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Jonglei’s Pochalla county fears “influx of rebels”

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January 17, 2012 (JUBA) – Jonglei state’s Pochalla county commissioner says suspected militia from the neighbouring Pibor county are migrating to the area where they have “sandwiched” themselves among local civilians.

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Pochala commissioner Joseph Okello Wello sits outside his office in Pochala town on Feb. 15, 2012 (ST)

In an email to Sudan Tribune, Commissioner Joseph Okello Wello says the intrusion of armed men poses a security threat to the local population.

“There is [an] influx of [David] Yau Yau [militia] forces. They are sandwiched in among the civilian population [when they] migrate to this [Pochalla] county,” said Okello.

While there have been no incidents in the county so far, Okello says the migration of neighbouring populations remains a cause for alarm.

“We are too much disturbed because they did not come from one side. They are filling almost [the entire] western part of the county. Our administrative guess is that they did not come for peace,” he said.

Rebel fighters under David Yau Yau have been operating in his home county of Pibor after a fresh rebellion resumed in April 2012.

Yau Yau, who hails from the Murle ethnic group, first launched his fight against the South Sudanese government in 2010 after losing elections to represent his county in the Jonglei state assembly.

He returned to Juba in 2011 after accepting an amnesty offer by president Salva Kiir, but subsequently defected to Khartoum before resuming a military campaign in lawless territories of Jonglei state.

Attacks since the onset of 2013 have been blamed on Murle tribesmen believed to be loyal to Yau Yau.

Since March 2012, South Sudan’s police and army have conducted a state-wide disarmament campaign in Jonglei after violence between rival cattle herding groups escalated dramatically towards the end of 2011.

Over the last two years, the United Nations estimates that around 2,000 people have been killed in raids and counter raids often involving between the Murle from Pibor and neighbouring groups such as the Luo Nuer and Dinka Bor.

Although Yau Yau is often blamed for cattle raids in the areas surrounding Pibor, some local leaders have cast doubt over whether his group can be blamed for all the incidents.

Juba has repeatedly claimed that Khartoum backs southern rebel groups in an attempt to destabilise the young nation, which gained independence in July 2011.

Sudan denies the claims, insisting that it is Juba backing rebels in the conflict-riven areas of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

(ST)

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  • 18 January 2013 08:04, by master

    where is braves SPLA

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    • 18 January 2013 08:42, by Gatkuoth

      what is the SPLA doing? there is no ceasefire and no ongoing negotiation with the rebels, why allow sandwiching with the civilian. they must be attacked and go back to their home. they should not stay in other people’s home when they destroyed their homeland. rubbish people!!!!

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      • 18 January 2013 09:04, by Ahmed Chol

        Kuol Manyang and Kuol Diem promised Southerners that SPLA is going clear Jonglei of all rebels by February. The time they promised is approaching and we don’t hear any news of rebels leaving the state. We are all still waiting for the demised of the CIVILIAN rebel as Kuol termed him. Is it going to be a lie? Let’s see.....

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        • 18 January 2013 09:23, by wang

          Ahmed Chol
          All politicians are liars. Kuol Manyang can says thousands different things a day and could never accomplish any single one of them. David Yau Yau is not too stupid as many of us thinking, he is shifting that war a way from his own county to (Pochalla) county to make his own people safe in a future

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        • 18 January 2013 09:32, by EES Kingmaker

          Ahmned Chol,
          Know Kuol Manyang is a politician and politicians can sometimes promise to build bridges where there are rivers. He can promise but there are other stakeholders who may not think to do work the way he needs it done. Flushing out rebels won’t be easy as there may be hidden forces apart from Khartoum that perpetuate that dirty work of killings, displacing and destablizing Jonglei State

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          • 18 January 2013 09:35, by EES Kingmaker

            Ahmed Chol
            Know K. Manyang is a politician and politicians can sometimes promise to build bridges where there are no rivers. He can promise but there are other stakeholders who may not think to do work the way he needs it done. Flushing out rebels won’t be easy as there may be hidden forces apart from Khartoum that perpetuate that dirty work of killings, displacing & destablizing Jonglei State.

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          • 18 January 2013 12:41, by Ahmed Chol

            EES Kingmaker,
            Look at what Taban did to the rebels in Unity State! He cleared his State of all rebel. That state had more than any other in the south. He didn’t wait for all directives from Juba. He did what was necessary to save lives. If what you said is true, that people if Jonglei will continue to die because other people besides Arabs want our civilians to die, then what is Kuol there for?

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            • 18 January 2013 12:48, by Ahmed Chol

              Kuol might have not be trained by SPLA in the first place or he had no intentions of doing what he said.
              Of all the training camps that I knew, non of them teaches you to announce your actual battle plans publicly in the media. What he told the public in November is causing Yau-Yau now to migrate and bring havoc to Pochalla.

