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Defected Unity state army commander forms new interim administration

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December 22, 2013 (BENTIU) – The fourth division commander of the South Sudan army (SPLA) in Unity state has announced a new interim administration, a day after he defected to the opposition forces and assumed governorship of the oil-rich region.

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

In a military decree read on-air Bentiu FM, Maj. Gen James Koang Chuol put in place an interim administration, comprising of six state supervisors and seven county commissioners.

He appointed James Nguany Chakuoth as the new speaker of Unity state legislative assembly, which is to be deputised by Petro Juoi Machar.

According to the decree, those nominated shall work under the supervision of the new state governor.

On Saturday, Koang declared that he had deposed the caretaker governor and that his forces were no longer loyal to president Salva Kiir. He also accused former governor Joseph Nguen Monytuel of an alleged attempt to kill him, in what he said was a coordinated plan.

Speaking on state and private radio stations on Saturday, Koang ordered state ministers to remain in their homes, but called on civil servants to continue working as normal.

He said president Kiir, his vice-president and Unity state’s acting governor had fuelled the fighting which began in the capital, Juba, on 15 December and has since spread throughout the country.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) 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 months after severe tensions emerged between senior members of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) following the dismissal of the country’s entire cabinet, vice-president Riek Machar and the suspension of the SPLM’s secretary-general, Pagan Amum, in July.

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

But Machar, who initially denied any involvement in the alleged coup, has now confirmed the existence of a rebellion against the current regime, describing Kiir as an “illegal” president.

FULL LIST OF APPOINTEES

- Hon. James Nguany Chakuoth - speaker of Unity state
- Dr. Petro Juoi Machar - deputy speaker
- Major. Simon Chuol Biel
- Col. Abraham Lony Biel
- Major. John Bol Mayak
- Koang Dalenga Ruathdel

NEW LIST OF STATE COMMISSIONERS

- Major. Peter Gatpan Goak Deng - Payinjiar county
- Manasa Liep Reek - Leer county
- James Gatluak Chuol - Mayiandit county
- Biel Matuek - Rubkotna County
- Brigadier General Liah Diu - Guit County
- Captain. George Gatloi Koang - Koch County
- Hon. Peter Dak Khan - Mayom County

(ST)

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  • 22 December 2013 15:21, by omoni jr.

    we all put blames on salva kiir

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    • 22 December 2013 15:27, by omoni jr.

      Here is the cause of the problem, salva kiir body gaurds mostly Dinka tried to disarmed their fellow colleagues mostly Nuer by force, and they refuese dismament and fired shots on air,so then Kiir militias reacted brutally and started shooting inddiscrimanately .And they started hunting Nuer civilans who got nothing to do with kiir’s politics and slaughtered like goats .So who are you blaming here

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      • 22 December 2013 15:33, by omoni jr.

        Now , all Dinka pointed their dirty hands to Reik machar and peter Gadet. Those two guys were reacted and rebelled and they heard that their civilians mostly women, children ,and elders were mercilessy and brutally murdered by salva kiir gaurds in cold-blood. And there are too many witnesses and including some journalists,they said that governement forces were hunting for particular tribe.

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        • 22 December 2013 15:39, by omoni jr.

          Te me who else on this earth can let his or her relatives,clans, and tribes being kiiled and do nothing to stupid??????????? This is the good lesson i like from Nuer people, it is better to dismantle this jungle called RSS and than having somebody who represent one tribe and said he is the president of RSS. SALVA KIIR do not like the WORD Democracy at all. he do not want anyone talking about it.

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          • 22 December 2013 16:03, by Ahmed Chol

            Kiir has push other people to come with their own decrees: Go ahead with your military decree No.1. Make sure that they are not as meaningless as Kiir’s decrees.

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            • 22 December 2013 18:00, by Peter Mading

              People of South Sudan are making and building bad history

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      • 22 December 2013 16:59, by Beny yomnhoi

        unity state has become a country of rebel with only Speaker,who is being supervisor by those six rebel supervisor.Nuer are all greedy for leadership even kitchen man can assume position of commissioner ship,what a useless communities without shame.

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    • 22 December 2013 17:02, by Dumodit

      Let’s watch this interim Administration of Koang whether secede or fail to control Bentiu insecurity on civilians

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    • 22 December 2013 17:30, by Mapuor

      Hahahahaaaaa Nyagaats.Where is Pariang and Abiemnhom.Those areas are 100B% under Mayardit.Equatorians who remained behind when Dinkas fled were all killed by this illiterate Nuer General.Bull has declared war on Leek and Jikeny.Nyagaats.Now who supports you.Where will get money yaa Nyagaat.No peace talks this time.Alluta continua

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      • 23 December 2013 08:17, by Mayom County Boy

        To" Mapour please mind your self about what you are talking about dou know our position right now we people of mayom county ?

