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January 10, 2013 (JUBA) – At least eleven soldiers are thought to have defected to David Yau Yau’s rebel group in Jonglei State since he re-launched his localised insurgency in April 2012, the spokesman of South Sudan army told Sudan Tribune.

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Photo ID of a SPLA soldier found at the scene of fighting in Makuach on January 2, 2013, bearing SPLA logo and name of James Yangtalar Kek, a soldier, belong to Division VII (ST)

Col. Philip Aguer admitted Thursday that some members of South Sudan’s military (SPLA) had defected to join cattle raiding and other armed groups.

The army spokesperson was responding to questions about an identification (ID) card found at the scene of fighting on the New Year Day raid in Makuach Payam [district] bearing the logo of the SPLA.

Col. Aguer said the soldier might be a "defector".

Since David Yau Yau rebelled again in April eleven soldiers are suspected to have joined his rebel group. The card found on 2 January might be of one of the soldiers who defected, Aguer added.

The army ID card was found on January 2, 2013 at the scene of fighting that left three people dead in Makuach, east of Bor, the capital of Jonglei State. Another raider was killed in Cuei-keer, in the north of Bor County.

A gun marked as belonging to the South Sudan Police Services in Jonglei State was recovered from the scene, according to authorities.

The ID card, seen by Sudan Tribune, gave the name, division and rank of the soldier but did not indicate where he is from.

The wallet in which the ID card contained 25 South Sudanese pounds (SSP) and appeared to have been torn by bullet. Sudan Tribune did not see the gun allegedly belonging to Jonglei State police.

There has been no comment from Jonglei State on how the soldiers have managed to escape to join cattle raiders or the rebels in Pibor County.

On his part, Col. Aguer said the army does punish people who leave the army, adding that only those who defect can fight against the government.

“Since formation of SPLA in 1983, defection has been there and is punishable by capital punishment,” he said adding that the cases of defection are now minimal.

The civil war meant that many civilians own weapons in South Sudan but this has been made illegal as authorities attempt to restore to security in Jonglei and other states that have suffered from cattle raiding.

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  • 11 January 2013 07:35, by wang

    That SPLA spoke person so called Philip Aguer is die heart tribalism Dinka man, look he was admitted the defected of Murle solders and denied those Dinka soldiers who were involved in the cattle raiders at the Unity Sate last yr. God help South

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    • 11 January 2013 07:49, by Joseph Canada

      Also the Dinka Army defector who uses Toposa to raid people in Budi County E where the Military training Camp is for a business. He transport the Cows to Dinka land and Using the Military Armoured Vehicle to look after the Cows. One day you will pay it. Just remember what Hutu Did to Tutsis in Rwanda and where the Hutus are now.

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    • 11 January 2013 10:54, by Rezingving monynok

      SOME FUNKY CHICKEN on this forum are most militia groupS , and enemy to the nation, PEOPLE WITH NO VISION , THEIR MISSION is to produce more problems, they are using tribes name ,FAKE, just for their dirty interests, some run to khartoum .uganda, America ,kenya others countries , leaving some people to defend south sudan from dirty Arabs, today they causing confusion, only fools don`t appr

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  • 11 January 2013 07:39, by dinkdong

    That ID is for the soldier originally from Equotoria or Murle.

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    • 11 January 2013 07:52, by Bazinguaboy

      Dinkdong, he is an SPLA soldier first and foremost. In the army, that fellow covering your flanks is the best brother you will ever have in wartime - at that time, you do not ask him where he is from but you only see the regimental colours and that is enough to entrust your life to him/ her. Wouldn’t like to travel the tribal path, but the name on the ID does not sound Equatoria to me.

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  • 11 January 2013 07:44, by Bazinguaboy

    Strange how a defection turns tribal - I thought an SPLA soldier should first and foremost be an SPLA soldier regardless of his/ her tribal affiliations. If that is not the case, I think it is shameful that 8 years after the CPA our national army remains an army of tribal bands of soldiers.

