2013 08:39, by majok akol

        @julia...... can you pliz talk responsibly,respect the site pliz & talk sense don’t just throw abusive words a child. When will you consider youself a man who talk logic, try to be civilize man.

      • 19 May 2013 08:54, by Gäär

        It would be interesting to get somebody that can marry this prostitute woman called Julia. The bitch has been messing around with men in this forum too much.

        • 19 May 2013 09:38, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

          Gaar, you married such a woman, you can live a miserable life forever my brother. She needs strong men from cattle camps to rap her so that she may come back to her senses.

          • 19 May 2013 10:35, by julia

            the dog bark while the camel goes! it is queer to tainted my valedictorian comment on kiir gover,m by his valet guys in this forum. folks all what u said against me re trash, mule, muck owl obscene as wel as treason. David YY is a Hero the day. pls gentle teach those marons, thief insect SPLM under drunkers leadership a lession. marial is most hoaxing, held ur hilt tightly.

            • 19 May 2013 10:50, by julia

              con.. Kiir kuethpiny ve put s.sudan into a state of pandemonium which will put pockmark scare s.sudan once he left.u message it sound plaintive to some valet treason within SPLM but mine less about those dachshund in kiir complex. Sharpen ur dagger much more, come 2015 Riek machar will ur deputy in the jungle. S.sudan is undaunted to her own citizens .

        • 19 May 2013 23:00, by panom lualbil

          HEY GAAR? I know Julia bcse he commented here b4 that he’s a MAN, doh! Why did you flirt at your brother, dude? I know arabs spoiled NUEEERS bcse they all fled into KHARTOUM with their junky leaders whenever spla defeated them.

    • 19 May 2013 14:54, by Diversity

      Not a Marginalization of one section/tribe or any thing alone. It is a cruel treatment for innocent citizens.

  • 19 May 2013 08:15, by panda

    Welldone Marial Yau Yau fighting his fellow countrymen has no based,as I know very well was 2010 election which has nothing to do Murle been marginalised the position is been held by one of his trible men not Dinka or nor other tribles including Nuer as he always said.There is begining and the ending one day Yau Yau you will fall on SPLA hand whether you like or not you will be find & bro to justi

  • 19 May 2013 08:18, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

    What a paradox, Yau Yau claims to be fighting for the rights of minority tribes while in the other hand he is killing civilians from murle, Anuak (Anyuak, Kachipo and other citizens from Jonglei. I don’t blames Yau Yau because theology has its own effects once not furthered to higher level. He is a mad man and no normal man can support his primitive ideology. South Sudan belong to all of us.

    • 19 May 2013 08:57, by Chol

      Lat Dak, that’s an excellent point; I couldn’t agree more.

      • 19 May 2013 09:30, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        Thanks bro, chol.

  • 19 May 2013 08:32, by cbuongdit cholkua

    What was the motive for Yauyau Rebellion? was it for Marginalization or was it not only for personal interest which was MP position.YY,you better thinks logically; Jalaba will keeps playing the fool on you, and when they lost,they turn their asses on you.Also,I don’t think there would be any tribe that will join you in your unqualified claim against the S.S govt except for your own Murle people

    • 19 May 2013 09:03, by Chol

      The motive for Yauyau is money from Khartoum, Khartoum believe South Sudan is supporting their rebels in Sudan. Khartoum is using Yauyau as retaliation for something South Sudan is not doing.

  • 19 May 2013 09:34, by wang

    David YY need to liberate the whole Pibor County first from SPLA before spreading all those falsies lies promises….

    • 19 May 2013 10:45, by yong madhal

      DavidYY God will answer u the attrocity u cause in jonglei state

  • 19 May 2013 10:12, by Lokure Ngorok

    I then doubt why it becomes a national issue that extends to a national war engaged by a national army when the so called right man fighting for the right of the minority he clearly mentioned and all in Jongolei State?? Yau Yau should not kid while he really know that he is causing a horrible suffering instead to the people he is claiming to fight for!!Yau Yau has no words to tell us why he rebel.

    • 19 May 2013 10:30, by Gham-gham Atuongtok

      Unless Bashir is a real wizard, he will never escape death from SPLM-North’s anger, SRF, and The two main factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army, as well as Justice and Equality Movement. Please president can you surrender before the things get deteriorated? Now you have hope for Iran… not so ?
      I tell these teams to please overthrow el Bashir first!!!

  • 19 May 2013 10:37, by Gumpuz

    what a shame on blither and suck fool called yau yau, if his rebellion motive is to fight for marginalisation and small tribes’ rights in south sudan what shall big tribes do then? and where will he get and rule a country of small tribes exclusive of big tribe. i blame the gov’t 4 turning deaf ears to your insurrection and putting civilian under your chaotic bugs act instead of crashing your ass.

  • 19 May 2013 10:52, by Mohammed Ali 2

    The murle civilians are suffering badly in SS.A relentless genocidal camagin is going on under the vision of Helda Jhonson.SPLA soldiers after been defeated by Yau Yau went on rampage.All Pibor citizents ran to the bush escaping the revenge of the defeated SPLA soldiers.Children,women are killed en masse.Shame on you Helda Jhonson!

    • 19 May 2013 11:44, by wang

      Mohammed Ali 2
      Not murle community alone, every community has someone had rebelled against our central government have had suffered a lot. Padeng Dinka had suffered a lot both physically and Psychological because George Athor and as the same of Bul-Nuer and shilluk community…you rebel, the war will be fought at your hometown…

  • 19 May 2013 18:18, by John N

    Dr.Marial May be correct on the Matter while the minority have right to express their view on National issue

  • 20 May 2013 17:26, by Realist

    I don’t know why deny the most obvious thing. Anyuak, Murle, Kachipu and Jie and marginalized in Jonglie. Everyone knows that. I think we should think of ways to solve this issue in stead of denying it. This reminds 1983 when the movement started in South. Jalaba denied everything, blaming it on few terrorist groups that needs to crashed. Fix the problem. Don’t deny.

  • 21 May 2013 03:00, by Nyapan

    Dr.Marial is given hard job, trying to cover every thing in that unproductive system of government. If I were him, I would quit that job.

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