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S. Sudan cabinet approves extra budget for army

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January 31, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan cabinet on Friday approved 83 million South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) (about $2.6 million) mainly to finance its military force.

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SPLA soldiers celebrate after successfully regaining the rebel-held town of Bentiu. (File photo: Reuters)

The country’s information minister Michael Makuei Lueth said his finance counterpart Agrey Tisa Sabuni would present cabinet’s recent proposal to parliament for approval.

He further disclosed that 50 million SSP had been "re-allocated" to the South Sudanese army (SPLA) from other ministries’ spending and development funds.

Since mid-December last year, the SPLA, alongside Uganda troops has been fighting against dissident soldiers and armed civilians who defected from the government.

The soldiers who mutinied are allied to the country’s former vice-president Riek Machar, whom Kiir sacked from his position in July last year.

Kiir accuses his former deputy of attempting to stage a failed coup following weeks of tension within South Sudan’s ruling party, but Machar, who now head of the rebels - the SPLM/A in Opposition - denies the allegations. The two parties, however, signed a ceasefire agreement mediated by regional leaders in the Ethiopian capital last week.

The cabinet meeting also approved a plan to pay soldiers a three-month bonus.

SENIOR ARMY OFFICIALS SPEAK OUT

Meanwhile, a senior army official on Friday claimed that rebel groups who recently attempted a coup against the government wanted to “eliminate” a certain ethnicity from the country.

“We thought the rebellion and the coup were to remove and replace the government, but we have discovered that the atrocities committed by the rebels have immeasurably gone beyond the understanding of the meaning of [a] coup and rebellion,” said Brig. General Malaak Ayuen, head of information and public relations in the army.

He wondered why the international community did not consider the rebel acts a crime against humanity, citing the atrocities they allegedly committed in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

“They [rebels] go to churches to remove and kill innocent people. They go to the hospitals and kill patients, people who would have died by themselves since they were left alone in beds, because they were sick and unable to move. They killed elderly people and yet the world and the human right organizations did not talk about it. What crimes do they want to be committed to be called crimes?” Ayen asked.

What happened was no longer a coup or rebellion to remove the government, but it appears it was a well planned act to eliminate certain ethnicity which cannot be accepted, he added without elaborating further.

Koul Manyang Juuk, the country’s defense minister described as “unacceptable” the killing of patients in hospital beds and the elderly, warning that further escalation of the confrontation could threaten the country’s territorial integrity.

"Servicemen and employees of all the armed forces with other organised security organs have, in series of our security meetings, expressed their readiness to defend this country. They have patriotically called on the commander-in-chief to take strong measures within the limits of existing legislation with a view to stabilising the situation in the country and reaching consent in society,” the minister said in a separate interview.

Anthony Sebit, a political analyst told Sudan Tribune Friday that such statement from senior military officials shows the army would stand with the president to bring down the rebellion.

“The statement by the defence minister is a signal to the rebels that they need to find a compromise with the government if they do not have a strong ally in the region,” said Sebit.

“The president has no choice. Either he defends South Sudan statehood and quashes the rebellion provoked by the failure to address internal differences with the SPLM [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] or the outside forces or he risks losing power, and mounting chaos and an internal conflict, from which no exit can be seen,” he added.

Fighting broke out in the South Sudanese capital, Juba in mid-December last year after a dispute among president Kiir’s bodyguards, but rapidly extended to three of the country’s 10 states killing more than 1,000 people with half a million homeless.

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  • 1 February 09:05, by Tutbol

    Since S Sudan independence you clowns in the govt just outsourced the running of the country to the UN & NGOs & you retired your self to Juba where squabbling over power was your main aim, little do you know the UN & its NGOs are foreign agents run institutions. You have been warned all along to keep an eye of the UNIMISS & the NGOs activities in Jonglei, but warnings were simply ignored by Kuol..

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    • 1 February 09:14, by Tutbol

      Manyang when he was a governor then. Now the UN & its NGOs have achieved their objectives, destabilized the country. And now you clowns are just waking up from your snoozes when the country has already been destroyed. The UN govt being experimented in S Sudan, a country runs by fool is truly taking its roots.

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      • 1 February 09:23, by Tutbol

        If the SPLM/A was ran like this during the bush years, to let the way it was operated infiltrated by the UN & its NGOs, SPLA would not captured a single town. The security was only about in Juba, while the sensitive areas like the peripheries of Jonglei state were left to UNIMISS & Militias of Yau Yau to take care of them.

