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SPLA attempted to recapture Unity state county, rebels claim

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February 7, 2014 (KAMPALA) - A former Payinjiar County district administrator told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the South Sudanese army (SPLA) launched another attack on rebel positions in the southern part of Unity state.

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

Dak Kueydor said a force of about 1,000 armed civilians and SPLA loyal to President Salva Kiir attacked the area from neighbouring Lakes state in order to raid cattle from the locals.

"The armed men and the SPLA forces came in three directions with an intention to loot our property" he said, adding that young men from the area had fought back with the few guns they had, as well as spears and other weapons.

The ex-government administrator, sacked in August 2010 after caretaker governor Joseph Nguen assumed office in July, said that the area’s youth had managed to repulse the attackers back into the bush killing over 100 of their assailants in their attempt to capture Nyal and Payinjiar headquarters.

Kueydor claimed that only five people died from their side with 10 others wounded.

"Our young men are still pursuing them in the bush, and this will make a last lesson for those trying to destabilise our areas that live in peace," he said.

The ex-administrator further blamed young men from neighbouring Lake State for siding with government over what he described as a conflict between the leadership of South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM - and national army - the SPLA.

"Lake state people knew our youth’s position in terms of fighting; now they have begun attacking our position yesterday. They should not regret later on, because they are the one who have started hostilities within our borders", said Kueydor.

South Sudan’s rebels - the SPLM/A in Opposition - also accused the SPLA of launching an attack in Payinjiar county despite ceasefire agreement. Both sides have been accused of violating the ceasefire deal, brokered by East African mediators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Talks are due to resume on Monday, but the rebels have warned that the failure release the four remaining political prisoners and the ongoing presence of the Ugandan military, which has been fighting alongside the SPLA, could scupper the talks.

Peter Riek Gew, a rebel spokesman in Unity state, told Sudan Tribune on Friday by satellite phone that the government is showing no interest in the peace talks as they continue attacking rebel positions.

In series of interviews, residents of Payinjiar county told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the government’s actions show that it is unwilling to restore peace in the country despite saying that they will attend the talks without setting preconditions.

Dachieng Mayom a paramount a chief of Nyal payam described the recent mobilisation by government troops in Lake state to attack Payinjiar county as unwise.

"We have been working very hard to bring peace between neighbouring areas, and now the government has not seen war impact by sending youths to attack us. This time it will be worse in the next coming days in Lake state", said Mayom.

The border between Lakes state and Unity state has long been tense, even before the recent conflict erupted due to cross-border cattle raiding between youth from the Dinka and Nuer tribes respectively.

Despite starting as a political dispute the fighting, since its inception in Juba on December 15, has in many instances taken on tribal overtones, between Dinka supporters of President Kiir and the Nuer, many of whom are aligned to Riek Machar the former Vice President who is leading the rebellion.

Describing the conflict as "tribal" can be an oversimplification, however, as the head of the SPLA is Nuer and many of Machar’s political supporters are Dinka.

Chief Mayom also accused the government of targeting innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the internal differences of the ruling SPLM - the former rebel group that has governed the South since a 2005 peace deal with Khartoum.

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach Phillip Aguer, the spokesperson of the SPLA, despite repeated attempts.

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  • 9 February 07:23, by Maguangdit

    If Nuer ran of ideas, then don`t accuse Lakes State youth; you should deal with the SPLA forces as you invited them to fuck you. If you want to kill civilians and loot their property in Lakes State, then you should not complain on pretext of youth, you evil should go openly. Lies will not work this time. over 100 SPLA soldiers killed by Nuer with spears, this has really become a joke for you.

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    • 9 February 08:03, by Kiir

      Thank Maguandit for your good commend. Let Dinka youth who call themselves SPLA mothers fuck Nuer. Why they don’t try to attack Kwacjok or Lake? they are fearing to make attempt. President has ordered Dinka Youth to loot Nuer & Murle cattle. What are Nuer & Murle are waiting for to attack Dinka?

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  • 9 February 07:26, by Chol A.

    None sense! You are one attacking your neighbouring communities n Spla position, now claim to be attack! What a joke? Can jumping to media and spread liars help you to achieve your coward rebellion? How can 1000 arm gunmen being chase by unarmy youth? Can that not liay? You stupid Nuer never believe the fact but fews of you learned now through beating because we found it what you listen most!

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    • 9 February 09:30, by choldit

      what do u think keep the Nuer at the top of the game, Chol? it is because the Nuer defeat every enemy nomatter how many or better equipped the enemy Nuer defeats. that is why it is better for UPDF to leave b4 their shameful defeat. We Dinka-Dinka Bor are nothing compare to the mighty Nuer. u better believe that.

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  • 9 February 07:28, by Maguangdit

    By the way, where is the evil called Kim Deng or David Dak Machar? Is his ass arrested by the security? You guys are a shame to the people of South Sudan. I really regretted the death of innocent Nuer youth during the course of military operations because these youths are the future of South Sudan but one evil man, Riak Machar, indirectly destroyed them through his greed.

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  • 9 February 07:33, by chol

    Another rebel spokeswoman.Stop lying stupid Nuers.fabrication is not going to help you.No one is buying it.There was no massacre in Juba only rebels where killed.Let Dinka mobilize and than you will see massacre or worse.

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    • 9 February 07:46, by chol

      The Nuers will finished one by one for their stupidity.Ngundeng predicted and it coming TRUE.A curse tribe of South Sudan.

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      • 9 February 08:23, by Diversity

        SPLM/A is a misguided and a huge mistake in the life of South Sudanese and Sudanese equally

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      • 9 February 17:47, by Dr B2

        Mr stupid Dinka Kiir supporter Nuer will not finish only 15,000 u have killed in Juba but we are now compensating in thousands Dinka now dying seriously if u watch the film of all battling field u may know but i hope u know,ur Dinka kills seriously in Payinjiar County by civilian before even soldiers arrived 1500 youth and soldiers have been kills in different directions.

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      • 9 February 17:48, by Dr B2

        Mr stupid Dinka Kiir supporter Nuer will not finish only 15,000 u have killed in Juba but we are now compensating in thousands Dinka now dying seriously if u watch the film of all battling field u may know but i hope u know,ur Dinka kills seriously in Payinjiar County by civilian before even soldiers arrived 1500 youth and soldiers have been kills in different directions.

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        • 9 February 17:59, by Dr B2

          Dinka will learn lesson from Nuer and de world wide ur usless propaganda coup has been STRONGLY DENIED by Western world and u are still barking about it, Bhar elgazhalian head chief mr Kiir was drinking and dancing at home and away Hetol in Juba he instigate war and later crying of seeking help from all Countries Dr Macahar is supporting by western world would Kiir survive and his Ugandan M7?

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  • 9 February 23:57, by Dinka-Defender-General

    What are other weapons if i may ask? Please be pacific when you you get report. Why Sudantribune seems to be working with the rebels? Why do you guys always attempted you assist rebels. You should not side with government or rebels. Your job is tell us the truth, but not side with other side. Please examine your report and attitude to reporting. I like read legitimate news not the other way around

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