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December 21, 2013 (BENTIU) - The fourth division commander of South Sudan’s army in oil-producing Unity state has declared that he has deposed the caretaker governor and that his forces were no longer loyal to President Salva Kiir.

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Commander of the SPLA’s fourth division in Unity state, Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol, on 25 February 2013 (ST)

Speaking over state and private radio stations on Saturday morning, James Koang Chuol said he had overthrown governor, Joseph Nguen Monytuel after uncovering an alleged plot to have him assassinated.

Koang said that the fourth division’s tank unit allegedly tried to kill him at around 7pm on Friday evening upon being ordered by Monytuel at the behest of senior members of the military in Juba.

Addressing the people of Unity state, Koang ordered the state ministers to remain in their homes, but called on civil servants to continue working as normal.

The fourth division commander said president Kiir, his vice president and the former caretaker governor of Unity state had fueled the fighting that has now spread throughout the country, since it began in the capital, Juba on 15 December.

Human Rights Watch and other sources have reported that some of the fighting in Juba targeted citizens on the basis of their tribe, after clashes between Dinka and Nuer members of the presidential guard.

The violence comes after severe tension with senior members of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) following the dismissal of the country’s cabinet, vice president and the suspension of the SPLM’s secretary general Pagan Amum earlier in July.

President Kiir has accused his opponents within the SPLM of staging a coup and has arrested at least 11 senior figures. Former vice president Riek Machar, whom Kiir accuses of masterminding the alleged plot, is now on the run, but advised the latter to step down.

Machar told the former BBC correspondent, James Copnall that Koang was the new governor of Unity state, while Peter Gadet who is fighting for control Bor, is the military governor of Unity state.

The ex-vice president confirmed that he was now in rebellion and the former Unity state governor Taban Deng who was sacked earlier this year was physically with him.

Machar said that he would only enter talk talks if all those detained were allowed safe passage to a neighbouring country like Ethiopia.

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Commander Koang has ordered Deng’s successor, who he described as the "former" governor of Unity state to "report himself to the state government" adding that the consequence of not doing so "shall not be blamed on us."

While speaking over Bentiu FM 99 Koang called on all soldiers under his control to respect diversity of all South Sudan’s tribes not target any individual on the basis of their ethnicity.

He said he was working to bring peace for all South Sudanese whatever their despite their religion, tribes or clan.

He urged his men to refrain from taking revenge for the violence of the week and said he had been forced to take control of Unity state for the welfare of all South Sudanese citizens.

Koang called on the people of Unity state to remain calm, adding that his forces were willing to protect them with their lives.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune after his radio address, Koang reiterated that his actions were prompted by the alleged assassination attempt against him by the state’s tank unit.

"We have been targeted. I myself, I was targeted and the leadership of the South Sudan ordered the major, commanding officer of tanks unit, to kill me. But I thank God I was not killed in that incident yesterday and my forces manage to control the situation by fighting the tanks", he said by phone.

Wang Chok, a brigadier general in Unity state’s fourth division described Friday’s take over of the state as a "coordinated action".

"What had happened yesterday was [a] coordinated action that was coordinated from Juba together with the former caretaker governor Unity state [Joseph Nguen Monytuel] and that coordinated action was an action to kill the whole command" of the SPLA’s fourth division", he told Sudan Tribune.

(ST)

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  • 21 December 2013 17:30, by Marco Bul

    Is this the "Kaclora" you were yearning for or is it lust for big stomach?? Forget about tribalism and embrace nationalism.

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  • 21 December 2013 17:34, by dude

    Kim Deng, we the Naath Nuer should not be killing the Dinka Bor this time. This war is not tribal but a political one. Remember that Nyandeng Garang and Dr. Riek Machar are on one side. There is no need of Killing innocent Dinka Bor. People who should be Killed are president Kiir, and his corruptors ministries. I will repeat this is not a tribal war therefore any Dinka living in Jonglie should not

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  • 21 December 2013 17:38, by dude

    be killed. Remember that we also have a lot of Nuer working with the government in Bhar El Gazal. My uncles are there. This war is evil and the evil has encircling all of us and no body is left out. remember that South Sudan is cursed by Gundeng Bong. IF we do not show love to each other, we will all die no matter where you are. You need to embrace national unity. We are one people and we only

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    • 22 December 2013 01:57, by Hardlinner

      dude, I’m sorry to waste time commenting on your post. I didn’t know that you are one those who lack reasoning to identify what is natural and what is not. ngundeng prophecies are just like any prophecies whether be it in Bible of Qoran and are all myths. myths are unfounded and do not find any base in structural universe. in fact there is no God or Evil. riek and gatdet are epitome of an evil.

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      • 22 December 2013 03:56, by Ito

        Mr. Rommel, I think you are well informed about the history of liberation struggle in South Sudan but you seem to give all credits and efforts of all other tribes to Dinka. I am from fro Equatoria and I know about Nuer and Dinka. Nuer can defeat dinka in one day if Equatoria don’t stand with spla mainstream. Thanks is suppose to go to equatorians. Even some unbiased Dinkas admit the truth.

