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S. Sudan bishop criticises Kiir’s national day of prayer


Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Juba, Reverend Santo Laku Pio (ST Photo)
March 3, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudan’s Catholic bishop sharply criticised a declaration of National Day of Prayer scheduled for March 10 by President Salva Kiir describing as “political and mockery”

The Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Juba, Reverend Santo Laku Pio, told the Voice of America (VOA) on Thursday that he would not attend the prayer next week.

“I have been praying for South Sudan every day. This morning, I prayed for South Sudan. That prayer called by Salva Kiir; I will never and never understand. Unless they carry me as a corpse but I will never attend that prayer. It is a political prayer. It is a mockery,” said Santo.

President Kiir announced the National Day of Prayer on Wednesday in an audio message sent out to reporters.

“As your leader and the Patron for the National Dialogue, I am obliged to release this public statement to inform all our citizens and friends about the planned National Day of Prayers that’s going to be held on March 10th, 2017,” said President last Wednesday.

Bishop Santo rejected the call, citing that the action of President Kii’s army has caused displacement of Equatoria Region areas of Lango, Acholi, Madi, Kaku, Kuku and Upper Nile displacement of Shilluk tribe from their homes.

President Kiir “does not even come to church these days,” added the outspoken bishop.

“Why should I go [to] pray where there is no holiness, where there is no forgiveness? It is a joke to hear the president of the country calling prayers while at the moment, the soldiers are hunting people across South Sudan,” he stressed.

When told that he might be perceived political for crossing the neutral lines as a religious leader and comment on political issues, he rejected the assertion, insisting government forces are causing massive displacement of civilians through their actions.

He further said the first step should be taken by the government is to stop the war.

“People are being thrown away from their ancestral land. There have been a lot of robbery of the resources of the people,” he said.


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  • 3 March 2017 22:55, by lino

    Well said Bishop Pio!!! You are not the first bishop to challenge bad governments. Bishop Taban didn’t against Khartoum governments and took up arms. Kiir has an authority to this mess in the country but he doesn’t have a political wee.

    • 3 March 2017 23:29, by South South

      Well, Bishop Pio is not a man of God anymore. Anyone now can say anything about him. Where were he when people from the areas he mentioned were killing poor Dinka and call them "MTN". Why he is not talking about that before he attacked government. He focus on his people only. What about others South Sudanese killed by the people from the areas he mentioned. This bishop is a fifth column.

      • 4 March 2017 02:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South, you are an infidel because you are supporting the killing of God’s creatures on their God given lands. Dinka in Equatoria are not supposed to trespass lands that have legitimate owners. Santo is right. He deserves praises.

        • 4 March 2017 02:29, by South South


          Bishop has opened the door for everyone to talk about him. There are rebels in the areas mentioned by this careless bishop and they are killing Dinka only. What does he want government to do? Standing with across hands? This bishop supports rebels. If he wants peace, he would start asking his people who are killing people to stop doing that first. He can stay home, no one care.

          • 4 March 2017 10:33, by jubaone

            South South,
            Equatorians reject this prayer day as nothing other than a luakjienge gathering of godless and evil creatures. Peace can only come when non-jienges spill jienge blood in revenge. We’re sure it’s just time and by God’s grace this vagrants and drifters will be banned for life. Equatorians keep off this jienge gathering. It’s the shortest path to hell.

            • 4 March 2017 12:56, by South South


              Read Bishop’s statement again, not every Equatorian is a rebel. Here are the areas from Equatoria where rebels are according to Bishop: "Equatoria Region areas of Lango, Acholi, Madi, Kaku, Kuku". SPLA must be in these areas to take down rebellion. I think this Bishop Jubaone maybe your own brother, he hates Dinka like the way you do. Prayers are on as they are scheduled.

              • 4 March 2017 14:05, by jubaone

                South South,
                There are no people known as Kaku in Equatoria. These jienge SPLA are finding reasons to go and loot, rape and steal as that is part of their culture. War must continue until all these bandits are dislodged from Equatoria and return to their luaks. We urge all Equatorians to support our men at work. Read nyamile.com and southsudanliberty.com

                • 4 March 2017 16:21, by South South


                  You need to communicate with your bishop about people known as Kaku in Equatoria, but that’s not the point here. The point bishop made to all of us is that rebellion is in a very small part of Equatoria. This is something from your brother bishop Jubaone. Iam against killing innocent people or raping, but I would not hesitate to go after any rebels in South Sudan. We are winning.

