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South Sudan army arrests soldiers behind Yei murders

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By Ngor Arol Garang

August 28, 2010 (RENK) – The official spokesman of the Southern Sudan’s army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Saturday said they have arrested soldiers involved in the two separate killings of eleven people in Yei River County, Central Equatoria state on Thursday and Friday.

Lieutenant General Kuol Deim Kuol told Sudan Tribune on Saturday from regional capital of Juba that security forces have found and arrested two members of the SPLA suspected of involvement in two separate killings.

"Our forces in Yei upon passage and receipt of information related to the two separate incidents occurring at different times launched restrictive search and managed to get and arrest a soldier who killed his in-laws on Friday morning at 2:00AM in Yei. They continued the search in collaboration with local authorities and security forces until the other criminal who escaped after killing a military officer was also found today on Saturday in Lainya County, Central Equatoria,” said the army’s spokesman.

General Kuol explained that on 27 August, a soldier from the SPLA, identified as Martin Amaar Deng Manyuol, shot nine family members in Yei, killing eight of them instantly while the ninth survived the shooting but sustained injuries to their stomach.

"While the information about the incident was being passed as it happened late in the night, the murderer managed to escape but our forces in collaboration with security forces swiftly acted to arrest him on the same day,” Kuol said.

The senior military officer said initial findings indicate that the soldier shot his future in-laws over differences in marital arrangements.

“Complete details will be unearthed by the investigation. Involvement of the SPLA forces was purely restricted to containment of security situation to avoid creating fears and panic to the general public in Yei,” he added.

Switching to the killing of a military officer, the spokesman of the regional army also explained that on Thursday 26 August at 7:30 PM, a soldier identified as Sergeant Gabriel Majur shot dead Colonel Peter Gatkuoth Chol. Majur is alleged to have been drug addict and who drank heavily.

“[An] Investigation will be conducted to get the actual cause of the killing but the primary information we have now is that the cause was purely an administrative issue,” he said, dismissing allegations that it was a tribal dispute.

Majur was previously disciplined for his behavior of frequently smoking cannabis, known locally as ‘bongo’. He was put in jail recently but was released.
Late Colonel Peter Gatkuoth was the army’s officer in charge of the SPLA Engineering Corps in Yei town.

"These incidents have nothing to do with tribal conflicts. They are pure criminal acts,” said General Kuol, adding that there are people, especially in the north, who have connected and regarded the two separate incidents as tribal conflict which is not the case.

"These are pure individual cases caused by criminal acts and these individuals responsible have already been identified and arrested,” he said.

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  • 29 August 2010 02:29, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

    It was rumored that Cdr. Kuol Manyang was going to be the Minister for Defense and one of his pre-conditions was to set up military court. Now neither Manyang got the position nor did any one fished on his ideas. Military court was not set up. Now, how are you going to try these men?

    Peace be onto Southern Sudan.

    Wal Muoranyar

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    • 29 August 2010 05:29, by daniel mangok

      Initially, the SPLA needs to graduate all its armies, soldiers or polices who are highly alcoholic. SPLA should insert the new norm that the soldier must not hold the weapon if he or she is intoxicated, the soldier or a police who is holding the gun is not supposed to live the army camp to town or where civilians dwell, whether the person is intoxicated or not intoxicated because it is unavoidable in other countries to see a soldier in the town with gun. The SPLA armies or soldiers can wear SPLA uniforms in the town without caring any weapons. This criminal act is really ridiculous in Sudan; one to two Months can’t elapse without any sad news. This has nothing to do with tribalism but such people kill because they are criminals and it’s against the law. There must be a rule that if a person kills a person by intention, he or she must be brought down too because that will curtail stupidities to act inhumanly and viciously.

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    • 29 August 2010 06:10, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

      To brothers Gatwech, Mau, and Mimama

      I read this article over and over, but I don’t see the words Dinka or Nuer, where did you guys come with these words? I know where; Tribal genes you inherited. Seek cure brothers and ascend into national level. These men was an SPLA soldier. If you want to talk about it, talk at national level. Glance back at our history, what have tribalism done to us?

      Peace be onto Southern Sudan

      Wal Peter Muoranyar

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      • 29 August 2010 06:23, by Gatwech

        Wal Muorpuor,

        Are you another confused commentator or what?

        It was MIMAMA who introduced the two words of Dinka and Nuer and I was only responding to him in correcting him or her.

        Did you get it right? Please read comments over and over again before jumping your fingers to computer keyboard.

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        • 29 August 2010 06:26, by Gatwech

          Wal,

          And don’t lie in your first comment above that Kuol Manyang Juuk would have introduced change in the army if he became the Defense Minister. What did he do to the man who killed a Colonel in his own state, his town Bor last year? He was the head of the security committee in the state, but did no justice to the killer. Don’t lie, Kuol was only after the position so that he reinstates his people in key positions in the army. Lying is devilish my friend.

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          • 29 August 2010 06:29, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

            Gatwech

            It was a rumor! Read it again please!

            Wal Muoranyar

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            • 29 August 2010 06:58, by MIMAMA

              Wal,

              Go and graze the grasses (wal) and leave us alone.

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        • 29 August 2010 06:27, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

          To Gatwech

          Correction Correction Correction!

          My name is Wal Muoranyar.

          Yes I’m confused about where you guys come up with Dinka and Nuer.

          Wal Peter Muoranyar

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    • 29 August 2010 14:03, by Wed Deng

      May our God rest the brothers who lost their lives during incidents which took place at Yei River county in external life!

      however I have appreciated the talks of SPLA spoke person by saying that the incidents has not involved tribal conflicts but it was incident which occurred at wrong manner. The death of SPLA members is great lost to southerners interm of everything though nothing we can do with that incidents.

      Therefore I would like the judges to judge the matter and if victims found guilty the should be done to the way criminals are made but found unguent they should charge with court of acts.

      Writer Ngor Deng.
      please me at ngormatem@yahoo.com

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    • 29 August 2010 14:04, by Wed Deng

      May our God rest the brothers who lost their lives during incidents which took place at Yei River county in external life!

      however I have appreciated the talks of SPLA spoke person by saying that the incidents has not involved tribal conflicts but it was incident which occurred at wrong manner. The death of SPLA members is great lost to southerners interm of everything though nothing we can do with that incidents.

      Therefore I would like the judges to judge the matter and if victims found guilty the should be done to the way criminals are made but found unguent they should charge with court of acts.

      Writer Ngor Deng.
      please reach me at ngormatem@yahoo.com

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  • 30 August 2010 11:12, by Majak-da

    The trust about this article is spoiled by writers such Ngor and Gatdet.

    This man [now called murderer], was made to be a woman by his in-law in Yei by attaching a vigna between this penis and anus after having family problems with his wife, Kiden. Then, he went to Kiden’s parents’ home and asked them to lift the stanic ’vagna’ but people were mocking him. He then started killing the devils.

    Therefore, this article have nothing to do with being a Dinka or Kakwa. It’s being about why turning a woman? Was that made by all Kakwa? Or was the killing decided by all Dinka? No to both.

    This is a true store and you guys must dig the store further before creating tribal tension on wrong grounds.

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