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March 10, 2014 (RUMBEK) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has faced heavy criticism after security agents intercepted a weapons shipment in Lakes state, with calls for boss Hilde Johnson to stand down.

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There are calls for the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Hilde Johnson, to stand down following the seizure of a weapons shipment in Lakes state (Photo: UN/Tim McKulka)

Officials seized an assortment of firearms and military uniforms in Lakes state capital Rumbek on Thursday after intercepting 11 UN trucks en route to Unity state.

The incident sparked protests in the capital, Juba, on Tuesday, with demonstrators carrying placards denouncing Johnson.

UNMISS said the cargo was transported due to labelling error and was intended for its Ghanaian peacekeepers recently deployed as additional forces in the country following the mid-December outbreak of violence.

However, authorities allege the items were being transported secretly to aid rebels fighting in Unity state, and have now instituted an investigation into the matter.

“There were all type of weapons, ammunition and blankets. Those items were on route to Unity state and rebel-controlled areas,” a senior military official told Sudan Tribune, without providing further details.

In a press statement released after the incident, UNMISS said that the error occurred after several containers with weapons were inadvertently labelled as ‘general goods’, describing the mistake as “regrettable”.

UN spokeswoman Ariane Quentier told BBC’s Focus on Africa that a high-level UN team was expected to arrive in South Sudan on Tuesday to carry out a joint investigation with the government into the incident.

“It is the policy of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan that during the crisis in South Sudan all arms and ammunition for peacekeeping contingents are flown into respective areas of deployment and not taken by road. This is an important security measure,” UNMISS said in an earlier statement.

Lakes state MP Taban Abel Aguek said Johnson must stand down, saying the mission’s mandate had gone from supporting the host government to supporting rebel actors seeking regime change.

Aguek said the evidence was irrefutable and that Johnson must accept responsibility for the error committed under her leadership.

“We have got all the proofs. The trucks we have got here and labelled [by the] UN and whose waybill is properly signed as ‘construction materials’ were found to contain not even single bag of cement. What they contain there are war weapons, not peace keeping weapons. The excuse [the] UN now gives does not marry up with any reality on the ground,” he said.

“Hilde Johnson has tarnished the name and image of [the] UN. If Hilde Johnson does not resign, after what we have seen now in Rumbek, then even UNMISS will have no meaning,” he added.

UNMISS issued a statement on Tuesday denying claims that landmines were among the cargo, saying pictures of the weaponry seized in fact showed canisters for masks or respirators.

Meanwhile, Paul Dhel Gum, acting minister of information and telecommunication, said his Warrap state government condemned UNMISS’ involvement in the transportation of arms to rebel areas.

“[The] Warrap state government and the entire population of Warrap state condemn with strongest terms possible the barbaric act of UNMISS in the recent attempt to smuggle arms to rebel areas in Unity state,” Gum said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Gum said the latest incident was among a series of deliberate violations against the sovereignty of South Sudan.

“It has become clear now that [the] UN is responsible for the escalation of war and suffering of the people in South Sudan by taking sides. The possession of landmines, anti-aircraft and anti-tank [weaponry] shows clearly that the weapons were for rebels in Unity state,” he said, adding that the use of heavy weaponry had not been agreed by the government.

Warrap shares a border with Unity state and as such all the loads passing through its territory are subject to screening and security checks, even if they belong to humanitarian movements.

Relations between the South Sudan government and UNMISS have been increasingly fraught in recent months, with president Salva Kiir accusing the agency of seeking to take over the young country, although he later softened his stance.

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  • 11 March 08:12, by Angelo Kumuko

    The Educated Hilda is not going anywhere. Do the angry DInka youth of Bahr el Ghazal think, they represent the youth of Upper Nile and Equatoria regions by shouting on the streets of Juba and Rumbek, hell no. Do they think Hilda was recruited on the street of London or Oslo, hell no. she is not like street boys yapping around Kiir just to appease him for the blood money.

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    • 11 March 08:19, by mathem jech amer

      Support her but whetehr you like it or not she will go out, soon a notice of 24 hours will be issued to her to leave S.South."During crisis UNMISS transport weapon by air not by road".So since they are transportinmg them by road, what does this mean?Weapons are labeled as construction materials, this constitute to war crime.