                  • 4 March 2017 17:45, by jubaone

                    South South,
                    In this I agree with you that killing and raping of innocent civilians is unacceptable. The jienge SPLA has not differentiated between combatants and civilians and had gone for a killing spree. For that we Equatorians will never differentiate between an innocent jienge civilian and a potential anyor. We must treat them as enemies and must be eliminated.

                    • 4 March 2017 19:09, by wacjak

                      Jubaone, when your stupid and coward criminals and terrorists were killing Jieeng people in Yei, Kajokeji and Nimule road, did they differentiate between combat and civilians? Did they differentiate between a child and an elderly person. My brother/sister, whether you like or not, fire must be returned with fire. You started, don’t run to Uganda. Jieeng people will be there, but your people won’t

                      • 4 March 2017 19:52, by jubaone

                        Wacjak aka Wasak,
                        I personally don’t give a shit to peace, I want revenge and we Equatorians must treat jienges like their jellaba masters both are vagrants. Equatorians will ONLY have peace once the last jienge is driven out of Equatoria. As long as they squat and drift idly, they are target. Either us or them period.

                      • 4 March 2017 20:05, by jubaone

                        Wacjak aka Wasak,
                        Those killed were thieves and beggars who became a nuisance to us disturbing our peaceful Equatoria. Some were landgrabbers evading justice. Equatorians knew that the jienge system would not prosecute them, so people just lynched them. That is people’s justice. It will NOT stop until the last jienge squatters quit Equatoria.

                      • 4 March 2017 20:29, by jubaone

                        Wacjak aka Wasak,
                        Your fellow jienges feel comfortable in Nimule. We are saying home is good please pack your jienge shit together and go back to Bor. The time for visitation is over. But they are so scared of Murles and Nuer that they have wanted to protect their asses in Equatoria. But once we put fire on their asses, where will they go??????

                    • 4 March 2017 19:48, by South South


                      Please help me which one is correct:
                      - "In this I agree with you that killing and raping of innocent civilians is unacceptable.
                      - "For that we Equatorians will never differentiate between an innocent jienge civilian and a potential anyor

                      And I have to tell you Jubaone, SPLA will clear every area with rebels in Equatoria this summer, the only place for them is to run to Uganda.

                      • 4 March 2017 19:58, by jubaone

                        South South,
                        Your jienge Kiir with foaming mouth wanted to relocate his command hqs to Yei, what happened? We are ready. Jienges buy guns from third parties and we shall get them. Just read nyamile.com or southsudanliberty.com to know that men are at work. It is over for jienges, they can just go to look for goats and chicken in the villages cos they are starving.

                        • 4 March 2017 20:33, by South South


                          I can see inability to answer your own contradictions about killing/raping innocent people. In Equatoria, we have more than 30 tribes. They can not unite to fight one war,that will never happen in our time, maybe after 1000000 years. SPLA is doing great job, clear rebels out from Equatoria. Uganda is there for you Jubaone.

              • 4 March 2017 16:09, by Nyesi Ta

                The president of South Sudan is the representative of Satan. The prayers he called for is satanic. his call for national dialogue is bogus and before the national dialogue takes place, the illiterate president turns around and calls for a mockery national day of prayer. He must stop the war first for the peace train to start moving. Bishop Santo has set the record straight.

              • 4 March 2017 16:10, by Nyesi Ta

                The president of South Sudan is the representative of Satan. The prayers he called for is satanic. his call for national dialogue is bogus and before the national dialogue takes place, the illiterate president turns around and calls for a mockery national day of prayer. He must stop the war first for the peace train to start moving. Bishop Santo has set the record straight.

        • 4 March 2017 07:19, by Lango2010

          so wonderful for a man of God to refuse prayer, no wonder why there is hatred and tribal conflict between our tribe? the church is a part of South Sudan problems, the read in on last Sunday mass in English really shows this bishops are fuel problem in the country.
          but how many time should one forgive his brother? 77 x 7 which mean always. see the different for yourselves.

