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Malakal not in rebel hands says Upper Nile governor

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December 25, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government said on Wednesday that troops loyal to its administration remain in control of much of Upper Nile, the country’s second largest oil-producing state.

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Simon Kun Puoch, the Governor of Upper Nile State © Boboya Simon Wudu

Upper Nile’s governor dismissed as "completely rubbish" claims that forces loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar, had captured Malakal. Large parts of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) have defected in Jonglei and in South Sudan’s main oil-producer, Unity state.

The SPLA said that they has retaken Bor on Tuesday after mutineers led by General Peter Gadet took control of the Jonglei state capital last week.

"Much of the Upper Nile state remains under the government. Yes, there has been a fighting since Tuesday but the SPLA forces have been able to quickly flash out those attempting to destabilize security situation”, Simon Kun Puoc, Upper Nile’s governor of the area told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Puoc did not disclose where he was speaking from. Sources close to him claim he fled to Paloch, an area with airstrip within the territorial jurisdiction of Melut county, which is located between Renk and Malakal.

Ateny Wek Ateny, the spokesperson of South Sudan’s president told Sudan Tribune that Upper Nile state has experienced fighting between armed elements aligned to Machar and those loyal to the government led by President Salva Kiir .

"Yes there has been a heavy fighting in Malakal and the surroundings between the forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar and the government since Tuesday but the town remains under the control of forces loyal to the government as I speak to you”, Ateny said.

The official denied that fighting had interrupted the production and flow of oil to international markets through the territory of the neigbouring Sudan.

"The oil fields are safe. There is no problem. They are under control”, he said.

But sources close to the armed opposition claimed in series of interviews with Sudan Tribune said that the town had since Tuesday evening has been controlled by rebels.

"Malakal is now under the control of the forces opposed to the treatment our people had experienced in Juba. Who would believe that president Salva Kiir would turn [into] a tribal leader," a government official in Malakal told Sudan Tribune.

The elements of the army who defected say their main grievances are the reports of civilians being targeted on the basis of their tribe during last week’s violence in Juba.

After fighting broke out between members of the Presidential Guard on 15 December President Kiir accused his former deputy Machar and others of being behind a coup attempt. Allegations denied by all the accused, most of whom have been detained for over a week.

Although the power struggle that led to the fighting was political much of the violence that has followed has been along tribal lines.

"Actually the SPLA commanders who have now switched sides acted so because their family members and even their own wives were killed in the Juba incident" the official, who did not want to be named, told Sudan Tribune from Malakal town on Wednesday.

Most of the confirmed incidents of violence have been in the capital. But there have also been serious incidents in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

Some of the violence has been in the form of revenge attacks against member of the Dinka ethnic group, South Sudan’s largest after Dinka soldiers were accused of attacking Nuer civilians in Juba.

"What happened in Juba is unbelievable" the government source in Malakal said.

An official with the United Nations office in Malakal also confirmed that fighting broke out in the area on Tuesday and resumed on Wednesday after subsiding on Tuesday night.

"There has been a heavy fighting here in Malakal since Tuesday morning. We now have people who fled the town to our camp. They have been here since Tuesday morning.
The town is under the control of the forces who do not want the government but forces loyal to the government remain in control of the airport", he told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

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  • 26 December 2013 05:48, by Maguangdit

    Thanks Governor Kun for clarifying and refuting misinformation which plaqued SudanTribune for political gain. This propaganda must fail. We have already picked up one of the criminals Dr. Adwok Nyaba. He must join his coup plotters and we will deal them accordingly.

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    • 26 December 2013 06:08, by hellonearth

      History has it that different Governments that fall, all fall for the same reasons. Kiir Government is not any different. zero service delivery, corruption, tribalism and so many other bad things.

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  • 26 December 2013 05:51, by lakoda

    Kun Puoch
    God will judge you idiot one by one. don’t lie here go to Juba we will get you there. Don’t have any relative killed by Kiir ’s bodyguards who civilians here in Juba the answer is yes you have as i know, please betray your tribes because of money.

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    • 26 December 2013 07:15, by dude

      Kun is just confusing Salva Kiir because Salva Kiir would kill him if he says that Upper Nile is indeed under Riek Machar control. The truth is that Upper Nile State is under Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Upper Nile is a Big State. It will take weeks to clear it from Salva Kiir loyalist. Upper Nile State has indeed fallen to Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon forces.

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  • 26 December 2013 05:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I told you yesterday to the prophet of doom Nguondeng Buong Supporters that Malakal is not under rebel leader control Riak Machar, your government led by president Kiir is control and the planing is under way to Bentiu.

