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S. Sudan opposition group denies links with Upper Nile militias


February 10, 2013 (JUBA) - The opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), has no links with the militia group that clashed with South Sudan army (SPLA) in Upper Nile state on Thursday last week, an official said.

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Lam Akol who heads the opposition SPLM-DC party (splm-dc)

Sisto Olur Erista, the acting Secretary General of the party dismissed reports alleging SPLM-DC was backing these militias, adding they are a political party not allied to any armed groups in any part of the new nation.

“These are not new allegations. We have said many times that SPLM-DC is a political party. We do not have any militia group and we do not have any connection with any armed groups anywhere in this country. We have said this time again, but still there are people who have continued to make unfounded claims,” Erista told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

He said most of the claims labeled against the party were baseless, with no evidence to support such allegations.

A breakaway faction of the South Sudan’s ruling party, the SPLM-DC was formed in 2009 in order to contest the 2010 general election.

As the only candidate to stand against the incumbent President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir, Lam Akol received 7.01% of the vote. The SPLM-DC won 2 of the 170 seats in the National Assembly, officially becoming South Sudan’s largest opposition party.

The army said it repulsed a militia attack on Thursday, in which seven rebels died in Obudi area of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

“The army was able to repulse an attack carried out by the militias in our territory. The SPLA will continue to protect the people of South Sudan from such aggression”, SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer told a media briefing in Juba, the South Sudan capital Friday.

He accused the Sudanese government of backing the militias, a claim Khartoum denies.

The incident comes barely a week after the SPLA said one of its soldiers died in a ground and air attack allegedly carried out by the armed forces from neighbouring Sudan in the Renk county of Upper Nile.

At least three people, the army said, were wounded during the attack, which is reported to have displaced thousands of women, children and the elderly in the state.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, but tensions between the two nations almost triggered a border conflict in April last year. A 2005 peace deal allowed South Sudan to opt for independence, but many other aspects of the deal, such as the status of disputed areas and demarcation of the border have not yet been fully implemented.

The two sides signed a deal in September last year that would have allowed South Sudan to resume oil exports - stopped a year ago over a transit fee dispute - and create a demilitarised buffer zone on the tense border.

However, implementation of the deal has stalled over security issues, with Sudan accusing the South of backing its former comrades who fight the Sudanese army in South Kordofan and Blue Nile - both of which border Upper Nile state.

Khartoum and Juba deny accusations of supporting rebel groups from both sides.


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  • 11 February 2013 06:14, by master

    what about 14 SPLA insect killed yesterday in jongli

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    • 11 February 2013 08:43, by Nuer Empire

      Please Master,refrain from being idiot of all times.Don’t make your idiotic dramatic comments associating the killing of innocent population with insects.If you have any problems with SPLA,go and fight with them and you find the consequences. Deaths to you son of bitch.
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 11 February 2013 09:20, by Bentiu Elite

      This group of the MENTALLY RETARDED called SPLM-DC should stop denying this well known fact ....SPLM-DC has militia in Uper Nile ...the presence of their Stupid leader Lam Akol in an enemy country(SUDAN)is a big proof . Kiir have to take greater care with this GROUP...they give information about SPLA to the Sudan embassy in Juba ...they are working hard to make South Sudan fail.

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  • 11 February 2013 06:44, by Chol A.

    Ooh! Do we have insect soldiers what sort master are you? Call your own solider insect or are one of those allergic to SPLA?

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    • 11 February 2013 07:31, by Panda Odhie

      where is Lam Akol living ,is he in Southern Sudan or Northern Sudan?

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  • 11 February 2013 08:02, by George Bol

    Rebel in Upper Nile are remnants of Gabriel Tang who was captured around Malakal in Upper Nile. These rebel militia attacked Akobo in Jonglei and they accused Murle. banyping and Tang militia must stop nyagatism.

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    • 11 February 2013 08:48, by Nuer Empire

      Oh George Bol:You are under your loggerhead man! The killing was done by Murle under their support from Kuol Manyang who are now against him.He gave them guns to fight Yau Yau,but now looking for every one including him. Don’t confuse all the times.Gar ciek e thar ral3!
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 11 February 2013 09:48, by wang

      George Bol
      Did the late George Athor force fully integrate into South Army? If your answer is No, then you are blind idiot man. The recent Akobo attack that was carryout by Murle plus those few Dinka is shanking the whole South now dude. Retaliation: would be far worse than those had taken place before. Just wait and see what will be happening in a next few months.

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  • 11 February 2013 08:54, by william

    Useless capability of lam Akol is what let him down during 2010 presidential election. Shame on traitor. He is denying the allegation while he is currently in Khartuom.

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  • 11 February 2013 12:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I support Dr. Lam talked no connection with armed unit in south sudan. Only opt is defeat president kiir from power.

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