          • 4 March 2017 07:24, by Lango2010

            Bishop Lagu Pio was one of the respected bishop, but from 2015 up to now he wanted to degrade himself from being metropolitan bishop to a Bari and Equatoria bishop. no, don’t do like that my Lordship, you need to repent. don’t leave a log in eye and look at the peak in your brothers eye, you seem to have no different with Salva Kiir.

            • 4 March 2017 07:37, by Lango2010

              where do we think Dialogue and forgiveness will come from? it from above. i know everybody complaint for being initiated by President who hailed from Dinka tribe. but i tell you brother we need peace, dialogue and forgiveness than we wait to vote for next president who will take us a head

    • 4 March 2017 00:27, by lino

      Bishop Taban did it during the struggle times.

    • 4 March 2017 05:30, by padiit gaga

      Good to heard from you Bishop, how can dinka shieft ask for prayer while he did not repent first killing still going in S.Sudan. if he call for prayer he just curse himself let him repent first.

    • 4 March 2017 10:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      National Day prayer is not helpful for the people of South Sudan unless war must be stop
      this is where gained their lost things like economic growth and their life.

  • 4 March 2017 00:55, by Gabriel KK

    Bishop Santo is blaming the President and I am blaming the Biship him too for not including the displacement of Dinkas in his speech. well, he is free to stay in his house and national prayers is going a head as scheduled.

    • 4 March 2017 15:31, by jubaone

      Gabriel KK,
      Could you tell us exactly jienges are being displaced? If you mean those in Yei, these were squatters who felt unsafe and decided to go back to their luaks. Jienges are the only people who are being protected, cared for and fed with stolen national resources. There is no displacement of jienges instead they are landgrabbers like in Nimule, Malakal, Wau.

  • 4 March 2017 02:40, by lino

    South Sudanese, if you want war, go for Political Prayers, but if you want peace in the country, stop war first and the go for spiritual prayers!!!

    • 4 March 2017 02:41, by lino

      Correction: then go....

  • 4 March 2017 03:13, by Naath

    I could not agree with you more Bishop Laku. Salva Kiir is hypocrite, power hungry, money greedy, war criminal and the most idiot Dinka tribal gangs leader the world ever had. However, I disagree with the Bishop that he honored kiir with the title "President". Kiir has lost the legitimate of title "President" because he has been killing civilians based on tribal line.

    • 4 March 2017 03:19, by Naath

      Any sound minded South Sudanese should stop calling Kiir president. However, Kiir is more qualify to be honor with the title Dinka tribal chief or Dinka tribal gangs leader, or Dinka tribal terorists leader.

      • 4 March 2017 05:42, by junubi

        oh south sudan forget the tribale bishop we have hundreds bishop in south sudan let him go to hell.

  • 4 March 2017 06:09, by Kush Natives

    This particular bishop should keep up with the gospels, there’sno need for the church members should take the politics of taking side. He should condemn both warring parties. Kiir wouldn’t fight anyone, if Riek Machar’s rebellion wasn’t there. We all should be realistic about this current mess caused Riek Machar.

  • 4 March 2017 06:14, by pilot

    Bishop said it all,the National dialogue mean nothing when there are no citizens at their Home and killings is still going on.The first thing is silent the guns in the whole Country and than do the rest.Silva must be playing a trick of delaying tactics.

  • 4 March 2017 07:27, by john akeen

    Well; I don’t know what is this bishop talking about, man of God should defend the creation of God, and God had created dinkas and Nuers equatorians and many tribes in south sudan and god created Kiir and Reik and that bishop as a south sudanese, my question to that bishop is if IOs they don’t want peace and they want to>>>

    • 4 March 2017 07:41, by john akeen

      Continue with war against the government what do you think the government should to? should government suppose to defend the country and the construction or not? Should they suppose to just go to their homes and get some sleep or what they should do? Last question for everyone, between that bishop and president Kiir, who suppose to ask peoples for prayer P. Kiir or that tribalism bishop or that de

      • 4 March 2017 07:56, by john akeen

        That devil bishop? I think that bishop should put the bible down and resigne from being a bishop, because God says if you want to fallow me, you should respect and love all my creations then send my message to my peoples with love and teach them about love and peace

        • 4 March 2017 08:25, by john akeen

          This bishop need to resigne immediately and he needs to go join Reik Machar IOs or Reik Machar Nuers because south sudan is not for triple peoples. We don’t want tribalism people, he must leave perishing the great peoples of south sudan and go to join triple movement of Reik Machar and perish them because he’s devil like IOs of Reik. Leave now

      • 4 March 2017 15:36, by jubaone

        John Akeen,
        Kiir is defending jienge interest and has nothing to do with SS. It is a regime of the jienge, by the jienge and for the jienge. Period!

