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Kenya denies killing of 16 troops by Sudanese tribesmen

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October 18, 2009 (JUBA) — Kenya has denied reports about 16 security force members killed by Sudanese tribesmen in the border area on Saturday.

Kuol Deim Kuol, SPLA spokesperson said today armed tribesmen from Toposa tribe, who live in the border area between the two countries, killed 16 Kenyan troops during an attack on their barracks in Nadapal on Thursday.

Reacting to the statement, Kenyan army denied the killing of its troops saying said all Kenyan troops along the border are safe and that at no time have they come under any attack.

"We wish to categorically state that we have not had even a single incident of shooting involving our soldiers at that said common border. The information which is being dispatched by one of the international media houses is inaccurate, baseless and unfounded." Said a statement signed by Army spokesman Bogita Ongeri.

The Toposa who are based in eastern Equatoria near Sudan-Kenya border, have been living and grazing their animals on the Kenyan side of the border for some time. They opposed the establishment of a Kenyan border position in the area.

They are also accused of being involved in arms trafficking into Ugandan territory. Last July the Ugandan army killed some eight Sudanese tribesmen saying they were trafficking in small arms.

(ST)

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  • 18 October 2009 04:38, by oshay

    And you actually want to establish an Oil link when your own security forces is confused about who it murdered.

    Typical SPLM.

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    • 18 October 2009 05:00, by Mzalendo Mwema

      Those who poted that on the web were enemies of South Sudan.
      They always create baseless information and post them onto web site so that they destroy our beautiful nation.

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      • 18 October 2009 06:45, by Gatwech

        Kuol Deim Kuol should be careful not to rush to the media with unfounded news. The SPLM/GOSS and the SPLA as an army should be careful in dealing with our sisterly countries like Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. The enemy is working hard to make sure that our relations with them are severed.

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      • 18 October 2009 09:10, by Rambang Deng

        Mwelano Mwema;

        It was Kuol Diem Kuol, the Dinka tribal spokeman who report it to one of the international media houses and let us not blame others for the purely failure of this shamelesss tribal entity call GOSS.

        Rambang Deng

        Bentiu, Unity State

        South Suan

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  • 18 October 2009 05:06, by Time1

    Oshit

    I agree with the Kenyan ministry of interior that this is a fabricated news in order to stare up conflict between south Sudan and Kenya, but we and Kenyan have close ties that cannot be broken by lies in media. Skye wheeler in Juba should be questioned by the spla security and also by spokes man as to why she quoted him kuol deim in Reuters as being the sources of this information that has now been denied by tht Kenyan side, because Skye wheeler is playing with fire trying to make Kuol deim look like a lair in the eyes of the world. you see this is how most conflict is created through spreading rumours in media.

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    • 18 October 2009 06:49, by Gatwech

      Time1,

      Before you make another mistake by rushing to premature conclusions, how do you know that the SPLA spokesman, Kuol Deim Kuol did not tell the reporter (Skye Wheeler) about the incident and its casualties? Wait first until Kuol himself denies the report. He might have actually told the reporter the news considering his usual premature rush to the media there in Juba.

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      • 18 October 2009 06:58, by Time1

        ok let wait and see.

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        • 18 October 2009 07:16, by junub

          What the heck is going on with Sudan-Kenya border. Who said Nadapal is our border with Kenya? It was between Ladwar and Lokichokio in 60s, Lokichokio and Keybase in 90s, and now it moved further to Sudan between Keybase and Narus, what the heck is wrong with this border? Who is this person moves the border everytime in Kenya?

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          • 18 October 2009 09:29, by Kibokey

            Guys lets be honest/carefull in sensitive issues. boder btw kenya/ Uganda nd S Sudan is the key point which helped the SPLA to be where they are now- so lets not abuse or play about. if this guys (Kenya and Uganda) close the borders.... S sudan will be no where. lets forget and we should respect our neighbours. so many key issues partaining this border points - guys we should comment points not trush....

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            • 18 October 2009 17:34, by junub

              Kibokey,

              What did you just said, the key points? Well, so what if they are the key points. Do we have to let go of our land after it had took more than 2.5 millions of our love ones and heroes merely because Kenya and Uganda are our godfather? Man this is about the nationallity not about your traiting. That is our land and we should not let someone take it just because he hosted CPA. See, this is the problem and that why I middle finger at separation. To have our own nation will be a graveous mistake to we Southern Sudanese because we’ll not unit for the sake of our nation, but rather some easy-going traitor like you might thinks it is good to let go of our land to Kanyans because he calls it its key point. Please wake up and don’t be stupid so of a guy.

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          • 18 October 2009 09:30, by Dinkamoi

            Junub I agree with you that it was a huge mistake for Deng Alor, Ayai Deng, Governor Ojetuk and other Sudanese delegations to Nairobi recently 3 months ago. They had a meeting whereby the Kenyan Government wanted to establish a border post at Nakodok, a river just next to Narus but then they were told to establish a temporary post at Nadapal.

            GOSS is trading with Eastern Equatoria Land for neighborhood. According to recent interview conducted by KTN and Kenyan Foreign Affairs Moses Watangula, he said that Nadapal is a Kenyan territory and the SPLA were using it during the war to hide and now they want the Southern Sudanese to move and even Munyes (Turkana MP) during a rally in Loki, told his Turkana men to use force to chase the Sudanese authorities in Nadapal.

            I have credible information regarding the meeting attended by the above mentioned officials discussing about the border and they sign documents for the Kenyan to establish a temporary border post in Nadapal opposit to GOSS Nadapal checkpoint. I would like to inform GOSS that if they are trying to trade off with Southern land, then their policy will fail because the people of Eastern Equatoria will and shall fight both the Kenyan and the Ugandan and if GOSS tries to support Kenya or Uganda, then the people will rise against them and they know damn right what the TOPOSA and the rest of people in Eastern Equatoria can do just remember during the war, what happened when any body want to use force against the people of Eastern Equatoria State?

            President Kiir should protect the borderline of Southern Sudan right from 1956 otherwise, it will be a double standard when Kiir is fighting for the demarcation of Abyei borders while dishing away our land in order to please the Kenyan or Ugandan.

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            • 18 October 2009 20:07, by John Boy

              That may be an other planning of NCP ,because Kenyan defend on where they get money GOSS should take it very serious .

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            • 19 October 2009 16:41, by ahme adam

              As a northner i dont feel good seeing southerners harrased from time to time by neighbours just as sourthners dont feel good when egypt took halayeb from the north, many southern sudanese died liberating the north from the british back in colonial era including Ali abdelatef, therefore if south is going to war with any of their nighbours i think northners should back the south militararly in the future in case any war erupts, even if the south separated

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