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Unity State governor calls on citizens to help SPLA defend South Sudan

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

April 7, 2012 (BENTIU) - Unity State governor, Taban Deng Gai, has appointed mobilisation committees to raise material support for South Sudan’s army (SPLA) so it is prepared for a possible invasion by north Sudan’s military.

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Unity State Governor Taban Deng Gai showing a map of the areas bombed by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to a group of journalists in Bentiu town. 5 April 2012 (ST)

At the end of March the SPLA attacked the Heglig area of Sudan’s South Kordofan State, an attack which Khartoum claims was assisted by Sudanese rebels backed by Juba.

South Sudan denies that they attacked first claims their actions were triggered by a ground and air offensive by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). On 4 April South Sudan said it had shot down a Sudanese MiG-29 aircraft over Unity State but this was denied by Khartoum.

Also Last week South Sudan’s Oil Minister, Stephen Dhieu, claimed an illegal 25 kilometre pipeline had been discovered running into Unity State from South Kordofan.

Unity State governor Taban Deng has called on all citizens in South Sudan to help the SPLA defend the border. Responding to his call last week Unity State’s nine counties contributed over 200 bulls to the national army and the South Sudan Traders Union over 2,000 food items.

Tunguar Kuenyguong, a local chief in Bentiu town joined the governor in urging Unity State to help fight any incursion into South Sudanese territory.

The chief, who fought in the two-decade civil war between the SPLA - when they were a rebel group - said that he had witnessed border clashes occur on Thursday.

"We don’t want [Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-]Bashir anymore we are sovereign nation”, further said Kuenyguong.

Since South Sudan seceded last year Juba has claimed that Sudan intends to annex the oil fields of the newly independent nation and is using the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) rebel group to destabilise oil-rich Unity State.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir recently appeared to reignite the country’s claim over Heglig. Juba had previously accepted that Heglig is part of South Kordofan State in a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

A member of the general mobilization committee established by the governor, Rebecca Kur Nyakai, said that Heglig was a part if Unity State on Saturday.

"Heglig is part of Unity State, it was call[ed] Aliny a Payam district of Pariang County, but Khartoum claims it because it produce[s] oil", the women’s representaive said.

"We are seriously telling Omer El-Bashir to distance his mouth [from] our land, we will support our army by any mean[s] in order for the Heglig to be [under] our control”, said Nyakai.

“Women in the state are seriously moving from one door to another for general mobilization to facilitate the supports of their sons at the frontline in term of voluntaries donation”, Nyakai added.

When South Sudan seceded in July 2011 it took with it 75% of the country’s production severely affecting Sudan’s economy. Heglig produces 60,000 barrels per day, around the half of Sudan’s oil production.

The 1,800km border between Sudan and South is highly militarised and poorly demarcated, with many areas claimed by both sides. The tensions have raised fears of a return to all-out war between the two nations.

Border clashes between the SPLA and SAF and the ongoing conflict between rebels and the Sudanese government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile led Khartoum to announce in March a nationwide mobilisation campaign for its paramilitary group the Popular Defence Forces (PDF).

Mustafa Osman Ismail, an adviser to Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir, denied that general response to mobilisation was below expectations last week. The numbers signing up were so overwhelming that the government did not have the capacity to take them all, he said.

South Sudan has responded by announcing a mobilisation campaign of its own, although this has only begun in the states that border Sudan.

Despite the efforts of African Union-mediated peace talks in Addis-Ababa the two countries failed to sign a recent deal agreed on security and borders. Bashir was due to sign the deal in Juba on 3 April but cancelled the trip after the attack on Heglig at the end of March.

There are still hopes, however, that the deal - and a separate agreement on citizenship - could still be signed if a summit between Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, can be rearranged.

(ST)

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  • 9 April 2012 06:33, by zulu

    I dont think the spla is not in the capacity to defend its territory. It has all the necessary equipment and training as a regular force to deter the invation or excurssions by beshir’s forces. south sudan is not chad. use the heli copter gunships if they use antonov. use long range as the kind we used on juba in 1992. let them feel the pengs.

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    • 9 April 2012 07:18, by sober

      All this fires ignited outside Dinkas areas . Don’t be stupid .Let them fight their war and stop use others as a fuel.

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      • 9 April 2012 07:56, by viper

        Sober, What are you talking about now? If you are still with yesterday,s hangover, please go and sleep. What brought Dinka land here now? Are we talking about Dinka lands or the lands that belongs to the Republic of S. Sudan? If you are not a nationalist, please leave us alone with those Arabs and go to sleep

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        • 9 April 2012 15:33, by sober

          I will go for long sleep period, you stupid go to t be killed and let them and their families safe and sound far away from bombs and Arabs jet fighters. There is very long, awesome war coming , be pave and stupid enough to fight.

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      • 9 April 2012 12:38, by Anti Dinka’s

        To sobar
        Bro you’re stupid bastard who do not understand Nothing
        Run to refugees camp in Kenya stay there if you do not Love your Republic!

        We-Are-At-War! South Sudan is full engage in War

        this is not About Dinka’s Okay
        Am not from the tribe you hate

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  • 9 April 2012 07:14, by George Bol

    Taban Deng will make Unity state a great and free from unpatriotic. Spla can not keep those who love food as their main goal. Gov. Taban is not there.

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  • 9 April 2012 07:36, by Madina Tonj

    Bonifacio Taban Kuich

    You guys Southern Sudanese from media are lacking nationalism Ideas support, why you should misinterpreted the Panthou[Hegliy] as an area of South Kordofan when in reality it is blong to Unity State or Abyei within South Sudan.? The case for borders it take many years to solve and if you don’t know how the important of supporting nation just quit reporting this issue

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    • 9 April 2012 11:58, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

      This reporter is a MILITIA ,I know him. Read every report he sends you will know that iam right. He belongs to the nonsene clan of Riak Machar!!!!!

      God bless South Sudan!!!

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  • 9 April 2012 07:42, by 4Justice

    Do not accept gifts from strangers and place them in your offices or homes, some of these gifts may be demonized objects or listening devices from practicing occultists. I once saw Lt. Gen. James Hoth on SSTV receive several objects from the chinese,Chinese are mystics who practice dark arts.I URGE YOU TO REMOVE AND DESTROY ALL THESE
    OBJECTS IMMEDIATELY.

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    • 9 April 2012 07:43, by 4Justice

      There is a raging spiritual warfare happening that you people are completely oblivious to.

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  • 9 April 2012 08:31, by 4Justice

    What has happened to our Arabic speaking christians? they constantly invoke the muslim deity "Allah", Allah is not the God of the bible, God is "Our Father in Heaven" or "Rabana" in Arabic. God and Allah are not the same, okay. I was speechless yesterday when Archbishop Lukudu uttered the word "Allah" in his Easter speech. "My people are distroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6)

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