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    • 23 December 2013 05:47, by mathem jech amer

      HRW
      What about the member of Riek group called Human Right Watch, why are they keeping quiet about fighting in Bor, Akobo and Bentiu where members of Dinka tribe are targetted, that shows HRW is one sided and we will not tolerate this, they will be kicked out of Juba to join their Riek forces to report there.

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  • 22 December 2013 16:08, by Dengdittueny

    It is clear that Nuer are forming their own nation in unity state. Congratulations for your new nation in. Bentiu.

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  • 22 December 2013 17:07, by sanduksanduk

    Dinka are not in equatoria u dirty thing. Go find them in Gogrial. Equatoria for Equatorians. Just get out of Mongalla before Museveni comes. We do not want all of u. It is a shame sharing South Sudan with u.

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    • 22 December 2013 17:36, by Thokidine

      Hi mrs Equotoria, we know from day 1 dat u are Ugandan and not south Sudanese, it was proved when u were hiding and changing ur nationality to be Ugandan those days when bullets were flying like a hell of rain. Equotoria have jus appeared after announcing that Juba become the capital city for S.Sudan, we don’t even know that u are so more like the numbers we are seeing. Anyway, if it is shame to

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      • 22 December 2013 17:44, by Thokidine

        Cont... Share de country, why don’t (equotorians) leave south Sudan n go back to ur father’s home (M7) n leave de land as the geographical division has declared south Sudan. There will be no worry if u are gone as u are contributing nothing to our Country rather than consuming the little we have. Go to hell if u don’t want us to share this lovely land of our with u.

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        • 22 December 2013 23:06, by sanduksanduk

          GO AWAY.What contribution apart from killings and destructions. Go kill in upper nile or gogrial because that is what u know best. U have no moral compass. Equatoria will never be ur battleground u filthy thing.

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  • 22 December 2013 17:39, by Monyjang

    sudan tribune lying all the time, james kaong chuol is not defect guys. he the only nuer recue 700 people from bhar el ghazal in unity state.south sudan government are suppose to shot this sudan tribune down, I don’t like it any more, they create this website for tribalism.

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    • 22 December 2013 17:56, by Sir King

      Dear military leaders, just go ahead with messes but make sure and kindly indeed, protect the civilians. Please don’t repeat the mistake in lives. The citizens of South Sudan beg you to offer them protections. You need to be in power so that you lead citizens and if u kill them, then u will lead nobody.

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  • 22 December 2013 18:13, by Majongdit

    James Koang Chuol looks in the photo published here as if he is in a coffin! Just take a careful look at the picture, its design and structure - it is a complete coffin.

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  • 22 December 2013 18:19, by Majongdit

    Koang is a mad uneducated militia who rose the rank of a maj. Gen. through the integration of militias of Matip Nhial. I wonder where does he get powers to appoint and where will he get funds for his govt. For how long he will be there, we shall come to know but the good thing is that we are there to witness all this scenario.

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    • 22 December 2013 18:51, by Toney Toney Matot

      Majongdit,
      this is what we have bee telling Equatorian that the Nuer are the most greediest people in this planet.see how this stooge general behave now. did he declared Nuer country with in South Sudan.donkey remains donkey always.

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  • 22 December 2013 20:40, by marie

    Salva Kiir and his cohorts are very stupid. He thinks he would massacre innocent Nuer civilians in Juba by using his trained presidential guards and people would just keep silent. The atrocities he committed during the liberation war was hidden from the international community, but you are now a president of a state. Pray that you are not indicted by ICC.

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  • 22 December 2013 20:46, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Any person from Dinka tribe involve in this conflict is totally stupid. This is not between Dinka and Nuer, this is conflicts among greedies of South Sudan. Please judeg thing properly before your rush to. There was not "coup" at all as some tries to justified lust conflicts.

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  • 23 December 2013 11:59, by Gabriel Ajak

    I don’t know where is my bro Midiit? is he with Nuer president Riak De Machar on run?

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  • 23 December 2013 17:35, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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  • 24 December 2013 13:52, by Black Africa

    We Equatorians, we will not allow juba to be as a battlefield of Dinka and Nuer , that’s why we don’t want Juba to be the capital city of South Sudan.

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