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        • 22 December 2013 05:40, by Rommel

          Ito:
          Keep your pathetic lies and delusions to yourself. There were virtually no Equatorian soldiers when we defeated Riek’s troops at Gut-Makur, Wuor Baar, Gem, Kuac Deng, Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod.

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  • 21 December 2013 17:42, by dude

    identify ourselves with marks. The Nuer president shall declare that no marks in our forheads because they are very divisive. This is what I am going to campaign on after this evil war. I am sure there is going to be a long peace after this war. please let the army deal with Salva Kiir. Civilians should not be killed because they do not know. The are innocent.

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  • 21 December 2013 17:54, by hamil

    I condemn this war along tribal lines in the strongest terms. We should be ashamed of ourselves for fighting for over 20 years and unanimously give birth to a two years old Nation only to destroy it. we have disappointed John Garang and our fallen Heroes with this barbarism. People did not realize what tribalism would result to and now we have seen the outcome. This is a lesson to all S.Sudanese

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    • 21 December 2013 18:03, by Ahmed Chol

      Hamil,
      Blame Kiir, the dumbest man on earth, why does he dissolved democratic structures which are the heart of the government? Why does he dissolved the political Bureau and the National Liberation Council?

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      • 21 December 2013 18:05, by Ahmed Chol

        these two structures are not under his mandate to touch in anyway. This has the implication of rejecting the public with the officials they elect. Death to Kiir!

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        • 21 December 2013 18:09, by Ahmed Chol

          Some called it Dinkocracy but I call Kiirocracy. During the war, Kiir has never captured a single town from Jallaba when given troops. He was said to be associated with some bad luck in war. In fact people refused to called him stupid rather to blame his unluckiness. Kiir is nothing compared to people like Oyai Deng, the well know hero of all times.

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        • 22 December 2013 14:05, by BM-21

          Ahmed Chol/Ahmed Chuol.
          why do you come back from follow;your step father Riak Machar?
          you will die very soon.

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    • 21 December 2013 19:09, by Beny yomnhoi

      Hamil
      you ready people forget what they fought for widow of late fall prostitute to Dr Riak and forget her late husband John Garang who die for sacrifice this country but she do not know that there is no friend for Nuer community,they behave like dog if you do give meat,it will still it later but Dinka are serious you can not cheat them

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  • 21 December 2013 17:59, by dude

    Upper nile is under Nuer control because the three (3) States are actually Nuer. So there is no need to bother, if Salva Kiir called and contacts, Just say yes they are under his control, and in reality, they are not. They are all under the control of Dr. Machar. This is a political war not a tribal one. Please let the Army our SPLA Forces Deal with Salva Kiir.

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    • 21 December 2013 18:51, by Beny yomnhoi

      Nuer communities
      you have been rebellion since the beginning of liberation but south Sudan, still Dinkas and other minority group until today.even if all Nuer community involve in rebellion south Sudan will call south Sudan without you.whom do you think will be your friend in SS even people of your supporter are kill and capture like jonglei state but soon you get your ass out of that state even U

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  • 21 December 2013 18:08, by hellonearth

    i don’t see any dinka person smiling now, the oil that you were giving Bashit and his Government days are now over. Kuun Pouch fuck you, big time. i want to have your fucking head you useless human shit.

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    • 21 December 2013 18:31, by dude

      Hellonearth, there is no Need to fuck Kun because (Kun) actuall means (a rat). You cannot fuck Kun. You cannot fuck a rat. We can just let it go and release to the forest where he can be eaten by snake or die naturally.

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    • 21 December 2013 18:55, by Kenyang

      Helloeartth,
      Don’t get too excited yet till you see opportunists jumping forth & back, lol. This is war and it’s just starting. But no, there isn’t supposed to be a fight in Unity or Upper Nile States as they’re largely concentrated by one tribe if they decide to rejoin Riek rebellion.

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  • 21 December 2013 18:16, by Kenyang

    Events are separating themselves as expected and Cdr James along with power-hungry man are exactly where they were supposed to be, former traitors who can be legitimate rebels/opposition but never belong to SPLM/SPLA . James, as South Sudanese you have right to rebel for whatever reason just stop lying. No where can a tank unit be mobilized to kill one man.

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  • 21 December 2013 18:26, by Snipper

    Have your day easy guys! You are just fighting for nothing after all when Dinka respond in the next few days, it will be worse

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  • 21 December 2013 18:46, by jijury

    BREAKING NEWS: Kachlora is declared. Incompetent Kiir must reap what he sow. He refused dialogue now Kiir and his Uganda’s father Museveni will pay the price. The war is not Dinka and Nuer it’s between Kiir and his followers including some Nuer. It’s also btw Kiir’s Guelweng forces versus innocent Nuer civilians and the entire SPLM at large.