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    • 11 January 2013 08:09, by allan

      To joesph canada, u such an idiol who wash whiteman ASS IN WESTERN WORLD N NOW U ACT LIKE U ARE EDUCATED U STUPID ASS EQUATORIA , TALKING ABT DINKA DEFECTED U DO REALLY THINK IF WE WERE LIKES U GUYS LEAVE US DURING WAR TO FIGHT ARAB WHEN U WERE IN UGANDA DAMN ASS N NOW S SUDAN BECOME FOR ALL
      I LIKE HOW EVERYONE IS TALKING ABT SOMETHING THEY NOT FOUGH FOR , IM PROUD TO BE DINKA N MAY GOD BLESS EM

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      • 11 January 2013 09:21, by Murle agent

        To Allan.
        You are just an idiot lizard who’s always flicking his tongue out and say the baseless propaganda.
        We highly welcome those defected soldiers, we have received 130 defected soldiers so far and your stupid cockroaches in Bor didn’t report it so far because they are shameful to report it.

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      • 11 January 2013 10:43, by Bazinguaboy

        I hope you will stop thinking that the battle was fought by only one ethnic group. Every clan, every family in South Sudan bears a mark from the war - whether they actively fought, remained in Juba or were exiled somewhere. The last time I checked, 99. something percent of South Sudanese voted for separation from the north despite all the atrocities. Doesn’t that tell us something?

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    • 11 January 2013 08:50, by Morthon Akol

      you got the point brother. the tribal should not be in the army or any other orgnizing foces in South Sudan after independent, because the army is to defense the county not tribe.

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  • 11 January 2013 08:32, by Makunon

    It is normal, how many times soldiers defected from SPLA to joint stooge militia Sultan Ismail Konyi and SPLA continuous winning their battle. They don’t know anythings about the bush, let mosquitoes feed on them for sometimes, they will think twice.

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    • 11 January 2013 09:33, by Murle agent

      Manuon
      You fake mother fucker you gotta control your stupididy
      Ismail Konyi had nothing to do with your dinka mess SHITS. And if Ismail Konyi was still in north it would have been good.

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      • 11 January 2013 10:31, by Makunon

        Bro Murle your just boiling for nothing but there is no way that we can avoid history and mentioning of those who made the history whether bad or good, even your children will study. Ismail whether in the South or North as you wish no one will stand at his back because he has done bad thing to murle themselves and southerners.

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        • 11 January 2013 10:40, by Murle agent

          Makunon
          I don’t care what ever you say dude. I’m doing everything I can to clear these cancer disease called dinka Bor shit.

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          • 11 January 2013 13:40, by Emporio

            murle agent
            good luck for you to wipe out ur liberators i dont know how many murle have ur mentality exist you catasrophe to your people and south , doesnt matter even ur president kiir can not eliminate dinka bor whether you like or not we will still continue our mission to make south sudan heaven for southerners
            god bless dinka bor

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            • 11 January 2013 15:15, by Murle agent

              Emporio
              God will always punish dinka bor in every corner of south sudan.
              Deaths to you dinkass Bor!!! I hates you to death.

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          • 11 January 2013 13:44, by Makunon

            Murle Agent
            John asked God that will you punish the town if you find 40 people guilty?, Almighty God reply NO, I will Not and he asked again will you punish town if you find 35 and God said NO I will NOT etc. Clearing certain tribe bcoz of the pple you don’t like is inhuman and had never been said anywhere in this website or even in the books. you may be ill in mind or devil in bush of calabish.

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            • 11 January 2013 13:57, by Makunon

              Try your dream with your friend Ismail but you will never achieve that goal even if you gather all ghosts of pibor to that war.

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          • 11 January 2013 20:17, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

            To: Murle Agent.
            I question for you about Yau Yau.
            A. What’s the vision for his rebellion?
            B. What’s the name of his rebel?
            C. They burned a country note / money?
            D. Do he want a government change or tribes change?
            I need your feedback ASAP please!
            Thank you!

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  • 11 January 2013 14:39, by never

    our poor community has been over ran by the spla all this yrs ha. kir need to get is militarey personal together and get out in jenglei.

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    • 11 January 2013 20:53, by william mawien

      Do you want him to get military out of jonglei so that you can raid cattle

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      • 12 January 2013 01:34, by never

        mawien,do you know who is mismanaged this poor country, ur uncle kiir. your uncle is looting money like water. he forgot about some of his comrade who fought along side him for the last 20 years. some of the criminals plus some tribes are seeing that as a chance to steals from others tribes. how can someone like me blame them. told ur uncle to get his act together boy.

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