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Dinka pastor resigns over anti-Machar violent protest inside church


May 29, 2016 (JUBA) – Emmanuel Jieng [Dinka] Parish church service erupted into violent protest on Sunday among its members, forcing the pastor in charge of the church to declare his resignation from the church leadership.

South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, calling for reconciliation and forgiveness at St. Thomas Parish, Juba, 29 May, 2016 (ST Photo)

Emmanuel Jieng [Dinka] church, located at Hai Cinema in the South Sudan’s national capital, Juba, is predominantly of Dinka Bor membership.

Pastor Joseph Makeer Achiek, according to media reports and social media comments, resigned on Sunday, 29 May, after several protesters among his church members demanded his resignation from the church leadership for inviting the First Vice President, Riek Machar, to attend the ethnic Dinka Bor church last Sunday.

The appearance of Machar, a Nuer by ethnicity, where he preached peace and reconciliation among the people of South Sudan, stunned some of the church members who walked out in protest last week.

However, on Sunday, seven days later, some of the members decided to not allow the pastor in charge, who invited Machar last week, to continue leading the church, accusing him of inviting an enemy to the church.

Angry protesters, allegedly agitated by some politicians matched to the podium inside the Emmanuel Jieng Parish and interrupted the church secretary of information while announcing the routine weekly church reports on Sunday.

An eyewitness reportedly said an unidentified protester started the match to the podium with a banner banner bearing the names of Dinka army Generals who were killed by opposition forces of Machar during the 21 years of the civil war which ended in August 2015.

The names the protesters displayed inside the church for the members to see included late Gen. Kuol Malith Reech, late Gen. Abraham Jongroor Deng and late Gen. Ajak Yek Alier who were killed in the conflict between 2013 and 2014 while commanding government troops against Machar’s forces.

When the church leadership attempted to stop the man from displaying the dead Generals, other protesters stoop up in support of his action. The situation forced majority of the members of the congregation to walk out, while others tried to calm down the situation.

Security personnel had to be called in by the church leaders and arrested the protesters.

While army generals and politicians who attended the church service remained seated, the church leadership tried to calm the situation to prevent people from leaving.

Pastor Achiek then decided to announce his resignation from leading the church leadership after seeing the unbelievable situation.

The row inside the Dinka church occurred last Sunday when the First Vice President, Machar, addressed the church, encouraging their members to preach peace and reconciliation among the people of the world’s youngest country and to support the implementation of the peace agreement.

It was the fourth church in four weeks which Machar visited and shared prayers with since his return to Juba on 27 April, 2016.

On Sunday, May 29, Machar also visited a fifth church, St Thomas Parish of Munuki area, in his fifth Sunday in Juba, where he also called on the congregation to embrace reconciliation and forgiveness among the divided people of South Sudan.

His press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, said that he was welcomed at the church, predominantly of Equatorians.

“His [Machar’s] message about reconciliation and forgiveness was well received by the members and leadership at St Thomas Parish,” Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.


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  • 30 May 2016 01:17, by Kenyang

    Riek Machar will continue to spread his fart and even place of worship won’t be spared. Think again if you believe he left national medias- Radios, TVs and go to Churches for peace. I thought too he was mocking Dinka Bor. Was he there to apologize in person? Riek and his men slaughtered thousands of Dinka Bor in 1991 in cold, repeated in 2013 and will repeat it 100% if even they aren’t to blame.

    • 30 May 2016 04:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Too much hate, fighting in the church ,and being an anti-peace, it’s show how Dinka tribe at large as being uncivilised among the rest of South Sudanese tribes in the 21 century!!!!!

      • 30 May 2016 13:04, by Akuma

        Religions and Politics are difference and the should not make God’s house a political rally ground. If Riek is ready for reconciliation and peace as he proclaims, then why he is not calling ground public to Freedom Square or Freedom Hall in Juba. He opt to church to cover his political rallies which will not guaranteed him a President seat

  • 30 May 2016 01:48, by Nyesi Ta

    Dr. Riek Machar will visit Emmanuel Jieng Church again to preach to the congragation the message of peace, for Christ message is always a message of peace and for true peace to reign in each one of us, then the message should come from the church. This unchristian behavior from those members is nothing but hypocrisy that has exposed those hypocrates at Emmanuel Jieng Church to the world.

  • 30 May 2016 03:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Where is christianity in this church? Barbarism and satanic behaviour!! Is it not written in the Bible that "GOD IS LOVE". Peace originates from love. The congregation of this church needs to be born again into the world of christianity.

  • 30 May 2016 06:55, by maumau

    Dr Machar has done the right thing, he is reaching the people with the information about peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. This is the right time do it, he is not afraid to talk to citizens like president Salva Kiir who is very afraid to talk to the citizens including local journalists.

    Mading Ngor must be charged arrested and charged for inciting violence in public place, he is responsible

  • 30 May 2016 07:27, by Joseph Canada

    hahahaha.. Jur, what do you mean bro? people are cursed by their own sin!!
    The Devil have Built his heart in the Center of the Dinka. its called JCE!!

  • 30 May 2016 08:04, by dinkdong

    I think Pastor Joseph Makeer Achiek has made the right decision. Unlike Kiir and Riek who persisted on the bad relationships, resigning from a post is the quality of a good leadership.

  • 30 May 2016 08:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Yes, of course, there are Bor some others communities, from Bor, whom their beloved and brothers are killed by Riek Machar in 1991 and 2013.

  • 30 May 2016 09:46, by Dengda

    This Cowardice attitude from Bor South must be stop, I am from Bor-Twice, I don’t like suck kind attitude from Bor-South this why we Twice are smart than our counterpart Bor South, look at this attacking Civilians in UN compound, attacking Mama Nyadeng in Church and again attacking pastor in charge of church, Does it mean smart or bravery, no why, it cowardice act.

    • 30 May 2016 11:01, by Kenyang


      I was just on one of your comment (you willing to fight Aweil or Gogrial) trying to know Dinka Section you are from, here you are.
      I’m not surprise, you sound like that arrogant named Majak Agoot. But no, you will never reach Aweil or Gogrial and if they respond, you and likes will abandon South sudan for good.

      • 30 May 2016 14:35, by Akook

        Where are these bor people by the way? They are nowhere but in run to abroad and foreign refugee camps. Some crossed Nile river to Eastern Lakes. weel, if bor don’t want peace, better evacuate bor town becuz Nuer will invade and you will not protect it

        • 30 May 2016 14:41, by Akook

          You guys know yourselves you are not capable of any fierce fight may be talking only like Makuei Lueth. Do you want entire Bhar el Ghazal to mobile and wipe out Nuer altogether such that you never see so called Nuer again? You people acted like women. Time now for peace. if you want bor Vs Nuer conflict, just go ahead to create it again and you will run as usual to Guolyar, Uganda and Kakuma

        • 30 May 2016 15:33, by Hardlinner

          Akook, be logical to yourself. if bor people get displaced from their ancestral land, do you think the invading group will enjoy their bounty?. they will in fact loose a lot not just the invaded land but their own home land. remember bar el ghazal hold 90% of entire dinka pupolation and have potential to kick any misbehaving group out of south sudan.

          • 31 May 2016 02:40, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            Hardliner, Say it again if you are a person who is not insane.

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