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      • 11 March 08:34, by Mi diit

        That is rubbish. They simply hate UNMISS leaders because they tell the truth about the foolish government in Juba. Why wasting time with no evidence of weapons going to rebels. Did you see the rebels distributing them? UNMISS told you they were taking the weapons to their Ghanian force in Unity state, but little mistake on labeling as "general goods" didn’t mean evidence to rebels. Shame on you!

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        • 11 March 08:37, by Mi diit

          Bahr el Ghazal youth of Mrs. Akiir Museveni should stop making senseless noice in the country. We the rest of the majority love what UNMISS is doing to assist in South Sudan. Only few supporters of the rogue regime will hate UNMISS. We love you UNMISS! We love you Dr. Hilde Johnson!

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          • 11 March 18:15, by Projector

            Mi Diit!! Do you really know the meaning of "Waybill and Labeling of Goods"? You are just an idiot S. Sudanese who is fuck up by Western World, nobody supports that act of UNMISS except Machar and his donkey like you. Hilda will pay for this and your criminals who are hiding in UNMISS Compound will be exposed soon.

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        • 11 March 13:33, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

          To Mi diit
          your Nuer leader Riek concubine will leave soon. She took part with her institution they so call Unmiss she must go otherwise we will fuck her untill she urine like a rat.she is just known 4 prestitution we don,t want her.she is the one directing Rebel leader Riek using un helicopter in the rebel controlled are and latter transport him to UK we know the dirty game she is playing. Dogs

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        • 11 March 17:31, by deng

          Mi thin,
          This bitch of yours must leave whether you like or not there is no doubt to why 10000 people were killed during three months war. Just keep barking we will defeated you one by one. My eyes aim at Nasir at this moment to get rite of thugs who are brans-washed putting our country back to square one. Riek must die for the seek of long lasting solution of south sudan.

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    • 11 March 08:54, by LL Reuben

      Angelo Kamugo,
      Hilda isn’t a Dinka problem; I am flabbergasted that you see her as a Dinka problem in RSS. In fact I don’t believe in her expulsion providing a meaningful solution, because she does what she is told by her sponsors. Her job in South Sudan is to help in the achievement of regime change so a puppet is installed to run the Republic of South Sudan – this new puppet will the....

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      • 11 March 08:57, by LL Reuben

        n channeled the selling of our natural resources in the direction of these new masters. China and the rest of the countries buying our oil as of now will have their contracts scrap in favor of these new masters who’ve help in the fetching of the fake democracy. That being the long term goal, the short term goal is to provide military supports in a form of guns so the rebels are well equipped ...

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        • 11 March 08:59, by LL Reuben

          to a matching label to that of the government’s capability, the soliciting of logistic supports to rebels in which the UN compromise crucial information that the Juba government won’t want the rebels to know, and the escalation of untruthful news to stun governments’ official psychologically and makes them feel pathetic in the eyes of these lurking evils –new masters...

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          • 11 March 09:12, by LL Reuben

            So if you think your Equatoria is a distinctive safe haven out of the whole country, think again. Ms. Hilda’s deeds (worse case) aren’t going to end in Upper Nile. I see a real chance of the whole country getting a fair share... My suggestion is that you pick a side so at least when settlement times comes you’re satisfied with your exerted efforts.

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    • 11 March 08:57, by Frak Cho

      Angelo,
      Truth is always bitter and is hate by many people. And you are one of the people that hate the truth. Those are dying are not white people but South Sudanese. Please have senses of humanity and love for human life. All Nuers are living peacefully in greater Barh El Ghezel.

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    • 11 March 10:00, by Ayuen deng

      God has really shows love to south Sudanese people,that why UNMISS is under question mark now because UNMISS had not been working in good faith with the government,so all the personals working with UNMISS should resign.

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    • 11 March 10:01, by Dr Manago

      You should be happy of her resignation because she will joint you there and be fucked properly by master of fools reik machar.this mad bitch called Hilde johnson has confused the country of south sudan. congretulation to GOSS but i still want UNMIS to be expelled out of South Sudan

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    • 11 March 10:40, by Tong dut

      @ Angelo kumuko,
      Mr, to hell with her, she had distroyed south sudan, soon she will face us and you too.
      Take care, you will see the result soon, and we know were you hide in Yambio.

