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March 11, 2014 (JUBA) – The Ghanaian Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has firmly denied that a weapons shipment seized in Lakes state last week had been intended to supply rebel troops opposed to the central government.

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The discovery of a weapons cargo after 11 UNMISS trucks were intercepted by authorities in Lakes state sparked protests in the capital, Juba, on 10 March 2014 (AFP)

In a press statement on Tuesday, Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi, maintained the weapons and ammunition seized in Lakes state capital, Rumbek en route to Unity state, after authorities intercepted 11 UN trucks belonged to the newly arrived Ghanaian peacekeeping contingent.

“Let me be clear, the weapons and ammunition found in Rumbek were never intended to serve any other purpose than that of peace and protection of South Sudanese civilians,” he said.

“They were not intended for the use of any other entity than the new Ghanaian contingent, and they were not being transported clandestinely. This is also why we readily agreed to the inspection of the cargo at the checkpoint in Rumbek,” he added.

Sakyi, who is the most senior Ghanaian officer in the UN mission, also clarified reports that landmines were being transported in the convoy.

He said images circulated in the press and on social media in fact showed canisters for masks or respirators.

The agency has been the subject of rumours and suspicion following the damaging incident, with critics calling for boss Hilde Johnson to resign, amid allegations the items were being transported secretly to aid rebels fighting in Unity state.

On Monday, some 1,000 demonstrators carrying placards denouncing Johnson took to the streets of the capital, Juba.

Under UNMISS policy, arms and ammunition for peacekeeping contingents are flown into respective areas of deployment, rather than transported by road.

In an earlier statement, the agency said the error had occurred after several containers with weapons were inadvertently labelled as ‘general goods’, describing the mistake as “regrettable”.

Sakyi said he had travelled to Rumbek on Tuesday as part of a joint investigation into the matter involving the South Sudan government, with a high-level delegation from UN headquarters in New York also flying into Juba.

Relations between the government and UNMISS have been increasingly strained in recent months, with president Salva Kiir earlier accusing the agency of over-stepping its mandate.

Sakyi expressed optimism that the investigation would resolve the matter and ensure measures are put in place to prevent any repeat errors occurring.

“As the Force Commander of UNMISS, I hope this process will allow the mission to proceed with its mandated tasks in coordination with the Government of South Sudan in good faith,” he said.

The Ghanaian contingent was deployed to South Sudan as part of additional troops authorised by the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Sakyi says the main role of troops will be to provide assistance to civilians who have fled the recent violence, as well as to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

An estimated 10,000 people have died and almost one million displaced after political tensions erupted in violence erupted in Juba in mid-December, before spreading to other regions.

The conflict has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, who was removed from his position in July last year.

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Statement from the UNMISS force commander
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  • 12 March 07:00, by Mi diit

    The rogue regime in Juba doesn’t want UNMISS in the country to witness and report the genocide, pure and simple. So they will always agitate, create issues and try to find fault in UNMISS, hoping to find it guilty and kick it out from the country. But this will not happen under the UN Security Council in New York. Those idiotic leaders in Juba are wasting their time while asking for more trouble.

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    • 12 March 07:45, by moto

      MIIDIT,
      GARWICH,SOUTH SUDAN IS NOT A DISTRICT OF NEW YORK,BUT IT IS SOVEREIGNTY NATION WHICH HAS ITS OWN AFFAIRS.UNMISS IS IN SOUTH SUDAN DUE TO THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH SUDAN, BUT SECURITY COUNCIL DID NOT USE FORCE TO DEPLOY THEM.BELIEVE YOU ME OR NOT THERE IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN PEACEKEEPING AND FORCE-KEEPING.WE HAVE RIGHT AS SOUTH SUDANESE TO KICK OUT BIAS ON OUR SOIL.

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      • 12 March 07:56, by Mayom County Boy

        @Moto
        what is the problem for that if UNMISS become close friendship to Dr
        Riek Machar ? Listen you dinka your kingdom days are too near to end my
        dear.we will not allow you to feel free with in this country anless we
        nuer are not part of south sudan.

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        • 12 March 08:27, by moto

          MAYOM COUNTY BOY,
          YES I DO AGREE WITH YOU AS YOU SAID,BUT PUT IN YOUR MIND THAT WHEN THE WHOLE FOREST IS ON FIRE,ALL ANIMALS WILL RUN AWAY INCLUDING BIG ELEPHANT JUST A MATTER OF TIME.WHAT I DO KNOW YOUR FAR OUTWEIGHS BEHAVIOR DEFINE YOUR CHARACTERS AND SHOW THAT WHEN MAN GO TO HIS BED WHILE IS ANUS INCHING HE WILL WAKE UP WHEN HIS HAND SMELLING.

