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S. Sudan army admits Machar forces are in control of Mayom county

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April 22,2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan government admitted on Tuesday that its forces had lost control of Unity state’s Mayom county to anti-government rebels led by the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.

The information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told the United Nations-owned Radio Miraya that government troops "tactically withdrew" from the county and that it was a matter of time they would regain control of the strategically-located town.

“The so called SPLM in opposition forces have entered Mayom. They are now in the area, but it is just a matter of time and the SPLA forces will flush them out," he said.

The minister, however, gave no details on casualties involved while the army spokesperson, Phillip Aguer did not comment on the military situation in the county.

It remains unclear under what circumstances government troops pulled out of Mayom.

This is the first time a senior government official has openly confirmed that rebels control an area with observers and local residents expressing fears that the rebels could use Mayom as a base to launch an attack on neighbouring Warrap state.

Rebel leader Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Monday that Mayom town fell to the SPLM-in-Opposition at about 7am local time.

Dak claimed that pro-government forces suffered heavy causalities during the clashes.

The latest incident came barely a week after the opposition forces recaptured Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, including the oilfields in the state.

Meanwhile, the rebels declared on Tuesday that its leadership had changed command with Peter Gadet Yak becoming Unity state’s military governor while James Koang Chuol assumes the overall rebel commander’s role. These changes allegedly resulted from resolutions of its just-concluded conference.

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  • 23 April 05:27, by George Bol

    Pol Jang withdraw without informing SPLA thinking that hw is saving his Nuer,but it turns out that the rebels are not leaving his Nuer from Bul alive. Bad calculation. The time Jieng declar it a war of tribes there will be no Nuer in the South. How many civilians they have murdered? alot! Salva kiir seems scare for international but that will not help him instead of declaring war with Riek Machar

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    • 23 April 05:57, by Mi diit

      George Bol,
      Liar! Dinka (Jaang) already declared war on Nuer and this is why Salva Kiir mobilized 15,000 Dinka youth who massacred the Nuer in Juba in December last year. The Dinka also ran and brought Uganda army, JEM, SPLA-N, other tribes to kill Nuer. Well, the worst is coming to you this summer. I told you Philip Aguer was employed to lie and deny. Thanks to stupid Makuei Lueth for admitting t

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      • 23 April 08:28, by mathem jech amer

        Well, Kiir is fearing ICC that is why he does not want to arm even his Warrap civilians who are attacked always by Unity state. A very people who managed to buy guns are now defending their own cattle. Nyandeng is a rebel supporter and she should be changed because she refused to arm Warrap youth.

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    • 23 April 06:07, by Toney Toney Matot

      George Bol,
      the Dinka people have no leaders to unite them to sense the Danger which coming ahead. there is no where that a tiny tribe can butcher big tribe and feel un concerned. do Dinka want president Kiir to call for War??? when Nuer commanders decided to defect,they were not ordered by Machar.so let Nuer killed the coward Dinkas with their hands folded.

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      • 23 April 09:36, by Malakal county Simon

        Its not that because Dinka don’t have leadership, but most Dinka are fade up with Kiir because Kiir divide Dinka into clans.... Second to that Nuer can bit the whole Dinka with their eyes close, and that’s the HARD FACT.... Now you have to choice to make; 1) Tells Kiir Resign!!!! 2) If you refuse to so, prepares for the worse to come.... It’s your calls

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      • 23 April 18:33, by Nyesi Ta

        Toney, the Dinka are anarchist, they cannot be united, nor do they have leaders who can unite them, even late Dr. John failed to unite them. Yet they cannot stop talking (they are just big mouthed and long tongued creatures) of the impossible.

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  • 23 April 08:12, by Uncle J

    If that wasn’t for statistical exaggeration, there would have been absolute zero Nuer person still alive if 15,000 people from Nuer were murdered in Juba. Even if you people lie too much to gain western world support still your leadership will never achieve running stable government in South Sudan accept rebellion factions. I still blame Salver Kiir for having mercy on Mr.Riek too many times

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    • 23 April 09:21, by Malakal county Simon

      What a shameful government took them 3 days to tells the world when the world clearly confirmed that Mayom county already falls to the Rebels since monday morning....

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  • 23 April 09:21, by Ambago

    Minster Michael Makuie, it is true that Mayom has fallen to the rebels. You don’t have to admit that for it makes no difference at all.
    I don’t know what your real motives are.However there is much to suggest that you have a hand in the Massacre at the UNI-MISS Base in Bor Town.
    And in The Hague you will appear.

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