    • 4 March 2017 15:24, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      Kiir is now feeling the heat and desperately wants divine help for the chaos he started and foolishly can’t stop. Prayers alone wont help, except he quits or hangs himself. He has brought destruction to our people and the only remedy is to get rid of of him and his jienges. Equatorians are paying the price heavily for having tolerated these jienges in the first place. So we must fight

      • 4 March 2017 18:56, by wacjak

        Jubaone! Where are you fighting? where are your rebels? My brother/sister, whatever you want, you won’t achieve it. Just accept the might Jieng and life becomes good. You want your people to suffer in the bushes, while you could be here in Juba enjoying the relative peace that the Jieng people brought. You could be abroad washing white men’s dogs. Your tribal bishop is a devil.

        • 4 March 2017 19:45, by jubaone

          Wacjak aka Wasak,
          You must start relocating to Ramciel as soon as you can cos life in Juba where all jienges have congregated will soon experience a new dimension of the war. As we speak now read nyamile. com or southsudanliberty. com for updates. Kiir has realized that things for jienges aren’t good and wants divine help. No Wasak, until all jienges quit Equatoria, they are tatgets.

  • 4 March 2017 07:35, by gakthon

    Triblism startes when u supporte one side. Wht is difference btnBishop n other insane politician claim such a thing all the time. Is Bishop biased or unbiased in his speech?since the signed peace isn’t successfully solving problems now.wt another stage should we start to finish this war rather than wht president has started?

  • 4 March 2017 07:56, by Future1

    Bishop should generalize the complicated situation in South Sudan instead of basing his arguments Equatoria lands only. He is so bias. We all suffer and need positive changes/common good.

    • 4 March 2017 16:29, by jubaone

      Future 1,
      I am not aware of any ethnic groups in SS that has forcefully displaced jienges from their ancestral lands. The reverse is true. But even as the jienge SPLA think they have driven our people away, we will get back our lands soon. We will make sure this no any jienges will squatter in Nimule, Yei Maridi. Even those in Juba are living on borrowed time. They must all go even Kiir himself.

      • 4 March 2017 19:13, by wacjak

        Jubaone, when are you beginning your tribal war? You are an idiot that has been writing nonsense since day one that we will do this and that and yet you don’t do it. try it in Juba and I bet, you won’t write on this internet again. You are such a coward and good in talking and writing on internet. We are here to stay and you must accept that we mighty.

        • 4 March 2017 20:20, by jubaone

          Wacjak aka Wasak,
          You will go soon or later, even if it means burning Juba down. Soon you will hear good news. I understand jienges like you have no houses,no food and can’t imagine living in your luaks and so have chosen to rather die as squatters in Equatoria than go back. Kiir wants to die in Juba or Yei cos he has no place to call home. So do you just hopeless vagrants.

  • 4 March 2017 08:11, by Binen

    What kind of these people still honoring this tribal gangs leader, our drunkard and frail murder leader of South Sudan. Is there anybody still putting his trust in this brutal president, Bishop is right. How can people trust him when he is declaring the national prayer day while at the same time burning people alive within the days people are waiting for this national prayer day.

  • 4 March 2017 08:16, by Binen

    You have said it clearly Lordship as an eye of your people whoever may say he trust kir and will go for that prayer day just to be burn alive, rape or slaughter by their very leader will not be your blame for you have already made them aware to realize the hunting of their gang leader just to call them only for genocidal. I have understood you well I can go for that genocidal call.

  • 4 March 2017 08:37, by john akeen

    You Reik Machar IOs Reik followers, I want you to hear this carefully and understand it very well, you will be running around like LRA of Joseph Kony with no place to stay

    • 4 March 2017 08:40, by john akeen

      Believe me terrorist organizers. You will be

  • 4 March 2017 11:25, by Fair Man

    John Akeen
    South Sudanese are not part of this JCE project called National Dialogue or National Prayers. There is no need to sit with the Devils in names of JCE and President Kiir. We are not interested in your fucking prayers. You will pray but know that God doesn’t associate with Devils and expect 100% failures in your expectations for that prayer or preying for more bloodshed! Fuck you JCE!!!