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    • 11 March 17:22, by deng

      Angelo,
      Just a Christian name attached to an ass-hole like you. Hilde Johnson will leave at anytime soon or she will face music. The worth thing about this war is that all youths of Bhar-el-ghazal are not well inform the so called black army would be end forever. Just keep praying your protector prostitute Hilde won’t be replaced by someone else who hate Nuers behaviors since our struggle.

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  • 11 March 08:19, by Ajongtar

    No conclusion here, we need a terror investigation in to this matter.
    Who signed the waybill????
    There is a need for the Government to support the National Staffs hired by the UNMISS to be included in their Top management System in oder to overlook the activities of the UNMISS in the country.

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    • 11 March 09:59, by Mapuor

      Ajongtar
      Your question is in its place;’who signed the way bill’ its rumored that it is Pieng Deng Majok who signed it.This stupid son of Abyei seem to support the rebellion.Pieng families are in Australia and since he is not a South Sudanese he cares little for the lives of South Sudanese.Guys, war time sacrifices by the sons of greater Bhar El Gazal are seen by most as being ’foolish major

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      • 11 March 10:04, by Mapuor

        ity.Hilde Johnson must resign.It has been proven 100% that the weapons were for the rebels.Labeling weapons as construction materials by people who are highly educated with the highest accuracy and literacy coupled by the highest moral values,is a proof that UNMISS has deviated from its mandate.Igniting tribal war in the name of democracy is uncivilized.Your Riek Macar is not wanted by S.S.

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  • 11 March 08:21, by Xeno

    That ugly whore is going. She has been fucking Riek Machar in Juba for favors like this, she is terrible and must leave SS, or else she is going to end up like other Riek prostitutes, eg EMMA or whatever.

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  • 11 March 08:29, by Angelo Kumuko

    I don’t the stupid illiterate dink, for mistaking or accusing UN of moving land mines in ?the country, yet? convoy turns out they respiratory canisters for gas masks. We are the newest member of the UN, and idiotic Dinka Aweil and Warrap and making their useless noisy.

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  • 11 March 08:29, by Gabriel Ajak

    Hilde Johnson n other UN foreigners supporters of war must go, because they r not here to support war but to stop war or keeping peace in the new nation.

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  • 11 March 08:33, by Mohammed Ali 2

    The mistake was " Regretable"!!!!!!!!!!!!!What does the white-man wants to do in South Sudan? This is not a mistake of a single person.Helda Johnson is part of a chain who wants to do something which we don’t KNOW clearly yet.Africa is the continent of the future , or so they say. Does they want to come again under different names like UN,NGOes , Humanterian Organisation industry complex?!

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    • 11 March 08:43, by Mohammed Ali 2

      People should look beyound the tribal issue or Kiir vs Machar or dika vs neuer. This is not a " mistake" It can never, NEVER be a mistake. They are burning both of dinka and neuer, they are burning all of SS.Then come to cry about hunger,brutality, violence...bla...bla They want the war to continue and then claim that S.Sudanese could not rule themselves.Now, the game is clear !

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      • 11 March 08:52, by Mohammed Ali 2

        African union should step in.How could this shipment pass through Kenya, Uganda up to SS.Am not supporter or enemy to either Machar or Kiir.The question mark is so BIG.Bigeer than Machar or Kiir.No dividing Sudan is clear to me.We learned the lesson .We will not allow to happen neither in Darfur,BN or SK. Thank you president Basheer for not allowing UN forces in Darfur."I don’t want a red ear here

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        • 11 March 18:46, by Projector

          Muhammad Ali2!!! For the ’’Third time’’ on the Web of Sudan Tribune, you talked my language. Brothers will remain Brothers whatever the case it may take. Thanks for not forgetting RSS. We shall not accept any white man’s invasion of S.Sudan, better to unit again with North Sudan than to be ruled by Westerners/Americans. Bravoooo Muhammad Ali2.

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          • 11 March 19:53, by Mohammed Ali 2

            Projector, thanks bro. Pple should think far beyond any tribal issue.Today I read in Sudanese news papers that the vp of SS had rejected a proposal to put SS as a protectorate under the UN!!! Arming the rebels is not for the sake of their black eyes.It is to brolong the conflict.To kill more S.Sudanese, to increase the suffering of the already suffering pple, to complicate the already complicated

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            • 11 March 20:28, by Mohammed Ali 2

              CON:After the theatre is very well set up , then come the "vultures" the "humanterian industry complex" in the name of HUMANITY! They will continue dividing the pple, to pit tribes against each other " this going to be the next step" All this wil be orchestrated by the NGOes very softly and in a very wicked role.