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          • 12 March 09:00, by Mi diit

            Moto,
            Don’t lie to us, we know you people VERY well. A Dinka doesn’t know or care about the word, meaning and importance of "sovereignty" of a country and that is why the Dinka president has brought in Yoweri Museveni of Uganda to indirectly rule South Sudan and UPDF to take over the role of SPLA. You can even sell your own kids whenever you feel desperate. So, we know that you can do all these..

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            • 12 March 09:07, by Mi diit

              Motto,
              Rubbish, who told you the UN consulted with Mrs. AKiir, or had an agreement with the government when it passed the resolution of the UN security council here in New York to deploy peacekeeping forces to South Sudan. It was passed on 8/7/2011, one day before independence. Kiir just woke up there to read it on the news. It was imposed on you b/se we know you are savages who cannot rule well.

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    • 12 March 10:51, by Sir King

      Salva Kiir will remove cloths and even pant very soon since he is already a mad President. How can South Sudanese allow unsoundminded person to lead them. This is incredible for sure. Please, we beg the world body to get rid of both Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny, South Sudan is more bigger than they are! Please hurry up, we are waiting.

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    • 12 March 11:37, by Mapuor

      Midiit
      Your Nyagaat will never rule hahahahahah Kiir Oyeee

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  • 12 March 07:03, by omoni jr.

    It is about the time the truth has to be told.
    Those Dinka tribal Extremist must be told to stay away from criminal, SALVA KIIR.Why did they protest for showing support to the retton tribal government of kiir.

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  • 12 March 07:03, by Paul Chadrack

    1000 demonstrators who went to the street of juba two day ago were mainly from warab,claiming south sudanese are behind the democratically elected government,if that the case why only warab so call youth who took to the street?. just see them in the picture.these are still fooling themselves.

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  • 12 March 07:23, by Ajongtar

    Those are the Bahar-elgazal Cocoroch who were yeling thier dirty mouths on the UNMISS boss to step down,
    They never new that their master are friend long time ago during the liberation strugole.
    So for your infomation Hilda will not step down untill the term of Bankmoon and Salva Kiir is over.
    Long live Hilda

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  • 12 March 08:07, by hamil

    If there is anyone that i am sick and tired of in this forum it is Midiit i wonder if he has nothing else to do it seems this guy is 24 hours on his keyboard waiting for every new story to pop up. He is always the first to comment and his comments are not Nationalistic he keeps moaning about Kiir, Museveni and the Dinka and thinks his Nuer are sinless Angels. Get a life mate and stop your tribalis

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  • 12 March 08:13, by Positive Thinker

    Ho no did I heard Tutbol that we do not want any foreign troop in South Sudan? What do you mean by foreign troop? Any troop that is not helping government kill its own citizen like UNMISS forces. What about Uganda troop will they leave also. You are a big fool who has buried his head in file of food.

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    • 12 March 08:35, by Wicdail

      HAHAHAHHAH!!!!!!! Positive Thinker, I love that man. Oh no they are so foolish, not think before act or globally.

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  • 12 March 09:26, by Positive Thinker

    I am not Nuer I am a dinka by birth, but I am a South Sudanese. I am always againest what is wrong no matter who is doing the wrong. talking of elected president, I thought all the elected leaders should be respected, so is Chol Tong, Taban Deng Gai and Kuol Manyang who were elected and Removed by dictator Kiir. that was an insult to the people who elected them and violation of........

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  • 12 March 09:33, by Positive Thinker

    the law for not calling election within 60 days as stipulated by the current South Sudan Constition. my appeal to all our people in the country we all love is slipping away in our hands, government comes and go but a country will always remain. we are bothers and sisters and should not entertain wrong elements whose agenda is eating and eating and eating and more eating with impunity

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    • 12 March 10:16, by Gangura

      I said before UN is one body not like GoSS which is corrupt by Kirr and his fellow dinkas, what is wrong with it if UNMISS transporting their weapons by raod? as dinkas forget that UNMISS help them during the fighting in Jongle? today they same dinkas are against Hilde Johnson who is helping them in Juba and every in South Sudan, anyway cow boyz will never listen becoz all their mind is fullf stpd

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  • 12 March 10:49, by wang

    Really, did those villages people exactly knows about what they are demonstrating for? Someone that mostly like this idiot Michael Makuei Lueth have had given them wrong information. UN is a neutral body and has no obligation to support any party…they are there to feeds those food lovers in this world, Dinka.

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    • 12 March 12:53, by Ajongtar

      We the 62 remained peace lovers in South Sudan are setting on a new stretegy to demolish and kill all the corrupt 2 tribes of South Sudan to the of their lifes.
      This is Too much for us.

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  • 12 March 17:42, by Mapuor

    Its extremely ridiculous,how can UNMISS deny such obvious things.Those weapons were meant to be distributed to the rebels as it was the case in Malakal and else where.All Nygaats must now understand that the SPLA has regrouped,mobilized and boosted its morale to the maximum.Nyagaats will be defeated before the on-set of rains.SPLA OYEEE.HAHAHA KUSUM NYAGAATS.

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