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        • 1 February 13:14, by Bentiu son

          BREAKING NEWS: Lieutenant-Colonel Abraham Thiong Ajang who played a key role in recapturing Malakal Town was killed today by Dinka Bahre el Ghazal Gelweng militias,the army spokesman of UPDF Philip Aguer Panyang said today.Ajong was killed when reacted for wanton killings of Nuer, Shilluk n Dinka Bor South(Twice & Nyarweng clans).Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang n Makuei Lueth conspired to killed him.

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        • 1 February 13:42, by Tutbol

          is thing the S Sudanese can extricate themselves from these countries, the US, the UK, France & their juss? These criminals games of ecking their lives by crafting war against the innocent civilians. I have advised my own mum including my mum to keep an eye on juus, the corporate criminals in the US....

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          • 1 February 13:48, by Tutbol

            the US, the UK & France; they are just as pure evils than what they claimed to be---the juus, the UK, France & the US establishments are just pure evils.

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            • 1 February 22:05, by Tutbol

              DIFFERENT FROM DISCUSSIONS, HAS OUR GOVT ASK KENYA WHY IT IS NOT ACCEPTING SOUTH SUDANESE POUND? WHERE IS THE AMBASSADOR OF SOUTH SUDAN TO KENYA?
              http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/693591765?-21266:20622
              Everyone working for the public or the govt in S Sudan is just sleeping on his/her job as always hoping that miracles will just help S Sudan...

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              • 1 February 22:15, by Tutbol

                when they are sacked from their jobs for incompetence, they immediately join they air head like Riek Machar and kill S Sudanese peoples. gods save S Sudanese peoples from these no do gooders elders. They have failed & humiliate our country & our peoples. They simply want the jobs because they are elders & they go & sleep on the jobs---shame.

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    • 1 February 14:53, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

      Hahaa Look Dinka Militias Killed Innocents People in Malakal,Unity State, Jonglei State and in Capital Juba Including Pastor in charge and many people in hospitals.
      now Foolish Majority are Denials the Killed Innocents People from Nuer Tribe he turned the Language to the Rebel side this is Very Shame for Kiir and I hope the Uneducated Primitive President he already failed hahahaa.

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  • 1 February 09:06, by Chol A.

    That’s right Mr Malaak, the rebel meant to eliminated Dinka tribes from South Sudan as killing was done in Bor, Malakal n unity state shows their stupid atrocities. It now shame to them because Dinka have not done them-same against Nuer leaving in Wau, warrap, Northern BG n lakes states. It good that UN are now investigation around SS to proven who really committed crimes?

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    • 1 February 09:14, by Mr Point

      The improvised rebellion and the revenge killing of D inka were a response to the planned massacre of Nuer in Juba by the presidential militia. Human Rights Watch tells how 300 Nuer civilians were taken to police station and shot until nearly all dead.
      Who in the government was resposnble for these crimes agaiast humanity? Crimes against the Constitution.

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    • 1 February 09:24, by Costa

      Malak is in position to preach peace and not inciting more tribal violence. Repeating a statement like "All Dinka in Nuer land have been killed while Nuer in Dinka land are safe" on SSTV is likely to move some Dinka commit atrocities in revenge. HE was so bias in his presentation, we need peaceful messages at the moment and not hatred. I don’t think he is the right person for the program.

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      • 1 February 14:40, by Konkooc

        cost
        we have to accept the truth, all nuer who fear Dinka revenge in their land are now hosted in Dinkaland. while they killed all Dinka who were in nuer land. let nuer not be afraid to say that the war is between nuer and Dinka
        nuer may win the battle but not War.

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    • 1 February 09:42, by Bravo Nuer

      Stupid Malaak a good judge doesn’t judge the case based on the consequence but the causes. the question is like this. was there a coup? was it planned by nuer Politicians alone if any? both questions will be no. a judge will ask why a President declared false coup on SSTV while on army Uniform? why Nuer as an ethnic groups massacred and being run over by tanks, cutting with machetes by dinkamen?

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    • 1 February 09:42, by Bravo Nuer

      Stupid Malaak a good judge doesn’t judge the case based on the consequence but the causes. the question is like this. was there a coup? was it planned by nuer Politicians alone if any? both questions will be no. a judge will ask why a President declared false coup on SSTV while on army Uniform? why Nuer as an ethnic groups massacred and being run over by tanks, cutting with machetes by dinkamen?

