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Rumbek East authorities deny defection of government troops

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February 10, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Authorities in Lakes state’s Rumbek East county have denied rebel claims that hundreds of South Sudan government troops defected to the rebels’ side in Kerich village on Thursday.

According to a statement issued by rebel military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang and extended to Sudan Tribune, more than 700 troops from the South Sudan army (SPLA) had defected, killing government troops, including the area commander of forces.

Ruai alleged the defections occurred as government were attempting to launch an attack on rebel positions inside neighbouring Unity state.

However, Rumbek East County commissioner David Marial Gumke has strongly denied the claims, demanding Ruai apologise for making false statements and distorting the situation on the ground in Lakes state.

“First of all, there is no [army] barracks in Kerich; under my command neither a civil servant or in army, nobody has defected. No one admires [former vice-president] Riek Machar”, he said,

“People either old or young are mostly very loyal to democratically elected president Salva Kiir Mayardit - there is nobody in Rumbek East loyal to Riek Machar, and I am very confident”, he added.

Gumke stressed that troops within his administration were well organised, comprising of forces from prison, police and fire services, and that there had been no reports of defections.

“Those you see in those complex uniforms are organised forces and these are people imposing [the] rule of law in this county”, he said.

The commissioner said that authorities in Rumbek East county intended to pursue Machar over alleged atrocities committed against Lakes state citizens in other regions, including Malakal, Akobo, Bor and Bentiu.

“We are now filing the court case against Riek [Machar] ... We will bring his rebellion to an end”, he said.

Violence erupted in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 15 December following clashes between rival factions of the presidential guards, quickly spreading throughout the country.

The conflict has pitted government forces loyal to president Kiir against pro-Machar rebels, with both sides accused to violating the terms of a ceasefire agreement signed between the warring parties last month.

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  • 12 February 06:09, by Mi diit

    LL Reuben,
    Do you want to mock Ngundeng’s prophesies? Don’t do that yet man. We know what is happening. Ngundeng predicted that the Dinka will first strike harder against the Nuer, but the final response by Nuer will be more disastrous on Dinka followed by Nuer’s VICTORY. Ngundeng also said he will destroy ANOTHER country in that tribal war. Could it be Uganda? I thought it was going to be Sudan.

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    • 12 February 06:10, by Mi diit

      Ngundeng predicted the result of this tribal war like this: "Bi Jaang riaw rey hook, emut cuec da moth han jaak dol, bi raan teeth ni tare." Meaning, " The Dinka will disappear, let my spear get sharper, me the colorful, they will fall on their backs facing the ground." In wrestling falling on your back facing ground means total loss and defeat on the one that falls like that.

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    • 12 February 07:15, by Majongdit

      Mi Diit,
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You still bank on Ngundeng? Please go read what Ngundeng family says in Gurtong website. The whole family of Ngundeng represented by Hon. Gai L Ngundeng released a statement condemning politicians who use the name of Ngundeng to mobilize youths to fight a useless rebellion.

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    • 12 February 15:25, by komriicker

      If we are to talk traditional or religiously, prophecies of the doom prophets like the so-called Ngundeng, then Ngundeng may have prophesied his mission to you wrongly. there are greater and major prophets like; Kom-ric-kerdit, Ariath-makueidit and so on. what they prophesied are not as wrongly misinterpreted as you fool idiot do to your tribesmen. Ngundeng’s prophecy is an evil greedy man work

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    • 12 February 16:50, by Johndumo14

      Why is it taking so long for Collection of dead bodies in Bor?How do expect people to return to bor town when dead bodies are stil in houses or on farms or on streets?By the way who are these death people civilians or the rebels who called themselves the white army? And have you the people concern counted them and how many death bodies? You have to take video and photos so you can show to Dr Riek

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  • 12 February 06:53, by Bentiu son

    Rumbek East Commissioner,what a gainsay Salva Kiir’s puppet? Where did the forces of 780 soldiers brought to Unity State by Major Changkuoth Puok came from? At sky right? Anyway it becomes a norms for Salva Kiir’s boys n yesmen/women team to lie to public without feeling shame.The biggest liars are:killer Salva Kiir,gossiper Makuei Lueth,truth hater Dr Marial,comedian James Wani Igga,and UPDF Spok

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  • 12 February 08:42, by Lion Son

    Dear Mi diit and Bentiu Son,
    why don’t you guys show your interlectually and your country? through loving your tribe (Nuer) and forget of being South Sudanese citizens will not and will never bring to an end this senseless war in our country. Besides this, your frequent abuses of Dinkas will not let Riak to be in power in one way or another.

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