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  • 26 December 2013 06:00, by hellonearth

    Kun Pouch
    for once say something that is true... why are you not in Malakal? you are finished Kun. so just accept it that you failed, you Kiir stooge.

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  • 26 December 2013 06:08, by Naath

    Mr Rat,We know you very much that you are number one lie,if you still controling the Upper Nile city,why you running away to maluth and paloch seeking refuge there than staying in office inside.Mr Rat you will be arrested very soon.I’m not worry about Ateny propaganda lying to Aljazeera about Bor recapture,giving reporter wrong town,those things are lie,the greatest Upper Nile is under control bym

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  • 26 December 2013 06:11, by Majongdit

    Sudan Tribune’s untrained journalists again. If the Governor has spoken, then who is that Government unnamed source senior than Governor to be giving opposite statement? Propaganda by reporters can seriously spoil their reputation and the integrity of media house. I have just talked to someone in Malakal and he said exactly what the Governor said. Malakal is under control of SPLA forces.

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    • 26 December 2013 06:20, by hellonearth

      please come to Malakal.... and yes its still under your Kiir control.

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      • 26 December 2013 06:30, by Majongdit

        I know everything about the situation of Malakal. I know the number of rebels and which type of arms they carry. They have been repulsed many times. I can even give you a phone number so that you can talk to someone who is there.

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        • 26 December 2013 06:51, by hellonearth

          you are a Dinka, i believe you. you know everything. you are God. but what you don’t know is simple, that Malakal is under control of Riek forces. period.

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        • 26 December 2013 07:15, by dude

          Kun is just confusing Salva Kiir because Salva Kiir would kill him if he says that Upper Nile is indeed under Riek Machar control. The truth is that Upper Nile State is under Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Upper Nile is a Big State. It will take weeks to clear it from Salva Kiir loyalist. Upper Nile State has indeed fallen to Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon forces.

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  • 26 December 2013 06:22, by Majongdit

    Hell on Earth,
    Kun is the best leader. In fact, he qualifies to be President of this country. We have the votes and he who deserves our votes will get them. If it has to be a Nuer then it will be a Nuer of Kun type. The leaders who seek not to put their own people’s lives into hell on earth.
    You must note carefully that by the end the day, this rebellion will end but it will others damaged.

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  • 26 December 2013 06:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Haaaaaaa, haaaaaaaaa. All Nuer are crying they are about to knelt to say Sir, sir, sir forgive, forgive us, prophet of doom, shit,
    who will campaign for Riak Machar the killer, killing innocent civilian women and children including venurable men, is he president of organic matter? even insect cannot be rule by Riak Machar, the prophet of doom.

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    • 26 December 2013 07:16, by dude

      Kun is just confusing Salva Kiir because Salva Kiir would kill him if he says that Upper Nile is indeed under Riek Machar control. The truth is that Upper Nile State is under Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Upper Nile is a Big State. It will take weeks to clear it from Salva Kiir loyalist. Upper Nile State has indeed fallen to Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon forces.

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  • 26 December 2013 06:38, by Majongdit

    The chollo stand behind the legitimate governemnt. Pagan to the chollo is a son of John Garang and Dr Lam Akol Ajawin is a son of the chollo.

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  • 26 December 2013 06:49, by dude

    This war is Nuer against Nuer fighting.

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    • 26 December 2013 06:55, by Majongdit

      No! Rebels against the Government

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  • 26 December 2013 06:52, by Hardlinner

    How would riek rule south sudan when he lack patience? . The guy is more than moron that care more about presidential seat than human life. He is not ashame of his rebellion and the facts that no other southerners have joined him. Visionless leader don’t have chance to rule people in south sudan. This hellish animal is only fitted to rule in hell.

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  • 26 December 2013 07:07, by dude

    This news is incorrect. Malakal is infact under Riek Machar forces as we speak.

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    • 26 December 2013 07:47, by jijury

      This traitor Kun Puoch was chased a way from Malakal yesterday. He is a lair. Don’t believe him he is a dead man walking. Kiir just sent Ugandan forces to Paluoch to help him. But the will meet their fates there.

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    • 26 December 2013 08:27, by mathem jech amer

      dude
      I am currently in Malakal,not depending of rumours but live news.Yesterday government forces retreated from Malakal city centre toairport side,lack of bullets was cited & SPLA have tanks & artilaries but they fear they would killed civilians cause rebels are inside people,Riek forces have taken some parts of Malakal including market, now instead of fighting,just looting banks,shops,gov office

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  • 26 December 2013 07:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nuer, dominate/ Majuongdit.
    Hoth Mai, Kuon Puoc and the rest of Nuer are South sudanese patriotism. They are not behave like others from Nuer community, they din’t rebel since the begining of SPLA in 1983. But Dr. Riak and others Nuer are misled by their [prophet of doom Ngundeng Buong]

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  • 26 December 2013 07:49, by dude

    Gundeng said, "there I have destroyed it, because the Dinka has started it. The Dinka who are the Gaatbalang, has stepped on a contagious disease by starting to kill young men or war. Gundeng say he is not going to let it and it is going to take years meaning that the Nuer will rule for years to come. Mark my words.