    • 4 March 2017 14:06, by Eastern

      Fair Man,

      This is the best comment so far for 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4 March 2017 14:26, by Padiet Deng Alony

    is easy to create a war and not easy to bring peace back. equatorian and nuer need to choose one between war and peace period. mind you that Dinka will not go anywhere in South Sudan till Jesus come back whether you like it or not and Dinka have a right to defend themselves from any enemy within or out to survive. this Bishop is not a man of God but devil in bishop skin

    • 4 March 2017 18:24, by Eastern


      Do you think the Dinka can spread themselves thin all over South Sudan and survive the onslaught from the 60 plus tribes?

  • 4 March 2017 17:03, by Liberator

    Dear Folk
    This Bishop is a well known criminal you really putted right ,there is no where DINKA will go forever and ever ,nonsense.

    • 4 March 2017 18:43, by jubaone

      Our bishops are pious and strong believers. Your jienge bishops like Gabriel Roric (ass.min of foreign affairs under NCP and security agent of NIF); Daniel Bul Deng also a JCE hireling and security agent. We have the details. They are pharisees and Satan’s adopted sons. Just church criminals in gowns.

      • 4 March 2017 19:06, by wacjak

        Jubaone, it is true, that the jieng Bishops you mentioned sons of evil . What about your criminals calling themselves Bishops in the catholic church, when they have wives and kids. My brother, who is cheating God here? I mean, by the time, we die, your so called bishops will be found in hell. Your Santo and Loro and others are devils because they have cheated God. But we can’t judge them.

  • 4 March 2017 18:15, by Independent Thinker

    Dear Bishop,

    Thank you for telling the truths to the world and people of South Sudan about Kiir’s useless ’’national prayers’’ in Juba. What about citizens outside South Sudan. For example in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan Central African Republic and DRC Congo. Were not part of South Sudan? Kiir destroy the whole community of Dinka for 300 years in South Sudan.

    • 4 March 2017 19:02, by wacjak

      Dull thinker, till you differentiate Kiir and the Jieeng community, you shall continue to remain in those countries you have mentioned. You shall continue to suffer till you accept this community as part of this country and very brave for that matter. There is no where we gonna go. We are part of this nation and we must be part of the affairs of this country. If you don’t like, hang yourself.

      • 4 March 2017 20:21, by Eastern

        There’s no differences between between inept Kiir and his clueless followers....!

  • 4 March 2017 20:09, by Eastern

    Kiir and his shadowy JCE can’t have national dialogue with their friends: Kiir needs to dialogue with his archenemies - he knows who they are!!!!

  • 4 March 2017 20:20, by Fair Man

    Eastern and Folks
    South Sudanese are dying in the hands of Kiir and his JCE, because Kiir refused secret ballots and wanted primitive and dictatorial show of hands, so that he could eliminate those who voted against him. All 130 NLC members, he intimidated and bribed to voted openly, if given secret ballots ’d vote against him. Albeit he ignorant turned secret ballot into a coup. Which vote again?

  • 4 March 2017 20:41, by Fair Man

    The only option for Kiir and JCE is to apologize to Dr. Riek Machar Teny secretly for attempted destruction of his life at Kiir’s J1, timely deployment of Regional PF, return of Dr. Riek to his rightful FVP illegally occupied by traitor Taban Deng Gai, withraw forces from of Juba, and ultimate cessation of hostilities and withdrawal of forces from front lines. Else Kiir will be captured.

  • 4 March 2017 20:42, by Fair Man

    The only option for Kiir and JCE is to apologize to Dr. Riek Machar Teny secretly for attempted destruction of his life at Kiir’s J1, timely deployment of Regional PF, return of Dr. Riek to his rightful FVP illegally occupied by traitor Taban Deng Gai, withraw forces from of Juba, and ultimate cessation of hostilities and withdrawal of forces from front lines. Else Kiir will be captured.

  • 4 March 2017 20:47, by Fair Man

    Don’t be foolish enough. Read indicators, by the time you surrender, you will have no youth and all shall have perished in various front-lines. The more your JCE and Kiir drag their feet to the above options, the more costly the war becomes. When need arises, those in foreign countries can report to various training grounds to fight you. We are wait our consignments of logistics. You’ll see

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