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Be ready to defend country, S. Sudan defence minister tells army

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December 26, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), should always be prepared to defend the country "without any prior notice," the country’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk has said.

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SPLA soldiers on patrol in the South capital, Juba, on 21 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

“You are no longer a guerrilla force. You are already a national army of an independent country, with responsibility to defend its territorial integrity and protect lives and property of the citizens from any physical threats and harms. Their safety is in your hands,’’ said Kuol Manyang Juuk said on Wednesday.

’’Now they know that there is a government with a national army when you took Bor,’’ the defence minister said in his first official visit to the town since it was retaken by government forces from rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

The visit was broadcast on national television and radio.

The minister urged the SPLA take control of the other areas still under the rebels to restore ‘‘complete law and order’’ in the country.

Bor, the Jonglei state capital was until recently under the control of renegade SPLA commander, Peter Gadet Yak who is loyal to Riek Machar.

Yak switched allegiance from the government on 18 December following eruption of fighting within presidential guard forces resulting into the loss of life, mainly civilians.

Observers say government forces made up of predominantly members of the Dinka ethnic group went amok after the violence and targeted members of the Nuer ethnic group whom they suspected of supporting Riek Machar, himself a Nuer.

President Salva Kiir accused Machar of masterminding the failed coup against his government. Machar denies the accusations.

Minister Juuk was accompanied to Bor by the national minister of information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth.

The state-owned SSTV also showed images of several other high level officials in the state, including the caretaker governor of Jonglei, General John Kong Nyuon.

“As an army, you must be ready by showing combat readiness. Your gun must always be ready bearing in mind that a war breaks out without any prior notice" Juuk said.

A soldier does not have to live far away from the gun and area of his deployment and command, he stressed.

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  • 27 December 2013 06:06, by Peter Puoch Ruot

    To All The So-called Dinkas In This Forum:
    Bor town aka Ngungdeng City was not capture through battle rather General Peter Gatdet withdraw from the city to counter attack it very soon, do not overjoy yet. Death is around the corner and that is a serious warning!!!


    Let the struggle continue

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    • 27 December 2013 06:38, by mathem jech amer

      Peter Puoch Ruot
      No Nuers now there to switch to Riek forces,these are loyal forces to legal government to loyal to self claim Chief of Nuer tribe.

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  • 27 December 2013 08:37, by Mapuor

    Rebels have started fleeing to Lou and Nasir with loot, only to be intercepted ,at Adong and Korflus by Dinka youth and threw away all what they looted in Malakal.Fighting between Lou and Jikeny is rumored to have started at Khor Nyanding.Leek and Jikeny tension is high.SPLA forces are in full control of Unity oil well in Northern Bentiu.SPLA Oyeeee

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  • 27 December 2013 11:18, by siddaw

    What a big joke? to defend the country with such meagre earning yet the leaders are running away with billions? never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 27 December 2013 12:18, by Konkooc

    Shame on riek and some of his nuer supporters
    the hungry lazy malitias of nuer in Malakal town now turn looting goods in the town. what type of people are these animal dog is better then nuer.
    nuer will never ever rule Dinka by force as they plan till Jesus come back.

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    • 27 December 2013 17:43, by Rami Tot

      call all Uganda troop including Museveni to join war you say we are strongest people coward

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      • 28 December 2013 05:07, by Bentiu son

        Rami Tot,you are correct,barbaric Dinkas claim to be Majority tribe in RSS but failed miserably to face Nuer warriors in war fields.Salva Kiir got no option but to only imported Museveni’s mercenaries to to defense his genocidal regime in Juba n else where.Dinkas shame to you cowards,if u are men why bringing foreigners to help you in Nuer war.

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  • 27 December 2013 19:20, by Paac

    Yes mr. Defense minister, they are fighting you and your president, but they are not getting pay they needed to suport their families and let their children go to school for better life in the futur. You and your president greedy Denka, stupid Nuer, cruption people fighting for leadership, Denka and Nuer are not qualify for leadership, they are useless people.

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  • 28 December 2013 01:02, by Kenyang

    Traitors are flush out of Malakal, are in disarray. To hell with the "prophet of doom. "

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