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        • 19 January 2013 05:23, by ngadodo

          Ahmed Chol, Kuol Diem his Stupid person South Sudan ever have, your brothers Dinkas brought him to Murle to came and abuse Murle civilians meanwhile Murle children fighting and dying every day in his homeland Abye and he doesn’t acknowledge that. in reality Kuol Diem his not have right to do anything’s in South Sudan yet until Abye become part of South Sudan if people want to talk reality what

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          • 19 January 2013 05:29, by ngadodo

            page continuous what is different between Abye, Blue Nile, Nuba and so on because his Dinkas then president give him right to South Sudan to do anything’s he like it’s illegal in internional Law to do that.

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      • 18 January 2013 18:52, by ngadodo

        Gatkuoth you asked what is the SPLA doing? What you doing too? go yourself do what you thinking SPLA doesn’t do .I think you use fake name Gatkuot because real Nuer doesn’t talk like that, you may be Dinka Bor and you use Nuer name. if not that do you thinking SPLA they not human doesn’t want to be lives, shut your mouth up.

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    • 18 January 2013 11:25, by Chamwaranywaa

      SPLA doesn’t seem careful for its civilians. Don’t expect to hear that SPLA has taken an action against those thugs.

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  • 18 January 2013 08:38, by Ommar Bashir

    Gov of S.Sudan needs to open trade route between Pochala and Ethiopia regardless of Yau Yau being a burden on the way. South Sudan Defend Force (SSDF). can tackle Yau Yau forces at no time.

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  • 18 January 2013 08:39, by Ommar Bashir

    Gov of S.Sudan needs to open trade route between Pochala and Ethiopia regardless of Yau Yau being a burden on the way. South Sudan Defend Force (SSDF). can tackle Yau Yau forces at no time.

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  • 18 January 2013 08:55, by EES Kingmaker

    Yau Yau forces are Khartoum proxy malitias planted there to destablize Jonglei State. They must be flushed out of that State if peace, law and order is to be restored.

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  • 18 January 2013 12:04, by Foxtail

    simple! who’s Yauyau? mr. president, if i were you, this is the right time to use those choppers. enemy is enemy even if it’s your wife. this guy kills pple, loot property and rape women everyday. so Yauyau is our number enemy for now and we should use all what we have crush t. look, the tactic is, get atleast three choppers. position 1 in Akobo,pibor and bor. call in these any minute they attack

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    • 18 January 2013 19:03, by ngadodo

      Foxtail, you’re stupid person you refer what Dinkas did to Murle to be things which David yau yau did to Civilians, shut your Mouth up nothings to say.

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  • 18 January 2013 13:19, by Mapuor

    Yau Yau is heading to Ethiopian forests of Elababur to avoid dry season SPLA offensive attacks.This is just a tactical movement,SPLA should deny him access to those forests and eliminate his forces.

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  • 18 January 2013 16:54, by SouthSudaneseviews

    "...Luo Nuer and Dinka Bor." Sudan tribune propaganda continue to fuel Dinka sub-tribes’ problems in Jonglei State.

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  • 18 January 2013 16:55, by SouthSudaneseviews

    "...Luo Nuer and Dinka Bor." Sudan tribune propaganda continue to fuel Dinka sub-tribes’ problems in Jonglei State.

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  • 18 January 2013 16:55, by SouthSudaneseviews

    "...Luo Nuer and Dinka Bor." Sudan tribune propaganda continue to fuel Dinka sub-tribes’ problems in Jonglei State.

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  • 18 January 2013 16:55, by SouthSudaneseviews

    "...Luo Nuer and Dinka Bor." Sudan tribune propaganda continue to fuel Dinka sub-tribes’ problems in Jonglei State.

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  • 18 January 2013 17:01, by Alier42

    the lack of discipline within the SPLA forces is the major threat in south Sudan,the will not manage to finish Yau Yau rebel once for all, due to discipline issues within it ranks.the people who are now heading the army unit are opportunists .i am afraid,i don,t sense their success during the dry season.

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    • 18 January 2013 22:47, by panom lualbil

      ALIER42?
      You shouldnt blamed SPLA unless you didnt know its commitment during the war against Rebels and North, bro. War is what SPLA was known, but bcoz of 2day fake return militias from KHARTOUM, ur question might worth it. Fews of SPLA like YAU YAU are still fueled up by PRESIDENT BASHIR.

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  • 18 January 2013 19:22, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Southsudanviews, this website is one of the agents that causes lot of problems among tribes or even South Sudan as a nation in many cases. They don’t report based Journalism Golden Rules book.

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