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S. Sudan army says in control of all states except Jonglei


December 20, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s army (SPLA) says it is in “full control” of all the country’s 10 states, with the exception of Jonglei where one of its division commanders, Peter Gadet Yak, has mutinied, the military’s spokesperson, Phillip Aguer, said.

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SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer (AP)

Gadet switched allegiance in protest at alleged targeted killings of members of his ethnic group, the Nuer, following the eruption of fighting between rival factions of the presidential guard forces in the capital, Juba.

“The SPLA is in full control of the general situation in the country, except [for] some few places in Jonglei”, the spokesperson said, adding that it is only a “matter of time” before the army regains full control of the state.

There have also been reports of tension within the SPLA’s divisions in Unity and Upper Nile, which also have a high number of Nuer soldiers, although Aguer maintains the situation is under control.

“The chief of general staff has been in constant contact with SPLA forces in Unity and Upper Nile states, which are controlling the general security situation there. There is no problem”, he said.

He also denied that the SPLA’s general headquarters in Juba had lost communications with the commander of division four in Unity state.

Aguer told Sudan Tribune that the army was meeting at the general headquarters north of Juba to discuss the general security situation across the country.

The senior military officer did not provide specific details of the meeting, but expressed hope that stability would soon be restored.

Many observers and independent analysts have expressed deep concerns that any outbreak of fighting in Unity and Upper Nile could affect the flow of oil to international markets through the territory of neighbouring Sudan.

However state officials and the central government maintain that oil production has not been interrupted, despite emerging reports indicating that Chinese oil companies have pulled out their staff to Unity capital Bentiu following clashes between local staff at two oil fields.

South Sudan relies on oil revenues for around 90% of its income.

The United Nations in South Sudan (UNMISS) says it is providing shelter for civilians in at least five state capitals, including Juba and the restive Jonglei capital, Bor.

South Sudan’s information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said oil is continuing to flow, but an official at the ministry of petroleum and mining said 250 oil workers have been displaced to the UN headquarters in Bentiu town after being targeted in tribal clashes.

“The current security situation in Unity [state] will definitely affect oil production and operation”, an official, who did not want to be identified, told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“The situation has taken [on a] tribal dimension, so the company decided to relocate these workers who are now facing [the] problem of food and water. We have made the report to the president about this situation and we are waiting for a response”, the official added.


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  • 21 December 2013 09:32, by Kenyang

    A fox Riek is not shitting in same place (Bor) as he knows very well it’s same dry season of 1991 he barely made it out a life. He’s not even near that place but his lunatic man, Gadet could be Joseph Odhuo ll.

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    • 21 December 2013 11:11, by Bentiu son

      Idiot Philip Aguer,don’t lies to public,Unity State is not under your control anymore. You had lost it since yesterday, your puppet Governor Dr Nguen is on run right now. All the nine counties had fallen into the hands of our gallant forces.Big shame for SPLA command for permitted Ugandan mercenaries in South Sudan territory.You had violated ur mandated which is defense our sovereigns n integrity

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      • 21 December 2013 11:30, by Hardlinner

        riek is only fit to rule nuer land not south sudan. him with his low IQ militias lack qualities of good leaders. they are just criminals. there are mentality fit nuers that can rule south sudan not Riek with his savage Gatdet. marial Benjamin and James Hoth better step up as leading nuer politicians. Riek lack reasoning just like Gatdet.

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      • 21 December 2013 16:38, by Beny yomnhoi

        what are you going to gain if you kill your friend who eat with you?now my uncle was working in unity state and he was kill in cold blood what idiot behind his killing.am here in Juba with other Nuer community from unity who has just come out with me from training but i can not take such idiot step because they eat with me,chat with me and i cannot loss their vision on my sight by betraying them.

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        • 21 December 2013 16:45, by Beny yomnhoi

          am proud of Dinka attitude of doing things.
          1-Dinkas are not tamper give to their.
          2-Dinkas are not easy to do simple which can bring shame.
          3-Dinkas think over something before taking any action.
          4-Dinkas does not easily lose social well being in the past.
          if you are not a dinka you can not attain character for Dinkas life

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  • 21 December 2013 12:55, by Marco Bul

    @Bentiu Son.
    Do you still believe in sovereignity when you are celebrating tribal fighting??

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  • 21 December 2013 13:41, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Oil production is only 60,000 bpd.It is coming down very quickly.After the oil shutdown , the wells need huge investments to put them back into their full capacity of production.The Chinese & Malaysians are not willing to put more money, due to lack of security.Oil industry needs continious investments.It was Pagan’s decission to shut down production.Let him enjoy it now.

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  • 21 December 2013 22:54, by Thyinka

    Riek, Gadet and Koang Chuol will likely die this year and sooner than later. There are better Nuer leaders who can unite Nuer with the rest of South Sudanese rather than always looking to divide people along tribal lines.

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