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South Sudan’s FVP, traditional leaders discuss ways to end tribal clashes in Jonglei


FVP Riek Machar meets with traditional leaders from Jonglei on Frdiday 31 July 2020 (FVP press office photo)August 1, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s First President met with traditional leaders from Jonglei State on Friday to discuss ways to reach a lasting solution to the chronic tribal violence in the region.

Hundreds of people were killed in the recent months following inter-communal clashes in the Greater Jonglei region involving the Murle with both the Bor Dinka and the Lou-Nuer ethnic groups.

On 24 June, President Salva Kiir established a committee headed by Vice President James Wani tasked with the resolution of the recurring disputes over water and grazing land and cattle raid.

On Friday, First Vice President Riek Machar met with traditional leaders from Jonglei state representing Dina and Lou Nuer committees.

The delegation, which was led by Chief Away Ajang and Chief Majok Tot, appealed to the government to resolve the ongoing inter-communal violence in Pibor area, according to a statement released by the spokesman of Machar office James dak.

"They also want to play an active role in the reconciliation process," said Dak when reached by Sudan Tribune for further comment on the meeting.

"The Chiefs are expected to meet with the Vice President, James Wani Igga, who chairs the national committee tasked to resolve the conflict," he added.

In 2018, President Kiir tasked First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai with the mediation of the disputes between the Murle and the other communities.

However, Gai failed to end the intercommunal fighting in the region.

Speaking to VOA’s South Sudan in Focus. last June, Abraham Kuol, a political science professor at the University of Juba proposed to involve local leaders in the mediation process.

Taban Deng had failed because he sought to approach the dispute with "intellectual and political perspectives", said Kuol.

He also described Wani’s committee as superficial saying it is composed of major politicians and those who represent the local communities are from Juba.

The political sciences professor called to hold reconciliation and peaceful co-existence conferences at the very local level of villages and to involve local leaders to better identify the root causes of the conflicts.


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  • 2 August 2020 00:56, by Mayendit

    Wasting time for Tradition Chief leaders to visited the office of Riek Machar Teny.

    Riek Machar is the one who generated the hateful and the killing in Jonglei State and the rest of South Sudan. The people of Al Nile Regions are the most criminals in South Sudan including Dinka. James Wani Igga will do nothing because this is a worst Regions and they will never listen to anyone

  • 2 August 2020 01:34, by Mayendit

    I would have advised vice President James Wani Igga to try peace and reconciliation within your Regions of Equatoria special, the Bari communities which have divided in to Thomas Cirillo and you. There are no others communities that killed, makes destruction of properties and abducted kids,and the women in South Sudan than Nuers people and Murle people. Who will listen to you when it become nature

    • 2 August 2020 03:15, by Khent

      If we had an actual Government (with a legitimate mandate) that delivered services and spurned corruption... the solution to this problem is obvious; boarding schools for high school students should be established in every county; adult tertiary institutions (with a boarding school set up) should be mandatory from ages 18-40. Who will execute the raids if the demographics responsible are interned?

      • 2 August 2020 05:03, by Koryom2

        I would called you this name chap. The problem here in Jonglei and Upper Nile is a Geo-political intrigue nothing less and nothing more. You fellows called yourselves ’Twic East’ and have an alliance with Mr. Riek Machar through Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son and Mr. Majak Agoot. Well let face it. We would want to see who is going to be who in Jonglei and the Upper Nile.>>>

        • 2 August 2020 05:11, by Koryom2

          For all I care, I can get a job in Kenya, Uganda, Abesh (so-called ethiopia) or any country on this planet earth. But many of our lowly informed fools are going to get a job in Kenya, Uganda, Abesh (so-called ethiopia) or other countries. But these dirty intrigues of *Africa Unity or regional integration being propagated by lowly educated fools and secret societies of Mr. Riek Machar and Co.>>>>

          • 2 August 2020 05:19, by Koryom2

            would come and backfire pretty badly if we allow the low lives to play games with our country and our people again chap*. There were some low lives who were working behind the scenes for our country to be restored to *10 states* The whole dirty game was to make Jonglei and Upper Nile as ungovernable as possible>>>>

            • 2 August 2020 05:27, by Koryom2

              The low lives who covet our country and our people to death have some their allies here in Jonglei and the Upper Nile, Riek Machar, Rebecca Nyandeng and some of their lowly educated secret societies low lives in between. Here in Jonglei though, is where the well educated boys and girls are. And we are going to bomb anything that is connected to evil *white Americans, English people, their UN>>>>