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              • 11 March 20:35, by Mohammed Ali 2

                CON:If Machar, Neuer, rebels or whatever you call them are armed whom are the going to ? Is it anybody who is not SSudanese.Are they going to be killed themselves? So why kill or get killed? Certainly not for the benifit of SSudanese.The VP of SS said said clearly "we will not be a colony again under the name of the UN even if I go to the bush to fight at my old age" Bravo, we are with you.

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  • 11 March 08:51, by Monydit

    we as MPS Of south sudan had call for the Resignation Letter of H Johnson to Leave south Sudan Country within 72Hours from Today and any failure than all the UN MISS will also leave south sudan and let south sudan Remain with peacekeepers in the country and shamme on Her mission to south sudan we all know that she is 3rd wife to riakbaai Machar but none of our business she must leave south sudan S

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  • 11 March 08:53, by Marco Bul

    This woman is Hecate(get the meaning of Hecate if you are seeing this word for the first time)

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    • 11 March 09:26, by Gangura

      haha Rumbek with Governor Caretaker who can not speak or write English what stupided for Kirr and his cabinet.
      just to be frank to Dinkas UN is a body not like GoSS which is ruling by idiot Kirr who wants only Dinkas from Warrap to rule the country, Hilde Johnson will never leave this country becoz, she is not respresenting GoSS but she is Respresenting UN whichis part of International Community

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      • 11 March 09:28, by Gangura

        Kirr is very confused he do not know what to do, imagine someone like Michael Machue Lueth who is not even educated is requesting UN to explain to him who is he? just stay tune Kirr is going to die soon becoz his time is really near.

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        • 11 March 17:25, by deng

          Gangura,
          Kiir is not confuse. Gangs people like you are the one confused.

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        • 11 March 18:55, by Projector

          Gangura!!!You idiot, Hilda is presenting UN in whose country?? Kiir has a right to deport her, not UN. Do you really know the policy of the country? North Sudan chased UNMIS out the country because of their dirty game like currently going in RSS. You have no clue on what you are talking about, don’t base you argument on tribal sector.

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  • 11 March 10:06, by Mapuor

    Hilde Johnson must resign.It has been proven 100% that the weapons were for the rebels.Labeling weapons as construction materials by people who are highly educated with the highest accuracy and literacy coupled by the highest moral values,is a proof that UNMISS has deviated from its mandate.Igniting tribal war in the name of democracy is uncivilized.Your Riek Macar is not wanted by S.Sudanes

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    • 11 March 14:34, by Ajongtar

      Hilda will not Resign nor step down, these hungry propogandas.
      Mr. Kiir knew Hilda Johnson more than any South Sudanese in the country for her contribution during the liberation time.
      I dont think Salva Kiir will take that decision of firing hilda out of the country.

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    • 11 March 19:23, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Mapour, only one thing I disagree with you. They are not " coupled with high moral values" What moral values? Greed, domination , racial supremacy ...what else could I tell you?!

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  • 11 March 15:30, by Kim Deng

    The so-called Dinka Kingdom is getting crazy by the day. The reqmaining question to ask is; for how long will this Kingdom last?

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    • 11 March 17:43, by deng

      Kim Deng,
      I got an answer for you regarding Dinka’s kingdom. This kingdom will last forever until this planet is rooted by the creator-God. Nuer’s kingdom will end because of their aggression toward others tribes. Dinka kingdom have no aggression regardless being majority or minority. The 10000 killed; half is black army a quarter are brans-washed soldiers who disobey their allegiance.

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  • 12 March 04:05, by Dinka-Defender-General

    The discovery of weapons is a big setback for Machar and his supporters. Kim Deng, Dinka’s Kingdom will be there forever and ever. You must surrender or dead trying to rule the country. You need to persuade Dinkas if you want to rule the south. Dinkas liberated you from Arabs and they will rule you forever and ever if they want. Cry my friend..I’m coming after Kiir term is over. I’ll rulefor16yrs

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