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      • 1 February 09:55, by Bravo Nuer

        cont. then being the cause of problem that triggered Nuer rebellion in other places seeking revenge on any Dinka because they were provoked and in a true legal procedure those deaths will be treated as consequences of Juba three days door to door nuer massacre by Dootkubeny. who to be held accountable was to be James Hoth and Kuol but the two didn’t know even the existence such tribal force then

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        • 1 February 10:08, by Bravo Nuer

          the prime suspect accountable for the Juba massacre and its subsequent atrocities in Bentiu, Malakal and Bor will be our illegitimate President King Kiir who rules South Sudan like kingdom domain of 19th century in modern times of Dot.com and Yahoo. why Nuer in BEG are not targeted Dinka BEG to be sincere are not the ones who spearhead Nuer Juba massacre are just being pushed to do it by Dinka Bor

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          • 1 February 10:26, by Bravo Nuer

            sons who pretend to be loyal to Kiir in daytime and dig his grave deeply at night. Dinka BEG are just escapegoats because Dinka Bor have been planning a number of stillborn coups whose failure linked to majority of Nuer loyalty to kiir and as a result they took this advantage of eliminating Nuer loyalists to BEG and left Nuer loyalists to Dinka Bor to enable them get rig of kiir within and install

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            • 1 February 10:37, by Bravo Nuer

              James Hoth as a President and this is what they are doing now weakening Kiir within, losing towns to rebels so that loyalists to kiir will go for missions outside Juba and at anytime they get loophole of ousting kiir out of power. you foolish majority Dinka Rek research this allegation Nuer in govt belongs to James Hoth and Bor and your Nuer were intentionally forced out. top scret

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              • 1 February 11:58, by Deng II

                Bravo Nuer
                "as a result they took this advantage of eliminating Nuer loyalists to BEG and left Nuer loyalists to Dinka Bor to enable them get ride of kiir within and install James Hoth as a President"
                Man, u are very funny. I like your imagination thinking. I need patriot James Hoth to replace cowboy too.

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    • 1 February 13:26, by Bentiu son

      Chol Ajang,stop spreading lies n baseless allegations.You Dinka won’t run away from all wanton killings,massacres you had committed in Juba,Bor,Malakal n Bentiu against Nuer civilians.You had conducted door to door killings of Nuer civilians,Twice East,Shilluk n Nyarweng recently in Malakal, Bentiu,Bor n previously in Juba while when the first three towns were under Dr Machar nothing of that kind

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      • 1 February 13:34, by Bentiu son

        happened to Dinkas civilians. Well,who does not know door to door killings in South Sudan? None,right? waits idoits you will crying for years to comes if Nuer revenges using your cowardice tactics of killings civilians base on tribal backgrounds.We had reached the gear of No U-turn with u guys, South Sudan won’t be the SAME again under ur genocidal Dinka President Kiir Mayardit lol

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  • 1 February 09:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The International community, like US, EU, IGAD and others bodies are first who led rebellion against the government of south sudan led by His-Excellency the president Kiir, that is why they don’t considered the atrocities commited by the rebel side. They are the rebeled.

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    • 1 February 09:32, by Tutbol

      Because President & his gangs are all cowards every pressure & threats the UN, the US or the AU tell them; they cower & give in. Which sovereign country always give the interests of its peoples to the interests of foreign govts? S Sudanese are starting to get tired of these cowards. If they can’t stand up to foreign govts pressure whose aims are destroy our country; then the cowards can resign....

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      • 1 February 09:37, by Tutbol

        and give the mantle to S Sudanese who would stand up for S Sudanese interests & protect the sovereign integrity of S Sudan & its peoples. Enough is enough with the US, UN & AU bulllshits.

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  • 2 February 02:16, by Tango Alpha

    Oh my gosh, after what that the government has approved that amount of money to the military? after you heard a gun shot in Juba, well if that is the case and the only way you listen or understand,then it will be up to Riek Machar to little bits more teach you a lesson such that to approved more money to the army. Wow, i have seen the motto that keep you move your back there in Juba.

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  • 2 February 06:26, by Gabriel KK

    Yes, this was long planned ago before the Garang’s death that Bor county must be washed off the map. But will those people who are against Bor county win? No because Bor county people will come out of this very strong but others will surely get it rough. good days are over!!

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