              • 2 August 2020 05:37, by Koryom2

                ,their UNIMISS, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopians); prostitutes, some of their Bantuses and their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan* Our country has ’sobatged by secret societies’. But there is going to be a very big ’firework’. Mighty US has been challenged. We cannot live side by side with these vermins, not to day, tomorrow or even in million years, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>>

    • 2 August 2020 05:27, by Games

      You should ask yourself of why traditional leaders prefer to approach Machar instead of CriminalKiir? The simple answer is that CriminalKiir is alliances to Murle. He is one that has been created all these in the state. He is supplying a Murle youth with sophisticated weapons and ammunitions.

      • 2 August 2020 05:48, by Khent


        The Murle have been heavily armed since the early 80s and it was Khartoum that armed them; Khartoum also armed the Nuer of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State, so it’s absurd to suggest that Salva Kiir is responsible for the arms they possess.

        • 2 August 2020 06:07, by Games

          Then SPL were arming Dinka at same period! It is what you are saying? Well, you are totally wrong on that most civilians obtained their weapons from both Nya-Nya2 and SPL conflicts in early ealy 80s. Khartoum never armed civilians in South Sudan. Lying is crime

          • 2 August 2020 06:37, by Khent

            Given previous SAF support of the White Army and continuing assistance to some SSDF elements that remained aligned with Khartoum, there is reason to think that it would again assist armed groups that emerge to challenge the SPLM/A in the future. (The White Army: An Introduction and Overview, John Young)

            • 2 August 2020 06:53, by Games

              White army are purely civilians. They usually obtains their weapons from their enemies you need to provide evidence that would back up your claims.

              • 2 August 2020 10:47, by South South

                Games/menttaly retarded,

                White army are purely civilians. They usually obtains their weapons from their enemies you need to provide evidence that would back up your claims"

                Shit English mentally reaatarded Nuer guy. Go back to School. White Army has been wiped out long time ago.

      • 2 August 2020 06:46, by Nueri Dial

        Thanks for reminding those thugs. Now the man of people has taken his roll. Let those who want to bark start barking but let it be at a distance

        • 2 August 2020 06:58, by Games

          Nuer Dial
          Those thugs are just jealous and it is a matter of time, there will be no room them in this country.

          • 2 August 2020 10:49, by South South

            Games, mentally Retarded,
            "Nuer Dial
            Those thugs are just jealous and it is a matter of time, there will be no room them in this country."

            Shit, shit, shit English. Mentally Retarded Nuer guy, shut up!!!!

            • 3 August 2020 06:48, by Nueri Dial

              South South,
              You are here for English course or for discussion? If you have nothing to contribute, pl/se quit and let men debate. We are not speaking neither Dinka nor Nuer but a white man language. What is important here is the meaning, context, and intent of of each comment. No wonder all Dinka knows only ’’Inu""

  • 2 August 2020 06:21, by Kenyang ll

    Power hungry Riek Machar is back at it again, unnecessarily showing off his ugly face frequently as if he is legitimate President. He better stand less in front of South Sudanese, esp Dinka.

    • 2 August 2020 06:31, by Games

      Calm down, Machar is a peace lover and he has ideas that can help to solves the Jonglei problems. Those who are seeing him are all peace lovers South Sudanese. Doesn’t matter which community they come from

  • 2 August 2020 06:43, by Nueri Dial

    Khent/South South etc,
    I have told you time with out numbers that Dr.Riek is preparing for peace while Kiirimnal Mayardit is for war. Now see how jealousy is killing you! You better talk to your president to act like him instead of false clams on social media

    • 2 August 2020 07:06, by Khent

      Nueri Dial

      I provided a 3rd party source showing that Khartoum supported the White Army, so I was right. Riek is nothing but a traitor and has never sought peace. What is there to be "jealous" about? I have no reason to care about a slave of the ’Arabs’.

    • 2 August 2020 08:04, by South South

      Nueri Dial,

      Riek is our second man in our country. Nothing is bad for him to play the role of second person. Let me just remind you. Riek is gaurded by our NSS and SSPDF, so we have full control on him. When he moves in Juba, we know ahead of time what is going to do. He is in a cage like a chicken.

      • 2 August 2020 09:22, by Malakal county Simon

        Thanks ST (Sudan Tribune) for deleting my truthful Post’s. I’m done for today and until another time!!

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