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South Sudan army calls for quick provision of security information

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By Ngor Arol Garang

September 16, 2010 (MALAKAL) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Thursday called for the quick and timely provision of security information, saying that delays in passing on sensitive information to relevent authorities in the region, such as that relating to security, results in delays in crucial intervention.

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SPLA spokesperson Gen Kuol Deim Kuol (Photo Ajang Monychol)

Kuol Deim Kuol, official spokesman of the SPLA told Sudan Tribune from Juba that the latest Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attack in western Equatoria, occurred just eight miles away from Yambio, capital of the state and the information about their presence was not passed onto the SPLA forces in the area early enough.

The LRA is a northern Ugandan rebel group with no coherent demands which continues to commit atrocities across the region. At its centre is a messianic cult around its leader, the International Criminal Court charged, Josephy Kony.

“It was made known to our forces after the emergence of reports that civilians have sighted them moving about in the area before the attack,” said Kuol.
He explained that the provision of information is important as it helps in preparation and proper positioning of armed forces, in order to provide quick and timely intervention.

“You see, in Western Bahr el Ghazal, LRA has limited activities because once elements associated with it are sighted by the civilians; they give information very fast to our forces. This is what is required. Cooperation in coordination and provision of security is very important,” he added.

Kuol pointed out that the LRA is active in the area, especially in the two counties of Nzara and Yambio because of lack coordination and information sharing.
“We have deployed enough manpower but this is not what counts. What counts is not the number of security forces but provision of information on time and logistics. There is need for cooperation in this area,” he added.

Kuol also expressed concern over the presence of the LRA off southern soil: “The LRA operates from the Democratic Republic of Congo and our forces have no mandate to enter DRC territory. This is one. The other issue is logistics for the movement of our forces. The last and most important of all is provision of information on time. Intelligence play central role and this is what counts.”

He made an appeal following a report urging the ministry of SPLA and veteran affairs by the regional parliament to increase deployment of the armed forces in Western Equatoria State.

On Wednesday Aleu Ayieny Aleu, chair of the special committee for security and public order responded to a motion previously raised by Bernado K. Martin, a member of parliament, on increased activities and operation of LRA in the area.

The security and public order report was deliberated by undersecretary of the ministry of SPLA and veteran affairs, Bior Ajang and Obote Mamur on behalf of the SPLA chief of general staff, reulsting in eight recommendations.

The committee noted that the inaccessibility of roads was leading to the formation of LRA hideouts. That it is operating in Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Darfur in Sudan. Lack of coordination and sharing of information on operation and activities of the LRA at the border areas was observed.

The comittee report also indicated that the LRA has established close relationships with unlawful groups, citing cattle raiders and nomads like Ombororo. TIt also suggested that the LRA is receiving logistical and military support from Khartoum’s Sudanese Armed Forces through its liaison office in South Darfur.

It accused the ruling National Congress Party of colloding with the LRA to destabilize the region by undermining the implementation of the CPA in regard to the preperations for the upcoming referendum.

To maintain peace in the region, the parliament recommended that the SPLA end the armed incursion of the LRA and Ombororo nomads wandering about in the region and called on the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) to make every effort to support operations of the armed forces, particularly in combating the LRA.

The parliament further urged the ministry of SPLA and veteran affairs to increase the number of the armed forces in the area, to prevent flow of illegal arms and movement, as well as to monitor allegations of the smuggling of arms.

It called for the construction of security roads in order to facilitate the quick movement of the military against illegal armed groups in the region, in particular the LRA.

The regional parliament finally called on the SPLM controlled GoSS to lead regional efforts to combat rebels, in collaboration with the Khartoum’s Government of National Unity, Uganda, Democratic of Congo and Central Africa Republic and in the hope of mediating peace with the LRA.

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  • 17 September 2010 04:27, by murlescrewed

    The SPLA must be out of their minds. This force is not going to last if war resumes because it has lost its best fighters and is now run by a bunch of traitors who were in Khartoum’s pocket. How does a credible army expect mere civilians to be their spotters and risk their lives in order to provide information that should have been sought by reconnaissance units.

    It is the duty of the SPLA to go out and find the LRA in order to protect civilians in WES and WBEG states. Not civilians to risk their lives in order for the SPLA to act on their information.

    South is in real trouble in the hands of these corrupt and incompetent army.

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    • 17 September 2010 11:14, by Gatluak Latjor

      Murlescrewed ..

      Please, do not speake nonsense,.
      Those of you who think the SPLA will be defeated in the future are in full delusion. At the present phase defeating THE SPLA is impossibility. Abiey war of 2008 was a small experiment on the SPLA. The whole town was left to the SPLA forces. So "murlescrewed" if you think you can defeat the SPLA, take an AK47 and go right to the SPLA baracks. Surely, you will meet your fullstop, and if so lucky you will return with a funny flag.

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    • 17 September 2010 11:57, by Uncle Sam.

      Just like with unexploded bombs, Blame is best dealt with by passing it as quickly as possible to someone / a group like SPLA or the govt.

      Now a day, to blame SPLA is the right and proper action of assigning your blame to release you anger. That’s way; you can relax and get on with your golf game. This activity of blaming is basic to human behavior, and it seems a bit illogic, which you are so quick to point out like what you attempting to put forward.

      Blaming is nearly universally observed in children. It seems to be an essential part of human development so we can. May be, believe do helps you at night to sleep as the crows gather behind your eyes and peck away the slimy layers of guilt from your overworked brain on blameless.

      When the language skills was developed, one of the first practical things that can be done with them is to apply them to blame others for what you just did, and get that person you don’t like get seriously blamed or punished while you keep doing as you do. This way, you get to eat more bread in Juba or wherever you are, so of course you’re never stopped.

      Lying is often involved in blaming. Of course it is possible to assign blame to someone using truth perhaps however selectively applied. This is considered far more to people like. But please my brother; In order to successfully blame somebody else, you must make it seem plausible, and if there’s truth involved, much less manipulation is required.

      To blame others for the vivid information concerning within SPLA / Southern Sudan in general inability is equal likely to the mindboggling of your stubbornness. However; it’s difficult to pull off when your likeness is currently in power...... (Guest who) not to say that you can’t try.

      How did the people you want manage to screw up the Southern Sudan election so much without controlling the common citizens in the country, Parliament Southern Sudan Supreme Court?

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  • 17 September 2010 14:45, by Nakedu Mura

    for sure, South Sudan Army [SSA] / South Sudan Defence Forces [ SSDF] need to improve its intelligence system so as to make its work more efficient and effective.the strength of any army depends on its intelligence system that relies on information accessibility. so, the South Sudan Armed Forces [ SSAF] / the Army of South Sudan [ ASS] should really capitalize on this.

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    • 17 September 2010 16:26, by Luke Chuol

      Kuol Diem Kuol has to be either a politician or have to make his mind about who he realy is. Speaking nonsens will not service him well. Why worying about info, while himself claims to be the chaotic knowing everything himself by chasing his own brother way because he has that little known power????? Today about army tomorow is about SPLM and the next day is about Kirr OOh MY God what a kerk.....

      remeber John Garang De Mabior has tries to be one, but only leave the miserable situation to the South and so do you Kirr boys.

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