Home | News    Thursday 20 February 2014

South Sudan president denies forming private army: spokesperson

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

February 19, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir was not forming a private army when he allowed for the mobilisation of youths for the purposes of creating a national reserve force, his spokesperson said.

JPEG - 16.5 kb
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has denied forming a private army, saying a youth-driven reserve force was a justified line of defence (AP)

“President Salva Kiir was not forming a private army. He would not do that. He is the commander-in-chief of all the armed forces,” spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Ateny was reacting to a report by Sudan Tribune in which Kiir was quoted at a political function as saying the purpose of the recruitment drive was for youths to serve as a “reserve force”.

Kiir made the admission on Saturday at an event organised by the youth wing of his governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

According to Ateny, the national call to service was issued in the aftermath of the 2012 Panthou (Heglig) conflict in which forces from the South Sudan army (SPLA) occupied the oil-producing area for 10 days before it was recaptured by Sudan. Ateny said that those who responded to the call were provided military training for the purposes of joining the national army.

“It appears some people did not like the idea, simply because the group was from the region which was not their own. They started to oppose it, though the idea was not bad. The intention was to make a reserve national force to be commanded by anybody,”Ateny said.

Speaking at Saturday’s youth function, Kiir defended the decision, saying a reserve force was a necessary line of defence in case of military difficulties.

He accused opponents of the force of denying the new recruits their salaries and weapons during training.

Youths recruited into the reserve force are widely believed to have played a key role in ethnic killings in Juba after the country was engulfed in violence following clashes between rival factions within the presidential guards on 15 December.

Critics of the president have questioned why the recruitment drive only targeted members of one ethnic group.

The SPLA’s chief of general staff has always distanced himself from questions surrounding the legality of the group, as have most members of the national legislative assembly.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 20 February 06:58, by Kumbo

    The wedding of Miss Kiir to M7 is almost over due to Miss Kiir is an able to conceive while M7 is expecting a baby from Miss Kiir if the oil is shot done M7 will DIVORCE Miss Kiir immediately lol what a nice game.
    Ronald John Makmot

    repondre message

    • 20 February 07:23, by omoni jr.

      Is Ateny Wek really Human being?? we have animals in monkey clothes.

      repondre message

    • 20 February 10:05, by Johndumo14

      The life of Dr Riek Machar is in Danger!Some top rebel commanders are planning to kill Dr Riek,so that they can take over leadership of all rebels units in Malakal,Bentiu and Bor.Dr Riek is being accused of not a true leader,he simply joined the rebellion because he was dismissed from the post of Vice president.When a Group of srebels tried to kill him ,that is why he escaped from bentiu to Jongli

      repondre message

  • 20 February 07:15, by jubaone

    Yet another sign of confusion. Kiir says one thing his messanger-boy Ateny says another. Who is this messenger-boy, Ateny denying what his master Kiir has said? Perhaps the semi-illiterate Ateny should learn how to be consistent, not popping here and there like bull-piss shooting out from a running bull´s penis.

    repondre message

    • 20 February 07:50, by Mr Point

      Ateny contradicts his president. He contradicts himself. How can a national force come from only one group in one region and not be a private militia?
      Clearly Kiir formed a private militia. This clearly committed mass murder in Juba. Those responsible for murder are still free.
      Why?

      repondre message

      • 20 February 08:58, by mathem jech amer

        Mr Point
        Before answering your question"how can national force come from one tribe". My question is "How can rebel group come from one tribe", can you answer this question?

        repondre message

  • 20 February 08:56, by Joseph Canada

    Man, these monkeys don’t know how to lie man. So what did he call the presidential guards who are made only of Dinka and graduating without the approval of the Minister of Defence or the General Chief of Staff? In Human Monkeys lead by the bold headed Chimpanzee from Gogriel!!!!

    repondre message

  • 20 February 11:22, by thomas

    The last line is very telling:
    "The SPLA’s chief of general staff has always distanced himself from questions surrounding the legality of the group, as have most members of the national legislative assembly."
    A legal force goes through the legal channels; the SPLA institutions and the NLA. If not, it’s an illegal, personal (and hence private) army.

    repondre message

  • 20 February 12:07, by Gat-khir

    Who are you fooling ya wangkel (one eye). Who doesn’t know your boss had formed a private army? Even your primitive boss has said that himself he has trained a private army.

    repondre message

    • 20 February 15:14, by Konkooc

      fuck all nuer why riek form nuer in opposition. the rebel are only one tribe plus some hungry politician who are not even in the battle field
      nuer will finish one by one
      if there was no unmiss camp in South Sudan nuer would have finish or they might have ran to the bush like stupid phd nyariek. those nuers who in unmiss camps are nuer rebel supporters

      repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


South Sudan: Justice remains elusive, one year on 2014-12-17 04:17:40 By Elizabeth Deng December 16 2014 - A year after the outbreak of violence in Juba last December, hopes of accountability for abuses linked to the conflict remain distant. Despite repeated calls (...)

President Salva Kiir has betrayed his people and the nation 2014-12-17 04:15:00 By James Gatdet Dak December 15, 2014 - After many painful decades of destructive war of liberation against successive oppressive regimes in Khartoum, people of South Sudan gained their hard won (...)

Sudan protects terrorists 2014-12-15 04:29:57 By Kimberly Hollingsworth* December 15, 2014 - Sudan used to be the heart of Africa; now, Sudan is the heart of international terrorist organizations. Sudan is the hub for training extremists. (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Norway grants US $1.9 million for humanitarian needs in Darfur 2014-12-16 06:47:08 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) - KHARTOUM Norway helps provide nutritious food to malnourished families in Sudan 14 December 2014 KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (...)

Darfur Association "disheartened" by ICC decision to not meet them 2014-12-14 05:50:13 12 December 2014 RE: DPANY Requests/Direction of the OTP in the Situation of Darfur Dear Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, We, the Darfur People's Association of New York, are disheartened by your (...)

REDRESS calls for the immediate release of Sudan’s distinguished human rights lawyer 2014-12-10 09:02:53 December 9, 2014 ­­ — REDRESS, and many other individuals and organisations around the world, are extremely concerned by the continuing secret detention of Dr. Amin Mekki Medani. On Saturday, 4 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.