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    • 26 December 2013 09:35, by Majongdit

      Dude,
      The day we will say "yes" to an ethnic war, you will see disaster. You have been asking for it but we have always turned a deaf ear. Look the whole Barh el Ghazal have maintained silence and left between what we call the Govt vs the Rebels. You murdered Dinkas in Bentiu in large masses. U know we r slow in response, but once we accept it, we do it so well. We never turned our backs for 1 day

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      • 26 December 2013 09:52, by hellonearth

        Majon, and what do you call what happened in Juba on the 15th, 16th and 17th of Dec 2013? were there any single Dinka in the 2 mass graves that were found in Juba? were there any Dinka found floating over the nile? don’t be a hypocrite. you started this so you can as well call it ethnic war. the truth is that in the mass graves and on the nile were Nuers.

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      • 26 December 2013 12:20, by lakoda

        Majongdit
        Tell the trust or may be your not normal human being. How come you dinka can denied such a brutal killing you have done to Nuer civilians and run to uganda and kenya for help. who are fighting Nuer now is it Dinka or Ugandan soldiers if you belief you can defeat Nuer. It is not over my dear we just want International communities to know the root course as all they know it already.

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      • 26 December 2013 12:26, by lakoda

        Majongdit
        Tell the trust or may be your not normal human being. How come you dinka can denied such a brutal killing you have done to Nuer civilians and run to uganda and kenya for help. who are fighting Nuer now is it Dinka or Ugandan soldiers if you belief you can defeat Nuer. It is not over my dear we just want International communities to know the root course as all they know it already.

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        • 26 December 2013 16:21, by Majongdit

          Lakoda,
          The Dinkas were equally killed in Juba. Most Dinkas never knew what was happening since it was secretly designed and was being coordinated by people loyal to Dr Riek. But in Bentiu, the Dinkas were killed in mass numbers...others were put on a large 7 Hino trucks and shot in the bush between Bentiu and Mayom. I know some people who lost their lives there. Dinkas equally died in Bor.

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          • 26 December 2013 19:03, by lakoda

            Majongdit
            Let us speak the trust. there is any single Dinka who condernm what Kiir Bodyguards did to us. If it a coup why they killed civilian who have nothing to do with that coup. For what happen in bentiu and Jonglei is revenge from soldiers whose families were killed by theirs comrade. if that violent is course by civilian we can’t blame Presindent but they are their bodyguard how do you see

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      • 26 December 2013 16:59, by dude

        MajongdiT
        DO NOT THREAT THE KING OF THE BRAVERY (NUER). BECAREUL WITH WHAT YOU SAY. GUNDENG BONG WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID THAT THE DINKA OR JIANG ARE LOOKING FOR SOME HELP OUTSIDE TO HELP THEM FIGHT THE NUER. GUNDENG ALSO SAID THAT YOU ARE COWARD WHO CANNOT STAND THE MIGHTY NUER. THERE I DESTROY IT AND YOU ARE NOW GOING TO BE IN THAT CHAIR FOR EVER. MEANING THE NUER WILL RULL FOR YEARS TO COME.

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    • 26 December 2013 19:44, by deng

      Dude!
      Gundeng is dead and he might has cursed Nuers. Do not painted yourself as bad tribe in South Sudan. I admitted early in our conversations that all we need is peace not preaching harted. Riek Machar is nothing but Nuer enemy number one!!! Why? Nuers are supporting nothing but blood thirst sucker son of a bit...h? Leadership greed! Why can he wait for election for 2015?

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  • 26 December 2013 16:38, by Bolong

    Why Nuer always call for war and killed Dinka civilians lives in the Nuer cities? Do Nuer care about their civilians lives in the Dinka cities? How many times Nuer committed killing Dinkas and believe that! Dinka will take care of their own?. I am not calling for a revenge. But, Do we need to have a country that have lawless people?.

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  • 26 December 2013 16:53, by dude

    BOLONG IF THE DINKA HAVE ALREADY FUCKED YOU IN THE ASS, THEN SHUT UP AND FOLLOW THEM. DO NOT SPEAK NONESENCE HERE IF YOU ARE A DINKA PENIS SUCKER.

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