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Unity state: Defected general in full control of Mayom, says commissioner


December 23, 2013 (BENTIU) - The commissioner of Mayom county in South Sudan’s Unity state told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the area was completely under the control of forces from the national army who defected last week.

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Map of South Sudan’s Unity State.

Commissioner Peter Dak Khan’s comments come in response to a statement by former rebel group the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), who claimed that division four of the South Sudanese army, under defected commander James Koang was not in control of Unity state.

After days of tension in Unity state, Koang defected on Friday evening accusing members of the fourth division’s tank unit of trying to kill him.

On Saturday declared himself the military governor of Unity state after ousting the incumbent, Joseph Nguen Monytuil.

Koang announced on Saturday that the cabinet had been sacked. However, he appointed a new cabinet and reinstated Khan as the commissioner of Mayom county. He had been relieved the day before by Monytuil.

Khan described Gordon Buay’s statements denying that Koang’s forces were in control of Unity state as propaganda and criticised the SSLA’s "baseless" warning that it would retake the state capital, Bentiu, from Koang’s forces if he did not surrender with three days.

Mayom county is currently quiet and secure, Mayom said.

The SSLA’s forces in the area have not yet been integrated into the SPLA. Khan said that the SSLA had around 200 combatants in Mayom, rather than the 5,000 as claimed by Gordon Buay.

Khan said that South Sudanese who had killed their brothers on the basis of their ethnicity had betrayed the young nation. The figure of 500 dead has been used since the first few days of the fighting, which began in Juba last week when soldiers from the Presidential Guards clashed in contest circumstances.

President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar and others of planning a coup but they all deny this. Many senior leaders have been detained but Machar remains on the run and now claims to be leading a rebellion against Kiir.

The commissioner told Sudan Tribune that people in the area, who are mainly from the Nuer ethnic group, had become angered by reports that their relatives had been targeted in Juba during after the fighting began on 15 December.

Khan said that young men from Mayom were ready to protect the county if youth from other states tried to attack Unity state.

Despite the turmoil of the last few days Sudan Tribune witnessed the resumption normal business in Bentiu and Rubkotna towns with traders opening shops.

The fourth division commander, James Koang, has repeated that his forces are ready to protect the people of Unity state.


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  • 24 December 2013 05:57, by Bentiu son

    Congratulation bravo Mr Peter Dak Khan for national stance, Yes, our innocent civilians had been targeted due for their being from Nuer Community were Dr Machar hails.Those gluttonous Nuer boys( camjiec) in Juba must shut their nattering mouths n must refrain from being used against their siblings due for money n fake ranks from illegitimate Gogrial Chief Salva Kiir.Yes,we the Bentiueans in

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    • 24 December 2013 06:05, by Bentiu son

      in particular n South Sudanese at large are moving n dancing with you guys side by side.We had reached the gear of no U-turn at all,either u stand with us leading by Dr Machar or enemies leading by incompetent illegal Dinka Rek President Salvatore.We in home n in diaspora standing firm with you till victory,Congratulation too to our New Governor Gen James Koang Chuol the hero of democracy n human

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      • 24 December 2013 06:13, by Bentiu son

        rights in South Sudan History. We shall continue fight till Salva Kiir step down either peacefully or forcefully through the barrel of guns.The mad boy Gordon Buay Malek a Dinka bred should not fed the public with lies,rumors n fabrication baseless reports.Comrades go ahead, the whole nation is behind you, Salva Kiir n his yesmen/women,comdeians, failure formers State Governors Kuol n Malong Awan

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        • 24 December 2013 06:20, by Bentiu son

          ,dictator Makuei Ngooth,plus their Dinka-Nuer traitors Dr Riek Gai Kok,puppet Magok Rundial n big traitor Kok Ruei will drink the bloods of 4000 Nuer civilians murdered by their boss killer Salva Kiir who killed Dr John Garang,Gen George Athor Deng,Isaiah Abraham, Col Gatluak Gai n hero Pagan Amum.

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      • 24 December 2013 06:14, by Gat Gan Kiir

        Mighty Nuer Youth around the country are crying calling for war, war, war and war for good eight weeks. They were told that their relatives were slaughters by in Juba by Doot Bany/ youth belong to Kiir. They call for war to bring those murders either a live or dead.

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      • 24 December 2013 13:41, by Hardlinner

        bentiu son,all I know is no dinka will be rule by riek and his militias. in fact I have never seen any nation rule by primitive. riek is only fit to rule foolish nuers no body else. there is no chance that any dinka can except to be rule by dr death(riek).death to uncivilized riek and his militias.

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    • 24 December 2013 06:12, by Chol A.

      Ahhaaaaa, liar liar, but I am sorry for betraying innocent Nuer in unity sate because they suffer more than you while you will be on run soon to your usual masters in Khartoum.please your doors are close by Bashir you be like fly inside bottle.

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    • 24 December 2013 06:16, by Chol A.

      Ahhaaaaa, liar liar, but I am sorry for betraying innocent Nuer in unity sate because they suffer more than you while you will be on run soon to your usual masters in Khartoum.please your doors are close by Bashir you be like fly inside bottle.

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  • 24 December 2013 10:53, by wang

    Too many thanks to Peter Dak Khan, the commissioner of Mayom county and against, you are true Nuer soon…please Khan! Treats those like Gordon Buay as a lost boy…He (Gordon Buay) in our suicide watch lists

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  • 24 December 2013 18:28, by dinkagloble

    Bor has been recapture from rebels and Gadet is fear dead! More to come!

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