26th September 2023
Make a Donation

Yau Yau Agrees to ‘Talk’

Author : | Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013

David Yau, Yau has agreed to start peace talks with the government delegation, an official has said.

Last week Jonglei Authorities proposed peace talks to be coordinated by Murle community leaders and the rebel leader.

Baba Medan, the State Minster for Youth and Sports is leading the peace delegation.

My discussion with David Yau Yau has been positive, he told Eye Radio.

“Actually he gave us a green light, he said he accepts the peace, but we want to find way, how we can meet with him.

“We are Murle leaders and we are calling for peace, because our people on the ground there are suffering civilians, the women, children and old people.

“As a delegation of the government, we are committed to go and meet with Yau Yau wherever he wants us to meet.

“And then we will discuss these issues, and we hope Yau Yau will accept peace as he said through the phone he will accept the peace and is ready for peace.”

Mr. Medan also said that President Salva Kiir has given the go ahead for the negotiations.

In 2010, Yau Yau worked as Pibor County Secretary by the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in the County.

He vied for Gumuruk Boma seat in the Jonglei State Assembly, in the April 2010 elections.

However, SPLM candidate Judi Jonglei, won by a wide margin.

Yau Yau is alternately reported to have been an independent candidate and a member of the United Democratic Front opposition party, UDF.

After his unsuccessful attempt for the state assembly, he accused the SPLM of rigging votes and voter intimidation.

As a result, On May 20, 2010 he led an armed group in a clash with the SPLA. One casualty was reported by the SPLA.

Yau Yau revealed that he was in contact with George Athor, another disgruntled Jonglei candidate who had taken up arms against the government for similar reasons.

Yau Yau signed a ceasefire with the GoSS in June 2011, which integrated him and his group with the SPLA.

In April 2012, he reneged again, and has been leading a militia since then.

His latest confrontation with the national army in Pibor County has displaced over 100,000 civilians.

Support Eye Radio, the first independent radio broadcaster of news, information & entertainment in South Sudan.

Make a monthly or a one off contribution.

error: Alert: Content is protected !!