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    • 21 December 2013 19:17, by Mohammed Ali 2

      This could have not bene done without the help of the so called SRF.They were under the control of Taban Deng for a very long time.Now the coaltion of Garang’s Son’s/orphans both"Pagan, Arman, Agar , Al Hilou & Abeyei gang" and Machar Neuer Militia is in full control of most of the oil fields in SS.Never-the-less SAF shouldn’t be pulled towards this quagmire.....con

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  • 21 December 2013 19:27, by Majongdit

    This a mere pretense Mr Koang. You will live to regret the decision you have made today. Has anybody told you what happened in Bor? Bor has been recaptured by SPLA and more than half of Gadet forces have surrendered to SPLA.
    Expect the same in Bentiu soon!

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  • 21 December 2013 19:40, by Mapuor

    will there really be Nuers in Western Nile.Panyijar,Mayendit,Mayom must be empty in three days come what may.Forces in Pariang and Rueng will crush Guit and Koc ahaha what a golden opportunity.Today is not 1991.Am sure greater Bhar El Gazal will do the job nicely.Just surrender guys

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  • 21 December 2013 20:03, by kimo

    uganda is siding with salvakirr,some rumors are spreading that ugandan special forces alreadyin south sudan are given orders to locate dr riek machar and liquidate him

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  • 21 December 2013 20:06, by Mapuor

    Its not a surprise to see all Nuer illiterate generals rebelling and killing their juniors who are mainly Dinkas and highly educated at the same time.Promotions of freedom fighters, majority of whom were Dinkas has ever been rejected by Nygaat Hoth Mai,Oyai Deng Ajak,Majak Agot,Pieng Deng,Mathok Geng and others.Now all officers are now killed by your Nyagaats after being disarmed.

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  • 21 December 2013 21:27, by Black Africa

    The only solution to solve South Sudan problem ,President Salva Kiir must resign for the sake of the people of South Sudan , without doing so there will be no peace in our beloved country . I have said it long time ago to avoid civil war in South Sudan , Salva Kiir and Reik Machar must resign for the sake or benefit of the people of South Sudan to avoid civil war.

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    • 22 December 2013 02:29, by Hardlinner

      riek and kiir should resign from politics and that apply to all defector such Gatdet yak and other nuer frequent defectors. pangan, nyandeng, majak agot, gier chuong chirino and many more should also resign from politics. these are just for power nothing else. they certainly do not know that they are just there to represent the general population not themselves.

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  • 21 December 2013 22:53, 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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    • 22 December 2013 05:08, by Bentiu son

      Idiot Thyinka,those gluttons(camjiec) you are talking about have no popularity among the entire Nuer n South Sudan as whole,so standing with them is a waste of your times n money.Your foolish President Kiir had chased away heavy weight Nuer boys those of Dr Machar,John Luk Jok,Ezekiel Lul n Taban Deng Gai n their brave commanders those Gen Gatduel Gatluak who captured Panthou, Gen Gatdet Yak,

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      • 22 December 2013 05:22, by Bentiu son

        General James Koang Chuol,Gen Makal Kol n Gen Wang Chok who commanded SPLA that destroyed Juba bridge n almost captured Juba in 1992.We have now reached the gear of no U-turn, Kiir has only two options either resign peaceful let democracy prevails or he will be oust by bullet.Those 4000 innocent Nuer killed their souls will recall him soon.James Wani No way man to resign,u n Kiir your days are No/

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  • 22 December 2013 02:02, by SPLA

    THIS CAN ONLY GET WORSE FOR KIIR AND HIS BATCH OF KILLER GUARDS. WARNING TO DINKA BAR EL GHAZEL, YOUR DAYS IN GOV’T ARE NUMBERED.

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    • 22 December 2013 02:08, by SPLA

      MORE DEFECTIONS TO FOLLOW THEN FULL ON WAR ON DINKA.

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      • 22 December 2013 02:37, by Hardlinner

        SPLA, I don’t think any other wiser tribes will join your doomed nuer rebellion. so far all nuers with defection tendencies have already done so. so don’t hope for more defection from any where other than from nuer land.

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  • 22 December 2013 04:58, by dude

    Gundeng Bong is working.

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  • 22 December 2013 05:09, by Mi diit

    BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
    Dr. Machar’s forces have controlled Mangala military base in Central Equatoria. Mangala is about 30 kilometers to Juba. They may reach Juba soon as they are pushing Kiir’s forces back to Juba. Dr. Machar oyeeee....Juba will fall soon. Incompetent Kiir will NEVER celebrate Christday as teh leader!

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    • 22 December 2013 05:47, by Bentiu son

      AMENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!! Dr Machar oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Gen Gony Biliew Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee,Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Upper State in some hours will fallen under our Gallant Forces n captured Kun(rat in Nuer)Puoch the puppet Governor soon.8,000 Lou Nuer Youths are on their way to Juba to rescues their siblings from UN compound, today good news come

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  • 22 December 2013 05:25, by dude

    Mi diit nice to so you brother

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